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Doctor of Physical Therapy Courses

The DPT curriculum includes enhancements in the areas of prevention and wellness; advanced medical screening for direct access; advanced training and problem solving in the areas of general medical conditions, musculoskeletal and adult rehabilitation; new materials on motor learning and human behavior; and awareness of physical therapy needs in underserved populations & associated knowledge of people and cultural differences.

The course listings and descriptions are presented by semester across the study program. This presentation further clarifies the progression of content from normal structure and function to dysfunction across courses related to the basic and clinical sciences. The course sequence across semesters allows the systematic acquisition of knowledge and skills necessary for clinical problem solving. Also, the integration of content across courses per semester is represented in this chronologic sequence.


Course Title: Health Promotion, Wellness, and Prevention: Individual level
Course Number: DPT 700
Credit Hours: 1

Course Catalog Description:
  The first of two courses on the role of the physical therapist in health promotion, wellness, and prevention. The purpose of the course is to gain an understanding of fundamental concepts of health, wellness, screening for risk, and the theoretical bases underlying behavior change. These concepts will be applied to improving health and wellness in oneself. Using him or herself as the first patient, the student will learn how to assess risk for specific conditions, generate goals to decrease risk and increase health and wellness, develop and implement a plan to achieve his or her goals, and assess the results. Class sessions will be primarily small group discussion and lecture.


Course Title: Human Anatomy
Course Number: DPT 705
Credit Hours: 4 credit hours

Course Catalog Description:
  Study of the structures and functions of systems of the body focusing on the nervous, musculoskeletal, circulatory and pulmonary systems. Includes human cadaver dissection.


Course Title: Basic Measurement Skills
Course Number: DPT 710
Credit Hours: 3 credit hours

Course Catalog Description:
  Introduction to the physical therapist model of clinical practice with an emphasis on basic examination skills. Procedures covered include methods for determining strength and range of motion and basic cardiopulmonary assessment.


Course Title: Kinesiology and Biomechanics
Course Number: DPT 715
Credit Hours: 4 credit hours

Course Catalog Description:
  Introduction to biomechanical principles of human movement. Includes discussion of the mechanical principles underlying the movement of individual joints, connective tissue mechanics and the analysis of posture and gait.


Course Title: Ethics and Professionalism
Course Number: DPT 720
Credit Hours: 2 credit hours

Course Catalog Description:
  Introduction to ethics, laws and professionalism in physical therapist practice. This course provides the introductory information concerning physical therapists professional obligations requisite to functioning as a clinician, consultant, and administrator. The course accomplishes this goal by providing information and experience with issues of professionalism, ethics, licensure regulation, the professional association, and other health professions. Various professional relationships of the physical therapist and related responsibilities are emphasized and provide the basis for on-going consideration of ethical and legal problems. An introduction to legal and moral issues and dilemmas related to professional and health care trends occurs through readings, group activities and discussion.


Course Title: Interpersonal Communications
Course Number: DPT 725
Credit Hours: 2 credit hours

Course Catalog Description:
  Listening, as well as talking, are skills inherent to providing the best patient care. This course fosters the development of skills in the interpersonal and problem-solving processes.



Course Title: Systems Physiology
Course Number: DPT 730
Credit Hours: 5 credit hours

Course Catalog Description:
  The course is designed to study the function of the human body at the molecular, cellular, tissue and systems levels, in both health and disease. The major underlying themes are: the mechanisms for promoting homeostasis; cellular processes of metabolism, membrane function and cellular signaling; the mechanisms that match supply of nutrients to tissue demands at different activity levels; the mechanisms that match the rate of excretion of waste products to their rate of production; the mechanisms that defend the body against injury and promote healing. These topics are addressed by a consideration of nervous and endocrine regulation of the cardiovascular, hematopoetic, pulmonary, renal, gastrointestinal, and musculoskeletal systems, including the control of cellular metabolism. The integrative nature of physiological responses in normal function and disease is stressed throughout


Course Title: Neuroscience
Course Number: DPT 735
Credit Hours: 4

Course Catalog Description:
  This course is designed to provide an understanding of basic scientific principles and concepts related to the structure and function of the nervous system, with specific emphasis on relating neuroscience to perception and movement. Upon completion of this course, students will be able to relate structural components of the nervous system to their function, correlate neurological examination with structural components, and correlate nervous system injury or disease with neurological deficits or dysfunction seen in clinical practice. Throughout the course, students will be encouraged to develop critical thinking and problem solving skills, as well as begin to develop the ability to use scientific literature to discuss evidence-based approaches to managing individuals with movement dysfunction.


