Coronavirus Updates

Summer and Fall 2020 admissions are open. Whether classes will be online or in-person, Touro continues in its mission to provide high quality education. Check which programs have an upcoming online open house or reach out to your program of interest. For more information on returning to the office, resources, this semester and next, read all Coronavirus updates.

Last Updated: May 7, 2020, 5:00 pm

Courses

Core Courses (19 Credits)

Course

DPTN 710 - Research Methods/ Statistics (4 Credits)

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).

DPTN 715 - Principles and Methods of Evidence-Based Practice (1 Credit)

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.

DPTN 716 - Clinical Reflections I (0 Credits)

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.

DPTN 717 - Clinical Reflections II (0 Credits)

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.

DPTN 718 - Clinical Reflections III (0 Credits)

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.

DPTN 719 - Clinical Reflections IV - Elective (0 Credits)

Through clinical practice and participation in professional activities, students will be able to integrate clinical skills presented during course work into clinical practice, as well as enhance their awareness of Physical Therapy as a profession. The student will utilize 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 is an elective course, which is part of the clinical reflection series, is designed as an independent study course, and is reviewed by the course coordinator. . The goal of this course is to provide continuity between Spring and Fall semesters and assist the student as they continue to integrate didactic information with clinical practice. It is intended for students who would like further feedback about the effect of their course work on their clinical practice. This is an optional course and like the other courses in the series is designed such that students will complete assignments throughout the curriculum at the end of the Summer semester. 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). This requirement will be monitored during this course series.

DPTN 723 - Advanced Strategies in Teaching and Learning (1 Credit)

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.

DPTN 724 - Clinical Instructor (CI) Credentialing (1 Credit)

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.

DPTN 725 - Management and Health Care Delivery (1 Credit)

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

DPTN 730 - Management II: Physical Therapy in Private Practice (1 Credit)

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.

DPTN 736 - Clinical Reflections V - Elective (0 Credits)

Through clinical practice and participation in professional activities, students will be able to integrate clinical skills presented during course work into clinical practice, as well as enhance their awareness of Physical Therapy as a profession. The student will utilize 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 is an elective course, which is part of the clinical reflection series, is designed as an independent study course, and is reviewed by the course coordinator. . The goal of this course is to provide continuity in learning and assist the student as they continue to integrate didactic information with clinical practice. It is intended for students who would like further feedback about the effect of their course work on their clinical practice. This is an optional course, and like the other courses in the series, is designed such that students will complete assignments throughout the curriculum at the end of the semester. 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). This requirement will be monitored during this course series.

DPTN 740 - Professional Service (1 Credit)

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.

DPTN 745 - Ethics in Physical Therapy Practice (1 Credit)

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.

DPTN 750 - Clinical Medicine (2 Credits)

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.

DPTN 760 - Anatomic Basis of Differential Diagnosis (1 Credit)

This comprehensive 10-part series will help 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 will be emphasized. The purpose of the 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.

DPTN 763 - Fundamentals of Diagnostic Imaging (1 Credit)

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 patients case. Diagnostic imaging brings an entire realm of adjunct information to the therapist that can dramatically enhance understanding of the patients condition as well as improve monitoring and appropriate intervention selection.

DPTN 795 - Doctoral Project I (2 Credits)

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.

DPTN 795 - DPTN 796 - Doctoral Project II (2 Credits)

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.

 

Areas of Elective Concentration (11 Credits)

Course

APTN 812 - Advances in Prosthetics and Orthotics (1 Credit)

This course addresses new advances in the field of Prosthetics and Orthotics. Latest concepts in socket design and components for all levels of Lower Extremity prosthetics are presented. Biomechanical principles underlying the application of latest prosthetics designs are addressed, taking into account a variety of patient scenarios. Recent trends in rehabilitation are also be explored. In addition, recent advances in Orthotics are explored, including demonstration and discussions with an Orthotist.

APTN 858 - Independent Study (1 or 2 Credits)

This course allows students to carry out independent study of a topic including literature review and or small projects under the guidance of close supervision of a faculty member.

