Graduate Curriculum Committee Minutes

November 16, 2004


Members Present:         Barbara Eide, Carol Angell, Brad Seebach, Mark Zellmer, Jonathan Majak, Dennis Fater, Thomas Kuffel, Jeff Steffen


Members Absent:          Jeff Steffen (exc.), Adam Rotar (student member)


Consultants:                  Diane Schumacher, Karen Mc Lean, Bruce May, Charles Martin-Stanely, Dean Stroud, John Jax

Guests:                         Paul Reuteman, Paul Stoelting, Peggy Denton, Gwyneth Straker, Kim Harbst, Mike Winfrey, Diane Sewell, Michele Thorman, John Greany, Thomas W. Kernozek, Jeri Anibas


1.       M/S/P to approve minutes of October 5, 2004


Proposal #4, GEO/ESC 481/581, Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS), cr. 3. revise description, prerequisites, effective spring 2005

An introduction to both theoretical and applied aspects of Geographic Information Systems. GIS software with an emphasis on ARCGIS will be used to analyze management of resources, environmental assessment, business location, and urban/regional planning.  Topics will include: data organization, input techniques, map design, map output, data quality, and geographic analysis of spatial data. Prerequisites: MTH 145 or 250.

GEO/ESC 485/585, Advances Geographic Information Systems, cr. 3., revise description, effective spring 2005

Advanced theories in GIS database structures, advanced applications, database transfers, database management, use of census data, spatial analysis, decision-making.  Emphasis on ARCGIS and its applications.  Integration of GIS with Remote Sensing and GPS.  Prerequisites: GEO 481. Offered Sem II.


M/S/P to waive second reading and approve proposal


Proposal # 5, PSY 402/502, Personality Theories, Models and Measures, 3 cr. revise description and outline/objective, effective spring 2005

Exploration and evaluation of major theories of personality.  Particular attention is paid to psychoanalytic, neopsychoanalytic, behavioral, trait and humanistic theories of personality.  This course will also address current research in the field of personality psychology and issues in personality measurement.


PSY 435/535, Cognitive Process, 3 cr., revise description, outline, effective spring 2005

This course examines theories, models, and related experimental research concerning human mental processes.  Topics include acquisition of information, memory, decision-making, problem solving, and language.


 PSY 451/551, Psychological Measurement, 3 cr., Change in Course Outline only, effective spring 2005


M/S/P to waive second reading and approve proposal


Proposal #6, CLI 440/540, Clinical Parasitology, 1 cr., New course at graduate level (convert to slash), effective spring 2005

Course covers important parasites of humans including zoonoses, emerging parasitic diseases.  Life cycles, clinical features, infective diagnostic stages will be included in the lecture component.  The laboratory will include demonstrations and diagnostic procedures.  This course will provide the necessary pre-clinical competencies required for advancement to the clinical education component of the Clinical Laboratory Science program.  Prerequisites: Admission into the CLS or Clinical Microbiology M.S. program and MCI 230. This course will serve as elective in Clinical Microbiology graduate program.


It was discussed to have the statement “not open to students who have completed BIO 406/506” added to the prerequisites. There will be a second reading.


            This was a first reading; there will be a second reading.


Proposal #7, Doctor in Physical Therapy, 112 cr., new program, effective summer 2005.

UW-La Crosse and UW-Milwaukee are partnering to offer a Doctor in PT degree. The degree will be awarded by the UWL/UWM consortium. This is a clinical doctorate, not a research/PhD degree. A DPT allows for the PT practitioner to be a point of entry into the healthcare system rather than a referral. The curriculum is nine semesters long. Six semesters will emphasize classroom and laboratory learning and take place on the UWL campus. The final three semesters will be comprised of internships that take place off campus and culminate with students returning to campus for a one-week debriefing session where they will present an assigned clinical project.  Entrance into the program is competitive and students will be selected based upon their application portfolio.  Not all who apply will be admitted.  UWL is responsible for the Entry-level Track, for students seeking an entry-level degree in PT. There also will be a transitional Track for students who already are licensed PTs. UWM will be responsible for this program, primarily distance ed. This is not in place yet. The DPT has received entitlement to plan and will go before the Board for authorization to implement.  The program will continue with dual degree arrangements with biology and physics.


DPT 411/511, Human Gross Anatomy, 6 cr.

DPT 412/512, Medical Physiology, 4 cr.

DPT 421/521, Applied Anatomical Assessment, 1 cr.

