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Physical Therapy Course Descriptions

DPHT 7133. Preliminary Clinical Practicum

1 SCH. Preliminary Clinical Practicum I consists of eighty (80) contact hours of supervised, part-time clinical practice integrated in the first year of the Summer semester. The course will acquaint the students to inpatient clinical environment. This clinical course emphasizes observation and reflection of characteristics of professional practice as demonstrated by health care providers in inpatient clinical practice.

DPHT 7153. Scholarly Project I

1 SCH. Scholarly Project I consists of one (15) contact hours. In this course, the student initiates the formal research process through refinement of a research/scholarly project proposal and if necessary, submission of the proposal to Institutional Review board for human subjects for approval.

DPHT 7192. Capstone

1 SCH. This course consists of one (15) contact hours. During the capstone experience, the student will be engaged in the following three activities: (1) completing and presenting the scholarly project; (2) taking a comprehensive exam as part of the program's Post-Test practice comprehensive exam for program evaluation; (3) participating in a licensure preparatory course. The first part of the Capstone course emphasizes meeting the specific manuscript guidelines for publication and oral defense presentation guidelines of the scholarly project. The second part of the Capstone course includes taking a Post-Test program practice comprehensive exam to review the effectiveness of the program's educational outcomes. The third part of the Capstone course consists of a licensing examination review seminar provided by the professionals in the field of physical therapy educational resources. All students are required to participate. The International Educational resources (IER) seminar is intended to assist students pass in preparing for the National Physical Therapy Examination (NPTE). The seminar will provide the most comprehensive resources and tools for students to develop an efficient and effective study plan, assess their individual strengths and weaknesses and increase their critical reasoning skills to pass the NPTE.

DPHT 7209. Foundations of Physical Therapy

2 SCH. Foundations of Physical Therapy consists of thirty (30) contact hours. This course addresses the professional socialization process, professional values, and professionalism. An understanding of ethical and legal issues affecting the physical therapy profession is taught, with special regard to patient's rights to confidentiality and dignity. Additionally, professional codes and guides of behavior are emphasized in relation to the delivery of competent, ethical, legal, and compassionate care. Other topics include: verbal and nonverbal communication (active/effective listening, empathetic responding), professional communication, cultural competency, relationships with others (stress management, conflict resolution), and patients/clients' emotional responses to illness and disability.

DPHT 7210. Neuroanatomy

2 SCH. Neuroanatomy consists of thirty-six (36) contact hours. An analysis of the structure and function of the human peripheral, central, and autonomic nervous systems, including study of models of human brains and spinal cords. A variety of neuropathologies are analyzed as a basis for understanding nervous system function.

DPHT 7221. EBP I: Research Design & Measurement

2 SCH. EBP I: Research Design & Measurement consists of thirty (30) contact hours. This course is the first in a series of four to introduce the student with evidence-based practice concepts that integrate the best available research evidence with clinical expertise and patient's/client's unique values and circumstances. The course emphasizes methods to access professional literature databases, and review, analyze and critique the literature that affects physical therapy practice.

DPHT 7225. Culture/Teaching & Learning

2 SCH. Culture /Teaching & Learning consists of thirty (30) contact hours. This course examines cultural and psychosocial issues of special populations in health care with emphasis in physical therapy. Cultural and psychosocial variables are examined in relation to patient/client's beliefs, attitudes, disease/injury, ethnicity, homelessness, traditions, empowerment and partnership. Empathetic responding, patient-centered care approach, and utilization of teaching and learning strategies are included to enhance DPT student's role as a patient/client's educator.

DPHT 7226. Teaching & Learning

2 SCH. Teaching & Learning consists of two (2) one hour lecture per week. This course is designed to enhance student's role as an independent learner and patient educator. Main teaching and learning theories are discussed emphasizing behaviorism, cognitivism, constructivism, humanism, experiential learning, Gardner's intelligences, and Bloom's taxonomy. Adult learning is also included in relation to the physical therapist's knowledge of andragogy, sources of motivation for teaching/learning, retention, transference, and applying learning strategies in the clinical setting.

