College of Health Sciences

Glendale, AZ Campus

Core Course Descriptions

Physical Therapy Program

Prerequisites are listed for those courses with such requirements. When no prerequisite is listed for a course description, it is implied that there is no prerequisite.

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Course Name

ANATG 1553

Human Anatomy and Embryology (with Gross Anatomy Lab)

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This course presents the anatomy of the human body and relevant embryological development in a lecture and laboratory format. The emphasis is on the relationship of form and function and the use of anatomy in physical diagnosis. Laboratory sessions include dissection of human cadavers. Student progress is evaluated through written and practical examination.

Credits: 7

COREG 1560, 1570, 1580

Interprofessional Healthcare

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The Interprofessional Healthcare course involves the Colleges of Dental Medicine, Health Sciences, Optometry, Osteopathic Medicine, Pharmacy and Veterinary Medicine. The course is designed to teach all clinically-based students about each other's clinical programs, how they might interact together as part of an interprofessional healthcare team, and the importance of an interprofessional approach to patient care. The class consists primarily of online presentations that are delivered by interprofessional team members from each of the clinical programs. Associated quizzes will also be completed online. Occasional lectures, panel presentations, or group assignments may also be incorporated.

Credits: Each course 0.5

PHYS 1571, 1582

Human Physiology I, II

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In this two-quarter series, students are introduced through didactic instruction and clinical case sessions to the basic physiologic principles that underline the normal function of the various organs and organ systems. These core principles provide the foundation through which the student develops an understanding of health in physiologic terms and appreciation of diverse regulatory processes that maintain the homeostasis of the human body.

Credits: Each course 4

PTHE 1504

Foundations of Rehabilitation

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This course will introduce the students to the foundational concepts that will be used across practice settings in physical therapy. The International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health, the Physical Stress Theory, and Staging for Rehabilitation will be introduced and students will learn to use these concepts as a framework for clinical decisions. Students will also understand the structure, function, mechanical properties and repair phases of skin, bone, ligaments, tendons, skeletal muscle, cartilage and peripheral nerves.

Credits: 5

PTHE 1511

Health Professionalism and Educational Principles

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This course explores professionalism in physical therapy practice. Students will gain knowledge about the attributes of a profession, professional association positions and policies, principles of ethics, ethical codes, benefits of professional association membership, and professional development. Students will explore the role of the health care professional in education and learn goal setting, writing behavioral objectives and determining instructional strategies.

Credits: 3

PTHE 1519

Musculoskeletal Pathology

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Students are introduced to the general pathology, pathophysiology, epidemiology and clinical signs and symptoms of both acquired and hereditary musculoskeletal pathologies and disorders. Diagnostic imaging, laboratory values and medical and pharmaceutical management will be reviewed. Evidenced based evaluation and treatment strategies for both conservative and post-surgical physical therapy management will be emphasized. Case studies for classroom and group discussions will facilitate learning and encourage clinical reasoning and decision making.

Credits: 3

Prerequisites

PTHE 1504 Foundations of Rehabilitation; ANAT 1551 Human Anatomy and Embryology

PTHE 1531

Evidence-Based Practice I

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This course is designed to provide students with foundational knowledge and skills needed to provide evidence-based patient care. This course covers research ethics, study design, formulation of research questions and hypotheses, types of data, sampling methodology, statistics, measurement, variables, interpretation of research findings, and the five steps of the evidence-based practice process.

Credits: 3

Prerequisites

PTHE 1574 Physical Therapy Evaluation; PTHE 1592 Acute Care Rehabilitation

PTHE 1540

Biopsychosocial Issues

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This course prepares students to recognize and respond with sensitivity to the biopsychosocial needs of patients, families and others during professional interactions. Students learn how to screen for issues such as anxiety, malingering, substance abuse, suicide risk, depression, emotional and physical abuse and appropriate referral patterns for each condition. Students also learn about psychological and psychiatric conditions that may impact patient/client management.

Credits: 3

Prerequisites

PTHE 1574 Physical Therapy Evaluation

PTHE 1541

Neuromuscular Rehabilitation I

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This course addresses the neuroscience of the human nervous system with emphasis on neuroanatomy and physiology, pathological conditions, basic pharmacotherapeutic management, basic diagnostic imaging, and physical therapy examination of human nervous system function. Students will correlate nervous system lesions with neurological deficits/dysfunction seen in clinical practice as illustrated with neurological examination results.

