2014-2015 Catalog

Physical Therapy

http://www.med.und.edu/physical-therapy/

FACULTY: Danks, Decker, Flom-Meland, Jeno, Johnson, LaBrecque, Mabey, P. Mohr, T. Mohr, (Chair and Graduate Director), Relling, Romanick, Schindler and Wessman

Degree Granted: Doctor of Physical Therapy (Ph.D.)

The Department of Physical Therapy offers the clinically-oriented, entry-level Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree. Students interested in the physical therapy program at UND should stay in contact with the PT department to keep informed of the pre-professional and professional curriculum. Our website address is: http://www.med.und.edu/physical-therapy.

Physical therapists provide services to patients who have impairments, functional limitations, and disabilities. Physical therapists assist patients in restoring health; alleviating pain; examining, evaluating, and diagnosing changes in physical function and health status resulting from injury, disease, or other causes. Physical therapists are also involved with intervention, prevention, and the promotion of health, wellness, and fitness. They are employed by hospitals, outpatient clinics, rehabilitation centers, skilled nursing facilities, home care, school systems, industrial settings, athletic facilities, and in private practice.

The Physical Therapy program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE).

Details pertaining to admission requirements, degree requirements and courses offered can be found in the Degree section.

Doctor of Physical Therapy (D.P.T.)

Mission Statement and Program Goals

The mission of the Department of Physical Therapy is to train physical therapists who will provide quality physical therapy services. The professional services provided by a physical therapist demand a strong background in the liberal arts and clinical sciences as well as high moral and ethical standards. In addition to clinical practice expectations, teaching, service, and research responsibilities are an integral part of the educational experience.

Goal 1: The student will demonstrate the skills necessary for the entry-level practice of physical therapy.

Goal 2: The student is an advocate for service to the community and the profession.

Goal 3: The student will develop critical inquiry skills related to clinical and basic science research.

Goal 4: The student will develop the skills required for life-long learning.

Goal 5: The student is to be an advocate for health and wellness at the individual and societal levels, demonstrate respect for self and others, and a commitment to the profession of physical therapy.

 

Doctor of Physical Therapy (D.P.T.)

Admission Requirements

Pre-Physical Therapy

Prior to admission, a minimum of 90 semester hours of credit from an approved college or university is required. Students should be broadly educated in the sciences and humanities. The Department of Physical Therapy recognizes that, since physical therapy deals with people, an understanding of literature, art, history, ethics, and philosophy is an adjunct to a physical therapist. Science and humanities are both viewed as necessary for the practice of physical therapy.

The following list of courses and credits indicates the core prerequisites all applicants must complete prior to admission to the physical therapy program. It is strongly recommended that students be computer literate prior to entering the professional program. Students may take additional electives from any field of study; however, the depth of the pre-physical therapy education should demonstrate that students have progressed from simple to complex studies in at least one content area. This requirement might typically be demonstrated by a discipline major, but in any case should demonstrate a basic comprehensiveness and integrity of study within a particular content area. This does not suggest that a separate undergraduate degree must be awarded; however, the breadth and depth in a discipline should be demonstrated. Course credits equivalent to a minor, i.e., approximately 20 credits at UND, in a particular discipline could accomplish this requirement. The prospective student should include eight (8) credits from upper level courses, i.e., 300 and/or 400 numbers.

  • Two semesters of General Biology (8 cr.)
  • Two semesters of General Chemistry (8 cr.)
  • Two semesters of General Physics (8 cr.)
  • One semester of Human Anatomy (3 cr.)
  • One semester of Human Physiology (3 to 4 cr.)
  • One semester of Introductory Psychology (3 cr.)
  • One semester of Developmental Psychology (3 to 4 cr.)
  • One semester of Abnormal Psychology (3 cr.)
  • One semester of a Public Speaking course (3 cr.)
  • One semester of an undergraduate statistics course (3 cr.)
  • Essential Studies requirements

All of the prerequisite coursework must be completed before entering the professional program; however, the prospective student may be enrolled in pre-professional coursework at the time of application. Students must apply for the professional program through the PTCAS system. WICHE-eligible students should apply through the WICHE certification process. Please refer to the UND-PT website at: www.med.und.edu/physical-therapy for application details.

