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PHYSICAL THERAPY (PTS)

Course Descriptions


PTS/BIO/PAS  511  Cr.6

Human Gross Anatomy

A comprehensive consideration of the human anatomy including both neuro-musculoskeletal components and internal organ systems. Systems included are musculoskeletal, neurological, urogenital, gastrointestinal, skeletal, and cardiopulmonary. The course includes the complete regional dissection of the human cadaver. Biomechanical function, topographic and radiographic correlations, and clinical applications are emphasized. Provides an in-depth understanding of the gross anatomy of the human body through lecture, audiovisual, computer and gross cadaver dissection. Lect.5, Lab. 8. Prerequisite: Admission to the Biology M.S. (Nurse Anesthesia Concentration) program or permission of the instructor. (Cross-listed with PAS 511 and PTS 511; may only earn credit in PAS or PTS or BIO.)   Offered Summer.


PTS  512  Cr.4

Medical Physiology

Emphasis upon physiological principles directly related to rehabilitation in a physical therapy practice setting and interaction of physiological systems during normal activities and after injury or disease. PTS students will be enrolled in a one hour per week discussion section. Prerequisite: Enrollment in DPT program.  Offered Summer.


PTS  516  Cr.1

Physiological Regulation of Exertion and Disease

This course is designed to provide the student with an overview of the physiological basis of activity. The course emphasizes the various changes brought on by exercise to the normal and abnormal physiological systems. Prerequisite: enrollment in DPT professional program; concurrent enrollment in PTS 517.  Offered Fall.


PTS  517  Cr.1

Applied Physiological Regulation of Exertion and Disease

This applied course is designed to provide the student with an opportunity to apply the physiological principles in the evaluation of health and performance related fitness. Methods and protocols appropriate for screening for physical activity, health appraisal, assessment, and exercise prescription for apparently healthy individuals or those have controlled disease. Prerequisite: enrollment in DPT professional program; concurrent enrollment in PTS 516.  Offered Fall.


PTS  518  Cr.1

Motor Control, Motor Learning and Motor Development

This course will provide a theoretical and research evidence basis for normal movement via motor control, motor learning, and motor development literature.   Students will formulate a basic understanding of what is known about typical control, learning and development of movement and how available knowledge applies to motor re-learning and control after lesion or injury. These concepts will be discussed with respect to multiple patient populations and atypical movement will be introduced. Prerequisite: concurrent enrollment in PTS 519; enrollment in DPT Professional Program.  Offered Spring.


PTS  519  Cr.1

Applied Motor Control, Motor Learning, and Motor Development

This course will explore principles of motor behavior within the context of interactive labs. Principles of motor behavior (motor control, motor learning, and motor development) will be applied to both typical and atypical populations. Students will practice applying what is known about control, learning and development of movement to motor relearning and control after lesion or injury. These concepts will be discussed with respect to multiple patient populations and atypical movement will be introduced. Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in PTS 518; enrollment in DPT Professional Program.  Offered Spring.


PTS  520  Cr.3

Introduction to Physical Therapy Practice and Evaluation Techniques

This course is designed to expose the student to the multiple roles and professional behavior expectations of the physical therapist and gain insight into the importance of these roles in the context of today's health care system. This course will also introduce the student to the role of patient examination with emphasis on tests and measures related to palpation, goniometry and muscle strength testing. This course is concurrently taught with anatomy so students may apply knowledge of human anatomy to a clinical environment. Lect. 1; Lab. 4. Prerequisite: Enrollment in DPT program.  Offered Summer.


PTS  523  Cr.3

Physical Agents

This course provides an understanding of the physiological basis, scientific rationale for, and clinical application of, thermal, electrophysiology/electrotherapy and electromagnetic physical agents. Strategies and techniques to manage pain, edema, soft tissue dysfunction, loss of motion and weakness through direct interventions will be covered. Lect. 2; Lab. 2. Prerequisite: Enrollment in DPT program.  Offered Fall.