Credits: 6

Prerequisites

PTHE 1574 Physical Therapy Evaluation; ANAT 1551 Human Anatomy and Embryology; PHYS 1571 Human Physiology I

PTHE 1542

Neuromuscular Rehabilitation II

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This course addresses the pathology, prognoses, pharmacotherapeutics, examination and evaluation of body structure and function impairments, activity limitations, and participation restrictions for individuals experiencing stroke, multiple sclerosis, and basal ganglia dysfunction. Students are presented standardized examination tools, outcome measures, movement analysis strategies, and motor learning principles. Appropriate intervention strategies and tactics will be presented, as well as intervention progression.

Credits: 5

Prerequisites

PTHE 1541 Neuromuscular Rehabilitation I

PTHE 1561

Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation I

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This course introduces students to evidence-based evaluation and treatment methods for pathologies of the cervical and thoracic spine and upper extremities. Patient evaluation will include differential diagnosis, classification systems, test item clusters and staging for rehabilitation to influence clinical decision making. Implications of imaging and medical management are discussed. Interventions include manual therapy, therapeutic exercise and patient education. Emphasis is on common conditions encountered in orthopedic physical therapy.

Credits: 5

Prerequisites

PTHE 1519 Musculoskeletal Pathology; PTHE 1574 Physical Therapy Evaluation; PTHE 1581 Kinesiology/Biomechanics II

PTHE 1574

Physical Therapy Evaluation

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This course introduces theoretical frameworks for clinical problem solving and develops students’ ability to address a patient’s primary concerns at the level of the whole person. Components of the International Classification of Functioning Disability and Health (ICF), and Patient-Client Management models are introduced to assist with gathering patient history to formulate hypotheses to direct planning of the physical examination, and development of physical therapy diagnosis, prognosis, goals, plan of care, and outcome measures.

Credits: 3

Prerequisites

PTHE 1504 Foundations of Rehabilitation; ANAT 1551 Human Anatomy and Embryology

PTHE 1580

Kinesiology/Biomechanics I

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Physical therapists must understand the biomechanics of normal movement and the pathomechanics of the musculoskeletal system in order to prevent, evaluate, and recommend appropriate intervention for patients with movement dysfunction. Course content includes biomechanical principles and the structure and function of the upper quadrant joints. Students will assess the static posture and movement patterns of all joints in the upper quadrant and measure range of motion at each of the joints and test the strength of the muscles surrounding the joint.

Credits: 4

Prerequisites

PTHE 1504 Foundations of Rehabilitation; ANAT 1551 Human Anatomy and Embryology

PTHE 1581

Kinesiology/Biomechanics II

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This course is a continuation of Kinesiology/Biomechanics I. Students will apply biomechanical principles to the structure and function of joints of the lower quadrant. The biomechanical principles of gait and posture will be presented, and students will learn to identify normal and abnormal posture and normal gait. Students will assess the static posture and movement patterns of all joints in the lower quadrant and will measure range of motion at each of the joints and test the strength of the muscles surrounding the joint.

Credits: 4

Prerequisites

PTHE 1574 Physical Therapy Evaluation; PTHE 1580 Kinesiology/Biomechanics I

PTHE 1592

Acute Care Rehabilitation

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Students will be introduced to and learn the basic concepts of physical therapy evaluation and intervention in the acute care setting. Topics include: modifying a subjective history, special considerations for examination, assessing a patient’s ability to care for oneself, and intervention planning and goal setting in the acute care setting. Students will learn to assess basic mobility and then prescribe assistive devices and/or transfer techniques as appropriate, and will learn the importance of infection control and how to adhere to universal precautions.

Credits: 4

Prerequisites

PTHE 1574 Physical Therapy Evaluation; PHYS 1571 Human Physiology I

PTHE 1602

Clinical Problem Solving II

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This course is designed to reinforce and enhance the reasoning process used to make clinical decisions. The course includes in depth analysis of planning subjective interviews, tests and measures including formal functional outcome assessments, forming physical therapy diagnosis and developing an intervention plan as applied to patients with musculoskeletal conditions. Students will be expected to describe their clinical reasoning process for comprehensive patient management.

Credits: 2

Prerequisites

PTHE 1501 Clinical Problem Solving I; PTHE 1525 Clinical Conditions I; PTHE 1580,1581 Kinesiology/Biomechanics I, II

PTHE 1603

Scholarship in Physical Therapy

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This course will provide the opportunity for the student to complete a written report that will illustrate the use of evidence-based practice for a client that will be managed during the student's Clinical Experience II.

