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Models and Measurement in Disability (Formerly 34.510)

Description

This course will introduce students to the World Health organization's International Classification of Function and discuss its implications for models and measurement of disability. Discussion will focus on defining and measuring disability based on the enabling-disabling process with both temporal and spatial dynamics. Temporal dynamics will include both short cycle dynamics (days to weeks) as well as longer range cycles (i.e. the life cycle). Spatial dynamics will include multi level - bidirectional interactions that emerge through cell, organ, system, organism, and environmental scales. The multi level structure will be emphasized as mechanism to link disciplines and the need for diverse strategies required for examining, evaluating and intervening for reducing disability. There will be an emphasis on the important recurrent feedback loops between human and environment in long-term health trajectories and transitions from health to disability and from acute disturbances to chronic conditions. These discussions will occur in two primary areas: musculoskeletal and cardiovascular system dynamics. Open to: Undergraduate Seniors and Graduate Students It is recommended that students have completed at least a year of upper division exercise physiology, biological science, engineering or psychology coursework. In addition, a year of general physics and a semester of statistics or research methods is recommended but not required.

Prerequisites

Pre-Req: Physical Therapy Graduate Students only.

Clinical Anatomy (Formerly 34.601)

Description

Clinical Anatomy is a study of the structures of the human body, utilizing lectures, demonstrations and A.V. materials. It is a foundation course for physical therapy procedures courses. All physical therapy graduate courses (number 34.) are restricted to PT majors only.

Prerequisites

Students with a CSCE or UGRD career need permission to take Graduate Level Courses.

Neuroscience: Anatomy (Formerly 34.602)

Description

Neuroscience anatomy presents the form and functions of the human nervous system. It is a foundation course for physical therapy procedure courses. The student is introduced to clinically relevant neuroanatomy through a close examination of the signs and symptoms of a variety of pathologies, including lesions, tumors, injuries, and congenital disorders. Clinical examples are freely used to highlight the integral relationship between structural anatomy and functional impairment.

Prerequisites

Pre-Req: Physical Therapy Graduate Students only.

Anatomy Laboratory (Formerly 34.603)

Description

Clinical Anatomy Laboratory is a visualization of the structures of the human body utilizing laboratory dissection of prosected parts and human cadavers. The laboratory also incorporates the recognition of underlying structures using surface anatomy and palpation of body and soft tissues. All physical therapy graduate courses (number 34.) are restricted to PT majors only.

Prerequisites

Students with a CSCE or UGRD career need permission to take Graduate Level Courses.

Neuroscience: Physiology/Neurology (Formerly 34.604)

Description

Neuroscience presents the principles of neurophysiology, neurology, and motor control as related to the practice of physical therapy. Topics in neurophysiology include: conduction and transmission of the nerve impulse, neuromuscular synaptic transmission and skeletal muscle contraction, muscle tone and spinal reflexes, the neurophysiology of sensation and movement, and the transmission of pain. Neurological conditions will be integrated with these various neurophysiological topics through the use of case studies and will include: peripheral nerve injuries, neuromuscular conditions, and diseases/conditions of the central nervous system. An introduction to the major theories of motor control and their applications to physical therapy examination and intervention will be discussed through problem solving and case studies. All physical therapy graduate courses (number 34.) are restricted to PT majors only.

Prerequisites

Students with a CSCE or UGRD career need permission to take Graduate Level Courses.

Physical Therapy Interventions I Lecture (Formerly 34.605)

Description

This course introduces the student to the principles of patient evaluation and treatment utilizing case studies to integrate didactic information into practical clinical situations. The appropriate use of evaluation procedures and the rationale for safe and effective use of treatment procedures are emphasized. Topics include: principles of biomechanical analysis, body mechanics, principles of goniometry and muscle testing, patient positioning and transfers, gait training and activities of daily living with assistive devices, wheelchair prescription and mobility, isolation/sterile technique, wound care, monitoring vital signs, heat and cold modalities, aquatic therapy, and evaluation of normal gait. All physical therapy graduate courses (number 34.) are restricted to PT majors only.

