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DPT - Course Descriptions

Physical Therapy at UC




Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) Program


Course Descriptions


(Note: Figure in parenthesis indicates credit hours.)

PHT 538 Introduction to Teaching and Learning
(1)
Learners participate in seminars with facilitator(s) to develop an understanding of theoretical constructs behind problem-based learning and self-direction in learning. Characteristics of the adult learner including readiness for learning and learning styles are discussed.

PHT 541 Case Based Discussion I
(6)
Discussion groups integrate foundational and clinical sciences using case studies. Emphasis on theoretical constructs that support autonomous clinical practice. Primary patient diagnoses involve the musculoskeletal system.

PHT 543 Clinical Laboratory I
(3)
Students integrate knowledge, acquire basic clinical skills and develop professional behaviors through application of the patient/client management process consistent with autonomous clinical practice expectations for individuals with primary musculoskeletal diagnoses.

PHT 544 Anatomy I
(3)
Human cadaver dissection and discussion that explores structures of the thorax and extremities using regional and systemic perspectives. Students explore the clinical significance of these structures related to physical therapy practice.

PHT 545 Critical Inquiry Seminar I
(3)
Group discussions, panel presentations and focused lectures provide students with foundational and clinical science knowledge and behavioral abilities and practice expectations to meet the needs of patients/clients with primary musculoskeletal pathologies.

PHT 547 Professional Practice I
(2)
Core professional values and the role of the autonomous practitioner are presented from a historical perspective. Theoretical concepts underlying professional communication, accountability of the physical therapist including application of ethical analysis and decision making.

PHT 549 Caring for the Community I
(1)
Students are introduced to prevention and wellness in community settings. Selected elements of assessment and intervention practiced under supervision of physical therapy program faculty members and Module V students.

PHT 551 Case Based Discussion II
(6)
Discussion groups integrate foundational and clinical sciences using case studies. Emphasis on theoretical constructs that support autonomous clinical practice. Primary patient diagnoses involve the neuromuscular system.

PHT 553 Clinical Laboratory II
(3)
Students integrate knowledge, acquire clinical skills and develop professional behaviors through application of the patient/client management process consistent with autonomous clinical practice expectations for individuals with primary neuromuscular diagnoses.

PHT 554 Anatomy II
(3)
Discussion and dissection provide basic scientific foundation of neuroanatomy and neurophysiology, with introduction to clinical consequences of insult to nervous system. Students explore the clinical significance of these structures related to physical therapy practice.

PHT 555 Critical Inquiry Seminar II
(3)
Group discussions, panel presentations and focused lectures provide students with foundational and clinical science knowledge and behavioral abilities and practice expectations to meet the needs of patients/clients with primary neuromuscular pathologies.

PHT 557 Professional Practice II
(2)
Role, responsibility and accountability of the autonomous practitioner relative to the current health care environment. Emphasis on theoretical constructs underlying models of health care delivery, reimbursement and public and political systems.

PHT 559 Caring for the Community II
(1)
Students participate in assessment and intervention in local community program. Students practice selected elements of the client management process under supervision of physical therapy program faculty members and Module IV students.

PHT 619 Clinical Education I
(8)
Introduction to direct patient care and application of basic theoretical concepts central to patient/client management. Students participate in patient care under the close supervision of an on-site physical therapist. First of four clinical education experiences

PHT 629 Clinical Education II
(8)
Students apply basic theoretical concepts central to patient/client management. Second of four clinical education experiences, in which students participate in patient care under the close supervision of an on site physical therapist

PHT 641 Case Based Discussion IV
(6)
Discussion groups integrate foundational and clinical sciences using case studies. Emphasis on theoretical constructs that underlie autonomous clinical practice. Multi-system involvement with emphasis on cardiovascular, pulmonary and advanced musculoskeltal diagnoses.

PHT 643 Clinical Laboratory IV
(3)
Students integrate knowledge, acquire clinical skills and develop professional behaviors through application of the patient/client management process consistent with autonomous clinical practice expectations for individuals with multi-system involvement. Cardiovascular, pulmonary and advanced musculoskeletal diagnoses.

PHT 644 Anatomy IV
(3)
Human cadaver dissection and discussion that explores structures of the head and neck, viscera, and spinal column. Students explore the clinical significance of these structures related to physical therapy practice.

PHT 645 Critical Inquiry Seminar IV
(3)
Group discussions, panel presentations and focused lectures provide students with foundational and clinical science knowledge, behavioral abilities, and practice expectations to meet the needs of patients/clients with multisystem involvement.

PHT 649 Research I
(2)
Fundamental concepts of scientific inquiry as they relate to clinical issues in health care. Levels of data, variance, sampling, reliability, validity, predictive value, and statistical inference are discussed in the context of clinical questions.

PHT 659 Caring for the Community III
(1)
Selected elements of assessment and intervention practiced under supervision of physical therapy program faculty. Students develop supervisory and mentoring skills while advancing the learning of Module II students

PHT 741 Case Based Discussion V
(6)
Discussion groups integrate foundational and clinical sciences using case studies. Emphasis on theoretical constructs that support autonomous clinical practice. Multidimensional needs of individuals with complex diagnoses.

PHT 743 Clinical Laboratory V
(3)
Application of the patient/client management process consistent with autonomous clinical practice expectations for individuals with complex diagnoses. Multidimensional needs of individuals are incorporated to expand upon principles previously acquired while additional techniques are developed.

PHT 744 Anatomy V
(3)
Dissection and discussion building on PHT 554. Emphasizes depth with regard to clinical consequences of insult to the nervous system. Students explore the clinical significance of these structures related to physical therapy practice.

PHT 745 Critical Inquiry Seminar V
(2)
Group discussions, panel presentations and focused lectures provide students with foundational and clinical science knowledge, behavioral abilities and practice expectations to meet the needs of patients/clients with complex diagnoses and multidimensional needs.

PHT 747 Professional Practice III
(2)
Business planning, including strategic planning, financial management, resource management and marketing. Communication skills related to business management emphasized.

PHT 749 Research II
(1)
Group project completed under direct supervision of faculty advisor. Integrate skills and knowledge of research methodology through a variety of projects such as case reports, demonstration project with community agencies, along with more traditional models.

PHT 759 Caring for the Community IV
(1)
Selected elements of assessment and intervention practiced under supervision of physical therapy program faculty. Students develop supervisory and mentoring skills while promoting the learning of Module I students.

PHT 769 Clinical Education III
(8)
Students integrate theoretical and clinical concepts for individuals with multi-system involvement. Third of four clinical education experiences, in which students participate fully in patient care under the close supervision of an on site physical therapist.

PHT 779 Clinical Education IV
(8)
Designed to allow students to integrate the multifaceted roles of clinicians into current practice within the health care system. Upon completion of this final clinical experience, students exhibit practice level expectations of entry level professional.