Physical Therapy (PT)

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PT 130.     Pathophysiology. 2 Units

Prerequisite(s): BIO 22 or equivalent, BIO 131 or equivalent.


Designed to promote the understanding and application of fundamental disease processes in clinical settings. General concepts of disease, including etiology, pathogenesis, morphology, and clinical significance are discussed. General pathophysiology concepts include: cell injury, necrosis, inflammation, wound healing, and neoplasia. These concepts are applied in a systems-oriented approach to disease processes affecting musculoskeletal, cardiopulmonary, renal, nervous, gastrointestinal, immune, hematological, and endocrine systems. Lecture two hours.

PT 260A.     Graduate PT Seminar IA. 1 Unit

Prerequisite(s): PT 200, PT 202, PT 204, PT 206, PT 208, PT 220, PT 222, PT 224, PT 225, PT 226, PT 300 and if taken in the spring: PT 227, PT 240, PT 244, PT 245, PT 246, PT 248.


Advanced study and mentoring in foundational and clinical sciences in physical therapy. Students may be chosen to mentor in select courses identified by faculty to be arranged prior to the first class session.

Note: Open to Physical Therapy Majors only.

PT 260B.     Graduate Pt Seminar IB. 1 Unit

Prerequisite(s): PT 200, PT 202, PT 204, PT 206, PT 208, PT 220, PT 222, PT 224, PT 225, PT 226, PT 227, PT 240, PT 244, PT 245, PT 246, PT 248, PT 300.


Advanced study in foundational and clinical sciences in physical therapy. Students may choose from a selection of current topics to be arranged prior to the first class session.

Note: Open to Physical Therapy majors only.

PT 280.     Graduate PT Seminar II. 1 Unit


Presented after the final clinical field experience, will review students' experiences in the clinic and promote reflection on the professional practice of physical therapy. Serves as a review of a variety of physical therapy subjects in preparation for the licensure examination. Students will use computer interactive software to assist with preparation for this standardized national test format.

Note: Open to Physical Therapy majors only.

PT 295.     Physical Therapy Clinical Experience. 1 - 3 Units


Supervised clinical affiliation equivalent to two full-time weeks up to six full-time weeks in a physical therapy setting under the direct supervision of a licensed Physical Therapist.

Note: Placement is arranged through the Program. Permission of Clinical Coordinator required.

Credit/No Credit

PT 299.     Special Problems. 1 - 3 Units


Individual projects or directed reading designed for students capable of independent study.

Note: Admission requires written approval of instructor and program director.

Credit/No Credit

PT 400A.     Clinical Practicum II. 4 Units


This component of the PT 400 clinical certificate series totals 8 weeks of progressively responsible full-time clinical education in an inpatient, outpatient, long term care, home health care, or pediatric setting under direct supervision of a licensed PT. Students improve, refine and master evaluation and treatment abilities developed during Physical Therapy master's curriculum.

Note: Open to Physical Therapy majors only who have successfully completed two years of the master's curriculum and the Clinical Practicum I experience.

Credit/No Credit

PT 400B.     Clinical Practicum III. 4 Units


This component of the PT 400 clinical certificate series totals 8 weeks of progressively responsible full-time clinical education in an inpatient, outpatient, long term care, home health care, or pediatric setting under direct supervision of a licensed PT. Students improve, refine and master evaluation and treatment abilities developed during the Physical Therapy master's curriculum.

Note: Open to Physical Therapy majors only who have successfully completed two years of the master's curriculum, Clinical Practicum I and II experience.

Credit/No Credit

PT 400C.     Clinical Practicum IV. 4 Units


This third component of the PT 400 clinical certificate series totals 8 weeks of progressively responsible full-time clinical education in an inpatient, outpatient, long term care, home health care, or pediatric setting under direct supervision of a licensed PT. Students improve, refine and master evaluation and treatment abilities developed during the Physical Therapy master's curriculum.

Note: Open to Physical Therapy majors only who have successfully completed two years of the master's curriculum and Clinical Practicum I, II, and III.

Credit/No Credit

PT 600.     Pathokinesiology. 5 Units

Prerequisite(s): Open to Physical Therapy majors only.

Corequisite(s): BIO 633, PT 602, PT 608, PT 630.