Prerequisites

Students with a CSCE or UGRD career need permission to take Graduate Level Courses.

Neuroscience Laboratory (formerly 34.606)

Description

Neuroscience laboratory includes the study of the anatomy and function of the human brain, spinal cord, peripheral and autonomic nervous systems through prosection, audiovisual resources and experimental procedures. The gross anatomy of the human brain and spinal cord will be visualized using prosections of human specimens, models, and slides. The second half of the laboratory will focus on the Neurological Evaluation including evaluation of reflex function, assessment of sensory and cerebellar mechanisms, and testing cranial nerve function in typical and simulated atypical subjects. Motor learning activities and Cognitive Testing will be performed. To help synthesize the course content each student will present a neuropathology case study.

Prerequisites

Students with a CSCE or UGRD career need permission to take Graduate Level Courses.

Physical Therapy Interventions I Laboratory (formerly 34.607)

Description

This laboratory course develops the psychomotor skills necessary to apply the didactic knowledge presented in the Physical Therapy Interventions I Lecture to clinical situations. The safe and effective performance of various evaluation and treatment techniques is emphasized. Topics include: patient interviewing; isolation/sterile techniques; wound care and bandaging; monitoring vital signs; patient positioning and bed mobility; transfers; gait training and activities of daily living with assistive devices; wheelchair mobility; massage/soft tissue mobilization/lymph edema management; heat and cold modalities; gait analysis; goniometry and strength testing; postural analysis and anthropometry. All physical therapy graduate courses (number 34.) are restricted to PT majors only.

Prerequisites

Students with a CSCE or UGRD career need permission to take Graduate Level Courses.

Musculoskeletal Physical Therapy I (formerly 34.608)

Description

This course is the first of a three-course series which explores physical therapy management of musculoskeletal dysfunction. In this first course, general models for physical therapy intervention will be presented. The evaluation, treatment and prevention of pathological conditions affecting the musculoskeletal system of the lower extremity will be emphasized. Normal function will be included as a basis for recognizing and therapeutically resolving dysfunction of skeletal and joint structures, muscles and soft tissues. A problem-solving approach to resolve impairments, contributing to functional limitations and disabilities, will be stressed.All physical therapy graduate courses (number 34.) are restricted to PT majors only.

Prerequisites

Students with a CSCE or UGRD career need permission to take Graduate Level Courses.

Medical/Surgical Pathology (formerly 34.609)

Description

This course presents an introduction to the study of diseases commonly seen in people with conditions treated by physical therapists. Mechanisms of cell growth, response to injury, and cell death are reviewed. All physical therapy graduate courses (number 34.) are restricted to PT majors only.

Prerequisites

Students with a CSCE or UGRD career need permission to take Graduate Level Courses.

Musculoskeletal Physical Therapy I Laboratory (formerly 34.610)

Description

This laboratory course develops the psychomotor skills to allow clinical application of didactic knowledge gained in Musculoskeletal Physical Therapy I Lecture. All physical therapy graduate courses (number 34.) are restricted to PT majors only.

Prerequisites

Students with a CSCE or UGRD career need permission to take Graduate Level Courses.

Professional Issues/Clinical Practice (formerly 34.611)

Description

This course will be divided into two sections. The first course section will provide an overview of physical therapy as a profession. Student Generic Abilities will be introduced as they apply to classroom instruction and clinical practice. The APTA (American Physical Therapy Association) Standards of Practice, Code of Ethics, disciplinary Process, The Scope of Physical Therapy Practice and The Massachusetts Practice Act will be discussed. The second course section will emphasize the development of effective teaching and learning strategies as it applies to physical therapy in the clinical setting. Discussions and exercises will center on the concepts of motivation and compliance in learning, learning/teaching styles, documentation, designing measurable goals, clinical teaching methods/techniques and tools, the art of effective communication, reinforcement strategies, principles of evaluation and giving effective feedback. Emphasis is placed on creating a climate that encourages learning. A teaching experience will be planned, implemented and evaluated by each student group. All physical therapy graduate courses (number 34.) are restricted to PT majors only.

