Degrees, Programs, or Concentrations
A comprehensive study of human anatomy concentrating on the nervous, skeletal, arthrodial, muscular and circulatory systems of the superficial back, upper extremities, head, neck, and face. Lab consists of prosected material and dissection of aforementioned body parts. Skeletal models and diagnostic imaging will be introduced of each area of dissection. Labs also include surface palpation on live human subjects. Special fee.
A comprehensive study of human anatomy concentrating on the nervous, skeletal, arthrodial, muscular and circulatory systems of the deep back, trunk, pelvis, and lower extremity. Lab consists of prosected material and dissection of the aforementioned body parts. Skeletal models and diagnostic imaging will be introduced for each area of dissection. Labs also include surface palpation on live human subjects. Special fee.
A study of the process of typical human development and aging across the life span, including neuromotor development in childhood and changes associated with aging.
A survey of the structure and function of the nervous system, with emphasis on principles related to physical therapy practice. Includes laboratory study of anatomic specimens. Special fee.
A physiological approach to the study of pathological changes in the human body brought about by trauma or disease, including cell injury, inflammation, immunopathology, neoplasia, infections, and the musculoskeletal and endocrine systems.
This course incorporates application of the principles of human learning to patient/client management including patient, family/caregivers, and community education. Roles of the physical therapist as a clinical educator and academician are discussed as well as opportunities/responsibilities for lifelong learning and professional development.
A study of pharmacological principles in relation to rehabilitation, with emphasis on the possible benefits and side-effects of chemotherapeutic agents on patients receiving physical therapy treatment.
A physiological approach to the study of pathological changes in the human body brought about by trauma or disease, including vascular, hematopoietic, nutritional, neurologic, urogenital, GI and hepatobiliary systems.
An introduction to evidence-based practice as it relates to physical therapy, including basic understanding of research designs and research statistics, formulating appropriate clinical questions based on patient/client, accessing current evidence using databases and other resources to answer clinical/practice issues, and summarizing evidence for clinical case application.
This course prepares students to achieve professional competence in critical appraisal of professional literature and in the design of a clinically relevant research proposal as an entry-level Doctor of Physical Therapy student. The course focuses on the foundational aspects of research methodology including research design, data analysis, and critical evaluation of research evidence.
This course focuses on implementation of the research proposal developed in PT 611. In addition, this course is designed for the student to contribute to the evidence for practice through the dissemination of clinical research outcomes, including professional reporting of the results to peers in written and oral platform presentation formats.
This course allows the student to develop a clinical case report based on a patient the student has treated during a full-time internship, an administrative/education process or a clinical risk management situation. An in-depth analysis of research from recent publications related to the case is required. The student will prepare a written case report and a presentation in seminar format.
A study of human movement as it relates to clinical physical therapy practice with an emphasis on biomechanical principles of movement and normal gait. Includes laboratory study.
An introduction to the principles and techniques of patient care utilized in physical therapy practice. These basic therapeutic skills include, but are not limited to, positioning, draping, patient transfers, assistive gait devices, wheelchair use, and basic examination. Techniques including assessment of joint range of motion, muscle strength and length testing, massage, and soft tissue mobilization are presented. Includes laboratory study.
A study of the effect of physical activity on human physiology with an emphasis on the musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, and endocrine systems. Modes of exercise, environmental considerations, and selected clinical populations are also covered in this course. Includes laboratory study.
A study of specific techniques of therapeutic intervention in physical therapy practice including electrophysical agents and manual therapy techniques. The electrophysical agents unit will include the physical principles, physiological effects, therapeutic uses and clinical application of thermal, mechanical, electrical and photic energy. The manual intervention unit will include manual therapy techniques including soft tissue massage. Includes laboratory study. Special fee.
A course to identify disablement risk factors and provide educational intervention to prevent certain diseases and facilitate a positive change in the health behavior of patients.
A course focusing on the use of screening tests and clinical tools to enhance the therapist's role as an independent practitioner with the ability to identify medical conditions of concern that require referral to an appropriate health care provider.
Etiology, diagnostic procedures and radiography, medical management, physical therapy examination, evaluation, and intervention of selected musculoskeletal disorders with an emphasis on the upper extremities. Additionally includes the fundamentals, principles, and practice of therapeutic exercise. Includes laboratory study.
Etiology, diagnostic procedures and radiography, medical management, physical therapy examination, evaluation, and intervention of selected musculoskeletal disorders with emphasis on the lower extremities. Includes laboratory study.
A continuation of PT 632 that includes etiology, diagnostic procedures and radiography, medical management, physical therapy examination, evaluation, and intervention of selected musculoskeletal disorders with an emphasis on the lumbar spine and pelvis. Includes laboratory study.
A continuation of PT 633 that includes etiology, diagnostic procedures and radiography, medical management, physical therapy examination, evaluation, and intervention of selected musculoskeletal disorders with an emphasis on the cervical and thoracic spine. Includes laboratory study.
Special topics in the management of musculoskeletal conditions including, but not limited to, industrial medicine, sports physical therapy, and chronic musculoskeletal issues. Includes laboratory study.
This course includes study of the principles and concepts of normal human movement and PT examination/evaluation in patients with disorders of the neuromuscular systems across the lifespan. The course will focus on examination (patient/client history, systems review, tests and measurements), evaluation of examination data (clinical decision-making), with formulation of problem list, functional goals and PT plan of care. Includes laboratory study.