This course will address functional anatomy, surface anatomy with palpation, arthrology, biomechanics, pathologies related to the musculoskeletal and nervous systems. Both normal motion and pathological motion will be addressed. Students will gain competence in surface anatomy and palpation skills.

PT 602.     Evidence Informed Practice I. 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): Open to Physical Therapy majors only.

Corequisite(s): BIO 633, PT 600, PT 608, PT 630.


This course is designed to teach students to critically read and interpret the physical therapy scientific literature. Topics will include research design and statistical testing procedures commonly used in physical therapy. Students will review and critique current physical therapy articles utilizing the research designs and statistical testing procedures being studied.

PT 604.     Principles of Human Movement. 2 Units

Prerequisite(s): BIO 633, PT 600, PT 602, PT 608, PT 630.

Corequisite(s): PT 606, PT 614, PT 618, PT 620, PT 622.


This course focuses on developing an understanding of components of human movement under normal and pathological conditions. Content includes the American Physical Therapy Association Model of Practice, models of disablement, contemporary concepts of motor learning and motor control, task analysis, and theories of the recovery of function. The course includes a review of the foundations of neuroanatomy for normal movement.

Note: Open to Physical Therapy majors only.

PT 606.     Therapeutic Measurements and Techniques. 4 Units

Prerequisite(s): BIO 633, PT 600, PT 602, PT 608, PT 630.

Corequisite(s): PT 604, PT 614, PT 618, PT 620, PT 622.


In this course students acquire general physical therapy examination, evaluation and patient handling skills. Students will practice and demonstrate techniques under faculty supervision in the following areas: Measurement of vital signs, manual strength testing, testing of joint range of motion and muscle length, patient positioning, transfer techniques, gait training, use of wheelchairs, and use of assistive devices.

Note: Open to Physical Therapy majors only.

PT 608.     PT/Patient/Professional Interactions. 2 Units

Corequisite(s): BIO 633, PT 600, PT 602, PT 630.


The course prepares physical therapy students to learn about themselves, others, and the environment in which they will interact with others as professionals. It addresses professionalism, self-awareness, communication, cultural competence, ethics, documentation, and end-of-life care. This course assists students with transitioning into their professional roles.

Note: Graduate Writing Intensive (GWI) course; open to Physical Therapy majors only.

PT 614.     Neuroscience for Physical Therapy. 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): BIO 633, PT 600, PT 602, PT 608, PT 630.

Corequisite(s): PT 604, PT 606, PT 618, PT 620, PT 622.


This course is designed to prepare clinicians to better understand the neurological control of human behavior. A systems approach is used to examine the major anatomical and physiological principles and mechanisms by which the nervous system controls behavior under normal and pathological conditions. Because the course is being taught to health care professionals, clinical correlates of each system will also be presented. One class session is dedicated to presentation of human gross anatomical specimens.

PT 618.     Foundations for Patient Management. 1 Unit

Prerequisite(s): BIO 633, PT 600, PT 602, PT 608, PT 630.

Corequisite(s): PT 604, PT 606, PT 614, PT 618, PT 620, PT 622.


This course introduces the disablement model that forms the conceptual framework for understanding and organizing the practice of physical therapy. The model delineates the possible consequences of disease and injury for the person and society. The course goes on to identify how the model informs the five elements of patient management: Examination, Evaluation, Diagnosis, Prognosis (including Plan of Care), and Intervention. The course will further expand on professionalism introduced in PT 608.

Note: Open to Physical Therapy majors only.

PT 620.     Physical Therapy Interventions I. 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): BIO 633, PT 600, PT 602, PT 608, PT 630.

Corequisite(s): PT 604, PT 606, PT 614, PT 618, PT 622.


In this course students learn, practice and demonstrate the clinical application of basic exercise regimes for the prevention of limitations, improvement of functional abilities and the treatment of disorders associated with the neuromuscular, skeletal and cardiopulmonary systems. In addition, the application of motor control principles to exercise and aquatic therapy are addressed.

Note: Open to Physical Therapy majors only.

PT 622.     Evidence Informed Practice II. 3 Units

Corequisite(s): PT 604, PT 606, PT 614, PT 618, PT 620.


Designed to build upon the data analysis and research design topics covered in PT 602. Emphasis will be placed on evidence based methodologies currently used in the physical therapy literature evaluating the effectiveness of interventions, the validity of outcome measures, the validity of diagnostic measures, and the identification of prognostic measures.

