Doctor of Physical Therapy

Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT): 128.0 quarter credits

About the Program

The Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) curriculum produces broadly educated physical therapists, while being sensitive to the needs of the health care community and the students’ interests. The program strives to foster both intellectual and professional growth in students and is reflective of contemporary practice to prepare graduates for the ongoing changes in health care delivery.

The Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program prepares students for autonomous practice in physical therapy. As a science, physical therapy examines human motion at the tissue, organ, and systems levels. In the clinical environment, physical therapists (PTs) examine and evaluate patients/clients and implement procedural interventions that restore physical function for all people across the life span. As essential practitioners in the health care delivery system, PTs assume roles in rehabilitation services, prevention and health maintenance programs, and professional and community programs. As professional members of the health care team, PTs supervise support personnel, serve as consultants to other health care personnel, serve as consultants to families and caregivers, participate in administrative services, and conduct clinical research. PTs also serve as advocates for health policy and standards of care that help ensure optimum care for their patients/clients.

Graduates of the Doctor of Physical Therapy program are prepared to fulfill their professional obligations, provide leadership to the profession, and use their knowledge and skills to contribute to the health care of society.

The 31-month curriculum spans ten academic quarters and consists of integrated didactic and clinical study with an emphasis on adult learning methodology. The curriculum consists of foundational courses during the first year, with subsequent quarters sequenced to progress through the hierarchy of educational objectives from simple to complex. All didactic material is organized for synthesis and application to professional practice.

For more information visit the Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science page on the College of Nursing and Health Professions website.

For application instructions, visit the Drexel's Graduate Admission web page for the Doctor of Physical Therapy.

Degree Requirements

The DPT curriculum occurs in a 10-week quarter format over ten quarters: fall, winter, spring, and summer I; fall, winter, spring, and summer II; and fall and winter III. Classes begin in late September for first-year students. The curriculum is subject to modification.


First Year
FallCredits
PTRS 530Kinesiology I4.0
PTRS 534Physical Therapy Exam & Intervention I3.0
PTRS 532Human Gross Anatomy I4.0
PTRS 537Clinical Correlations I3.0
PTRS 633Professional Development1.0
PTRS 613Clinical Practice I0.5
 Term Credits15.5
Winter
PTRS 533Human Gross Anatomy II3.5
PTRS 531Kinesiology II3.0
PTRS 535Physical Therapy Exam & Intervention II3.0
PTRS 539Topics in Pathophysiology I3.5
PTRS 624Functional Modality2.5
PTRS 614Clinical Practice II0.5
PTRS 751Evidence-Based Practice2.0
 Term Credits18.0
Spring
NEUR 507Neuroscience I3.0
PTRS 620Orthopedic Physical Therapy: Upper Extremity4.0
PTRS 623Physical Agents4.0
PTRS 540Topics in Pathophysiology II2.0
PTRS 639Motor Learning2.5
PTRS 615Clinical Practice III0.5
 Term Credits16.0
Summer
NEUR 508Neuroscience II2.0
PTRS 621Orthopedic Physical Therapy: Lower Extremity4.0
PTRS 627Cardiopulmonary Physical Therapy I4.0
PTRS 641Neurological Exam and Intervention I4.0
PTRS 646Orthosis Management1.5
PTRS 616Clinical Practice IV0.5
 Term Credits16.0
Second Year
Fall
PTRS 652Life Span Development I3.0
PTRS 634Health Professional Roles3.0
PTRS 644Wound Care Management1.5
PTRS 645Prosthesis Management1.5
PTRS 752Research and Measurement in Physical Therapy2.0
PTRS 774Clinical Education Seminar0.5
PTRS 775Clinical Education I1.0
 Term Credits12.5
Winter
PTRS 622Orthopedic Physical Therapy: Spine4.0
PTRS 628Cardiopulmonary Physical Therapy II4.0
PTRS 637Professional Project I1.0
PTRS 642Neurological Exam and Intervention II5.0
PTRS 656Motor Control and Rehabilitation2.0
 Term Credits16.0
Spring
PTRS 776Clinical Education II2.0
PTRS 610*Issues in Pharmacotherapy3.0
 Term Credits5.0
Summer
PTRS 538Clinical Correlations II3.0
PTRS 632Pediatric Physical Therapy5.5
PTRS 643Applied Biomechanics3.0
PTRS 653Life Span Development II2.0
PTRS 654Topics in Health Policy & Services2.0
PTRS 753Evaluation of Research in Physical Therapy4.0
 Term Credits19.5
Third Year
Fall
PTRS 777Clinical Education III2.0
PTRS 655*Health Administration2.5
 Term Credits4.5
Winter
PTRS 778Clinical Internship3.0
PTRS 647Professional Project II2.0
 Term Credits5.0
Total Credit: 128.0

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Conducted online.


Clinical Education

A strong history of comprehensive clinical education exists for our professional students. The clinical education for the DPT program is integrated into the didactic portions of the curriculum so that knowledge obtained in the classroom is readily put into practice. The DPT program has contracts with hundreds of clinical sites across the nation, representing all facets of professional practice. Students are required to complete four clinical education experiences that offer various levels of acuity in different clinical environments. The first clinical education experience is 6 weeks in length, clinical education II and III are 10 weeks long, and the fourth experience, the clinical internship, is 12 weeks.

