Advanced Musculoskeletal Anatomy
Advanced cadaver dissection and study. Students are assumed to have a basic understanding of human anatomy. This course integrates clinical and anatomical perspectives of the human body. Individual projects are planned by each student. Prerequisite : a previous anatomy course and prior approval by instructor.
Lifespan Motor Development
Lifespan developmental theories are surveyed as a foundation for understanding normal and abnormal motor behavior from the fetal period through older adulthood. Application of lifespan developmental principles to the practice of physical therapy for individuals with neurologic dysfunction is emphasized.
Neural Regulation of Posture and Movement
Current theories pertaining to the control of movement and posture will be reviewed as a foundation for the evaluation and treatment of movement and balance dysfunction. Required for PhD students.
Issues in Motor Learning for Physical Therapists
A survey of current issues and trends in motor learning research and theory. Applications of motor learning principles to clinical practice is emphasized, particularly as they relate to the structure of feedback and practice schedules for patient populations.
Instrumentation and Motion Analysis
Current methodology appropriate to the study of normal and abnormal human movement is presented. Both technical and theoretical foundations of instrumentation use are included. Students have opportunities to develop skills in data acquisition, reduction and analyses in the laboratory sessions.
Atypical Human Movement
An exploration of the theoretical perspectives used to interpret movement dysfunctions. Topics include overuse, developmental regression, limited repertoires, and external and internal constraints. Required for PhD students.
Biomechanics of Posture and Movement
Application of the principles of classical mechanics to static and dynamic models of human posture and movement. The mechanical properties of link-segment systems and of biological tissues will be examined. This course forms the foundation for more advanced coursework in the curriculum. Required for PhD students
Clinical Decision Making
Exploration of the principles, concepts, and theoretical bases central to clinical evaluation and assessment leading to physical therapy diagnosis and patient management. Clinical assessment will be examined in relation to standards of clinical mea surement and current trends in assessment of patient outcomes. Required for PhD students.
Musculoskeletal Impairment: Evidence for Examination and Intervention Strategies
Review of evidence from refereed literature and from expert clinical practice that supports reliability, validity and utility of examination and intervention techniques used in the physical therapy management of patients with musculoskeletal impairment.
Falls in Older Adults: Advanced Assessment and Case Management
Advanced assessment and treatment strategies used to identify and remediate falls and balance instability in the older adult. The course will also examine community and agency resources, universal design and the development of fall prevention and health promotion programs.
Theoretical Foundations or Physical Therapy
This course examines theories that underlie the discipline of Physical Therapy. Topics include neuronal regeneration, balance control, motor development, cumulative trauma disorders, health services research and expertise in clinical practice. Stud ents will examine empirical evidence that supports or refutes each theory. Required for PhD students.
Research in health care practice and education. Includes critical analysis of manuscripts, experimental and nonexperimental research designs and overview of quantitative and qualitative analyses. A graduate level statistics course is a required pre requisite. Required for PhD students.
Full time work in the laboratory of a faculty member to learn instrumentation and techniques pertinent to the area of research the student wishes to pursue. Two rotations required for PhD students.
Qualitative Research Strategies for Health Care
Qualitative research focusing on grounded theory and case analysis. Combining qualitative and quantitative research strategies to study health care problems will also be presented.
Curricular Design and Teaching in the Health Professions
Philosophical orientations to and alternative curricular designs for professional health care academic and clinical education. Theories of learning, teaching strategies and evaluation formats. Required for PhD students.
Administration of Health Professions Academic Programs.
Organization of universities with an emphasis on administration of professional graduate programs, program and faculty evaluation and development, funding, admissions, professional accreditation, clinical education and state licensure. Required for PhD students.
Practicum in teaching physical therapy in professional curricula. Students contract with an advisor for 80 hours of guided development, presentation and evaluation of a course segment based on principles and concepts covered in 683. Required for Ph D students.
Individual investigation in physical therapy practice or research.
Preliminary Exam Preparation
Limited to doctoral students who have completed all their coursework and are finishing qualifying examinations.
Dissertation Proposal Preparation
Limited to doctoral students who have passed preliminary examinations. Required for PhD students.
Dissertation Research and Colloquium
Limited to doctoral students who have passed preliminary examinations. Continuous registration in the fall and spring semesters is required until the oral defense has been passed. Students are required to attend a colloquium held once a month to re view and discuss progress to date. Required for PhD students