PTS  525  Cr.2

Biomechanics and Kinesiology of Movement

The principles and theories of the biomechanics of human motion will be presented to develop analytical skills needed to assess normal and abnormal movement. Prerequisite: enrollment in DPT professional program; concurrent enrollment in PTS 526.  Offered Fall.


PTS  526  Cr.1

Applied Biomechanics and Kinesiology of Movement

This seminar course provides introductory activities used in the development of student analytical skills to enable the assessment of normal and abnormal movement from a biomechanical perspective. Prerequisite: enrollment in DPT professional program; concurrent enrollment in PTS 525.  Offered Fall.


PTS  527  Cr.3

Foundations of the Physical Therapy Examination

This course is designed to instruct future clinicians on how to implement the examination/evaluation component of the Patient/Client Management Model of Physical Therapy. Prerequisite: enrollment in DPT professional program; concurrent enrollment in PTS 528.  Offered Fall.


PTS  528  Cr.2

Applied Foundations of the Physical Therapy Examination

This course will emphasize the skills of obtaining a client history, performing a systems review and selecting and administering appropriate tests and measures that have been presented in 'Foundations of the Physical Therapy Examination'. Prerequisite: enrollment in DPT professional program; concurrent enrollment in PTS 527.  Offered Fall.


PTS  535  Cr.2

Functional Neuroanatomy

This course will provide a detailed examination of the gross components associated with the central nervous system. This examination will be correlated with a review of the peripheral nervous system. Together, this information will be used to provide functional considerations of the nervous system that will then be used to explore the foundational basis for clinical applications in neurologic evaluation and interpretation. Prerequisite: enrollment in DPT professional program; concurrent enrollment in PTS 536.  Offered Fall.


PTS  536  Cr.1

Applied Functional Neuroanatomy

This course will focus on the physical identification of structures associated with the central nervous system. This identification will occur through dissection, examination of stained sections and models, and through an overview of clinical imaging studies. These structures will be correlated with functional understandings to provide a basis for solving clinical relevant problem sets. Prerequisite: enrollment in DPT professional program; concurrent enrollment in PTS 535.  Offered Fall.


PTS  542  Cr.3

Research and Applied Statistics

Specific quantitative research designs and statistics with an emphasis on clinical research is the focus of this course.  The course will discuss methods for critically evaluating the literature based on the study design and statistical findings as well as their application to clinical practice.  Students will build on course content developed in PTS 541. Students may not earn credit in both PTS 542 and PHY 423. Prerequisite: Enrollment in DPT program.  Offered Summer.


PTS  543  Cr.1

Instrumentation for Human Movement

Development of knowledge and skills necessary for interpretation of human movement data pervasive in contemporary physical therapy literature. Topics will include methods of data acquisition using a force platform, pressure platform, pressure insoles and mats, video based motion analysis, posturography and electromyography (EMG) as well as methods of processing, analyzing, and interpreting data. Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in PTS 544; enrollment in DPT Professional Program.  Offered Summer.


PTS  544  Cr.1

Applied Instrumentation for Human Movement

Development of practical skills and experience in collecting human movement data with instrumentation. Data analysis and written reports associated with the analysis of movement will be required. Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in PTS 543; enrollment in DPT Professional Program.  Offered Summer.


PTS  545  Cr.1

Foundations of Clinical Research

Research methodology with an emphasis on clinical research is the focus of this course. Methods for critically evaluating the literature, literature search strategies, ethics in research, issues of control, measurement and research design will be discussed. Prerequisite: enrollment in DPT professional program; concurrent enrollment in PTS 546.  Offered Spring.


PTS  546  Cr.1

Applied Foundations of Clinical Research

Students will identify a gap in our knowledge base using primary literature and formulate a specific research question that could be answered using available resources.  Students will develop a research proposal and oral defense of their research question, proposed methods, and expected clinical relevance. Prerequisite: enrollment in DPT professional program; concurrent enrollment in PTS 545.  Offered Spring.