Note: Open to Physical Therapy majors only. Prerquisite

PT 624.     Adult Neuromuscular Patient Management I. 4 Units

Prerequisite(s): BIO 633, PT 600, PT 602, PT 604, PT 606, PT 608, PT 614, PT 618, PT 620, PT 622, PT 630, PT 632, PT 634, PT 636, PT 638.

Corequisite(s): PT 625, PT 626, PT 640, PT 646.


This course is first in a three course sequence focused on acquisition and integration of knowledge and skills needed to manage patients with movement dysfunction caused by neurological damage (Refered to in the Guide as Neuromuscular Practice Patterns). Focus is on development and implementation of plans of care based on sound evaluative, treatment and problem-solving skills.

Note: Open to Physical Therapy majors only.

PT 625.     Musculoskeletal Patient Management I. 4 Units

Prerequisite(s): BIO 633, PT 600, PT 602, PT 604, PT 606, PT 608, PT 614, PT 618, PT 620, PT 622, PT 630, PT 632, PT 634, PT 636, PT 638.

Corequisite(s): PT 624, PT 626, PT 640, PT 646.


This course, the first of three, focuses on acquisition, integration, knowledge and skills involved in developing and implementing a patient management plan for the patient with musculoskeletal dysfunction based on sound evaluative findings. Lectures address etiology, signs and symptoms, medical, surgical, and physical therapy management of musculoskeletal dysfunction. Labs address skill development for performing evaluation and interventions safely and effectively. The course addresses the management of lower extremity dysfunction.

Note: Open to Physical Therapy majors only.

PT 626.     Clinical Agents. 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): BIO 633, PT 600, PT 602, PT 604, PT 606, PT 608, PT 614, PT 618, PT 620, PT 622, PT 630, PT 632, PT 634, PT 636, PT 638.

Corequisite(s): PT 624, PT 625, PT 640, PT 646.


This course presents theory, demonstration and laboratory practice in physical therapy modalities and techniques including thermal agents, hydrotherapy, ultrasound (US), ultraviolet, diathermy and massage. Theory, demonstration and practice using electrical modalities are included. Case studies will be utilized for decision making in the proper application of modalities based on current research evidence, knowledge of indications, contradictions and physiologic effects.

Note: Open to Physical Therapy majors only.

PT 627.     Physical Therapy Educator. 1 Unit

Prerequisite(s): BIO 633, PT 600, PT 602, PT 604, PT 606, PT 608, PT 614, PT 618, PT 620, PT 622, PT 624, PT 625, PT 626, PT 630, PT 632, PT 634, PT 636, PT 638, PT 640, PT 646.

Corequisite(s): PT 644, PT 645, PT 648, PT 662, PT 669.


This course presents the role of the physical therapist as health educator. The course introduces teaching and learning theory, learning domains, the identification of learning styles, and teaching strategies to address different learner needs across the life-span. Students will practice instructional formats and prepare and analyze patient education materials. Students will practice applications of appropriate technology for the design of professional presentations. Self-assessment, reflection and peer-assessment are required course components.

Note: Open to Physical Therapy majors only.

PT 630.     Pathophysiology. 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): Admission to the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program.

Corequisite(s): BIO 633, PT 600, PT 602, PT 608.


This course is designed to promote the understanding and application of fundamental disease processes in clinical settings. General concepts of disease, including etiology, pathogenesis, morphology, and clinical significance are discussed within the context of cases. General pathophysiology concepts include: cell injury, necrosis, inflammation, wound healing and neoplasia. These concepts are applied in a systems-orientated approach to disease processes affecting musculoskeletal, cardiopulmonary, renal, nervous, gastrointestinal, immune, hematological and endocrine systems.

PT 632.     Pharmacology for Physical Therapists. 2 Units

Prerequisite(s): BIO 633, PT 600, PT 602, PT 604, PT 606, PT 608, PT 614, PT 618, PT 620, PT 622, PT 630.

Corequisite(s): PT 634, PT 636, PT 638.


This course provides a study of pharmacological agents and their effects on the musculoskeletal, neuromuscular, cardiopulmonary and integumentary systems. Particular emphasis is placed on recognition of adverse reactions and side effects of various drugs as they affect patients receiving physical therapy.

Note: Open to Physical Therapy Majors only.

