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Curriculum

The curriculum combines classroom and laboratory training with independent study and clinical experiences in a variety of health care settings. Students who have been admitted into the program must be enrolled on a full-time basis for each of the eight semesters of the program. The coursework is arranged on a set schedule.

 

PROFESSIONAL CURRICULUM PLAN

DPT I

 

 

Course Number

Course Name

Semester Hours

FALL SEMESTER

 

 

PHYT 7111

Introduction to Patient/Client Management

2 hrs

PHYT 7113

Professional Communication and Education

2 hrs

PHYT 7114

Evidence in Practice

2 hrs

PHYT 7115

Musculoskeletal Examination

2 hrs

PHYT 7116

Human Gross Anatomy

6 hrs

PHYT 7210

Kinesiology and Applications of Exercise

3 hrs

 

Total

17 hrs

SPRING SEMESTER

 

 

PHYT 7070

Therapeutic Exercise

3  hrs

PHYT 7122

Neuroscience

 5 hrs

PHYT 7123

Physical Agents

 2 hrs

PHYT 7124

Pathology of Musculoskeletal System

 3 hrs

PHYT 7125

PT Management of Musculoskeletal Disorders of the Lower Extremity

 3 hrs

PHYT 7126

PT Management of Musculoskeletal Disorders of the Upper Extremity

3 hrs

 

Total

 19 hrs

SUMMER SEMESTER

 

 

PHYT 7131

Patient/Client Management of Musculoskeletal Disorders of the Spine

 4 hrs

PHYT 7132

Electrotherapeutic Modalities

 2 hrs

PHYT 7133

Clinical Education I

 4 hrs

 

Total

 10 hrs

 

DPT II

   

Course Number

Course Name

Semester Hours

FALL SEMESTER

   

PHYT 7211

Physical Therapy Management of Cardiopulmonary Dysfunction

4 hrs

PHYT 7212

Critical Inquiry

3 hrs

PHYT 7213

Physical Therapy Management of Medical/Surgical Conditions I

2 hrs

PHYT 7214

Clinical Applications Across the Lifespan

2 hrs

PHYT 7215

Physical Therapy Management of Patients with Neurological Dysfunction I

4 hrs

PHYT 7216

Human Growth and Development across the Lifespan

3 hrs

 

Total

18 hrs

SPRING SEMESTER

   

PHYT 7221

Psychosocial Aspects of Disability

2 hrs

PHYT 7222

Physical Therapy Management of Medical/Surgical Conditions II

3 hrs

PHYT 7223

Physical Therapy Management of Adults and Elders with Neurological Dysfunction II

4 hrs

PHYT 7224

Physical Therapy Management of Infants, Children and Adolescents with Neurological Dysfunction III

4 hrs

PHYT 7225

Physical Therapy Management of Medical/Surgical Conditions III

3 hrs

PHYT 7226

Research Investigation I

2 hrs

 

Total

18 hrs

SUMMER SEMESTER

   

PHYT 7231

Clinical Education II

4 hrs

PHYT 7232

Clinical Education III

5 hrs

 

Total

9 hrs


DPT III

   

Course Number

Course Name

Semester Hours

FALL SEMESTER

   

PHYT 7311

Administration in Physical Therapy

3 hrs

PHYT 7312

Movement Disorders

2 hrs

PHYT 7313

Differential Diagnosis in Physical Therapy

3 hrs

PHYT 7314

Research Investigation II

2 hrs

PHYT 7315

Applied Patient/Client Management

2 hrs

 

Elective Course Offerings (may include)

6 hrs

PHYT 7301

Advanced Clinical Practice: Adult Neurorehabilitation

3 hrs

PHYT 7302

Advanced Clinical Practice: Geriatric Neurorehabilitation

3 hrs

PHYT 7303

Advanced Clinical Orthopedics

3 hrs

PHYT 7304

Advanced Neurorehabilitation Management Principles for Children with Movement Disorders

3 hrs

PHYT 7305

Advanced Manual Therapy

3 hrs

PHYT 7306

Advanced Sports Physical Therapy

3 hrs

PHYT 7660

Advanced Clinically-Oriented Anatomy

3 hrs

PHYT 7660 L

Advanced Clinically-Oriented Anatomy Laboratory

0 hrs

PHYT 7997r

Individual Studies

1-3 hrs

 

Total

18 hrs

SPRING SEMESTER

   

PHYT 7332

Clinical Internship

9 hrs

PHYT 7331

Licensure Preparation

2 hrs

 

Total

11 hrs

     
 

TOTAL PROGRAM HOURS

120 hrs



COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

7111 Introduction to Patient/Client Management (2)

Basic patient care skills. Topics to be included are critical observation, universal precautions, medical chart review, methods of measuring and recording vital signs, basic wheelchair features, basic crutch gaits and transfer techniques, and emergency care. Fall semester; year 1. Laboratory/Studio course fee will be assessed.