Prerequisites

Pre-Req: Physical Therapy Graduate Students only.

Cardiopulmonary Physical Therapy I (formerly 34.612)

Description

In Cardiopulmonary Physical Therapy students will learn the essentials of physical therapy examination, evaluation and intervention for patients with pathological cardiopulmonary conditions. The course emphasizes a problem solving, clinical decision-making approach. Successful completion of the course requires the ability to integrate and synthesize information from this course with prerequisite and other related courses in a variety of cardiopulmonary case based problem-solving experiences.

Prerequisites

Students with a CSCE or UGRD career need permission to take Graduate Level Courses.

Cardiopulmonary Physical Therapy I Laboratory (formerly 34.614)

Description

Cardiopulmonary Physical Therapy Laboratory is taken concurrently with Cardiopulmonary Physical Therapy 34.612. The Laboratory experiences are designed to provide an opportunity to practice examination, evaluation, and interventions as discussed in lecture and demonstrate psychomotor proficiency in each procedure. The course emphasizes procedures employed by the physical therapist in dealing with cardiopulmonary conditions. In addition, students will be expected to integrate and synthesize information from related courses in a variety of cardiopulmonary problem solving experiences. All physical therapy graduate courses (number 34.) are restricted to PT majors only.

Prerequisites

Pre-Req: Physical Therapy Graduate Students only.

Clinical Education I Seminar (formerly 34.615)

Description

This course is the first in a series of two one-credit seminars. The first installment will provide an overview of the clinical education experience portion of the Doctor of Physical Therapy program. Topics include; the roles of clinical educators, the process of obtaining and assigning clinical sites, the clinical performance instrument (CPI), appropriate communication in the clinical setting, ethical practice, psychosocial aspects, and generic abilities.

Prerequisites

Pre-Req: Physical Therapy Graduate Students only.

Research Methods (formerly 34.616)

Description

This course presents the role of research in the development and critical analysis of physical therapy clinical practice. Students are guided through the process of clinical scientific research including the following content areas: philosophy of science and causation, problem and hypothesis identification, review and analysis of scientific literature, methods of hypothesis testing, data analysis and interpretation and critique/ evaluation of research results.

Prerequisites

Pre-Req: Physical Therapy Graduate Students only.

Neurological Physical Therapy Lecture I (formerly 34.617)

Description

This course is the first of two courses dealing with the physical therapy management of adult patients/clients with neurological dysfunction. Concepts, practical applications, and strategies based on theories of motor skill development, motor control, and motor learning will be discussed. A variety of neurological conditions with different levels of impairments, activity limitations, and participation restrictions will be examined. Emphasis is on the development of clinical decision making skills using a problem solving approach. Practice is fostered in the development of appropriate plans of care. Concurrent laboratory classes emphasize the development of specific assessment and intervention skills.

Prerequisites

Pre-Req: Physical Therapy Graduate Students only.

Neurological Physical Therapy Laboratory I (formerly 34.619)

Description

This laboratory course must be taken concurrently with Neurological Physical Therapy I, DPTH.6170. Emphasis is on the development of problem solving and psychomotor skills necessary for successful management of the patient/client with neurological dysfunction. Videos and patient demonstrations are used to develop skills in examination, evaluation, and clinical decision making. Peer practice is used to promote the development of psychomotor skills in advanced therapeutic exercise and functional training. Problem solving in the application of interventions for different levels of impairments, activity limitations, and participation is stressed.

Prerequisites

Pre-Req: Physical Therapy Graduate Students only.

Neurological Physical Therapy II (formerly 34.620)

Description

This course is the second of two courses dealing with physical therapy management of adult patients/clients with neurological dysfunction. Concepts, practical applications, and strategies based on theories of motor skill development, motor control, and motor learning will be discussed. A variety of neurological conditions with different levels of impairments, activity limitations, and participation restrictions will be examined. Emphasis is on the development of clinical decision making skills using a problem solving approach. Practice is fostered in the development of appropriate plans of care. Concurrent laboratory classes emphasize the development of specific assessment and intervention skills.

