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Course Descriptions

First Year

Summer Quarter

MCBA 501 Anatomy (10 QH)

This course utilizes formal lecture and cadaver dissection to perform and in-depth study of the structure of the entire human body. This format is supplemented with several lectures specifically designed to correlate the anatomical findings with clinical applications for the health care practitioner. Prerequisite: Enrollment in DPT Program.

HPTH 618 Orientation to Physical Therapy (3 QH)

This course will explore the health care delivery system in general as well as the history of physical therapy; professional, ethical and legal aspects of practice; the current practice of physical therapy, and the physical therapist’s roles as a practitioner, leader, educator, researcher, and critical thinker in a variety of settings and in wellness and prevention. Medical terminology will be also introduced. Prerequisite: Enrollment in DPT Program.

HPTH 619 Principles of Education (1 QH)

This course introduces students to the teaching and learning process. Students will have the opportunity to write learning objectives, develop content, select teaching methods, and develop and evaluate a learning experience for classmates.

Prerequisite: Enrollment in DPT Program.

Fall Quarter

HPTH 620 Clinical Skills I (5 QH)

The emphasis of Clinical Skills I is on the management of the total patient, including the patient’s direct needs and related physical therapy responsibilities. Topics include written and verbal communication, referral services, emergency care, infection control; physical therapy evaluation, physical assessment, and screening; patient handling skills, positioning, bed mobility, transfers, gait training, selected CV & P topics, bandaging, thermotherapy, and cryotherapy. Prerequisite: Satisfactory completion of all previous courses in DPT program or approval of faculty.

HPTH 622 Critical Inquiry I (4 QH)

Students are introduced to the elements of thought and the logic of critical thinking. Measurement theory and principles as applied to clinical practice and research are studied. The role of the researcher in professional practice is examined. Principles and application of scientific inquiry are emphasized. Prerequisite: Satisfactory completion of all previous courses in DPT program or approval of faculty.

HPTH 623 Practice Issues I (1 QH)

This course is an introduction and orientation of the clinical education process and philosophy within the entire curriculum. Requirements and expectations from clinical faculty are discussed. Professional behaviors and clinical decision making are introduced. Evaluation of self, the clinical setting, and clinical faculty is defined. Effective professional communication skills are practiced. Investigation, negotiating, planning and selection of Summer Quarter Module 5 clinical experience Clerkship I is initiated. Prerequisite: Satisfactory completion of all previous courses in DPT program and/or approval of faculty.

HPTH 646 Fundamentals of Physiology (4 QH)

The fundamentals of human physiology relating to basic cellular function, embryology, the cardiovascular system, respiration, the endocrine system (including reproduction), the gastrointestinal system, the renal system and hematology (including the function of white blood cells) will be presented. Physiological concepts and mechanisms will be organized according to five themes: homeostasis & control systems; biological energy use; structure/function relationships; communication; and pathophysiology. Prerequisite: Satisfactory completion of all previous courses in DPT program or approval of faculty.

HPTH 645 Clinical Physiology (6 QH)

This course will examine theory and application of physiological concepts as related to exercise, physical therapy and rehabilitation. Areas of study include physiology of the connective tissue, integumentary , nervous systems, bioenergetics, energy substrate metabolism, endocrinology, cardiovascular physiology, respiratory physiology, chronic disease and exercise, and principles of exercise training. Emphasis will be on human performance and exercise physiology through the lifespan in health, common associated pathologies, and lifestyle related disease processes. Prerequisite: Satisfactory completion of all previous courses in DPT program or approval of faculty.

HIPS 515 A&B Foundations for Interprofessional Practice(2 QH)

Foundations for Interprofessional Practice is an experiential learning opportunity for students to interact in interprofessional health care teams. This interactive course is intended to help prepare the health care professional student to provide effective interprofessional patient-centered health care through small/large group discussion and problem solving activities. Topics include: team structure and skills; instituting change; patient safety, healthcare professions; diversity and inclusion; culture of safety and respect; determinants of health; end of life; and bias awareness. An emphasis is placed on interprofessional communication, including communication across transitions in care, respectful communication and communicating across barriers such as language. Interprofessional teams of students will plan and participate in community-based service learning projects. Prerequisite: Satisfactory completion of all previous courses in DPT program or approval of faculty.