 

7210 Kinesiology and Applications of Exercise(3)

An introduction to kinesiology through the study of biomechanics, including statics and dynamics, joint kinematics, and related aspects of muscle mechanics and physiology. Emphasis is on the importance of mechanical principles in relation to analysis of the human body at rest and in motion, in both normal and selected pathological conditions. The course will include an introduction to motor control. Students will also learn about the role of the physical therapist in prevention and the promotion of health, wellness, and fitness and the concepts of exercise prescription for the healthy and individuals with risk factors for various diseases. Fall semester; year 1.

 

7113 Professional Communication and Education (2)

Principles of clinical teaching including the establishment of objectives, instructional methods, assessment of learning, and strategies for improving motivation and compliance. An additional purpose of this course is to develop effective professional communication skills. Fall semester; year 1.

 

7114 Evidence in Practice (2)

Introduction to the acquisition, utilization and presentation of information by physical therapists with emphasis on technology and the use of computers. Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to develop focused clinical questions, conduct systematic evidenced-based literature searches, identify levels of evidence, and develop creative means of communication using a variety of active learning techniques. Fall semester; year 1.

 

7115 Musculoskeletal Examination (2)

Essential steps in the evaluation of function in a patient with musculoskeletal dysfunction. Examination skills for the measurement of joint motion, muscle strength, and posture are demonstrated and practiced. Fall semester; year 1.

 

7116 Human Gross Anatomy (6)

Combined lecture-laboratory program designed to present to the student an understanding of basic and clinical, human gross anatomy. Normal diagnostic imaging techniques will be introduced. Detailed regional analysis of the buttock, lower extremity, and upper extremity will be performed. Structure and function of the head, neck, and trunk regions will be studied. Major joints will be discussed. Normal diagnostic imaging (x-ray, CT Scan, and MRI) will be introduced. Anatomy of the thoracic and abdominal cavities will be introduced. Fall semester; year 1.

 

7070 Therapeutic Exercise (4)

Basic foundation of the knowledge and skills needed to prescribe and apply therapeutic exercise in the practice of physical therapy. The focus of this course will be on how to perform basic cardiovascular, muscular, and flexibility exercises and programming. This course will provide the foundation for therapeutic exercise units within the applied courses (orthopedics, neurology, acute care) of the curriculum. Spring semester; year 1. Laboratory/ Studio course fee will be assessed.

 

7122 Neuroscience (5)

This course presents an understanding of peripheral and central nervous system human anatomy, embryology, histopathology and physiology. Correlation of neurological lesions with resultant clinical signs and symptoms is emphasized in patient/clinical case study format. Spring semester; year 1.

 

7123 Physical Agents (2)

Didactic and clinical applications of selected physical agents used in physical therapy practice. The following physical agents will be covered: superficial heating and cooling agents including hydrotherapy, deep heating modalities, infrared, and ultraviolet. Critical thinking skills will be applied by the student in the determination of the frequency and protocol development of the prescription for each physical agent. Spring semester; year 1. Laboratory/Studio course fee will be assessed.

 

7124 Pathology of Musculoskeletal System (3)

With the aid of case studies, audio-visual support and handouts, this course will survey the clinical correlation of signs and symptoms of dysfunction of the musculoskeletal system. The fundamental concepts of histology, and disease-producing mechanisms and pathologic processes of the musculoskeletal system will be presented. Histopathology of body tissues and other organ systems will be reviewed. Principles of cellular immunology, inflammation and wound healing will be introduced. Spring semester; year 1

 

7125 PT Management of Musculoskeletal Disorders of the Lower Extremity (3)

Provides the student with the didactic and clinical applications of examination, evaluation, diagnosis, prognosis, therapeutic interventions, and treatment rationale for the most common musculoskeletal dysfunctions of the lower extremity. Students will also spend two hours each week in an orthopedic clinical setting. (1 lecture hour and 4 lab hours per week)  Spring semester; year 1 Laboratory/Studio course fee will be assessed.

