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Physical Therapy | Course Descriptions

PT-695. Community Based Practice. This course provides an opportunity for individuals and/or small group of students to actively participate with faculty members or community preceptors in innovative community-based experiences that will improve the health needs of diverse communities. Students will gain experience examining how their professional skills may be harnessed to respond to the health objectives embedded in Healthy People 2020. 1-3 S.H. 

PT-700. Foundations of Physical Therapy. This course introduces the student to the history, development, and current issues of the physical therapy profession and the American Physical Therapy Association. The Guide to Physical Therapist Practice, Code of Ethics (complete with the Guide for Professional Conduct), and Guidelines for Documentation will be presented and discussed. Legal and regulatory issues related to the physical therapy profession will be examined. Professional communication, intercultural communication, and cultural competence will be discussed in the context of patient and professional relations. 2 S.H.

PT-701. Neuroscience. This course will thoroughly examine the structure and function of the human nervous system with emphasis on functional considerations related to clinical practice.  It will include a study of microscopic and macroscopic anatomical components of the central, peripheral, and autonomic nervous system with emphasis on the organization of functional systems.  The neurophysiological principles which are related to neural transmission and function of the various pathological conditions affecting nervous system will be emphasized and students will be expected to correlate the clinical manifestations with the anatomic location of the pathology. 4 S.H.

PT-705. Movement Science. Movement Science involves the study of human biomechanics and kinesiology based on an in-depth knowledge of applied human anatomy. Students begin with the study of general biomechanics (including Newton's laws, free body diagrams, and computation of vector quantities) and the course then provides a study of the mechanics of the musculoskeletal tissues of interest to the physical therapist focusing on their response to different loading conditions and their effect on the musculoskeletal system. The course then moves on an in-depth study of applied human anatomy and kinesiology by body region with emphasis on normal, gross form and function as it relates to the practice of Physical Therapy. 3 S.H.

PT-705L. Surface Anatomy Lab. The purpose of this laboratory course is to provide students the opportunity to develop palpation skills and to appreciate the differences of a variety of tissue types while learning clinical surface anatomy. The course uses a regional approach and is designed to correlate with the Human Anatomy course.  1 S.H.

PT-711. Clinical Pathophysiology. This course presents the pathogenesis of common disease processes or conditions with demonstration of the progression of each pathologic condition both at its cellular level in addition to the clinical presentation of signs and symptoms at the macro level. This clinical pathology course for student physical therapists will reflect the effects of pathologic processes on the individual’s functional abilities and limitations, with the relationship between impairment and functional limitations. Practice patterns from the Guide to Physical Therapist Practice will be incorporated and used as an expert consensus document. 3 S.H.

PT-712. Applied Physiology and Nutrition. This course is designed to provide the student with a firm understanding of both the acute and chronic adaptations that occur in the human body in response to physical activity/exercise. An emphasis is placed on metabolic, cardiorespiratory, and musculoskeletal adaptations to exercise. The role of nutrition in optimizing health and performance, and the use of performance enhancing substances, will also be addressed. Students will become familiar with the basic principles of exercise testing and exercise prescription. 3 S.H.

PT-712L. Applied Physiology and Nutrition Lab. This course introduces students to a variety of tests and measures that can be used to assess the five component areas of fitness: cardiorespiratory endurance, muscular strength, muscular endurance, flexibility, and body composition. This information will then be used to help students develop their own comprehensive fitness program. This course will help prepare students for the National Strength and Conditioning Association's Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS®) examination. 1 S.H.

PT-716. Biomechanical Analysis of Human Locomotion. This course utilizes a format of lecture, laboratory experience, and case-based learning to prepare the student to identify specific gait abnormalities and the causes for these deviations using observational gait analysis techniques. 1.5 S.H.

