Courses

Doctor of Physical Therapy

Courses

DPT 700 - Clinical Biomechanics
Credit: 4 Hours
This course will discuss and prepare students for clinical application of tissue and structural biomechanics within the musculoskeletal system. A detailed analysis of individual joint systems and applied biomechanics concepts will be discussed. Osteo and arthrokinematic movements within joint systems will be presented and discussed with clinical application in a laboratory environment using surface anatomy/palpation.

DPT 702 - Principles of Inquiry
Credit: 2 Hours
This course is designed to review current concepts of systematic evidence-based practice and will integrate these concepts to physical therapy clinical practice.  Students will apply evidence-based practice to a physical therapy related topic of their choosing. Application of these concepts will include critically evaluating relevant evidence in the literature, preparing literature for presentation to other medical professionals and preparing a decision-making algorithm for use in the clinical setting.

DPT 704 -  Human Anatomy
Credit: 5 Hours
This course involves an integrated study of gross human anatomy embodying gross morphology and coordinating with developmental and histological aspects of the body.  Included is regional dissection with emphasis on the musculoskeletal, nervous, circulatory and respiratory systems.

DPT 706 - Exercise Physiology
Credit: 2 Hours
This course is designed to provide students with an overview of bioenergetics in addition to a study of acute and chronic physiologic adaptations to aerobic, anaerobic and strengthening exercise.  The selection and application of therapeutic exercise and prescription will be emphasized in relation to physical impairments (body structure and function) and functional limitations (activities) frequently encountered across the lifespan in physical therapy.

DPT 708 - Human Pathophysiology
Credit: 4 Hours
This course provides a survey of human physiology and covers key concepts related to the function and biological control of cells, tissues, organs and body systems. Basic principles of physiology and pathology are addressed with focus on the coordinated functions and activities of specific body systems: nervous, musculoskeletal, cardiorespiratory, immune, endocrine, gastrointestinal, and other body systems.  Emphasis is given to normal system function, interaction and homeostasis, the ways that these contribute to the functions of the body as a whole. Abnormal function, interaction, and pathology will also be addressed along with injury, inflammation, and tissue repair.

DPT 710 - Pharmacology
Credit: 2 Hours
This course provides an introduction to pharmacology principles and pharmacokinetics. The focus will be on drugs (by class) effect on systems and common side effects. The effects of drugs on the central nervous system, skeletal muscle, cardiovascular, respiratory, gastrointestinal, and endocrine systems will be discussed. Drugs used to treat pain, inflammation, and an introduction to chemotherapy for infectious and neoplastic disease will be deliberated.

DPT 712 - Neuroscience
Credit: 3 Hours
This course provides students with a foundation in systems level neuroscience in coordination with the neurorehabilitation curriculum.  A focus on the understanding of normal function and pathology within the central nervous system (CNS) will occur.  Functional and regional neuranatomy will be presented.  The course is organized by coverage of review for axon physiology and neurotransmission, anatomical organization of the CNS, sensory and motor functions, and description of frequently encountered neurological disorders relevant to physical therapy.

DPT 714 - Motor Control
Credit: 3 Hours
This course examines perceptual, motor, and sensory contributions to feedforward and feedback postural control, balance, and movement strategies and promotes critical thinking as students use their understanding to develop educated interventions for movement pathologies with neurologic origins. Specific neurologic pathologies are introduced as patient examples of movement dysfunction from which students will develop and plan treatment strategies. The course is structured in three blocks covering theoretical frameworks of motor control, postural control, and mobility functions.

DPT 720 - Health & Wellness
Credit: 1 Hour
This course provides foundational concepts of health and wellness promotion in the individual and the community, and addresses the role of the physical therapist in health and wellness promotion.  The course will address physical, mental, and spiritual facets of wellness and their roles on fitness, nutrition, and body composition.  This course will include the relationship between health and wellness on disease and fitness throughout the lifespan from birth to death.