Prerequisites

Pre-Req: Physical Therapy Graduate Students only.

Musculoskeletal Physical Therapy II Lecture (formerly 34.621)

Description

This course is the second of a three-course series which focuses on physical therapy management, and summarizes medical and surgical management of musculoskeletal dysfunction. The evaluation, treatment and prevention of pathological conditions affecting the upper extremity will be emphasized. Normal function will be included as a basis for recognizing and therapeutically resolving dysfunction of skeletal and joint structures, muscular and soft tissue. A problem-solving approach to resolve impairments, which contribute to activity limitations and participation restrictions, will be stressed.

Prerequisites

Pre-Req: Physical Therapy Graduate Students only.

Neurological Physical Therapy II Laboratory (formerly 34.622)

Description

This laboratory course must be taken concurrently with Neurological Physical Therapy II, DPTH.6200. Emphasis is on the development of problem solving and psychomotor skills necessary for successful management of the patient/client with neurological dysfunction. Videos and patient demonstrations are used to develop skills in examination, evaluation, and clinical decision making. Peer practice is used to promote the development of psychomotor skills in advanced therapeutic exercise and functional training. Problem solving using case studies in the application of interventions for different levels of impairments, activity restrictions and participation limitations is stressed.

Prerequisites

Pre-Req: Physical Therapy Graduate Students only.

Musculoskeletal Physical Therapy II Laboratory (formerly 34.623)

Description

This laboratory course develops the psychomotor skills to allow clinical application of didactic knowledge gained in Musculoskeletal Physical Therapy II Lecture. The safe and effective performance of examination and treatment procedures are taught using demonstrations, peer practice, and case studies as they pertain to the shoulder, elbow/forearm, and wrist/hand regions of the body. Examination procedure are organized by body regions and include interview questions, observation, palpation, anthropometric measurements, goniometry, joint play mobility, muscle strength testing, and special test. Treatment procedures focus on integrating bandaging/taping, joint mobilization/manipulation, passive and active stretching techniques, and progressive strengthening exercises with principles taught.

Prerequisites

Pre-Req: Physical Therapy Graduate Students only.

Physical Therapy Interventions II (formerly 35.625)

Description

This course is a study of advanced physical therapy procedures which utilize electrophysics and electrophysiology in evaluating and treating a variety of physical impairments. The course will emphasize theories and techniques used in electrodiagnosis, electromyography, functional electrical stimulation, iontophoresis, transcutaneous electrical stimulation, biofeedback, laser and therapeutic electrical currents including light and radar waves. All physical therapy graduate courses (number 34.) are restricted to PT majors only.

Prerequisites

Pre-Req: Physical Therapy Graduate Students only.

Geriatric Physical Therapy (formerly 34.626)

Description

This course will focus on the special needs of the elderly and on the physical therapy management of the geriatric client. The physical changes associated with normal aging as well as pathological changes will be discussed and analyzed. Program planning will stress holistic consideration of the rehabilitative, cognitive/behavioral, and psychosocial needs of the elderly. (Re)Evaluation including functional evaluation, treatment planning (and treatment plan evaluation), treatment cost effectiveness, documentation, reimbursement issues will be analyzed as they relate to the physical therapy management of the geriatric client. All physical therapy graduate courses (number 34.) are restricted to PT majors only.

Prerequisites

Pre-Req: Physical Therapy Graduate Students only.

Physical Therapy Interventions II Laboratory (formerly 34.627)

Description

This course is a practical application of theories and principles presented in 34.625, Physical Therapy Interventions II Lecture. All physical therapy graduate courses (number 34.) are restricted to PT majors only.

Prerequisites

Pre-Req: Physical Therapy Graduate Students only.

Musculoskeletal Physical Therapy III (formerly 34.628)

Description

This course provides the second-year physical therapy student with an introduction to physical therapy evaluation and management of dysfunction of the cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine, ribcage, and pelvis. The development of evaluation strategies, documentation skills, organized clinical decision making, and effective patient management techniques will be emphasized. Discussions and exercises will focus on developing patient diagnoses, functional problems lists, long and short-term goals, and treatment strategies. Critical thinking/problem solving strategies will be incorporated into all aspects of patient management. Emphasis will be on creating a climate that encourages learning. All physical therapy graduate courses (number 34.) are restricted to PT majors only.

