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DPT Curriculum


DPT Curriculum - Program Overview

First Year

Summer I (10 weeks)

Fall I

Spring I

PT 7114 Professional Issues

PT 7125 Clinical Decision Making I

PT 7130 Clinical Education Orientation

PT 7115 Evidence Based Practice

PT 7326 Neuroscience I - Functional Neuroanatomy

PT 7135 Clinical Decision Making II

PT 7311 Anatomy I

PT 7327 Research in Physical Therapy I

PT 7231 Anatomy II - Spine

PT 7312 Patient Care Skills I

PT 7328 Exam Techniques

PT 7333 Body Systems II - Cardiovascular/Pulmonary

PT 7313 Body Systems I -Pathology

PT 7428 Therapeutic Interventions

PT 7336 Neuroscience II - Pediatrics

 

 PT 7539 Musculoskeletal I - Spine

Second Year

Summer II (10 weeks)

Fall II

Spring II

 PT 7241 Anatomy III - LE

PT 7150 Directed Clinical

(Fall or Spring)

PT 7150 Directed Clinical  (Fall or Spring)

 PT 7346 Neuroscience III

PT 7155 Clinical Decision Making III

PT 7165 Clinical Decision Making IV

PT 7347 Research in Physical Therapy II

 PT 7251 Anatomy IV - UE

PT 7263 Body Systems III - Diagnostics

PT 7549 Musculoskeletal II -LE

PT 7356 Neuroscience IV

PT 7462 Patient Care Skills II

PT 7559 Musculoskeletal III - UE

PT 7167 Research in Physical Therapy III

 

Third Year

Summer III (10 weeks)

Fall III

Spring III

PT 7177 Research in Physical Therapy IV

PT 7187 Research in PT V

PT 7197 Research in PT VI

PT 7370 Clinical Ed I

PT 7480 Clinical Ed II

PT 7294 Special Issues in Physical Therapy

PT 7474 Management Issues

PT 7481 Clinical Ed III

PT 7690 Clinical Ed IV

  (Updated: March 29, 2013)

DPT Courses

Course Number

Title

Hours

PT 7114

Professional Issues

1

PT 7115

Evidence-Based Practice

1

PT 7125

Clinical Decision Making I

1

PT 7135

Clinical Decision Making II

1

PT 7155

Clinical Decision Making III

1

PT 7165

Clinical Decision Making IV

1

PT 7167

Research in Physical Therapy III

1

PT 7177

Research in Physical Therapy IV

1

PT 7187

Research in Physical Therapy V

1

PT 7197

Research in Physical Therapy VI

1

PT 7231

Anatomy II - Spine

2

PT 7241

Anatomy III - Lower Extremity

2

PT 7251

Anatomy IV - Upper Extremity

2

PT 7263

Body Systems III - Diagnostics

2

PT 7294

Special Issues in Physical Therapy

2

PT 7311

Anatomy I

3

PT 7312

Patient Care Skills I

3

PT 7313

Body Systems I - Pathology

3

PT 7326

Neuroscience I -Functional Neuroanatomy

3

PT 7327

Research in Physical Therapy I

3

PT 7328

Examination Techniques

3

PT 7333

Body Systems II - Cardiovascular/Pulmonary

3

PT 7336

Neuroscience II - Pediatrics

3

PT 7346

Neuroscience III

3

PT 7347

Research in Physical Therapy II

3

PT 7356

Neuroscience IV

3

PT 7428

Therapeutic Interventions

4

PT 7462

Patient Care Skills II

4

PT 7474

Management Issues

4

PT 7539

Musculoskeletal I – Spine

5

PT 7549

Musculoskeletal II – Lower Extremity

5

PT 7559

Musculoskeletal III – Upper Extremity

5

 

Total

80

 

Clinical Education Hours

Number

Title

Hours

PT 7130

Clinical Education Orientation

1

PT 7150

Directed Clinical Experience

1

PT 7370

Clinical Education I

3

PT 7480

Clinical Education II

4

PT 7481

Clinical Education III

4

PT 7690

Clinical Education IV

6

 

Total

 19

 

DPT Curriculum - Course Descriptions

PT 7114 Professional Issues. (1-0) This course serves as an introduction to the historical, current, and future issues faced by the physical therapy professions.

PT 7115 Evidence-Based Practice. (1-0) This course introduces the concept of evidence-based practice in physical therapy including the formulation of answerable clinical questions, methods of obtaining peer-reviewed evidence to those clinical questions, and how to critically appraise evidence once located.

PT 7120 Clinical Education Orientation. (1-0) This course provides an orientation to the requirements of the clinical education course sequence including patient education as well as the legal, ethical, and professional requirements of physical therapy practice.

PT 7125 Clinical Decision Making I. (1-0) This course provides a venue in which students can explore multiple aspects of patient evaluation, intervention, and outcomes in a problem-based learning environment.  Students will identify complicating issues in patient care including physical, psychosocial, financial, and environmental factors as well as develop possible solutions to identified problems.