PT 634.     Diagnostic Imaging for Physical Therapy. 2 Units

Prerequisite(s): BIO 633, PT 600, PT 602, PT 604, PT 606, PT 608, PT 614, PT 618, PT 620, PT 622, PT 630.

Corequisite(s): PT 632, PT 636, PT 638.


This course provides an overview of imaging techniques commonly used in radiology and their implications to the role of physical therapists in professional practice. The role of imaging techniques in the diagnostic and intervention-planning processes for physical therapists is presented.

Note: Open to Physical Therapy Majors only.

PT 636.     Geriatrics/Gerontology for Physical Therapists. 2 Units

Prerequisite(s): BIO 633, PT 600, PT 602, PT 604, PT 606, PT 608, PT 614, PT 618, PT 620, PT 622, PT 630.

Corequisite(s): PT 632, PT 634, PT 638.


This course explores normal and pathological aging and the implications of both on Physical therapist practice. It will explore the ramifications of aging components of patient management interventions including major practice patterns: musculoskeletal, neuromuscular, cardiopulmonary, and integumentry. It will also explore how aging may impact patient teaching.

Note: Open to Physical Therapy majors only.

PT 638.     Health, Wellness and Ergonomics in Physical Therapy. 2 Units

Prerequisite(s): BIO 633, PT 602, PT 604, PT 606, PT 608, PT 614, PT 618, PT 620, PT 622, PT 630.

Corequisite(s): PT 632, PT 634, PT 636.


This course presents basic philosophical, historical, psychological and scientific foundations in wellness; reviews cultural forces/theories that affect individuals and society; applies concepts of healthy lifestyle education to reach an understanding of the importance of wellness and to establish an effective and potentially fulfilling lifestyle. Ergonomic concepts as they apply to patient and self (to maintain and prevent future injuries, especially repetitive) will be covered as one preventative strategy.

Note: Open to Physical Therapy majors only.

PT 640.     Physical Therapy Interventions II. 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): BIO 633, PT 600, PT 602, PT 604, PT 606, PT 608, PT 614, PT 618, PT 620, PT 622, PT 630, PT 632, PT 634, PT 636 and PT 638.

Corequisite(s): PT 624, PT 625, PT 626, PT 640, PT 646, PT 660A.


This course is a continuation of Physical Therapy Interventions I. This course focuses on the presentation of selected topics in acute care and cardiopulmonary Physical Therapy. Students will learn how to perform appropriate and comprehensive examinations, interpret the examination findings as well as design and implement a plan of care based upon the next available evidence.

Note: Open to Physical Therapy majors only.

PT 644.     Adult Neuromuscular Patient Management II. 4 Units

Prerequisite(s): BIO 633, PT 600, PT 602, PT 604, PT 606, PT 608, PT 614, PT 618, PT 620, PT 622, PT 624, PT 625, PT 626, PT 630, PT 632, PT 634, PT 636, PT 638, PT 640 and PT 646.

Corequisite(s): PT 627, PT 645, PT 648, PT 662, PT 669.


This course is the second in a three course sequence focused on acquisition and integration of knowledge and skills needed to manage patients with movement dysfunctions caused by neurological damage (Referred to in the Guide as Neuromuscular Practice Patterns). Focus is on development and implementation of plans of care based on sound evaluative findings and evidence of efficacy. Case presentation, video demonstrations, and patient contact is used to develop evaluation, treatment and problem solving skills.

Note: Open to Physical Therapy majors only.

PT 645.     Musculoskeletal Patient Management II. 4 Units

Prerequisite(s): BIO 633, PT 600, PT 602, PT 604, PT 606, PT 608, PT 614, PT 618, PT 620, PT 622, PT 624, PT 625, PT 626, PT 630, PT 632, PT 634, PT 636, PT 638, PT 640 and PT 646.

Corequisite(s): PT 627, PT 644, PT 645, PT 648, PT 662, PT 669.


This course, the second of three, focuses on acquisition and integration of knowledge and skills involved in developing and implementing management plans for patients with musculoskeletal dysfunction from sound evaluative findings. Lectures address etiology, signs and symptoms, medical, surgical, and physical therapy management of musculoskeletal dysfunction. Labs address safe and effective evaluation and interventions, specifically joint mobilizations. Joint mobilizations will cover one technique per joint restriction. This course addresses upper extremity and spine dysfunction.

Note: Open to Physical Therapy majors only.