PT-717. Differential Diagnosis in Physical Therapy. This course takes a systems approach in differential screening, interpretation of results, and differentiating dysfunction within the scope of physical therapist practice from those that indicate a referral to other health care practitioners.  The course incorporates imaging, laboratory testing, and clinical examination procedures. 2 S.H.

PT-718. Human Anatomy. This course in gross anatomy is designed to provide students with the knowledge of clinical anatomy necessary to practice their expertise upon graduation. The contents of the course include gross anatomy and an introduction to anatomical radiology, and is conducted to represent a survey of the entire human body. Teaching/learning methodologies include lectures and discussions, prosected human cadavers, and computer applications. The course is taught regionally (i.e. upper limb, lower limb, spine, etc.), and surveys all morphologic systems. 4 S.H. lecture, 1 S.H. lab.

PT-721L. Physical Therapist Interventions I Lab. The purpose of this laboratory-based course is to develop skill in the performance of dependent and assisted positioning, bed mobility, and transfers; gait training; and massage. The use of proper body mechanics will be emphasized during the execution of all tasks. 2 S.H

PT-722. Physical Therapist Interventions II: Therapeutic Exercise. This course provides an introduction to the theory, scientific principles, and evidence for the use of various types of exercise  employed by physical therapists for the promotion, maintenance, and restoration of optimal health and physical function. Emphasis will also be placed on basic exercise techniques related to muscle performance (including strength, power, and endurance) and stretching/flexibility activities. Case based instruction, evidence-based practice and clinical reasoning are emphasized. 2 S.H.

PT-722L. Physical Therapist Interventions II Lab: Therapeutic Exercise. Laboratory sessions will provide instruction and experience with basic exercise techniques related to muscle performance (including strength, power, and endurance) and stretching/flexibility activities. Case-based instruction, evidence-based practice and clinical reasoning are emphasized. 1 S.H.

PT-723. Physical Therapist Interventions III: Physical Agents. This course provides an introduction to the theory, scientific principles, and evidence for the use of various types of physical agents employed by physical therapists for the promotion, maintenance, and restoration of optimal health and physical function through both cognitive and psychomotor teaching methods.  Emphasis will be placed on understanding the underlying indications for and practical application of a variety of modalities currently used in clinical practice.  Laboratory sessions will provide instruction and experience in the application of physical agents for the management of pain , dysfunction, impaired muscle performance, range of motion limitations, and the delivery of medications. Emphasis will also be placed on safe and appropriate utilization of all physical agents for a variety of diagnoses and impairments. Case based instruction; evidence-based practice and clinical  reasoning are emphasized. 1.5 S.H.

PT-727. Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Physical Therapy. This course will introduce students to common diseases/conditions involving the cardiovascular and pulmonary systems, as well as the various types of interventions used to treat them. There will be an emphasis on the role of the Physical Therapist in providing appropriate rehabilitative exercise programs and risk factor modification education for persons with, or at risk of developing cardiovascular and/or pulmonary disease. 3 S.H.

PT-727L. Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Physical Therapy Lab. The purpose of the lab is to assist physical therapy students in developing requisite entry-level cardiopulmonary examination and treatment skills. Activities to be covered include: pulse palpation, blood pressure assessment, auscultation of heart and breath sounds, basic EKG interpretation, diagnostic and functional exercise testing, interpretation of lab values, bronchial hygiene, and airway clearance techniques. 1 S.H.

PT-728. Imaging and Electrodiagnosis.  This course reviews the foundations and principles of imaging and the use of imaging studies in physical therapy.  Case studies are used.  The course proceeds to cover the principles of the use of electrophysiologic studies with neuromuscular disease and injury. The role of the physical therapist specialist in electrophysiology, the process to become a clinical specialist, and the role of the non-specialist to make the appropriate referral are discussed.  Students enrolled in the course are required to attend a minimum of two imaging seminars that are conducted by the house staff of the MUSC Radiology Department.   2 S.H.  