Winter Quarter

HPTH 630 Clinical Skills II (3 QH)

This course introduces basic physical therapy examination, evaluation, and intervention skills. The student will begin to formulate goals and an intervention plan based on examination results. Clinical examination, evaluation, and intervention principles including range of motion and muscle testing, neurologic assessment, orthopedic special tests, therapeutic exercise, manual therapy, soft tissue mobilization, documentation, and posture will be studied. Specific examination, evaluation, and intervention skills for the joints of the upper extremity will be presented. Prerequisite: Satisfactory completion of all previous courses in DPT program or approval of faculty.

HPTH 631 Clinical Skills III (3 QH)

This course continues with the examination, evaluation, and intervention principles introduced in Clinical Skills II. Specific examination, evaluation, and intervention skills for the joints of the lower extremity and spine will be presented. The student will also study electromagnetic radiation, lasers, hydrotherapy, ultrasound, and pathological gait. This course emphasizes comprehensive physical therapy case management including integration of previous Clinical Skills courses. Prerequisite: Satisfactory completion of all previous courses in DPT program or approval of faculty.

HPTH 634 Orthopedic Clinical Medicine (3 QH)

This course is a study of musculoskeletal and orthopedic conditions commonly treated by physical therapists. Course material includes etiology, pathology, clinical manifestations, and medical and surgical treatment. This medical course is presented in sequence with clinical evaluation and treatment planning coursework. Case studies will be used to integrate material from these courses. Prerequisite: Satisfactory completion of all previous courses in DPT program or approval of faculty.

HPTH 635 Kinesiology/Motor Control I (3 QH)

Principles of tissue mechanics, muscle mechanics, and principles and theories of motor control and motor learning are presented, along with methodology for static and dynamic analysis of movement. This information is applied to the prevention and rehabilitation of neuromusculoskeletal disorders. Prerequisite: Satisfactory completion of all previous courses in DPT program or approval of faculty.

HPTH 636 Kinesiology/Motor Control II (4 QH)

Principles and concepts of kinesiology are applied to the study of normal human movement, osteokinematic and arthrokinematic joint motion, surface anatomy, and muscular control of limb segment motion. These concepts are integrated with principles and theories of motor development, motor learning and motor control within the context of simple and complex motion analysis for joints of the extremities and spine. Prerequisite: Satisfactory completion of all previous courses in DPT program or approval of faculty.

HIPS 515 A&B Foundations for Interprofessional Practice(2 QH)

Foundations for Interprofessional Practice is an experiential learning opportunity for students to interact in interprofessional health care teams. This interactive course is intended to help prepare the health care professional student to provide effective interprofessional patient-centered health care through small/large group discussion and problem solving activities. Topics include: team structure and skills; instituting change; patient safety, healthcare professions; diversity and inclusion; culture of safety and respect; determinants of health; end of life; and bias awareness. An emphasis is placed on interprofessional communication, including communication across transitions in care, respectful communication and communicating across barriers such as language. Interprofessional teams of students will plan and participate in community-based service learning projects. Prerequisite: Satisfactory completion of all previous courses in DPT program or approval of faculty.

Spring Quarter

HIPS 551 Leadership in the Health Care Environment (3 QH)

This inter-professional course is designed to introduce the student to the concept of leadership within the healthcare environment. Leadership skills learned as part of previous service activities, sports, or academic study will be applied to the healthcare setting using case studies and small group discussion. The course begins with an overview of leadership styles, and then continues with more specific topics such as building teams, evaluating others, managing finances, managing risk, marketing of healthcare, and healthcare policy. Prerequisite: Satisfactory completion of all previous courses in DPT program or approval of faculty.