Admission Requirements

Acceptance is on a competitive basis, with the major determinant being the basic science grade point average. The basic science GPA is defined as: biology (eight semester credits), chemistry (eight semester credits), physics (eight semester credits), anatomy (three semester credits), physiology (four semester credits), and psychology (seven semester credits). In addition to the science GPA, GRE score, and cumulative GPA, an interview and letters of reference will be considered in the admission process. Prospective students are expected to complete at least 60 hours of physical therapy observation prior to application.

The applicant must meet the School of Graduate Studies’s current minimum general admission rquirements as published in the graduate catalog.

  1. Completion of the application for admission to the professional program and UND School of Graduate Studies application form.
  2. Submission of score from the Graduate Record Examination General Test.
  3. Satisfy the School of Graduate Studies’ English Language Proficiency requirements as published in the graduate catalog.
  4. Applicants who have received their bachelors or masters degree in the United States or English-speaking Canada are not required to submit the TOEFL or IELTS.

Degree Requirements

  1. Students must be formally accepted into the professional education component of the DPT and endorsed by the Chair of Physical Therapy. NOTE: Acceptance by the UND Office of Admissions or the School of Graduate Studies does not constitute acceptance into the professional program in Physical Therapy.
  2. The professional education component of the DPT will require three academic years and two summer sessions following completion of the pre-physical therapy entrance requirements.
  3. No student will be allowed to remain in the program or complete the full-time clinical experiences unless he/she attains a letter grade of at least “C” in the major courses.
  4. To advance to candidacy, the student must successfully complete the first year comprehensive examination, and maintain a cumulative School of Graduate Studies GPA of > 3.00 AND/OR a summer session GPA of > 3.00. Students who fail to advance to candidacy during the first year will be dismissed from the professional program.
  5. After advancement to candidacy, the student is expected to maintain a cumulative GPA of > 3.00. The School of Graduate Studies will monitor the cumulative GPA, which must be > 3.00. If the cumulative GPA is not > 3.00, the School of Graduate Studies policies for probation and dismissal for GPA will govern the student’s status.
  6. Students in the professional program should be aware that there are special requirements for clinical uniforms, professional liability insurance, medical insurance, immunizations, CPR certification, and completion of a criminal background check. These requirements must be met prior to any clinical contact with patients. The student will also be responsible for travel, housing, and food costs, in addition to the payment of tuition and fees, during the full-time clinical experience semesters. The majority of these experiences will be completed at geographical locations other than the City of Grand Forks.
  7. Prospective students should be aware that a felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to obtain a professional license to practice physical therapy.
  8. The faculty reserves the right to place on professional probation or to cancel the registration of any student in Physical Therapy whose performance in the classroom or the clinic is unsatisfactory.

Pre-Physical Therapy

ENGL 110College Composition I3
ENGL 1203
or ENGL 125
COMM 110Fundamentals of Public Speaking3
Fine Arts and Humanities *9
BIOL 150
  & BIOL 151
General Biology I
   and General Biology II
8
CHEM 121
  & CHEM 122
General Chemistry I
   and General Chemistry II
8
Social Science3
PSYC 111Introduction to Psychology3
PHYS 161
  & PHYS 162
Introductory College Physics I
   and Introductory College Physics II
8
ANAT 204Anatomy for Paramedical Personnel3
PPT 301Human Physiology4
PSYC 250Developmental Psychology4
PSYC 270Abnormal Psychology3
Statistics3
Cognate/Minor (required)
Electives (required, minimum of 20 with emphasis in a single discipline)

 

*

Courses should contribute to completion of Essential Studies requirements.

 

Bachelor of General Studies Degree with Health Studies Option

This degree will be available to Physical Therapy students who:

  1. do not already have a baccalaureate degree,
  2. have completed at least 30 of the 90 pre-Physical Therapy credits at UND before beginning Professional Year One,
  3. have successfully completed fall and spring semesters of Professional Year One.