PTS/OT  611  Cr.2

Applied and Pathological Physiology

This course will provide the student with information about the pathophysiology of various organ systems and physiological control mechanisms as they pertain to the practice of physical therapy. Emphasis will be placed upon the ability of the student to perform differential diagnosis in a physical therapy setting and to determine when further diagnostics may be indicated. Patient problems will be utilized to allow students to practice differential diagnosis and problem solving. Prerequisite: Enrollment in OT or DPT program. (Cross-listed with PTS 611; may only earn credit in OT or PTS).   Offered Spring.


PTS  619  Cr.2

Early Intervention and Acute Care Physical Therapy

This course teaches the principles of care and therapeutic interventions used to treat patients during acute care and early intervention. Principles relate to healing status, prevention of injury, and rehabilitation for functional mobility. Content will focus on health care communication, early care techniques, and durable medical equipment to support mobility in the inpatient environment, home, and community. Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in PTS 620; enrollment in DPT Professional Program.  Offered Spring.


PTS  620  Cr.1

Applied Early Intervention and Acute Care Physical Therapy

This course will emphasize skill development to support physical therapy intervention targeting Early Intervention and Acute Care. Students will practice health care communication techniques, the prescription and fit of durable medical equipment, and therapeutic techniques to support rehabilitation of functional mobility. Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in PTS 619; enrollment in DPT Professional Program.  Offered Spring.


PTS  623  Cr.2

Integument System

In this course, the student will build on basic skin anatomy, physiologic basis of skin nourishment and repair, and biomechanical stresses that can impact on the skin. Factors predisposing the skin to breakdown will be presented as will preventive measures where appropriate. The student will learn specific examination and intervention techniques utilized in treating specific integumentary conditions including burns, wound care, and amputations. Lect. 1.5; Lab 3.5. Prerequisite: Enrollment in DPT program.  Offered Summer.


PTS  625  Cr.2

Physical Therapy Management of the Cardiovascular/Pulmonary System

This course focuses on normal and abnormal structure and function of the cardiovascular, pulmonary and lymphatic systems with emphasis on medical and other therapeutic strategies. Emphasis is placed on preventative measures and interventions for cardiac and pulmonary patients. Students evaluate current literature to support evidence-based practice and use a problem-solving approach to evaluate and manage patients. Prerequisite: enrollment in DPT professional program; concurrent enrollment in PTS 626.  Offered Spring.


PTS  626  Cr.2

Applied Physical Therapy Management of the Cardiovascular/Pulmonary System

Applied Physical Therapy Management of the Cardiovascular/Pulmonary System is taken concurrently with Physical Therapy Management of the Cardiovascular/Pulmonary System (PTS 625).  The applied experiences are designed to provide an opportunity to practice examinations, evaluations, and interventions from cardiovascular, pulmonary and lymphatic cases and demonstrate psychomotor proficiency in each procedure.  In addition, during this applied seminar the students are expected to integrate and synthesize information from a variety of problem solving experiences. Prerequisite: enrollment in DPT professional program; concurrent enrollment in PTS 625.  Offered Spring.


PTS  627  Cr.1

Therapeutic Exercise and Manual Therapy

This course teaches principles of intervention techniques used to treat patients following injury or illness. Content will focus on techniques of manual therapy, flexibility, strength and power training and functional recovery. Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in PTS 628; enrollment in DPT Professional Program.  Offered Spring.


PTS  628  Cr.1

Applied Therapeutic Exercise and Manual Therapy

This course will emphasize the psychomotor skills utilized to perform the material presented in PTS 627: Therapeutic Exercise and Manual Therapy. Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in PTS 627; enrollment in DPT Professional Program.  Offered Spring.


PTS  631  Cr.3

Professionalism and the Ethos of Care

Students will explore the ethics of professional practice, fiduciary relationships, the rights and duties associated with the patient/therapist relationship and the role character plays in ethical decision-making. In response to the underlying values of respect for society, self and others, students will also explore the psychosocial variables that impact on people with disabilities and their ability to cope. Course will emphasize serving diverse patient populations. Lect. 2; Lab. 2. Prerequisite: Enrollment in DPT program.  Offered Spring.


