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PHTH 5101Human Anatomy I (Upper Extremity)
Comprehensive study of human anatomy concentrating on the nervous, skeletal, arthrodial, muscular and circulatory systems of the upper extremity, with prosection labs and surface anatomy labs.  (2 credits)

PHTH 5102Human Anatomy II (Lower Extremity)
Continuation of PHTH 5101 with a comprehensive study of human anatomy concentrating on the nervous, skeletal, arthrodial, muscular and circulatory systems of the lower extremity with prosection labs and surface anatomy labs. Co-requisite: PHTH 5101  (2 credits)

PHTH 5103Human Anatomy III (Spine)
Continuation of PHTH 5102 with a comprehensive study of human anatomy concentrating on the nervous, skeletal, arthrodial, muscular and circulatory systems of the cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine and pelvis with prosection labs and surface anatomy labs. Prerequisite: PHTH 5102  (2 credits)

PHTH 5105Neuroscience in Physical Therapy
Survey of the structure and function of the nervous system, with emphasis on principles related to physical therapy practice. Special fee.  Prerequisite:  PHTH 5103  (2 credits)

PHTH 5111Pathophysiology I (Musculoskeletal Disorders)
Physiological approach to the study of pathological changes in the human body brought about by trauma or disease, including cell injury, inflammation, immunopathology, neoplasia, infections, and the musculoskeletal and endocrine systems.  Co-requisite: PHTH 5121  (2 credits)

PHTH 5114Pharmacology I (Musculoskeletal and Cardio-pulmonary Disorders)
The first of a two part study of pharmacological principles in relation to rehabilitation, with emphasis on the possible benefits and side-effects of chemotherapeutic agents on patients receiving physical therapy treatment.  The focus of this course is to examine pharmacological agents commonly used in the treatment of musculoskeletal and cardiopulmonary disorders.  Co-requisite:  PHTH 5111  (2 credits)

PHTH 5121Exercise Physiology I (Musculoskeletal)
Study of the effect of physical activity on human physiology with an emphasis on the musculoskeletal and endocrine systems.  (2 credits)

PHTH 5123Movement Sciences I (Biomechanics and MS Gait)
A study of human movement as it relates to clinical physical therapy practice with an emphasis on biomechanical principles of movement.  (2 credits)

PHTH 5124Movement Sciences II (Growth and Development)
Continuation of Movement Sciences I, with a focus on how we control movement.  Prerequisite: PHTH 5123  (2 credits)

PHTH 5125Movement Sciences III (Motor Control)
Continuation of Movement Sciences II, exploring the theories and principles of motor control and motor learning as they apply to the analysis of human movement and physical therapy assessment and intervention. Prerequisite: PHTH 5124  (2 credits)

PHTH 5131Introductory PT Skills
Introduction to the principles and techniques of patient care utilized in physical therapy practice.  (3 credits)

PHTH 5132Therapeutic Intervention I (EPA)
Study of specific techniques of therapeutic intervention in physical therapy with an emphasis on electrophysical agents and the role they play in rehabilitation. Prerequisite:  PHTH 5144  (3 credits)

PHTH 5141Musculoskeletal Disorders I (Upper Extremity)
Introduction to musculoskeletal disorders, including the etiology, diagnostic procedures and radiography, medical management, physical therapy evaluation, treatment and intervention of selected musculoskeletal disorders, with an emphasis on the upper extremities.  (4 credits)

PHTH 5142Musculoskeletal Disorders II (Lower Extremity)
Continuation of PHTH 5141, that includes etiology, diagnostic procedures and radiography, medical management, physical therapy evaluation, treatment and intervention of selected musculoskeletal disorders, with an emphasis on the lower extremities. Co-requisite:  PHTH 5141  (3 credits)

PHTH 5143Musculoskeletal Disorders III (Lumbar Spine and Pelvis)
A continuation of PHTH 5142 that includes etiology, diagnostic procedures and radiography, medical management, physical therapy evaluation, treatment and intervention of selected musculoskeletal disorders with an emphasis on the lumbar spine and pelvis.  Prerequisite:  PHTH 5142  (4 credits)

PHTH 5144Musculoskeletal Disorders IV (Cervico-Thoracic Spine)
Continuation of PHTH 5143 that includes etiology, diagnostic procedures and radiography, medical management, physical therapy evaluation, treatment and intervention of selected musculoskeletal disorders with an emphasis on the cervical and thoracic spine, the ribs, and temporomandibular joint (TMJ). Co-requisite:  PHTH 5143  (3 credits)

PHTH 5171Professional Issues I
Study of physical therapy as a profession with emphasis on the patient management model, legal and ethical issues, psychosocial issues, PT/patient relationships and a review of medical terminology.  (1 credit)

PHTH 5172Professional Issues II
Continuation of Professional Issues I, this course examines the professional behaviors required to practice physical therapy effectively in various healthcare delivery models.  Prerequisite: PHTH 5171  (2 credits)