Course Title: Introduction to Interventions
Course Number: DPT 740
Credit Hours: 3 credit hours

Course Catalog Description:
  Evidence-based course designed to provide students with the basic principles for determination of exercise need and the prescription of exercise programs and the determination of safe and appropriate application of physical modalities. Emphasis is placed on patients with musculoskeletal deficits including those with chronic disease and also on otherwise healthy individuals across all ages. Exercises include those to increase joint range of motion and muscle-tendon extensibility, increase muscle strength, improve aerobic capacity and improve balance. Soft tissue healing process, indications and contraindication are considered in the assessment of appropriate application of traditional and emerging modalities.


Course Title: Growth Processes through the Lifespan
Course Number: DPT 745
Credit Hours: 4 credit hours

Course Catalog Description:
  The interactions of perceptual-motor, cognitive and psychosocial influences on the developing human and the processes of individual and family reactions to the stresses of aging, health changes, death and dying. Integrated practical/clinical experiences in well-baby, child day care and elder care/residential settings


Course Title: The Teaching and Learning Process in Physical Therapy
Course Number: DPT 750
Credit Hours: 2 credit hours

Course Catalog Description:
  Much of physical therapy involves teaching – teaching the patient, family members, other health care professionals, insurance providers. This course develops skills in the teaching-learning and problem-solving processes.



Course Title: General Medical Conditions
Course Number: DPT 755
Credit Hours: 12 credit hours

Course Catalog Description:
  Evidence-based physical therapist examination, diagnosis, and management of patients with cardiac, pulmonary, wound, cancer, and metabolic conditions. Content integrates pathophysiology and medical management of patients. Includes congruent, weekly patient oriented experiences and culminates in a two week, full-time clinical education experience


Course Title: Medical Genetics in Physical Therapy
Course Number: DPT 760
Credit Hours: 3 credit hours

Course catalog Description:
  The course will elucidate the process of cell division, gamete production and sexual reproduction in males and females. Further study will explore the relationship of molecular and cellular genetics, transmission genetics and population genetics. The student will gain an understanding of the role of genes and chromosomes in determining structure and function in health. Risk assessment will be addressed for inherited and somatic genetic diseases including the interaction of genetic and environmental factors in contributing to multifactorial diseases, such as carcinogenesis. These concepts will be considered in the context of the lifespan of an individual, inheritance through pedigree analysis, and populations. Clinical applications for screening, genetic testing and gene therapy will be considered.


Course Title: Evidence-Based Practice
Course Number: DPT 765
Credit Hours: 2 credit hours

Course Catalog Description:
  The purpose of the course is to gain competence in critical analysis of the research literature through the use of fundamental concepts of the inquiry process. This course provides the foundation for 1) evidence-based physical therapy practice and clinical reasoning used in General Medicine, Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation, Adult Neurorehabilitation, Pediatric Rehabilitation, and Internship I, II, and III and 2) student research projects in Clinical Research.



Course Title: Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation
Course Number: DPT 800
Credit Hours: 10 credit hours

Course Catalog Description:
  Evidence-based physical therapist examination, diagnosis, and management specific to adult and pediatric patients with musculoskeletal conditions. Content integrates pathophysiology, medical management, and physical therapy assessment and treatment, including manual therapies. Incorporates congruent, weekly patient oriented experiences and culminates in a two week, full-time clinical education experience.


Course Title: Principles of Motor Learning
Course number: DPT 805
Credit Hours: 3

Course Catalog Description:
  This course will provide the student with a theoretical basis and historical overview of motor learning and its application to motor skill acquisition. Since teaching acquisition or re-acquisition of motor skills is a foundation for physical therapy interventions, this course will provide students with core knowledge and a theoretical framework upon which to build therapeutic interventions. The course will include the basic tenets of: the relation of task, individual, and environment and motor skill acquisition, practice schedules, and the role of feedback. Materials will focus on cognitive and motor aspects of skill acquisition.



Course Title: Adult Neurorehabilitation
Course Number: DPT 810
Credit Hours: 7 credit hours

Course Catalog Description:
  Examination, diagnosis, and management of the adult patient with neurological conditions. Content integrates pathophysiology, medical management, and physical therapy assessment and treatment. Students will learn examination techniques and validated outcome measures to evaluate disability, impairment, and functional deficits and to measure the outcomes of treatment. Students will develop interventions based upon available evidence and the principles of motor learning. Includes congruent, weekly patient-oriented experiences and culminates in a two week, full-time clinical education experience.


