Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT)
DPT 1620. CA Health Promotion. (1.5 Credit Hours)
This course utilizes clinical case scenarios to develop psychomotor and clinical decision making skills. Case topics focus on screening tools and program planning for prevention and health promotion needs of the client. Learners will complete a client/patient interview to determine a course of action. In addition, the manual therapy examination and intervention techniques of palpation and soft tissue mobilization are components of the course. This course also includes mandatory professional compliance modules.
DPT 1621. CA Musculoskeletal Lower Quad. (2 Credit Hours)
The case scenarios used in this course concentrate on lower quadrant musculoskeletal disorders across a diverse patient population. The foundational skills needed for practice including basic examination procedures, determination of a diagnosis and prognosis, and development of a plan of care are addressed. Transfer training and the safe use of assistive gait devices are also included within the course content. Thermal biophysical agents are also a component. The learner will also be assigned lab time within a clinical setting to participate in patient care.
DPT 1640. Research & Statistics. (2 Credit Hours)
The need to make clinical decisions based on the application of evidence requires an understanding of the fundamentals of research methods and analysis. The course is the first in a series of two geared to providing a framework for the integration of evidence into clinical practice. Focus within this course is on basics of research design and implementation. The latter portion of this course focuses on statistical methods and their application in the health care literature.
DPT 1641. Epidemiology and Evidence Based Practice. (1 Credit Hour)
This course focuses on the basic concept of epidemiology and biostatics to assist in making evidence based health care decisions. An understanding of data summaries, population descriptions, risk classification, predictive statistics and outcomes is critical. The application of research fundamentals into clinical practice is the center of this course. Using the framework of the World Health Organization's International Classification of Functioning, Disability, and Health (ICF) model the participant will actively engage in the evaluation of available information to determine the course of care.
DPT 1650. FS Anatomy. (9 Credit Hours)
This course provides an in-depth study of the human body. One of the unique privileges in the anatomy course will be to dissect a human body. Special emphasis is placed on developmental anatomy and normal radiographic anatomy. Learners will be expected to understand gross anatomy, neuroanatomy, select embryology, and radiographic anatomy of the human body. This course will also include clinical correlation labs which coincide with the area of the body being studied.
DPT 1651. FS Health Promotion. (4.5 Credit Hours)
This Foundational Sciences course addresses the underlying physiological issues related to health and well-being. The physiology of the musculoskeletal, cardiac, respiratory and immune systems is covered. The physiological responses to exercise for health are addressed.
DPT 1652. FS Musculoskeletal Lower Quad. (4.5 Credit Hours)
This course is an introduction to general biomechanics, tissue mechanics, and biomechanics of the lower quadrant. This includes the lumbar spine, pelvis/sacrum, and the lower extremity. Gait and locomotion are primary topics. Pain pathways and mechanisms are presented. Motor behavior with an emphasis in motor learning is introduced.
DPT 1660. PM Health Promotion. (2 Credit Hours)
Implementation of the patient management model as outlined in the Guide to Physical Therapist Practice begins with this course. This course concentrates on the provision of services that promote the health and quality of life within diverse patient populations. Exercise testing and prescription are covered. An interprofessional experience related to nutrition and nutritional health is also included.
DPT 1661. PM Musculoskeletal Lower Quad. (8 Credit Hours)
This course focuses on the management and care of patients with impairments in body function and structure, activity limitations or participation restrictions related to the lower quadrant. Principles of differential diagnosis are introduced. Learners are expected to make clinical decisions regarding patient intervention based on the evaluation of gathered data. Safe and efficient applications of examination and intervention procedures are taught. This course also presents information related to the medical and surgical management of patients with lower quadrant dysfunction.
DPT 1680. Health Promotion Practicum. (2 Credit Hours)
This two-week practicum is designed to provide learners with opportunities to participate in prevention, health promotion, fitness, and wellness programs for individuals, groups, and communities. Learners complete practicum experiences in a variety of settings including school systems, community and corporate wellness centers, hospital and clinic-based specialty services, or non-profit organizations.
DPT 1690. Professional Issues & Development 1. (3 Credit Hours)
This course introduces learners to a wide variety of topics related to the physical therapy profession. An emphasis is placed on professional behaviors, student development, and interprofessional practice concepts. The Diversity Health Series is introduced, along with lifespan issues related to health and wellness and the practice of physical therapy.
DPT 1691. Professional Issues & Development 2. (1 Credit Hour)
This course addresses theoretical and practical applications of teaching and learning, patient/client education, and health literacy. Documentation and clinical education models are key components of this course. This course also includes mandatory professional compliance modules.
DPT 2038. Research in Physical Therapy. (1-2 Credit Hours)
This elective course is designed to introduce students to conducting research in Physical Therapy. Students must have a faculty mentor agree to supervise them prior to enrolling in the course. Students who choose a research elective are generally expected to take a total of four research electives with their faculty mentor over their course of student in the Doctor of Physical Therapy program.