DPT 722 - Professional Development
Credit: 2 Hours
This course will provide students an overview of the physical therapy profession and prepare them for the principles that direct legal and ethical decisions, professional roles, and professional behaviors related to the practice of physical therapy.  Past, current, and future modes of the delivery of healthcare will be discussed.  Development of skills related to time management and stress, group dynamics, effective study and test taking strategies, and conflict management will be occur.  This course includes discussion of the generic abilities, core values, and the evolution of professional growth with components of self-assessment.  In addition to role playing activities and group discussion, students will document aspects of professionalism through the use of a professional portfolio throughout the entire curriculum.

DPT 724 - Service Learning 1
Credit: 1 Hour
This course starts a series of integrated service learning and early clinical experiences for students to practice using verbal and non-verbal communication skills within the internal and external community, communication between health professions, develop professional behavior, and survey the benefits of service related activities in rural communities. Inter-professional interaction and peer learning will be encouraged with any service activities geared to benefit community at large.

DPT 726 - Clinical Experience 1
Credit: 1 Hour
This is the first in a series of two integrated clinical learning experiences and associated service courses for students prior to their initial full-time clinical rotation.  This course will allow students to: interact in physical therapy and inter-professional activities; practice communication skills; practice tests and measures; physical agents, develop professional behavior; identify legal and ethical components of physical therapy; and observe medical conditions associated with health wellness and pathology.  Inter-professional interaction and peer learning will be encouraged with all clinical experiences.

DPT 728 - Clinical Education
Credit: 2 Hours
This course includes lecture and class discussion regarding documentation practices and standards in physical therapy; professional behavior and communication in the clinical setting, including communication when dealing with the unusual or unexpected patient situations; generational and cultural differences; teaching and learning principles, including learning styles, as applied to student and patient education; and proper use of the CPI as an assessment tool. Activities to prepare the student for clinical internships include an overview of the site-selection process, documentation activities, and interactive learning styles activities.

DPT 730 - Service Learning 2
Credit: 1 Hour
This is the second a series of three integrated service learning courses and associated early clinical experiences for students to practice using verbal and non-verbal communication skills within the internal and external community, communication between health professions, develop professional behavior, and survey the benefits of service related activities in rural communities.  Inter-professional interaction and peer learning will be encouraged with any service activities geared to benefit community at large.

DPT 732 - Clinical Experience 2
Credit: 1 Hour
This is the second in a series of two integrated clinical learning experiences and associated service courses that occurs the semester after the initial full-time clinical rotation.  This course builds upon students’ previous clinical experiences by allowing them exposure to different practice settings and additional inter-professional activities.  Students will enhance their: communication skills; tests and measures skills; physical agents utilization; professional behaviors; ability to identify legal and ethical components of physical therapy; and understanding of medical conditions associated with health wellness and pathology.  Inter-professional interaction and peer learning will be encouraged with all clinical experiences. 

DPT 734 - Service Learning 3
Credit: 1 Hour
This is the third in a series of three integrated service learning courses and associated early clinical experiences for students to practice using verbal and non-verbal communication skills within the internal and external community, communication between health professions, develop professional behavior, and survey the benefits of service related activities in rural communities.  Inter-professional interaction and peer learning will be encouraged with any service activities geared to benefit community at large.

DPT 736 - Administration & Management
Credit: 3 Hours
This course will provide an in-depth study of the organization and administration of physical therapy services, including organizational and administrative principles, employment practices and personnel management, marketing, facility planning, financial stewardship, reimbursement and outcomes.  Current payer methodologies and case management will be reviewed.  Students will learn the practical aspects of managing physical therapy services, from an initial business plan concept to long term strategic planning. Current regulatory, legal and policy and procedures that impact practice management will also be presented.

DPT 750 - Lifespan Continuum 1
Credit: 3 Hours
This course will provide the student with an overview of human development and aging from birth to death. Specifically, an epidemiological, chronological approach will be presented to develop the learner’s understanding and recognition of normal and abnormal psychosocial milestones throughout the lifespan. The course will also establish the learner’s foundational skills in evaluation and management of the physical therapy patient/client through an introduction to the SOAPIER format as the cornerstone of total patient/client management. The concepts of health, functioning, and pain behaviors will incorporated into an organization of the full biopsychosocial needs of the physical therapy patient/client. A focus on introductory skills in patient documentation, billing, inter-professional communication and rural community resources will be provided.