Students may select from clinical sites that offer experiences in pediatrics, adult rehabilitation, geriatrics, orthopedics, sports medicine, and industrial and occupational rehabilitation.

For more information visit the Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Sciences Overview page on the College of Nursing and Health Professions web site.

Facilities

Teaching Facilities

Most classes are held in lecture halls, classrooms, or laboratories on the Center City (Health Sciences) Campus of Drexel University. The entire campus has wireless capability for easy internet access. The Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Sciences has two state-of-the-art dedicated laboratories where the clinical components of the professional curriculum are taught. In these laboratories equipment reflects current physical therapy practice and is part of a multi-disciplinary clinical learning and resource center. Included as part of the resource center is a standardized patient lab that utilizes paid actors to simulate various clinical situations while students' interactions with those "patients" are monitored by supervising faculty. This center provides a rich environment for student learning.

Our teaching resources also include supported distance learning technology. Instructional materials are provided through text, graphics, audio and video formats and are available online through a course management system 24 hours a day. Our online courses are highly interactive through the use of web discussion boards and audio chat tools.

Additionally, the Professional DPT program uses its own faculty-staffed clinical sites as well as various clinical sites in the area to enhance the educational experience of the student. The department operates outpatient physical therapy sites in the Drexel Recreation Center on the University City campus, as part of the multidisciplinary Parkway Health and Wellness Center on the Center City campus and a pro-bono practice in the 11th Street Family Health Center. Students rotate through these facilities getting individualized mentoring while connecting classroom content with clinical practice. These experiences are in addition to the 38 weeks of clinical education the student will experience throughout the curriculum.


Research Facilities

The Department conducts hypothesis-driven research in human movement, biomechanics, motor control, community-based practice and family-centered care. Some of this research is conducted in a 23,000 square foot multidisciplinary center on the Center City Campus. The center has a gait and motion analysis lab containing a video-based motion analysis system with in-floor force plates, and neuromuscular performance labs equipped with custom-built force measuring systems, l6-channel EMG system and electromagnetic tracking systems. Other research is conducted via partnerships with organizations locally, nationally, and internationally. Other departments involved in the research center include Nutrition Sciences and Nursing which provides fertile ground for collaboration. Professional DPT students have the opportunity to work with faculty and PhD students on ongoing laboratory projects through optional research practica or as part of the final project, a capstone experience for the curriculum.

Courses

PTRS 501 Introduction to Research 4.0 Credits

The course is designed to provide professional graduate students with the skills necessary to evaluate the relationship between practice and published research using an interdisciplinary approach. The content includes an overview of research concepts, research ethics, literature reviews, quantitative and qualitative research methods, including sampling, data collection, and analysis.

College/Department: College of Nursing & Health Professions
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

PTRS 530 Kinesiology I 4.0 Credits

This course is part one of a two-part series designed to provide students with basic knowledge of biomechanics and functional aspects of the musculoskeletal system. It involves the study of the anatomical, biomechanical, and physiological fundamentals of human motion as it pertains to the upper extremity.

College/Department: College of Nursing & Health Professions
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Can enroll if major is PT or major is RHAB.

PTRS 531 Kinesiology II 3.0 Credits

This course is part two of a two-part series designed to provide students with basic knowledge of biomechanics and functional aspects of the musculoskeletal system. It involves the study of the anatomical, biomechanical, and physiological fundamentals of human motion as it pertains to the spine and lower extremity.

College/Department: College of Nursing & Health Professions
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Can enroll if major is PT or major is RHAB.

PTRS 532 Human Gross Anatomy I 4.0 Credits

This course is part one of a two-part series designed to introduce students to the structure and function of the back, neck, face, and upper extremity with particular emphasis on the nervous and musculoskeletal systems. Special emphasis is places on clinical relevance and functional interrelationships of the anatomic structures.

College/Department: College of Nursing & Health Professions
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Can enroll if major is PT or major is RHAB.

PTRS 533 Human Gross Anatomy II 3.5 Credits

This course is part two of a two-part series designed to introduce students to the structure and function of the cranium, thorax, abdomen, and lower extremity with particular emphasis on the nervous and musculoskeletal systems. Special emphasis is placed on clinical relevance and functional interrelationships of the anatomic structures.

College/Department: College of Nursing & Health Professions
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Can enroll if major is PT or major is RHAB.

PTRS 534 Physical Therapy Exam & Intervention I 3.0 Credits

This course prepares a student to perform a basic musculoskeletal examination of the cervical spine and upper extremity. The entire patient management process from history taking to prescription of interventions is introduced and applied. Basic skills needed in the examination are described and practiced.

College/Department: College of Nursing & Health Professions
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Can enroll if major is PT or major is RHAB.

PTRS 535 Physical Therapy Exam & Intervention II 3.0 Credits

This course prepares a student to perform a basic musculoskeletal examination of the lumbar spine and lower extremities. The entire patient management process from history taking to prescription of interventions is applied. Basic skills needed in the examination are described and practiced.

College/Department: College of Nursing & Health Professions
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Can enroll if major is PT or major is RHAB.

PTRS 537 Clinical Correlations I 3.0 Credits

Utilizing a case-based format, this course assists students with clinical decision-making strategies as outlined in the Guide to Physical Therapist Practice. Students apply concepts of patient-client management including examination, evaluation, diagnosis, prognosis, and intervention. Through small group discussion, students develop their group skills and are introduced to the team approach.

