Course Descriptions


Course Descriptions

 DPT 700 Human Gross Anatomy I (3 credits)

This course will cover normal human gross anatomy with emphasis on the structure and physiology of the musculoskeletal, neuromuscular, cardiopulmonary and integumentary systems across the lifespan. Other anatomical systems will be covered briefly, especially as they relate to the function of the four emphasized systems. This course is designed to help students establish a foundational understanding of the neuromusculoskeletal systems of the human body for the practice of physical therapy.  We will take a regional approach covering the arms, trunk, head, and legs.  At the end of the class you will have an understanding of how structure of the human body determines function as a prelude to a clinical understanding of how to treat structural dysfunction.               

 DPT 701 Human Gross Anatomy II (Lab) (2 credits)

This course is designed to accompany DPT 700, helping students establish a foundational understanding of the neuromusculoskeletal systems of the human body, through cadaver dissection, for the practice of physical therapy. We will take a regional approach covering the arms, trunk, head, and legs.  At the end of the class you will have an understanding of how structure of the human body determines function as a prelude to a clinical understanding of how to treat structural dysfunction.          

 DPT 702 Human Histology (1 credit)

This course presents the histology of human cells in various organ systems with emphasis on cellular and extracellular components of cardiopulmonary, integumentary, musculoskeletal and neural tissues. The course also introduces the relationship between structure and normal function, as the basis for the comparison of cellular pathological processes covered in Pathophysiology I and II.

 DPT 703 Human Neuroscience (3 credits)

Detailed study of the structure and function of the central and peripheral nervous systems, including physiology and morphology, developmental anatomy, and microanatomy.  Emphasis placed upon relationship between neural structure and function with human sensory responses and motor control, with particular attention paid to normal human function as related to physical therapy examination and intervention. Course will begin with an introduction to the nervous system (macro and micro), then cover the gross anatomy of the central (i.e., brain and spinal cord) and peripheral nervous systems (i.e., somatic and autonomic), linking the various elements with their functional role within human biology and their physiological activity.

 DPT 704 Kinesiology (4 credits)

This course provides a foundation for the practice of physical rehabilitation. The structural and functional anatomy of the musculoskeletal system is applied to the study of human movement. The course includes both classroom and laboratory instruction with emphasis on movement and function of the upper extremities, axial skeleton, and lower extremities. Palpation of bony and soft-tissue landmarks is emphasized. Normal and abnormal posture and gait as well as an introduction to motor control are included as a part of this course.

DPT 711 Advanced Physiology (4 credits)

This course presents an in-depth study of human physiology with emphasis on muscular, cardiovascular, respiratory, hemopoietic, endocrine, gastrointestinal and renal systems.

 DPT 712 Applied Exercise Physiology (1 credit)

A study of the effect of physical activity on human physiology with an emphasis on the musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, pulmonary and endocrine systems, including the acute and chronic adaptations associated with physical activity. Modes of exercise, environmental considerations, and selected clinical populations are also covered in this course.

 DPT 713 Imaging (2 credits)

This course introduces the student to equipment, procedures and use of medical imaging for examination and evaluation of dysfunction of body structures. Examination topics included are radiographs, arthrography, CT scans, PET scans, MRI, ultasonography and nuclear studies.  Case studies will be used to integrate imaging data in the patient/client management plan

 DPT 714 Pathophysiology I (2 credits)

A study of the general principles of pathophysiology impacting the practice of physical therapy and how they are managed medically and surgically in addition to the role of the physical therapist. This first course of the pathophysiology sequence is focused on cell injury and the body’s responses, inflammation, disorders of vascular flow and shock, genetic disease, the immune system, neoplastic disease, infectious disease and diseases of the blood vessels and blood cells.

 DPT 715 Pathophysiology II (2 credits)

A continuation of pathophysiology I focused on body systems.  Management by healthcare professionals beyond physical therapy is discussed. The acute and chronic effects of diseases of body systems on human function/performance and achievement of outcomes of therapeutic intervention are explored.