DPT 431/531, Introduction to Physical Therapy Practice, 2 cr.

DPT 413/513, Biomechanics & Kinesiology of Movement, 3 cr.

DPT 414/514, Functional Neuroanatomy, 3 cr.

DPT 415/515, Motor Control, Motor Learning, and Motor Development, 2 cr.

DPT 416/516, Physiological Regulation of Exertion and Disease, 2 cr.

DPT 422/522, Foundations of the Examination Process, 5 cr.

DPT423/523, Physical Agents, 3 cr.

DPT 541, Foundations of Clinical Research, 2 cr.

DPT 442/542, Research and Applied Statistics, 3 cr.

DPT 443/543, Instrumentation, 2 cr.

DPT 611, Pathophysiology, 2 cr.

DPT 621, Scientific Principles of Intervention, 5 cr.

DPT 622, Physical Therapy Management of the Cardiovascular/Pulmonary System, 3 cr.

DPT 623, Integument System, 2 cr.

DPT 631, Professionalism and the Ethos of Care, 3 cr.

DPT 641, Evidence-based Practice: Levels of Evidence, 1 cr.

DPT 651, Fieldwork: Introduction to Clinical Learning, 1 cr.

DPT 751, Fieldwork: General Practice, 2 cr.

DPT 711, Pharmacology, 2 cr.

DPT 712, Clinical Radiography, 1 cr.

DPT 721, Musculoskeletal Evaluation & Treatment: Spine, 3 cr.

DPT 722, Musculoskeletal Evaluation and Treatment: Lower Extremity, 3 cr.

DPT 723, Adult Neurorehabilitative Physical Therapy, 4 cr.

DPT 724, Health & Wellness in Physical Therapy Practice, 2 cr.

DPT 725, Musculoskeletal Evaluation and Treatment: Upper Extremity, 3 cr.

DPT 726, Pediatric Neurorehabilitative Physical Therapy, 4 cr.

DPT 727, Case-based Clinical Decision making-Interventions, 2 cr.

DPT 732, Clinical Teaching and Patient Education, 2 cr.

DPT 733, Health Care Systems & Administration, 3 cr.

DPT 741, Evidenced Based Practice – Interventions, 1 cr.

DPT 742, Research Practicum, 1 cr.

DPT 743, Evidence Based Practice – Tests and Measures, 1 cr.

DPT 851, Internship: Inpatient-acute/rehab, 6 cr.

DPT 831, Clinical Decision Making in an Inpatient Care/Rehab Setting, 1 cr.

DPT 852, Internship: Outpatient Orthopedic, 6 cr.

DPT 832, Clinical Decision Making in an Outpatient Orthopedic Setting, 1 cr.

DPT 853, Internship: Autonomous Practice, 6 cr.

DPT 833, Clinical Decision Making in Autonomous Practice, 1 cr.

DPT 854, Internship Debriefing, 1 cr.               


DPT 743 LX indicated Pass/fail grading this should be letter grade

DPT 414/514 course # should be changed to coincide with cross-listed course OT 425/525

DPT 611 course information does not coincide with cross-listed course OT 627

DPT 412/512 will not be cross-listed

DPT 724 minor changes to the description

DPT 631 committee suggested that the department add a phrase into the description mentioning diversity

   Complete course descriptions are available in the Records and Registration Office.


The proposers explained the program and the partnership, then reviewed each course. The following suggestions/clarifications were made.

                The current students will complete the MSPT. The last class will graduate Dec. 2006.

A statement that makes it clear that all students who apply will not be accepted should be added.

The PAS internship hours and credits/wk differ from PT and OT. All are consistent with the respective national standards.

ESS should be consulted about the program because of potential overlap with numerous courses. This was done for the MSPT, but consultation should be repeated for the new degree.

DPT 412/512 will not be cross-listed

DPT 414/514 and OT 425/525 are cross-listed, so numbers much match.

DPT 611and OT 627 course descriptions and numbers need to match because they are cross-listed.

DPT 631 add a phrase to the description mentioning diversity

DPT 651 takes place during J Term. Should it be a J Term course?       

DPT 724—HEHP dept chair directed PT to consult with Gilmore, MPH program director regarding potential overlap. Resulted in slight wording change in description.

DPT 743 should be letter graded   


This was a first reading; there will be a second reading.



  1. Old Business:  None:
  2. New Business:  None


Meeting adjourned at 5:20 p.m. The next GCC meeting is set for December 7, 2004


Diane Schumacher

GCC Secretary