Course Title: Pediatric Rehabilitation
Course Number: DPT 815
Credit Hours: 4

Course Catalog Description:
  This course will provide the student with foundation knowledge of primary and secondary conditions which result in activity limitations and disability across childhood. The roles of other medical professionals on the pediatric rehabilitation team will be presented including the physician and surgeon. Students will use pediatric specific examination techniques, standardized methods of testing and valid outcome measures to evaluate functional motor skills, coordination, other physical therapy problems, and to measure the outcomes of treatment. Students will develop intervention plans based upon available evidence and apply principles of motor learning during functional training. Physical therapy management of the child will be addressed in the context of the child’s interests, diagnosis, prognosis, age, environment of care and the child’s family.


Course Title: Health Service and Management
Course Number: DPT 820
Credit Hours: 3 credit hours

Course Catalog Description:
  This course is the second course in the health services management series and builds on learning in the previous course that focused on professionalism; ethical/legal guidelines and standards for practice; and professional roles, responsibilities and obligations. Specifically, this course focuses on the factors affecting the client’s entry into and progression through the healthcare system, including the effect of current financial, legal and regulatory policies that affect the client, the client/professional relationship, and the practice of physical therapy. This course will also instill an entrepreneurial mindset and prepare the student for participation in administrative activities. The course will provide a glimpse of primary business disciplines including market research and strategy, marketing, finance, operations, and management.


Course Title: Exploration of Human behavior
Course Number: DPT 825
Credit Hours: 2

Course Catalog Description:
  A tendency to underestimate the incidence of behavioral and cognitive problems can have a negative effect on treatment outcome and the return of the patient to normal activities. Therapists need to be able to recognize these behaviors, recognize how we react to the behaviors in our clients, measure these behaviors, and assess the effect of these behaviors on treatment planning and outcome. The course will cover behavioral and cognitive problems and the psycho-social-cultural aspects of disability. Class sessions will be primarily small group discussion and lecture.



Course Title: Internship I
Course Number: DPT 830
Credit Hours: 10 credit hours

Course Catalog Description:
  The first of three, full-time supervised clinical experiences in a variety of clinical settings. Each student completes a 10 week, full-time experience in an acute care facility, in a rehabilitation facility and in a community setting.


Course Title: Administration and Consultation in Healthcare
Course Number: DPT 835
Credit Hours: 2 credit hours

Course Catalog Description:
  Practical experience in planning, implementing, and evaluating an administration/ consultation project in a clinical setting. Concurrent with full-time, clinical experiences


Course Title: Internship II
Course Number: DPT 840
Credit Hours: 10 credit hours

Course Catalog Description:
  Continuation of full-time supervised clinical experience. This course is the second, ten week experience.



Course Title: Internship III
Course Number: DPT 900
Credit Hours: 10 credit hours

Course Catalog Description:
  Continuation of full-time supervised clinical experience. This course is the third, ten week experience.


Course Title: Current Practices in Physical Therapy Care
Course Number: DPT 905
Credit Hours: 2

Course Catalog Description:
  This course requires that the student to perform two in-depth analyses of initial evaluation and treatment plan of a patient treated by the student. The goal is to enhance the students’ ability to monitor their ability to base treatment on quantifiable outcome measures, identified patient problems, and goals. In addition, students are expected to analyze the evidence justifying the use of evaluation and treatment procedures as well as the strengths and weaknesses of the clinical template used. Concurrent with full-time, clinical experiences



Course Title: Advanced Medical Screening: Preparation for Direct Access
Course Number: DPT 910
Credit Hours: 3 credit hours
Contact Hours: 33 hours lecture; 25 hours lab

Course Catalog Description:
  Identification of problems that may require consultation with or referral to another practitioner based on history, systems review, and clinical evaluation; identification of problems that are outside the scope of physical therapy practice, and enhancing the ability to efficiently communicating examination/evaluation findings to other healthcare practitioners. The student will be able to integrate medical screening concepts to prepare the student for autonomous practice in a collaborative healthcare model. Upon completion of the course; students will be able to apply comprehensive medical screening to patients with complex medical problems with neurological, cardiovascular, and orthopedic dysfunction observed in clinical practice


Course Title: Clinical Research I
Course Number: DPT 915
Credit Hours: 6 credit hours

Course Catalog Description:
  Application of the scientific principles in a research setting. This course sequence is designed to provide the student with the opportunity to actively apply the principles and concepts learned in Evidence-Based Practice to a contemporary research issue. Emphasis is placed on practical application of research principles and the scientific process. Students participate in a group project under the direct guidance of a faculty member actively involved in research activity. Project topics vary depending on the research programs of the faculty. Students will be involved in various aspects of the research process, as appropriate for a given project, such as proposal development, subject recruitment, data collection, data reduction, statistical analysis, interpretation of the results and dissemination to the scientific community.