DPT 716 Pharmacology (3 credits)

A study of pharmacological principles in relation to rehabilitation of patients with systems impairments, with inclusion of the possible benefits and side effects of pharmacologic agents in patients undergoing physical rehabilitation.

 DPT 721 Patient Care Skills I: Principles (2 credits)

This is an introductory course in basic skills and patient management processes in the physical therapy setting.  It provides an introduction to the patient management model, medical terminology, patient interview process and clinical documentation.  It also includes an overview of tests and measures and basic interventions used in the physical setting, including vital signs, patient handling and transfer techniques, and basic gait training with assistive devices.

 DPT 722 Patient Care Skills II: Tests and Measures (2 credits)

Continuation of DPT 721 with further application of the patient management model, clinical documentation, and addition of specific tests and measures commonly used in physical therapist clinical practice, including palpation, sensory, goniometry and manual muscle testing.

 DPT 723 Patient Care Skills III: Therapeutic Exercise and Modalities (2 credits)

This course provides students with instruction designed to integrate the development, implementation, and evaluation of basic therapeutic exercise commonly used in physical therapy practice, as well as the administration of physical, thermal and mechanical interventions consistent with patient diagnosis and prognosis.  Critical appraisal of the literature is addressed, in order to apply the best evidence to practice and the clinical decision making process.

 DPT 731 Professional Issues I (2 credits)

First in a series of four courses integrated throughout the curriculum to prepare students as ethical, moral, responsible and accountable physical therapists.  Topics in the series include history of the profession, role of the professional association, values of the profession, ethical and legal issues, psychosocial considerations in patient management, administration/management issues, and the teaching/learning process.  Students provided opportunities through service learning and other activities to engage with the professional community, with the college community and with the local, national and international communities.  Emphasis in the first course is on the history of the profession and the evolution into a doctoral profession.

 DPT 732 Professional Issues II (2 credits)

Second in a series of four courses integrated throughout the curriculum to prepare students as ethical, moral, responsible and accountable physical therapists.  Topics in the series include psychosocial considerations in patient management, administration/management issues, such as documentation, and the teaching/learning process.  Students provided opportunities through service learning and other activities to engage with the professional community, with the college community and with the local, national and international communities.  Emphasis in this second course is on patient/client management models, use of the Guide to PT practice, documentation, psychosocial issues, cultural concerns and health care systems.

 DPT 741 Critical Inquiry I: Introduction (2 credits)

The first in a series of three courses to prepare students to understand, utilize and contribute to the professional literature and to integrate evidence into clinical practice. Emphasis in the first course will be on the concept of evidence as a foundation for clinical practice and the research process.

 DPT 751 Musculoskeletal Physical Therapy I (3 credits)

This is the second course in a series of four that will apply the physical therapist patient/client management model to patients (across the lifespan) with musculoskeletal conditions. Students are instructed in, and practice the integration of the five elements of care (evidence-based examination, evaluation, diagnosis, prognosis, therapeutic exercise, manual therapy and other interventions) of the patient/client with conditions associated with the lower extremities.

 DPT 752 Musculoskeletal Physical Therapy II (3 credits)

This is the second course in a series of four that will apply the physical therapist patient/client management model to patients (across the lifespan) with musculoskeletal conditions.  Students are instructed in, and practice the integration of the five elements of care (evidence-based examination, evaluation, diagnosis, prognosis, therapeutic exercise, manual therapy and other interventions) of the patient/client with conditions associated with the lower extremities.

 DPT 781 Clinical Immersion I (1 credit)

First in a series of 5 integrated clinical education courses that are embedded in the first 6 didactic semesters of the DPT curriculum. This series of courses will focus on clinical practice and/or collaborative practice (inter-professional education, civic engagement/activities, etc.). Students will work in teams, each with a clinical faculty member (e.g. physical therapist clinical instructor with a multidisciplinary team) and/or an academic faculty member, to apply skills, demonstrate clinical problem-solving and assume professional roles in various patient care settings (based on their level of clinical experience). Each semester, students will be expected to demonstrate skills and knowledge gained from the current and previous coursework.