DPHT 7231. EBP II: Case Scenarios

2 SCH. EBP II: Case Scenarios consists of thirty (30) contact hours. This course is the second one in a series of four to use patient case scenarios to answer clinical questions in regard to patient's/client's diagnosis, measurement, prognosis, intervention, comparison intervention, and outcomes using research designs, variables, measurement and validity. This course emphasis will be evaluating case scenarios to appraise the evidence and answer questions about diagnosis, measurement, and prognosis.

DPHT 7244. EBP III: Case Scenarios

2 SCH. EBP III: Case Scenarios consists of thirty (30) contact hours. This course is the third one in a series of four to use patient case scenarios to answer clinical questions in regard to patient's/client's diagnosis, measurement, prognosis, intervention, comparison intervention, and outcomes using research designs, variables, measurement and validity. This course emphasis will be evaluating case scenarios to appraise the evidence and answer questions about interventions, comparison interventions and outcomes.

DPHT 7254. Diagnostic Testing & Imaging

2 SCH. Diagnostic Testing & Imaging consists of thirty (30) contact hours. Lectures and self-study assignments discuss the basic principles, purpose and process of imaging analysis applied to patient/client management in physical therapy practice. Basic interpretation methods of assessing radiographic imaging and application of findings to physical therapy examination, evaluation, diagnosis, prognosis and interventions are included. Additionally, the ability to demonstrate clinical judgment and recognize diagnostic imaging findings that trigger a medical referral is emphasized.

DPHT 7255. Issues in Rural Health

2 SCH. Issues in Rural Health consists of thirty (30) contact hours. The purpose of this course is to provide physical therapy students an understanding of major issues in the rural health care system and the environment in which the physical therapists as rural health clinicians must function. This course will provide an understanding of the demographics, economics, and structure of the healthcare delivery system in rural America with a concentration to the diverse population in Texas regions. Additionally, the current Federal and state health policy will be examined with special attention on reports from the Center for Rural Affairs and reform legislations addressed by the U.S. Congress and the White House.

DPHT 7256. Health Promotion

2 SCH. Health Promotion consists of thirty (30) contact hours. This course emphasizes discussion and application of elements of health and wellness during the process of examination, evaluation and intervention. Elements of physical activity, nutrition, medical/complimentary strategies, behaviors/risk factors modification are included. The national strategy for improving American health is discussed in context of expanding physical therapists' role in health promotion through teaching and learning strategies to help patients/clients redesign their lifestyles.

DPHT 7270. Business & Leadership in Physical Therapy

2 SCH. Business & Leadership in Physical Therapy consists of thirty (30) contact hours. This course discusses principles of leadership and management for physical therapy practice, including ethical behaviors and beliefs; change management; motivating; coaching and mentoring; life-long learning; business and strategic planning; financial management; personnel recruitment and retention; liability issues and risk management; effective marketing and consulting skills.

DPHT 7271. Prosthetics , Orthotics & Advanced Gait

2 SCH. Prostheses, Orthoses & Advanced Gait consists of forty-five (45) contact hours. This course discusses pathological gait of patients/clients with neuromuscular, musculoskeletal and/or integumentary impairments/functional limitations using prosthetic and orthotic devices. The course emphasizes types of orthotic and prosthetic devices, assessments, reassessment and corrections of gait deviations using therapeutic interventions geared toward functional interventions, patient/family education, exercises, and balance and coordination techniques.

DPHT 7272. EBP IV: Case Scenarios

2 SCH. EBP IV: Case Scenarios consists of thirty (30) contact hours. This course is the fourth and last one in a series of four to use patient case scenarios to answer clinical questions in regard to patient's/client's diagnosis, measurement, prognosis, intervention, comparison intervention, and outcomes using research designs, variables, measurement and validity. This course emphasis will be in the evaluation of systematic reviews and practice guidelines for case studies in any practice setting.

DPHT 7281. Scholarly Project II

1 SCH. Scholarly Project II consists of fifteen (15) contact hours. This course includes completion of data collection, analysis of the data, and preparation of a scholarly paper (in accordance with specific manuscript guidelines) and/or an oral presentation (in accordance to UNTHSC Guidelines).