Credits: 1

Prerequisites

PTHE 1530 Research; PTHE 1570 Physical Therapy Roles and Professional Issues I; concurrent enrollment with PTHE 1697 Clinical Experience II

PTHE 1604

Clinical Conditions III

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This course provides students with the knowledge and skills to evaluate and treat clients with cardiopulmonary disorders. The level of evidence for various techniques, the effect of exercise on the cardiopulmonary system, exercise prescription, and indications for physical therapy are discussed.

Credits: 4

Prerequisites

PTHE 1637 Exercise Physiology; PTHE 1576 Physical Therapy Evaluation II; PTHE 1626 Clinical Conditions II; PTHE 1690 Physical Therapy Interventions III

PTHE 1606

Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation

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This course provides students with knowledge and skills to evaluate and treat clients with cardiopulmonary disorders. Cardiopulmonary pathology and pathophysiology, pharmacotherapeutics and other medical management of the cardiopulmonary system are presented. The effect of exercise on the cardiopulmonary system, exercise prescription, and indications for physical therapy are discussed. Students will integrate this information to formulate individualized plans for management of patients with cardiopulmonary disorders.

Credits: 5

Prerequisites

PTHE 1592 Acute Care Rehabilitation; PHYS 1571 Human Physiology I

PTHE 1610

Clinical Competency Assessment I

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Clinical Competency Assessment I is the first of two courses to assess student preparation for clinical practice. Prior to the student’s first full time supervised clinical experience, student skills in communication, time management, patient evaluation, infection control/standard precautions, and mobility training in a simulated physical therapy practice environment with simulated patients are evaluated. Content will cover jurisdictional law and self-assessment skills.

Credits: 3

Prerequisites

Satisfactory completion of all coursework in the first professional year

PTHE 1611

Simulated Physical Therapy Clinic II

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Simulated Physical Therapy Clinic II is the second of two courses in the Simulated Physical Therapy Clinic series. Prior to ten weeks full-time supervised clinical practice in a health care environment, student patient management skills, safety, professional behavior, communication, clinical reasoning, and documentation related to a simulated patient encounter are evaluated by faculty.

Credits: 1

PTHE 1626

Clinical Conditions II

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Students are introduced to the general pathology, patho-physiology, patho-anatomics, epidemiology, medical management, clinical signs and symptoms, and the role of physical therapy in both acquired and hereditary musculoskeletal pathologies and disorders. Clinical evaluation and significance of diagnostic imaging and other laboratory values and indices will be applied. Evidenced based evaluation and treatment strategies for both conservative and post-surgical physical therapy management will be presented and discussed.

Credits: 3

Prerequisites

PTHE 1525 Clinical Conditions I

PTHE 1631

Evidence-Based Practice II

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Students will develop a relevant clinical question related to a specific condition for a patient managed during PTHE 1698 Clinical Experience I. The clinical question developed by the learner will focus on a target population, an intervention, compare alternative treatments, and state expected outcomes. Students will access literature and find evidence to guide their intervention selection for approved clinical questions. Learners will write a paper summarizing their findings from peer-reviewed literature.

Credits: 1

Prerequisites

PTHE 1531 Evidence-Based Practice I; concurrent enrollment in PTHE 1698 Full Time Clinical Experience

PTHE 1632

Clinical Conditions and Differential Screening

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Students are introduced to the general patho-physiology, epidemiology and clinical signs and symptoms associated with pathology of the visceral organs and bodily systems. Students will recognize key signs and symptoms suggestive of non-musculoskeletal pathology including physical examination procedures to assess for visceral sources of pain. The role of physical therapy and pharmaceutical interventions will be discussed. Faculty will provide case reports to facilitate clinical reasoning and the application of didactic learning to real case scenarios.

Credits: 4

Prerequisites

PTHE 1661 Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation II; PHYS 1571 Human Physiology I

PTHE 1634

Physical Agents I

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This course addresses theoretical principles of physiological changes that occur as a result of the application of thermotherapeutic, cryotherapeutic, hydrotherapeutic, electrotherapeutic and therapeutic application of traction and compression pumps. Students will develop skills in application of these modalities and will study the normal and abnormal responses of tissue following the application of these modalities.

Credits: 4

Prerequisites

PHYS 1582 Human Physiology II; PTHE 1517 Life Span Human Development; PTHE 1590 Physical Therapy Interventions I; PTHE 1591 Physical Therapy Interventions II; PTHE 1690 Physical Therapy Interventions III; PTHE 1673 Applied Neuroscience; PTHE 1675 Physical Therapy Evaluation III; and concurrent enrollment in PTHE 1602 Clinical Problem Solving II

PTHE 1635

Physical Agents II

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This course will focus on the response of the integumentary system to disease, injury, and aging. Emphasis on wound management, burn rehabilitation, and rehabilitation of persons with acute/chronic integumentary conditions will be addressed. Advanced concepts in the use of physical agents for wound management will be presented.