DPT 2042. Book Club on Disability Awareness. (1 Credit Hour)
During this on-line elective course, students will read and discuss an autobiography of an individual with a disability. Group discussion of the book will enhance understanding and perception of how individuals with disability recover and return to life tasks. Students will consider how their professional roles may impact their relationship with patients and caregivers.
DPT 2058. Stroke Camp. (2 Credit Hours)
This elective course will allow third year DPT students to provide intensive physical therapy to a small group of community dwelling individuals post-stroke. The students will complete pre- and post-camp testing using a variety of standardized measures, develop a plan of care and administer physical therapy intervention. The small group setting will allow prompt feedback from supervising therapists to students regarding their skill set. The week-long camp will be held on the DMU campus during the break between Clinical Internship II and Year 3 fall term.
DPT 2066. Foundationl Manual Skill: Peer Teaching. (1 Credit Hour)
This elective course is a platform by which the participant will continue to develop competence in performing fundamental manual skills related to the practice of physical therapy. The course uses a learn-teach-learn model of instruction. The student will be asked to learn a skill, then teach that skill to others, and then critically analyze their performance in order to improve. The students will be asked to assist in teaching muscle performance and joint motion measurement, abdominal exam, head and neck exam, and sensory testing. Each student will be assigned a small group of first year PT students (4 - 8) as a teaching / learning team.
DPT 2079. Yoga as Medicine. (1 Credit Hour)
The elective course explores the concept of integrative medicine by using yoga as a healing art. The biopsychosocial model of patient care will be incorporated in studying yoga's neurophysiology and biomechanics and its Eastern traditions of meditation, asana, and pranayama. Experiential knowledge is key in the understanding and practice of yoga; therefore, participants will be required to practice asana (physical postures), meditation, and pranayama (yogic breathing) throughout the course. No experience in yoga is necessary.
DPT 2622A. CA Musculoskeletal Upper Quad 1. (1 Credit Hour)
The case scenarios used in this course focus on the evaluation and interventions associated with head, cervical and thoracic spine dysfunction. Cases are included to continue the development of examination skills. The determination of a diagnosis, prognosis and plan of care for diverse client / patient problems is integrated. The application of electrotherapeutic modalities is included. Learners will be required to participate in a DMU sponsored community screening or clinical observations.
DPT 2622B. CA-Musculoskeletal Upper Quad 2. (0.5 Credit Hours)
This course will focus on the evaluation and interventions associated with upper extremity dysfunction. The course includes cases that continue to develop examination and intervention skills. The determination of a diagnosis, prognosis and plan of care for a variety of diverse client / patient problems are done via case presentations.
DPT 2623. CA Neuromuscular Systems. (2.5 Credit Hours)
This course concentrates on the acquisition of clinical decision making and psychomotor skills related to direct patient care. Cases include clients/patients with movement system issues related to neuromuscular or cardiovascular / pulmonary disorders. Cultural diversity, developmental considerations, and effects of aging are considered. Various patient and clinical labs will be conducted both on and off the DMU campus.
DPT 2630. Clinical Education Experience 1. (10 Credit Hours)
This ten-week supervised clinical experience is designed to provide learners with the first full-time opportunity to utilize skills and clinical reasoning in the management of patients with musculoskeletal disorders. Learners will integrate the five elements of patient management: examination, evaluation, diagnosis, prognosis and intervention. Patient caseloads during the clinical experience may vary and could range from specialty clinics to general hospital outpatient departments. Learners will complete the outpatient clinical education requirement during this experience.
DPT 2653A. FS Musculoskeletal Upper Quad 1. (2.5 Credit Hours)
The biomechanics of the upper quadrant is primary content area. An introduction to normal development in the first year of life is addressed. Changes related to normal aging is a component of the course. The initial portion of an evidence based practice project is accomplished during this course and completed during the next term.
DPT 2653B. FS Musculoskeletal Upper Quad 2. (1 Credit Hour)
The biomechanics and function of the upper extremity are the primary content within this course. It also includes the last part of the evidence based practice project, where the students are expected to organize literature findings and synthesize evidence.
DPT 2654. FS Neuromuscular Systems. (3 Credit Hours)
This course focuses on the neural basis of movement, relating structure to function and describing the integrated control of posture, balance, and gait in both normal and abnormal systems. Special topics that are important to movement control, including sleep, social and cognitive development, and genetics are presented. A significant amount of the course work involves using current research evidence to understand movement control and its application to clinical practice.
DPT 2662A. PM Musculoskeletal Upper Quad 1. (5 Credit Hours)
This course focuses on the management and care of a client / patient with impairments, activity limitations and participation restrictions related to the head, and cervical / thoracic musculoskeletal systems. The learner is expected to make clinical judgments regarding clients / patient's intervention based on the evaluation of data gathered. Safe and efficient applications of examination and intervention procedures are taught. The course also includes content related to the medical and surgical management of the client / patient with musculoskeletal pathologies within these areas. Occupational medicine concepts are covered.