Course Titles: Electivesabove
Course Number: DPT 950 and
Credit Hours: 6 credit hours



Course Title: Health Promotion, Wellness, and Prevention: Community level
Course Number: DPT 920
Credit Hours: 3 credit hours
Contact Hours: 35 hours lecture; 30 hours lab

Course Catalog Description:
  The second of two courses on the topics of health promotion, wellness, and prevention. The purpose of the course is to apply the fundamental concepts of health, wellness, and prevention learned in HP, W & P: individual level to improve the health and wellness in specific communities. Students will learn to assess the needs of a community, develop, and assess health promotion, wellness, or prevention programs targeting adults at risk for disease development or injury, as well as targeting populations with special needs.


Course Title: Clinical Research II
Course Number: DPT 925
Credit Hours: 6 credit hours

Course Catalog Description:
  The second of two research courses. The purpose of the course is to answer an original question related to physical therapy practice through the application of the scientific inquiry process. Students will work in small groups with a faculty mentor to collect and analyze data. All students will participate in presenting their project at the Graduate DPT Research Day traditionally held in May prior to graduation.


Course Titles: Electives
Course Number: DPT 950 and above
Credit Hours: 6 credit hours



The following electives are offered within the Division of Physical Therapy (3 credit courses):


Yoga and Meditation/Mindfulness in Physical Therapy (DPT 951)

Yoga Therapy is gaining recognition and acceptance worldwide as a complementary healthcare modality. The purpose of this class is to teach the physical therapy student the practices of yoga that are applicable to the physical therapist patient. Concepts underlying yoga and yoga practices as well as their application to a variety of patient conditions will be explored. The student will be able to understand, explain, teach and integrate a variety of yoga practices into their patients’ rehabilitation programs.


Business Management for the Physical Therapist Entrepreneur (DPT 952)

The purpose of this course is to instill an entrepreneurial mindset in physical therapy students irrespective of the practice environment in which they choose to work. This course is for students interested in learning the art and science of becoming a successful entrepreneur in the physical therapy industry. This course will help students learn planning, operational, and analytical skills that will improve the likelihood of success in starting their own private practices or introducing new services in different health care settings (acute care hospital, rehabilitation center, etc.). This course will provide a glimpse of a number of primary business disciplines including marketing, finance, operations, management, market research, and strategy.


Manual and Manipulative Therapy (DPT 954)

The historical development of manipulative therapy is investigated starting with the use of manipulation by bone setters followed by the introduction of manipulation into the medical, osteopathic, chiropractic and physical therapy professions. The various schools of manipulative thought are investigated with recognition to the individual contributors who advanced the practice of manipulation. The current state practice acts regarding the utilization of manipulation in the physical therapy profession is reviewed. Supportive arguments against the regulation of manipulative therapy within the profession of physical therapy are explored. Theoretical rationale and effects of manipulation are examined with respect to psychological impact, neurophysiologic influences and mechanical changes. Spinal manipulative research and evidence for the use of manipulation is analyzed. Risks, adverse reactions and contraindications are considered. The psychomotor skills required in the successful performance of manipulation are also addressed.


Pilates for the Rehabilitation Professional (DPT 956)

The objective of this course is to introduce the principles of Pilates and their application in a rehabilitation setting. Classes will be case scenario-driven to provide novice physical therapists clinical reasoning and problem solving skills relevant to application of Pilates exercise. Upon successful completion of this course, students will have developed a repertoire of Pilates exercises to apply in multiple rehabilitation settings. They will be familiar with modifications and progressions specific to various patient types and conditions.


Principles of Human Nutrition (DPT 958)

Study of human nutrition. Topics include macro & micronutrients (carbohydrates, protein, lipids; vitamins), digestion, absorption, metabolism; energy balance, weight management and the role of nutrition in physical fitness and maintaining health & preventing disease. In addition this course will cover how to plan a healthy diet, the latest dietary guidelines, nutritional supplements and how to identify sound sources of nutrition information and nutrition misinformation (via internet, media, etc.). The course is designed to enhance the nutrition knowledge of the future health professional.