Credits: 3

Prerequisites

PTHE 1634 Physical Agents I

PTHE 1636

Physical Agents

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This course addresses theoretical principles of underlying physiological changes that occur in response to the application of thermotherapeutic, cryotherapeutic, hydrotherapeutic as well as traction and compression. Students will learn the principles of electrotherapy when used for muscle strengthening, improved function and pain management. Students will develop skills in application of these modalities and will study the normal and abnormal responses of tissue following the application of these modalities.

Credits: 4

Prerequisites

PTHE 1581 Kinesiology/Biomechanics II; PHYS 1571 Human Physiology I

PTHE 1637

Exercise Physiology

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Physiologic factors relevant to responses and adaptations to exercise across the life span are presented. Analysis of the metabolic, cardiorespiratory, and musculoskeletal systems to prescribe and modify exercise is emphasized. Laboratory experiences are utilized to facilitate integration of principles of exercise physiology with clinical practice.

Credits: 3

Prerequisites

PHYS 1571, 1582 Human Physiology I, II

PTHE 1640

Biopsychosocial Issues

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This course prepares students to recognize and respond with sensitivity to the biopsychosocial needs of patients, families and others during professional interactions. The biopsychosocial model is introduced with attention to its health related implications at the level of the person, family and society. The course explores the various theories and models that underline the biopsychosocial model. These models include Cognitive Theory and Therapy, Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs, theories of needs, beliefs and values.

Credits: 3

PTHE 1642

Pediatric Rehabilitation

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This course introduces principles of physical therapy practice applied to the pediatric population. Students will learn clinical decision making skills for the examination/evaluation process. The course also consists of evidence-based intervention strategies, including how to evaluate and implement use of adaptive equipment and orthotic devices. Students will learn about the practice of pediatric physical therapy in a variety of settings, such as the neonatal intensive care unit, educational settings, acute care, home care and outpatient clinics.

Credits: 4

Prerequisites

PTHE 1542 Neuromuscular Rehabilitation II

PTHE 1648

Management in Physical Therapy Systems

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This course will develop the knowledge and critical thinking skills required for students to evaluate and apply management concepts to the current health care environment. This course will develop the student's ability to effectively serve in patient/client management and administrative roles. Specific course content includes professional development, case management, time management, organizational infrastructure and delivery systems, reimbursement and payment models, risk management, outcomes and quality improvement/assurance.

Credits: 4

Prerequisites

PTHE 1570 Physical Therapy Roles and Professional Issues I; PTHE 1696 Clinical Experience I

PTHE 1649

Management & Reimbursement in Health Care Systems

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This course will develop the knowledge and skills required for patient/client management within the various healthcare reimbursement systems. Payment models will be analyzed for their impact on patient services, interprofessional care delivery, organizational operations, major stakeholders, and relationship to legal and ethical decision making. Topics of outcome based quality improvement/assurance processes, risk management, coding, and case/utilization management are highlighted. Leadership and professional development is emphasized.

Credits: 3

Prerequisites

PTHE 1652 Physical Therapy Roles and Professional Issues

PTHE 1652

Physical Therapy Roles and Professional Issues

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This course explores a variety of professional issues highlighting the five roles of the physical therapist (PT) and the principles and structure of the healthcare delivery system. Relevant issues in PT practice and health policy are discussed, analyzed, and debated. Concepts of access, cost, and quality in addition to healthcare regulation, legislative processes, and third party payer concepts are explored. Privacy, consent, and discrimination laws as well as ethical principles and theories will be applied to professional scenarios.

Credits: 4

Prerequisites

PTHE 1511 Health Professionalism and Educational Principles

PTHE 1655

Advanced Educational Principles for Physical Therapists

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This course provides the foundation for systematically designing, implementing, and evaluating learning experiences used in the education of patients, students, colleagues, community members, and self. Students will learn about the role of the health care professional in education. Principles of learning, teaching, goal setting, writing behavioral objectives, instructional strategies, strategies for group facilitation, patient and family education, and teaching in both the clinical and academic settings will be discussed.

