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DPT 710: Research Methods/ Statistics

Course Description Introduces students to the process of interpretation, analysis and evaluation of research in physical therapy; to the development of a scientific approach to problem solving in clinical practice; and to critical thinking in the assessment of new and established intervention protocols. Emphasis is placed on the integration of research methodology with the appropriate statistical treatments that logically complement specific research designs in clinical research. Preference is given to the analysis and evaluation of research studies that examine significant clinical problems, including the efficacy of new and established intervention protocols, in order to assess the relationship of research to clinical evidence-based practice. Students are expected to integrate basic and advanced statistical treatments with various research design strategies utilized in clinical research in physical therapy. Emphasis is placed on the ability to select and evaluate the appropriate parametric and/or non-parametric statistical tests for use with normal and/or special and non-normal sample populations, respectively. With the integration of advanced statistical procedures that make use of non-parametric tests, students assess the limitations of statistical inference, especially where categorical qualitative or subjective data and/or non-normal populations are considered. Special attention is given to ethical considerations in the use of human subjects in clinical research. In addition, this course is designed to prepare qualified students to carry out independent research work in DPT 795/796 (Doctoral Project).
Prerequisites
Credits 4



DPT 715: Principles and Methods of Evidence-Based Practice

Course Description Introduces the concept of vidence-based practice and explores this concept as it relates to clinical practice. Strategies for development of this type of practice are examined, including introduction and maintenance of an evidence-based practice in various settings. Students critically analyze available scientific evidence, utilize the principles of evidence-based practice to evaluate a patient case, integrate research evidence and clinical expertise into patient care, demonstrate skill in the use of technology to locate research evidence, and efficiently initiate and carry out a web-based search.
Prerequisites
Credits 1



DPT 716: Clinical Reflections I

Course Description Through clinical practice and participation in professional activities, students integrate clinical skills presented during course work into clinical practice. The student utilizes reflection regarding their clinical work as a means of enhancing the educational experience, making on-going clinical practice an integral part of the curriculum. This course is designed as a series of 4 courses which culminate in DPT740V Professional Service. These courses are designed as independent study courses with oversight by the course coordinator. Every student in the Post Professional Touro College DPT Program is required to be a member in good standing of the American Physical Therapy Association (or other approved professional PT association). Proof of membership must be provided at the completion of each Clinical Reflection course.
Prerequisites
Credits 0



DPT 717: Clinical Reflections II

Course Description Through clinical practice and participation in professional activities, students integrate clinical skills presented during course work into clinical practice. The student utilizes reflection regarding their clinical work as a means of enhancing the educational experience, making on-going clinical practice an integral part of the curriculum. This course is designed as a series of 4 courses which culminate in DPT740V Professional Service. These courses are designed as independent study courses with oversight by the course coordinator. Every student in the Post Professional Touro College DPT Program is required to be a member in good standing of the American Physical Therapy Association (or other approved professional PT association). Proof of membership must be provided at the completion of each Clinical Reflection course.
Prerequisites
Credits 0



DPT 718: Clinical Reflections III

Course Description Through clinical practice and participation in professional activities, students integrate clinical skills presented during course work into clinical practice. The student utilizes reflection regarding their clinical work as a means of enhancing the educational experience, making on-going clinical practice an integral part of the curriculum. This course is designed as a series of 4 courses which culminate in DPT740V Professional Service. These courses are designed as independent study courses with oversight by the course coordinator. Every student in the Post Professional Touro College DPT Program is required to be a member in good standing of the American Physical Therapy Association (or other approved professional PT association). Proof of membership must be provided at the completion of each Clinical Reflection course.
Prerequisites
Credits 0



DPT 720: Advanced Teaching and Learning

Course Description Theories of teaching, learning and adult development provide the foundation for constructing effective educational experiences both in the classroom as well as in the clinic. Students review assertive versus passive or aggressive communication strategies; translate technical information into layman's language so the collaboration with patients, caregivers and other professionals is possible; integrate theories of adult development into teaching methods that address characteristics of individual learners, differentiate among various theories of learning as applied to adult learners, examine collaborative and active learning strategies; choose appropriate teaching strategies based on content to be taught, learning environment and characteristics of learners; and integrate information on learning styles into teaching strategies and integrate information on learning theories, motivation, memory and learning styles.
Prerequisites
Credits 2



DPT 723: Advanced Strategies in Teaching and Learning

Course Description Theories of teaching, learning and adult development provide the foundation for constructing effective educational experiences both in the classroom as well as in the clinic. Students review assertive versus passive or aggressive communication strategies; translate technical information into layman's language so the collaboration with patients, caregivers and other professionals is possible; integrate theories of adult development into teaching methods that address characteristics of individual learners, differentiate among various theories of learning as applied to adult learners, examine collaborative and active learning strategies; choose appropriate teaching strategies based on content to be taught, learning environment and characteristics of learners; and integrate information on learning styles into teaching strategies and integrate information on learning theories, motivation, memory and learning styles.
Prerequisites
Credits 1