PHTH 5181Clinical Reasoning I
Development of clinical judgment as part of patient management including examination, evaluation based on examination data, establishing a physical therapy diagnosis, consideration of patient prognosis, and development of an individualized plan of care. Primary emphasis will be on musculoskeletal disorders of the upper and lower extremities.  (1 credit)

PHTH 5182Clinical Reasoning II
Continuation of Clinical Reasoning I, this course designed to provide opportunities to develop clinical judgment as part of patient management including examination, evaluation based on examination data, establishing a physical therapy diagnosis, consideration of patient prognosis, and development of an individualized plan of care. Emphasis will be on musculoskeletal spinal disorders and pediatric disorders. Prerequisite: PHTH 5181  (1 credit)

PHTH 5191Clinical Experience I
Planned learning experience of clinical education designed to integrate previous didactic knowledge in a full time, 8-week long supervised clinical experience in a Physical Therapy outpatient orthopaedic practice setting. Prerequisite: PHTH 5181; Co-Requisite: PHTH 5132 [Pass/Fail]  (5 credits)

PHTH 5204Human Anatomy IV (Organ Systems)
Continuation of PHTH 5103 with a comprehensive study of human anatomy concentrating on the nervous, skeletal, arthrodial, muscular and circulatory systems of the head, face and trunk, with an emphasis on organ systems. Prerequisite: PHTH 5103  (2 credits)

PHTH 5212Pathophysiology II (Neuromuscular Disorders)
Physiological approach to the study of pathological changes in the human body brought about by trauma or disease, with a focus on neurological conditions. Prerequisite:  PHTH 5111  (2 credits)

PHTH 5213Pathophysiology III (Cardio-pulmonary Disorders)
Physiological approach to the study of pathological changes in the human body brought about by trauma or disease, with a focus on cardiovascular and pulmonary conditions. Prerequisite:  PHTH 5212  (2 credits)

PHTH 5215Pharmacology II (Neuromuscular Disorders)
The second of a two part study of pharmacological principles in relation to rehabilitation, with emphasis on the possible benefits and side-effects of chemotherapeutic agents on patients receiving physical therapy treatment.  The focus of this course is to examine pharmacological agents commonly used in the treatment of neurological disorders.  Co-requisite:  PHTH 5212  (1 credit)

PHTH 5222Exercise Physiology II (Cardio-pulmonary Disorders)
Study of the effect of physical activity on human physiology, with an emphasis on the physiology of the cardiovascular and pulmonary systems.  (2 credits)

PHTH 5233Therapeutic Intervention II
Continuation of therapeutic intervention I this course involves the theory and practice of various physical therapy interventions, including biofeedback, functional electrical stimulation and aquatic therapy. Prerequisite:  PHTH 5132  (2 credits)

PHTH 5234Mobility & Assistive Equipment (with Neuro Gait)
Study of human functional mobility, including pathological aspects of locomotion.  The course will address gait analysis of individuals with neurological condition, and the use of devices such as standing frames, modified wheelchairs prosthetics and orthotics. Co-requisite:  PHTH 5251  (2 credits)

PHTH 5235Psychosocial Aspects of Rehabilitation
Discussion of human interactions in professional-patient relationships and how they influence patient outcomes. Prerequisite: PHTH 5292  (2 credits)

PHTH 5245Musculoskeletal Disorders V (Special Topics)
Special topics in the management of musculoskeletal conditions – including ergonomics, sports medicine, chronic musculoskeletal pain and musculoskeletal issues in obstetrics and gynecology. Prerequisite:  PHTH 5144  (3 credits)

PHTH 5251Neuromuscular Disorders I (Pediatrics)
Preparation of the entry-level physical therapist to provide services to children with special health care needs/disabilities and their families in a manner consistent with family-centered care.  Prerequisite:  PHTH 5125  (3 credits) 

PHTH 5252Neuromuscular Disorders II (Adult)
Study of the management of adults with neurological disorders. Co-requisite: PHTH 5251  (3 credits)

PHTH 5253Neuromuscular Disorders III (Geriatrics)
Study of the management of geriatric disorders. Prerequisite: PHTH 5252  (3 credits)

PHTH 5261Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Disorders
Study of the principles and practice of physical therapy for patients with cardiovascular and pulmonary disease. Co-requisites:  PHTH 5204, 5213, 5216.  (2 credits)

PHTH 5262Integumentary Disorders
Study of the practice of physical therapy in management of skin disorders and underlying disease with an emphasis on the patient with open wounds, including burns. Prerequisite:  PHTH 5261  (3 credits)

PHTH 5273Professional Issues III
Continuation of Professional Issues II, this course examines the professional behaviors required to build a career in physical therapy. Prerequisite: PHTH 5172  (1 credit)

PHTH 5274Research Principles & Evidence-based Practice
Introduction to research concepts and statistical methods and critical analysis of the scientific literature. Topics include descriptive and interferential analysis of research data, sensitivity and specificity and predictive ratios.  (2 credits)

