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Doctor of 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 Code of Ethics and Core Values of Professionalism 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/client and professional relations. The International Classification of Functioning Disability and Health (ICF) framework for patient/client management will be introduced.  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 tissue mechanics (including the response of musculoskeletal tissues of interest under different loading conditions). 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. Clinical Pathophysiology presents an in depth view of the pathogenesis of common disease processes and conditions. Included in the presentations and discussions are demonstrations of the progression of each pathologic condition at the cellular level and signs and symptoms at the macro level. The course content reflects the effects of pathologic processes on an individual’s functional abilities and limitations, along with the relations.h.ip between disease related impairment and functional limitations as the key focus. Disease etiology along with prognosis are also presented in detail and the ICF model is used as an expert consensus document for the basic framework of the course content. Pathologic processes and conditions discussed include cellular injury and inflammation; tissue healing; immunology and diseases of the immune system; and neoplasia. Also discussed are infectious, cardiopulmonary, collagen vascular, hepatic, gastrointestinal, renal and endocrine diseases. 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. Students will learn to administer and interpret a variety of tests and measurements used to assess fitness/athletic performance, and to develop sound exercise prescriptions based on the results of these tests.  The role of nutrition in optimizing health and performance will also be addressed.  This course will also help prepare interested students for the National Strength and Conditioning Association’s Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCSÒ) examination. 3 s.h.

PT-712L. Applied Physiology and Nutrition Lab. This laboratory course includes demonstration and practice of various testing and training methods available to physical therapists for assessing and improving the fitness of their clients in the five major fitness component areas:  cardiorespiratory endurance, muscular strength, muscular endurance, flexibility, and body composition. In addition, there will be lab time devoted to nutritional assessment concepts/techniques. 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 use observational gait analysis techniques to identify specific gait abnormalities, the causes for these deviations, and propose treatment options for optimizing functional gait. 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 Therapy 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 effectively, safely, and independently. 2 s.h.

PT-722. Physical Therapy 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 Therapy 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 Therapy Interventions III: Biophysical Agents. This course provides an introduction to the theory, scientific principles, and evidence for the use of various types of bioiphysical 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 biophysical 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 biophysical 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, pulmonary, and lymphatic 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 preventative and rehabilitative exercise programs and risk factor modification education for persons with, or at risk for cardiovascular, pulmonary, and/or lymphatic diseases/conditions. 3 s.h.

PT-727L. Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Physical Therapy Lab. This laboratory course will assist student physical therapists in developing requisite entry-level cardiovascular, pulmonary, and lymphatic 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, risk factor assessment, interpretation of lab values, bronchial hygiene, airway clearance techniques, and physical therapy treatment in the ICU setting.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 physical therapy practitioners following the principles for evidence based practice regarding the examination, evaluation, diagnosis, establis.h.ing a prognosis and the treatment/management for the peripheral neurological and musculoskeletal systems related to post-surgical rehabilitation, injury, dysfunction, and/or medical problems.  The course focuses on the lower quarter. 3 s.h.

PT-730L. Musculoskeletal I 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 physical therapy practitioners following the principles for evidence based practice regarding the examination, evaluation, diagnosis, establis.h.ing a prognosis and the treatment/management for the peripheral neurological and musculoskeletal systems related to post-surgical, injury, dysfunction, and/or medical problems.  The course focuses on the upper quarter. 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 on 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 physical therapy practitioners following the principles for evidence based practice regarding the examination, evaluation, diagnosis, establis.h.ing a prognosis and the treatment/management for the peripheral neurological and musculoskeletal systems related to post-surgical, injury, dysfunction, and/or medical problems.  The course focuses on the spine, pelvic girdle, and craniomandibular regions. 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 on 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 impairments. Topics include management of clients needing spinal or foot orthoses and/or upper or lower limb prostheses. The laboratory sessions are designed to provide students with opportunities to apply examination and treatment techniques used in the management of such individuals. 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. (10 weeks)  Onsite clinical learning experience. 10 s.h.

PT-742. Clinical Practicum III. (10 weeks)  Onsite clinical learning experience. 10 s.h.

PT-743. Clinical Practicum IV. (12 weeks)  Onsite clinical learning experience.12 s.h.

PT-746 Health Promotion and Professionalism in Physical Therapy. This course will focus on professional roles, responsibilities, and current issues affecting the physical therapy profession. It will emphasize the importance of community engagement to promote health and optimum wellness and prevent disease/secondary conditions associated with movement dysfunction. Students will be required to complete a health education community presentation on a topic chosen by the target audience. 2 s.h.