Credits: 2

Prerequisites

PTHE 1511 Health Professionalism and Educational Principles

PTHE 1657

Essentials of Pharmacology for Physical Therapists

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This course will introduce physical therapy students to pharmacological intervention in patient/client management. The impact that pharmaceuticals have on physical therapy as well as the impact that physical therapy intervention may have on drug metabolism is highlighted. The course will describe basic pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics, identify general categories of drugs affecting individual body systems and explore potential interactions of physical therapy treatments and pharmacokinetics.

Credits: 2

Prerequisites

PHYS 1571,1582 Human Physiology I, II; PTHE 1525,1626 Clinical Conditions I, II; PTHE 1573 Human Neuroscience; PTHE 1673 Applied Neuroscience

PTHE 1661

Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation II

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This course is a continuation of principles and skills acquired in PTHE 1561. Students learn to evaluate and treat musculoskeletal disorders of the thoracic and lumbar spine, pelvis, hip, knee, ankle, and foot. Pharmacological and medical management of these disorders are covered. Students refine their ability to complete a thorough subjective history, plan the physical examination, and provide interventions for persons with primary musculoskeletal and neuromuscular disorders.

Credits: 5

Prerequisites

PTHE 1561 Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation I

PTHE 1672

Integumentary Rehabilitation

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This course will explore the response of the integumentary system to disease, injury, and aging. The pathophysiology of integumentary diseases/conditions as well as the pharmacological and non-pharmacological medical management of these conditions will be covered. Emphasis will be on the evaluation and physical therapy interventions for wound management, burn rehabilitation, and rehabilitation of persons with acute/chronic integument conditions.

Credits: 3

Prerequisites

PTHE 1574 Physical Therapy Evaluation; PTHE 1636 Physical Agents

PTHE 1673

Applied Neuroscience

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This course is a continuation of the study of human neuroscience with an emphasis on pathological conditions and physical therapy clinical applications.

Credits: 3

Prerequisites

PHYS 1571,1582 Human Physiology I, II; ANAT 1551 Human Anatomy I/Embryology; PTHE 1573 Human Neuroscience

PTHE 1675

Physical Therapy Evaluation III

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Course addresses the examination and evaluation of body structure and function impairments, activity limitations, and participation restrictions of children and adults with neurological dysfunction. Students are introduced to various standardized examination tools and outcome measures.

Credits: 3

Prerequisites

PTHE 1517 Life Span Human Development; PTHE 1626 Clinical Conditions II; PTHE 1576 Physical Therapy Evaluation II; PTHE 1581 Kinesiology/Biomechanics II; PTHE 1673 Applied Neuroscience

PTHE 1682

Geriatric Rehabilitation

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This course will focus on physical therapy management of well and medically complex older adults incorporating evidence-based practice and knowledge of lifespan development into clinical decision making. Emphasis is placed on the selection of screening, examination, and outcome measurement tools, determination of medical necessity and prognosis, care coordination and plan of care development. Additional emphasis is placed on prevention & wellness, differentiating normal and abnormal aging, and the selection, progression, and modification of interventions.

Credits: 4

Prerequisites

PTHE 1542 Neuromuscular Rehabilitation II; PTHE 1606 Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation; PTHE 1642 Pediatric Rehabilitation; PTHE 1661 Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation II

PTHE 1690

Physical Therapy Interventions III

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This course builds on the principles of exercise theory introduced in Physical Therapy Interventions II. Exercise principles commonly utilized within the clinical environment will be presented and demonstrated. Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation (PNF) will be introduced. Students will learn how to develop and implement an exercise program for individuals across the life span. Clinical conditions and impairments affecting performance will be discussed as they relate to physical therapy intervention.

Credits: 3

Prerequisites

PTHE 1517 Life Span Human Development; PTHE 1576 Physical Therapy Evaluation II; PTHE 1581 Kinesiology/Biomechanics II; PTHE 1573 Human Neuroscience

PTHE 1691

Physical Therapy Interventions IV

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This course focuses on the design, implementation, and evaluation of comprehensive treatment plans for adult and pediatric patients with neurological dysfunction. General as well as pathology specific intervention strategies and tactics are addressed.

Credits: 5

Prerequisites

PTHE 1517 Life Span Human Development; PTHE 1581 Kinesiology/Biomechanics II; PTHE 1602 Clinical Problem Solving II; PTHE 1626 Clinical Conditions II; PTHE 1673 Applied Neuroscience; PTHE 1675 Physical Therapy Evaluation III; PTHE 1690 Physical Therapy Interventions III

PTHE 1696

Clinical Experience I

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Upon completion of all coursework through spring quarter of the first professional year, students participate in a three-week, full-time, supervised clinical experience. Students practice patient management under the direct supervision of an experienced physical therapist. Students practice skills in communication, patient evaluation/management, infection control/standard precautions, and patient education. Students will also practice a variety of professional skills critical to professional development. Minimum GPA requirements apply.