PHTH 5283Clinical Reasoning III
Continuation of Clinical Reasoning II, this course designed to provide opportunities to develop clinical judgment as part of patient management, with an emphasis on adult neuromuscular disorders. Prerequisite: PHTH 5182  (2 credits)

PHTH 5284Clinical Reasoning IV
Continuation of Clinical Reasoning III, this course designed to provide opportunities to develop clinical judgment as part of patient management, with an emphasis on geriatric, cardiovascular and pulmonary disorders. Prerequisite: PHTH 5283  (1 credit)

PHTH 5285Clinical Reasoning V
Continuation of Clinical Reasoning IV, this course designed to provide opportunities to develop clinical judgment as part of patient management To include debriefing from Clinical Experience II and using case studies to prepare for Clinical Experience III. Prerequisite: PHTH 5284  (1 credit)

PHTH 5286Clinical Reasoning VI
Continuation of Clinical Reasoning V, this course designed to provide opportunities to develop clinical judgment as part of patient management including examination To include debriefing from Clinical Experience III and using case studies to prepare for Clinical Experience IV. Prerequisite: PHTH 5285  (1 credit)

PHTH 5292Clinical Experience II
Planned learning experience of clinical education designed to integrate previous didactic knowledge in a full time, supervised 10-week long clinical experience in a physical therapy practice setting. Prerequisite:  PHTH 5291 [Pass/Fail]  (7 credits)

PHTH 5336Health Promotion & Wellness
Prevention of impairments, functional limitations, or disabilities by identifying disablement risk factors and providing educational intervention to facilitate a positive change in the health behavior of patients. Co-requisite: PHTH 5375  (2 credits)

PHTH 5346Manual Therapy
Advanced study of manual therapy techniques, with an emphasis on techniques used in orthopaedic practice.  (3 credits)

PHTH 5347Strength & Conditioning
This elective will prepare the student to take the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) exam for a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS).  (3 credits)

PHTH 5348Women’s Health
Advanced study of the role of physical therapy in women’s health disorders, with an emphasis on assessment and treatment of pelvic floor disorders.  (3 credits)

PHTH 5349Hand Rehab
This course will introduce hand therapy skills beyond entry level PT practice that will help students begin the path towards becoming a certified hand therapist.  (3 credits)

PHTH 5354Advanced Pediatrics
Advanced study of physical therapy for the pediatric patient.  (3 credits)

PHTH 5355Advanced Adult Neuro
Advanced study of physical therapy for the geriatric patient.  (3 credits)

PHTH 5356Vestibular Rehab
Focus on the assessment and treatment of patients with vertigo and disequilibrium from vestibular causes.  (3 credits)

PHTH 5357Electroneuromyography
Introduction to the principles and practice of electroneuromyography (ENMG), which includes the use of nerve conduction studies (NCS) and needle EMG.  (3 credits)

PHTH 5375Administration & Healthcare Management
Study of current organizational and management principles and issues related to health care delivery systems, with special emphasis on the current and future roles of Physical Therapy. Co-requisite: PHTH 5394  (3 credits)

PHTH 5376Capstone (Comprehensive Exam/Board Prep)
Occurring in the final weeks of the curriculum, this course involves a comprehensive review and preparation for taking the National Physical Therapy Examination. Co-requisite: PHTH 5394  (2 credits)

PHTH 5377Research Proposal
Application of research concepts and methods in the preparation of a proposal for a faculty-assisted research project including IRB submission and preparation of the proposal for presentation in written and seminar formats.  (3 credits)

PHTH 5378Research Project
Continuation of PHTH 6377, this is the undertaking of a faculty-assisted research project, including analysis and preparation of the research results for presentation in paper and poster formats.  (3 credits)

PHTH 5387Directed Study
This course could take many paths, including a review of the literature, data collection on an existing research project, producing a patient-education product, or continuing education activities.  (3 credits)

PHTH 5388Teaching & Learning
Students will have an opportunity to prepare and deliver teaching content for the first or second year physical therapy students, under the guidance of one of the PT faculty.  (3 credits)

PHTH 5393Clinical Experience III (Neuro and/or Acute)
Planned learning experience of clinical education designed to integrate previous didactic knowledge in a full time, supervised 10-week long full-time clinical experience in a physical therapy practice setting. Prerequisite:  PHTH 5292 [Pass/Fail]  (7 credits)

PHTH 5394Clinical Experience IV
Planned learning experience of clinical education designed to integrate previous didactic knowledge in a full time, supervised 6-week long clinical experience in a physical therapy practice setting at an elective clinical site. Prerequisite:  PHTH 5393 [Pass/Fail]  (4 credits)

PHTH 5396Service Learning
Exploration of the physical therapist’s role in providing a variety of services to medically underserved communities.  (3 credits)

PHTH 5397Spanish for PTs
This elective is designed to improve students’ communication in clinical situations with Spanish speaking patients and their caregivers. The focus will be on learning conversational skills necessary to take clinical histories, conduct physical examinations and give instructions to Spanish speaking patients and their families.  (3 credits)