Courses in Physical Therapy - B.S. in Health Science & Doctor of Physical Therapy

PHT 311. Fundamentals of Anatomy. This course is designed to introduce students to the basics of human anatomy. The course will cover human muscle origins, insertions, and actions as well as describing in depth systemic anatomy of the skeletal, circulatory, ­respiratory, renal, reproductive, and nervous systems. The course will use a traditional lecture format and both anatomical models and computer software to aid in learning course material.  Prerequisite: BIO 112 and permission of the instructor. 4 credits.

PHT 412. Psychosocial Aspects of Disease and Disability. A survey course of the psychosocial implications of illness and disability. Specific attention is given to cultural differences, adjustment models, family stress from caregiving, family violence, and normal grieving processes.  Fulfills general education requirement: Disciplinary Perspectives. 3 credits.

PHT 502. Professional Issues of Physical Therapy Practice I. Introduces students to key professional ethical and practice issues, including communication and health policy.  3 credits.

PHT 504. Professional Issues of Physical Therapy Practice II. Continued study of professional ethical and practice issues and patient care documentation. Students develop an understanding of the impact of ethical decision-making through self-discovery and teaching. Theories of teaching and learning are introduced as a basis to understand the learning process and to investigate patient education in physical therapy practice.  4 credits.

PHT 511. Human Anatomy. Explores human neuromusculoskeletal, cardiovascular, pulmonary, and integumentary systems. Laboratory exercises include cadaveric dissection.  Prerequisites: GPA greater than 3.0. 5 credits.

PHT 514. Pathophysiology. Examines basic human pathology and medical principles, including, but not limited to, inflammation, infection, systemic conditions, diagnostic imaging, genetics, and clinical laboratory tests.  4 credits.

PHT 516. Biomechanics and Kinesiology. Examines tissue and joint structure and function, and the mechanical principles involved in human motion. The laboratory portion will introduce students to the basics of postural and gait assessment.  Prerequisite: PHT 312. 4 credits.

PHT 518. Exercise Science. Examines skeletal muscle structure and function and cardiovascular, respiratory, and neuromusculoskeletal physiology related to physical activity and exercise in general and special patient/client populations. Current methods of nutritional and physical assessment will be evaluated.  3 credits.

PHT 520. Motor Control Motor Learning. This course will focus on the processes that govern human movement acquisition and control across the lifespan and will prepare students to apply principles of motor development, motor control, and motor learning to clinical practice. Emphasis will be placed on developing a working knowledge of the neural, physical, and behavioral aspects of human movement and the process involved in acquiring and refining motor skills across the lifespan.  2 credits.

PHT 532. Clinical Examination. An introduction to the tests and measurements used by physical therapists in the clinical and research settings. Laboratory sessions will provide the student with an opportunity to integrate concepts and apply the therapeutic interventions discussed in lecture.  4 credits.

PHT 534. Cardiovascular-Pulmonary Physical Therapy. Examines the physical therapy management of individuals with cardiac and respiratory dysfunction. Particular attention is focused on exercise prescription, patient management in various clinical settings, current medical and surgical procedures, and guidelines and education for inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation.  4 credits.

PHT 542. Pharmacology in Rehabilitation. Provides a general introduction to pharmacological principles including basic pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics. Descriptions of general classes of medications and their impact and utilization in rehabilitation are stressed.  2 credits.

PHT 551. Foundations of Evidenced Based Critical Inquiry. Methods of research and scientific discovery are introduced as concepts and with application. The ethical issues of medical research and the role of Institutional Review Boards for the protection of human subjects are emphasized through historical perspectives and current guidelines published by NIH. The scientific peer-review process and components required for publication are reviewed.  3 credits.

PHT 595. Student Run Free Clinic I. This is one of a series of courses offered to all physical therapy students in the graduate phase of the program who are interested in participating in the LVC student run free physical therapy clinic for individuals who are underinsured/ uninsured in the community. Students have the opportunity to work with patients throughout the semester, as well as manage all aspects of the clinic. Students will be supervised throughout the experience by licensed physical therapists. Students will be required to undergo HIPPA, OSHA, Standard Precautions, and CPR training and demonstrate competency in all areas prior to working in the clinic.  Graded pass/fail. 0 credits.

PHT 596. Student Run Free Clinic II. This is one of a series of courses offered to all physical therapy students in the graduate phase of the program who are interested in participating in the LVC student run free physical therapy clinic for individuals who are underinsured/ uninsured in the community. Students have the opportunity to work with patients throughout the semester, as well as manage all aspects of the clinic. Students will be supervised throughout the experience by licensed physical therapists. Students will be required to undergo HIPPA, OSHA, Standard Precautions, and CPR training and demonstrate competency in all areas prior to working in the clinic.  Graded pass/fail. 0 credits.