College/Department: College of Nursing & Health Professions
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Can enroll if major is PT or major is RHAB.

PTRS 538 Clinical Correlations II 3.0 Credits

This course emphasizes decision-making strategies for patients with multiple co-morbidities. Meta-cognitive strategies are used during clinical decision making to assist with student transitions from novice to entry-level clinicians.

College/Department: College of Nursing & Health Professions
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Can enroll if major is PT or major is RHAB.

PTRS 539 Topics in Pathophysiology I 3.5 Credits

Topics in Pathophysiology I is the first of two lecture-format courses that introduce physiology of organ systems, disease states and conditions. Differential diagnosis, medical screening, the impact of pathology and medical management in physical therapy practice will be investigated.

College/Department: College of Nursing & Health Professions
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Can enroll if major is PT or major is RHAB.

PTRS 540 Topics in Pathophysiology II 2.0 Credits

Topics in Pathophysiology II is the second of two lecture-formal courses that introduce physiology of organ systems, disease states and conditions. Differential diagnosis, medical screening, the impact of pathology and medical management in physical therapy practice will be investigated.

College/Department: College of Nursing & Health Professions
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Can enroll if major is PT or major is RHAB.

PTRS 590 Advanced Musculoskeletal Anatomy 3.0 Credits

Exposes clinicians to the structure and function of the body with particular emphasis on the nervous and musculoskeletal systems. The format consists of onsite seminars that will include cadaveric dissections. Special emphasis is placed on clinical relevance and functional interrelationships of the anatomic structures.

College/Department: College of Nursing & Health Professions
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

PTRS 604 Induction Inquiry Integration 3.0 Credits

This course provides an introduction to the learning philosophy of the program, introducing models of adult learning, learning styles and experiential learning. Different forms of knowledge are explored. Methods of creating knowledge from experimentation, observation and experience are studied.

College/Department: College of Nursing & Health Professions
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

PTRS 609 Experiential Accreditation 6.0 Credits

Provides an opportunity for bachelors prepared students to gain credit for their professional experiential learning. With guidance from the course director, students compile a portfolio, reflecting on evidence that demonstrates their ability to perform higher-level academic functions in a clinical context: analysis and decision making.

College/Department: College of Nursing & Health Professions
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

PTRS 610 Issues in Pharmacotherapy 3.0 Credits

Issues in Pharmacotherapy is a lecture-format course that focuses on providing foundational information about pharmacotherapy, pharmacokinetics, and pharmacodynamics that is applicable in physical therapy. Drug classifications are described. Examples are provided of various drug categories.

College/Department: College of Nursing & Health Professions
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Can enroll if major is PT or major is RHAB.

PTRS 612 Pharmacotherapeutics 3.0 Credits

Pharmacotherapeutics is a lecture-format course that focuses on providing foundational information about pharmacotherapeutics, pharmacology, pharmacokinetics, and pharmacodynamics that is applicable in physical therapy. Drug classifications are described. Examples are provided of various drug categories.

College/Department: College of Nursing & Health Professions
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

PTRS 613 Clinical Practice I 0.5 Credits

Clinical Practice I is the first in a series of four clinical practice courses. It is an opportunity for students to practice physical therapy skills learned in the curriculum to date. Students will have the opportunity to practice and refine their skills under the direct supervision of a licensed physical therapist.

College/Department: College of Nursing & Health Professions
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Can enroll if major is PT or major is RHAB.

PTRS 614 Clinical Practice II 0.5 Credits

Clinical Practice II is the second in a series of four clinical practice courses. It is an opportunity for students to practice physical therapy skills learned in the curriculum to date. Students will have the opportunity to practice and refine their skills under the direct supervision of a licensed physical therapist.

College/Department: College of Nursing & Health Professions
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Can enroll if major is PT or major is RHAB.

PTRS 615 Clinical Practice III 0.5 Credits

Clinical Practice III is the third in a series of four clinical practice courses. It is an opportunity for students to practice physical therapy skills learned in the curriculum to date. Students will have the opportunity to practice and refine their skills under the direct supervision of a licensed physical therapist.

College/Department: College of Nursing & Health Professions
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Can enroll if major is PT or major is RHAB.

PTRS 616 Clinical Practice IV 0.5 Credits

Clinical Practice IV is the last in a series of four clinical practice courses. It is an opportunity for students to practice physical therapy skills learned in the curriculum to date. Students will have the opportunity to practice and refine their skills under the direct supervision of a licensed physical therapist.

College/Department: College of Nursing & Health Professions
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Can enroll if major is PT or major is RHAB.

PTRS 620 Orthopedic Physical Therapy: Upper Extremity 4.0 Credits

This is the first in a series of three courses on orthopedic physical therapy. This course emphasizes differential diagnosis, clinical decision making, and development and implementation of a plan of care for conservative and post-operative management of patients demonstrating musculoskeletal dysfunction of the upper extremity.

College/Department: College of Nursing & Health Professions
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Can enroll if major is PT or major is RHAB.

PTRS 621 Orthopedic Physical Therapy: Lower Extremity 4.0 Credits

This is the second in a series of three courses on Orthopedic Physical Therapy. This course emphasizes differential diagnosis, clinical decision making, and development and implementation of a plan of care for conservative and post-operative management of patients demonstrating musculoskeletal dysfunction of the lower extremity.

