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Course Descriptions in Sequence*

Course #

YEAR 1

Credit Hours

AHPT 800

Human Anatomy: This course integrates human anatomy and human physiology. In preparation for clinical studies, students will be expected to learn basic principles of neurophysiology and muscle function. The application of anatomy to clinical practice is included. Course content will be presented but not limited to lecture format, small group co-operative learning session, and laboratory participation. It is a class expectation that all students participate in human cadaver dissection to prepare them for the practical examination requirements of the course. Other learning methods will involve the use of computerized dissections programs, cadaver prosections and full body hands-on dissection experiences. (to be taught at VCOM) This course prepares students to participate in their second clinical internship experience.

7

AHPT 810

Exercise Physiology: The exercise physiology course will examine and apply theories, principles, and evaluate the affects of physical effort on human performance. Emphasis will be placed on the metabolic/ energy transfer systems of the body and muscle structure on a histological level. The course will also assess the effects of physical activity e.g. cardiovascular, pulmonary, and neurological influences on human performance across the lifespan. Students will have learning experiences in monitoring of vital signs and changes in during exercises/functional activities, physical experiences to various types of exercises programs, explore the influence of diet and exercise in relation to percent body fat an changes in weight.

3

AHPT 812

Clinical Medicine I: Clinical Medicine I is the first in a series of course designed to provide physical therapy students with a general knowledge and understanding of human pathology. The course introduces students to medical terminology, develops an understanding of disease processes, the integumentary system and facilitates students in the application and analysis of medical pathology in patient care. Course content includes an introduction inflammation processes, integumentary conditions and underlying pathology, fundamental processes of wound healing, wound stages, debridement, risk assessment scales, wound prevention , natural and acquired immunity and immunodeficiency, hypersensitivity, anaphylaxis, and transplantation, endocrine system, pituitary gland/ hormones, tumors, adrenal gland, diabetes, thyroid, parathyroid, FSH, LH, fluid balance, and hormone regulation.

3

AHPT 814

Patient Management I: This course provides a foundation for examination skills relevant to orthopedics, neurological, cardiopulmonary, and integumentary pathologies. The course introduces students to the Nagi model of disablement and to the five elements of patient/client management as described in the Guide to Physical Therapist Practice. Primary areas of emphasis are examination procedures including history taking, systems review, and basic tests and measures such as assessment of vital signs, reflexes, joint range of motion, and strength. Students will also learn documentation using SOAP note format. Successful completion of this course requires students to utilize and integrate topics such as medical terminology and muscle origins and insertions from related content areas.

4

AHPT 816

Theory and Practice I: This course introduces students to basic therapeutic technique such as banding, positioning, transfers, gait training, and the use of modalities. The course will cover basic clinical techniques such as bandaging, positioning, transfers, gait training and advancement of, w/c assessment and fitting, the use therapeutic exercise, application of modalities heat/cold, ultrasound, and nerve and muscle stimulating currents. The course is designed to prepare students to critically analyze a patient case scenario and provide appropriate interventions to maximize patient outcomes in the acute, sub-acute, and homecare environments. Theory and Practice I is a prerequisite requirement for Theory and Practice II..

4

AHPT 818

Neuroscience: This class is an integrated presentation of neuroscience and neurophysiology with emphasis on the sensory and motor functions of the human nervous system. In preparation for clinical studies, students are expected to learn the anatomy of the human nervous system, basic principles of neurophysiology, and muscle function, as well as the effects of disease on the nervous system. This class is devoted to regional gross structure and function of the nervous system, including the head, neck, upper extremity, superficial back, spine, thorax, abdomen, pelvis, and lower extremity. The student is introduced to clinical problem identification through discussion of the anatomical bases for somatic dysfunction.  Emphasis is placed on building the relationship between structure and function of the neuromusculoskeletal system and the clinical implications of dysfunction.

2

AHPT 820

Kinesiology/Biomechanics: This course will examine the interaction of bones, joints, muscles, and external forces that are responsible for movement. Students will study the major joints complexes of the human body. Learning objectives for each joint complex will include the basics of kinetics, biomechanics in association with muscles, connective tissues and bones connected to that specific joint. The origins, insertions, actions of the muscles and in some joint complexes, patterns of physical dysfunction will also be discussed as it relates to normal movement..