PT 646.     Acute Care and Cardiopulmonary Physical Therapy. 2 Units

Prerequisite(s): BIO 633, PT 600, PT 602, PT 604, PT 606, PT 608, PT 614, PT 618, PT 620, PT 622, PT 630, PT 632, PT 634, PT 636 and PT 638.

Corequisite(s): PT 624, PT 625, PT 626, PT 640.


This course focuses on the presentation of selected topics in acute care and cardiopulmonary Physical Therapy. The course includes a discussion of common pathologies in the cardiopulmonary system and those associated with an acute care setting, as well as common medical tests, laboratory tests, surgical procedures and pharmacological interventions used with this patient population.

Note: Open to Physical Therapy majors only.

PT 648.     Health Care Delivery in Physical Therapy I. 2 Units

Prerequisite(s): BIO 633, PT 600, PT 602, PT 604, PT 606, PT 608, PT 614, PT 618, PT 620, PT 622, PT 624, PT 625, PT 626, PT 630, PT 632, PT 634, PT 636, PT 638, PT 640 and PT 646.

Corequisite(s): PT 627, PT 644, PT 645, PT 662, PT 669.


This course provides a historical overview of health care delivery and financing in the U.S., up to and including the current effects on the delivery of physical therapy care. The continuum of care concept, an overview of national economic policy and the mechanisms for financing physical therapy services will be presented. Administrative topics including human resources, financial management, planning, marketing, patient's rights, and medical records management will be covered.

Note: Open to Physical Therapy majors only.

PT 660A.     Graduate Physical Therapy Seminar 1A: Research. 1 Unit

Prerequisite(s): BIO 633, PT 600, PT 602, PT 604, PT 606, PT 608, PT 614, PT 618, PT 620, PT 622, PT 630, PT 632, PT 634, PT 636 and PT 638

Corequisite(s): PT 624, PT 625, PT 626, PT 640, PT 646


This seminar is the first designed for advanced study and mentoring in physical therapy research. Students will be participating in faculty-directed research projects. Students' activities will vary depending on the faculty member and research project being conducted. Students are required to perform at least 50 hours of activities toward the directed research project to receive credit for this course. This course satisfies one of two requirements for selected seminars in the curriculum.

PT 660B.     Graduate Physical Therapy Seminar IB: Research. 1 Unit

Prerequisite(s): BIO 633, PT 600, PT 602, PT 604, PT 606, PT 608, PT 614, PT 618, PT 620, PT 622, PT 624, PT 625, PT 626, PT 630, PT 632, PT 634, PT 636, PT 638, PT 640 and PT 646.

Corequisite(s): PT 627, PT 644, PT 645 PT 648, PT 662, PT 669.


This seminar is the second designed for advanced study and mentoring in physical therapy research. Students will be participating in faculty-directed research projects. Students' activities will vary depending on the faculty member and research project being conducted. Students are required to perform at least fifty hours of activities toward the directed research project to receive credit for this course. This course satisfies one of two requirements for selected seminars in the DPT curriculum.

Note: Open to Physical Therapy majors only.

PT 660C.     Graduate Physical Therapy Seminar IC: Research. 1 Unit

Prerequisite(s): BIO 633, PT 600, PT 602, PT 604, PT 606, PT 608, PT 614, PT 618, PT 620, PT 622, PT 624, PT 625, PT 626, PT 627, PT 630, PT 632, PT 634, PT 636, PT 638, PT 640, PT 644, PT 645, PT 646, PT 648, PT 662, PT 669.

Corequisite(s): PT 663, PT 664, PT 665, PT 668, PT 680, PT 690.


This seminar is the third designed for advanced study and mentoring in physical therapy research. Students will be participating in faculty directed research projects. Students' activities will vary depending on the faculty member and research project being conducted. Students are required to perform at least 50 hours of activities toward the directed research project to receive credit for this course. This course satisfies one of two requirements for selected in the DPT curriculum.

Note: Open to Physical Therapy majors only.

PT 660D.     Graduate Physical Therapy Seminar ID: Electrotherapeutics. 2 Units

Prerequisite(s): BIO 633, PT 600, PT 602, PT 604, PT 606, PT 608, PT 614, PT 618, PT 620, PT 622, PT 624, PT 625, PT 626 ,PT 627, PT 630, PT 632, PT 634, PT 636, PT 638, PT 640, PT 646.

