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DPT Course Descriptions

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Year I

Module I (4 Weeks)

DPT 600  
Psychosocial Aspects of Health Care  (4)

Psychological and sociological effects of acute, chronic, progressive, psychiatric, terminal, traumatic and congenital medical problems on the client, family and therapist; the relationship of race, religion, ethnic background, medical beliefs and language to client (patient)-therapist interactions and to the well-being of the client; communication skills used with clients, families and colleagues; and use of self-awareness to enhance the therapist's therapeutic presence. Emphasis is on clinical application with active student involvement.
Unsatisfactory course grade - Remediation during Spring Break.

DPT 601  
Today's Health Care Systems  (2)
World and national factors that affect today's systems: who gets care and how it is paid for; legal and ethical responsibilities; where does physical therapy fit; team approach.
Unsatisfactory course grade - Remediation during Spring Break.

DPT 602  
Principles of Teaching and Learning  (1)
Teaching-learning theories applied to clinical practice with clients and their families. Teaching techniques for giving presentations and demonstrations to various audiences. Methods of self-assessment and learning assessment taught. Course “in progress” during Year I of curriculum to provide the student with opportunity to apply knowledge base while giving educational presentations in other courses and/or with clients in clinical laboratories.
Unsatisfactory course grade - Remediation at end of Year I of curriculum.

DPT 603 (604)  
Human Anatomy I (II)   (5)

In Progress
Two-course sequence of clinical anatomy with emphasis on musculoskeletal topics: human donor dissection using a regional approach. Pathology, Histology and Radiography are integrated throughout. 
Unsatisfactory course grade - Re-enroll and retake course next year. WILL NOT CONTINUE IN THE CURRICULUM.

Total Module I Credits 7

 

Module II (12 Weeks)

DPT 603 (604)
Human Anatomy I (II)  (5) (5)

Continued from Module I. DPT 603 and 604 will be coordinated with DPT 605 and 606, Human Physiology and Pathophysiology.
Unsatisfactory course grade - Re-enroll and retake course next year. WILL NOT CONTINUE IN THE CURRICULUM.

DPT 605 (606)
Human Physiology and Pathophysiology I (II)   (5) (5)

Module II will focus upon normal human physiology. The normal function of major subsystems to include nervous, muscular, cardiovascular, respiratory, renal and endocrine systems as a basis for human movement and function.

Module III will focus upon how the normal human physiology is altered when pathologic conditions occur. Students will integrate information of the pathophysiology of major subsystems discussed in Module II.

DPT 605 and 606 will be coordinated with DPT 603 and 604, Human Anatomy.
Unsatisfactory course grade - Re-enroll and retake course next year. WILL NOT CONTINUE IN THE CURRICULUM.

DPT 607
Physical Therapy Science I   (3)

Introduction to physical therapy skills of assessment and intervention for patient mobility including bed mobility, gait training, ambulation aids, transfers, wheelchair mobility, wheelchair and cushion selection, passive range of motion therapeutic exercises, draping, mobility management of patient with lines, leads and tubes, and monitoring of patient's physiologic responses to mobility activities.
Unsatisfactory course grade - Remediation during Year I summer break.

DPT 608
Physical Therapy Science II  (2)

Application of physiologic principles used with application of hydrotherapy, superficial heat and cold, thermal and non-thermal ultrasound in management of patient's injuries. Emphasis on problem solving and clinical reasoning to determine most appropriate interventions based upon stage of injury and patient's clinical signs and symptoms. Enhance skills in history taking and commonly utilized documentation methods. Practice skills required to maintain a sterile environment or universal precautions.
Unsatisfactory course grade - Remediation during Year I summer break.

DPT 611 (621)
Research Design I (II)  (3) (2)

Review statistical and experimental procedures used in biomedical research. Develop skills to critically evaluate and discuss scientific literature. Participate in a group project to identify a research topic, write an institutional/review board application, collect and analyze data, and make a poster presentation to the Elon community.
Unsatisfactory course grade - Remediation during summer break in Year I of curriculum.