3

AHPT 824

Clinical Medicine II: Clinical Medicine II is the second in a series of courses designed to acquaint students with medical aspects of and pathology of diseases and disabilities. This unit is orthopedically oriented and follows Patient Management I and Theory and Practice I to reinforce concepts and skills developed in the identified courses. Included are special units on management of hand problems, maternal adaptation to pregnancy, burn management, and abuse/neglect/ and domestic violence across the lifespan. This course prepares students to participate in AHPT 830 Clinical Internship I.

3

AHPT 826

Patient Management II: This course continues the series on musculoskeletal evaluation, which culminates with Advanced Orthopedics. This course is based on the Cyriax principles for examination of orthopedic dysfunctions of the extremities and spine. The course prepares students to examine, evaluate, prognosis, and develop a plan of care for patients with extremity and spinal dysfunctions. The course content supplements content areas of Theory and Practice I & II, Kinesiology- biomechanics and Clinical Medicine I & II. Successful completion of the course requires the application and integration of materials presented in Patient Management I, Gross Anatomy, Exercise Physiology, and Clinical Medicine I. This course prepares students to participation in their first clinical internships. Teaching methods include lecture, laboratory sessions, case studies, clinical observations, and patient demonstration.

4

AHPT 828

Theory and Practice II: This course focuses on treatment intervention techniques such as therapeutic exercise, massage, extremity mobilization, spinal tractions, and prepares students to design, implement, and evaluate intervention programs. The course prepares students to perform patient interventions specifically in the outpatient setting, acute care, subacute, rehabilitation, and homecare environments. The course integrates learning content from anatomy, neuroanatomy, patient management courses, clinical medicine and kinesiology-biomechanics. Theory and Practice II prepares students to participate successfully in their first clinical internship experience.

4

AHPT 830

Clinical Internship I: Clinical Internship I is the first in a series of courses designed to provide physical therapy students with an opportunity to apply the first year of didactic learning through a real world experience. This is the first of a series of three internships. This internship will be 40 hours per week for 12 weeks. The learning goal of the clinical education process is based on the hierarchical pattern. The initial clinical internship emphasizes basic examination, evaluation, and treatment intervention skills primarily found in nursing homes, inpatient rehabilitation facilities and outpatient rehabilitation clinical sites. Each student will be assigned an on-site Clinical Instructor who will provide one-on-one supervision during the clinical internship. As the student becomes more competent, the student will assess problems, practice evaluation skills, formulate goals and apply treatment techniques.

9

 

Year 1 Total

 46

 

Course #

YEAR 2

Credit Hours

AHPT 840

Management of Special Populations (Orthotics, Prosthetics, Advanced Specialty Topics): The course introduces students to the components of normal and pathological gait across the lifespan. The normal mechanics of gait are the basis for the biomechanical assessment of the foot and ankle and patients management for orthotic and prosthetic prescription and training. Patients with gait dysfunction will be analyzed across diagnoses and practice patterns as described in the Guide to Physical Therapists Practice. The course develops strategies for the treatment of patient who use orthotic and prosthetic devices dealing with gait dysfunctions. This course prepares students to participate in their second clinical internship experience.

3

AHPT 842

Professional Affairs: The course will introduce students to methods/ strategies used in clinical reasoning, professional conduct, standards of practice, cultural sensitivity, and legal/ ethical issues dealing with physical therapy. The course will also discuss the goals and priorities of and the mission of the APTA. The course will introduce students to the medical system, the professional environment of physical therapy and the patient/ therapist relationship and its importance in patient outcomes. The need for cultural sensitivity and strategies dealing with cultural diversity in clinical practice will be introduced. The course will discuss elements of malpractice and ethical decision in the provision of physical therapy.

2

AHPT 844

Neuromuscular Development and Control I: The course emphasizes the theoretical and clinical basis for the examination and treatment of patients with neurological impairments. Historical and current theories of CNS function, motor control, motor learning, and motor development will be used as the framework for this learning experience. Examination procedures and findings and their implications for therapeutic interventions will be examined as described in the Guide to Physical Therapist Practice. The format for the course will be lecture/lab style, including patient demonstrations and case studies, movement analysis and examinations tests and measures. This course prepares students to participate in their second clinical internship experience.

4

AHPT 846

Clinical Medicine III: Clinical Medicine III provides an overview of pathological conditions affecting the central and peripheral neurological systems. Physicians, rehabilitation specialists, and healthcare professionals supplement selected presentations. Emphasis is placed on knowledge of pathology, recognition of clinical signs and symptoms as well as disease/disability neurodysfunction. Students will reflect on neurological diagnoses presented in class and work through the five elements of the patient management cycle. This course prepares students for their second and third clinical internship experiences.