DPT 752 - Tests, Measures, and Mobility
Credit: 4 Hours
This course contains a 3 block modular series encompassing: 1) patient assessment techniques, 2) patient mobility, transfers, gait assistance, and assistive devices, and 3) physical agents and electrotherapeutic intervention. Assessment techniques will be discussed and practiced and can include universal precautions and aseptic technique, vital signs for assessment of physiologic status, goniometry and muscle length/strength testing, and posture. Patient mobility will be discussed and practiced and may include discussion of ADA, positioning/draping, transfers, assistive devices, and safety in all environments. Gait will be discussed from an intervention and prescriptive perspective with an emphasis on appropriate guarding and safety precautions. The science and reasoning behind use of thermal agents, electrotherapeutics, traction, compression, hydrotherapy, and ultraviolet, lasers, and lights will be discussed and practiced. This course serves as a foundation for clinical and physical therapy science courses later in the curriculum sequence. A solid understanding of this material is necessary to ensure success in future problem based learning activities.

DPT 754 - Burn & Wound Management
Credit: 2 Hours
The course will cover the basic science of normal physiology of tissue repair related to the pathology of burns and wounds. Psychosocial issues related to wound healing will be discussed. Knowledge of anatomy as well as the integumentary, vascular, neuromuscular and peripheral nervous systems will be required to properly identify various types of wounds including but not limited to: lacerations, ulcers, amputations, punctures, gun-shots, chemical, electrical and fire wounds. Different tools to measure wounds appropriately will be utilized. Various types of treatment such as debridement, protective garments, splinting devices, surgical intervention and chemical agents will be discussed. The student will also develop skills to prepare a sterile versus a clean environment as well as use personal protective equipment. The development of strategies to deal with special populations related to wounds such as obesity, diabetes, amputees and the indigent will be interwoven throughout this course. Finally the management and business details related to wounds including coding principles will be discussed.

DPT 756 - Therapeutic Exercise 1
Credit: 2 Hours
This course is an introduction to the principles of therapeutic exercise to promote strength, flexibility and function. Therapeutic exercise and underlying mechanisms will be applied to rehabilitation for post-operative management, impairments, pain and movement disorders in sicker patient populations to include hospital, long-term care, sub-acute, and post-operative management.

DPT 758 - Neurology Practice
Credit: 3 Hours
This course addresses evaluation and management skills within the practice of neurological physical therapy. Students will develop a patient profile, apply a diagnostic hypothesis, identify relevant tests and measures to determine the appropriateness of physical therapy management, and classify the patient/client according to the physical therapy diagnosis. Management strategies will address the complete biopsychosocial needs of the patient. Specific approaches to be addressed will include education, activity modification, and physical interventions. Inter-professional communication will address the patient/client presentation lying outside the physical therapy scope of practice.

DPT 760 - Hospital Based Practice
Credit: 4 Hours
This course will present educational material related to patient management encountered in diverse hospital settings. Hospital settings to be discussed will include: general medical, surgical, emergency room, intensive care, progressive care, critical care, sub-acute, rehabilitation, cardiac care, labor and delivery, and orthopedic sections. Items related to patient management to be discussed, analyzed and practiced will include chart review, safe patient handling techniques, discharge planning as well as documentation. The process of practicing autonomously within an integrated multidisciplinary team will be emphasized. Evaluation, assessment and treatment techniques typically encountered by physical therapists will be discussed and practiced for patients across the lifespan. The continuum of care model will be utilized. It will be essential for the student to understand how to operate within a complex environment involving instrumentation, life sustaining equipment, tubes, lines and monitoring machines. It will be important to recognize the value of diagnostic testing, lab values, contraindications and precautions.

