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Courses

Physical Therapy

8502. Human Anatomy I   (3 s.h.)

Prerequisite:  Permission of instructor if not matriculating in the D.P.T. Program.

This course represents the first part of a regional study of the gross structure of the human body. It includes classroom lectures and laboratory observations, including dissection of the back, upper and lower limbs, head and neck, thorax, abdomen and pelvis, and perineum.  Emphasis is on the structure and function of the skeletal, muscular, cardiovascular, respiratory, and peripheral nervous systems, including their embryologic development.  Students must learn the origins, insertions, and both spinal cord level and peripheral innervations, and actions of each muscle.  In addition, students must know all bony landmarks and all ligaments that support the joints under study.

8502. Human Anatomy II   (3 s.h.)

Prerequisite:  Permission of instructor if not matriculating in the D.P.T. Program.

This course represents the second part of a regional study of the gross structure of the human body. It includes classroom lectures and laboratory observations, including dissection of the back, upper and lower limbs, head and neck, thorax, abdomen and pelvis, and perineum.  Emphasis is on the structure and function of the skeletal, muscular, cardiovascular, respiratory, and peripheral nervous systems, including their embryologic development.  Students must learn the origins, insertions, and both spinal cord level and peripheral innervations, and actions of each muscle.  In addition, students must know all bony landmarks and all ligaments that support the joints under study.

8512. Human Physiology   (3 s.h.)

Prerequisite:  Permission of instructor if not matriculating in the D.P.T. Program.

This course provides D.P.T. students with an opportunity to learn basic facts and principles of physiology.  The course focuses on cellular, skeletal, muscular, neurological, cardiovascular, pulmonary, integumentary, renal, endocrine, and metabolic physiology.  The discussed clinical topics are relevant to the modern practicing physical therapist.

8513. Movement Science I   (3 s.h.)

Prerequisite:  Matriculation in the D.P.T. Program.

This course begins with recognition of the external forces and factors that affect movement and then moves on to the interaction between biological structures, the forces they generate and encounter, and how the body assesses and coordinates the variables responsible in the production and control of movement.  Tissue mechanics relevant to bone, skeletal muscle, cartilage, tendons, and ligaments provide a basis for understanding the contribution of these tissues to movement, not only at a specific joint in the body, but also across multiple joints in the body.  In addition, students are required to recognize the implications of environmental conditions associated with movement, including statics, dynamics, reaction forces, and the effect of cognitive intent by the person performing the movement.

8514. Clinical Decision Making   (2 s.h.)

Prerequisite:  Matriculation in the D.P.T. Program.

This course presents evidenced-based models and exemplars of clinical decision making, including the World Health Organization’s International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health Model, decision making bias and heuristics, patient management, documentation styles, interdisciplinary care, teamwork, and interview/evaluation algorithms.  This course provides the student physical therapist with the tools to utilize a patient-therapist collaborative model to develop a goal-directed, team-centered intervention that encompasses the physical, psychological, social, and psychomotor status of the patient.

8516. Introduction to Physical Therapy   (1 s.h.)

Prerequisite:  Matriculation in the D.P.T. Program.

This course introduces students to the concepts of professionalism, advocacy, and the role of the physical therapist in the American health care system.  Students learn about the American Physical Therapy Association, its role in advancing the profession of Physical Therapy, and resources available through the organization.  In preparation for clinical practice, students are introduced to various documentation strategies, including electronic health records.  Students complete a medical terminology self-study prior to the beginning of the semester to help enhance documentation skills.

8517. Clinical Examination & Intervention Skills I   (3 s.h.)

Prerequisite:  Matriculation in the D.P.T. Program.

This Clinical Examination and Intervention Skills (CEIS) course provides an introduction to appropriate patient/client and clinician positioning/draping to preserve the modesty of the patient/client as well as the safety of the patient/client and clinician. The practices of appropriate positioning and draping for both the patient/client and clinician are emphasized throughout the course as the students begin to practically experience palpating their classmates and performing techniques such as soft tissue mobilization. Techniques such as manual muscle testing and goniometry are discussed based on the biomechanical concepts involved. Students spend their time in the laboratory practicing these techniques with specific attention paid to anatomy and the reliability and validity of manual muscle testing and range of motion measurements. Additionally, screening techniques (both gross motor and neurological) are addressed with time to practice these techniques assigned to the laboratory component of the class in order to help facilitate the student’s developing decision-making processes.