DPT 612 (613) (619) (703)
Clinical Seminar I (II) (III) (IV)    (1) (1) (1) (1)

Series of four clinical skills laboratory courses throughout the DPT curriculum. Emphasis on enhancement of student's generic abilities, interview skills, documentation, examination skills, intervention strategies, utilization of evidence-based decision-making model with justification for examination and intervention strategies, prioritize patient problems and identify step-wise progression of patient with appropriate use of therapeutic exercises. Conduct laboratory sessions in mock clinical setting (to include broad spectrum of the continuum of care settings) where student must balance ethical dilemmas with payment limitations created by today's health-care systems. Provide opportunity for student to practice clinical problem solving in a supportive environment. Each course will build upon the skills from previous modules. Early seminar courses will present simple patient (client) cases; later courses will emphasize the complex patient. Student expected to justify choices and decisions about patient care in "grand rounds" style. By the end of Seminar IV, student will demonstrate self-confidence in clinical skills and decision-making abilities. Goal is to prepare the student for the contemporary world of physical therapy. Student use of evidence- based decision making to permeate the entire 36-month curriculum.
Unsatisfactory course grade - Remediation during summer break in Year I of curriculum for DPT 612 and DPT 613.
(DPT 619) Remediation during Module V for DPT 619. WILL DELAY DPT 700 Clinical Practicum I. WILL DELAY GRADUATION from the program.
(DPT 703) Remediation during Module VII for DPT 703. WILL DELAY GRADUATION from the program.

Total Module II Credits 19

 

Module III (12 Weeks)

DPT 604
Human Anatomy II   (5)

(Continued from Modules I and II)
Unsatisfactory course grade - Re-enroll and retake course next year. WILL NOT CONTINUE IN THE CURRICULUM.

DPT 606
Human Physiology and Pathophysiology II   (5)

(Continued from Module II)
Unsatisfactory course grade - Re-enroll and retake course next year. WILL NOT CONTINUE IN THE CURRICULUM.

DPT 609
Physical Therapy Science III   (3)

Basic skills of goniometry, manual muscle testing and postural evaluation to measure impairment.
Unsatisfactory course grade - Remediation during summer break of Year I of curriculum.

DPT 610
Human Motor Development   (2)

This module examines the early attainment of movement and the developmental changes in body structures and systems which impact motor skill acquisition. Emphasis is placed on early system changes however lifespan comparisons are introduced. Typical motor development is presented in terms of the relationships that motor performance has with growth and maturation of the musculoskeletal, neurological, physiological, and sensory systems. Classroom & lab work bring to light the diversity of development among individuals and cultures.
Unsatisfactory course grade - Remediation during summer break of Year 1 of curriculum.

DPT 613
Clinical Seminar II (III) (IV)   (1)(1)(1)

Second seminar in series of four. See course description in Module II.
Unsatisfactory course grade - Remediation during summer break of Year I of curriculum.

DPT 614
Foundations of Biomechanics and Musculoskeletal Management  (4)

Functional characteristics of bone, connective tissue and skeletal muscle presented. Principles of biomechanics (kinematics and kinetics) to develop conceptual framework for human motion discussed.

Basic concepts of musculoskeletal management are presented to prepare the student for application to specific regional problems in Module IV, three courses: DPT 616, 617, 618: Biomechanics and Management of Musculoskeletal Dysfunction I, II and III. Content includes an introduction to musculoskeletal physical therapy, the five steps of patient/client management outlined in The Guide to Physical Therapist Practice, modes of diagnostic imaging, upper and lower half screens, clinical applications of tissue mechanics, joint mobilization, muscle length testing, strengthening, stretching, ergonomics and body mechanics, and issues regarding referral and patient/client adherence.
Unsatisfactory course grade - Unsatisfactory course grade – No Remediation, Must Repeat Course in Cycle. WILL NOT CONTINUE IN THE CURRICULUM. Will delay DPT 700 Clinical Practicum I. WILL DELAY GRADUATION from the program.

