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DPT 723: Advanced Strategies of Teaching & Learning

Course Description This course will introduce students to adult learning principles and strategies for effective teaching in the academic and clinical environments. Individual teaching/learning philosophical orientations, characteristics of the adult learner, learning styles, brain research and reflective practice will be explored. Additionally, the clinical environment as a community of practice will be discussed with emphasis on the student, clinical instructor and community as a learning triad
Prerequisites
Credits 1



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 763 : Fundamentals of Diagnostic Imaging

Course Description This course is designed to introduce physical therapists to the basic science of imaging modalities including plain film radiography, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), conventional and computed tomography, ultrasound and bone mineral density testing. The ability for physical therapists to communicate with referring physicians is integral to effective management of a patient's case. Diagnostic imaging brings an entire realm of adjunct information to the therapist that can dramatically enhance understanding of the patient's condition as well as improve monitoring and appropriate intervention selection.
Prerequisites
Credits 1



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 In this course 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 comprehensive course helps the physical therapist recognize significant overlaps between common musculoskeletal or neuromuscular conditions and other medical pathologic problems or co-morbidities that can affect clinical decision-making. The knowledge and skills necessary for accurate screening of all clients is emphasized. The purpose of this course is to emphasize 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.
Prerequisites
Credits 1



PTR 730 : Advanced Skills in Extremity Treatment II

Course Description The course is designed to teach examination, detailed assessment, biomechanics, and treatment techniques, including their effects and rationale, of the 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 may be immediately integrated into the approach of each practitioner.
Prerequisites
Credits 1



PTR 731: Clinical Mentorship I

Course Description The Clinical Mentorship sequence is a 2-course sequence designed to provide the practicing licensed physical therapist expert clinical mentorship while continuing to practice in their current clinical setting. Clinical Mentorship provides the resident with the opportunity to apply newly developed clinical skills from the courses taken during the academic module while having access to expert clinical mentorship by OPTR faculty. OPTR faculty mentor and assess the reflective processes and critical thinking of the residents remotely through online communication.
Prerequisites
Credits 0.5



PTR 732 : Clinical Mentorship II

Course Description The Clinical Mentorship sequence is a 2-course sequence designed to provide the practicing licensed physical therapist expert clinical mentorship while continuing to practice in their current clinical setting. Clinical Mentorship provides the resident with the opportunity to apply newly developed clinical skills from the courses taken during the academic module while having access to expert clinical mentorship by OPTR faculty. OPTR faculty mentor and assess the reflective processes and critical thinking of the residents remotely through online communication. Prerequisite: PTR 731.
Prerequisites
Credits 0.5



PTR 733: Orthopedic Clinical Residency

Course Description The Orthopedic Clinical Residency course is a 180-hour mentored clinical experience. Designed for the licensed physical therapist enrolled in the Orthopedic Physical Therapy Residency (OPTR) program, the Orthopedic Clinical Residency is meant to complete the advanced training in orthopedics provided in the program. Residents work with a Clinical Residency Mentor, approved by the OPTR program in advance, 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 produce evidence of the advanced quality in their clinical practice. This includes presenting a patient evaluation and 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 Combining lectures, demonstrations, and hands on laboratory sessions, this course emphasizes the application of evidence-based practice in all areas of spinal management. Where little evidence exists, a pragmatic approach integrating basic principles of biomechanics and pathokinesiology is used. An introduction to the biomechanics, dysfunction types, and their respective terminology is provided. An integrated model of physical therapy examination and evaluation of spinal disorders is presented. Then, a physical therapy management approach of manual therapy of the spine and pelvis combined with patient education and exercise is discussed and incorporated. The course devotes lab time to carefully monitor skills of palpation, examination, and interventions.
Prerequisites
Credits 2