PT 7135 Clinical Decision Making II. (1-0) This course provides a venue in which students can explore multiple aspects of patient evaluation, intervention, and outcomes in a problem-based learning environment.  Students will identify complicating issues through case scenarios incorporating factors from all courses taken through the first year spring semester. Prerequisite: PT 7125.

PT 7145 Clinical Decision Making III. (1-0) This course provides a venue in which students can explore multiple aspects of patient evaluation, intervention, and outcomes in a problem-based learning environment.  Students will identify complicating issues through case scenarios incorporating factors from all courses taken through the second year summer term. Prerequisite: PT 7135.

PT 7150 Directed Clinical Experience. (0-15) A structured clinical experience in which the student will have the opportunity to demonstrate the ability to apply the theory and clinical skills acquired during didactic course work into the clinical environment. This course will be completed in the Texas State Physical Therapy Clinic. Prerequisite: PT 7120.

PT 7155 Clinical Decision Making IV. (1-0) This course provides a venue in which students can explore multiple aspects of patient evaluation, intervention, and outcomes in a problem based learning environment.  Students will identify complicating issues through case scenarios incorporating factors from all courses taken through the second year fall semester. Prerequisite: PT 7145.

PT 7167 Research in Physical Therapy III. (1-0) Three-course sequence introducing the physical therapy student to research and statistical methodologies.  This final course builds upon the knowledge of research methods and statistics gained in evidence-based practice (EBP).  The emphasis of this course is on the application of EBP in a clinical setting.  Prerequisite: PT 7347.

PT 7177 Research in Physical Therapy IV. (1-0)

PT 7187 Research in Physical Therapy V. (1-0)

PT 7197 Research in Physical Therapy VI. (1-0)

PT 7231 Anatomy II – Spine. (1-2) Study of static and dynamic aspects of the vertebral column and skull including bony landmarks, muscular, ligamentous attachments, and blood and nerve supply will be studied through lecture, lab, dissection of human cadavers, and independent study. Prerequisite: 7311.

PT 7241 Anatomy III - Lower Extremity. (1-2) Study of static and dynamic aspects of the lower extremity including bony landmarks, muscular, ligamentous attachments, and blood and nerve supply will be studied through lecture, lab, dissection of human cadavers, and independent study. Prerequisite: PT 7231.

PT 7251 Anatomy IV - Upper Extremity. (1-2) Study of static and dynamic aspects of the upper extremity including bony landmarks, muscular, ligamentous attachments and blood and nerve supply studied through lecture, lab, dissection of human cadavers, and independent study. Prerequisite: PT 7241.

PT 7263 Body Systems III – Diagnostics. (2-0) An in-depth presentation of pharmacology, medical imaging, and electroneuromyography.  Emphasis will be on expected and adverse effects of select medication, understanding medical imaging procedures and documentation of results, and the use of muscle and nerve integrity testing via nerve conduction velocity techniques. Prerequisite: PT 7313.

PT 7294 Special Issues in Physical Therapy. (2-0) Provides opportunities for learning through lecture covering multiple physical therapy practice settings and areas of specialization.  Also designed to provide information relevant to the licensure process, preparation for the licensure exam, and test-taking strategies to enhance performance. Prerequisite: Taken in last semester of program.

PT 7311 Anatomy I. (2-2) Study of the structure and basic function of the human body with emphasis on the skeletal, muscular, and nervous systems.  Laboratory study of the human cadaver is included.

PT 7312 Patient Care Skills I. (2-3) This course introduces students to basic patient care skills and documentation.  Topics emphasized include body mechanics, patient positioning, mobility, transfers, patient communication/instruction skills, and documentation format. Students will also receive an introduction to therapeutic exercise, health promotion and wellness, and infection control as well as patient rights and reimbursement issues.

PT 7313 Body Systems I – Pathology. (3-0) Overview of normal and abnormal organ systems function from a physical therapy perspective.  Focuses on pathologic conditions as outlined in the components of physical therapy clinical practice.  Topics range from tissue inflammation and repair, infection, degenerative processes, and organic changes related to the aging process.

PT 7326 Neuroscience I - Functional Neuroanatomy. (2-2) An in-depth study of structure and function of the central, peripheral, and autonomic nervous systems in the context of human development. Content will include laboratory experience to identify components of the nervous system. Students will have an opportunity to study pathology, review case studies, and research and apply relevant literature.

PT 7327 Research in Physical Therapy I. (3-0) Three-course sequence introducing the physical therapy student to research and statistical methodologies.  This initial course emphasizes the application of basic principles of the scientific method for: 1) critically reviewing physical therapy literature; 2) developing research proposals; and 3) identifying the tools necessary for analysis and assessment of clinical practice patterns.