Prerequisites

Pre-Req: Physical Therapy Graduate Students only.

Directed Research (formerly 34.629)

Description

The directed research experience provides students with the opportunity to develop a research project with the guidance of a faculty advisor. All physical therapy graduate courses (number 34.) are restricted to PT majors only.

Prerequisites

Pre-Req: Physical Therapy Graduate Students only.

Musculoskeletal III Laboratory (formerly 34.631)

Description

This laboratory course provides the student the opportunity to apply the didactic knowledge gained in the Musculoskeletal Physical Therapy II Lecture through a systematic clinical reasoning approach which focuses on the concept of-regional interdependence®. Additionally, specific evidence-based evaluation and functional management techniques for the spine and pelvis will be demonstrated by instructors and practiced by students.

Prerequisites

Pre-Req: Physical Therapy Graduate Students only.

Pediatric Physical Therapy Lecture (formerly 34.631)

Description

This course focuses on the development of the individual from the prenatal period through adolescence within the context of the individual's family and cultural background. Emphasis will be on the examination, evaluation, diagnosis and formulation of a physical therapy plan of care for infants, children and adolescents with physical therapy related issues including wellness and prevention of disability. The framework for the course will be based upon principles of development, neural plasticity, motor control, motor learning, pediatric clinical decision making, the WHO ICF, and evidence directed care including clinical practice guidelines. Throughout the course the student will have the opportunity to integrate the course material and synthesize appropriate plans of care using cases.

Prerequisites

Pre-Req: Physical Therapy Graduate Students only.

Pediatric Physical Therapy Laboratory (formerly 34.633)

Description

Through classroom and clinical laboratory experiences, the student will gain introductory level skill in the examination, evaluation,k intervention, and development of a physical therapy plan of care for infants, children, and adolescents who have or are at risk for developing disabling problems requiring physical therapy intervention. Preventive and wellness strategies will also be developed and discussed. Problem solving and evidence directed practice including Clinical Practice Guidelines will be emphasized.

Prerequisites

Pre-Req: Physical Therapy Graduate Students only.

Clinical Education II Seminar (formerly 34.635)

Description

This course is the second in a series of two one-credit weekly seminars. The class will continue to explore the professional issues and application of didactic material in the clinical setting. Clinical education will be examined from the perspective of career development and physical therapy board preparation.

Prerequisites

Pre-Req: Physical Therapy Graduate Students only.

Integrating Clinical Practice (formerly 34.637)

Description

This course will focus on integrating clinical reasoning skills in physical therapy with an emphasis on application of evidence-based research and current concepts of disablement. Students will share clinical experiences focusing on utilization of - best practices® and - Clinical Practice Guidelines®.

Prerequisites

Pre-Req: Physical Therapy Graduate Students only.

Medical/Surgical -Orthopedics (formerly 34.639)

Description

Medical Surgical conditions (Orthopedics) presents topics related to the pathology and medical-surgical treatment of musculoskeletal disorders. All physical therapy graduate courses (number 34.) are restricted to PT majors only.

Prerequisites

Pre-Req: Physical Therapy Graduate Students only.

Professional Prep in PT (formerly 34.640)

Description

This course will focus on facilitating the students transition into the Physical Therapy Profession including successful completion of the professional licensure examination, the National Physical Therapy Exam: Student groups will outline and present review materials for the exam to each other including a list of sources for further study. The faculty facilitator will oversee the development and content of the presentations and supervise practice examinations. Students are guided through reflection in practice, development of a personal professional development plan, a Vision and Mission Statement including continuing education, pro bono and community service and participation in the American Physical Therapy Association. Other topics will include strategies for successful interviewing.

Prerequisites

Pre-Req: Physical Therapy Graduate Students only.