DPHT 7291. Special Topics

2 SCH. This elective course is designed to give students exposure to specialized topics related to the field of physical therapy. Students can choose from the following topics: Osteopathic Model; Advanced Rural Health; or Spanish for Health Professionals.

DPHT 7305. Applied Anatomy and Kinesiology

3 SCH. Applied Anatomy & Kinesiology consists of forty-five (45) contact hours. Applied Anatomy & Kinesiology is an integrated study of applied anatomy, kinesiology, and biomechanics as they relate specifically to the analysis of human movement. Emphasis is placed on observational skills as well as an integrated understanding of muscle function and resultant musculoskeletal movements. Human Anatomy is taken concurrently by Physical Therapy students, and is an integral part of the objectives of this course.

DPHT 7307. Clinical Reasoning I: Intro to Examination

3 SCH. Clinical Reasoning I: Intro to Examination consists of sixty (60) contact hours. This course is the first in a series of two (2) to cover differential diagnosis within the scope of physical therapy practice. Exploration of basic concepts of clinical decision making and problem solving are included. Models of clinical reasoning are identified with emphasis on Hypothesis-oriented algorithm for clinicians (HOAC II). Additionally, the course introduces the Guide terminology regarding disease, pathophysiology, impairments, functional limitation, disability, handicap and societal limitation. Using patient case scenarios, the course integrates clinical screening process of the physical examination including history taking, physiologic status, posture, flexibility, strength/motor performance and soft tissue assessment for musculoskeletal and neuromuscular conditions. The disablement model is emphasized throughout the course delineating the consequences of disease and injury at the level of the person and of society.

DPHT 7320. Integrated Control of Movement

3 SCH. Integrated Control of Movement consists of forty-five (45) contact hours. This course addresses the multidisciplinary areas of neuroscience, biomechanics, psychology and other disciplines. The emphasis of this course is analyzing information from evidence-based research to understand movement patterns and implications for therapeutic interventions. Laboratory practice highlights tests and measures that characterize or quantify posture, gait, locomotion, balance, and the initiation, modification and control of movement patterns during motor learning. Mechanisms of neural plasticity and their impact on patient's/client's recovery of function are also addressed.

DPHT 7322. Pathology/Pharmacology in Physical Therapy

2 SCH. Pathology/Pharmacology in Physical Therapy consists of three (3) one hour lecture per week. This course is designed to give the student a basic understanding of general pathology with emphasis on how the various conditions impact on physical therapy practice. Epidemiological factors such as incidence, prevalence, prognosis and genetic aspects are discussed in addition to topics regarding injury, inflammation and healing. The focus of pharmacology is to provide a foundation in understanding the medications used across the lifespan to treat a variety of diagnoses commonly seen in clinical practice. Emphasis will be on musculoskeletal, neurological, and cardiopulmonary pharmacotherapy in relation to adverse clinical reactions. Additionally, this course introduces pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamics principles of dose-response relationships, administration and enhancement of drug absorption, potential drug interactions including life-threatening drug effects seen in patients/clients receiving physical therapy.

DPHT 7323. Applied Exercise Physiology

2 SCH. Applied Exercise Physiology consists of forty-five (45) contact hours. This course concentrates on the physiological and biochemical responses occurring in various body systems with exercise/activity in healthy individuals and individuals with diseases/disorders. Neural, muscular, cardiovascular and pulmonary adaptations to regular exercise of various types are discussed. Factors that influence the response to exercise such as age, sex and environment are discussed. Principles of exercise testing and prescription are addressed for healthy individuals as well as patients in rehabilitation using exercise as a preventive and/or intervention tool.

DPHT 7324. Developmental Concepts: Neonates to Geriatrics

3 SCH. Developmental Concepts: Neonates to Geriatrics consists of forty-five (45) contact hours. This course follows sequential human development from neonate through geriatric, as applied to physical, cognitive and psychosocial changes observed in physical therapy practice. Special emphasis is on physical therapy examination and evaluation of gross motor skills from birth to older adult. Neuromusculoskeletal changes are analyzed to determine the rate of change and patterns of development. Theories of normal and pathological aging are discussed as well as integration of physical, psychosocial and social issues of aging in physical therapy practice. Stages of development are also related to patient's/client's teaching and learning strategies for parents of infants, toddlers, preschoolers, school-age children, adolescents, and respectively young, middle and old adults.