3

AHPT 848

Pharmacology: The course is the study of drugs with an emphasis on how drugs affect physical therapy. The course will cover pharmacotherapeutics of specific drugs that are used to prevent, treat, or diagnose disease; pharmacokinetics to understand how the body handles a drug including differences for different age groups and health circumstances; and pharmacodynamics for what a drug does to the body including side effects. Pharmacology is fundamental for disease management as well as appreciating medical health and wellness. This course prepares students for their second and third clinical internships.

2

AHPT 850

Psychosocial Elements of Illness and Disability: The course introduces and examines the psychosocial concepts and factors affecting the patient, family, and the patient/ therapist relationship in caring for individuals experiencing acute, chronic, and terminal illness. It explores the relationships and interactions between patient and society with respect to physical disability and disease. Students will also explore areas of ageism, cultural diversity, elder, child abuse, and domestic violence.

2

AHPT 852

Research/Scientific Inquiry I: The course addresses research designs and statistic analyses used in physical therapy and rehabilitation research. Students will learn to conduct, interpret, and analyze descriptive and inferential statistics, including group comparisons and regression, for ordinal data or in literature. Students will also be introduced to the importance of the use of evidence-based practice in the practice of physical therapy.

2

AHPT 860

Advanced Orthopedics: The course integrates materials previously learned in anatomy, kinesiology-biomechanics, and patient management I & II. The focus of the course is on advanced examinations and intervention skill for the patient with spinal and TMJ musculoskeletal impairments, with an emphasis on evidenced-based practice. Teaching methods for the course include lecture, discussion, lab experiences, on-site ergonomic analysis, patient demonstration, case studies, student presentations and discussions. There will be written and groups assignments. Lab participation is required for this course. This course prepares students for their second and third clinical internships.

4

AHPT 862

Differential Diagnosis/Imaging: The client management of patient care will serve as the framework to present patient examination methods that lead to diagnostic reasoning that physical therapist use in clinical decision making. The course will rely on case study examples to be used in the process of gathering relative clinical information to screen for pathology and physical impairments. Students will master the knowledge required for diagnostic imaging principles and techniques as they apply to physical therapy. Standard imaging procedures that will be addressed in the course include radiography, fluoroscopy, arthrography, magnetic resonance imaging, CT scans, and angiography, nuclear medicine and special procedures.

3

AHPT 864

Health Policy and Administration: The course may review management styles related to the healthcare industry emphasizing current and future trends, management, communications, group dynamics, program development, patient outcomes, and ethical and legal issues. Teaching methods used will include lecture, in-class discussions, student article analysis and presentations, and individual assignments.

3

AHPT 866

Neuromuscular Development and Control II: The course is the second in a sequence of neuromuscular patient management content areas. The course will examine the theoretical and clinical basis for the treatment of neurological pathologies. The course builds on previous course contents such as Neuromuscular Dev/ Control I, Patient Management I & II and the Clinical Medicine sequence. Historical and current treatment approaches and their relationship to CNS function, motor control, motor learning and development will be used as the framework for this process. Clinical implications and applications of treatment approaches will be discussed as they relate to specific diagnostic categories as described in the Guide to Physical Therapist Practice. The format for this course will be lecture/lab style, including patient demonstration, case studies, movement analysis, and treatment procedures. This course prepares students to participate in their second and third clinical internships.

4

AHPT 864

Principles of Teaching & Learning: The course examines the principles of learning across the lifespan. The integration and application of teaching strategies and methods selected and developed for a specific audience will be emphasized. This course explores issues regarding teaching peers, patients, caregivers, families, and the community. The course may develop teaching skills appropriate for different audiences across the lifespan and in different settings. Students may develop and integrate learning and instructional theories and methods with technological communication media essential to educate individuals and groups. 

2

AHPT 868

Research/Scientific Inquiry II: This course is the second in a sequence of research based courses. The course will explore the concepts, problems, needs, and issues involved in conducting and evaluating research in physical therapy. The nature, relevance, and application of qualitative and quantitative research methods will be examined as they related to assessment and intervention outcomes in evidence-based practice. Students will demonstrate competencies in preparation and development of a scholarly proposal for a keystone project as part the curriculum requirements for graduation.