Dry Needling (DPT 959)

This course focuses on skill acquisition of dry needling technique and clinical reasoning for implementing the intervention for upper and lower quarter dysfunction including spine. While evidence is limited pertaining to the technique, emerging evidence is supportive and will be explored including some discussion of the strengths and limitations of the current available evidence. Current ongoing research will be explored as well as identifying gaps in the literature. Case based and problem based approaches will be implemented to enhance the clinical reasoning behind the use of dry needling.


Spanish for Physical Therapists (DPT 960)

Spanish for Physical Therapists is an elective course designed for physical therapy students who want to improve communication skills with Spanish speaking patients and their caregivers through increased awareness of Hispanic American culture and improved ability to use spoken Spanish to communicate during physical therapy assessments and treatment procedures. Assessment topics include: family and home environment, work history, medical history, pain assessment, functional assessment, range of motion testing, muscle testing, neurologic examination procedures, balance & gait assessment, and developmental assessment for children. Treatment procedures include: explanation of precautions, therapeutic exercises, functional training, gait training and the use of physical modalities. Students also learn to give instructions to patients about appropriate dress for treatment procedures, to make appointments and to give directions to the clinic or other locations. Class materials including vocabulary lists, exercise programs and patient education handouts allow students to build a portfolio of resources to use in the delivery of physical therapy services to patients who speak Spanish and very little or no English.


Advanced Acute Care (DPT 961)

The purpose of this course is to enhance the assimilation of knowledge and skills to facilitate early mobilization in the intensive care unit. This course is for students interested in integrating problem solving, pathophysiology, electrocardiograms, and technology to achieve early mobilization as part of a multidisciplinary team in the Intensive Care Unit.

This course will provide students the opportunity to learn various assessment skills, develop critical thinking and problem solving skills through case-based analysis of patient scenarios. Through this process the students can develop evidence based reasoning for early mobilization in the intensive care unit to impact patient and cost outcomes for the acute care setting.


The Endurance Athlete (DPT 963)

This course introduces students to an evidence-based approach to examination (including functional movement assessment and gait analysis), evaluation and treatment of overuse injuries among triathletes. This course will build upon examination of specific lower extremity joints to include an integrated kinetic chain approach to assessment of triathletes’ overuse injuries. Students will acquire strategies to facilitate biomechanical improvements in running, cycling and swimming and will learn return to sports activities for this athletic population. Intervention strategies will include specific manual therapy techniques, prescription of running and multisport specific exercises, and gait retraining. Additionally, students will learn the importance of a comprehensive multidisciplinary approach to the management of the triathlete via interactions with a diversity of professionals involved in the care of these athletes.


Directed Study (DPT 970)

Specialized leaning experiences related to the student’s program, which are not available through formal course offerings. These courses offer student the opportunity to focus on a specific focused area of study and typically culminate in a formal paper and/or presentation to faculty and students.


Readings in Physical Therapy (DPT 972)

Readings in Physical Therapy provides the student with an opportunity for in-depth review, critique and synthesis of current literature beyond readings not available through formal course offerings. These courses typically culminate in a formal paper and/or presentation to faculty and students.


Advanced Human Anatomy (DPT 976)

This course provides an opportunity for advanced study of human anatomy (and related biomechanics). Human cadaver dissection and readings are used to identify anatomical characteristics of different body systems with emphasis on correlating these characteristics to clinical implications. Students identify two body regions, based on their clinical interests and in consultation with the instructor, for detailed dissection and study.


Spinal Orthopaedic Physical Therapy (DPT 978)

A study of the functional anatomy, clinical biomechanics and neuromotor behavior of spinal dysfunction/pathology. Evaluative tests to differentiate the nature of spinal motion disorders are emphasized. The significance of test findings and the formulation of treatment plans are discussed. Management strategies for pain relief, improvement in motion performance and return to functional activities will be demonstrated. Manual therapy for motion impairments and spinal stabilization strategies are significant components of the course. The course also investigates the rationale and evidence for establishing a plan of care. Also presented are special topic areas related to temporomandibular disorders and pelvic girdle dysfunction.


Advanced Extremities (DPT 980)

Focuses on pathological conditions of the appendicular musculoskeletal system, with regard to movement dysfunction. General conditions to be studied will include tissue responses to trauma and immobilization, abnormal mechanics, fractures, dislocations, upper and lower extremity overuse syndromes and gait dysfunction. Specific pathological conditions for each of the extremity joints will be covered, and will include discussions of possible sources of pain and differential diagnosis.


