On campus

SARHP561: Evidence Based Practice I

This course is the first of a series of two courses on evidence-based practice for physical therapy and athletic training students. It is designed to develop essential skills for conducting evidence-based practice. The evidence that supports evidence-based clinical practice comes from three sources: 1) accumulated clinical experience, 2) the patient's values and circumstances, and 3) results of studies reported in the research literature. It takes skill to combine these three sources of evidence into effective and efficient physical therapy and athletic training practice. This course develop the student's ability to formulate answerable clinical questions, to search for and select relevant research literature, and to analyze the clinical applicability and the validity of the results and conclusions of the selected studies. (Credits: Var)

SARHP662: Evidence Based Practice II

This course is the second in a series of two courses on Evidence Based Practice for physical therapy students. It is designed to develop essential skills for conducting evidence-based practice. There are about three forms of evidence supporting clinical practice, that is, 1) experience from clinical practice, 2) patient values and goals, and 3) the evidence that comes from the research literature. It takes skill combining these sources of evidence into effective and efficient physical therapy and athletic training practice. This course enhances the student's ability to formulate answerable clinical questions, search relevant research literature, analyze the validity of the outcomes reported in these studies, and combine the outcomes of different research studies in the form of a research synthesis (i.e., critical review and meta-analysis). Literature addressing clinical issues of intervention, diagnosis, and prognosis will be used throughout to illustrate the arguments. (Credits: 2)

SARHP725: Foundations of Education and Health Promotion

Successful completion of all second year DPT coursework. Promoting health and preventing disease among persons with and without disabilities are important areas of heath in the United States and throughout the world. Optimizing adherence, screening risk factors, fostering the acquisition of healthy behaviors among individuals, organizations, and communities, and even changing policies are ways that physical therapists can promote health and prevent disease. Effective teaching approaches and behavior change strategies are fundamental elements of successful health promotion. The course focuses on applying teaching and health promotion skills across several settings: clinics, schools, and communities . Evidence-based approaches as well as the unique and challenging elements of each of these settings will be explored. (Credits: 4)

SARHP770: Health Care Management - PT

This course will instruct and reinforce students in the fundamental theories and skills of health care management for the physical therapist. The course is designed for the student who intends to be a full-time clinician, with acknowledgement that leaders in the health care environment rarely are able to ignore sound management principles for long. Many health and rehabilitation professionals will assume the role of a manager or have supervisory responsibilities during the course of their career, often sooner than expected. This course develops and enhances the students' understanding of the health care system, the social and economic forces affecting the health care system, and its ability to function effectively. Additionally, the course will prepare students to enter the workforce by introducing them to a variety of tools and experiences that will enable them to manage organizations, programs, resources, and people more effectively. Emphasis in this course is on US policies and legislation, managing human resources, marketing, technology and information, accounting and finance, quality, and measuring performance. The course is largely based on a discussion/lecture format, with significant content being taught by guests who are experts in their fields. Students will learn and experience management skills first hand through class experiences and projects. (Credits: Var)

SARPT634: Diagnostic Procedures for Rehabilitation Professionals

This course will identify and describe various modes of imaging techniques and tests used in medical practice for the neuromusculoskeletal, cardiovascular, and pulmonary systems. The process of diagnosis in the context of the physical therapist's practice will be discussed. Identification of basic radiological pathology and tests results that directly impact physical therapy care and prognostication will be emphasized, as well as integration of test/imaging results in the physical therapy evaluation and plan of care. Correlation of test results with clinical examination findings will be emphasized to allow the student to engage in professional dialogue with other health care providers, including collaboration with radiologists. Diagnostic procedures covered in the course will include but not be limited to: X-ray, CT scan, MRI, bone scan, fluoroscopy, PET, SPECT, EMG/NCV, ECG, echocardiogram, thallium scan, exercise testing, cardiac catheterization, angiogram, MRA, CBC, electrolytes, lipid profiles, cardiac enzymes, and oncology markers. (Credits: 4)

SARPT681: Academic Practicum I

The Academic Practicum I experience provides students with the opportunity to apply and enhance their knowledge and skill while completing a more in depth and practical experience in one of four areas of their choosing: education, health promotion, clinical research or health care management. Students will identify an area of interest and collaborate with a mentor to design and begin implementation of a project that extends over two semesters. (Credits: 1)

SARPT781: Academic Practicum II

The Academic Practicum experience provides students with the opportunity to apply and enhance their knowledge and skill while completing a more in depth and practical experience in one of four areas of their choosing: education, health promotion, clinical research or health care management. Students will implement and complete the project initially developed during Academic Practicum I course. (Credits: 3)

Online

SARHP561: Evidence Based Practice I

This course is the first of a series of two courses on evidence-based practice for physical therapy and athletic training students. It is designed to develop essential skills for conducting evidence-based practice. The evidence that supports evidence-based clinical practice comes from three sources: 1) accumulated clinical experience, 2) the patient's values and circumstances, and 3) results of studies reported in the research literature. It takes skill to combine these three sources of evidence into effective and efficient physical therapy and athletic training practice. This course develop the student's ability to formulate answerable clinical questions, to search for and select relevant research literature, and to analyze the clinical applicability and the validity of the results and conclusions of the selected studies. (Credits: Var)