Total Module III Credits 20

 

Module IV (16 weeks)

DPT 616, 617, 618
Biomechanics and Management of Musculoskeletal Dysfunction I-III  (7) (6) (6)

Biomechanics of posture and gait addressed. Biomechanics and patient/client management of musculoskeletal dysfunction will be approached regionally and sequenced proximal to distal during the progression of three courses. Content includes joint mechanics and functional anatomy (arthrokinematic and osteokinematic motion), common pathologies/dysfunctions and management of those problems to include patient/client history, documentation, systems review, tests and measures, diagnosis, prognosis, and intervention. Diagnostic imaging and pharmacology integrated into three courses. An analysis of total body movement, as well as, individual joints is utilized to assist understanding of biomechanics and orthopedic management.
Unsatisfactory course grade - No Remediation, Must Repeat Course in Cycle. WILL NOT CONTINUE IN THE CURRICULUM. Will delay DPT 700 Clinical Practicum I. WILL DELAY GRADUATION from the program.

DPT 619
Clinical Seminar III (IV)  (1) (1) 

Third seminar in series of four. See course description in Module II.
Unsatisfactory course grade - Remediation during Module V. Will delay DPT 700 Clinical Practicum I. WILL DELAY GRADUATION from the program.

DPT 620
Clinical Imaging   (1)

Elements of reading roentgenographs, CAT and MRI scans for the physical therapist to enhance patient interventions.
Unsatisfactory course grade - Remediation during Module V. WILL DELAY DPT 700 Clinical Practicum I. WILL DELAY graduation from the program.

DPT 622
Therapeutic Pharmacokinetics   (1)

Effects of commonly used drugs in patients with physical disability; side effects that alter physical performance or responses to exercise.
Unsatisfactory course grade - Remediation during Module V. WILL DELAY DPT 700 Clinical Practicum I. WILL DELAY graduation from the program.

DPT 621
Research Design II   (2)

(Continued from Module III, Research Design I)
Unsatisfactory course grade - Remediation during Module V. WILL DELAY DPT 700 Clinical Practicum I. WILL DELAY graduation from the program.

Total Module IV Credits 24

 

Year II

Module V (8 weeks)

DPT 700
Clinical Practicum I  (4)

First of three 8-week, full-time clinical education requirements integrated into the 3-year DPT curriculum. Designed to provide the student with opportunity to apply knowledge and skills acquired in Year I in an ambulatory/OP setting; an emphasis on patients/clients with musculoskeletal diagnoses, as defined in the American Physical Therapy Association's Guide to Physical Therapist Practice.
Unsatisfactory course grade - Remediation during Module VII. WILL DELAY GRADUATION from the program.

Total Module V Credits 4

 

Module VI (16 weeks)

DPT 701
Neuroscience   (10)

Anatomy and physiology of the human nervous system; development, cellular, chemical and structural basis for normal and abnormal sensorimotor and higher cognitive function. Discusses the clinically relevant pathological sequelae and the neurobiological basis for clinical intervention. Emphasizes a highly organized and interconnected nervous system with multiple mechanisms of neuroplasticity. Neuroimaging and pharmokinetics integrated into the course.
Unsatisfactory course grade - Remediation during Module VII. WILL DELAY DPT 704 Clinical Practicum II. WILL DELAY GRADUATION from the program.

DPT 702
Management of Neuromuscular Disorders  (12)

Systematic, problem-solving approach to neurologic problems of the central and peripheral nervous systems with emphasis on epidemiology, clinical signs and symptoms, medical/surgical interventions, P.T. examination and interventions, and outcomes: laboratory included.
Unsatisfactory course grade - Remediation during Module VII. WILL DELAY DPT 704 Clinical Practicum II. WILL DELAY GRADUATION from the program.

DPT 703
Clinical Seminar IV   (1)

Fourth seminar in series of four. See course description in Module II.
Unsatisfactory course grade - Remediation during Module VII. WILL DELAY DPT 704 Clinical Practicum II. WILL DELAY GRADUATION from the program.