College/Department: College of Nursing & Health Professions
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Can enroll if major is PT or major is RHAB.

PTRS 622 Orthopedic Physical Therapy: Spine 4.0 Credits

This course is one of three courses in orthopedic physical therapy. Emphasis is on examination, differential diagnosis, clinical decision making, and development and implementation of a plan of care for conservative management (including joint manipulation) and post operative interventions for patients with musculoskeletal dysfunction.

College/Department: College of Nursing & Health Professions
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Can enroll if major is PT or major is RHAB.

PTRS 623 Physical Agents 4.0 Credits

Physical Agents discusses the equipment used and the general application of thermal agents, electrotherapy, compression devices and massage. The clinical decision making when using all of these modalities in the management of clinical conditions including pain, edema, inflammation, decreased range of motion, and muscle weakness will be discussed.

College/Department: College of Nursing & Health Professions
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Can enroll if major is PT or major is RHAB.

PTRS 624 Functional Modality 2.5 Credits

This course addresses the functional management of patients with limited mobility and their equipment needs, emphasizing functional training and clinical decision making for therapeutic intervention as well as prescription of durable medical equipment. Patient, caregiver, and healthcare provider safety for injury prevention are stressed throughout this course.

College/Department: College of Nursing & Health Professions
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Can enroll if major is PT or major is RHAB.

PTRS 627 Cardiopulmonary Physical Therapy I 4.0 Credits

This is the first of two courses designed to provide exposure to the normal and abnormal anatomy, physiology and function of the cardiac, vascular and pulmonary systems. Physiology and pathophysiology are explored in relation to functional performance, compensation for disease process and implications for management. Clinical decision making is emphasized.

College/Department: College of Nursing & Health Professions
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Can enroll if major is PT or major is RHAB.

PTRS 628 Cardiopulmonary Physical Therapy II 4.0 Credits

Cardiopulmonary Physical Therapy II is the second of two courses designed to provide students with exposure to the normal and abnormal anatomy, physiology and function of the cardiac, vascular and pulmonary systems. Primary and secondary cardiopulmonary diseases/dysfunction are discussed as they relate to functional ability.

College/Department: College of Nursing & Health Professions
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Can enroll if major is PT or major is RHAB.

PTRS 632 Pediatric Physical Therapy 5.5 Credits

This course takes a systems approach to understanding the basis for pediatric disabilities. Examination and intervention planning are discussed both broadly and in terms of specific disabilities in the context of current evidence for client management models. Lab component provides opportunity to work with a child with a disability in a community setting.

College/Department: College of Nursing & Health Professions
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Can enroll if major is PT or major is RHAB.

PTRS 633 Professional Development 1.0 Credit

This is the first in a series of four professional development courses. The focus of this course is to provide students with opportunities to enhance self-awareness and to develop the professional skills inherent in physical therapy practice.

College/Department: College of Nursing & Health Professions
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Can enroll if major is PT or major is RHAB.

PTRS 634 Health Professional Roles 3.0 Credits

This is the second in a series of four professional development courses. This course focuses on professional issues and behaviors that are necessary to prepare physical therapy students for their clinical experiences. Structured modules focus on cultural competency, ethics, communication, and developing roles as a health care professional.

College/Department: College of Nursing & Health Professions
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Can enroll if major is PT or major is RHAB.

PTRS 637 Professional Project I 1.0 Credit

This is part I of a capstone course that will require students to integrate and apply information they have learned throughout the curriculum to a specific project. These projects are identified by faculty and fulfill needs within Drexel, local or international communities or gaps in knowledge. Students will investigate topics and explore resources related to their project. The culmination of these projects will be a scholarly presentation.

College/Department: College of Nursing & Health Professions
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Can enroll if major is PT or major is RHAB.

PTRS 639 Motor Learning 2.5 Credits

This course examines topics in movement science at different points in the life span, traces the evolution of skill acquisition, and critically reviews current theories of motor learning and control. Emphasis will be placed on basic concepts of motor learning and control in populations with typical development.

College/Department: College of Nursing & Health Professions
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Can enroll if major is PT or major is RHAB.

PTRS 641 Neurological Exam and Intervention I 4.0 Credits

This course introduces the student to examination, evaluation, diagnosis and comprehensive interventions for the adult with neurological dysfunction. It focuses on examination skills and common interventions used with this patient population. Clinical decision making will be utilized to develop appropriate intervention strategies, application techniques, and neuromuscular strengthening and conditioning principles.

College/Department: College of Nursing & Health Professions
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Can enroll if major is PT or major is RHAB.

PTRS 642 Neurological Exam and Intervention II 5.0 Credits

This course focuses on adults with central nervous system dysfunction where vestibular, sensory, perceptual, cognitive, and communication deficits result in more complex movement dysfunction and limited capacity for learning. Students will learn to integrate neuromuscular, sensory-perceptual, cognitive, behavioral and functional mobility strategies into a comprehensive plan of care.

College/Department: College of Nursing & Health Professions
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Can enroll if major is PT or major is RHAB.

PTRS 643 Applied Biomechanics 3.0 Credits

This course provides content essential for understanding and evaluating research literature related to the effects of aging, pathology, immobilization, and therapeutic procedures on biological tissues and human movement. Methods for quantifying and evaluating tissue properties and human neuromuscular control are included. Application to practice will come from discussion of current literature.

