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 1551

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

PHYSG 1574

Human Physiology I

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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: 4

PHYSG 1685

Human Physiology 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: 4

PTHEG 1504

Foundations of Rehabilitation

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This course will introduce the students to the foundational concepts used in physical therapy. The Physical Stress Theory and Staging for Rehabilitation will be introduced as a framework for clinical decision making. The theory and application of therapeutic exercise will be studied and applied to the practice of physical therapy. Students will study the structure, function, mechanical properties and repair phases of cellular and extracellular matrix of the tissues of the body. The concepts of pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of drugs used for pain and musculoskeletal disorders will be discussed. An introduction to medical terminology will also be presented.

Credits: 5

PTHEG 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

PTHEG 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

PTHEG 1504 Foundations of Rehabilitation; ANATG 1551 Human Anatomy and Embryology

PTHEG 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, and interpretation of research findings. An introduction to the five steps of the evidence-based practice process is presented in this course.

Credits: 3

Prerequisites

PTHEG 1574 Physical Therapy Evaluation; PTHEG 1592 Acute Care Rehabilitation; PTHEG 1541 Neuromuscular Rehabilitation I

PTHEG 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

PTHEG 1574 Physical Therapy Evaluation

PTHEG 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

PTHEG 1574 Physical Therapy Evaluation; ANATG 1551 Human Anatomy and Embryology; PHYSG 1574 Human Physiology I

PTHEG 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, Parkinson's Disease and parkinsonisms. 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

PTHEG 1541 Neuromuscular Rehabilitation I

PTHEG 1561

Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation I

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This course introduces evidenced based evaluation and treatment methods for pathologies of the cervical and thoracic spine and upper extremity. Pharmacological and non-pharmacological medical management of musculoskeletal disorders will be covered. The process of patient evaluation will extend to include physical therapy and differential diagnosis for musculoskeletal disorders, the identification of impairments and functional limitations, staging for rehabilitation, intervention planning, and the generation of short and long-term goals.

Credits: 5

Prerequisites

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

PTHEG 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 used to gather patient history to formulate hypotheses. Students will learn to use all steps of the patient/management process which includes identifying problems, determining diagnosis and prognosis, implementing the plan of care, re-examination of the patient, and evaluation of treatment outcomes.

Credits: 3

Prerequisites

PTHEG 1504 Foundations of Rehabilitation; ANATG 1551 Human Anatomy and Embryology

PTHEG 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, measure range of motion at each of the joints and test the strength of the muscles surrounding the joint.

Credits: 4

Prerequisites

PTHEG 1504 Foundations of Rehabilitation; ANATG 1551 Human Anatomy and Embryology

PTHEG 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 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

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

PTHEG 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

PTHEG 1574 Physical Therapy Evaluation; PHYSG 1574 Human Physiology I

PTHEG 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

PTHEG 1592 Acute Care Rehabilitation; PHYSG 1574 Human Physiology I

PTHEG 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

PTHEG 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 Full Time Clinical Experience. 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

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

PTHEG 1632

Clinical Conditions and Differential Screening

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This course provides a comprehensive overview of the patho-physiology, epidemiology and clinical signs and symptoms associated with disorders of the various bodily systems and the musculoskeletal pathologies that manifest from them. The implications for physical therapy, medical management and pharmaceutical interventions of these disorders will be discussed. Students will apply clinical reasoning and the latest research and evidence to differentiate disorders that originate within the neuro-musculoskeletal system, in addition to screening for serious pathology.

Credits: 4

Prerequisites

PTHEG 1661 Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation II; PHYSG 1574 Human Physiology I

PTHEG 1636

Physical Agents

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This course addresses theoretical principles of underlying physiological changes that occur in response to the application of thermal, mechanical, electromagnetic and electrotherapeutic agents. Students will learn the clinical indications for each physical agent. Students will develop skills in effective application, will study the normal and abnormal responses of tissue following application and be able to identify any precautions and contraindications.

Credits: 4

Prerequisites

PTHEG 1581 Kinesiology/Biomechanics II; PHYSG 1574 Human Physiology I

PTHEG 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

PTHEG 1542 Neuromuscular Rehabilitation II

PTHEG 1649

Management and Reimbursement in Healthcare 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

PTHEG 1511 Health Professionalism and Educational Principles; PTHEG 1652 Physical Therapy Roles and Professional Issues; PTHEG 1698 Full Time Clinical Experience

PTHEG 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 will be applied to professional scenarios.

Credits: 4

Prerequisites

PTHEG 1511 Health Professionalism and Educational Principles; PTHEG 1698 Full Time Clinical Experience

PTHEG 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 and the clinic. 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

PTHEG 1511 Health Professionalism and Educational Principles; PTHEG 1610 Clinical Competency Assessment I

PTHEG 1661

Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation II

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This course introduces evidenced based evaluation and treatment methods for pathologies of the lumbar spine, pelvis, and lower extremities. Pharmacological and non-pharmacological medical management of musculoskeletal disorders will be covered. The process of patient evaluation will be extended to include physical therapy and differential diagnosis for musculoskeletal disorders, the identification of impairments and functional limitations, staging for rehabilitation, intervention planning, and the generation of short and long term goals.

Credits: 5

Prerequisites

PTHEG 1561 Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation I

PTHEG 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

PTHEG 1574 Physical Therapy Evaluation; PTHEG 1636 Physical Agents

PTHEG 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, case management, and plan of care development. Additional emphasis is placed on health promotion and safety, differentiating normal and abnormal aging, interprofessional communication, and the selection, progression, and modification of interventions.

Credits: 4

Prerequisites

CORE 1570 & 1580 Interdisciplinary Healthcare; PTHEG 1542 Neuromuscular Rehabilitation II; PTHEG 1606 Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation; PTHEG 1661 Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation II; PTHEG 1652 Physical Therapy Roles and Professional Issues; PTHEG 1698 Full Time Clinical Experience.

PTHEG 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

PTHEG 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

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

PTHEG 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 skills in patient management, 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

PTHEG 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 as 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

PTHEG 1606 Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation; PTHEG 1682 Geriatric Rehabilitation

PTHEG 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 PTHEG 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

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

PTHEG 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

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

PTHEG 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

PTHEG 1542 Neuromuscular Rehabilitation II

PTHEG 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 management 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

PTHEG 1574 Physical Therapy Evaluation; PTHEG 1581 Kinesiology/Biomechanics II; PTHEG 1632 Clinical Conditions and Differential Screening; PHYSG 1685 Human Physiology II

PTHEG 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

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

PTHEG 1761

Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation III

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Students will utilize the treatment-based classification system (TBC), other models of patient management and the latest evidence to guide clinical decision making for patients with spinal complaints. Students will enhance their skills of spinal assessment and apply manual interventions including high velocity low amplitude thrust manipulation and soft and neural tissue and mobilization. Examination of cadaver pro-sections will be utilized to enhance student’s knowledge and understanding of related pathologies. Principles and components of workplace ergonomics and Functional Capacity evaluations will be reviewed.

Credits: 4

Prerequisites

PTHEG 1661 Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation II

PTHEG 1778

Administration in Healthcare 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 perform community needs analyses, and create a business proposal for a pro-bono service, 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

PTHEG 1652 Physical Therapy Roles and Professional Issues; PTHEG 1649 Management and Reimbursement in Physical Therapy Systems; PTHEG 1698 Full Time Clinical Experience

PTHEG 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

PTHEG 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