PTS  651  Cr.1

Fieldwork: Introduction to Clinical Learning

The student will participate in a clinically based learning experience where they will shadow a physical therapist. Students will gain experience with medical chart reviews, taking subjective patient histories, practicing early assessment and intervention skills, perform basic patient handling techniques and explore the role of a physical therapist within the health care team. Prerequisite: Enrollment in DPT program and functioning at the beginning level on the professional behaviors assessment form.  Pass/Fail grading. Offered Spring.


PTS  700  Cr.1 - 3

Selected Topics in Physical Therapy

This course offers in-depth study of particular concepts, clinical specialties, and/or non-traditional practice areas in physical therapy. Topics are selected by the instructor and/or as developed by student/faculty dialogue to meet special interests and needs. Topics are relevant to physical therapy education, and are not found elsewhere in the university curriculum. Repeatable for credit - maximum six. Prerequisite: Enrollment in DPT program. Pass/Fail grading. Offered Fall, Spring.


PTS  701  Cr.2

Applied Adult Clinical Practice

This course provides the students with supervised hands-on clinical applications working with adults with impairments and movement dysfunctions.  Students will incorporate theory, evidence, foundational science, and clinical skills under the supervision of a physical therapist. Prerequisite:  PTS 651; enrollment in DPT professional program. Pass/Fail grading. Offered Fall, Spring.


PTS  709  Cr.1

Health & Wellness in Physical Therapy Practice

In this course students will focus on the role of the physical therapist in promoting principles of health and wellness for the purpose of risk identification and fitness promotion for individuals, groups, and communities throughout the lifespan by utilizing educational and prevention programs. Issues of health behavior, community access and efficacy of individual and group programs, and the development of health promotion programs will be explored. Prerequisite: Enrollment in DPT program.  Offered Fall.


PTS  710  Cr.1

Applied Health and Wellness in Physical Therapy Practice

In this course, students will implement a community service learning project to promote health and wellness for the purpose of risk identification and fitness promotion for individuals, groups, and/or communities. Outcomes of the program will be assessed and presented. Prerequisite: PTS 709; enrollment in DPT Professional Program.  Offered Spring.


PTS  711  Cr.2

Pharmacology

This course is designed to provide coverage of typical pharmacologic agents encountered in both inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation settings. Content includes pharmacodynamics, pharmacokinetics, biotransformation of drugs, and a consideration of the clinical application for a variety of classes of drugs. Prerequisite: Enrollment in DPT program.  Offered Fall.


PTS  712  Cr.1

Clinical Radiology

This course introduces students to the different modalities used in clinical radiography and the rationale for using one or more modalities when making an appropriate diagnosis. Students will be able to better comprehend radiographic anatomy in a manner relevant to diagnosis and treatment. Prerequisite: Enrollment in DPT program.  Offered Fall.


PTS  715  Cr.2

Musculoskeletal Evaluation and Treatment: Lower Extremity

This course will emphasize the implementation of the patient/client management model in the realm of musculoskeletal physical therapy of the lower extremity. Prerequisite: enrollment in DPT professional program; concurrent enrollment in PTS 716.  Offered Fall.


PTS  716  Cr.1

Applied Musculoskeletal Evaluation and Treatment: Lower Extremity

This course will emphasize the clinical skills included in the patient/client management model and application of the lecture material presented in 'Musculoskeletal Examination and Treatment: Lower Extremity'. Prerequisite: enrollment in DPT professional program; concurrent enrollment in PTS 715.  Offered Fall.


PTS  727  Cr.1

Case-Based Clinical Decision Making-Interventions

This course will teach how to review a physical therapy diagnosis and make appropriate clinical decisions for evidence-based physical therapy interventions. Prerequisite: Enrollment in DPT program.  Offered Spring.


PTS  728  Cr.2

Musculoskeletal Evaluation and Treatment: Spine

This course will emphasize the implementation of the patient/client management model in the realm of musculoskeletal physical therapy of the spine. Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in PTS 729; enrollment in DPT Professional Program.  Offered Summer.


