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Physical Therapy

9187. Teaching Practicum   (3 s.h.)

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.

9621. Issues in Motor Learning for Physical Therapists   (3 s.h.)

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.

9622. Instrumentation and Motion Analysis   (3 s.h.)

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.

9623. Atypical Human Movement   (3 s.h.)

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.

9624. Biomechanics of Posture and Movement   (3 s.h.)

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

9625. Clinical Decision Making   (3 s.h.)

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.

9626. Musculoskeletal Impairment: Evidence for Examination and Intervention Strategies   (3 s.h.)

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.

9627. Neural Regulation of Posture and Movement   (3 s.h.)

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.

9645. Advanced Musculoskeletal Anatomy   (3 s.h.)

Advanced cadaver dissection and study. Students must have a basic understanding of human anatomy and cadaver dissection. The course integrates clinical and anatomical perspective of the human body. Individual projects are planned by each student. Prerequisite: students must have completed a previous anatomy course and prior approval by the instructor.


9651. Theoretical Foundations or Physical Therapy   (3 s.h.)

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 in PT students.

9653. Research Strategies   (3 s.h.)

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 in PT students.

9654. Laboratory Rotations   (3 s.h.)

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 in PT students.

9655. Qualitative Research Strategies for Health Care   (3 s.h.)

Qualitative research focusing on grounded theory and case analysis. Combining qualitative and quantitative research strategies to study health care problems will also be presented.

9673. Curricular Design and Teaching in the Health Professions   (3 s.h.)

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.

9682. Independent Study (1-3 s.h.)

Individual investigation in physical therapy practice or research under guidance of a mentor.

9774. Administration of Health Professions Academic Programs.   (3 s.h.)

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.

9994. Preliminary Exam Preparation   (1 s.h.)

Limited to PhD in PT students who have completed all their coursework and are finishing qualifying examinations.

9998. Dissertation on Proposal  (1-3 s.h.)

Limited to PhD in PT students who have passed preliminary examinations. Required for PhD in PT students.

9999. Dissertation Research and Colloquium   (1-3 s.h.)

Limited to PhD in PT 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