The BGS degree would normally then be awarded at the end of the spring semester of Professional Year One if the student has completed all general UND graduation requirements:

  1. 125 total credits,
  2. 60 credits from 4-year schools, including at least 30 from UND,
  3. 36 upper-level credits,
  4. all essential studies requirements.

 

Professional Program - Physical Therapy

Professional Year 1
FallCredits
PT 401Intervention Techniques I 2
PT 402Professional Communication and Behavior 2
PT 422Anatomy for Physical Therapy 5
PT 423Neuroscience for Physical Therapy 4
PT 510Integrated Clinical Experience 0-1
PT 513Intervention Techniques II 3
Spring
PT 409Clinical Pathology I 4
PT 412Biomechanics and Kinesiology 4
PT 413Exercise in Health and Disease 3
PT 415Motor Control 3
PT 417Clinical Exam and Evaluation I 4
PT 426Manual Therapy I 2
PT 510Integrated Clinical Experience 0-1
Summer
PT 410Clinical Pathology II 3
PT 512Therapeutic Agents 3
PT 514Case Management I 2
PT 510Integrated Clinical Experience 0-1
PT 519Electrotherapy and Electrodiagnosis 2
Professional Year 2
Fall
PT 521Critical Inquiry I 1
PT 528Clinical Education I 9
PT 529Clinical Education II 9
Spring
PT 522Administration in Physical Therapy 3
PT 523Lifespan I 3
PT 524Psychological Aspects of Disability 2
PT 525Clinical Examination and Evaluation II 3
PT 527Critical Inquiry II 2
PT 540Cardiopulmonary Physical Therapy 2
PT 584Evidence in Practice 2
Electives  0-2
Summer
PT 535Lifespan II 2
PT 562Readings:Physical Therapy 2
PT 591Research in Physical Therapy 2
PT 592Case Management II 2
Electives  1-2
Professional Year 3
Fall
PT 511Applied Movement Science and Rehabilitation Procedures 4
PT 526Manual Therapy II 2
PT 539Prevention and Wellness 2
PT 541Clinical Examination and Evaluation Ill 3
Electives  1-3
Spring
PT 552Clinical Education III 9
PT 553Clinical Education IV 9
PT 995Scholarly Project 1
 
 Total Credits: 122-130

Courses

PT 510. Integrated Clinical Experience. 1 Credit.

Short-term clinical experience to provide hands-on experience for students to apply knowledge learned during the first year of the professional program. Experiences will be set up in acute care, sub-acute care, long-term care, out-patient orthopedic, or a rural site. Registered in Professional Physical Therapy Curriculum is the prerequisite. F,S,SS.

PT 511. Applied Movement Science and Rehabilitation Procedures. 4 Credits.

Integration of clinical evaluation, functional goals, and treatment planning for individuals with neurological and multiple musculoskeletal dysfunction. The primary focus is on rehabilitation skills including assessment, exercise, handling techniques, functional activities, equipment prescription, patient education, and ADLs, as well as community mobility and governmental services. Laboratory. Prerequisite: Registered in Professional Physical Therapy Curriculum.

PT 512. Therapeutic Agents. 3 Credits.

Theory and application of various hydrotherapy, phototherapy, and thermotherapy modalities in Physical Therapy, including heat, light, sound, and water. Laboratory. Prerequisite: Registered in Professional Physical Therapy Curriculum.

PT 513. Intervention Techniques II. 3 Credits.

Theory and practical application of introductory patient care techniques in physical therapy. Laboratory. Prerequisite: Registered in Professional Physical Therapy Curriculum.

PT 514. Case Management I. 2 Credits.

Theory and practical application of introductory patient care techniques in physical therapy. Laboratory. Prerequisite: Registered in Professional Physical Therapy Curriculum.

PT 519. Electrotherapy and Electrodiagnosis. 2 Credits.

Theory and application of therapeutic electrical currents, biofeedback, electromyography, and nerve conduction velocity in physical therapy. Laboratory Prerequisite: Registered in Professional Physical Therapy Curriculum.

PT 521. Critical Inquiry I. 1 Credit.

Introduction to the collection of clinical data leading to a case study report. Prerequisite: Registered in Professional Physical Therapy Curriculum.

