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. Required for Ph.D. students.
Current theories and research pertaining to the neural mechanisms of motor control and sensorimotor integration are introduced as a foundation for the evaluation and treatment of movement and balance deficits. Studies involving lesion of the nervous system are discussed to demonstrate the impact of neural impairments on motor performance and motor learning. The course also introduces the neurophysiologic methods to evaluate the relationship between neural circuitry and human movement (e.g., MRI, EEG, single unit recording, PET).
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 are 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 Ph.D. students.
Application of the mechanical principles to static and dynamic models of human posture and movement and of the mechanical properties of the link-segment systems and biological tissues are introduced in this course. Dynamical systems framework are introduced as a basis for understanding the organization of complex movement patterns. Other systems, computational, and statistical models that are commonly used to analyze and describe the mechanisms of human posture and movement are discussed. Interpretation of the model predictions is based on healthy individuals in addition to those with movement deficits.
A survey of theory and research concerning the cognitive processes of the human brain and motor behavior is conducted. Emphasis is placed on the developmental changes that underlie cognition as they relate to motor behavior. These objectives are approached by examining lifespan motor development and learning, attentional mechanisms, perceptual effects on motor output, implicit and procedural memory effects on motor control, automatic compensatory responses and/or strategies following injury or disease, and adaptation to long- and short-term changes in the body or environment.
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.
Current theories pertaining to the control of movement and posture are reviewed as a foundation for the evaluation and treatment of movement and balance dysfunction. Required for Ph.D. students.
Prerequisite: Students must have completed a previous anatomy course; permission of instructor.
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.
9651. Theoretical Foundations
of 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. Students examine empirical evidence that supports or refutes each theory. Required for Ph.D. in PT students.
Prerequisite: Graduate-level statistics course.
Research in health care practice and education. Includes critical analysis of manuscripts, experimental and nonexperimental research designs, and overview of quantitative and qualitative analyses.
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 Ph.D. in PT students.
Health care problems are also presented.
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 is also presented.
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 Ph.D. 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 9683.
Individual investigation in physical therapy practice or research under the guidance of a mentor.
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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 Ph.D. students.
Limited to Ph.D. in PT students who have completed all their coursework and are finishing qualifying examinations.
Limited to Ph.D. in PT students who have passed preliminary examinations. Required for Ph.D. in PT students.
Limited to Ph.D. 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 review and discuss progress to date.