DPTN 416 - Education (3 Credits)

This education course is designed to optimize the efficacy of physical therapists in their role as clinical educators facilitating patient-centered care. The effective teaching of patients, caregivers, other clinicians and the public about impairments, physical therapy interventions, exercise, wellness, and injury prevention is an important skill for physical therapists. Utilizing principles of learning, developing varied teaching strategies and participating in structured groups prepare students to interact successfully with diverse audiences. Motivational techniques provide students with additional strategies for behavior change. Reflection and feedback foster refinement of physical therapists’ expertise both as practitioners as well as clinical educators. Throughout the course clinical scenarios will be used to challenge the skills being developed.

DPTN 734 - Integration of Modalities (1 Credit)

This course is a hands-on course designed to provide the student with guidance and direction in comprehending therapeutic modalities and choosing appropriate modalities and parameters for a variety of patients and pathological conditions. Student will review the basic scientific and physiological principles underlining the application of physical agents Students will be able to effectively utilize therapeutic modalities to enhance therapeutic outcomes, recognize indications and contraindications and learn about current research supporting the use of therapeutic modalities in rehabilitation. The course will emphasize evidence based rationale for selecting a modality and for the interventions. Various types of symptom clusters will be presented and participants will be able to develop a highly effective treatment plan for specific conditions.

DPTN 739 - Wellness and PT (1 Credit)

This course is designed to help students develop an altruistic and socially responsible attitude as set forth by the APTA Core Values. It is designed to help students learn how to reach outside their clinic and make changes in their community. In this course, each student learns a variety of ways to develop wellness programs in their community. They are also challenged to be creative so that they can stand out in a competitive environment of practitioners. This course also introduces students to the Functional Movement Screen (FMS). In addition, Students in this course are required to search, read, and appraise peer reviewed articles pertaining to preventative medicine. The course analyzes different means of educating the public about wellness. Students will be aware of different platforms for education such as, but not limited to, Facebook, Twitter, podcasts, blogs, and videos.

DPTN 758 - Nutrition and the Elderly (1 Credit)

This course is designed for graduate students in physical therapy who are preparing to work with older adults. Geriatric Nutrition 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 successful aging, and the role of the health professional in helping older adults reach this goal. DPT 758 presents the current thinking and emerging knowledge regarding the nutritional needs, problems and delivery of care in aging. This course emphasizes current treatment recommendations for medical nutrition as well as diet and lifestyle interventions that promote successful aging and quality of life.

Methods of assessment of nutritional status that are appropriate, valid and reliable for older adults are discussed and evaluated. Nutrition and lifestyle intervention strategies for common chronic health conditions that include diabetes, hypertension, renal disease, bone health, anemia, body weight management, protein and energy malnutrition, gastrointestinal problems and the interaction of prescription medications and nutritional health are discussed and evaluated.

DPTN 761 - Spinal Stabilization Training (2 Credits)

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.

DPTN 762 - Treatment of Lumbar/Pelvic Dysfunction (2 Credits)

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.

DPTN 764 - Advanced Skills in Extremity Treatment I (2 Credits)

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.

DPTN 765 - Back Education Training (BET) (2 Credits)

BET presents a methodical and unique functional assessment and treatment program for spine patients. This approach trains the therapist to directly correlate the patients presenting posture and movement patterns to the patient’s symptoms and pain behavior. The therapist is trained in five principles of posture and movement which promote efficient posture, movement, and the automatic-not volitional-activation of the core stabilizers. All activities such as sitting, standing, push-pull, and lifting are covered. To complete this dynamic approach to active functional rehabilitation, the therapist is trained in a progressive functional exercise program which addresses flexibility, coordination, strength stability, and functional movement patterns.

DPTN 766 - Functional Mobilization I (2 Credits)

This course will emphasize 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 will be stressed. Observed changes in structure, posture, and movement will be 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.

DPTN 767 - Foot and Ankle (2 Credits)

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.

DPTN 768 - CTI and TMJ (2 Credits)

In this course, students will learn basic musculoskeletal examination skills of the cervical, thoracic spine and costal cage based upon a thorough review of relevant anatomy and physiology and pathophysiology. Using a treatment-based classification, treatment options will include myofascial techniques, joint mobilization, muscle energy technique, directional preference (McKenzie) technique, prescriptive and therapeutic exercise. Coursework will include online audio lectures, lecture and lab sessions. At the conclusion of this course students will be able to classify a patient in a general treatment category and manage patients seen in the clinic who present with impairment and functional limitation in the cervical, thoracic spine and upper quarter region.

