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.