HPTH 640 Clinical Skills IV (5 QH)

This course covers the physical therapy examination, evaluation and intervention of persons with neurological disorders. Emphasis is on the development of clinical decision making and reasoning for the treatment of persons with neurological disorders. Basic concepts and clinical application of electrotherapy are introduced. Prerequisite: Satisfactory completion of all previous courses in DPT program or approval of faculty.

HPTH 642 Critical Inquiry II (3 QH)

Descriptive and inferential statistics with relevance to physical therapy and clinical research will be discussed. Instruction includes the use of the computer for statistical analysis. The students will have the opportunity to use statistics for a small pilot study. Prerequisite: Satisfactory completion of all previous courses in DPT program or approval of faculty.

HPTH 643 Practice Issues II (1 QH)

This course continues the investigation of clinical education issues and process. Final plans and requirements for the first clinical experience Clerkship I are defined. Professional behaviors are further explored. Evaluation requirements of self, clinical setting and clinical faculty are explored. Effective professional communication skills are practiced. Investigation, planning, and selection of Winter Quarter Module 7 Clerkship II is initiated. Prerequisite: Satisfactory completion of all previous courses in DPT program and/or approval of faculty.

HPTH 644 Neurological Clinical Medicine and Pharmacology (3 QH)

This course is a problem-based introduction to the medical and pharmacological treatment of neurological conditions commonly treated by physical therapists. This course is coordinated with neuroscience and clinical skills to enable students to examine the structural and functional aspects of the neurological system in tandem with discussion of neurological disorders such as multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s syndrome and cerebral vascular accident. Topics include etiology, pathology, clinical manifestations, and prognosis, as well as medical, surgical and pharmacological treatments with application to physical therapy. Prerequisite: Satisfactory completion of all previous courses in DPT program or approval of faculty.

PBBS 504 Neuroscience (5 QH)

Neuroscience is a comprehensive series of lectures on the structure, neurophysiology, and function of the human nervous system. The lectures are complemented by visual aids, laboratory demonstrations, and clinical applications. Prerequisite: Satisfactory completion of all previous courses in DPT program or approval of faculty.

Second Year

Summer Quarter

HPTH 717 Clerkship I (6 QH)

This is a six week, full-time (240 hour) clinical experience in which the student will participate in a clinical setting. It is a supervised experience with the opportunity for the application of previous didactic learning and professional socialization. This is an orientation to the clinical practice of physical therapy with participation in patient care activities, professional collaboration, professional operations and communication skill development. Students will practice the principles of case reporting and case documentation. Prerequisite: Satisfactory completion of all previous courses in DPT program and approval of faculty.

Fall Quarter

HPTH 720 Clinical Skills V (4 QH)

In this course, students integrate and apply various evaluation and treatment approaches for the patient who exhibits neuromusculoskeletal dysfunction. Students will evaluate evidence for evaluation and treatment approaches for this population of patients. Advanced exercise and manual therapy evaluation and intervention techniques are presented. Students also study electotherapeutic principals and application for pain, wounds, edema, and iontophoresis. Prerequisite: Satisfactory completion of all previous courses in DPT program or approval of faculty.

HPTH 721 Clinical Skills VI (3 QH)

In this course, students integrate, apply and justify various examination and intervention approaches for the patient who exhibits neuromuscular dysfunction. Synthesis of knowledge is emphasized for refinement and modification of assessment and intervention of the complex patient through case studies. Prerequisite: Satisfactory completion of all previous courses in DPT program or approval of faculty.

HPTH 722 Critical Inquiry III (1 QH)

This course prepares students for dissemination and use of research. Students will have the opportunity to present their group research project in both written and platform form, and to critically evaluate case report research. In addition, students will learn to present research in a scientific poster. Students will use concepts of evidence-based practice to evaluate and use empirical evidence in clinical decision making.

Prerequisite: Satisfactory completion of all previous courses in DPT program or approval of faculty.

HPTH 724 Advanced Clinical Medicine and Pharmacology (5 QH)

Clinical medicine topics are integrated with neuromusculoskeletal treatment. The student learns to differentiate between those conditions appropriate for physical therapy intervention and those that require referral to other medical specialists. Pharmacological interventions begun in QM 4 are continued. Prerequisite: Satisfactory completion of all previous courses in DPT program or approval of faculty.