PT-748. Pharmacology. This course provides the student with knowledge concerning pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, and pharmacotherapeutic principles, adverse effects, and interactions with medications commonly used with individuals in inpatient and outpatient settings. Student recognition of adverse effects and the influence of medications and natural remedies on function is emphasized with problem solving regarding communication with the individual and their health care providers and modifying the physical therapy program.  Pharmacological content is also covered in the cardiovascular, pulmonary, neurological, and musculoskeletal portions of the curriculum.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 student physical therapists to effectively examine and treat individuals with integumentary impairments.  2 s.h.

PT-752. Motor Development. Motor Development  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.  The course concentrates on embryology, introductory genetics, development of head control, trunk control, transitional movements, upright standing postures, and typical gross motor skills of children birth through young adulthood. Opportunities will be provided to experience and analyze gross motor development and movements in young children. Cultural considerations affecting motor development of children will also be reviewed. Discussion of motor development and recovery topics related to infants and children born prematurity, cardiac defect, arthrogryposis, myelomeningocele, and plagiocephaly will be introduced. 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-755. Neuromuscular I. This course is the first of two major courses that will provide students with a solid foundation in the examination of and interventions for individuals with neuromuscular disorders. The emphasis in this course will be on examination using the ICF framework emphasizing objective outcomes and evidence based interventions. Both traditional and contemporary models of neurological rehabilitation will be presented and the application of an integrated model will be emphasized. Lectures and discussions will utilize case studies to integrate information and enhance the development of clinical problem solving skills and translating evidence based practice into clinical practice. Psychosocial issues and their impact on patient outcomes will be discussed and volunteer patients and families will present the psychosocial aspects of their personal experiences. 3 s.h.

PT-755L. Neuromuscular I Lab. The emphasis in this course will be on examination using the ICF framework emphasizing objective outcomes and evidence based interventions. Application of an integrated model along with translating evidence into clinical practice will be emphasized and practiced on live patients. Volunteer patients and patient simulations will be utilized in lab sessions to promote the application of skills to “real life” situations. Psychosocial issues and their impact on patient outcomes will be discussed and volunteer patients and families will present the psychosocial aspects of their personal experiences. 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 the physical therapy evaluation using the ICF framework related to chronic progressive neurological disorders and spinal cord injuries. Specific objective outcomes and translation of evidence based practice will be emphasized throughout the course. Lectures and discussions will utilize case studies to integrate information and enhance the development of clinical problem solving skills. Psychosocial issues and their impact on patient outcomes will be discussed and volunteer patients and families will present the psychosocial aspects of their personal experiences.3 s.h.

PT-756L. Neuromuscular II Lab. This course will focus on the physical therapy evaluation using the ICF framework related to chronic progressive neurological disorders and spinal cord injuries. Specific objective outcomes and translation of evidence based practice will be emphasized throughout the course. Labs will include patient interactions for patients with both spinal cord injury and a variety of progressive neuromuscular disorders to allow students to apply the information emphasized in lecture and lab. Psychosocial issues and their impact on patient outcomes will be discussed and volunteer patients and families will present the psychosocial aspects of their personal experiences. 2 s.h.

PT-757. Physical Therapy 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. We will focus on how to modify physical therapy examinations and interventions based on changes associated with aging.  The impact of ethical, legal, and psychosocial issues affecting older adults will be presented. 3 s.h.

PT-760. Pediatrics. The pediatrics lecture course examines the etiology, impairments, evaluations, and evidence-based 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. Pediatrics Lab offers a variety of demonstrations and hands-on clinical experiences related to pediatric physical therapy evaluations and evidenced-based 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-762L. Clinical Reasoning and Practice Lab. This course emphasizes clinical reasoning and problem solving, through the presentation and discussion of progressive patient/client case studies with complex, multifactorial problems. Lecture and laboratory sessions assist in student preparation for the comprehensive examinations. Successful completion of both an online, multiple choice comprehensive curricular examination and a comprehensive Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) are required. 1 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 course culminates the evidence-based practice curriculum and involves a final project illustrating proficiency with the collection, interpretation, and presentation of data. The course will involve classroom work to develop collection and presentation skills, and the final project will be an independently prepared case report to be completed during a clinical practicum.  The final project must include the selection of appropriate outcome measures and their publis.h.ed psychometric properties, evaluation of the patient at least at initial evaluation and discharge, presentation of the interventions, and a discussion of the results.  The posters will be developed with faculty mentoring during the clinical practicum and will be formally presented to the faculty upon return to campus. 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.
 

  
Last Publis.h.ed with Edits:June 29, 2016 9:53 AM
Last Comprehensive Review:June 2016
 
 
 
 

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