DPTN 770 - Physical Therapy Practicum (2 Credits)

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.

DPTN 771 - The Psychology of Aging (2 Credits)

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.

DPTN 772 - Physiology of Aging and Clinical Implications (2 Credits)

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.

DPTN 773 - Special Topics in Geriatrics (2 Credits)

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.

DPTN 774 - Documentation Essentials for Physical Therapists (1 Credit)

The health care industry is being challenged in all practice settings to justify that services provided are effective and necessary to achieve the triple aim (better care, better health and lower costs) as defined by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement. As Medicare and commercial insurance companies look to reduce health care costs, the area of physical therapy is one area in particular that has been cut across the entire post-acute care continuum. This course will focus on documentation as it relates to justifying care provision and demonstrating conformance with federal law and regulation. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued final rules related to objective testing requirements in home health and outpatient therapy practice settings which will be explored and defined. The practicing clinician must be knowledgeable of the regulations under which they are practicing and this course will inform therapist how to navigate the regulations and review the regulations as written in the federal register. Documentation to support care provision requires evidence of medical need, reasonable and necessary and interventions inherently complex that only a therapist can provide.

DPTN 775 - Geriatric Nutrition for Physical Therapists in Clinical Practice (2 Credits)

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.

DPTN 776 - Elder Gait and Balance (2 Credits)

Mobility is a key element in function at any age. This course examines the age-related changes in posture, balance, coordination and gait, and provides ways of documenting function in the clinic and home. Students will explore a wide range of therapeutic exercises designed to improve mobility. Consideration of intrinsic and extrinsic causes of falls among the elderly leads to ways of changing both the environment and the ways that older persons perform, to reduce the likelihood of falls. Lifelong wellness programming and community resources will be investigated. Evidence-based practice will be emphasized.

DPTN 777 - Sports Physical Therapy (1 Credit)

This course will address the evolution of sports physical therapy, and examine a physical therapist role on the sports medicine team. This course will emphasize examination, evaluation and intervention for dysfunction that occur in sports physical therapy. Emphasis will be placed on an understanding of the pathophysiological basis for musculoskeletal dysfunction and the integration of the therapeutic process for the restoration of function of the patient with dysfunction of the musculoskeletal system. Recent trends in sport rehabilitation will be explored. This class presents the physical therapy student with the fundamental principles and concepts as they relate to sports musculoskeletal clinical practice and will progress to exposure to, and integration of, accepted intervention and advanced therapeutic techniques. Through lecture and problem solving sessions we will investigate all sports musculoskeletal practice.

DPTN 778 - Geriatric Balance (1 Credit)

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.

DPTN 779 - Geriatric Physical Therapy Practice (1 Credit)

The United States Census predicts population growth for those over 60 steadily through 2050 and the age cohort of 85 or older is a fast-growing segment in the population. With aging, the musculoskeletal and cardiopulmonary systems undergo natural changes. The likelihood of clinicians working with the geriatric population is ever increasing and the need for knowledge of the population cohort is critical for therapists. This course will present age-related changes and diseases conditions affecting both the musculoskeletal and cardiopulmonary systems. The student will participate in interactive learning activities that will guide the development of proficiency in geriatric physical therapy assessment and intervention. Through lecture, laboratory, role playing, and group problem solving the student will learn to use critical thinking to analyze the problem presented, synthesize the solution, and communicate this sequence with other health professionals and patients or clients. Problems introduced are representative of those that clinicians encounter in all practice settings.

DPTN 780 - Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation (PNF) (2 Credits)

This course will present the principles, philosophy and procedures of Proprioiceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation (PNF) 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 of PNF are applied, either within the PNF approach or with other manual therapy approaches.

DPTN 781 - Motor Science and Motor Learning: Implication for Physical Therapy (2 Credits)

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.