2

AHPT 870

Clinical Internship II: This is the second of a series of three internships. This internship will be 40 hours per week for 12 weeks. The learning goal of the clinical education process is based on the hierarchical pattern. Each clinical internship builds off of previous didactic knowledge  and clinical internship experience(s) developing the student's clinical knowledge, critical thinking skills, and practical application skills. As students progress through the clinical internships, the focus is on the complex patient examination, evidence based care and treatment, use of critical thinking and clinical reasoning skills in order to meet entry level demands of practice. The focus of this internship is to progress professional behaviors and adult learning and decision-making for medically complex patients. Students will have the opportunity to practice the skills they have learned in supervised clinical settings including any previous setting not yet experienced within nursing homes, inpatient rehabilitation facilities, and outpatient rehabilitation clinical sites as well as opportunity to participate in supervised practice in acute or home health settings.

10

 

Year 2 Total

 46

 

Course #

YEAR 3

Credit Hours

AHPT 880

Cardiopulmonary Patient Care Management: The course prepares students to provide comprehensive interventions to individuals suffering from cardiopulmonary etiologies. The course provides students with non-invasive strategies to maximize patient outcomes. Emphasis will be place on the primary and secondary diagnoses of cardiopulmonary dysfunction which limit an individual's optimal level of functions. The course prepares students to participate in their third and final clinical internship experience.

4

AHPT 882

Comprehensive Patient Care: Comprehensive Patient Care integrates both clinical and basic science knowledge and skills acquired throughout the curriculum by analyzing patients with multiple medical and physical diagnoses. Students will have the opportunity to apply problem solving skills to the dynamic interaction of multiple systems (physiological, biomechanical, psychological, social, cultural, and environmental) and their impact on the disease and recovery process. Tests, measures, and interventions will be discussed related to the diagnostic categories described in the Guide to Physical Therapist Practice. The format of this course will include a variety of learning experiences including presentations by expert clinicians, small group discussions, and written assignments. The course prepares students to participate in their third and final clinical internship experience.

3

AHPT 884

Pediatrics: The Pediatric course is based on the Guidelines for Pediatric Content in Professional Physical Therapy Education from the Pediatric Section of the American Physical Therapy Association. Upon completion of the course students will have the specific body of knowledge needed for entry-level pediatric physical therapy practice. Didactic content will include: child development, pediatric disorders and illness, developmental testing, pediatric patient/family management, and service delivery issues in all settings. Students will explore evidence-based medicine for further investigation of the efficacy of physical therapy outcome measures in pediatrics. Major emphasis will be on the development of critical thinking and the ability to integrate knowledge from previous core curriculum content areas. The comprehensive group case study will provide students the ability to explore team roles, research disorders and integrate treatment strategies with their particular case. Students will be required to do an observation of a treatment or examination of child by a pediatric therapist at local clinical sites. It is the responsibility of students to initiate contacting the clinical site and arranging the observation period.

4

AHPT 886

Preventative Health and Wellness: Preventative Health and Wellness is a combination of four independent but interrelated topics important to the education of physical therapist: 1) prevention, 2) health promotion, 3) fitness and 4) wellness. These topics contribute to the ultimate goal of optimum health for individual/ patients of all ages in the community. Components of health promotion and wellness programs are presented with the emphasis on intervention, prevention, and promotion of health wellness, and fitness. The relationship among good behaviors, health education, and health promotion will be explored.

3

AHPT 888

Research/Scientific Inquiry III: Research/ Scientific Inquiry III is a continuation of Research/ Scientific Inquiry II. Student will perform data collection and analysis in conducting and evaluating research in physical therapy. Data collection and analysis will provide students the foundation research results to be used in the completion of their keystone research curriculum requirement necessary for graduation. Students will work in small groups in cooperation with and under the supervision of a research committee.

2

AHPT 890

Clinical Internship III: This is the last of a series of three internships. This internship is the finale of clinical internships and of didactic curriculum. It will be 40 hours per week for 12 weeks. The focus of this internship is to assimilate didactic knowledge of professional behaviors and decision-making for medically complex patients. Students will have the opportunity to enhance the skills they have learned in the classroom and supervised clinical settings in an practice area licensed physical therapists practice. At the conclusion of this course, students will be expected to have entry-level skills in the practice of physical therapy.

10

AHPT 892

Research/Scientific Inquiry IV: Research / Scientific Inquiry IV is the final course in the Research Scientific Inquiry sequence. Students will complete their Cap Stone research project through the data analysis, results, and conclusion phases of their project. Students will prepare a research product for presentation and publication. Each student is responsible for the scholarship work and adhering to work product deadlines as presented. It is expected that each research product presented will be suitable for publication.

2

 

Year 3 Total

 28

* Subject to change