DPT 724: Clinical Instructor Credentialing

Course Description This course is 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



DPT 725: Management and Health Care Delivery

Course Description Introduces students to health care administration and management principles. Students identify and analyze current issues in the health care setting, compare and contrast different practice settings, and problem-solve situations from rehabilitation environments. The focus is on contemporary, relevant managerial and leadership issues with "real life" examples in the rehabilitation environment. Critical topics to be explored include managerial principles and functions; leadership and decision-making; quality assurance and accountability; organizational structure, financial and reimbursement concerns; marketing and customer relations; and the regulatory and external environment
Prerequisites
Credits 1



DPT 730: Management II: Physical Therapy in Private Practice

Course Description Provides the participant with the theoretical basis for successful management principles, as well as practical implementation strategies for these principles as they apply to the field of physical therapy. Emphasis is on basic management principles, performance/quality management strategies, marketing and business plan development; and enhancement and maintenance of quality care, including outcome analysis. The objective is to equip students to effectively provide high quality, efficient rehabilitation services in a changing marketplace.
Prerequisites
Credits 1



DPT 740: Professional Service

Course Description This final course in the Clinical Reflection series promotes the importance of professional participation and service. Through participation in professional activities, students are familiarized with the organization of the physical therapy profession and how the governance of physical therapy practice and education affects physical therapists and the care of their patients. The student and the course coordinator customize and conduct the professional experience as an independent study. Every student in the Post-Professional DPT Program is required to be a member in good standing of the American Physical Therapy Association (or other professional PT association) and provide proof of membership.
Prerequisites
Credits 1



DPT 745: Ethics in Physical Therapy Practice

Course Description Introduces students to principles of ethics, addressing such matters as professional practice issues, ethical issues in research, and code of ethics and dilemmas in ethics (ethical decision-making). Students are challenged to apply these principles to selected cases, as well as to integrate the information into their professional practices. The course facilitates the use of ethical principles when dealing with various clinical and professional practice issues.
Prerequisites
Credits 1



DPT 750: Clinical Medicine

Course Description Introduces students to the field of clinical sciences. Using a systems approach, students gain an understanding of diseases that require direct intervention of a physical therapist. With its integrated approach to clinical problem-solving, this course focuses on etiology, signs and symptoms, diagnosis, prognosis, and management including pharmacological treatment of common medical disorders encountered in both hospital and private practice settings.
Prerequisites
Credits 2



DPT 760 : The Anatomic Basis for Differential Diagnosis of Somatic Dysfunction

Course Description Emphasizes the application of systems analysis principles to clinical situations, thereby improving the clinician's ability to evaluate the patient's complaint and identify those patients who require additional medical evaluation. Students consider the context of patient care in their clinical setting; assess patient complaints in a logical deductive manner; obtain a complete history including a review of systems; identify the basic skills of physical exam. In addition, students assess clinical scenarios as illustrated by relevant case studies.
Prerequisites
Credits 1



DPT 761: Spinal Stabilization Training

Course Description Provides an understanding of the concept and application of the functional range of neutral in the cervical and lumbar spine as a basis for stabilization training, exercise prescription and ADL re-education in the spinal orthopedic population. In addition, this course explores the interrelationship of anatomy, biomechanics and neurophysiology for the neuromusculoskeletal system. Emphasis is placed on the evaluation of neuromotor regulation with identification of faulty movement patterns in both the upper and lower quarters. Emphasis is placed on the use of specific home exercises to complement manual therapy for acute and chronic musculoskeletal dysfunction. Joint mobilization, manual stretching, self-stretching exercises and neuromotor retraining exercises are demonstrated and practiced by the participants.
Prerequisites
Credits 2



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; and 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: Diagnostic Imaging

Course Description
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. Focus is 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 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 Provides students with 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 dysfunctions are included and students are introduced 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 An advanced manual therapy course where 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. Students learn 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. An equal amount of time is spent in lecture and supervised lab sessions.
Prerequisites
Credits 2



DPT 770: Physical Therapy Practicum

Course Description This elective independent study course accommodates and encourages student interest in independent research and practice. In addition, it provides students with an opportunity for collaborative work with faculty or clinical mentors on research problems of common interest that can make contributions to the improvement of clinical practice in physical therapy.
Prerequisites
Credits 2



DPT 771: The Psychology of Aging

Course Description A survey of major topics regarding the psychology of aging, this course takes a biopsychosocial approach to understanding human experience and behavior. Areas of focus include memory and cognition, sensation and perception, personality, emotion, physical and emotional health, spirituality, life transitions, and the older adult's social and cultural environments. Focus is on those aspects of aging that are of particular interest to physical therapists, namely, health/illness, psychopathology and clinical intervention. The course integrates important clinical issues such as psychological manifestations of physical diseases/ illnesses/functional limitations and disabilities, with an overview of theories of change, behavior modification theory, and motivation. Individual and social/cultural factors, e.g., gender, race/ethnicity, health and socioeconomic status, influence the experience of aging. Students gain an understanding of how these factors influence the older adult's experience of life and its transitions.
Prerequisites
Credits 2