PT-730. Musculoskeletal I. Musculoskeletal I prepares students to be safe, proficient, and reflective practitioners for examination, evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment for injury, pathology and dysfunction of the lower quarter musculoskeletal system. Emphasis is placed on evidence-based practice, as well as current research and theory. 3 S.H.

PT-730L. Musculoskeletal Lab. This laboratory course provides students with the skill and practice to perform screening, examination, evaluation, clinical reasoning, and intervention for lower quarter and associated areas of the musculoskeletal system. Emphasis is placed injuries, diseases, and factors that affect movement and function. Rehabilitation and therapeutic intervention techniques are practiced and integrated with previous learning experiences and case studies. 3 S.H.

PT-731. Musculoskeletal II. Musculoskeletal II prepares students to be safe, proficient, and reflective practitioners for examination, evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment for injury, pathology and dysfunction of the upper quarter musculoskeletal system. Emphasis is placed on evidence-based practice, as well as current research and theory. 3 S.H.

PT-731L. Musculoskeletal II Lab. This laboratory course provides students with the skill and practice to perform screening, examination, evaluation, clinical reasoning, and intervention for upper quarter and associated areas of the musculoskeletal system. Emphasis is placed injuries, diseases, and factors that affect movement and function. Rehabilitation and therapeutic intervention techniques are practiced and integrated with previous learning experiences and case studies. 2 S.H.

PT-732. Musculoskeletal III. Musculoskeletal III prepares students to be safe, proficient, and reflective practitioners for examination, evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment for injury, pathology and dysfunction of the spine and associated areas of the musculoskeletal system. Emphasis is placed on evidence-based practice, as well as current research and theory. 3 S.H.

PT-732L. Musculoskeletal III Lab. This laboratory course provides students with the skill and practice to perform screening, examination, evaluation, clinical reasoning, and intervention for the spine and associated areas of the musculoskeletal system. Emphasis is placed injuries, diseases, and factors that affect movement and function. Rehabilitation and therapeutic intervention techniques are practiced and integrated with previous learning experiences and case studies. 2 S.H.

PT-733. Prosthetics and Orthotics. This course is designed to provide students with opportunities to develop, integrate, and apply knowledge and skills necessary to examine and treat individuals with selected musculoskeletal conditions. Topics include management of clients with a prosthesis or orthotic.  The laboratory sessions are designed to provide students with opportunities to apply examination and treatment techniques used in the management of clients with a prosthesis or orthotic. 1.5 S.H.

PT-740. Clinical Practicum I. (8 weeks) This is the student’s first full-time onsite clinical learning experience supervised by a licensed physical therapist with a progression of learning opportunities, application techniques, and professional behavioral abilities. 8 S.H.

PT-741. Clinical Practicum II. (8 weeks)  Onsite clinical learning experience. 8 S.H.

PT-742. Clinical Practicum III. (8 weeks)  Onsite clinical learning experience. 8 S.H.

PT-743. Clinical Practicum IV. (8 weeks)  Onsite clinical learning experience.8 S.H.

PT-748. Pharmacology. This course provides the student with knowledge concerning pharmacokinetics and pharmacotherapeutic principles, adverse effects, and interactions. The recognition of adverse effects and the influence of medications and natural remedies on function and rehabilitation will be emphasized. 1 S.H. 

PT-749. Health Care Delivery. This course introduces students to various health care systems, legal and ethical issues affecting the delivery of health services, regulation of health care systems, and payment policy. 2 S.H.

PT-751. Integumentary Physical Therapy. This course is designed to provide students with opportunities to develop, integrate, and apply knowledge and skills necessary to examine and treat individuals with integumentary problems.  2 S.H.

PT-752. Motor Development. This course explores normal development of gross motor, fine motor, language, self care, cognition, psychosocial, and play skills across the lifespan from in utero to young adulthood.  It is designed to be the physical therapy precursor course to Neuromuscular I and Pediatrics. The normal development of motor skills will be contrasted with the abnormal development that occurs in the presence of various conditions and pathologies throughout the lifespan. 2.S.H.