8518. Psychosocial Aspects   (3 s.h.)

Prerequisite:  Matriculation in the D.P.T. Program.

This course focuses on thoughtful critical thinking regarding the needs of human beings during illness and disease states and the related specific skills the student will require to successfully interact with and enhance wellness of patients and families in health care settings. To accomplish this, a variety of topics are presented through required readings, lectures, discussions, and experiential activities.

8521. Neuroscience   (3 s.h.)

Prerequisite:  Permission of instructor if not matriculating in the D.P.T. Program.

This course offers a study of the anatomy of the human nervous system with special attention to the brain and spinal cord.  It includes histology, physiology, and pathology of the nervous system. Examples are given of the cause-effect relationship between lesions and symptoms, albeit complex.

8522. Rehabilitative Pathophysiology   (3 s.h.)

Prerequisite:  Permission of instructor if not matriculating in the D.P.T. Program.

There are three components of this course: basic pathology (injury and adaptation); normal microanatomy of skin, bone, and connective tissue; and pathology of the cardiac, pulmonary, immune, endocrine, musculoskeletal, and integumentary systems.

8523. Movement Science II   (4 s.h.)

Prerequisite:  Matriculation in the D.P.T. Program.

Theories and basic principles of motor control, development, and learning are integrated and related to motor behavior across the human lifespan. Examples of both typical and atypical behavior are used to demonstrate the influence of impairments on control, development, and learning. Introductory concepts related to recovery of function following central nervous system damage are included.

8524. Clinical Examination & Intervention Skills II   (2 s.h.)

Prerequisite:  Matriculation in the D.P.T. Program.

The Clinical Examination and Intervention Skills (CEIS) course sequence contains theory and evidence for and practice of examination and intervention skills that can be applied to a wide variety of clinical settings and patient populations. The CEIS II course content includes examination and intervention skills related to bed mobility, transfers, and ambulation. It also provides a general review of systems assessments, including vital signs, sensory testing, cognitive assessment, and tests of dynamic posture, reflexes, and tone — all within a context of functional intervention, safety, customer service, infection control, and confidentiality. The development and advancement of the patient-therapist therapeutic relationship within the patient-practitioner collaborative model is emphasized in this course.

8525. Clinical Electroneurophysiology   (3 s.h.)

Prerequisite:  Matriculation in the D.P.T. Program.

This course includes the known physiologic and physical effects and application of select thermal and electrical therapeutic modalities. A problem-solving approach is used to assist the student to integrate basic physiologic, physical, and medical science aspects for the safe application of the modality. Electrodiagnostic testing in the context of physical therapy practice is presented.  Validity, reliability, sensitivity, and specificity of select clinical tests and the effectiveness of each thermal modality/electrotherapeutic device are addressed.

8528. Critical Inquiry I   (3 s.h.)

Prerequisite:  Matriculation in the D.P.T. Program.

This course provides an introduction to the critical analysis of professional literature in preparation for evidence-based practice. Students learn how to conduct searches of scientific and professional literature related to physical therapy, how to judge the validity of information obtained through both print and electronic media, and how to assess the internal and external validity of research articles as sources of information on which to base clinical decisions. Students also learn how to use web-based technology to prepare reports of research-based literature.

8529. Exercise   (3 s.h.)

Prerequisite:  Matriculation in the D.P.T. Program.

Course content begins with an introduction of peripheral neurophysiology that functions as both a feedback system and instigator of human movement. Studied next is the physiologic response of connective tissue to exercise, including tissue irritability and plasticity, and how each relates to the goals of increased range or mobility through stretching and increased strength or stability from exercise progression. The decision-making rationale of exercise prescription is then discussed within the context of these goals regarding the use of exercise to augment performance in the areas of strength, power, and endurance, plus the progression and monitoring of the physiologic response to exercise for both symptomatic and asymptomatic individuals.  Specific attention is paid to the concept of isometric, isotonic, and isokinematic (or any other) forms of exercise, including the incorporation of neural influences through proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation (PNF).

8532. Clinical Management of Musculoskeletal Conditions I   (3 s.h.)

Prerequisite:  Matriculation in the D.P.T. Program.