HPTH 725 Advanced Regional Anatomy (2 QH)

Students will examine in-depth the anatomy of various joint regions of the human body. Anatomical views of pathology via plain film radiographs, MRI and CT scan will be analyzed. Discussions and integration of previous coursework with skeletal models, dissections, and/or prosections will be used to improve understanding of normal and abnormal function. Prerequisite: Satisfactory completion of all previous courses in DPT program or approval of faculty.

HPTH 743 Practice Issues III (1 QH)

This course analyzes clinical experiences from Clerkship I. Clinical problems and solutions will be discussed. Ethical situations and dilemmas are addressed. Students will practice effective verbal and nonverbal communication skills. Investigation, design, and selection of Winter Quarter Module 7 clinical experience Clerkship II are completed. Prerequisite: Satisfactory completion of all previous courses in DPT program and/or approval of faculty.

HPTH 747 Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Physical Therapy I (2 QH)

This is the first of a two course series focusing on Physical Therapy management of cardiovascular and pulmonary health. This course covers the physical therapy examination, evaluation, and intervention planning for individuals with cardiovascular and pulmonary disorders or dysfunction in different care environments throughout the continuum of care. Prerequisite: Satisfactory completion of all previous courses in DPT program and/or approval of faculty.

Winter Quarter

HPTH 737 Clerkship II (12 QH)

This is a ten week, full-time (400 hour) clinical experience in one or more selected clinical practice settings. It is a supervised experience with the opportunities to synthesize and apply previous learning. Time management skills, ethical decision making, and integration of assessment and goal setting will be emphasized. Incorporation of increasingly varied and adaptable approaches to treatment will be employed. The student is expected to project and predict outcomes of intervention, and determine the value of various health care services for the existing or potential problems of the patient. A patient-centered case study project will be designed and conducted. Presentation of this research activity will be in Quarter Module 8. The student will begin to explore healthcare arenas and begin to define interests for culminating clinical experiences. Prerequisite: Satisfactory completion of all previous courses in DPT program and approval of faculty.

Spring Quarter

HPTH 740 Clinical Skills VII (3 QH)

The student will further synthesize and analyze the rehabilitation of clients with complex disorders integrating divergent practice areas into clinical decision making processes. Topics include geriatrics, pelvic health, lymphedema, oncology, abuse, preventive behaviors, and aquatic therapy. Prerequisite: Satisfactory completion of all previous courses in DPT program or approval of faculty.

HPTH 741 Pediatric Physical Therapy (4 QH)

This course builds on the knowledge of typical and atypical development from birth through adolescence received in other courses to explore the effects of atypical development on movement acquisition. Physical therapy examination, evaluation, and intervention planning and implementation are discussed in reference to infants, children and adolescents across different settings. Prerequisite: Satisfactory completion of all previous courses in DPT program or approval of faculty.

HPTH 742 Physical Therapy in the Critical Care Sector (2 QH)

This course presents a focus on patients with illnesses requiring critical care, who often have multi-system impairments. It will cover the examination, evaluation, interventions and outcome strategies in different environments throughout the continuum of care for this population of patients. Topics covered included: OSHA’s Bloodborne Pathogens & Hazardous Communication Standards, Clinical Emergencies, Patient Care in the ICU, Organ Transplantation, Lab Values, Burn and Wound Care, Grieving and Loss as well as Hospice care. Prerequisite: Satisfactory completion of all previous courses in DPT program or approval of faculty.

HPTH 744 Prosthetics/Orthotics (3 QH)

The principles of prosthetic and orthotic management will be discussed with emphasis on examination, evaluation, intervention, and interprofessional collaboration and referral. Prerequisite: Satisfactory completion of all previous courses in DPT program or approval of faculty.