Corequisite(s): PT 627, PT 644, PT 645, PT 648, PT 662, PT 669.


This is a seminar laboratory experience focusing on electrophysiology and electrodiagnostics in physical therapy. The lab will allow students to research and apply evidence-based practice and gain advanced hands-on practice in performing and interpreting the results of electromyographic and nerve conduction velocity testing with clients. This course satisfies one of two requirements for selected seminars in the curriculum.

Note: Open to Physical Therapy majors only.

PT 660E.     Graduate Physical Therapy Seminar IE: NeuroPediatric Laboratory. 2 Units

Prerequisite(s): BIO 633, PT 600, PT 602, PT 604, PT 606, PT 608, PT 614, PT 618, PT 620, PT 622, PT 624, PT 625, PT 626, PT 627, PT 630, PT 632, PT 634, PT 636, PT 638, PT 640, PT 644, PT 645, PT 646, PT 648, PT 662, PT 669.

Corequisite(s): PT 663, PT 664, PT 665, PT 668, PT 680, PT 690.


This seminar laboratory experience focuses on pediatric patient management. The lab will allow students to research and apply evidence-based practice and gain advanced hands-on practice in pediatric physical therapy. This course is best suited for students planning a career in pediatric patient management. The course satisfies one of two requirements for selected seminars in the curriculum.

Note: Open to Physical Therapy majors only.

PT 660F.     Graduate Physical Therapy Seminar IF: Adult Neuromuscular Laboratory. 2 Units

Prerequisite(s): BIO 633, PT 600, PT 602, PT 604, PT 606, PT 608, PT 614, PT 618, PT 620, PT 622, PT 624, PT 625, PT 626, PT 627, PT 630, PT 632, PT 634, PT 636, PT 638, PT 640, PT 646, PT 644, PT 645, PT 648, PT 662, PT 669.

Corequisite(s): PT 663, PT 664, PT 665, PT 668, PT 680, PT 690.


This seminar laboratory experience focuses on adult neuromuscular patient management. The laboratory will allow students to research and apply evidence-based practice and gain advanced hands-on practice in adult neurorehabilitation. Students will also serve as mentors for the Mock Clinic portion of PT 624. This course satisfies one of two requirements for selected seminars in the curriculum.

Note: Open to Physical Therapy majors only.

PT 660G.     Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS). 2 Units

Prerequisite(s): BIO 633, PT 600, PT 602, PT 604, PT 606, PT 608, PT 614, PT 618, PT 620, PT 622, PT 624, PT 625, PT 626, PT 630, PT 632, PT 634, PT 636, PT 638, PT 640, PT 644, PT 645, PT 646, PT 648, PT 662, PT 669.

Corequisite(s): PT 663, PT 664, PT 665, PT 668


This seminar is designed to prepare students to take the Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist Examination. The seminar covers the topics of excercise physiology, bioenergetics, nutritional factors in performance, resistance, speed, and agility training, endocrine responses to resistance training, exercise testing, and other training considerations. This course satisfies one of two requirements for selected seminars in the curriculum.

Note: Open to Physical Therapy majors only.

PT 660H.     Graduate Physical Therapy Seminar H: Cardiovascular Wellness Clinic Experience. 1 Unit

Prerequisite(s): BIO 633, PT 600, PT 602, PT 604, PT 606, PT 608, PT 614, PT 618, PT 620, PT 622, PT 624, PT 625, PT 626, PT 630, PT 632, PT 634, PT 636, PT 638, PT 640, PT 644, PT 645, PT 646, PT 648, PT 662, PT 669.


This elective provides mentored clinical experience for students in the area of cardiovascular well ness. The student will design and implement an evaluation of a volunteer client in a cardiovascular well ness program, develop an individualized plan of care, and monitor the impact of the intervention. A written comprehensive case report will analyze the impact of the interventions on the cardiovascular well ness of the client.

Note: Open to Physical Therapy majors only.

PT 662.     Differential Diagnosis in Physical Therapy. 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): BIO 633, PT 600, PT 602, PT 604, PT 606, PT 608, PT 614, PT 618, PT 620, PT 622, PT 624, PT 625, PT 626, PT 630, PT 632, PT 634, PT 636, PT 638, PT 640 and PT 646.

Corequisite(s): PT 627, PT 644, PT 645, PT 648, PT 669.


