College of Health Sciences

Downers Grove, IL Campus

Elective Courses

Physical Therapy Program

Abbreviation/Number
Course Name

LANGD 1500

Medical Spanish

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This elective provides medical, pharmacy, physician assistant and biomedical sciences students with the Spanish vocabulary necessary to understand and converse in the fields of medicine and healthcare. The course has been designed to enhance communicating with the Latino patient as well as understanding cultural attitudes, which may impact medical care. Listening, comprehension, and conversational skills will be stressed through dialogues and oral presentations. Critical learning skills that students are encouraged to develop are cooperative learning and effective group dynamics.

Credits: 2

Prerequisites

Two years of high school or college Spanish

PHARD 1411

Pharmacological Aspects of Drug Abuse

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This elective is designed to provide the student with an in-depth understanding of the pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of the common drugs of abuse, including alcohol, cocaine, stimulants, hallucinogens, and opioids. Current theories regarding the physiologic basis of drug-seeking behavior and the development of drug dependence are presented. In addition, various social, legal and ethical aspects of the drug abuse problem are considered.

Credits: 2

PSCID 1379

LGBTQI Considerations in the Provision of Healthcare

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This course helps students better provide compassionate and thorough patient centered care to members of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Intersex (LGBTQI) community. Lecture topics include an introduction to LGBTQI culture and history, health and social service needs, and communication strategies. Students learn how knowledge deficits in these areas can lead to health inequities for these populations.

Credits: 1

PTHED 1400

Independent Study in Physical Therapy Practice

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This course is designed to allow the student to be actively engaged in independent study of a topic of their choice after consultation with faculty. Student will analyze concepts and dynamics of the topic such as: ethical conflicts, certification issues, utilization, trends and patterns of practice, managed care issues, and roles of the PT with other healthcare providers. The student will utilize multiple resources to gather information on the topic including traditional evidence searches, professional interviews, and shadowing.

Credits: 2

Prerequisites

Overall GPA of 3.0 and successful completion of all Physical Therapy Program courses through the spring quarter of the second year.

PTHED 1401

Standardized Measurement in Pediatric Physical Therapy

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This course will expand upon the basic introduction to standardized measurement provided in PTHED 1545. Students will examine the measurement characteristics of commonly used standardized assessment tools used in pediatrics, evaluate current evidence related to the specific measurement tools, and interpret results of completed assessments. Standardized assessment tools addressing motor development, motor function, functional ability and participation will be included for children from infancy through adolescence. The seminar type course will also include clinical experiences.

Credits: 2

Prerequisites

Overall GPA of 3.0 and successful completion of all Physical Therapy Program courses through the spring quarter of the second year.

PTHED 1402

Mobilization/Manipulation of the Pelvis, Lumbar and Thoracic Spine

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Expanding on concepts covered in Kinesiology II, Physical Therapist Evaluation II, and Physical Therapy Interventions II & III this elective will focus on he evidence to support the role of thrust and nonthrust mobilization/manipulation in developing comprehensive examination and intervention plans for the spine and pelvis in physical therapist practice. Student will meet with faculty using a variety of Socratic, seminar and laboratory activities to understand more fully the role that mobilization/manipulation can play in patient management, develop manual therapy skills, and develop an evidence based rationale for the safe and effective use of mobilization/manipulation as part of a comprehensive physical therapy intervention plan.

Credits: 1

Prerequisites

Overall GPA of 3.0 and successful completion of all Physical Therapy Program courses through the spring quarter of the second year.

PTHED 1403

Clinical Application of Quantitative Gait Data in the Pediatric Population

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Expanding on concepts covered in Kinesiology II and Lifespan Human Development, this elective will offer advanced understanding on the biomechanical assessment of gait (3-D kinematics, kinetics, and electromyography). Emphasis will be placed on the application of quantitative gait data for (1) clinical decision making and (2) evaluating outcomes of intervention in children with orthopaedic and neuromuscular disorders. Students will meet weekly with faculty to understand how quantitative gait data is collected and interpreted. Lab sessions will review physical examination measures used for children and instrumentation for 3-D gait analysis. A site visit will also be included at Shriners Hospitals for Children-Chicago where students will participate in data collection on a patient and attend an intervention planning session with orthopaedic surgeons.

Credits: 1

Prerequisites

Overall GPA of 3.0 and successful completion of all Physical Therapy Program courses through the spring quarter of the second year.

PTHED 1404

Physical Therapy Management of Female Pelvic Floor Function

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This course will offer an advanced understanding of the role of the female pelvic floor musculature and urinary incontinence. Students will meet weekly with faculty to increase their understanding of pelvic floor muscle exam, urinary incontinence and physical therapy interventions. Students will use a review of the literature to develop an examination and plan of care for patients presenting with urinary incontinence.

Credits: 1

Prerequisites

Overall GPA of 3.0 and successful completion of all Physical Therapy Program courses through the spring quarter of the second year.

PTHED 1405

Research Elective

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The research elective is designed to allow the student to plan and participate in a research project under the supervision of Midwestern University Physical Therapy faculty. Students are expected to work relatively independently and to make a substantial contribution to the overall research design, project implementation, data analysis or communication of findings on the project. However, it is recognized that the student is not the person primarily responsible for the project and that the faculty mentor supervises the student in their work. For example, students may be involved in a literature review during the planning stages of research, in designing an experiment or experimental equipment, or in data collection. Their role may change as the project progresses.

Credits: 2

Prerequisites

Overall GPA of 3.0 and successful completion of all Physical Therapy Program courses through the spring quarter of the second year.