PT-753. Research Project. This offering allows students to work with faculty members on a research project, and gives students the opportunity to actively participate with faculty members in innovative research experiences that will allow them to better relate the scientific method of discovery to clinical practice. Each student will work with his/her faculty mentor on aspects of a project of mutual interest. 1-4 S.H.

PT-754. Health Promotion and Disease Prevention. This class will serve to introduce students to important health promotion/disease prevention topics and resources. A significant emphasis will be placed on a review of the Healthy People 2020 goals and objectives. Healthy People 2020 is a comprehensive nationwide plan focused on promoting health and preventing disease in the United Slates. In addition to HP 2020, students will be responsible for reviewing other important health promotion and disease prevention documents which focus on educating and directing Americans towards healthier lifestyles. The role of physical activity as a means of improving health and preventing disease will receive a significant amount of attention, as will the important topics of overweight/obesity, and diabetes. Students will also be required to complete select risk assessment tools. These risk assessment tools will assist students in identifying personal health risks, and will serve as a guide in helping them develop strategies for personal health enhancement. In addition, students will become familiar with risk assessment tools that they can use with their patients/clients. 1 S.H.

PT-755. Neuromuscular I. This course is the first of 2 major courses that will provide the students with a solid foundation in the examination and interventions for individuals with neuromuscular disorders.  The emphasis in this course will be in the examination of impairments, functional limtations and disabilities that are coming in individuals with chronic non-progressive neuromuscular disorders.  Both traditional and contemporary models of neurological rehabilitation will be presented and the application of an integrated model will be emphasized with case studies and videos to integrate information and enhance the development of clinical problem solving skills.  3 S.H.

PT-755L. Neuromuscular I Lab. This lab course accompanies the Neuromuscular I course.  In this lab course students will learn how to perform a comprehensive neuromuscular examination identifying impairments and functional limitations on patients with neuromuscular disorders.  They will learn a variety of interventions based on the integrated model to promote the return to function and independence.  The lab is heavily focused on case studies to reinforce learning and enhance the development of clinical problem solving skills. 3 S.H.

PT-756. Neuromuscular II. This course is the second of two major courses that will provide students with a solid foundation in the examination of and interventions for individuals with neuromuscular disorders.  This course will focus on primarily chronic progressive neuromuscular disorders.  The emphasis will be on the examination and intervention of primary impairments and the prevention of secondary impairments.  In addition students will focus on minimizing functional limitations and disabilities common to this population.  Lectures and discussions will utilize case studies to integrate information and enhance the development of clinical problem solving skills.  3 S.H.

PT-756L. Neuromuscular II Lab. This lab course accompanies the Neuromuscular II lecture course.  In this lab the students will learn how to perform diagnosis specific evaluations for individuals with spinal cord injuries and progressive neuromuscular disorders.  Students will interact with live patients in numerous labs and develop comprehensive programs for these patients.  This lab will focus on the development of clinical problem solving skills as they relate to patients with ALS, MS, PD, Guillan Barre, spinal cord inury, post polio, and other neuromuscular disorders.  3 S.H.

PT-757. PT for Older Adults. This course will examine foundational, clinical, and behavioral sciences pertinent to the examination, evaluation, and planning of treatment interventions for older adults. 3 S.H.

PT-760. Pediatrics. This course examines the etiology, impairments, evaluations, and treatment interventions of children with disability across the life span. The International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health will serve as the framework for lectures to enhance the development of clinical reasoning skills. 3 S.H.

PT-760L. Pediatrics Laboratory. This course will offer demonstrations and hands- on clinical experiences related to pediatric physical therapy evaluations and treatment interventions for children with disabilities. It will serve to complement the pediatric didactic content. 1 S.H.