Credits: 3

PTHE 1697

Clinical Experience II

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Upon completion of all coursework in the winter quarter of the second professional year, students practice patient management skills under the direct supervision of an experienced physical therapist. Students perform patient examination, the interpretation of examination results, determine a physical therapy diagnosis and prognosis, design and safely implement a plan of care, and evaluate patient outcomes. Minimum GPA requirements apply.

Credits: 11

PTHE 1698

Full Time Clinical Experience

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Upon completion of all coursework through summer quarter of the second professional year, students participate in twelve weeks of full-time, supervised clinical practice in the clinical environment. Students perform patient examination, evaluation and interpretation of examination results, determine a physical therapy diagnosis and prognosis, design and safely implement a plan of care, and evaluate patient outcomes. Students will also practice a variety of skills critical to professional development. Minimum GPA requirements apply.

Credits: 12

PTHE 1700

Human Anatomy II

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This course will examine in detail the anatomical joint structures of the extremities and trunk. Muscles, joint structure and function, nerves, tissue and relationship to joint movement will be emphasized. Information about these structures and their function will be applied to surgical and clinical issues that relate to physical therapy intervention and management. Self-directed learning is an expectation of this course.

Credits: 3

Prerequisites

ANAT 1551 Human Anatomy I/Embryology; PTHE 1580,1581 Kinesiology/Biomechanics I, II; PTHE 1575,1576, 1675 Physical Therapy Evaluation I, II, III; PTHE 1590, 1591, 1690, 1691 Physical Therapy Interventions I, II, III, IV

PTHE 1704

Clinical Decision Making in Complex Cases

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This course reinforces and enhances clinical decision-making skills for complex patient cases. The Patient-Client Management and International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health Models are used to address patients with complex multisystem impairments. Students refine their ability to self-assess, formulate hypotheses, select outcome measurement tools, and structure a physical examination from subjective interview data. Learners evaluate objective examination findings to determine a plan for patient management.

Credits: 3

Prerequisites

PTHE 1606 Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation; PTHE 1632 Clinical Conditions and Differential Screening; PTHE 1672 Integumentary Rehabilitation; PTHE 1682 Geriatric Rehabilitation; PTHE 1761 Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation III

PTHE 1705

Clinical Problem Solving III

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This course is designed to reinforce and enhance the reasoning process used to make clinical decisions. In this course, clinical problem solving and patient management decisions focus on children and adults with neurologic, cardiopulmonary, integumentary or musculoskeletal dysfunction. The course format emphasizes efficient use of evidence-based practice within the context of clinical physical therapy practice. The course includes a combination of independent study, group discussions, student projects, and individual rationale defense through case study documentation assignments.

Credits: 3

Prerequisites

PTHE 1501,1602 Clinical Problem Solving I, II; PTHE 1675 Physical Therapy Evaluation III; PTHE 1691 Physical Therapy Interventions IV; PTHE 1573 Human Neuroscience; PTHE 1530 Research

PTHE 1706

Scholarly Development in Physical Therapy

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This course is the culmination of the group research project initiated and nurtured in two prior courses: PTHE 1530 Research and PTHE 1603 Scholarship in Physical Therapy. This course will focus on class presentation of completed research projects.

Credits: 2

Prerequisites

PTHE 1530 Research; PTHE 1570 Physical Therapy Roles and Professional Issues I; PTHE 1603 Scholarship in Physical Therapy

PTHE 1710

Clinical Competency Assessment II

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Clinical Competency Assessment II is the second of two courses assessing student preparation for clinical practice. Prior to twelve weeks of full-time supervised clinical practice in a health care environment, student patient management skills, safety, professional behavior, communication, clinical reasoning, and documentation related to a simulated patient encounter are evaluated.

Credits: 3

Prerequisites

Satisfactory completion of all coursework in the first and second professional years

PTHE 1719

Pediatric and Geriatric Interventions

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This course introduces principles of physical therapy practice as applied to older adults and children. This course will focus on comprehensive physical therapy management of children and older adults incorporating evidence-based practice, critical decision making, and service delivery across the continuum of healthcare. Adult and neonatal intensive care unit, early intervention and educational settings, geriatric rehabilitation/care settings, and issues related to legislation and reimbursement will be applied to outcomes measures and patient management plans.