Total Module VI Credits 23

 

Module VII (8 weeks)

DPT 704
Clinical Practicum II  (4)

Second 8-week, full-time clinical education requirement integrated into the 3-year DPT curriculum designed to provide the student opportunity to apply knowledge and skills acquired during Year I and II. Clinical settings for DPT 704 (Clinical Practicum II) and DPT 711 (Clinical Practicum III) will be selected so the student meets the Acute Care, Rehabilitation settings, and/or neuromuscular patient diagnoses requirements as defined in the American Physical Therapy Association’s Guide to Physical Therapist Practice.Unsatisfactory course grade - Remediation during Module VIII. WILL DELAY GRADUATION from the program.

Total Module VII Credits 4  

 

Module VIII (8 weeks)

DPT 711
Clinical Practicum III   (4)

Third 8-week, full-time clinical education requirement integrated into the 3-year DPT curriculum designed to provide the student opportunity to apply knowledge and skills acquired during Year I and II. Clinical settings for DPT 704 (Clinical Practicum II) and DPT 711 (Clinical Practicum III) will be selected so the student meets the Acute Care, Rehabilitation settings, and/or neuromuscular patient diagnoses requirements as defined in the American Physical Therapy Association’s Guide to Physical Therapist Practice
Unsatisfactory course grade - Remediation during Module XIII. WILL DELAY GRADUATION from the program.

Total Module VIII Credits 4  

 

Year III

Module IX (12 weeks)

DPT 705
Principles of Electrotherapeutic Examination and Intervention   (4)

Basic concepts in electrical safety and instrumentation, detailed concepts and applications of electrotherapy introducing principles of electrophysiologic testing and therapeutic application of electrical stimulation (ES), including strengthening (NMES), re-education, pain reduction (TENS), tissue repair (ESTR) and iontophoresis. Electrophysiologic testing to include an introduction to electromyography (EMG), nerve conduction velocity (NCV) and other electrophysiological tests.

Systematic, problem solving approach to integumentary disorders with emphasis on etiology, pathophysiology, examination techniques and approaches, clinical signs and symptoms, multidisciplinary considerations, and evidence-based treatment approaches.
Unsatisfactory course grade - Remediation during Module XII. WILL DELAY  DPT 805 Internship. WILL DELAY GRADUATION from the program.

DPT 706
Physiology of Exercise  (5)

Human physiologic responses to exercise including changes and adaptations in cardiopulmonary, musculoskeletal and neuromuscular systems across the life span, including normal response and response of those with special needs. Exercise training principles explored through case presentations laboratory experiences, class discussion and lecture. Basic nutrition principles taught in relationship to exercise.
Unsatisfactory course grade - Remediation during Module XII. WILL DELAY DPT 805 Internship. WILL DELAY GRADUATION from the program.

DPT 707
Management of Cardiopulmonary Dysfunction   (4)

Cardiac and pulmonary pathophysiology of patients to include physical therapy management of clients, laboratory and lecture.
Unsatisfactory course grade - Remediation during Module XII. WILL DELAY DPT 805 Internship. WILL DELAY GRADUATION from the program.

DPT 708
Prosthetics and Orthotics   (3)

Examination and intervention through application of prosthetic and orthotic devices for patients (clients). Analysis of gait patterns created through use of prosthetic and orthotic devices; includes laboratory.
Unsatisfactory course grade - Remediation during Module XII. WILL DELAY DPT 805 Internship. WILL DELAY GRADUATION from the program.

DPT 709 (809)
Directed Research I (II)  (1) (1)

Guided instruction in the development, planning and writing of a case study. Final submission of an article critique.
Unsatisfactory course grade - Remediation during Module XII. WILL DELAY DPT 805 Internship. WILL DELAY GRADUATION from the program.