College/Department: College of Nursing & Health Professions
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Can enroll if major is PT or major is RHAB.
Prerequisites: PTRS 776 [Min Grade: C]

PTRS 644 Wound Care Management 1.5 Credit

The focus of this course is on wound assessment and management techniques used in the clinical setting as outlined in the Guide to Physical Therapy Practice. The use of evidence-based practice to guide clinical decision making will be emphasized.

College/Department: College of Nursing & Health Professions
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Can enroll if major is PT or major is RHAB.

PTRS 645 Prosthesis Management 1.5 Credit

This course provides an overview of amputations, surgery and pre-prosthetic and prosthetic management of patients with amputation. Students learn about current prosthetic components and biomechanical principles of upper and lower extremity devices, as well as to examine and develop plans of care for patients with amputation. Foundational knowledge is presented regarding appliance prescription, checkout and functional training with the devices.

College/Department: College of Nursing & Health Professions
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Can enroll if major is PT or major is RHAB.

PTRS 646 Orthosis Management 1.5 Credit

Using a combination of lecture and laboratory, this course will provide students with knowledge of appliance components and biomechanical principles of lower and spinal orthoses. A foundational knowledge will be provided regarding appliance prescription, checkout and functional training with such devices. Case presentation will be use to enhance learning.

College/Department: College of Nursing & Health Professions
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Can enroll if major is PT or major is RHAB.

PTRS 647 Professional Project II 2.0 Credits

This is part II of a capstone course that will require students to integrate and apply information they have learned throughout the curriculum to a specific project. These projects are identified by faculty and fulfill needs within Drexel, local or international communities or gaps in knowledge. Students will investigate topics and explore resources related to their project. The culmination of these projects will be a scholarly presentation.

College/Department: College of Nursing & Health Professions
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Can enroll if major is PT or major is RHAB.

PTRS 650 Motor Control and Learning Rehabilitation 3.0 Credits

Students examine topics in movement science in motor control and motor learning throughout the lifespan and the application of these principles to varied patient populations. This course also allows students to review the movement science literature as it applies to select patient populations.

College/Department: College of Nursing & Health Professions
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

PTRS 651 Applied Tissue Biomechanics 3.0 Credits

This course is designed to provide the information necessary for the understanding and evaluation of the effects of immobilization, increased stress and strain, injury, disease, healing and aging on biological tissues. Emphasis is placed upon the integration of tissue biomechanics into the rationale and basis for therapeutic interventions.

College/Department: College of Nursing & Health Professions
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

PTRS 652 Life Span Development I 3.0 Credits

Life Span Development I is a required course for professional DPT students. This course addresses physical, cognitive, emotional, and social-cultural aspects of development and the changes that occur during childhood and adolescence. Course content will provide foundational knowledge for concurrent and subsequent courses and for physical therapy evaluation, examination and intervention.

College/Department: College of Nursing & Health Professions
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Can enroll if major is PT or major is RHAB.

PTRS 653 Life Span Development II 2.0 Credits

Life Span Development II is a required course for all Professional Doctor of Physical Therapy students. This course addresses the physical, cognitive, emotional, and social-cultural aspects of aging, and the changes that occur throughout adulthood. Course content will provide foundational knowledge for concurrent and subsequent courses for physical therapy examination and intervention.

College/Department: College of Nursing & Health Professions
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Can enroll if major is PT or major is RHAB.

PTRS 654 Topics in Health Policy & Services 2.0 Credits

This is the third course in the professional development series for professional doctor of physical therapy students. This course provides information on health policy and health services specific to physical therapy. Students are exposed to health legislation, social determinants of health, issues in health disparities and development of advocacy skills.

College/Department: College of Nursing & Health Professions
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Can enroll if major is PT or major is RHAB.

PTRS 655 Health Administration 2.5 Credits

This is the last in a series of four professional development courses. The focus of the course is on the organizational, fiscal and administrative workings of the health care environment and the responsibilities of individual physical therapists in these areas.

College/Department: College of Nursing & Health Professions
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Can enroll if major is PT or major is RHAB.

PTRS 656 Motor Control and Rehabilitation 2.0 Credits

This course examines contemporary insights for the application of motor control and learning in physical therapy for children and adults with movement dysfunctions. Emphasis is placed on critical review of current evidence applied to patient populations. Practice paradigms for patient scenarios for evaluations and intervention will be critically discussed.

College/Department: College of Nursing & Health Professions
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Can enroll if major is PT or major is RHAB.

PTRS 720 Rehabilitation Management 3.0 Credits

This course focuses the student on the organization and administrative aspects of health care delivery. Students knowledge of managerial and service-related business concepts are enhanced in order to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of their and others? practice in today's health care environment.

College/Department: College of Nursing & Health Professions
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

PTRS 721 Teaching Concepts in Rehabilitation 3.0 Credits

The course provides information on the means of teaching/learning theory, teaching and learning styles, planning of learning experiences, clinical teaching tools and strategies, teaching objectives, effective feedback, and performance evaluation, all within the context of adult education and with the acknowledgment of the clinical experience of the participants.

