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Physical therapy (pts)

College of Science and Allied Health
Department of Health Professions
Program Director: Kimberly Harbst
e-mail: harbst.kimb@uwlax.edu

“Physical therapists are the experts in the examination and treatment of musculoskeletal and neuromuscular problems that affect peoples’ abilities to move the way they want and function as well as they want in their daily livesC9.Because physical therapists are experts in movement and function, they do not confine their talents to treating people who are ill. A large part of a physical therapist’s program is directed at preventing injury and loss of movement.” 

Andrew Guccione, PT, PhD, FAPTA www.apta.org/pt_magazine/oct99/closer.html 

 The physical therapy degree is offered at the graduate level.  The following slash courses exist and can be taken only under dual degree agreements by students admitted to the physical therapy program.   Dual degree agreements exist with biology and physics. See those department listings for more information.  

PTS/PAS  411/511      Cr. 6
Human Gross Anatomy
A comprehensive consideration of the human anatomy including both neuro-musuculoskeletal components and internal organ systems. Systems included are musculoskeletal, neurological, urogenital, gastorintestinal, skeletal, and cardiopulmonary. The course includes the complete regional dissection of the human cadaver. Biomechanical function, topographic and radiologic 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. Prerequisite:  Enrollment in PTS professional program.  May only earn credit in one of the following: PAS 511, PTS 411/511, or BIO 511. Offered summer session.  

PTS 412/512  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. Prerequsite: Enrollment in PTS professional program. Offered summer session. 

PTS 413/513  Cr. 3
Biomechanics & Kinesiology of Movement
The principles and theories of the biomechanics of human motion presented to develop analytical skills to assess normal and abnormal movement. Lect. 2 Lab. 2. Prerequisite: Enrollment in PTS professional program. Offered Sem I. 

PTS 414/514  Cr. 2
Motor Control, Motor Learning, and Motor Development
This course will provide a theoretical and research evidence basis for normal and disordered movement via motor control, motor learning, and motor development literature. Students will formulate a basic understanding of what is known about typical and atypical development, control and learning of movement and how available knowledge applies to motor re-learning and control occurring after a lesion. These concepts will be discussed with respect to multiple patient populations. Prerequisite: Enrollment in PTS professional program. Offered Sem I. 

PTS/O-T 415/515            Cr. 3
Functional Neuroanatomy
This course will address the anatomical basis of neuroscience with emphasis on rehabilitation. Structure and physiological function of the central nervous system will be correlated for normal and abnormal processes. Patient examples and research literature will be utilized to foster appropriate clinical decision-making skills in students. Lect. 2 Lab 2. Prerequisite: Enrollment in PTS professional program. Cross-listed with O-T 415/515. May only earn credit in PTS or O-T. Offered Sem I. 

PTS 416/516  Cr. 2
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 physiolgical systems. Lect.1 Lab. 2. Prerquisite: Enrollment in PTS professional program. Offered Sem I. 

PTS 421/521  Cr. 1
Applied Anatomical Assessment
A course designed to acquaint the student with the clinical significance of finding anatomical landmarks through surface palpation. Prerequisite: Enrollment in PTS professional program. Offered summer session. 

PTS 422/522  Cr. 5
Foundations of the Examination Process
A course designed to instruct the student on techniques to examine patients/clients by obtaining a history from other sources, by performing sytems reviews and by selecting and administering culturally appropriate and age-related tests and measures. Lect. 3 Lab. 4.  Prerequisite: Enrollment in PTS professional program. Offered Sem I. 

PTS 423/523  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 PTS professional program. Offered Sem I. 

PTS 431/531  Cr. 2
Introduction to Physical Therapy Practice

Using a seminar format, the learner will be exposed to the multiple roles of the physical therapist as a professional and gain insight into the importance of those roles in the context of today’s health care system using the disablement model. The student will be introduced to the development of professional behaviors relevant to the practice of physical therapy. Professional organizations and their relationship to professional practice will also be discussed. Service learning and clinical role models will be utilized for out-of-class learning. An overview of documentation and medical records will also be included.  Prerequisite: Enrollment in PTS professional program . Offered summer session.


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