 DPT 782 Clinical Immersion II (1 credit)

Second in a series of 5 integrated clinical education courses that are embedded in the first 6 didactic semesters of the DPTcurriculum. This series of courses will focus on clinical practice and/or collaborative practice (inter-professional education, civic engagement/activities, etc.). Students will work in teams, each with a clinical faculty member (e.g. physical therapist clinical instructor with a multidisciplinary team) and/or an academic faculty member, to apply skills, demonstrate clinical problem-solving and assume professional roles in various care settings (based on their level of clinical experience). Each semester, students will be expected to demonstrate skills and knowledge gained from the current and previous coursework.

 DPT 831 Professional Issues III (2 credits)

This course is a third in a series of three courses to prepare students as ethical, moral, responsible and accountable physical therapists.  Topics in this third course include consideration of legal, ethical, generational communication, and psychosocial and end-of-life issues in patient management. In addition, expansion of knowledge is included in the areas of protected populations, cultural competence, inter-professional practice, shared decision-making, and patient/client/caregiver-provider communication.

 DPT 832 Administration and Management (3 credits)

Fourth in a series of four courses integrated throughout the curriculum to prepare students as ethical, moral, responsible and accountable physical therapists. Emphasis of this course is on the role of administration and management in physical therapy practice.

 DPT 842 Critical Inquiry II: Research Proposal (3 credits)

Second in a series of three, this course prepares students to understand, utilize and contribute to the professional literature and to integrate evidence into clinical practice. The emphasis is on the research process including the identification of a research topic and the development of a research proposal.

 DPT 843 Critical Inquiry III: Data Collection and Analysis (3 credits)

Third in a series of three, this course prepares students to understand, utilize, and contribute to the professional literature and to integrate evidence into clinical practice. The emphasis is on data collection, statistical analysis and interpretation of the results.

 DPT 851 Musculoskeletal III (4 credits)

A continuation of the musculoskeletal series of courses which includes etiology, medical management, physical therapy examination, evaluation, and intervention of selected musculoskeletal disorders with an emphasis on the lumbar spine and pelvis.

 DPT 852 Musculoskeletal IV (4 credits)

A continuation of the musculoskeletal series of courses which includes etiology, medical management, physical therapy examination, evaluation, and intervention of selected musculoskeletal disorders with an emphasis the cervical and thoracic spine and the tempomandibular joint.

 DPT 853 Neuromuscular Physical Therapy I (4 credits)

This is the first course in a series of two that will apply the physical therapist patient/client management model to patients with neuromuscular conditions.  Students are instructed in and practice the integration of the five elements of care (evidence-based examination, evaluation, diagnosis, prognosis, and therapeutic exercise/ other intervention) of the patient/client with conditions associated with the neuromuscular system across the life span.

 DPT 854 Neuromuscular Physical Therapy II (4 credits)

The course is the second in a two course sequence of neuromuscular patient management content areas. This course builds and adds to the framework of entry level physical therapy practice for client centered care of neuromuscular conditions.  Students are instructed in and practice the integration of the five elements of care (evidence-based examination, evaluation, diagnosis, prognosis, and therapeutic exercise/ other intervention) of the patient/client with conditions associated with the neuromuscular system.

 DPT 855 Pediatric Physical Therapy (2 credits)

Application of the patient management model to pediatric cases. Both primary and secondary conditions common to the pediatric physical therapy setting are addressed. Emphasis is on the evaluation, examination, and tests and measures used in pediatric cases. The importance of interaction with family, caregivers and other health care providers is also addressed.

 DPT 856 Cardiopulmonary Physical Therapy (4 credits)

Application of the patient management model in patients with cardiopulmonary disorders. Examination, evaluation and management of the patient with cardiopulmonary disorders common to physical therapy practice emphasized.