SARHP650: Health Care Management

This on-line graduate course introduces the fundamentals of management in the health care environment. It was designed to develop and enhance student understanding of the health care system and the social forces affecting health care, and to provide skills needed to function effectively in a management or supervisory role. Topics covered in this course include United States policies and legislation affecting healthcare management; the roles of a manager; conducting a market analysis; operating, cash and capital budgeting; process analysis; and risk management. Students will develop, design and execute a formal presentation. (Credits: Var)

SARHP720: Educational Theory and Practice

This on-line graduate course focuses on developing effective teaching techniques and strategies that are needed in a variety of clinical and academic contexts. Topics covered in this course include; identifying instructional settings in one's own practice, the impact of ethical, legal, and economic factors on the educational process, principles of major learning and instruction theories, effective teaching strategies for learners at different developmental stages, strategies that facilitate motivation and improve compliance, and writing behavioral objectives for instruction. Students design and deliver a formal presentation and create a client-education brochure. (Credits: Var)

SARHP770: Health Care Management - PT

This course will instruct and reinforce students in the fundamental theories and skills of health care management for the physical therapist. The course is designed for the student who intends to be a full-time clinician, with acknowledgement that leaders in the health care environment rarely are able to ignore sound management principles for long. Many health and rehabilitation professionals will assume the role of a manager or have supervisory responsibilities during the course of their career, often sooner than expected. This course develops and enhances the students' understanding of the health care system, the social and economic forces affecting the health care system, and its ability to function effectively. Additionally, the course will prepare students to enter the workforce by introducing them to a variety of tools and experiences that will enable them to manage organizations, programs, resources, and people more effectively. Emphasis in this course is on US policies and legislation, managing human resources, marketing, technology and information, accounting and finance, quality, and measuring performance. The course is largely based on a discussion/lecture format, with significant content being taught by guests who are experts in their fields. Students will learn and experience management skills first hand through class experiences and projects. (Credits: Var)

SARPT610: Health Promotion and Wellness

Promoting health and preventing disease are crucial components of health-for people with and without chronic illness and disability. The field of health promotion is interdisciplinary and eclectic in nature with health professionals from a variety of fields developing, implementing and evaluating interventions to enhance health and prevent disease of individuals and populations. In this course, students will learn how to develop and implement a health promotion and wellness intervention that is theoretically informed and evidence-based. The unique and challenging factors of implementing health promotion programs at individual, organizational, and community levels will also be explored. Program evaluation, a crucial component of health promotion programs, will be briefly discussed but will not be covered in detail. (Credits: 3)

SARPT634: Diagnostic Procedures for Rehabilitation Professionals

This course will identify and describe various modes of imaging techniques and tests used in medical practice for the neuromusculoskeletal, cardiovascular, and pulmonary systems. The process of diagnosis in the context of the physical therapist's practice will be discussed. Identification of basic radiological pathology and tests results that directly impact physical therapy care and prognostication will be emphasized, as well as integration of test/imaging results in the physical therapy evaluation and plan of care. Correlation of test results with clinical examination findings will be emphasized to allow the student to engage in professional dialogue with other health care providers, including collaboration with radiologists. Diagnostic procedures covered in the course will include but not be limited to: X-ray, CT scan, MRI, bone scan, fluoroscopy, PET, SPECT, EMG/NCV, ECG, echocardiogram, thallium scan, exercise testing, cardiac catheterization, angiogram, MRA, CBC, electrolytes, lipid profiles, cardiac enzymes, and oncology markers. (Credits: 4)

SARPT773: Comprehensive Clinical Reasoning

Comprehensive Clinical Reasoning is a case based course taught in small tutorial groups using the problem based learning format. The course is intended to enhance integration of course content taught elsewhere in the curriculum within the context of a physical therapy case study. Students will be expected to use a variety of resources, ( i.e. current literature, text books) to solve complex patient cases. Issues to be discussed will include: streamlining the patient examination, clinical decision making, effective physical therapy intervention, likely prognosis, clinical teaching, the role of the PT in relation to other health care providers, issues involved in the delivery of physical therapy, including professionalism, interpersonal skills, communication, third party payers and ethics. (Credits: Var)

SARPT780: Academic Practicum

The purpose of the Academic Practicum experience in the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program is to provide students with the opportunity to apply and enhance their knowledge and skill while completing a more in depth and practical experience in one of four areas of their choosing: education, clinical research, health promotion or health care management. Students collaborate with a mentor to design and implement the Practicum. The experience also provides for refinement and development of skills and behaviors in a wide variety of collateral areas not immediately associated with the primary content area. (Credits: Var)

Total: 22 credits

Up to two courses may be waived by petition. Recent Boston University graduates may waive up to three courses. SAR PT 780 and SAR PT 773 may not be waived by any student.