PTS  729  Cr.1

Applied Musculoskeletal Evaluation and Treatment: Spine

This course will emphasize the psychomotor skills included in the patient/client management model and utilization of material presented in "Musculoskeletal Examination and Treatment: Spine". Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in PTS 728; enrollment in DPT Professional Program.  Offered Summer.


PTS  730  Cr.2

Pediatric Neurorehabilitative Physical Therapy

In this course, the student will apply basic knowledge of motor control, motor learning, and motor development, neuroanatomy and neurophysiology, examination and intervention techniques to a child with a long-term disability. Examination and intervention tools and techniques used for adults and children with neurological disabilities will be compared and contrasted. Students will learn how to modify examination and interventions to match a child's developmental level. Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in PTS 731; enrollment in DPT Professional Program.  Offered Spring.


PTS  731  Cr.2

Applied Pediatric Neurorehabilitative Physical Therapy

In this course, the student will utilize biomechanical principles, motor learning, teaching and practice of motor skills to adapt ecologically valid intervention techniques to children with long-term disabilities. Examination and intervention tools and techniques used for adults and children with neurological disabilities will be compared and contrasted. Students will learn and practice modifying examination and interventions to match a child's developmental level. Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in PTS 730; enrollment in DPT Professional Program.  Offered Spring.


PTS  732  Cr.2

Clinical Teaching and Patient Education

The intervention of patient education will be explored in depth. Issues surrounding patient adherence in the context of learning theory, adult learning, and learning domains will be emphasized. The physical therapist as a clinical educator will also be addressed. Lect. 1; Lab. 2. Prerequisite: Enrollment in DPT program.  Offered Fall.


PTS  733  Cr.3

Health Care Systems & Administration

Primary emphasis of this course is to provide physical therapy students with practice management skills in the context of the U.S. health care system and an autonomous practice environment. Topics of study will include characteristics of the global and U.S. health care systems, reimbursement methods and insurance models, legal considerations, compliance regulations, fiscal management, marketing and development of professional referral relationships and development of business plans. Prerequisite: Enrollment in DPT program.  Offered Spring.


PTS  735  Cr.2

Adult Neurorehabilitative Physical Therapy

The course will emphasize the integration of neuroanatomy, neurophysiology, motor control, motor learning, and the physical therapy management of adults with neuromuscular disorders. Students will assess and integrate recommendations and evidence for the principles and practices of neurorehabilitation physical therapy. Prerequisite: enrollment in DPT professional program; concurrent enrollment in PTS 736.  Offered Fall.


PTS  736  Cr.2

Applied Adult Neurorehabilitative Physical Therapy

The course will emphasize procedures to support physical therapy management of adults with neuromuscular disorders. Students will practice the selection and application of tests and measures, treatment techniques, equipment prescription, and outcome assessment and recommendations. Prerequisite: enrollment in DPT professional program; concurrent enrollment in PTS 735.  Offered Fall.


PTS  737  Cr.2

Musculoskeletal Evaluation and Treatment: Upper Extremity

This course will emphasize the implementation of the patient/client management model in the realm of musculoskeletal physical therapy of the upper extremity. Prerequisite: concurrent enrollment in PTS 738; enrollment in DPT Professional Program.  Offered Fall.


PTS  738  Cr.1

Applied Musculoskeletal Evaluation and Treatment: Upper Extremity

This course will emphasize the clinical skills included in the patient/client management model and application of the lecture material presented in 'Musculoskeletal Examination and Treatment: Upper Extremity'. Prerequisite: concurrent enrollment in PTS 737; enrollment in DPT Professional Program.  Offered Fall.


PTS  741  Cr.2

Evidenced Based Practice in Physical Therapy

This course is intended to provide the learner with strategies to evaluate the evidence underlying physical therapy practice. Learners will utilize this evidence as a framework for determining best practice. Evidence based strategies include analysis of outcome measures used in physical therapy, interpretation and analysis of clinical prediction rules, and conducting focused systematic reviews of physical therapy interventions. Prerequisite: Enrollment in DPT program.  Offered Fall.