PT 7328 Examination Techniques. (2-3) This course introduces students to basic evaluation and examination techniques used in physical therapy.  Students will perform basic orthopedic, neurologic, cardiopulmonary, and integumentary evaluations in open lab and case-based learning environments. An emphasis will be placed on body mechanics, communication skills, positioning, and draping. Prerequisite: PT 7312.

PT 7333 Body Systems II – Cardiovascular/Pulmonary. (2-3) An in-depth review of the concept of fitness, wellness, and pathophysiology of the cardiopulmonary and metabolic systems with emphasis on implications for physical therapy treatment.  Basic principles of care in respiratory therapy, chest physical therapy, electrocardiography, exercise testing, cardiac rehabilitation, and exercise prescription will be included. Prerequisite: PT 7233.

PT 7336 Neuroscience II – Pediatrics. (2-2) An in-depth study of human growth and motor development from birth to young adulthood within the context of the theories of motor control and motor learning. An overview of the history of motor control and motor learning will set the foundation for understanding postural control. Prerequisite: PT 7326.

PT 7346 Neuroscience III. (2-3) An in-depth study of neurological dysfunction secondary to trauma and disease that affect posture, movement, and behavior of the adult physical therapy client. Content will emphasize medical and physical therapy examination, treatment planning, and education of individuals with neurological dysfunction. Prerequisite: PT 7336.

PT 7347 Research in Physical Therapy II. (3-0) Three-course sequence introducing the physical therapy student to research and statistical methodologies.  This second course emphasizes the proposal writing aspect of research, building on knowledge of research methods and statistics gained in PT 7327.  Includes introduction to statistical software packages used for data-analysis and generating bibliographic material. Prerequisite: PT 7327.

PT 7356 Neuroscience IV. (2-3) A comprehensive study of the impact of physical disability on the aging adult. This course serves to integrate all previous courses in the neuroscience sequence with an emphasis on the loss of postural control due to both normal aging and pathological changes. Prerequisite: PT 7346.

PT 7370 Clinical Education I. (0-20) A full-time clinical education experience in which the student will apply the theory and clinical skills acquired during previous didactic course work in the clinical setting. Prerequisites: PT 7150 and full academic standing.

PT 7428 Therapeutic Interventions. (2-4) Provides an introduction to basic therapeutic interventions. Topics emphasized include current theory and application of tissue mobilization, light, heat, cold, ultrasound, hydrotherapy, compression, and electrical currents as well as assistive devices, traction, and isokinetics. Introduces therapeutic exercise including energy metabolism, muscle physiology, and response to exercise. Prerequisite: PT 7312.

PT 7462 Patient Care Skills II. (2-4) Introduces students to physical therapy care for complicated patients with multi-system involvement.  While the primary focus is on integumentary physical therapy, significant time will be dedicated to spinal cord injuries and complicating factors such as age, malnutrition, pain, infection, vascular compromise, obesity, diabetes, HIV, and specific allergies. Prerequisite: PT 7312.

PT 7474 Management Issues. (3-0) Study of basic management theories, principles, and practices as they relate to the health care delivery system, reimbursement resources and issues, and internal and external forces that impact health care delivery.

PT 7480 Clinical Education II. (0-20) A full-time clinical education experience in which the student will apply the theory and clinical skills acquired during previous didactic course work in the clinical setting. Prerequisites: PT 7370 and full academic standing.

PT 7481 Clinical Education III. (0-20) A full-time clinical education experience in which the student will apply the theory and clinical skills acquired during previous didactic course work in the clinical setting. Prerequisites: PT 7370, satisfactory progress in PT 7480, and full academic standing.

PT 7539 Musculoskeletal I – Spine. (3-4) Study of static and dynamic aspects of the vertebral column and skull studied through lecture, lab, literature review, and independent study.  Knowledge and skill will be integrated to identify problems, prognosis, functional goals, and to develop comprehensive intervention programs related to the spine, including preventative health planning. Prerequisite: PT 7328.

PT 7549 Musculoskeletal II - Lower Extremity. (3-4) Study of static structural and dynamic aspects of the lower extremity. Emphasizes the effects and affects of forces on function. Clinical decision-making involving the integration of knowledge and skill to identify problems, establish goals, and develop comprehensive physical therapy programs related to the region of study. Prerequisite: PT 7539.

PT 7559 Musculoskeletal III - Upper Extremity. (3-4) Study of static structural and dynamic aspects of the upper extremity. Emphasizes the effects and affects of forces on function. Clinical decision-making involving the integration of knowledge and skill to identify problems, establish goals, and develop comprehensive physical therapy programs related to the region of study. Prerequisite: PT 7549.

PT 7690 Clinical Education IV. (0-40) A full-time clinical education experience in which the student will apply the theory and clinical skills acquired during previous didactic course work in the clinical setting. Prerequisite: PT 7481

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