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t-DPT Course Descriptions

PT 860 Health Promotion and Wellness (2 credits)

This course is structured to develop a knowledge base, foster critical analysis skills, and  develop implementation strategies related to the role of the physical therapist in preventative healthcare including health promotion, injury prevention, fitness and wellness across the lifespan. Areas of focus include cardiopulmonary and musculoskeletal wellness through detection of risk factors and prevention of injury and disease processes with consideration for specific populations including pediatric/adolescent, adult, female, geriatric and special populations. Students are exposed to public health issues, screening techniques, and strategies for establishing wellness programs in a variety of settings. 

PT 862 Physical Therapy Pharmacology (2 credits)

A review of basic principles of pharmacology impacting clinical physical therapy practice using a case-based approach is addressed. The course covers the mechanism of action of drugs, pharmacokinetics, side effects and therapeutic use. Students will learn the application of pharmacological interventions and their influence on physical therapy care plans.

PT 864 Healthcare and Leadership (2 credits)

Leaders in the healthcare industry must have an understanding of issues currently facing our healthcare system today combined with a drive to achieve the best in themselves, their employees, and their organization in order to survive. In this course, we will examine the expected changes and concerns/potential issues in our healthcare system resulting from the passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010. We will study the financing of our healthcare system, access and socioeconomic issues, and review current models of healthcare and universal health care programs utilized in other countries today. Knowledge of these issues provides leaders with a foundation from which to cultivate teamwork, competency, motivation and improved performance in an organization. In addition, self awareness of leadership qualities and style will be examined. 

PT 866 Critical Inquiry (2 credits)

This course introduces the critical inquiry process relevant to basic and clinical research. Students will learn the basic language, logic and methods of research, as they relate to Physical Therapy. Specifically the course will provide the student with a basic understanding of evidence-based practice, research ethics and research design. This course will begin the process to enable the student to become an informed consumer of research literature. 

PT 882 Diagnostic Imaging (2 credits)

This course introduces the DPT student to modern musculoskeletal imaging. Emphasis is placed on the interpretation of x-ray films, magnetic resonance (MR) and computed tomography (CT) imaging. Advanced imaging techniques such as SPECT, PET, US, bone scans, and videofluoroscopy will also be covered. Using a regional anatomic approach, information is generally presented in the following order: a brief review of the clinical anatomy for each region, normal imaging followed by pathology. Material from the textbook is supplemented using peer-reviewed articles from the radiologic literature. Throughout the course, emphasis is placed on the relevance of diagnostic imaging in everyday Physical Therapy practice. Clinical case scenarios are utilized to further develop critical thinking skills of students.

PT 884 Medical Screening and Referral (2 credits)

Medical screening procedures that are useful to physical therapists to identify non-musculoskeletal pathology are reviewed.  The referral process is addressed allowing the physical therapist to optimize the use of other health care team members and their services accordingly.  The lecture, text and case-base format is used to foster application in the physical therapy setting.

PT 772 Independent Study (2 credits)

This course provides an introduction to various methods and styles of scientific writing and communication essential to the clinical doctorate in physical therapy. Weekly sessions emphasize principles of scientific writing, as applied to different forms of scientific communication to further develop each student’s eclectic abilities. Topics include basic guidelines for writing in the sciences, strategies for getting started, parts of a research article, review paper/integrated paper, specific aims page, and developing an presentation using PowerPoint. Writing assignments provide an opportunity for students to apply writing principles and learn how to edit, proofread and revise their own work.

PT 888 Evidence based Practice (2 credits)

Evident-based practice is the integration of best research evidence with clinical expertise and patient values. In this course, clinicians will learn to form precise clinical questions and seek answers through analysis of scientific research. The clinical relevance of studies will be examined, as clinicians become confident in their ability to apply research findings to their practice.