This course focuses on learning and practicing screening techniques for physical therapists to detect medical or other problems for which a referral to a medical doctor or another health care provider is indicated. Students will learn to screen patients for dysfunction in a variety of physiological systems by taking medical history, medication history, performing a risk factor assessment and manual examination, and screening various physiological systems.

Note: Open to Physical Therapy majors only.

PT 663.     Integumentary Patient Management. 2 Units

Prerequisite(s): BIO 633, PT 600, 602, 604, 606, 608, 614, 618, 620, 622, 624, 625, 626, 627, 630, 632, 634, 636, 638, 640, 644, 645, 646, 648, 662, 669 and 695A.

Corequisite(s): PT 664, PT 665, PT 668, PT 680, PT 690.


This course focuses on the management of patients with integumentary impairments and their related sequelae. Topics include post-surgical management of patients with amputations, prosthetics, and management of the patient with a wound or burn injury. Lecture, case presesentation, video demonstrations, and laboratory activities will be used to develop patient management skills.

Note: Open to Physical Therapy majors only.

PT 664.     Neuropediatric Patient Management. 2 Units

Prerequisite(s): BIO 633, PT 600, PT 602, PT 604, PT 606, PT 608, PT 614, PT 618, PT 620, PT 622, PT 624, PT 625, PT 626, PT 627, PT 630, PT 632, PT 634, PT 636, PT 638, PT 640, PT 644, PT 645, PT 646, PT 648, PT 662, PT 669 and PT 695A.

Corequisite(s): PT 663, PT 665, PT, 668, PT 680, PT 690.


This course is the third part of a three course series focusing on the acquisition and integration of knowledge and skills involved in developing and implementing a treatment plan based on sound evaluative findings for the patient with neurological dysfunction. In this course, the focus is on the pediatric patient with neurological dysfunction. Case presentation, video demonstrations, and actual patient contact will be used to develop evaluation, treatment, and problem-solving skills.

Note: Open to Physical Therapy Majors only.

PT 665.     Musculoskeletal Patient Management III. 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): BIO 633, PT 600, PT 602, PT 604, PT 606, PT 608, PT 614, PT 618, PT 620, PT 622, PT 624, PT 625, PT 626, PT 627, PT 630, PT 632, PT 634, PT 636, PT 638, PT 640, PT 644, PT 645, PT 646, PT 648, PT 662, PT 669, PT 695A. Corequiste: PT 663, PT 664, PT 668, PT 690.


This course builds on the foundational intervention techniques established for management of the patient with musculoskeletal dysfunction in PT 625 and PT 645. It will address additional manual therapy skills and students will apply their developing skills under faculty supervision to patients referred from the Student Health Center. Students will be responsible for patient management of a case load including accurate documentation and submission of patient records to the Student Health Center.

Note: Open to Physical Therapy Majors only.

PT 668.     Health Care Delivery in Physical Therapy II. 2 Units

Prerequisite(s): BIO 633, PT 600, 602, 604, 606, 608, 614, 618, 620, 622, 624, 625, 626, 627, 630, 632, 634, 636, 638, 640, 644, 645, 646, 648, 662, 669 and 695A.

Corequisite(s): PT 663, PT 664, PT 665, PT 680, PT 690.


In this course, students will have professional practice behavior expectations and requirements previously introduced in other courses reinforced through the review of the American Physical Therapy Association documents: the Standard of Practice for Physical Therapy and the Code of Ethics, as well as the State of California's Physical Therapy Practice Act. Additionally, students will hear from other health care professionals on their expectations of the physical therapist's role on a health care team.

Note: Open to Physical Therapy majors only.

PT 669.     Psychosocial Issues in Physical Therapy. 1 Unit

Prerequisite(s): BIO 633, PT 600, PT 602, PT 604, PT 606, PT 608, PT 614, PT 618, PT 620, PT 622, PT 624, PT 625, PT 626, PT 630, PT 632, PT 634, PT 636, PT 638, PT 640 and PT 646.

Corequisite(s): PT 627, PT 644, PT 645, PT 648, PT 662.


This course examines psychological and social impact of and reactions to illness and physical disability. Explores elements of the psycho-social dynamics related to disability with a focus on adjustments required of the disabled and the provider. The course addresses social, cultural, personal, and familial factors which impact comprehensive rehabilitation in the clinical setting. Attention will be placed on interpersonal relationships between patients, family, health care providers, and society.