Total Module IX Credits 18

 

Module X (4 weeks)

DPT 800
Clinical Decision Making with Complex Patient (Client)   (4)

Role of physical therapy in rehabilitation of client with complex and/ or multiple problems of the neurologic, musculoskeletal, and/ or cardiopulmonary systems. Emphasis on clinical problem solving to obtain the desired functional outcome for the client. Guided instruction to assist the student to make appropriate clinical decisions regarding examination, intervention(s) with emphasis on functional outcomes, clinical decisions to progress the patient with relevant therapeutic exercise programs. Emphasis on use of evidence based research to determine intervention(s). Videotaped client case presentations will follow patient through the numerous levels of care including intensive care to home care; laboratory and lecture.
Unsatisfactory course grade - Remediation during Module XII. WILL DELAY DPT 805 Internship. WILL DELAY GRADUATION from the program.

DPT 801
Management of the Pediatric Client  (4)

Systematic, problem-solving approach to the pediatric client with emphasis on prevention, etiology, clinical manifestations, examination and interventions. Identify central issues related to therapeutic intervention for children and their families; includes laboratory.
Unsatisfactory course grade - Remediation during Module XII. WILL DELAY DPT 805 Internship. WILL DELAY GRADUATION from the program.

Total Module X Credits 8

 

MODULE XI (4 WEEKS)

DPT 802
Principles of Administration and Management   (4)

Organization and administration of a physical therapy department including budget considerations, reimbursement methods, hiring-interviewing techniques, medical-legal-ethical issues and roles of team members including PTA.
Unsatisfactory course grade - Remediation during Module XII. WILL DELAY DPT 805 Internship. WILL DELAY GRADUATION from the program.

DPT 803
Geriatric Health and Wellness   (4)

Holistic approach to geriatric client as an active participant in health-care process. Focus on normal developmental process of aging, preventive care and management of pathological aging.
Unsatisfactory course grade - Remediation during Module XII. WILL DELAY DPT 805 Internship. WILL DELAY GRADUATION from the program.

Total Module XI Credits 8

 

Module XII (6 weeks)

DPT 804
Advanced Clinical Practice Selective Tracks  (12)

Advanced study in selected topic areas including the broad spectrum of primary clinical practice settings. Generally, students focus on one of threeareas: musculoskeletal, neuromuscular or research. Topics included may vary from year to year. Emphasis will be on advanced clinical or research skills to prepare students for today's demanding health-care environment. Goal is to prepare students for six-month internship.

In lieu of advanced study in one of threeareas, selected student(s) may request an independent study in physical therapy. Request to be generated by student through a faculty sponsor. Requires advanced approval (by end of Year II of the DPT curriculum) of the Department of Physical Therapy Education faculty.

Student contact time per selective will be 144 hours (six weeks x 24 hours per week with much of the course taught in a mock clinical setting with patients/clients present).
Unsatisfactory course grade - Remediation during Module XII. WILL DELAY DPT 805 Internship. WILL DELAY GRADUATION from the program.

Total Module XII Credits 12

 

Module XIII (24 weeks)

DPT 805
Internship   (12)

Six-month (24 weeks) clinical internship to provide opportunity for integration of didactic knowledge and advanced clinical competency development. Clinical education model of 2 DPT students to 1 clinical preceptor. Daily use of computer to acquire research evidence to support clinical decision making for each client. Internet connections among students, preceptor and DPTE faculty. Synchronous and non-synchronous chat rooms.
Unsatisfactory course grade for this course will require remediation in another clinical setting. The number of weeks required (up to 24 weeks) will be determined by the course instructor in cooperation with the clinical preceptor. A second Unsatisfactory course grade may result in dismissal from the program. 

DPT 809
Directed Research II  (1)

Completion of case study to include submission in publication ready format.
Unsatisfactory course grade - Remediation following Module XII. WILL DELAY GRADUATION from the program.

Total Module XIII Credits 13

 

Module XIV

Electives            
One week of electives administered in a continuing education format.
Guest Faculty
No course grade will be given for the week of electives.