Credits: 3

Prerequisites

PTHE 1517 Life Span Human Development

PTHE 1725

Health Promotion and Wellness in Physical Therapy

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Physical therapists have a role in the prevention of disease and injury as well and promotion of health and wellness to individuals and communities. In this course students will use their ability to identify risk factors for disease and illness in patients and communities and design strategies to reduce risk or the negative effects of a disease or injury. This class will also include exercise testing and prescription for health promotion and injury prevention. A community service project will be included in this course.

Credits: 3

Prerequisites

PTHE 1606 Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation; PTHE 1682 Geriatric Rehabilitation

PTHE 1731

Evidence-Based Practice III

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Each student completes a written report illustrating the use of evidence-based practice for a client being managed by the student in PTHE 1796 Clinical Internship 1. The report must demonstrate the student’s ability to document the examination findings for a patient case, apply information from the research literature to the treatment of a patient and report on the outcomes for a patient.

Credits: 1

Prerequisites

PTHE 1631 Evidence-Based Practice II; concurrent enrollment in PTHE 1796 Clinical Internship 1

PTHE 1732

Evidence-Based Practice IV

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Students will create a poster and write an abstract to supplement an oral presentation regarding the project completed in Evidence-Based Practice III. This capstone assignment will symbolize student application of evidence-based practice process and clinical decision making. This project will demonstrate the student’s ability to critically examine and question current practice patterns and to disseminate the information in a professional manner.

Credits: 1

Prerequisites

PTHE 1731 Evidence-Based Practice III; concurrent enrollment in PTHE 1797 Clinical Internship II

PTHE 1743

Neuromuscular Rehabilitation III

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Course addresses the pathology, pharmacotherapeutics, examination and evaluation of body structure and function impairments, activity limitations, and participation restrictions for individuals experiencing spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury, vestibular dysfunction, and cerebellar dysfunction. Students are presented standardized examination tools, outcome measures, and appropriate intervention strategies, tactics, and progression.

Credits: 5

Prerequisites

PTHE 1542 Neuromuscular Rehabilitation II

PTHE 1750

Health Promotion II

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This is the second of a two-course series focusing on wellness and prevention. In this course, students will have the opportunity to apply principles presented in Health Promotion I, as well as appropriate principles of teaching and learning presented in Educational Principles for Physical Therapists. Students are expected to plan, implement, and evaluate a health promotion and/or disease/injury prevention program for a community group in need of wellness or prevention services.

Credits: 3

Prerequisites

PTHE 1550 Health Promotion I; PTHE 1560 Educational Principles for Physical Therapists

PTHE 1751

Physical Therapy Management of Special Populations

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Physical therapists must understand the unique circumstances that are created by certain pathologies. In this course, students learn considerations for the medical and physical therapy evaluation and treatment for special populations such as: individuals with cancer, lymphedema, pelvic floor dysfunction, fibromyalgia, complex regional pain syndrome, and chronic disabilities. Pharmacological interventions and their implications in these pathologies and physical therapy will be discussed.

Credits: 2

Prerequisites

PTHE 1574 Physical Therapy Evaluation; PTHE 1581 Kinesiology/Biomechanics II; PTHE 1632 Clinical Conditions and Differential Screening; PHYS 1582 Human Physiology II

PTHE 1757

Prosthetics/Orthotics

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This course introduces students to the need for and use of upper and lower extremity prosthetics and orthotics. Components, materials, design, fitting, alignment, prescription, training, and total patient management are discussed. Emphasis is placed on lower extremity prostheses. The use of orthoses for the upper extremity, lower extremity, and spine are also introduced. Course material will address components of orthotics, materials used in fabrication of orthotics, design, fitting, alignment, prescription, and training as related to physical therapy patient management.

Credits: 3

Prerequisites

PTHE 1542 Neuromuscular Rehabilitation II; PTHE 1581 Kinesiology/Biomechanics II; PTHE 1632 Clinical Conditions and Differential Screening; PTHE 1672 Integumentary Rehabilitation; PTHE 1761 Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation III

PTHE 1761

Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation III

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Students are introduced to advanced treatment techniques of joint and soft tissue manipulation and neural tissue mobilization. Students will utilize the clinical decision making model and contraindications in determining the appropriate and judicious use of these treatment techniques. Cadaver dissections emphasize joint structure, muscles, fascia and nerves and their relationship to movement and function will be applied. Students learn principles and components of workplace ergonomics, work hardening programs and Functional Capacity Evaluations.