DPTN 782 - Treatment of Patients with Chronic Pain (2 Credits)

This course is designed to update students on the emerging research in the field of pain science and pain education. It will also teach students how to apply research into their clinical practice. This course will help students understand the complexities of patients with chronic pain and help students learn how to treat this population more effectively. This course will challenge students to take into account the science behind the pain experience, the patient’s history, and the patient’s clinical presentation in order to improve their clinical reasoning when treating patients with chronic pain. The course will also include a lab component where students will implement regional interdependence principles, create treatment plans, and educational plans for their peers. The course in addition will include a cadaver portion where students can learn the impact of the nervous system anatomy and how it affects the pain experience. At the end of the course students will give a short presentation about how they will use the information from this course to treat a current patient of theirs. Students have the option to discuss a previous patient and how they would have treated that patient differently after taking this course.

DPTN 783 - Advances in Neuromuscular Rehabilitation (2 Credits)

This course is a survey of current issues and trends in neuromuscular rehabilitation. Emphasis will focus on the theory and current research of Constraint-Induced Therapy, Partial-Weight Treadmill Training, and Central Pattern Generators. In addition, the theory, research and principles of these treatment interventions will be applied to clinical practice for various patient populations. The course will include a historical perspective on motor learning theory, and a clinical perspective including videos and/or case studies and presentations of clinical case studies.

DPTN 785 - Neuromuscular Treatment of Children w/ Cerebal Palsy (2 Credits)

This course is designed to acquaint physical, occupational, and speech therapists with the basic concepts and philosophy of Neuro-Developmental Treatment (NDT). This approach to the treatment of children with cerebral palsy and related disorders was developed by Dr. and Mrs. Bobath. Lecture topics include normal and abnormal skill acquisition, descriptions of the types of cerebral palsy, assessment and treatment planning, and the team approach. In addition, the workshop provides an opportunity for supervised lab work and treatment demonstrations by the instructor.

DPTN 787 - Advances in Pediatric Rehabilitation (2 Credits)

This course is designed to explore some of the current issues and trends in pediatric rehabilitation. Utilizing lectures, demonstrations and case-study format, the students will be exposed to treatment of children with orthopedic problems, respiratory problems, neuromuscular and low- and high-tone children. Emphasis will be placed on the presentation and discussion of current research. Family issues and alternative therapies will also be addressed.

DPTN 794 - Management and Treatment Following a Diagnosis of Parkinson's Disorder (1 Credit)

This course addresses the evolution of the management and treatment of a patient following being diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease. The goal of the course is to help a physical therapist in creating a unique approach as the patient goes through the different Hoehn and Yahr stages. Recent trends in rehabilitation will be explored. The most clinically significant current research will be discussed, and when appropriate demonstration with practice will be provided. Teaching will take place via lecture, group activity, literature search and laboratory practice, the student will learn the theories and applications of these processes.

DPTN 797 - Geriatric Rehabilitation (1 Credit)

The United States Census predicts population growth for those over 60 steadily through 2050 and the age cohort of 85 or older is a fast-growing segment in the population. With aging, the neuromuscular and metabolic systems undergo natural changes. The likelihood of clinicians working with the geriatric population is ever increasing and the need for knowledge of the population cohort is critical for therapists. This course will present age-related changes and diseases conditions affecting both the neuromuscular and metabolic systems. The student will participate in interactive learning activities that will guide the development of proficiency in geriatric physical therapy assessment and intervention. Through lecture, laboratory, role playing, and group problem solving the student will learn to use critical thinking to analyze the problem presented, synthesize the solution, and communicate this sequence with other health professionals and patients or clients. Problems introduced are representative of those that clinicians encounter in all practice settings.

DDPTN 799 - Management and Treatment of the Hemiplegic Patient (1 or 2 Credits)

This course addresses the evolution of the management and treatment of a patient following the development of hemiplegia. The goal of the course is to help the physical therapist in creating a realistic and unique approach to treating an individual with hemiplegia. Recent trends in rehabilitation will be explored. The most clinically significant current research will be discussed, and when appropriate demonstration with practice will be provided. Teaching will take place via lecture, group activity, literature search and laboratory practice, the student will learn the theories and applications of these processes.

Total Program Credits = 30