Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science

  • DPT Program - Course Descriptions

    Summer Session - Year 1

    PTRS:5101 (101:140) Introduction to Physical Therapy Practice I

    • This course consists of lectures, case presentations, and group activities using the Guide to Physical Therapist Practice. Major topics include the elements of the patient/client management model, concepts of the disablement model, and preferred practice patterns as applied in clinical problems. The importance of professionalism, professional socialization, and an introduction to evidence-based practice are other topics examined and discussed. Competence in medical terminology.

    PTRS:5102 (101:141) Principles of Physical Therapy I

    • Patient management skills: documentation, basic assessment, preambulatory activities, joint range-of-motion, strength assessment, patient transfers, gait assessment and training, negotiation of architectural barriers.

    PTRS:5205 (101:205) Health Promotion & Wellness

    • Overview of health promotion, fitness and wellness strategies, with background information on applied physiology (energy metabolism and physiological responses to exercise) exercise testing and training guidelines, body composition assessment, diet, body weight management; laboratories, development of individual weight management and exercise training programs.

    PCP:198 (414:198) UIHC Compliance Training

    • This course is taken as students sign-up for required training modules as part of their internship at UIHC.

    Fall Semester - Year 1

    ACB:5108 (060:108) Human Anatomy

    • Regional dissection, lectures, demonstrations, with emphasis on areas important to physical therapists.

    PATH:8133 (069:133) Introduction to Human Pathology

    • Human disease; basic disease processes, organ-related and multisystem diseases; case analysis.

    PTRS:5100 (101:120) Professional Issues & Ethics

    • Evolution of physical therapy and rehabilitation science as a profession; contemporary issues in education and practice; ethical theory and approaches to analyzing and acting on ethical problems; professional and peer relationships; professional behaviors.

    PTRS:5103 (101:142) Principles of Physical Therapy II

    • Continuation of PTRS:5102/101:141 (Principles of Physical Therapy I). Expans on previously learned skills; new skills as well as providing new learning experiences. These new learning areas include documentation, assessment of joint range of motion/goniometry, manual muscle testing, pre-ambulatory intervention strategies, postural assessment, gait analysis, and the ability to perform a musculoskeletal, neuromuscular, and integumentary systems review.

    PTRS:5144 (101:244) Inter-professional Education I: Team Based Approach to Healthcare

    • Development and interaction within small group of interprofessional students from physical therapy, medicine, pharmacy, dentistry, nursing, and public health; deans and faculty from each college facilitate; three-hour initial session for all disciplines followed by informal monthly electronic scenarios, second formal meeting followed by informal monthly electronic discussions.

    PTRS:5209 (101:209) Surface Anatomy

    • Laboratory teaching activities designated to parallel the human anatomy course and with the goal of developing observation, palpation, and problem solving skills. Upper- and lower-limb, head and neck, thorax, and abdomen are areas studied.

    PTRS:5210 (101:210) Kinesiology & Pathomechanics

    • Investigating normal and pathological movement based on understanding of muscle mechanics, segment and joint mechanics, muscle function; instructor- and student-centered learning experiences; EMG laboratories.

    PTRS:5235 (101:235) Case Based Learning I

    • Small-group seminars and simulated patient-instructor clinical assessment labs; two clinical cases per semester; clinical problems coordinated with concurrent coursework; student-centered, problem-based learning format with emphasis on evidence-based practice objectives. First in a two-course sequence.

     PTRS:5790 (101:189) Clinical Education I

    • Integrated clinical experiences in area physical therapy clinics. Multiple one-half or full-day experiences provide an overview of the diverse nature of practice. Students begin to develop basic skills in examination, intervention, and documentation.

    Spring Semester - Year 1

    ACB:8114 (060:234) Medical Neuroscience

    • Basic principles of neurophysiology, neuroanatomy; emphasis on human central nervous system; laboratory emphasis on anatomical study of spinal cord, brain.

    PTRS:5131 (101:131) Therapeutic Physical Agents

    • This course studies theoretical and practical applications for safe, effective use of physical agents (superficial and deep heat, cold, hydrotherapy, ultraviolet light), electrotherapeutic modalities (biofeedback, NMES). Students examine basic science mechanisms of pain, pain assessment and pain management, and massage and soft tissue mobilization. Emphasis is on problem solving and clinical decision making.

    PTRS:5201 (101:185) Musculoskeletal Therapeutics I

    • Students study musculoskeletal techniques and biomechanical principles applied to assessment and evaluation of common orthopedic problems. The course includes problem solving and case-study approach to clinical methods and skill acquisition.