Business Skills in Physical Therapy (formerly 34.641)

Description

This course provides an overview of the operation of physical therapy services. The course will emphasize a micro approach concerning issues and trends related to the delivery of health care and their implications for the management of physical therapy services. Key issues will include facilities design and clinic organization, personnel management, budgeting, and operations management. Topics related to the key issues will include: marketing, quality improvement, utilization review, legal and ethical issues such as sexual harassment, and integration of the Guide to Physical Therapy Practice and the LAMP (Leadership, Administration, Management, and Professionalism) document with respect to these topics. All physical therapy graduate courses (number 34.) are restricted to PT majors only.

Prerequisites

Pre-Req: Physical Therapy Graduate Students only.

Health Policy & Admin (formerly 34.642)

Description

This course explores the social, political, and economic policies that impact the delivery of physical therapy services and health. The course underscores the issues of professionalism, leadership, management, and the advocacy to foster excellence in autonomous practice for the benefit of members and society. The course emphasizes leadership in promoting cultural competence, global health initiatives, social responsibility, effective application of technology, and health services research.

Prerequisites

Pre-Req: Graduate Physical Therapy students only.

Evidence Directed Care (formerly 34.643)

Description

This course presents the role of evidence in the development and critical analysis of physical therapy clinical practice guidelines and practice recommendations. Students are guided through the process of analyzing, weighting, comparing and integrating sources of evidence. Methods of integrating various forms of evidence that will be specifically covered include literature reviews, meta-analyses, systematic reviews, clinical prediction rules and clinical practice guidelines.

Prerequisites

Pre-Req: Physical Therapy Graduate Students only.

Clinical Education Fieldwork II (formerly 34.644)

Description

This is the continuance of Directed Research experience providing students with the opportunity to complete and present a research project with the guidance of a faculty advisor. All physical therapy graduate courses (number 34.) are restricted to PT majors only.

Prerequisites

Pre-Req: Physical Therapy Graduate Students only.

Physical Interventions III (formerly 34.645)

Description

This course introduces the second year physical therapy student to various topics related to specialized physical therapy management of patients. Topics include, but are not restricted to: lower extremity prosthetic and orthotic management, hand orthotic fabrication, inhibitive casting techniques, introduction to ergonomic principles, ergonomic design of seating systems and workstations, wheelchair seating systems, cumulative trauma disorders, work site analysis, functional capacity evaluation, lumbar stabilization exercises, the acute care environment, burn care management, post-mastectomy management, and infection control and standard precaution policies.

Prerequisites

Pre-Req: Physical Therapy Graduate Students only.

Complex Cases in Physical Therapy (formerly 34.646)

Description

This course, which runs concurrently with Clinical Education Experience III (DPTH.6530), is designed to promote evidenced-based practice, intra-professional correspondence, and further socialization into the profession of physical therapy. Students are expected to incorporate evidence based practice in real-time clinical practice whenever possible and speak to the implementation, progress, and outcome(s) via on-line posting of related case studies. Furthermore, students are expected to critically evaluate the degree to which the current evidence supports or conflicts with the common practice intervention. Additionally, students will critically evaluate their classmate's cases study postings offering feedback regarding the efficacy of treatment as they understand and interpret it from the current literature

Prerequisites

Pre-Req: Physical Therapy Graduate Students only.

PT Interventions III Lab (formerly 34.647)

Description

All physical therapy graduate courses (number 34.) are restricted to PT majors only.

Prerequisites

Pre-Req: Physical Therapy Graduate Students only.

Service Learning in Physical Therapy (formerly 34.648)

Description

This three-credit course is designed to serve as a service-learning experience in the final year for doctoral physical therapy students. The course is designed to provide relevant and meaningful service opportunities for culturally competent physical therapy services with a focus on prevention, health promotion, fitness, and wellness to individuals, groups, and communities. The service learning experience will prepare students for active civic participation in a diverse society. Through the use of readings, discussion, reflection and presentations students will gain an understanding what it means to build the capacity of a community and develop the competency skills of an entry level physical therapy practitioner.