DPT 762 - Musculoskeletal Practice
Credit: 3 Hours
This course addresses evaluation and management skills within the practice of musculoskeletal physical therapy. Students will develop a patient profile, apply a diagnostic hypothesis, identify relevant tests and measures to determine the appropriateness of physical therapy management, and classify the patient/client according to the physical therapy diagnosis. Management strategies will address the complete biopsychosocial needs of the patient. Specific approaches to be addressed will include education, activity modification, and physical interventions (manual therapy, therapeutic exercise & modalities). Inter-professional communication will address the patient/client presentation lying outside the physical therapy scope of practice.

DPT 764 - Clinical Reasoning 1
Credit: 1 Hour
This course focuses on clinical reasoning in three parts. The first section of the course provides the elements and processes of critical thinking and reasoning necessary for clinical practice. The second section will apply previously taught foundational research skills at searching the literature and critically appraising the results. The third section will utilize collaborative groups to solve simulated clinical cases across the lifespan from the musculoskeletal and hospital-based perspective. Problem-based and case-based learning activities will be incorporated with patients and actors as students develop critical thinking and reasoning skills to establish a physical therapy diagnosis, prognosis, and plan of care. Students will orally present cases to their peers and answer questions related to their clinical reasoning processes and resultant plans of care.

DPT 766 - Therapeutic Exercise 2
Credit: 3 Hours
This course discusses the mechanisms and application of therapeutic exercise to normal and abnormal populations with specific focus on special populations and disorders.  Therapeutic exercise will be applied in the development of a rehabilitation program and appropriate progression for impairments, pain and selected movement disorders.

DPT 768 - Cardiopulmonary Practice
Credit: 3 Hours
This course addresses evaluation and management skills within the practice of cardiopulmonary physical therapy. Students will develop a patient profile, apply a diagnostic hypothesis, identify relevant tests and measures to determine the appropriateness of physical therapy management, and classify the patient/client according to the physical therapy diagnosis. Management strategies will address the complete biopsychosocial needs of the patient. Specific approaches to be addressed will include education, activity modification, and physical interventions. Inter-professional communication will address the patient/client presentation lying outside the physical therapy scope of practice.

DPT 770 - Orthotics & Prosthetics
Credit: 2 Hours
This course provides an overview and evidence supported approach to orthotic and prosthetic use in patient populations. Gait assessment before and after orthotics and prosthetics intervention will be discussed and practiced. Integumentary, neurological, and vascular considerations will be discussed in patient populations that benefit from orthotics and prosthetics intervention.

DPT 772 - Lifespan Continuum 2 (Pediatrics)
Credit: 3 Hours
This course will develop intermediate to entry-level skills in the evaluation and management of the pediatric physical therapy patient/client. An epidemiological, chronological approach will be presented to develop the learner’s understanding and recognition of abnormal pathophysiological milestones throughout the pediatric portion of the lifespan continuum. Utilizing a problem-based learning approach, this course will further develop the learner’s skills in examination and interventions aimed at the physical therapy patient/client across the various clinical disciplines utilizing the SOAPIER format as the cornerstone of total patient/client management. The concepts of health, functioning, and pain behaviors will be incorporated into an integration of the full biopsychosocial needs of the physical therapy patient/client. A continued focus on introductory skills in patient documentation, billing, inter-professional communication and rural community resources will be provided.

DPT 774 - Lifespan Continuum 3 (Pediatrics)
Credit: 4 Hours
This course will develop entry-level skills in the evaluation and management of the pediatric physical therapy patient/client and focuses on integration of previously learned skills into an interdisciplinary, inter-professional approach to care. Utilizing a case-based, problem-based learning approach, this course will develop the learner’s skills in advanced reasoning, examination and intervention techniques across the various physical therapy clinical disciplines utilizing the SOAPIER format as the cornerstone of total patient/client management. Learners will be expected to critically analyze colleague’s clinical evaluation and management plans and the literature of the pediatric physical therapy patient/client. The concepts of health, functioning, and pain behaviors will incorporated into an integration of the full biopsychosocial needs of the physical therapy patient/client. There is a continued focus inter-professional communication and rural community resources.

