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DPT 762: Treatment of Lumbar/Pelvic Dysfunction

Course Description Builds upon clinical and didactic knowledge presented in basic courses relating to the lumbar spine, pelvic girdle, and lower extremities. A review of the anatomy, arthrokinematics and pathomechanics of the articular and myofascial structures are included. Emphasis is placed on integrating, synthesizing, and sequencing techniques to specific dysfunction enumerated in the lower half. Further emphasis is placed on evaluation and treatment of the lower extremities, including gait mechanics as they relate to the pathogenesis of dysfunction in this region. Selected topics also include the integration of "functional technique" and "strain-counterstrain" as alternative approaches to "direct method." An introduction to high velocity technique as related to lower half is also included.
Prerequisites
Credits 2



DPT 764: Advanced Skills in Extremity Treatment

Course Description Teaches examination, detailed assessment, biomechanics, and treatment techniques, including their effects and rationale of the upper and lower extremity musculoskeletal systems, including relating them to spinal dysfunction and pathology. There is a focus on a practical, hands-on overview of safe, effective and specific technique procedures. The emphasis is on techniques which can be immediately integrated into the approach of each practitioner. The course provides the student with a review of the anatomy, physiology, arthrokinematics, osteokinematics and pathomechanics of the articulations of the extremities. There is a strong emphasis on understanding the interrelationship between articulations and on reinforcing the concept of the joints of the extremities at an advanced level. Evaluation techniques include ligament stress test, joint mobility testing, and joint end feel evaluation. Treatment techniques emphasize re-establishing functional pain-free range, and include manual techniques, myofascial release and muscle re-education.
Prerequisites
Credits 2



DPT 766: Functional Orthopedics I

Course Description Emphasizes the principles and skills of soft-tissue evaluation and treatment and the integration of these skills with PNF and joint mobilization. The concept of the human body as an interconnected dynamic system is stressed. Observed changes in structure, posture, and movement are correlated to soft-tissue dysfunction. Emphasis is placed on the evaluation of the soft-tissue structures and the application of specific treatment techniques to normalize any identified dysfunction.
Prerequisites
Credits 2



DPT 767: Foot and Ankle

Course Description An in-depth review of the anatomy, physiology, arthrokinematics and pathomechanics of the foot and ankle, as related to the lower extremity kinetic chain. Emphasis is placed on the study of normal and abnormal mechanics of the foot and ankle in both the open and closed kinetic chains. Evaluation and treatment of various foot and ankle dysfunction are included and the students are exposed to current methodologies regarding the evaluation for and the fabrication of neutral subtalar orthotic devices.
Prerequisites
Credits 2



DPT 768: Treatment of Cervical/Thoracic Dysfunction

Course Description Students learn advanced musculoskeletal examination skills of the cervical spine, thoracic spine and costal cage, based upon a thorough review of relevant anatomy, physiology, and pathophysiology. Treatment options include myofascial techniques, joint mobilization, muscle energy, therapeutic exercises, and home program instruction. An equal amount of time is spent in lecture and supervised lab sessions. At the conclusion of this advanced manual therapy course, students are be able to manage complex patients seen in the clinic who present with significant impairment and functional limitation in the upper quarter and thoracic cage, including those patients who present with headache of cervical origin.
Prerequisites
Credits 2



PTR 724: Clinical Instructor (CI) Credentialing

Course Description This course was designed by the APTA for physical therapists to understand and employ educational theories in their clinical practice. Theories of teaching, learning and development provide the foundation for constructing effective educational experiences in the clinic.
Prerequisites
Credits 1



PTR 729: Differential Diagnosis In Orthopedics

Course Description This year-long web-based course emphasizes the application of systems analysis principles to clinical situations. The course goal is to improve the clinician's ability to evaluate the patient's complaint and identify those patients who require additional medical evaluation. At the end of the course, the student is able to consider the context of patient care in his/her clinical setting; obtain a complete history including a review of systems; identify the basic skills of physical exam; assess patient complaints in a logical deductive manner. In addition, the student is able to assess clinical scenarios as illustrated by relevant case studies.
Prerequisites
Credits 1



PTR 731: Clinical Mentorship I

Course Description Clinical Mentorship I and II is a 2-course sequence designed to allow the practicing licensed physical therapist to benefit from expert clinical mentorship while continuing to practice in his/her current clinical setting. Clinical Mentorship I and II provide the resident the opportunity to apply newly-developed clinical skills from the courses taken in the first and second academic module, respectively, while having access to expert clinical mentorship by OPTR faculty. Residents are supervised by their employer or other qualified individuals approved in advance by the OPTR program in the clinical setting. In addition, OPTR faculty mentor and assess the reflective processes and critical thinking of residents remotely through synchronous and asynchronous communication. As a part of the clinical mentorship, residents are required to demonstrate how their new skills, reflection, critical thinking, and evidence-based practice have been applied to their clinical practice. Residents participate in threaded discussions with other residents and/or faculty related to (1) the application of new evaluation and intervention methods and (2) clinical decision-making leading to the design, implementation, and modification of patient/client plans of care. Students are required to lead a journal review on a related clinical topic.
Prerequisites
Credits 0.5



PTR 732 : Clinical Mentorship II

Course Description Clinical Mentorship I and II is a 2-course sequence designed to allow the practicing licensed physical therapist to benefit from expert clinical mentorship while continuing to practice in his/her current clinical setting. Clinical Mentorship I and II provide the resident the opportunity to apply newly-developed clinical skills from the courses taken in the first and second academic module, respectively, while having access to expert clinical mentorship by OPTR faculty. Residents are supervised by their employer or other qualified individuals approved in advance by the OPTR program in the clinical setting. In addition, OPTR faculty mentor and assess the reflective processes and critical thinking of residents remotely through synchronous and asynchronous communication. As a part of the clinical mentorship, residents are required to demonstrate how their new skills, reflection, critical thinking, and evidence-based practice have been applied to their clinical practice. Residents participate in threaded discussions with other residents and/or faculty related to (1) the application of new evaluation and intervention methods and (2) clinical decision-making leading to the design, implementation, and modification of patient/client plans of care. Students are required to lead a journal review on a related clinical topic.
Prerequisites
Credits 0.5



PTR 733: Orthopedic Clinical Residency

Course Description A 160-hour mentored clinical experience. Designed for the licensed physical therapist enrolled in the Orthopedic Physical Therapy Residency (OPTR) program, the Orthopedic Clinical Residency is completes the advanced training in orthopedics provided by the program. Residents work with a Clinical Residency Mentor, pre-approved by the OPTR program, with advanced qualifications that are recognized to demonstrate expertise in the care of orthopedics patients/clients. The Orthopedic Clinical Residency provides the resident with the opportunity to apply advanced skills developed in the program. As a part of the mentored clinical practice, residents are required to demonstrate advanced quality in their clinical practice by (1) presenting a patient evaluation and (2) writing a resident's case study from their clinical practice with decisions based on the available evidence to be submitted for peer-reviewed dissemination.
Prerequisites
Credits 1



PTR 769: High Velocity Thrust

Course Description This course provides students with theoretical background and clinical skills in the application of high velocity, direct action thrust technique to the cervical, thoracic, lumbar spine and pelvic girdle regions. Emphasis is placed on perfecting localization to the motion barrier using an osteopathic approach to the evaluation and treatment of somatic dysfunction (i.e., type 1 and 2 dysfunctions, sacral torsions, etc.). Students must have completed prior coursework in basic and intermediate-level spinal mobilization and muscle energy technique in order to take this course.
Prerequisites
Credits 2