Prerequisites

Pre-Req: Physical Therapy Graduate Students only.

Clinical Education Experience I (formerly 34.650)

Description

A ten-week full time clinical education experience designed to integrate basic physical therapy evaluation and treatment procedures with an emphasis on the musculoskeletal and cardiopulmonary systems. Students are directly supervised by licensed physical therapists in acute care and outpatient settings.

Prerequisites

Pre-Req: Physical Therapy Graduate Students only.

Sectional Human Anatomy (formerly 34.651)

Description

Sectional Human Anatomy is a study of the structures of the human body as revealed through Computed Tomographic images. It is a foundational course for the medical physics program.

Prerequisites

Co-req: 34.659 Sectional Human Anatomy Laboratoroy.

Clinical Education Experience II (formerly 34.653)

Description

This twelve-week full time experience promotes the development of an autonomous professional through the synthesis and utilization of advanced academic theory in evaluation and treatment. Students are expected to use sound scientific rationale and a problem solving approach in all aspects of patient care. Students are allowed to explore areas of interest in a variety of settings.

Prerequisites

Pre-Req: Physical Therapy Graduate Students only.

Clinical Education Experience III (formerly 34.653)

Description

This terminal, twelve-week, clinical education experience is designed as the final promotion of complete socialization and transition into the profession of physical therapy. Students are expected to function as independently as possible using problem solving processes as a basis for all clinical decision making. Communication, coordination, and consultation with other members of the health care team and responsibility for complete patient management are emphasized.

Prerequisites

Pre-Req: Physical Therapy Graduate Students only.

Clinical Education Experience IV (formerly 34.654)

Description

(Spring, 3rd year) The final full time eight-week clinical experience is designed to promote socialization into the profession of physical therapy. Students are expected to function as independently as possible using the problem solving process as a basis for all clinical decision making. Communication, coordination and consultation with other members of the health care team and responsibility for total client management is emphasized. Settings in pediatrics, neurological rehabilitation, outpatient orthopedics and acute care facilities are appropriate for this experience. All physical therapy graduate courses (number 34.) are restricted to PT majors only.

Prerequisites

Pre-Req: Physical Therapy Graduate Students only.

Independent Studies (formerly 34.658)

Description

All physical therapy graduate courses (number 34.) are restricted to PT majors only.

Prerequisites

Pre-Req: Physical Therapy Graduate Students only.

Sectional Human Anatomy Laboratory (formerly 34.659)

Description

Sectional Human Anatomy Laboratory provides training in the recognition of anatomical structures from CT images, and the direct translations among CT images, Body surface features, and cadaveric structures.

Prerequisites

Co-req: 34.651 Sectional Human Anatomy.

Directed Research (formerly 34.660)

Description

Directed Research toward the DPT degree.

Prerequisites

Pre-Req: Physical Therapy Graduate Students only.

Physiological Dynamics (Formerly 38.501)

Description

This course will provide intermediate to advanced coverage of physiological dynamics. A myriad of complex dynamics underlie health and disease and represent highly integrated regulatory systems with cycles, oscillations and feedbacks across time and scale. Physiological Dynamics will teach students basic tools for analyzing the dynamics of the physiological systems; and to identify normal dynamics and relate altered dynamics to disease. The course will focus on the interpretation of physiological dynamics in understanding healthy response to exercise, stress, fatigue and disease. Topics will include physiological origins and implications of: the normal electrocardiogram (ECG); common ECG abnormalities, temporal variations in the physiological system (heart rate variability, blood pressure variability, blood flow, pulse transit time); and multi level relationships between components of physiological regulation. A common theme will be the added clinical information associated with understanding the temporal and spatial dynamics of the physiological systems. Temporal dynamics will include both short cycle dynamics (days to weeks) as well as longer range cycles (i.e. the life cycle). Spatial dynamics will include multi level - bidirectional interactions that emerge through cell, organ, system, organism, and environmental scales. There will be an emphasis on the important recurrent feedback loops between human and environment in long-term health trajectories and transitions from health to disease and from acute disturbances to chronic conditions. .