DPHT 7330. Therapeutic Exercise I

3 SCH. Therapeutic Exercise I consists of thirty-eight (38) contact hours. This course is the first in a series of two to discuss the application of neuromuscular control principles, anatomy, and biomechanics to the development of sound therapeutic exercise procedures. Throughout the course, emphasis will be placed on the interpretation of research literature as it pertains to therapeutic exercise prescription for individuals with movement dysfunction. The concepts specificity of training and milestone progression will be included in the course's four primary areas: range of motion, stretching, training for optimal strength/endurance/skill, and population considerations.

DPHT 7331. Therapeutic Interventions I

2 SCH. Therapeutic Interventions I consists of thirty (30) contact hours. This course is an integrated study of theoretical basis for patient's/client's examination, evaluation and intervention strategies used to alleviate movement dysfunction caused by a multitude of pathologies. Developing knowledge and skills in proper patient and therapist body mechanics, transfer techniques, bed mobility training, wheelchair design, patient positioning and draping and use of ambulatory assistive devices are emphasized. Additionally, the course will include development of a plan of care taking into consideration problem solving, clinical decision making evidenced based practice and patient-centered care for a patient with movement dysfunction and/or pain.

DPHT 7332. Therapeutic Interventions II

3 SCH. Therapeutic Interventions II consists of forty-eight (48) contact hours. This course is an integrated study of theoretical basis for patient's/client's examination, evaluation and intervention strategies used in acute care settings. Concepts related to medical and physical management of a patient/client as related to injury and disease/disorder will be discussed. Additionally, the course will include the utilization of physical agents in the plan of care taking into consideration problem solving, clinical decision making and most current research.

DPHT 7340. Cardiovascular- Pulmonary PT

3 SCH. Cardiovascular-Pulmonary PT consists of sixty (60) contact hours. This course is an integrated study of the examination, evaluation and management of patients/clients with cardiovascular and/or pulmonary diseases/dysfunctions. Emphasis is placed on the integration of results from diagnostic tests and measures with physical findings for the development of plan of care and implementation of appropriate interventions.

DPHT 7342. Neuromuscular Physical Therapy I

3 SCH. Neuromuscular Physical Therapy I consists of sixty (60) contact hours. This course is the first in a series of two (2) to focus on examination, evaluation and interventions of a patient/client with neurologic, neuromuscular and developmental dysfunctions. These include, but are not limited, to Cerebral Vascular Accident, Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome, Spina Bifida, Muscular Dystrophy, Cognitive Disability, and Sensory Integrative Disorder. Intervention approaches emphasize neuromuscular rehabilitation across the lifespan.

DPHT 7343. Clinical Reasoning II: Advanced Examination & Evaluation

3 SCH. Clinical Reasoning II: Advanced Examination & Evaluation consists of forty-five (45) contact hours. This course is the second in a series of two (2) to cover differential diagnosis within the scope of physical therapy practice. Further exploration of the physical therapy examination, evaluation and management process is included. Using patient case scenarios, Clinical Reasoning II: Advanced Examination & Evaluation integrates clinical screening process of non-musculoskeletal and non-neuromuscular systems. Recognizing histories, risk factors, and signs and symptoms of conditions that may indicate referral is emphasized. Additionally, examination, evaluation and management of wounds and burns will be included.

DPHT 7350. Therapeutic Exercise II

3 SCH. Therapeutic Exercise II consists of thirty (30) contact hours. This course is the second in a series of two to discuss the application of neuromuscular control principles, anatomy, and biomechanics to the development of sound therapeutic exercise procedures. Management guidelines based on patient's/client's impairments are emphasized for acute, subacute and chronic impairments. Application of therapeutic exercises using these guidelines are applied to body systems, such as spine, shoulder and shoulder girdle, elbow and forearm complex, wrist and hand, hip and knee and ankle and foot.