 

7126 PT Management of Musculoskeletal Disorders of the Upper Extremity (3)

Provides the student with the didactic and clinical applications of examination, evaluation, diagnosis, prognosis, therapeutic interventions, and treatment rationale for common musculoskeletal dysfunctions of the upper extremity. Students will also spend two hours each week in an orthopaedic clinical setting. (1 lecture hour and 4 lab hours per week). Spring semester; year 1

 

7131 Patient/Client Management of Musculoskeletal Disorders of the Spine (4)

Provides the student with the didactic and clinical applications of evaluative measures, therapeutic interventions, and treatment rationale for select musculoskeletal dysfunctions of the spine. Summer semester; year 1.

 

7132 Electrotherapeutic Modalities (2)

Provides the student with the didactic and clinical applications of electrotherapy. Critical thinking skills will be applied by the student in the determination of the frequency and protocol development of the prescription for each physical agent. Summer semester; year 1. Laboratory/Studio course fee will be assessed.

 

7133 Clinical Education I (4)

This is an introductory clinical experience following successful completion of the first three semesters of didactic work. The student performs the elements of patient/client management with an emphasis on musculoskeletal dysfunction in an outpatient/ambulatory care setting under the direct supervision of a physical therapist. Summer semester, year 1. 280 clinical hours.

 

7211 Physical Therapy Management of Cardiopulmonary Dysfunction (4)

Provides the student with the didactic and clinical applications of pathology, examination, evaluation, diagnosis, prognosis, intervention and expected outcomes in the management of clients with dysfunction of the cardiopulmonary system. Renal system dysfunction, cardiovascular complications of diabetes, and exercise considerations in special populations will also be addressed. Fall semester; year 2.

 

7212 Critical Inquiry (3)

Teaches the importance of the scientific method in physical therapy, both to understand disease processes and to evaluate the efficacy of different methods of treatment. The student will examine the evidence for accepted methods of treatment, and evaluate published research studies, with reference to hypothesis, methodology, conclusions and relevance to physical therapy practice. The student will acquire the skills necessary to develop a research project including scientific writing, oral presentation, literature search and review, research design and methodology, computer data analysis, and preparing scientific text and illustrations for publication. Summer/Fall semester; year 2.

 

7213 Physical Therapy Management of Medical/Surgical Conditions I (2)

The physiological, didactic and clinical applications of physical therapy examinations, evaluation, therapeutic interventions, and management for a variety of medical and surgical conditions. Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be familiar with the pathophysiology, etiology, incidence, signs and symptoms, impairments, functional limitations, disabilities, and medical, surgical and physical therapy management in the following areas: immune system disorders, blood disorders, cancer, lymphedema, women's health issues, rheumatic disease and chronic pain. Fall semester; year 2.

 

7214 Clinical Applications Across the Lifespan (2)

An in-depth study of clinical applications across the lifespan. Students enrolled in this course will have the opportunity to participate in the following clinical experiences: a neonatal intensive care unit, a home health visit, an Alzheimer's care program, a nursing home, and an assisted living center. Student generated case reports will be utilized throughout the course to emphasize evidence-based practice. Fall semester; year 2.

 

7215 Physical Therapy Management of Patients with Neurological Dysfunction I (4)

The physiologic, didactic and clinical applications of physical therapy examinations, evaluation, therapeutic interventions and management for neurological conditions related to spinal cord injury, neuromuscular diseases and peripheral neuropathies. Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be familiar with the pathophysiology, etiology, incidence, signs and symptoms, impairments, functional limitations, disabilities prognosis and medical, surgical and physical therapy management of common disorders associated with spinal cord injury, neuromuscular disease and peripheral neuropathies. Fall semester; year 2.

 

7216 Human Growth and Development Across the Life Span (3)

Investigates the human life cycle from the early embryo to senescence on the human movement system. Emphasis will be placed on the study of the principles, processes and phases of physical growth and development, as well as the strengths and limitations imposed on the individual with advancing age. Fall semester; year 2.

 

7221 Psychosocial Aspects of Disability (2)

Includes the study of basic concepts and principles essential to the understanding of therapist/patient/family reactions to disability and disease. Issues regarding non-health factors, physical, psychological and social functions are discussed as related to the impact on quality of life. Specific topics include employment and architectural barriers and regulations, various reactions to specific diseases and disabilities, and death and dying. Roles of other professions, agencies and support groups facilitating adjustment to functional limitations and disability are included. Spring semester; year 2.

 

7222 Physical Therapy Management of Medical/Surgical Conditions II (3)

Provides the student with the didactic and clinical applications of pathology, examinations, evaluation, diagnosis, prognosis, intervention and expected outcomes in the management of clients with integumentary system disorders and for management of the clients before and after amputation. The holistic approach to management will be emphasized. Spring semester; year 2.