PTS  742  Cr.1

Research Practicum

Practical experience carrying out a research project under the guidance of the principal investigator(s). Students may be asked to participate in some of the following activities: search and critique the literature concerning the research problem, collect data, process, analyze and/or manage data, assist with statistical analysis, interpret results. Lab. 2. Repeatable for credit - maximum 2. Prerequisite: Enrollment in DPT program.  Offered Fall, Spring.


PTS  743  Cr.1

Evidence Based Practice Seminar

Seminar course focusing on the critical analysis of published clinical research related to Physical Therapy Tests and Measures. Students will select research papers and critique the sample utilized, research design, methodology and instrument employed, interpretation of statistical and practical results, discussion of applications to therapy and suggestions for further research. This course builds on content from PTS 541 and 542. Oral and written presentations are required. Prerequisite: Enrollment in DPT program.  Offered Spring.


PTS  751  Cr.2

Fieldwork: General Practice

The student will be assigned to a clinically based learning experience where they will be allowed to practice basic skill acquisition in real time. Fieldwork placements will be with a general PT practitioner. Consistent with the services that may be provided in a rural setting, students may be expected to provide home care, extended care facility coverage and outpatient orthopedic coverage as well as occasional acute care coverage for less complicated patients. Prerequisite: Enrollment in DPT program. Pass/Fail grading. Offered Summer.


PTS  798  Cr.1 - 3

Independent Study

Independent study of a special topic or problem related to physical therapy examination, intervention, diagnosis, prognosis, outcome assessment or professional practice. Physical therapy elective. Permission of Instructor. Open to students after discussion with instructor. Repeatable for credit – maximum 6. Prerequisite: Enrollment in DPT program.  Offered Occasionally.


PTS  831  Cr.1

Clinical Decision Making in an Impatient Acute Care/Rehab Setting

This course introduces learners to clinical reasoning as a systematic process to assist practitioners in inferring or drawing conclusions about patient care in a rural environment. Prerequisite: Enrollment in DPT program.  Offered Fall.


PTS  851  Cr.6

Internship: Inpatient-Acute/Rehab

Clinical experience with emphasis on the medically complex patient with related conditions such as post-surgical intervention, oncology, wound care, organ transplant, general de-conditioning, cardiopulmonary or neuromuscular rehabilitation. Prerequisite: Good academic standing, satisfactory completion of all didactic coursework. Must be functioning at the entry level on the professional behavior assessment tool.  Pass/Fail grading. Offered Summer.


PTS  852  Cr.6

Internship: Outpatient Orthopedic

Clinical experience with an emphasis on clients with musculoskeletal involvement. Fieldwork will take place in an outpatient setting. Patient population and diagnosis may vary according to the facility assigned. Prerequisite: Enrollment in DPT program. Good academic standing, satisfactory completion of all didactic coursework. Must be functioning at the entry level on the professional behavior assessment tool.  Pass/Fail grading. Offered Fall.


PTS  853  Cr.6

Internship: Autonomous Practice

Clinical experience with an emphasis on the autonomous practice setting. Students will select a practice setting not previously experienced where they will mentor under a master clinician practicing in areas such as burns, women's health, oncology, industrial rehabilitation, hand therapy, pediatrics, research, administration, clinical biomechanics, geriatrics, and health and wellness. Prerequisite: Enrollment in DPT program. Good academic standing, satisfactory completion of all didactic coursework. Must be functioning at the entry level on the professional behavior assessment tool.  Pass/Fail grading. Offered Spring.


PTS  854  Cr.1

Capstone Project

Hybrid course with online and campus-based classes focusing on development of a written manuscript (case report, systematic literature review, or research manuscript) with faculty mentoring and oversight. Scholarly writing consistent with journal submission guidelines is required. Enrollment in DPT professional curriculum. Good academic standing, satisfactory completion of all didactic coursework, and functioning at the entry level of professional behaviors. Prerequisite: Enrollment in DPT program. Pass/Fail grading. Offered Spring.