The goal of the three-course musculoskeletal management series is for students to become proficient in the physical therapy management of patients with musculoskeletal disorders.  Evidence-based practice serves as a foundation for this course. Students learn a comprehensive examination scheme utilizing the most valid and reliable tests and measures.  Using the current best evidence, students learn to develop a plan of skilled interventions for patients with selected musculoskeletal disorders.  Psychomotor skills are emphasized and practiced to proficiency during laboratory sessions for selected physical examination tests and manual therapy techniques.  This course begins with an overview of the examination and intervention process for patients with musculoskeletal disorders.  The focus of the remaining material is on the lower quarter regions of the musculoskeletal system: lumbar spine, pelvis, hip, knee, ankle, and foot.

8533. Movement Science III   (2 s.h.)

Prerequisite:  Matriculation in the D.P.T. Program.

This course provides D.P.T. students with an opportunity to learn basic facts and principles of physiology.  The course focuses on cellular, skeletal, muscular, neurological, cardiovascular, pulmonary, integumentary, renal, endocrine, and metabolic physiology.  The discussed topics are relevant to the modern practicing physical therapist.

8534. Clinical Management of Neuromuscular Conditions I   (4 s.h.)

Prerequisite:  Matriculation in the D.P.T. Program.

This course introduces evidence-based practice for adults and children with neurologic dysfunction. Using the International Classification of Function (ICF) model and the Hypothesis Oriented Algorithm for Clinicians (HOAC), students focus on evaluation and treatment for impairments of the human movement system and limitations in functional activities. Emphasis is placed on designing effective interventions for individuals with stroke, cerebral palsy (CP), traumatic brain injury (TBI), and spinal cord injury (SCI). Epidemiologic data and clinical medicine topics related to these diagnostic groups are presented. Issues related to the psychometric properties of measures and treatment efficacy and effectiveness are emphasized. The concept of diagnosis of neuromuscular disorders by physical therapists is introduced.

8535. Clinical Management of Cardiopulmonary Conditions   (3 s.h.)

Prerequisite:  Matriculation in the D.P.T. Program.

This course includes presentation of advanced pathophysiology, examination techniques, and therapeutic interventions specific to the cardiac, vascular, and pulmonary systems.  The course begins with the functional applications and implications of primary and secondary cardiovascular and pulmonary anatomy and dysfunction as it relates to movement dysfunctions.  Throughout the course, students gain knowledge of disease pathology and progression, appropriate interventions, tests and procedures, plan of care progressions, and management of the acutely ill patient.  The course emphasis is on impairments related to primary or secondary dysfunction of the cardiac and ventilatory pumps.  Topics include aging; diabetes; cardiac rehabilitation; pulmonary rehabilitation; the use of supplemental oxygen as a clinical drug; and rehab strategies for management of patients with co-morbidities affecting the cardiac, vascular, and pulmonary systems. This course includes wellness and prevention care, cultural issues, epidemiological data, and outcome measures. Issues of validity, reliability, sensitivity, and specificity are addressed with all examination techniques.

8536. Teaching Learning & Group Dynamics   (3 s.h.)

Prerequisite:  Matriculation in the D.P.T. Program.

The focus of this course is the development of the teaching, learning, and group dynamics knowledge and skills needed by health care professionals to serve as effective change agents with patients/clients and students, as well as effective collaborators with colleagues across disciplines and health care  administrators.  In addition, the course provides insight on the skills needed to evaluate the impact of the teaching, learning, and group dynamic initiatives to bring about change through the presentation of a variety of topics, required readings, lectures, seminars, and experiential activities.

8542. Clinical Management of Musculoskeletal Conditions II   (3 s.h.)

Prerequisite:  Matriculation in the D.P.T. Program.

The second course in the musculoskeletal management series emphasizes the same concepts as PHYS THER 8532 with a focus on the upper quarter regions of the musculoskeletal system: cervical and thoracic spine, shoulder girdle, elbow, wrist, and hand.

8546. Bioethics   (3 s.h.)

Prerequisite:  Matriculation in the D.P.T. Program.

This 10-week course focuses on the complexity of clinical and research scenarios. It requires health care expertise and an understanding of bioethical principles and values, within the context of a decision-making process. This course allows the student to increase understanding of ethics within the context of ethical dilemmas; understand more about one's own values and preferences when collecting information and making decisions; and value the gifts of collaboration when making bioethical decisions. Students explore scenarios that require ethical decision-making and develop some expertise with using an ethical decision-making matrix and applying the APTA Code of Ethics and Guide for Professional Conduct.

8547. Health Care Systems   (3 s.h.)

Prerequisite:  Matriculation in the D.P.T. Program.