 

7223 Physical Therapy Management of Adults and Elders with Neurological Dysfunction II (4)

Provides the student with the physiologic, didactic and clinical applications of physical therapy examination, evaluation, therapeutic interventions, and management for neurological conditions such as cerebral vascular accident, infectious disorders and tumors of the central nervous system, traumatic brain injury, vestibular dysfunction, cerebellar dysfunction, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, and Alzheimer’s disease. Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be familiar with the pathophysiology, etiology, incidence, signs and symptoms, impairments, functional limitations, disabilities, prognosis and medical, surgical and physical therapy management of common disorders associated with central nervous system dysfunction. Spring semester; year 2. Laboratory/Studio course fee will be assessed.

 

7224 Physical Therapy Management of Infants, Children and Adolescents with Neurological Dysfunction III (4)

Introduces the student to the basic principles of physical therapy management for infants, children, and adolescents with central nervous system dysfunction. Content includes a review of pathophysiology, examination techniques, and intervention rationale for common pediatric disorders such as cerebral palsy, traumatic brain injury, sensory-motor impairments, developmental coordination disorder, genetic disorders, mental retardation, and neuromotor complications of prematurity and environmental risk exposure. Spring semester; year 2. Laboratory/Studio course fee will be assessed.

 

7225 Physical Therapy Management of Medical Surgical Conditions III (3)

Provides the student with the didactic and clinical applications of pathology, examination, evaluation, diagnosis, prognosis, intervention, and expected outcomes in the management of patients/clients with acute and chronic conditions and multiple system impairment. Prioritization of impairments and intervention strategies for patients/clients across the lifespan and across practice settings will be emphasized. Spring semester; year 2.

 

7226 Research Investigation I (2)

The students will work with research advisors assigned from among the faculty of the program to design a research project. Three types of projects have been approved for this course: a) case study, b) an evidence-based systematic review of literature and c) an applied research project. The project developed for this course will be conducted during fall semester, year 3, under the ongoing direction of the faculty advisor. The specific grading criteria for the components of the assigned project will be determined by written contract between the students and faculty advisor at the beginning of the semester. A timeline will be required to measure progress toward the goals throughout the semester. A formal written research prospectus and oral report will be required at the end of the semester to report on the criteria achieved. Spring semester; year 2.

 

7231 Clinical Education II (4)

This acute care clinical experience follows successful completion of all didactic work of the spring semester of the second year. The student performs the elements of patient/client management with an emphasis on the musculoskeletal, cardiopulmonary and integumentary systems and begins application of basic neuroscience principles. Summer semester; year 2. 240 clinical hours.

 

7232 Clinical Education III (5)

This clinical experience occurs during the eighth (final) semester. The student performs the elements of patient/client management with an emphasis on the neuromuscular, musculoskeletal, cardiopulmonary and integumentary systems working predominantly with patients with neurologic dysfunction. Summer semester; year 2. 320 clinical hours.

 

7311 Administration in Physical Therapy (3)

Introduces the health care delivery system, organizational structures, financial management, reimbursement, strategic planning, facility design, marketing principles, outcome management, private practice, risk management and efficient and effective use of available time, personnel and equipment. Students have the opportunity to discuss and present reform issues affecting physical therapy. Fall semester; year 3.

 

7312 Movement Disorders (2)

The didactic and clinical skills needed to analyze normal and pathological human movement. Students will be able to identify abnormal movement patterns, obtain objective measurements of the movements, including gait parameters, and describe the options available for treatment intervention for patients with movement disorders. Fall semester; year 3

 

7313 Differential Diagnosis in Physical Therapy (3)

Designed to provide physical therapy students with the tools necessary to screen patients for the presence of disease processes that are beyond the scope of practice for physical therapists. This information, combined with their knowledge and skills for the management of musculoskeletal, neurological, and cardiopulmonary system dysfunction will provide the student with a more comprehensive examination scheme. The information provided should also facilitate professional communication between the physical therapy student and other health care providers. Fall semester; year 3.

 

7314 Research Investigation II (2)

Students will work this semester to complete the research projects in process from spring semester, year 2. Students will continue to work with the same faculty advisor that initiated the research project. The three types of projects that have been approved for this course are case study, an evidence-based review of literature and a research project. The expectation of this course is that students will complete the established criteria for the specific type of project that is in process as approved by the faculty advisor by the end of fall semester. A formal presentation of the results of the project is required. Fall semester; year 3.