PT 522. Administration in Physical Therapy. 3 Credits.

Lectures/discussion and seminar formats used to explore concepts of administration procedures as applied to Physical Therapy and the health care delivery system. Prerequisite: Registered in Professional Physical Therapy Curriculum.

PT 523. Lifespan I. 3 Credits.

Course focus is on rehabilitation issues related to pediatrics including the characteristics of disabling conditions, developmental evaluation and intervention, the use of adaptive equipment, legal issues, and strategies to promote collaborative service provision to children and families. Laboratory. Prerequisite: Registered in Professional Physical Therapy Curriculum.

PT 524. Psychological Aspects of Disability. 2 Credits.

Readings and discussion course. Study of psychological coping mechanisms, reactions, and motivational factors pertinent to people with disabilities. Review of adjustment problems unique to specific disabilities and/or disease processes, including terminal illness. Prerequisite: Registered in Professional Physical Therapy Curriculum.

PT 525. Clinical Examination and Evaluation II. 3 Credits.

Emphasis is given to physical therapy examination, evaluation, and diagnoses as related to an advanced dynamic biomechanical evaluation. Also included will be the integration of NMS and support systems; clinical reasoning resulting in referral and/or modified physical therapy interventions; and the communication of findings and recommendations. Lecture & Laboratory. Prerequisite: Registered in Professional Physical Therapy Curriculum. F,S.

PT 526. Manual Therapy II. 2 Credits.

Theory and application of manual therapy skills for examination and intervention techniques, including thrust and nonthrust manipulations of the spine, pelvis, and associated areas. Laboratory. Prerequisite: Registered in Professional Physical Therapy Curriculum.

PT 527. Critical Inquiry II. 2 Credits.

Application, analysis, and evaluation of clinical decisionmaking components, strategies, and skills. Preparation of a clinical case study to be presented in oral and written forms. Prerequisite: Registered in Professional Physical Therapy Curriculum.

PT 528. Clinical Education I. 9 Credits.

The first in a sequence of four full-time clinical experiences in selected physical therapy provider centers throughout the United States. Prerequisite: Registered in Professional Physical Therapy Curriculum.

PT 529. Clinical Education II. 9 Credits.

The second in a sequence of four full-time clinical experiences in selected physical therapy provider centers throughout the United States. Prerequisite: Registered in Professional Physical Therapy Curriculum.

PT 535. Lifespan II. 2 Credits.

Examine the factors and forces that affect life quality in later years. The physiological, psychological, and sociological aspects of aging will be considered, including those influences in the cultural context that enhance and impede continued growth of the person. Laboratory. Prerequisite: Registered in Professional Physical Therapy Curriculum.

PT 537. Strategies Early Intervention. 2 Credits.

This course is designed to review current practices in early intervention. Course materials will focus on characteristics of disabling conditions that influence growth and development of motor skills, cognition, and educational development. Emphasis will be on collaborative service provision with an interdisciplinary approach. Topics also covered include: current issues, assessment of the child/family unit, and legislative guidelines for service provision. Prerequisite: Registered in Professional Physical Therapy Curriculum.

PT 538. Advanced Topics in Pediatric Physical Therapy. 3 Credits.

This course is designed to present current and advanced topics relating to pediatric physical therapy clients and their families. Prerequisite: Registered in Professional Physical Therapy Curriculum.

PT 539. Prevention and Wellness. 2 Credits.

The theory and practice of prevention of injury, maintenance and improvement of wellness, and promotion of health and healthy behaviors across the lifespan. Concepts are applied to the general, athletic, and industrial populations, with a view to interdisciplinary involvement in wellness optimization. Prerequisite: Registered in Professional Physical Therapy Curriculum.

PT 540. Cardiopulmonary Physical Therapy. 2 Credits.

This course is designed to expand the theoretical understanding and clinical application of cardiopulmonary physical therapy examination, evaluation, diagnosis, prognosis, intervention and outcomes. Laboratory. Prerequisite: Registered in Professional Physical Therapy Curriculum.

PT 541. Clinical Examination and Evaluation Ill. 3 Credits.