HPTS 748 Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Physical Therapy II (2QH)

This is the second of a two course series focusing on Physical Therapy management of cardiovascular and pulmonary health. This course covers physical therapy intervention strategies for individuals with primary or secondary cardiovascular and pulmonary disorder or dysfunction. Intervention strategies covered include mobilization, breathing control, ventilatory strategies, airway clearance, patient education and self-management, as well as exercise prescription focused on functional outcomes, strength and endurance components.

Prerequisite: Satisfactory completion of all previous courses in DPT program or approval of faculty.

HPTH 749 Critical Inquiry IV (1 QH)

This course completes the Critical Inquiry sequence. Advanced measurement principles, and topics in research and statistics will be introduced. Students will have the opportunity to present their group research project and a case report as a poster presentation, and propose an intervention research study. Prerequisite: Satisfactory completion of all previous courses in DPT program or approval of faculty.

HPTH 823 Practice Issues IV (3 QH)

This is the fourth course in the Practice Issues series of courses. Advanced topics in practice management are discussed and applied to practice, including: contemporary business practices, human resources, consultation, and health care administration. Legislative and legal topics are examined as they pertain to clinical and specialty practice, advocacy, and licensure. Ongoing professional development and responsibilities are emphasized throughout. Students will apply and incorporate course information and concepts in the development of the Professional Practicum and planning for Clerkships III and IV.

Third Year

HPTH 827 Clerkship III (10 QH)

This is a ten week, full-time (400 hour) first culminating experience in one or more selected clinical practice settings. It is a supervised experience with the opportunities to synthesize and apply previous learning. The student is expected to be a mature, self-directed learner and demonstrate increasingly competent behaviors in professional interaction, communication, consultation, and management. Time management, ethical decision making, and integration of assessment and goal setting will be emphasized. Prerequisite: Satisfactory completion of all previous courses in DPT program and approval of faculty.

HPTH 837 Clerkship IV (12 QH)

This is a twelve week, full-time (480 hour) experience in one or more selected clinical practice settings. It is a supervised experience with the opportunities to synthesize and apply previous learning. The student is expected to be a mature, self-directed learner and demonstrate increasingly competent behaviors in professional interaction, communication, consultation, and management. Time management, ethical decision making, and integration of assessment and goal setting will be emphasized. The student may have negotiated and designed this clinical experience. The clinical work will be conducted and/or monitored by an experienced physical therapy clinician, or perhaps a Certified Clinical Specialist, in the area of interest of the student. The student will be expected to complete all assignments of the clinical site, and to complete all previous research competencies. Prerequisite: Satisfactory completion of all previous courses in DPT program and approval of faculty.

HPTH 843 Practice Issues V (1 QH)

This two week on-campus seminar includes guest presentations, student presentations, faculty panels, University awards, and concludes in the graduation ceremony. It occurs at the end of Spring Quarter, Year 3. Students will present their experiences and activities from PT 848, Professional Practicum. Students will correlate and assemble all documents required for the faculty to approve their completion of degree requirements. Faculty advisors must be consulted on an individual basis for exit information. Students will also meet with their research portfolio adviser to finalize the portfolio’s components. The students will also meet with representatives from the financial aid office to discuss necessary procedures and topics prior to graduation. Guest lecturers discussing current professional and legislative issues and practice trends in rehabilitation will be presented. Students will participate in the National Physical Therapy Examination preparation course. Students will evaluate the curriculum at this culminating point. Prerequisite: Satisfactory completion of all previous courses in DPT program and/or approval of faculty.

HPTH 848 Professional Practicum (12 QH)

The Professional Practicum is a twelve credit, independent study that the student completes in the final year of the Doctor of Physical Therapy program. The purpose of the Practicum is for the student to pursue an individual interest within the areas of administration, critical inquiry, education or health care policy. Although the focus is in one area, the student must integrate objectives from the other areas. The student, with input from his/her advisor, designs the project, develops the objectives to guide the experience, and is responsible for timely completion of the practicum project. At the end of the 12th quarter, each student will be responsible for an oral and written summary of his/her project. Prerequisite: Satisfactory completion of all previous courses in DPT program or approval of faculty.