DPT 2662B. PM Musculoskeletal Upper Quad 2. (3 Credit Hours)
This course's focus is on the management and care of a client/patient with impairments, activity limitations and participation restrictions related to the upper extremity. The learner is expected to make clinical judgments regarding clients/patients' intervention based on the evaluation of data gathered. Safe and efficient applications of examination and intervention procedures are taught. The course also includes content related to the medical and surgical management of the client/patient with upper extremity musculoskeletal pathologies.
DPT 2663. PM Cardiopulmonary Systems. (3 Credit Hours)
The management of clients / patients with cardiovascular/ pulmonary disorders is the key content of this course. Course work related to the medical and surgical management of the client / patient with cardiovascular / pulmonary pathologies is covered. Evaluation and intervention procedures in acute and critical care environments will also be a focus. Participation in an ICU experience is included. Cultural diversity, developmental considerations, and effects of aging are considered as the material of this course is presented.
DPT 2664. PM Neuromuscular Systems. (7 Credit Hours)
This course progresses the learner through the patient management model of examination, evaluation, diagnosis, prognosis, intervention, and discharge planning for patients with neuromuscular conditions. This includes the care and management of patients across the lifespan, including pediatric and adult populations. Throughout this course, medical management and functional related outcomes are highlighted. Hands-on problem solving are emphasized during the laboratory components. The course utilizes the integration of motor control, motor learning, and motor development during the planning of interventions for movement related disorders.
DPT 2692A. Professional Issues & Development 3. (0.5 Credit Hours)
The professional issues and development series continues with content related to regulatory and reimbursement issues in various physical therapy practice settings. This course also includes mandatory professional compliance modules.
DPT 2692B. Professional Issues & Development 4. (1 Credit Hour)
This course includes content related to professional behaviors and ethical issues associated with client/patient care. Use of support personnel is introduced. The Diversity Health Series continues. This course also includes mandatory professional compliance modules.
DPT 2693. Professional Issues & Development 5. (2.5 Credit Hours)
This course addresses content related to management principles needed for a successful physical therapy practice. Historical and present healthcare environment is explored. Current professional topics that affect delivery of healthcare are introduced and advocacy skills are practiced with participation in lobbying efforts and a mock House of Delegates. Career preparation is included with the development of cover letters and resumes. This course also includes mandatory professional compliance modules.
DPT 3610. Civic Engagement. (1 Credit Hour)
The purpose of the civic engagement course is to encourage the development of physical therapists as socially responsible professionals with greater awareness of community resources. The reflective practitioner will internalize an appreciation for the value of service. The experiences associated with this course are varied. Service in three categories is required a) to the Community, b) to the Profession, and c) to the University. The design of an individual learner's plan should reflect a desire to move beyond their comfort zone. Participation involving underserviced or diverse populations is encouraged.
DPT 3631. Clinical Education Experience 2. (10 Credit Hours)
This ten-week full-time supervised clinical experience is designed to provide learners with experiences in direct patient management. Students will integrate the five elements of patient management: examination, evaluation, diagnosis, prognosis and intervention. Patient caseloads during the clinical internship may vary. Experiences could be in practice settings from hospital acute care, acute rehabilitation centers, outpatient clinics, skilled nursing centers, home health, or specialty clinics (e.g. geriatrics, pediatrics, sports medicine). Learners will complete either the inpatient or elective clinical education requirement during this experience.
DPT 3632. Clinical Education Experience 3. (8 Credit Hours)
This course is the first of two final, full-time eight-week supervised clinical experiences completed in the last term of the third year. It is designed to provide learners with experiences in direct patient management of various patient populations. Learners will have the opportunity to integrate all curricular content and begin to manage a full patient caseload. Opportunities are available in a broad spectrum of clinical settings. Learners will complete either the inpatient or elective clinical education requirement during this experience.
DPT 3633. Clinical Education Experience 4. (8 Credit Hours)
This course is the second of two final, full-time eight-week supervised clinical experiences completed in the last term of the third year. It is designed to provide learners with experiences in direct patient management of various patient populations. Learners will have the opportunity to integrate all curricular content and begin to manage a full patient caseload. Opportunities are available in a broad spectrum of clinical settings. Learners will complete either the inpatient or elective clinical education requirement during this experience.
DPT 3670. Practice Topics. (10 Credit Hours)
Topics within this course include women/men's health, pain management, and integumentary disorders. Clinical medicine topics cover renal, gastrointestinal, endocrine, and infectious disease. Thrust manipulation is a key focus. Complementary therapies such as yoga, tai chi, pilates, and myofascial release are introduced. Additional therapeutic exercise strategies are also included. Case based learning emphasizes clinical decision making in patient management and efficient use of resources. A culminating activity regarding evidence based practice included.
DPT 3694. Professional Issues & Development 6. (3.5 Credit Hours)
The learner will be exposed to business development and skills needed to expand or start up a physical therapy practice. Management and compliance programs as well as Legal Aspects of Health Care as related to the delivery of physical therapy services are also addressed. During this course the Diversity Health Series is completed and a certificate of completion is awarded. This course also includes mandatory professional compliance modules.