Credits: 4

Prerequisites

PTHE 1661 Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation II

PTHE 1770

Physical Therapy Roles and Professional Issues II

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This is the second of three courses which expands upon the student's understanding of the roles of the physical therapist and contemporary practice issues. The impact of a variety of professional issues such as healthcare policy, ethics, reimbursement, socialized medicine, technology, and APTA initiatives on healthcare service delivery and physical therapy practice are discussed, analyzed and debated. Issues related to the transition from a professional preparation program to clinical practice are included.

Credits: 3

Prerequisites

PTHE 1570 Physical Therapy Roles and Professional Issues I; PTHE 1560 Educational Principles for Physical Therapists; PTHE 1648 Management in Physical Therapy Systems; PTHE 1779 Applied Management in Physical Therapy Systems; PTHE 1696,1697 Clinical Experience I, II

PTHE 1771

Physical Therapy Roles and Professional Issues III

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This course illustrates the student's understanding of the role of the physical therapist in contemporary clinical practice. Each student completes a written case report, based on a client he/she managed during Clinical Experience III, which illustrates all the parts of the patient/client management model and multiple examples of evidence-based practice.

Credits: 1

Prerequisites

PTHE 1697,1798 Clinical Experience II, III

PTHE 1778

Administration in Health Care Systems

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Today’s healthcare environment requires the business acumen to plan, organize, and manage human, technical, environmental, and financial resources effectively and efficiently. Students will have the opportunity to create a business proposal for a new rehabilitation service line or business. Employment and contract law, organizational management, feasibility studies and strategic planning, marketing, consulting, and business ethics will be explored. Professional development and effective oral/written communication in preparation for employment are emphasized.

Credits: 3

Prerequisites

PTHE 1649 Management and Reimbursement in Physical Therapy Systems

PTHE 1779

Applied Management Skills in Physical Therapy Systems

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As they enter the work force, physical therapists need the ability to apply management skills. Specifically, physical therapists are often called upon to develop and execute a plan to integrate a new product, program or service into an existing rehabilitation delivery system. This course is structured around the development of a strategic plan and budget proposal for a rehabilitation service line or business start-up. Concepts related to personnel and accounting regulations, contract law, consultation, sales and marketing, legal and ethical issues will be analyzed.

Credits: 3

Prerequisites

PTHE 1648 Management in Physical Therapy Systems

PTHE 1792

Physical Therapy Interventions V

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Physical therapy assessment and interventions are addressed in the areas of home health, occupational health, aquatics, lymphedema, chronic pain, pregnancy, and pelvic floor dysfunction. Unique treatment approaches are examined from the perspective of evidence-based practice.

Credits: 3

Prerequisites

PTHE 1575,1576,1675 Physical Therapy Evaluation I, II, III; PTHE 1590,1591,1690,1691 Physical Therapy Interventions I, II, III, IV; PTHE 1604 Clinical Conditions III

PTHE 1796

Clinical Internship 1

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Upon completion of all coursework through fall quarter of the third professional year, students participate in twelve weeks of full-time, supervised clinical practice to refine patient/client management skills and professional behaviors. Students apply the process of clinical problem solving in the evaluation and treatment of patients/clients, display appropriate professional attitudes and behaviors, and effectively integrate current research into the clinical decision making process. Minimum GPA requirements apply.

Credits: 12

PTHE 1797

Clinical Internship 2

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Upon completion of all coursework through winter quarter of the third professional year, students participate in twelve weeks of full-time, supervised clinical practice to refine patient/client management skills and professional behaviors. Students apply the process of clinical problem solving in the evaluation and treatment of patients/clients, display appropriate professional attitudes and behaviors, and effectively integrate current research into the clinical decision making process. Minimum GPA requirements apply.

Credits: 12

PTHE 1798

Clinical Experience III

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Upon completion of all coursework in the fall quarter of the third professional year, students participate in a ten-week, full-time, supervised clinical experience. Students practice patient management skills, perform examination, interpret examination results, determine a physical therapy diagnosis and prognosis, design and safely implement a plan of care, perform interventions, and evaluate patient outcomes. Students will also practice a variety of professional skills critical to professional development. Minimum GPA requirements apply.

Credits: 11

PTHE 1799

Clinical Experience IV

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Upon completion of all coursework in the winter quarter of the third professional year, students participate in a ten-week, full-time, supervised clinical experience. Students practice patient management skills, perform examination, interpret examination results, determine a physical therapy diagnosis and prognosis, design and safely implement a plan of care, perform interventions, and evaluate patient outcomes. Students will also practice a variety of professional skills critical to professional development. Minimum GPA requirements apply.

Credits: 11