DPHT 7352. Neuromuscular Physical Therapy II

3 SCH. Neuromuscular Physical Therapy II consists of sixty (60) contact hours. This course is the second in a series of two (2) to focus on evaluation and interventions associated with patients/clients with chronic disabilities. Dysfunctions include, but are not limited, to Traumatic Brain Injury, Spinal Cord Injury, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, Guillain Barre, Parkinsonism, cerebellar disorders, and vestibular disorders.

DPHT 7445. Clinical Practicum I

3 SCH. Clinical Practicum I consists of six (6) weeks of full time clinical practice for two-hundred and forty (240) contact hours in an inpatient clinical environment. This course is the first in a series of three supervised full-time clinical experiences. This clinical course emphasizes application of physical therapy knowledge, skills and behaviors appropriate to patient and practice management in the acute care setting.

DPHT 7501. Clinical Med I

3 SCH. Clinical Med I consists of forty-five (45) contact hours. This course will cover the basic pathophysiology that physical therapists may deal with during their practice in following areas: nerve, muscles, heart, circulation, respiration, kidneys, neural, gastrointestinal, metabolism and temperature regulation, reproduction and endocrine systems.

DPHT 7502. Clinical Med II

3 SCH. Clinical Med II consists of forty-five (45) contact hours. This course is to provide a foundation in understanding the medications used across the lifespan to treat a variety of diagnoses commonly seen in clinical practice. Emphasis will be on Anti-inflammatory, muscle relaxants, musculoskeletal, neurological, and cardiopulmonary pharmacotherapy in relation to adverse clinical reactions. Additionally, this course introduces pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamics principles, potential drug interactions seen in patients/clients receiving physical therapy.

DPHT 7541. Musculoskeletal Physical Therapy I

4 SCH. Musculoskeletal Physical Therapy I consists of ninety (90) contact hours. This course is the first in a series of two (2) to discuss the musculoskeletal dysfunction philosophy as related primarily to musculoskeletal problems of the extremities and peripheral joints. Principles of musculoskeletal examination, evaluation, and interventions of a patient/client with musculoskeletal dysfunction are presented. Intervention approaches emphasize manual therapy strategies.

DPHT 7551. Musculoskeletal Physical Therapy II

4 SCH. Musculoskeletal Physical Therapy II consists of ninety (90) contact hours. This course is the second in a series of two (2) to discuss the musculoskeletal dysfunction philosophy as related primarily to the spine. Spinal evaluation and interventions, spinal mobilization, dynamic stabilization programs, muscle imbalances and industrial rehabilitation are presented. Intervention approaches emphasize manual therapy strategies.

DPHT 7560. Clinical Practicum II

4 SCH. Clinical Practicum II consists of eight (8) weeks of full time clinical practice for three-hundred and twenty (320) contact hours in either the orthopedic or neurorehabilitation setting. This course is the second in a series of three supervised full-time clinical experiences. This clinical course emphasizes application of physical therapy knowledge, skills and behaviors appropriate to patient and practice management in ether the orthopedic or neurorehabilitation setting.

DPHT 7600. Gross Anatomy

4 SCH. Gross Anatomy consists of one hundred and six (106) contact hours. The course is designed to study human anatomical structures and their function. Learning strategies utilized include lectures and laboratory-based studies, anatomical models, prosected cadavers, and anatomy software. Regional and topographical findings are also correlated with the underlying structures.

DPHT 7673. Clinical Practicum III

4 SCH. Clinical Practicum III consists of eight (8) weeks of full time clinical practice for three-hundred and twenty (320) contact hours in either the orthopedic or neurorehabilitation setting. This course is the third in a series of three supervised full-time clinical experiences. This clinical course emphasizes application of physical therapy knowledge, skills and behaviors appropriate to patient and practice management in either the orthopedic or neurorehabilitation setting.

DPHT 7780. Specialized Internship

6 SCH. Directed Specialized Internship consists of twelve (12) weeks of full time clinical practice for four-hundred and eighty (480) contact hours in the selected area(s) of physical therapy practice culminating in effective clinical decision making and evidence-based for autonomous practice and professional development.

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