This course is an introduction to the American health care system, using a model proposed by Kissick, which identifies four major system components: resources, delivery systems, planning/regulatory infrastructure, and consumers.  The course looks at all four of these components with less emphasis on consumers as this area is addressed in the Behavioral Science Series and again in the Management course.  This course emphasizes the interconnections between the various segments of the health care system.  It also explores and integrates the role of physical therapy as a profession and physical therapists as professionals in the system.  Further emphasis is on class participation as a method of modeling professional behavior.

8548. Critical Inquiry II   (1 s.h.)

Prerequisite:  Matriculation in the D.P.T. Program.

This course continues the fall semester Critical Inquiry I course by providing practice of skills needed to locate, understand, and critique research literature for clinical decision-making. Emphasis is on methods used to find relevant literature and assess the validity of research articles, systematic reviews, and meta-analyses. As a result of the activities in this course, students are able to conduct and document a focused search of the literature, effectively examining and interpreting the validity of research reported in the literature to enable appropriate judgments about the application of research evidence to clinical questions. Students are also able to document the analysis of research studies’ validity.

8551. Medical Diagnostics   (2 s.h.)

Prerequisite:  Matriculation in the D.P.T. Program.

Students gain an appreciation for and begin to develop strategies to integrate data from medical diagnostic procedures.  These data include results obtained from imaging and laboratory chemistry tests, as well as data derived from vascular, neurologic, cardiac, and pulmonary testing. The focus is on utilizing clinical data that documents both the status and the progression of disease and its impact on differential diagnosis, prognostication, and physical therapy interventions.

8552. Clinical Management of Musculoskeletal Conditions III   (3 s.h.)

Prerequisite:  Matriculation in the D.P.T. Program.

The third musculoskeletal management course emphasizes advanced clinical decision making and integration of material from across the curriculum, body systems, and lifespan.  Selected areas of the upper and lower quarter regions of the musculoskeletal systems are reviewed and updated.  Special topics such as management of chronic pain, work-related musculoskeletal disorders, injury prevention, complex regional pain syndrome, and temporomandibular joint disorders are also covered.

8553. Clinical Medicine & Pharmacotherapeutics   (3 s.h.)

Prerequisite:  Matriculation in the D.P.T. Program.

During the first half of the class, students gain an appreciation for the natural history, medical and/or surgical management of diabetes mellitus, HIV/AIDS, rheumatologic disorders, oncology, organ transplantation, and infectious diseases from the perspective of various health care practitioners, including nurses, physicians, and physical therapists.  Students also gain an appreciation for the impact of these disorders on functional abilities and the role of the physical therapist in the coordination and management of care for individuals with these diseases.  During the second half of the class, students are introduced to pharmacology as it relates to the practice of physical therapy. Discussions include pharmacokinetics and the indications and contraindications of various drugs relative to their effect on diagnosis, prognosis, and interventions in physical therapy.  Specific pharmacologic categories covered in the course are cardiovascular medications, chemotherapeutic agents, NSAIDS, antirheumatic agents, pulmonary medications, pain management strategies, neuromuscular medications, ionto/phonopheresis agents, different classifications of steroids, and diabetes management agents.

8554. Clinical Management of Neuromuscular Conditions II   (3 s.h.)

Prerequisite:  Matriculation in the D.P.T. Program.

The course covers evidence-based practice for children and adults with disorders of the neuromuscular system with an emphasis on progressive disorders and selected current topics in managing neuromuscular disorders. Examination, evaluation, diagnosis, prognosis, and treatment of individuals with these disorders are addressed. The course includes epidemiologic data and medical management of progressive disorders, lifespan change in neurologic status, outcome measures, prevention of secondary impairments, wellness for individuals with neuromuscular dysfunction, and cultural issues related to the disorders presented. Issues addressed include validity, reliability, sensitivity, and specificity of measures as well as evidence of treatment efficacy and effectiveness.

8555. Prosthetics & Orthotics   (2 s.h.)

Prerequisite:  Matriculation in the D.P.T. Program.

This course presents the theory, evidence for, and process of examination and interventions used in the management of patients with a variety of complex or multiple organ-system pathologies. Emphasis is on the rehabilitation management of patients with transient, prolonged, or residual impairments that affect functional and vocational performance. Students learn about home and workplace assessment, as well as assessment for and prescription of appliances and equipment used to maximize patients’ functional abilities. These include wheelchairs, seating systems, alternative and adaptive equipment, aides, and prosthetic and orthotic devices.

