Course Descriptions

Course Name & Description:


HNUT 532 Instructional Design Designed to provide the healthcare professional with educational skills and techniques for the 
classroom, the individual patient and for continuing education programs. The skills and 
techniques addressed are: developing teaching outlines to include behavioral objectives and 
interactive teaching, needs assessment, and educational outcomes, communication and 
motivational techniques and theories for teaching the adult learner.
HHCM 522 Health Care Delivery Systems The historical evolution of health services provides a backdrop for the core focus of this course: the study of healthcare regulation. The curriculum includes an analysis of the current changes in the healthcare environment and the problems affecting the delivery of healthcare in the United States that create a demand for government action. A study of the process of policy formation underscores the complexity and difficulty of government action. Economic and political approaches to health policy analysis will be introduced with a particular focus on contrasting competitive and regulatory approaches to the resolution of health policy problems. A course designed to introduce the student to the current structure of the health care delivery system and its impact on physical therapy services.
HPPT 720 PT Examination: Screening for Disease This course introduces the students to screening patients for medical disease. The students will 
learn screening methods for identifying possible general health and/or system dysfunctions. 
Students will interpret and evaluate information gathered and decide whether physical therapy 
intervention is appropriate and/or the need for further referral.
HPPT 730 Pharmacology This on-line course utilizes multiple formats to enable to student to gain an understanding of the 
general principles of pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics.  The student will be able to 
identify medications related to specific diagnoses and drug categories common to physical 
therapy.  The student will develop skills to screen patient medications upon initial visit.  
Powerpoints, text and journal readings, case studies and assignments, and discussion boards 
will be used.
HPPT 506 Evidence Based Practice An introduction to the utilization of best evidence in the practice of Physical Therapy. After covering the development of clinical questions, the course moves into how to identify databases and use searching strategies to find evidence. Finally, it covers the application of the evidence in the clinical practice setting.
HPTH 501 Practical Statistics An introductory graduate course covering basic principles of biometry and applied statistical 
methods utilizing current computer software.
HPPT 722 Advanced Clinical Practice Is a required experience in the curriculum. It deals with best practices as identified in the Guide 
to Physical Therapy Practice. Specific sections include physical therapy practice and 
management of patients with impairments in the Cardiovascular and Pulmonary, Neurological, 
Musculoskeletal and Integumentary Systems. In addition cutting edge Wound Care and 
Lymphedema interventions are presented. The culmination of the course is an on-campus 
weekend in which students present their Independent Studies and Practicum.    Emphasis is on 
the integration of research and evidence in the area of study. The Core Faculty present seminar 
sessions, go to the Anatomy Lab and facilitate hands on practice in the lab setting geared 
towards each class.
HPPT 732 Anatomical Imaging This course covers basic principles and interpretation of imaging modalities as they apply to the 
field of physical therapy. The emphasis is on plain film radiography and how you can benefit as 
a physical therapist from an increased understanding of these images. Other types of imaging 
such as Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRIs) and Computed Tomography will also be 
introduced, but the scope of this course will be directed towards plain film radiography.
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HPPT 870 Independent Study An individualized independent learning experience which may include, but not be limited to the 
1. Summary of the literature on a special topic  
2.  Specialized study of clinical techniques in an area of special emphasis  
3. Special objectives and treatment for a particular patient group.
HPPT 880 Practicum An intensive internship experience in the students local area. May be clinical, research, administrative or educational in nature. 
HNUT 504 Information and Health Literacy This course introduces students to the skills and techniques needed to become an information literate individual. Students will have the opportunity to acquire and practice the following: identifying the topic of interest or developing a research question; acquiring knowledge through the efficient use of current technologies, such as online and electronic resources; establishing evaluation criteria for information resources; evaluating and integrating the acquired information to answer the original query/research question, while complying with copyright laws/guidelines; and effectively communicating this information, through an appropriate medium, to the target audience in an ethical and legal manner. In addition, students will explore the impact of health literacy on patient care and health outcomes and will acquire the skills needed to assist them in translating information about diseases and their treatments into a language that healthcare consumers can understand.
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