    PTRS:5791 (101:190) Clinical Education II

    • Integrated clinical experiences in area physical therapy clnics are examined. Multiple one-day day experiences provide an overview of the diverse nature of practice. Students begin to develop basic skills in examination, intervention, and documentation.

    PTRS:5215 (101:201) Applied Clinical Medicine

    • Pathological disorders frequently encountered by physical therapists in clinical practice, addressed by physicians and health professionals who are not physical therapists; physical therapy management.

    PTRS:5206 (101:206) Cardiopulmonary Therapeutics

    • Cardiorespiratory anatomy, physiology, and application of basic concepts, techniques in management of patients with acute and chronic cardiac, pulmonary disorders; laboratories.

    PTRS:5236 (101:236) Case Based Learning II

    • Small-group seminars and simulated patient-instructor clinical assessment labs; two clinical cases per semester; clinical problems coordinated with concurrent course work; student-center, problem-based learning format with emphasis on evidence-based practice objectives. Second in a two-course sequence.

    Summer Session - Year 2

    PTRS:6120 (101:119) Physical Therapy Management & Administration I

    • The main topics of this course include the changing U.S. health care system, access to physical therapy services, reimbursement to health care providers, and mechanisms for controlling costs while providing quality care. Clinical vignettes, lecturers, and small group problem solving are utilized.

    PTRS:6143 (101:143) Selected Topics in Physical Therapy Practice

    • Specialty topics in physical therapy, such as industrial PT, women's health, aquatic therapy, patient care across the lifespan, alternative therapies, and/or current topics in PT. Focus is on critical evaluation of PT literature related to each topic.

    PTRS:6176 (101:176) Pharmacology for Physical Therapists

    • This course surveys contemporary pharmacology; including an overview of basic pharmokinetic and pharmacodynamic principles with special emphasis on the relation of drug therapy to therapeutic interventions provided by physical therapists. Student participation involves small group clinical case presentations.

    PTRS:6794 (101:194) Clinical Internship

    • Full-time clinical education divided among varied settings; development of competence in independent examination, evaluation and treatment of patients under supervision of clinical faculty.

    Fall Semester - Year 2

    PTRS:6122 (101:122) Psychosocial Aspects of Patient Care

    • Emotional reactions to disability, psychosocial aspects of disability as they relate to patient-physical therapist interaction; specific problems of the angry, non-compliant, or chronic pain patient; complementary roles of other health professionals; cultural competence applied to one’s own professional behavior and in patient treatment; importance of holistic health care. 

    PTRS:6134 (101:134) Physical Therapy Management of Integumentary System

    • This course will focus on physical therapy examination of and intervention for the integumentary system. The theoretical and practical applications for safe and effective use of physical agents, electrotherapeutic modalities, and wound dressings and other applicances, utilized in a practice of Physical Therapy will be addressed. Course lectures will include the physical principles, the biophysical effects, clinical application, indications and the contraindications of each intervention. The inflammatory process, types and classification of wounds, and patient education and prevention will be included. Emphasis will be placed onthe development of clinical decision-making and problem solving. Student participation in laboratory sessions will lead to the desired outcome of safe, effective, and efficient application of physical agents to physical therapy patients.

    PTRS:6145 (101:245) Inter-professional Education II: Teaching Neural & Musculoskeletal Evaluation Principles

    • Active involvement in integrating anatomy, kinesiology, and movement control principles as applied to a select group of pathologies with the goal of being able to teach content area; preassigned student group leaders; emphasis on student as active learner; opportunity to teach academic areas previously studied in first and second years of curriculum; may include teaching several of these musculoskeletal principles in a first-year medical student anatomy course. 

    PTRS:6170 (101:170) Prosthetics & Orthotics

    • Physical therapy management and assessment of patients in need of prosthetic and orthotic devices; principles and components of prosthetic and orthotic design and use.

    PTRS:6200 (101:200) Pediatric Physical Therapy

    • Preparation for physical therapy practice in pediatric settings using interdisciplinary family-centered practice; normal and abnormal development, standardized assessment, service-delivery settings, interventions, management strategies specific to pediatrics.

    PTRS:6202 (101:202) Musculoskeletal Therapeutics II

    • Pathology, assessment, management of orthopedic disorders of the upper quarter; problem-solving approach to evaluation and management of patients with musculoskeletal conditions.

    PTRS:6224 (101:224) Activity Based Neural and Musculoskeletal Plasticity in Healthcare

    • Sensorimotor mechanisms involved with normal and abnormal neuromuscular systems function; skeletal muscle properties/plasticity, muscle fatigue, neural mechanisms of muscle strengthening, spinal circuitry, simple and complex reflexes, spasticity, rigidity, posture control/balance, motor learning, applied neurological assessment of pathological conditions, such as stroke, SCI.