College/Department: College of Nursing & Health Professions
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

PTRS 740 Issues in Pediatric Health & Rehabilitation 4.0 Credits

The course addresses issues within health, prevention and rehabilitation, services and outcomes for children, youth and families. Key themes are participation, self-determination and advocacy. Materials addressing intervention, service delivery models and care across the lifespan, leadership, innovation and knowledge translation will be integrated.

College/Department: College of Nursing & Health Professions
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

PTRS 750 Differential Diagnosis 1.0 Credit

This course uses published evidence to explore the process of differential diagnosis and explain how it is an essential piece of all physical therapy examinations. The recognition of significant medical conditions that fall out of the scope of physical therapy practice is emphasized.

College/Department: College of Nursing & Health Professions
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

PTRS 751 Evidence-Based Practice 2.0 Credits

The objective of this course is development of skills for finding, analyzing, communicating and applying knowledge and research to physical therapy practice. Students will develop competencies in evidence-based clinical decision making.

College/Department: College of Nursing & Health Professions
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Can enroll if major is PT or major is RHAB.

PTRS 752 Research and Measurement in Physical Therapy 2.0 Credits

This course introduces stages of research processes including research theory, formulating the research question, literature review, sampling, and experimental controls. Areas of psychometric measurement theory including reliability and validity issues will be examined. This information is applied to common clinical and research tests and measurements related to physical therapy.

College/Department: College of Nursing & Health Professions
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Can enroll if major is PT or major is RHAB.

PTRS 753 Evaluation of Research in Physical Therapy 4.0 Credits

This course builds upon courses in evidence-based practice and measurement. Emphasis is on understanding the research designs and statistical analyses most often used in biomedical and rehabilitation research; interpretation of statistics; methods of clinical inquiry including case reports, single subject research, and program evaluation; and dissemination of research and scholarship.

College/Department: College of Nursing & Health Professions
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Can enroll if major is PT or major is RHAB.

PTRS 758 Evidence-Based Rehabilitation 4.0 Credits

The focus of this web-based course is on analysis of the evidence for physical (occupational) therapy practice including models and guidelines for practice. Participants development competencies in transfer of knowledge and research into practice, clinical reasoning, and evidence based decision making.

College/Department: College of Nursing & Health Professions
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

PTRS 760 Pediatric Decision Making 4.0 Credits

The course focuses on evidence-based examination and intervention of children with disabilities within the context of child, family, and environmental factors. The course highlights the role of therapists in promoting the status of the neuromuscular and musculoskeletal systems. The importance of family-centered care, parent-child interactions, and play are explored.

College/Department: College of Nursing & Health Professions
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

PTRS 761 Pediatric Clinical Application 4.0 Credits

Pediatric Clinical Application is a primary course in the post-professional pediatric concentration area. Through a problem-based case study format, the course facilitates transfer of knowledge into the specialty practice area of pediatrics and promotes independent learning.

College/Department: College of Nursing & Health Professions
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

PTRS 762 Women's Health in Physical Therapy 4.0 Credits

Provides a review of female anatomy and physiology. Emphasis on aspects of examination, evaluation and intervention for selected topics related to women's health across the lifespan, especially during reproductive and menopausal years. Students are encouraged to explore the unique niche physical therapists have in providing health care services for women.

College/Department: College of Nursing & Health Professions
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

PTRS 763 Decision Making in Rehabilitation 4.0 Credits

This course is designed to provide students with the opportunity to integrate basic and clinical science research in the design of intervention paradigms for patients being served in rehabilitation settings.

College/Department: College of Nursing & Health Professions
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

PTRS 764 Geriatric Rehabilitation 4.0 Credits

This course examines the implications of an aging population, effects of age on physiological, kinesiological, social, and psychological function, using evidence as a framework for examination, intervention and clinical decision making, advocacy for patients and caregivers, health promotion and wellness, the impact of Medicare, and pharmacological issues in the elderly.

College/Department: College of Nursing & Health Professions
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

PTRS 765 Spinal Rehabilitation 4.0 Credits

This course applies an evidence-based approach to answering clinical questions about examination, diagnosis, prevention, and management of spinal and pelvic disorders. Goals are to foster independent, critical thinking based on interpretation of scientific literature and its integration into PT theory and practice and to enhance clinical examination and intervention skills.

College/Department: College of Nursing & Health Professions
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

PTRS 766 Extremity Rehabilitation 4.0 Credits

This elective, on-line course explores advanced examination and intervention strategies for the upper and lower extremities. Clinical examination procedures (including clinical imaging), outcome measures, prevention and treatment interventions will be critically analyzed using an evidence-based approach.

College/Department: College of Nursing & Health Professions
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

PTRS 767 Foundations in Hand Therapy 4.0 Credits

This course introduces the student to the specialized field of hand therapy. The principles of hand therapy included are musculoskeletal tissues and pathology, clinical reasoning, hand examination, splinting principles, physical agents, and therapeutic exercise. Common elbow, wrist, and hand disorders are discussed to integrate the foundation topics into clinical practice.

College/Department: College of Nursing & Health Professions
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

PTRS 768 Upper Quarter Joint Pathology 4.0 Credits

This course reviews the common pathologies that effect the articulations and surrounding soft tissues, especially tendons and ligaments. Anatomy, biomechanics, and examination principles for each region, shoulder, elbow, wrist, and hand are discussed. Conservative and post-operative therapeutic management for fractures, dislocations, tendon repairs, ligament injuries, and degenerative disorders are presented.