DPT 772: Physiology of Aging and Clinical Implications

Course Description Explores the demographic composition of the aging population in the United States, from an historical perspective to current status, and on to forecasts for the next several decades. Understanding the various theories of aging, principally developmental-genetic and stochastic, can help physical therapists interpret the professional and lay literature as well as patients' histories and presentations. Probing the multiple dimensions of normal biological aging, with emphasis on the clinical implications for physical therapy, is designed to enhance the students' clinical effectiveness. Evidence-based practice is emphasized.
Prerequisites
Credits 2



DPT 773: Special Topics in Geriatrics

Course Description Explores disorders unique to older adults, as well as disorders of the young that have different manifestations in the older adult. By in-depth analysis of selected disorders, students are presented with a model for approaching these and other clinical entities which arise among the elderly. Evidence-based practice is emphasized.
Prerequisites
Credits 2



DPT 775: Geriatric Nutrition for Physical Therapists in Clinical Practice

Course Description Designed for graduate students in physical therapy who are preparing to work with older adults, this course provides the practitioner with the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to assume an active role as a member of the health care team that makes decisions regarding the nutritional health of older individuals. The overall theme of the course is healthy aging, and the role of the health professional in helping older adults reach this goal through recommendation of appropriate dietary and exercise programs. This course presents the current thinking and emerging knowledge regarding the nutritional needs, problems and delivery of care in the aging. Where possible, both descriptive and experimental evidence are presented to encourage the therapist to evaluate critically the status of nutrient needs in older adults and to develop appropriate strategies to improve the nutritional health of older individuals. National statistics comparing the dietary, anthropometrics and biochemical status of aging populations in the United States are provided. New data from the Continuing Survey of Food Intakes of Individuals, conducted by the US Department of Agriculture, as well as the Third National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey being conducted by the US Department of Health and Human Services, are examined.
Prerequisites
Credits 2



DPT 776: Elder Balance and Gait

Course Description Examines age-related changes in posture, balance, coordination and gait, and provides ways of documenting function in the clinic and home. Students explore a wide range of therapeutic exercises designed to improve mobility. Consideration of intrinsic and extrinsic causes of falls among the elderly suggests methods of changing both the environment and the ways that older persons perform, to reduce the likelihood of falls. Lifelong wellness programming and community resources are investigated. Evidence-based practice is emphasized.
Prerequisites
Credits 2



DPT 778: Geriatric Balance

Course Description Examines age-related changes in posture, balance, coordination and gait, and provides ways of documenting function in the clinic and home. Students explore a wide range of therapeutic exercises designed to improve mobility. Consideration of intrinsic and extrinsic causes of falls among the elderly suggests methods of changing both the environment and the ways that older persons perform, to reduce the likelihood of falls. Lifelong wellness programming and community resources are investigated. Evidence-based practice is emphasized.
Prerequisites
Credits 1



DPT 780: Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation

Course Description Presents the principles, philosophy and procedures to be used as a component of the manual evaluation and treatment of orthopedic and neurological dysfunctions. The information presented asserts the basic premise that all given movement dysfunctions, regardless of prevailing diagnosis, respond better to treatment when the principles are applied, either within the PNF approach or with other manual therapy approaches. The content includes philosophy and principles of PNF, movement assessment and re-education of the trunk, posture and movement assessment and reeducation, and sitting and gait assessment and re-education.
Prerequisites
Credits 2



DPT 781: Motor Science and Motor Learning: Implication for Physical Therapy

Course Description Consists of fundamental principles, limitations, and clinical implications of the theories of motor control and motor learning influencing clinical practice. Incorporation of constructs from motor learning and motor control theories into therapeutic interventions for individuals with movement pathology resulting from movement dysfunction is included.
Prerequisites
Credits 2



DPT 795-796: Research Project I, II

Course Description The culmination of the transitional doctoral program in physical therapy, in which students carry out a significant research project under the supervision of a faculty or clinical advisor as partial fulfillment for the requirements of the Post- Professional DPT Degree in Physical Therapy at Touro College. DPT 795 and 796 are designed to both accommodate and encourage student interest in independent research. These courses provide students with the opportunity for collaborative work with faculty and/or clinical mentors on important and significant clinical problems of common interest that can contribute to the body of knowledge in physical therapy and improve clinical practice. In addition, students are encouraged to pursue advanced academic study and to pursue professional careers in physical therapy that offer research experiences.
Prerequisites
Credits 2



PTR 729: Differential Diagnosis in Physical Therapy

Course Description This comprehensive 10-part web-based course series 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.
Prerequisites
Credits 1