    PTRS:6237 (101:237) Service Learning I

    • This course is the first in a two-course series on service learning. During these courses, the students will identify community needs, develop a service-learning project in conjunction with a community partner, and carry out the project. Ideas related to social responsibility, advocacy and professionalism are explored through class room activities, reflective journaling, and readings.

    PTRS:6250 (101:248) Research in Physical Therapy

    • Topics relevant to evidence-based practice and research design. Students will learn to identify appropriate questions for research and clinical applications, efficiently locate and evaluate available evidence on a focused topic, identify critical issues affecting the validity of various research designs, and interpret basic statistical analyses.

    Spring Semester - Year 2

    PTRS:6121 (101:121) Physical Therapy Management & Administration II

    • Topics studied are principles of management in physical therapy practice, historical perspective and current health care environment, business principles, marketing, managing risk, medical legal aspects, and preparing for the future.

    PTRS:6133 (101:133) Pain Mechanisms & Treatment

    • This course will address the theoretical models for understanding the basis for pain. Pain assessment and physical therapy pain management will be addressed. Emphasis will be placed on the development of clinical decision-making and problem solving. Instructional methods include: lectures, case studies, independent assignments, and group discussions.

    PTRS:6204 (101:151) Progressive Functional Exercise

    • Therapeutic exercise options (e.g., isometrics, isotonics, isokinetics, plyometrics, endurance exercises, stretching exercises) and training principles; application to functional activities, including those of daily living, work, recreation, and sport; laboratory component.

    PTRS:6172 (101:172) Radiology/Imaging for Physical Therapists

    • The study of the principles, procedures and interpretation of selected diagnostic imaging techniques with primary emphasis on plain film radiology, myelograms, CT scans and medical resonance imaging. A lecture laboratory format will be used. Student participation will also include small group clinical case 

    PTRS:6173 (101:173) Differential Diagnosis in Physical Therapy

    • This course will emphasize the use of physical therapy examination and evaluation skills to diagnose physical therapy problems. The focus will be on the use of good clinical decision-making skills when analyzing a patient’s history and administering physical therapy tests and measures to confirm or rule out differential diagnoses.

    PTRS:6792 (101:191) Clinical Education III

    • Two-week, full-time clinical experience in physical therapy clinics in Iowa, under the guidance of physical therapists.

    PTRS:6203 (101:203) Musculoskeletal Therapeutics III

    • Pathology, assessment, management of orthopedic disorders of the lower quarter; problem-solving approach to evaluation and management of patients with musculoskeletal conditions.

    PTRS:6225 (101:225) Neuromuscular Therapeutics

    • This course studies techniques used in evaluation and treatment of persons with nervous system dysfunction. It also covers methods of identifying and scientific rationale for abnormal sensorimotor activity and movement, and normal and abdnormal motor development. Students learn techniques used to provide comprehensive institutional and home rehabilitation programs for conditions such as stroke, traumatic brain injury, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's disease, cerebral palsy, vestibular disorders, spinal cord injury.

    PTRS:6238 (101:238) Service Learning II

    • This is the second in a two-course Service Learning series. During the spring semester, students complete service learning projects in the community. The students are required to demonstrate their learning through a variety of methods including papers, reflective journal entries, evaluation by the service learning community partner, and a final project presentation.

    PTRS:6251 (101:251) Critical Inquiry in Physical Therapy I

    • Students conduct faculty-supervised group research projects including data collection, data analysis, manuscript preparation, and oral defense of research findings during a formal poster presentation session.

    Summer Session - Year 3

    PTRS:6794 (101:194) Clinical Internship

    • Full-time clinical education divided among varied settings; development of competence in independent examination, evaluation and treatment of patients under supervision of clinical faculty.

    Fall Session - Year 3

    PTRS:6794 (101:194) Clinical Internship

    • Full-time clinical education divided among varied settings; development of competence in independent examination, evaluation and treatment of patients under supervision of clinical faculty.

    PTRS:6252 (101:252) Critical Inquiry in Physical Therapy II

    • Application of the evidence-based approach learned in the Spring semester to clinical practice and decision making during clinical internships. Individual students, based on actual patients they are seeing in their rotations, are to generate two independent clinical problems/questions and use evidence-based practice tools to guide their practice (examination, evaluation, diagnosis, prognosis, intervention, outcomes). The experience would culminate in the generation of two written reports and one poster presentation during the final week of the last semester.