DPT 776 - Lifespan Continuum 2 (Adult)
Credit: 3 Hours
This course will develop intermediate to entry-level skills in the evaluation and management of the adulthood physical therapy patient/client. An epidemiological, chronological approach will be presented to develop the learner’s understanding and recognition of abnormal pathophysiological milestones throughout the adulthood portion of the lifespan continuum. Utilizing a problem-based learning approach, this course will further develop the learner’s skills in examination and interventions aimed at the physical therapy patient/client across the various clinical disciplines utilizing the SOAPIER format as the cornerstone of total patient/client management. The concepts of health, functioning, and pain behaviors will be incorporated into an integration of the full biopsychosocial needs of the physical therapy patient/client. A continued focus on introductory skills in patient documentation, billing, inter-professional communication and rural community resources will be provided.

DPT 778 - Lifespan Continuum 3 (Adult)
Credit: 4 Hours
This course will develop entry-level skills in the evaluation and management of the Adulthood physical therapy patient/client and focuses on integration of previously learned skills into an interdisciplinary, inter-professional approach to care. Utilizing a case-based, problem-based learning approach, this course will develop the learner’s skills in advanced reasoning, examination and intervention techniques across the various physical therapy clinical disciplines utilizing the SOAPIER format as the cornerstone of total patient/client management. Learners will be expected to critically analyze colleague’s clinical evaluation and management plans and the literature of the Adulthood physical therapy patient/client. The concepts of health, functioning, and pain behaviors will incorporated into an integration of the full biopsychosocial needs of the physical therapy patient/client. There is a continued focus inter-professional communication and rural community resources.

DPT 780 - Lifespan Continuum 2 (Geriatric)
Credit: 3 Hours
This course will develop intermediate to entry-level skills in the evaluation and management of the Geriatric physical therapy patient/client. An epidemiological, chronological approach will be presented to develop the learner’s understanding and recognition of abnormal pathophysiological milestones throughout the Geriatric portion of the lifespan continuum. Utilizing a problem-based learning approach, this course will further develop the learner’s skills in examination and interventions aimed at the physical therapy patient/client across the various clinical disciplines utilizing the SOAPIER format as the cornerstone of total patient/client management. The concepts of health, functioning, and pain behaviors will be incorporated into an integration of the full biopsychosocial needs of the physical therapy patient/client. A continued focus on introductory skills in patient documentation, billing, inter-professional communication and rural community resources will be provided.

DPT 782 - Lifespan Continuum 3 (Geriatric)
Credit: 4 Hours
This course will develop entry-level skills in the evaluation and management of the Geriatric physical therapy patient/client and focuses on integration of previously learned skills into an interdisciplinary, inter-professional approach to care. Utilizing a case-based, problem-based learning approach, this course will develop the learner’s skills in advanced reasoning, examination and intervention techniques across the various physical therapy clinical disciplines utilizing the SOAPIER format as the cornerstone of total patient/client management. Learners will be expected to critically analyze colleague’s clinical evaluation and management plans and the literature of the Geriatric physical therapy patient/client. The concepts of health, functioning, and pain behaviors will incorporated into an integration of the full biopsychosocial needs of the physical therapy patient/client. There is a continued focus inter-professional communication and rural community resources.

DPT 784 - Clinical Reasoning 2
Credit: 1 Hour
This course will further develop the learner’s critical thinking and clinical reasoning skills in clinical practice. Utilizing a problem based approach; students will apply their foundational research skills towards asking specific clinical questions, searching the literature and critically appraising the results. Secondly, students will work in collaborative groups to solve simulated clinical cases across the lifespan and clinical specialties within physical therapy. Problem-based and case based learning activities will be utilized with patients and actors for students to develop critical thinking and reasoning skills in development of a physical therapy diagnosis, prognosis, and plan of care. Students will have the opportunity to present cases to the peers and answer questions related to their clinical reasoning processes and resultant plans of care.

DPT 786 - Special Populations
Credit: 4 Hours
This course involves continued study of selected practice settings and patient populations. The first portion of the course addresses unique psychosocial, assessment, management, and documentation/reimbursement needs of women’s and men’s health. Concepts in industrial rehabilitation will be covered to include: employment screening, functional capacity evaluations, rehabilitation requirements, work site analysis, and OSHA reporting requirements related to environmental safety and health. The course ends with discussion of home health care delivery and the unique practice aspects of rural healthcare. Other items for discussion may include military/VA practice settings and rehabilitation considerations of this population.