8557. Management of Physical Therapy Practices   (3 s.h.)

Prerequisite:  Matriculation in the D.P.T. Program.

This course covers a transitional learning experience for the third-year student by allowing the synthesis of clinical knowledge learned during the first two years of the D.P.T. curriculum with an administrative and procedural framework.  The student is expected to demonstrate an understanding of how patient care paradigms can meld with the parameters of reimbursement, compliance, management hierarchy, and regulatory issues while allowing for individual and group therapist growth.  The capstone project entails the students providing a local physical therapy clinical department with real-time assistance on a management issue germane to that department.  The students are expected to meet with the assigned clinical staff; collect data; research the management issue; and provide a reasonable and effective solution utilizing evidenced-based practice guidelines where acceptable.

8558. Evidence-Based Practice I    (2 s.h.)

Prerequisite:  Matriculation in the D.P.T. Program.

This is the first in a two-course sequence designed to encourage use of the principles of evidence-based practice, integrating clinical expertise, patients’ values, and research evidence to produce a therapeutic alliance.  In this course, students generate a systematic review of the literature to answer a specific clinical question.  Students can choose either a review of therapeutic interventions or diagnostic tests.  The key project for this course is a written systematic review in a standardized format.  In addition, during the annual Temple PT Student Presentation Day, students present their research through either a poster or platform presentation format.

8559. Elective – Clinical Specialty   (3 s.h.)

Prerequisite:  Matriculation in the D.P.T. Program.

This course introduces students to clinical materials that go beyond entry-level education across an array of clinical disciplines.  Students can choose between either a combination of content areas or remain within a particular specialty, e.g., orthopaedics/musculoskeletal, manual therapy, sports, pediatrics, acute care, and research.  Content offerings may vary from year to year depending on student interest and available faculty expertise.

8568. Evidence-Based Practice II   (2 s.h.)

Prerequisite:  Matriculation in the D.P.T. Program.

This is the second in a two-course sequence designed to encourage use of the principles of evidence-based practice, integrating clinical expertise, patient values, and research evidence during clinical practice.  This course is offered via a distance learning format utilizing the Blackboard courseware platform.  Students complete several written assignments related to the application of evidence-based principles to their clinical practice.  The primary project is an individual project in which the students apply the principles of evidence-based practice to a clinical problem encountered during the final clinical internship.  The student then presents this process to colleagues in their clinical setting as an in-service.

9187. Teaching Practicum   (3 s.h.)

This is a 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.

9585. Clinical Internship I   (4 s.h.)

Prerequisite:  Matriculation in the D.P.T. Program.

Clinical Internship I follows the first year of completed academic coursework. The internship takes place off site and is coordinated by the Director of Clinical Education. This internship focuses on developing the professional clinical skills needed to work with various patient populations. Specifically, this internship gives students the opportunity to interact with patients in order to practice their interview skills, their interpersonal communication, their patient/client education, and their basic examination skills, including range of motion, manual muscle testing, palpation, and data collection.

9586. Clinical Internship II   (9 s.h.)

Prerequisite:  Matriculation in the D.P.T. Program.

The second full-time clinical internship takes place over the course of nine weeks. Clinical Internship 2 typically starts during the Spring semester of the student’s second academic year, but is listed as a Summer I course. The internship takes place off site and is coordinated by the Director of Clinical Education. This internship focuses on developing and integrating clinical skills and engaging in clinical decision making with various patient populations. Students are evaluated by the Clinical Instructor using the APTA PT CPI Web (2006).

9620.  Human Movement Science I: Neural Factors   (3 s.h.)

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).

9621.  Human Movement Science III: Cognition and Learning   (3 s.h.)

A survey of theory and research concerning the cognitive processes of the human brain and motor behavior is conducted. Emphasis is 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.

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.)

This course is 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.

9624.  Human Movement Science II: Mechanics and Models   (3 s.h.)

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. Dynamic systems framework are introduced as a basis for understanding the organization of complex movement patterns. Other systems, including 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 both healthy individuals and those with movement deficits.

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

This course reviews 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 are reviewed as a foundation for the evaluation and treatment of movement and balance dysfunction. Required for Ph.D. students.

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

Prerequisite: An anatomy course; permission of instructor.