College/Department: College of Nursing & Health Professions
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: PTRS 767 [Min Grade: C]

PTRS 769 Nerve Injuries of the Upper Quarter 4.0 Credits

This course emphasizes the anatomy and basic science principles for the cervical spine and major peripheral nerves of the upper quarter. Age-related changes and pathophysiology of nerve lacerations and entrapment neuropathies are discussed. Advanced examination skills and interventions, conservative and post-operative, for the peripheral nervous system are presented.

College/Department: College of Nursing & Health Professions
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: PTRS 767 [Min Grade: C]

PTRS 770 Diseases That Affect the Hand 4.0 Credits

Course content emphasizes the impact of disease on hand function, especially with activities of daily living, vocational activities, and recreational activities. The overview includes pathology, clinical presentation, examination techniques and clinical interventions specific to the hand. Additionally, multisystem involvement associated with mutilated hand injuries and pain syndromes is discussed.

College/Department: College of Nursing & Health Professions
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: PTRS 767 [Min Grade: C]

PTRS 771 Work Injury Management 3.0 Credits

This course emphasizes management of clients with work-related musculoskeletal injuries with focus on identifying and defining the therapists' involvement in the return to work process. Topics such as ergonomic assessment, onsite programs, safety and wellness programs, and government regulations will be presented with a global view of the industrial setting.

College/Department: College of Nursing & Health Professions
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Can enroll if major is PT or major is RHAB.

PTRS 772 Selected Topics in Pediatrics 1.0-4.0 Credit

This course is designed to provide the opportunity for advanced content and discussion regarding issues facing the pediatric practitioner. This course is designed to address current issues related to practice in various pediatric settings. Topics are introduced and content delivered, but the emphasis will be on student/instructor interaction and discussion.

College/Department: College of Nursing & Health Professions
Repeat Status: Can be repeated 4 times for 16 credits

PTRS 774 Clinical Education Seminar 0.5 Credits

This seminar-based course precedes the student's first full-time clinical education experience and assists the student in transitioning from the classroom to the clinical setting. Through simulated cases and role-playing exercises, the student will develop knowledge and behavioral skills for effective practice as a student physical therapist in the clinical environment.

College/Department: College of Nursing & Health Professions
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Can enroll if major is PT or major is RHAB.

PTRS 775 Clinical Education I 1.0 Credit

This course is the first of four required full-time supervised clinical education experiences. This course is the student's opportunity to begin to apply classroom knowledge and laboratory skills to patients and clients. The student also begins to develop as a professional through role modeling by the clinical instructor.

College/Department: College of Nursing & Health Professions
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Can enroll if major is PT or major is RHAB.

PTRS 776 Clinical Education II 2.0 Credits

This course is the second of four required full-time supervised clinical education experiences. The student continues to apply classroom knowledge and laboratory skills and will be involved in all aspects of patient-client management (examination, evaluation, diagnosis, prognosis, intervention, discharge, and outcomes management).

College/Department: College of Nursing & Health Professions
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Can enroll if major is PT or major is RHAB.

PTRS 777 Clinical Education III 2.0 Credits

This course is the third of four required full-time supervised clinical education experiences. Prior to this course the student will have completed all didactic coursework. He or she is expected to demonstrate competence in the comprehensive management of the simple patient and occasional guidance in managing the complex patient.

College/Department: College of Nursing & Health Professions
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Can enroll if major is PT or major is RHAB.

PTRS 778 Clinical Internship 3.0 Credits

This course is the final and capstone full-time supervised clinical education experience. The student attains mastery of knowledge, skills, and attitudes to effectively and safely practice in today's healthcare environment. The student will experience the multiple roles of the physical therapist, such as those related to administration and health promotion.

College/Department: College of Nursing & Health Professions
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Can enroll if major is PT or major is RHAB.

PTRS 779 Independent Project 1.0-3.0 Credit

Independent Project provides the student an exposure to physical therapy scholarship and research through participation in a faculty research project or self-directed study.

College/Department: College of Nursing & Health Professions
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Can enroll if major is PT or major is RHAB.

PTRS 780 Foundations of School-based Practice 2.0 Credits

This web-based course is designed to enhance knowledge and competencies of physical therapists in school-based practice. Emphasis on the roles and responsibilities of the physical therapist in educational settings. Participants will develop competencies to support students, families and educational teams.

College/Department: College of Nursing & Health Professions
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

PTRS 781 Advanced Competencies in School-based Practice 2.0 Credits

This web-based course builds on Foundations of School-base Practice. The focus is on advanced competencies for physical therapists in school-based practice. Emphasis is on innovation in practice, solutions to challenges, and leadership roles as a member of the education team.

College/Department: College of Nursing & Health Professions
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

PTRS 786 MHS Final Project I 1.0-2.0 Credit

Students develop a final project to demonstrate the ability to use current best evidence to evaluate methods of service delivery or interventions at individual or program levels. Completion of an in-depth literature review associated with the project approved by the student's advisory committee is the focus of this course.