DPT 788 - Clinical Reasoning 3
Credit: 1 Hour
This course will further develop the learner’s critical thinking and clinical reasoning skills in clinical practice. Utilizing a problem based approach; students will apply their foundational research skills towards asking specific clinical questions, searching the literature and critically appraising the results. Secondly, students will work in collaborative groups to solve simulated clinical cases across the lifespan and clinical specialties within physical therapy. Problem-based and case based learning activities will be utilized with patients and actors for students to develop critical thinking and reasoning skills in development of a physical therapy diagnosis, prognosis, and plan of care. Students will have the opportunity to present cases to the peers and answer questions related to their clinical reasoning processes and resultant plans of care.

DPT 790 - Licensure Preparation 1
Credit: 1 Hour
This course is designed to assist students with formal licensure preparation. Students will review areas of study within the FSBPT content areas and take quizzes with timed limitations that mimic the licensure examination. Questions will be formatted to mimic the licensure examination. Activities may include group discussion, self-study using licensure preparation guides, and self-assessment within FSBPT content areas through quizzes on Blackboard.

DPT 792 - Assistive and Adaptive Technology
Credit: 1 Hour
This course is designed to provide students with an overview of assistive and adaptive technology available to improve independent function in patients with disability. A survey of technologies available for seating, control interfaces, computer access, sensory aids, cognitive aids, augmentative communication, and mobility and transportation technologies will be presented.

DPT 794 - Licensure Preparation 2
Credit: 2 Hours
This course is designed to assist students with formal licensure preparation. Students will review areas of study within the FSBPT content areas and take quizzes with timed limitations that mimic the licensure examination. Questions will be formatted to mimic the licensure examination. Activities may include group discussion, self-study using licensure preparation guides, and self-assessment within FSBPT content areas through quizzes on Blackboard. A week long summative session that includes a licensure preparation course is included prior to graduation.

DPT 800 - Clinical Internship 1
Credit: 3 Hours
Six weeks of full-time experiential training (approximately 240 hours) in a physical therapy practice setting will occur.  Students have the opportunity to apply and integrate patient evaluation, examination, assessment, and interventional skills in a clinical setting under the supervision of clinical instructors in order to develop entry-level competencies as defined by the clinical performance instrument (CPI).  Rotations for DPT 800 may involve general hospital, skilled nursing, outpatient orthopedic, or home health settings to emphasize application of musculoskeletal, cardiopulmonary, and basic care skills learned in the first year.

DPT 802 - Clinical Internship 2
Credit: 5 Hours
Ten weeks of full-time experiential training (approximately 400 hours) in a physical therapy practice setting will occur.  Students have the opportunity to apply and integrate patient evaluation, examination, assessment, and interventional skills in a clinical setting under the supervision of clinical instructors in order to develop entry-level competencies as defined by the clinical performance instrument (CPI).  Rotations for DPT 802 may include acute care, musculoskeletal, neuromuscular, or elective.

DPT 804 - Clinical Internship 3
Credit: 5 Hours
Ten weeks of full-time experiential training (approximately 400 hours) in a physical therapy practice setting will occur.  Students have the opportunity to apply and integrate patient evaluation, examination, assessment, and interventional skills in a clinical setting under the supervision of clinical instructors in order to develop entry-level competencies as defined by the clinical performance instrument (CPI).  Rotations for DPT 804 may include acute care, musculoskeletal, neuromuscular, or elective.

DPT 806 - Clinical Internship 4
Credit: 6 Hours
Twelve weeks of full-time experiential training (approximately 480 hours) in a physical therapy practice setting will occur.  Students have the opportunity to apply and integrate patient evaluation, examination, assessment, and interventional skills in a clinical setting under the supervision of clinical instructors in order to develop entry-level competencies as defined by the clinical performance instrument (CPI).  Rotations for DPT 806 may include acute care, musculoskeletal, neuromuscular, or elective.