DPT 857 Integumentary Physical Therapy (3 credits)

A study of the practice of Physical Therapy in management of skin disorders and underlying disease with an emphasis on the patient with open wounds, including burns. Includes laboratory study

 DPT 858 Management of Multisystem Impairments (3 credits)

Application of patient management model to patients with co-morbidities affecting the primary diagnosis. Emphasis is on the development and modification of the patient’s plan of care with regard to their prognosis.

 DPT 859 Orthotics and Prosthetics (2 credits)

Concepts and application of orthotic and prosthetic devices in patient management with an emphasis on the lower extremity issues.

 DPT 860 Health Promotion and Wellness (2 credits)

Study of the fundamental concepts of health promotion and wellness for individuals and populations within physical therapy practice.

 DPT 861 Lifespan Human Development (2 credits)

A study of the process of typical human development and aging across the lifespan, including neuromotor development in childhood and changes associated with aging.

 DPT 862 Medical Screening (2 credits)

A course focusing on the used of screening tests and clinical tools to enhance the therapist’s role as an independent practitioner with the ability to identify medical conditions of concern that require referral to an appropriate health care provider.

 DPT 863 Rural Health/Primary Care (2 credits)

This course will provide students with an overview of rural health with topics ranging from rural health lifestyles to practice management. The course will include didactic presentations both on campus and off campus (Hospitals; MSHA, journal reflection and discussions led by E & H College faculty and topic experts from southwest Virginia and East Tennessee.

 DPT 864 Human Learning (1 credit)

This course incorporates application of the principles of human learning to patient/client management including patient/family/caregivers, and community education. Roles of the physical therapist as a clinical educator and academician are discussed as well as opportunities/responsibilities for lifelong learning and professional development.          

 DPT 883 Clinical Immersion III (1 credit)

Third in a series of 5 clinical education courses that are embedded in the first 6 didactic semesters of the DPT curriculum. Students will work in teams, each with a physical therapist clinical instructor to apply skills, demonstrate clinical problem-solving and assume professional roles in various patient care settings (based on their level of clinical experience). Each semester, students will be expected to demonstrate skills and knowledge gained from the current and previous coursework.

 DPT 884 Clinical Immersion IV (1 credit)

Fourth in a series of 5 clinical education courses that are embedded in the first 6 didactic semesters of the DPT curriculum. Students will work in teams, each with a physical therapist clinical instructor to apply skills, demonstrate clinical problem-solving and assume professional roles in various patient care settings (based on their level of clinical experience). Each semester, students will be expected to demonstrate skills and knowledge gained from the current and previous coursework.

 DPT 885 Clinical Immersion V (1 credit)

Fifth in a series of 5 clinical education courses that are embedded in the first 6 didactic semesters of the DPT curriculum. Students will work in teams, each with a physical therapist clinical instructor to apply skills, demonstrate clinical problem-solving and assume professional roles in various patient care settings (based on their level of clinical experience). Each semester, students will be expected to demonstrate skills and knowledge gained from the current and previous coursework.

 DPT 981 Clinical Internship I (6 credits)

The first of three full-time clinical internships providing students with hands-on practice under the supervision of a licensed physical therapist. Students begin to collect clinical data with simple patient diagnoses to develop their case studies. Emphasis is on legal and ethical issues, critical thinking and evidence-based practice.

 DPT 982 Clinical Internship II (6 credits)

The second of three full-time clinical internships providing students with hands-on practice under the supervision of a licensed physical therapist. Students practice tests and measures and interventions in patients with multiple morbidities. Emphasis is on the relationship of the co-morbidities with primary physical therapy cases, critical thinking and evidence-based practice.

 DPT 983 Clinical Internship III (6 credits)

 The third of three full-time clinical experiences providing students with hands-on practice under the supervision of a licensed physical therapist. Students are guided to practice physical therapy in patients with varying complexities, as well as to participate in the overall patient management. Preparation for independent entry-level practice is emphasized.

 


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