 

7315 Applied Patient/Client Management (2)

Physical therapy concepts and skills gained throughout the curriculum will be integrated in a formal presentation of a patient case study. Emphasis will be placed on evaluating the physical therapy plan of care in the context of the total patient as he or she exists in society. Management plan selected will be validated through the use of professional literature. Case presentations will involve interactions between students and clinical faculty. Fall semester; year 3.

 

7301 Advanced Clinical Practice: Adult Neurorehabilitation (3)

Explores factors that influence principles of neurologic physical therapy management. Learning activities focus on improving the students’ understanding of factors that affect motor control and motor learning, which in turn influence patient/client management and outcomes. Students are challenged to advance their clinical problem-solving skills and use of evidence-based practice. They are exposed to unique health promotion and traditional physical therapy management approaches. The clinical context will foster an expanded appreciation of a physical therapist’s professional roles. Clinical faculty will directly supervise individual students during all patient interactions. (1 lecture hour and 2 lab hours per week) Fall semester; year 3

 

7302 Advanced Clinical Practice Geriatric Neurorehabilitation (3)

Explores factors that influence principles of neurologic physical therapy management, particularly for elderly persons. Learning activities focus on improving the students’ understanding of factors that affect motor control and motor learning, which in turn influence patient/client management and outcomes. Students are challenged to advance their clinical problem-solving skills and use of evidence-based practice. They are exposed to unique health promotion and specialty management clinics to expand their appreciation and application beyond traditional physical therapy management approaches. The clinical context will foster an expanded appreciation of a physical therapists’ professional roles. Clinical faculty will directly supervise individual students during all patient interactions. Fall semester; year 3.

 

7303 Advanced Clinical Orthopedics (3)

This clinically-based course will explore factors that influence principles of orthopaedic management for clients/patients with musculoskeletal dysfunction. Learning activities will focus on improving the students’ understanding of factors relating to clinical decision-making. Students will be challenged to apply evidence- based clinical decision-making models to evaluate interventions. The clinical context will foster an expanded appreciation of the professional roles of the orthopaedic physical therapist. Course instructors will directly supervise groups of students during all interaction with patients. Fall semester; year 3.

 

7304 Advanced Neurorehabilitation Management Principles for Children with Movement Disorders (3)

This lab-based course will explore factors that influence principles of neurorehabilitation management for children with movement system disorders. Learning activities will focus on improving the students’ understanding of factors that affect motor function and influence a child’s ability to participate in developmentally appropriate activities. Students will be challenged to apply evidence-based clinical decision-making models to evaluate interventions for children with disabilities and their families. Hands-on experiential learning will strengthen clinical reasoning skills and handling abilities. The clinical context will foster an expanded appreciation of the professional roles of the pediatric physical therapist. Fall semester; year 3.

 

7305 Advanced Manual Therapy (3)

Emphasizes a study of patient classification systems for low back pain, the examination process for spinal dysfunction, and an opportunity to work in a clinical setting. Fall semester; year 3.

 

7306  Advanced Sports Physical Therapy (3)

This elective course will explore a multidisciplinary approach to sports injury management. This course consists of weekly didactic lectures with a clinical component requiring students to observe and or participate in athletic care in the UTC Athletic Training Room or in local clinical sites. Enrollment in this course is limited to 20 students. (2 lecture hours and 4 clinic hours per week.) Laboratory/studio course fee will be assessed. Fall semester; year 3.

 

7660  Advanced Clinically-Oriented Anatomy (3)

This is a combined lecture-laboratory course designed to present the third year DPT student with a thorough review of clinically-applied human anatomy. Two major joints will be dissected and study manuals developed. Relevant research articles applying human anatomy topics to clinical practice will be discussed. Students will develop and present learning modules on specific regions. Fall semester; year 3.

PHYT 7660L - Advanced Clinically-Oriented Anatomy Laboratory (0)
Laboratory experience to support and enhance topics covered in PHYT 7660.

7331 Licensure Preparation (2)

Involves a student-driven comprehensive review of the physical therapy curriculum requiring evaluation, integration and synthesis of didactic content across the program, in preparation for the National Physical Therapy Examination (NPTE). Test taking strategies and practical licensure preparation are included. Spring semester; year 3.

 

7332 Clinical Internship (9)

This clinical internship is the final course of the curriculum. Students will work under the direct supervision of a physical therapist focusing on a particular patient/client population selected by the student. The desired outcome is for the student to reach entry-level performance in patient/client management. Spring semester, year 3. 600 clinical hours.

 

7997r Individual Studies (1-3)

Every semester. Prerequisite: department head approval. Department may have additional prerequisite requirements. Student must submit an Individual Studies/Research Contract to the Records Office at the time of registration.

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