College/Department: College of Nursing & Health Professions
Repeat Status: Can be repeated 3 times for 6 credits
Restrictions: Can enroll if major is PT or major is RHAB and program is MHS.
Prerequisites: PTRS 501 [Min Grade: C] and RHAB 759 [Min Grade: C] and PTRS 758 [Min Grade: C] and PTRS 721 [Min Grade: C] and PTRS 650 [Min Grade: C] and PTRS 651 [Min Grade: C]

PTRS 787 MHS Final Project II 1.0-2.0 Credit

Students conduct a well designed and executed study that addresses service delivery at the individual or program level. The results of the study are presented in manuscript format suitable for dissemination at a professional meeting, in a relevant peer-reviewed journal, or other educational resources used by rehabilitation specialists.

College/Department: College of Nursing & Health Professions
Repeat Status: Can be repeated 3 times for 6 credits
Restrictions: Can enroll if major is PT or major is RHAB and program is MHS.
Prerequisites: PTRS 786 [Min Grade: C]

PTRS 799 Essentials of Physical Therapy 0.5-3.0 Credits

Designed to remediate students who require intensive instruction to achieve acceptable performance in the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program. Addresses students’ individual performance deficiencies. Credits assigned based on extent of remediation required. Specific requirements are outlined in a learning contract.

College/Department: College of Nursing & Health Professions
Repeat Status: Can be repeated 3 times for 9 credits

Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Sciences Faculty

Maria Benedetto, DPT (University of Puerto Rico; Columbia University). Associate Clinical Professor. Motor learning and motor control in pediatrics; timed ambulation; obstacle course for children with and without motor disabilities.
Lisa Ann Chiarello, PT, PhD, PCS (Hahnemann University; Ithaca College) Director, PhD Program. Professor. Models of service delivery in early intervention; parent-child relationship and the use of play; family-centered care.
David Ebaugh, PT, PhD (Drexel University). Assistant Professor. Quantitative analysis of movement in patients with shoulder pathology; differential diagnosis of shoulder problems; orthopedic examinations and interventions.
Jane Fedorczyk, PT, PhD, CHT, ATC (Beaver College) Director, Post-Professional Clinical Programs. Associate Clinical Professor. Hand and upper extremity injuries related to repetitive movement including tendinopathies and nerve compression syndromes.
Kevin E. Gard, DPT, OCS (Temple University) Vice-Chair, Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Sciences and Director, Professional Doctor of Physical Therapy Program. Associate Clinical Professor. Orthopedics; sports medicine.
Noel Goodstadt, DPT, OCS, CSCS (Pennsylvania State University; Hahnemann University; Temple University). Assistant Clinical Professor. Orthopedics, musculoskeletal disorders.
Jan Meiers, PT, DPT, GCS (Temple University) Assistant Director of Clinical Education. Assistant Clinical Professor. Wellness in the geriatric population.
Kathryn D. Mitchell, PT, DPT, NCS (Temple University) Assistant Director of Clinical Education. Assistant Clinical Professor. Adult neuromuscular rehabilitation, vestibular rehabilitation, and balance and falls; clinical health informatics.
Margaret O'Neil, PT, PhD, MPH (MCP Hahnemann University; Duke University; University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill). Associate Professor. Measurement of and interventions to improve physical activity and fitness levels and promote participation in children and youth with who are overweight/obese and those with physical disabilities (especially cerebral palsy).
Margo Orlin, PT, PhD (Drexel University) Interim Chair, Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Sciences. Associate Professor. Gait and function in children with developmental disabilities, evaluation of musculoskeletal interventions for children with cerebral palsy; enhancing participation for children and adolescents with cerebral palsy.
Robert J. Palisano, PT, ScD, FAPTA (Boston University). Professor. Motor function of children with cerebral palsy, mobility and self-care in children and adolescents with cerebral palsy, evaluation of therapy services in early intervention, outcomes measurement.
Deborah Rose, PT, DPT, PCS (Drexel University). Adjunct Instructor. Pediatric clinical specialist.
Patricia Rubertone, MSW, MPT (Temple University; Hahnemann University) Director of Clinical Education. Assistant Clinical Professor. Student learning; course design.
Patricia A. Shewokis, PhD (University of Georgia). Professor. Roles of cognition and motor function during motor skill learning; role of information feedback frequency on the memory of motor skills, noninvasive neural imaging techniques of functional near infrared spectroscopy(fNIR) and electroencephalograpy (EEG) and methodology and research design.
Sheri Silfies, PT, PhD (MCP Hahnemann University) Research Lab Coordinator. Associate Professor. Identification and treatment of impairments in neuromuscular control of trunk mobility and postural stability in patients with low back pain; focusing on mechanism of recurrent low back pain.
Susan Smith, PT, PhD (University of Connecticut, Texas Woman's University) Associate Dean for Research and Health Professions, Graduate Education, CNHP. Associate Professor. Health promotion and interventions for manifestations of low bone mass in women; quantitative evaluation and interventions in orthopedic physical therapy with an emphasis on spinal pain and dysfunction.
Sarah Wenger, PT, DPT, OCS (Arcadia University; Temple University) Coordinator of Experiential Learning. Assistant Clinical Professor. Health, wellness and fitness, models for preventative physical therapy.

Interdepartmental Faculty

Joseph A. Rubertone, MPT, PhD (West Virginia University). Associate Clinical Professor. Connectivity of vestibular nuclear complex, brain tumor imaging, and clinical studies pertaining to the effectiveness of stroke rehabilitation.
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