Note: Open to Physical Therapy majors only.

PT 680.     Graduate Physical Therapy Seminar II. 1 Unit

Prerequisite(s): BIO 633, PT 600, 602, 604, 606, 608, 614, 618, 620, 622, 624, 625, 626, 627, 630, 632, 634, 636, 638, 640, 644, 645, 646, 648, 662 and 669.

Corequisite(s): PT 663, PT 664, PT 665, PT 668, PT 690.


This course, presented just prior to the final clinical internships, will review student's experiences in the curriculum and promote reflection on the professional practice of physical therapy. The course will review professional core values and expectations for clinical internships. The course will also review portfolio requirements to determine students' readiness to proceed into final internships. In addition, students will be expected to develop five year personal professional development plans.

Note: Open to Physical Therapy majors only.

PT 689.     Doctoral Project Proposal. 1 Unit

Prerequisite(s): BIO 633, PT 600, PT 602, PT 604, PT 606, PT 608, PT 614, PT 618, PT 620, PT 622, PT 624, PT 625, PT 626, PT 630, PT 632, PT 634, PT 636, PT 638, PT 640, and PT 646

Corequisite(s): PT 627, PT 644, PT 645, PT 648, PT 662, and PT 669


The Doctoral Project Proposal must demonstrate students' understandings of the application of current evidence-based practice in a multicultural and complex health care environment. The proposal must be of sufficient rigor to ensure students' demonstrations of critical and independent thinking and abilities to interpret the research literature and apply to current physical therapist practice. The proposal includes a written document and oral defense. Open to Physical Therapy Majors only.

Credit/No Credit

PT 690.     Doctoral Project/Culminating Experience. 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): BIO 633, PT 600, PT 602, PT 604, PT 606, PT 608, PT 614, PT 618, PT 620,PT 622, PT 624, PT 625, PT 626, PT 627, PT 630, PT 632, PT 634, PT636, PT 638, PT 640, PT 644, PT 645, PT 646, PT 648, PT 662, PT 663, PT 664, PT665, PT 668, PT 669, PT 680, and PT 695A


The Doctoral Project/Culminating Experience may include evidence-based practice projects, clinical research projects, or case reports consistent with the Chancellor's Office Executive Order. Culminating events must demonstrate students' understandings of the application of current evidence-based practice in a multicultural and complex health care environment. They must be of sufficient rigor to ensure students' demonstrations of critical and independent thinking and abilities to interpret the research literature and apply to current physical therapist practice.

PT 695A.     Clinical Internship I. 6 Units

Prerequisite(s): BIO 633, PT 600, 602, 604, 606, 608, 614, 618, 620, 622, 624,625, 626, 627, 630, 632, 634, 636, 638,640, 644, 645, 646, 648 and PT 669


This first component of the clinical certificate series of the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program curriculum totals 12 weeks of progressively responsible full-time clinical education per student under the direct supervision of a licensed physical therapist. Students improve and refine evaluation and treatment abilities developed during their first two academic years and integrate knowledge and skills in a selected variety of clinic settings.

Note: Open to Physical Therapy majors only who have successfully completed the first two years of the DPT curriculum.

Credit/No Credit

PT 695B.     Clinical Internship II. 6 Units

Prerequisite(s): BIO 633, PT 600, 602, 604, 606, 608, 614, 618, 620, 622, 624, 625, 626, 627, 630, 632, 634, 636, 638, 640, 644, 645, 646, 648, 669 and 695A.


This second component of the clinical education series of the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program curriculum totals twelve weeks of progressively responsible full-time clinical education under the direct supervision of a licensed physical therapist. Students improve and refine patient management skills and abilities developed during their first seven semesters and integrate knowledge and skills in a selected clinical setting.

Note: Open to Physical Therapy majors only who have successfully completed the first seven semesters of the DPTcurriculum.

Credit/No Credit

PT 695C.     Clinical Internship III. 6 Units


This third component of the clinical education series of the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program curriculum totals twelve weeks pf progressively responsible full-time clinical education under the direct supervision of a licensed physical therapist. Students improve and refine patient management skills and abilities developed during their first eight semesters and integrate knowledge and skills in a selected clinic setting.

Note: Open to Physical Therapy majors only who have successfully completed two years of the DPT curriculum. Prerquisite

Credit/No Credit