PT-761. Practice Management. This course introduces students to the following topics: current concepts and principles of management, development of a business plan for a new program/service, human resource management, and reimbursement updates. The goals of this course are to enhance understanding and facilitate development of professional and managerial skills necessary to function effectively as a member of a health care team. 2 S.H.

PT-762. Clinical Reasoning and Practice. This course emphasizes clinical skill application and problem solving through the use of simple and complex patient scenarios. The course culminates with comprehensive written and practical examinations drawn from all areas across the curriculum. 2 S.H.

PT-762L. Clinical Reasoning and Practice Lab. This course emphasizes clinical skill application and problem solving through the use of simple and complex patient scenarios. The course culminates with comprehensive practical examinations drawn from all areas across the curriculum. 1 S.H.
 
PT-763. Physical Therapist Professional Issues. This course will focus on current issues affecting the physical therapy profession. Potential topics include the importance of social responsibility, citizenship and advocacy; ethical and legal concerns; state licensure and regulatory changes in the practice act; and current professional issues emanating from the American Physical Therapy Association and other organizations/agencies. 2 S.H.

PT-764. Evidence Based Practice I.  The purpose of the evidence based practice (EBP) sequence in the Division of Physical Therapy is to provide students with the requisite skills to become consumers of the rehabilitation literature and upon completion of the program to apply the best available evidence to clinical practice. EBP I will introduce topics related to research philosophy, research design, basic statistics, and psychometric properties of research.  The course will heavily revolve around practical examples from the physical rehabilitation literature as well as ongoing research within the College of Health Professions. Student competency will be assessed via completion of class projects and written examinations. 1 S.H.

PT-765. Evidence Based Practice II.  The purpose of the evidence based practice (EBP) sequence in the Division of Physical Therapy is to provide students with the requisite skills to become consumers of the rehabilitation literature and upon completion of the program to apply the best available evidence to clinical practice. EBP II will continue this sequence by reviewing selected statistical topics related to error, power, statistical design, parametric and non-parametric measures, and tests of group differences. EBP II will also review analyses of correlation and regression, as well as introduce students to the systematic review. The course will heavily revolve around practical examples from the physical rehabilitation literature as well as ongoing research within the College of Health Professions. Student competency will be assessed via completion of class projects and written examinations. 1 S.H.

PT-766. Evidence Based Practice III. This course requires students to review, discuss, rank, and critique peer reviewed journal articles related to research topics that have the potential to influence clinical decision-making in physical therapy. Students will use the literature as a tool to develop skills in the application of evidence-based practice with emphasis placed on determining the quality of the science and its presentation in the literature. The ultimate goal of this course is to ensure that students will be efficient and effective at analyzing the research literature in order to maximize the use of scientific evidence for clinical decision-making. 1 S.H.

PT-767. Evidence Based Practice IV.  This Capstone course emphasizes preparation for the national physical therapist licensing examination (NPTE) and post-professional employment, including test-taking strategies; exit interviews (individual and group); post-professional residencies, fellowships, specialty certifications, and other graduate and continuing competency studies.  1 S.H.

PT-768. Special Topics in Physical Therapy. This course provides the student with the opportunity to explore a specialized area of interest in physical therapy education, research, and/or clinical practice. 1-3 S.H.

IP-710. Transforming Healthcare. The course goal is to lay the foundations for beginning (first Year) professions students to understand the complexities of the health care system and the role of interprofessional collaboration to improve the system. Through an interprofessional context, students will explore the art and science of teamwork and communication skills, cultural competency, ethical issues, healthcare disparities and social determinants of health. This course addresses the university's Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) goals #2 (e.g., students learn more about the other professions) and #3 (e.g., students apply interprofessional teamwork competencies in a learning setting) and will provide a mechanism to evaluate student learning outcomes associated with each goal. 2 S.H.

 
Last Published with Edits:March 19, 2014 12:55 PM
Last Comprehensive Review:Spring 2014
 
 
 

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