Emphasizes patient/client management elements of examination and evaluation. Emphasis is given to systems screening, physical therapy diagnoses, and clinical reasoning resulting in referral and /or modified physical therapy interventions. Emphasis is also given to the communication of findings. Laboratory. Registered in Professional Physical Therapy Curriculum is the prerequisite. F.

PT 549. Advanced Applied Anatomy/Clinical Kinesiology. 2 Credits.

Study of applied anatomy and its importance to research and clinical application, particularly as related to Physical Therapy. Prerequisite: Registered in Professional Physical Therapy Curriculum.

PT 552. Clinical Education III. 9 Credits.

The third in a sequence of four full-time clinical experiences in selected physical therapy provider centers throughout the United States. Prerequisite: Registered in Professional Physical Therapy Curriculum.

PT 553. Clinical Education IV. 9 Credits.

The fourth in a sequence of four full-time clinical experiences in selected physical therapy provider centers throughout the United States. Prerequisite: Registered in Professional Physical Therapy Curriculum.

PT 561. Seminar:Physical Therapy. 1-4 Credits.

This course serves to focus student attention toward graduate study in Physical Therapy. Explore and discuss areas of interest for students and faculty. May repeat to 4 credits maximum. Prerequisite: Registered in Professional Physical Therapy Curriculum.

PT 562. Readings:Physical Therapy. 1-4 Credits.

Review of current literature pertinent to Physical Therapy; critical examination of design, content, and validity of conclusions. Prerequisite: Registered in Professional Physical Therapy Curriculum.

PT 572. Teaching Experience in Physical Therapy. 1-4 Credits.

Supervised experience in University teaching in Physical Therapy. Projects in curriculum development, formulation of teaching/learning objectives, teaching materials, evaluation tools, and experience in competency-based learning environment. Prerequisite: Registered in Professional Physical Therapy Curriculum.

PT 583. Critical Inquiry III. 1 Credit.

Introduction to research instruments including surveys, electrical and mechanical instrumentation critical to research methods. Includes discussion of validation, calibration, and reliability of instruments used in physical therapy research. Students develop a proposal for their scholarly projects and complete IRB use of human subject forms. Prerequisite: Registered in Professional Physical Therapy Curriculum.

PT 584. Evidence in Practice. 2 Credits.

Application of qualitative and quantitative research designs. Interpretation of statistical tests used in evidence-based medicine. Critical review of current articles related to diagnosis, prognosis, therapy, harm, cost, systematic reviews, meta-analysis, and clinical practice guidelines. Application of evidence to physical therapy practice. Prerequisite: Registered in Professional Physical Therapy Curriculum. S.

PT 590. Directed Studies:Clinical Concepts in Physical Therapy. 1-12 Credits.

Individualized study of a particular area of interest for the student approved by his/her major advisor and supervised by preceptors with specialty and/or recognized expertise in the area of interest. Study may include library research, clinical research, discussion/seminars, projects, and directed clinical experience. Prerequisite: Registered in Professional Physical Therapy Curriculum.

PT 591. Research in Physical Therapy. 2 Credits.

Students develop the ability to effectively and accurately interpret and communicate results/clinical outcomes as a component of the written Scholarly Project. Frequent group and/or individual meetings with the advisor incorporate peer review discussion to facilitate student development of professional written and oral communication skills. Prerequisite: Registered in Professional Physical Therapy Curriculum. SS.

PT 592. Case Management II. 2 Credits.

Case management, with emphasis on the teaching and learning process and techniques targeted to promote and optimize physical therapy services, including advocacy. Strategies appropriate for conflict resolution are introduced. Professional development as a practitioner of physical therapy is emphasized through introduction and preliminary development of a portfolio. Prerequisite: Registered in Professional Physical Therapy Curriculum.

PT 995. Scholarly Project. 1 Credit.

Students provide a final written and oral report to the faculty on the results of their collaborative Scholarly Project. Prerequisite: Registered in Professional Physical Therapy Curriculum.

PT 996. Continuing Enrollment. 1-12 Credits.

PT 997. Research III:Independent Study. 2 Credits.

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