Fundamentals of Strength and Conditioning (DPT 982)

This course will provide a comprehensive overview of strength and conditioning and is designed specifically to prepare students for the nationally accredited Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) certification exam. Content involves an extensive review of the basic exercise sciences including anatomy, exercise physiology, and biomechanics. In addition, the fundamentals of performance nutrition, exercise technique, program design and administration, and testing and evaluation will be covered.


Advanced Pediatrics (DPT 984)

This pediatric course begins with advanced level study of musculoskeletal growth and motor development in typical children and then progresses to the study of common pediatric disorders and physical therapy interventions that are effective for these problems. Students review evidence related to effects of physical therapy interventions to improve function, musculoskeletal status, and quality of life in children with neurologic and orthopedic disorders. Format includes: presentations by the instructors, readings, case based discussions, clinical site visits, reviews of research in group seminars and occasional laboratory sessions to learn special techniques.


Vestibular Rehabilitation (DPT 986)

This intense, evidence-based, six-day course consists of lecture and laboratory sessions with additional self-study sessions emphasizing the physical therapy management of patients with peripheral vestibular disorders. All participants will be expected to demonstrate assessment skills to faculty including: oculomotor examination with emphasis on the identification of nystagmus and canal involvement; balance and gait, fall risk and functional assessments. Participants will also be expected to demonstrate appropriate treatment procedures for BPPV affecting posterior, anterior and horizontal canals for both cupulolithiasis and canalithiasis, for unilateral and bilateral peripheral vestibular disorders, and for disorders resulting in motion sensitivity such as central vestibular disorders including traumatic brain injury. Emphasis will be on utilizing assessment results to develop an effective treatment plan.


Interfacing Engineering Technology and Rehabilitation (DPT 988)

This course is designed to introduce the student to the emerging trends in rehabilitation technologies. Lecture and laboratory instruction will help students develop skills in adopting objective criteria for evaluating emerging technologies with alternative methods. The course will feature recent discoveries in research related to rehabilitation technology. Students will learn about the physiological mechanisms governing physical rehabilitation, as well as the tools used to quantify those mechanisms. The course will survey neural prosthetics, brain-machine interfacing, wearable technologies, telerehabilitation, regenerative medicine, robotics, and informatics as well as the processes for technology transfer, patent applications, and licensing.


Sports Physical Therapy (DPT 990)

This course extends the students' clinical reasoning and manual therapy skills in the examination and management of common sports injuries and conditions affecting the athlete. Students will explore selected mechanisms of sports injuries affecting the neuromusculoskeletal system, the resulting pathokinematics, examination procedures, the rationale for clinical tests used in differential diagnosis, the significance of test findings and the formulation of treatment plans. Management strategies for acute injuries, improvement in motion performance, sports biomechanics and return to sports activities will be reviewed and demonstrated. Intervention strategies will include first aid, taping, manual therapy, and exercise techniques. The course also investigates the relationships between extremity joint injuries and adjacent regions, including the spine.


Advanced Adult Neurorehabilitation (DPT 992)

Course content will include advanced study of neurologic diagnoses, examination, intervention, and clinical decision-making. Clinical education will be incorporated either through a short-term intensive clinical service learning experience in rural Jamaica with a population of adult individuals post-stroke or via an alternative local clinical site. Classroom, laboratory, and directed study of the current body of literature for the practice of neurologic physical therapy will be required. Special attention will be given to various outcome measures and interventions with respect to both theory and practice, with a focus on current evidence-based medicine.


Service Learning (DPT 994)

This course offers the opportunity to explore the physical therapists’ role in providing a variety of services to medically underserved communities. Service learning consists of academic learning modules integrated with meaningful community service experiences designed to increase civic responsibility and cultural competence and strengthen communities. The course consists of independently completed web-based learning modules, written reflections, and provision of services to a community (community projects TBA). Student must have an agreement with a faculty advisor regarding their service learning project prior to registering for this course.


Preceptorships (DPT 900 level courses)

Preceptorships are practical learning experiences that allow students to participate in the teaching-learning process in a formal educational setting. The experience may include participation in preparation for classes, classroom lectures and/or discussion, and clinical laboratories. Faculty are currently offering preceptorships in the following courses: Introduction to Interventions, Neuroscience, General Medical Conditions, Adult Neurorehabilitation, Pediatric Rehabilitation, and Spanish for Physical Therapists.


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