This course engages in advanced cadaver dissection and study. Students must have a basic understanding of human anatomy and cadaver dissection. The course integrates clinical and anatomical perspectives 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. students.

9653. Research Strategies   (3 s.h.)

Prerequisite: Graduate-level statistics course.

This course reviews research in health care practice and education. It includes critical analysis of manuscripts, experimental and non-experimental research designs, and overview of quantitative and qualitative analyses.

9654. Laboratory Rotations and Seminar in Human Movement Science   (3 s.h.)

Students engage in full-time work in the laboratory of a faculty member to learn instrumentation, techniques, and analyses skills pertinent to the area of research the student wishes to pursue. Health care problems are also presented. Two rotations are required for Ph.D. students.

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

This course covers qualitative research focusing on grounded theory and case analysis. It also combines qualitative and quantitative research strategies to study health care problems.

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

This course presents philosophical orientations to and alternative curricular designs for professional health care academic and clinical education. Theories of learning, teaching strategies, and evaluation formats are presented. Required for Ph.D. students.

 

9675. Teaching Practicum   (3 s.h.)

This is a 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.

9682. Independent Study   (1-3 s.h.)

The course entails individual investigation in physical therapy practice or research under the guidance of a mentor.

9685. Clinical Internship III   (9 s.h.)

Prerequisite:  Matriculation in the D.P.T. Program.

The third full-time clinical internship takes place over the course of nine weeks. Clinical Internship 3 typically occurs during the Summer I and Summer II sessions, but is listed as a Summer II course. The internship takes place off site and is coordinated by the Director of Clinical Education. This internship focuses on developing and integrating clinical skills and engaging in clinical decision making with various patient populations. Students are evaluated by the Clinical Instructor using the APTA PT CPI Web (2006).

9686. Clinical Internship IV   (9 s.h.)

Prerequisite:  Matriculation in the D.P.T. Program.

The fourth full-time clinical internship takes place over the course of nine weeks. Clinical Internship 4 typically occurs during the Spring semester of the student’s third academic year. The internship takes place off site and is coordinated by the Director of Clinical Education. This internship focuses on developing and integrating clinical skills and engaging in clinical decision making with various patient populations. Students are evaluated by the Clinical Instructor using the APTA PT CPI Web (2006).

9687. Clinical Internship V   (9 s.h.)

Prerequisite:  Matriculation in the D.P.T. Program.

The fifth and final full-time clinical internship takes place over the course of nine weeks. Clinical Internship 5 typically occurs during the Spring semester of the student’s third academic year. The internship takes place off site and is coordinated by the Director of Clinical Education. This internship focuses on developing and integrating clinical skills and engaging in clinical decision making with various patient populations. Students are evaluated by the Clinical Instructor using the APTA PT CPI Web (2006) and are expected to be at entry-level performance upon completion of this course.

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

This course covers the 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.

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

Prerequisite:  Matriculation in the Ph.D. Program, with all coursework and qualifying exams completed.

 

The preliminary examination must be passed prior to defending the dissertation research proposal. The exam consists of a written and oral component. The written examination is a take-home exam on human movement science, research strategies, and teaching methods that is to be completed within a one-week period. The questions for the exam are prepared by a Preliminary Examination Committee comprised of three faculty members, one of which must be the individual with whom the student will likely undertake dissertation research. The Preliminary Examination Committee that constructs the exam also grades the written exam and conducts the oral exam. Students are not given an oral examination until they successfully complete the written exam. The oral exam encompasses content included in the written preliminary examination and the student’s area paper.

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

Prerequisite:  Matriculation in the Ph.D. Program and successful completion of the preliminary examination.

Students are expected to prepare and submit a dissertation proposal in the form of a grant proposal and successfully defend it orally before their Dissertation Committee.  As appropriate, they must obtain IRB approval for their proposed research, and submit a copy of the grant proposal to the Graduate School. Students are expected to have developed and defended their dissertation grant proposal within one year of successfully completing their preliminary examination.

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

Prerequisite:  Matriculation in the Ph.D. Program and successful completion of the preliminary examination.

Students are expected to complete and orally defend their dissertation research. Students must be enrolled continuously in PHYS THER 9999: Dissertation Research until their dissertation is successfully defended. The Graduate School requires at least 6 credit hours of dissertation coursework. Students must be enrolled in the semester that they graduate. Students are required to attend a colloquium held once a month to review and discuss progress to date.

 

Updated 2.2.10