This course prepares the student to provide services to children with special health care needs/disabilities and their families in a manner consistent with family-centered care; includes patient/family history, systems review, and tests and measures and opportunities for clinical decision-making and establishing a plan of care based on examination data with emphasis on prognosis for a wide variety of pediatric diseases, conditions, and syndromes impacting typical development. Review of pediatric practice settings and legislation, medical management, pharmacologic treatment, radiographic imaging and other diagnostic testing related to neuromuscular disorders and developmental delay are included.
This course is the second in a sequence of two courses that provides an in-depth exploration of assessment and intervention procedures used with pediatric patient populations. The focus of this course will be on conditions present from birth or acquired in childhood. Clinical competence in the treatment of children with movement dysfunction is to be developed.
A study of the practice of physical therapy in management of skin disorders and underlying disease with an emphasis on the patient with open wounds, including burns. Includes laboratory study.
A study of the principles and practice of physical therapy for patients with cardiovascular and pulmonary disease, including radiography, and medical and surgical management. Includes laboratory study.
A case-based course providing opportunities to develop clinical judgment as part of patient management including establishment of differential diagnosis, patient prognosis, and development of a plan of care for patients with musculoskeletal disorders of peripheral joints. Students will also analyze cases involving ethical, legal and psychosocial concerns for which professional decisions and interprofessional practice or referrals are necessary.
A case-based seminar designed to provide opportunities to develop clinical reasoning and communication skills as part of patient management. Students will develop skills in communicating with the healthcare team, recognizing and ameliorating barriers to patient outcomes, and developing plans of care for patients with complex health and psychosocial issues.
A case-based course to provide opportunities to apply clinical reasoning to promote evidence-based physical therapy practice by integrating best available evidence for patient management and to challenge the status quo of practice to raise it to the most effective level of care.
A review and synthesis of physical therapy examination, evaluation, and development of a plan of care in patient management for specific clinical disorders, emphasizing clinical decision-making based on clinical experience and evidence.
This course is a continuation of PT 674 that emphasizes comprehensive review and preparation for taking the National Physical Therapy Examination. All students must pass the final capstone exam to be awarded the DPT degree.
This elective course involves advanced study (beyond entry level) of selected topics within physical practice, research, education and leadership. Topics vary from year to year.
A study of physical therapy as a profession with emphasis on the history of physical therapy; role and scope of practice; professional, ethical, and legal responsibilities; licensure; physical therapy education; contemporary practice issues; and professional communication.
This course is designed to prepare the student for clinical practice by incorporating the patient management model, clinical decision-making models, health care systems, patient documentation including electronic health records, cultural competence, universal precautions, and risk management.
A planned learning experience of clinical education designed to integrate previous didactic knowledge in a full time, supervised clinical internship in Physical Therapy practice settings.
A continuation of PT 682, providing another planned learning experience, designed to integrate previous knowledge in a full time, supervised clinical internship in Physical Therapy practice settings. Good Academic Standing with no required course retakes pending.
A continuation of PT 682 and 683, providing another planned learning experience, designed to integrate previous knowledge in a full time, supervised clinical internship in Physical Therapy practice settings. Good Academic Standing with no required course retakes pending.
A study of current organizational and management principles and issues related to health care delivery systems with special emphasis on the current and future roles of Physical Therapy.
A continuation of PT 682, 683 and 684, providing another planned learning experience, designed to integrate previous knowledge in a full time, supervised clinical internship in physical therapy practice settings. Good academic standing with no required retakes pending.
This course entails a continuation of professional practice issues including interprofessional education and practice, communication between patient/client and healthcare provider, patient-centered care, and cultural aspects of patient care which all relate to professional development as a competent healthcare provider.
Discussion of evidence-based practice (EBP) and the importance of literature searching and information management skills.
This course reviews the effects of exercise intervention upon human physiology and the acute and chronic adaptations associated with physical activity.
This course should be one of the first courses taken and will include principles of evidence-based practice, access and evaluation of scientific literature, and application to clinical decision making in specific patient populations.
This course will focus on recent advances in the understanding of human movement with particular emphasis on biomechanics, kinesiology and motor control.
An interactive discussion and exploration of physical therapy practice for populations with orthopedic disorders, including examination, intervention and outcome. The focus will be on evidence-based clinical practice. Course topics will include updated research on operative and non-operative procedures for the peripheral joints and spine, spinal and peripheral joint diagnostic imaging (radiography), pharmacology, therapeutic exercise, clinical reasoning, and lifespan issues with a focus on geriatrics.
An interactive discussion and exploration of physical therapy practice for populations with neuromuscular disorders, including examination through intervention and outcomes. The focus will be on clinical practice in this population based on evidence. The course will include diagnostic imaging (radiography), pharmacology, therapeutic exercise, clinical reasoning, and lifespan issues with a focus on geriatrics.
An interactive discussion of new developments in skin and wound care with an emphasis on development of a plan of care that evolves over the episode of care, prevention of recurrence, and the interaction with the patient and other health care providers.
An in-depth, interactive discussion of issues related to the examination, evaluation, and plan of care for patients/clients with primary and secondary cardiovascular and pulmonary disorders across the lifespan. Clinical reasoning, pharmacology and imaging techniques will be emphasized.
Directed research or comprehensive review of evidence-based literature completed in a clinical area of interest under the supervision of a faculty mentor. The student will document incorporation of course content into their current clinical practice. This course may be repeated up to two times with a different focus-topic each time.
Discussion of current professional issues including clinical practice, management, legal, ethical/moral and psychosocial topics embedded within the current health care market faced by health care providers. This course will include interactive discussions among students and instructor and will include literature to support discussion topics.
An elective seminar to update information in specific areas of study. Course number may be repeated three times.
|Faculty Name||Faculty Department||Faculty Position||Degrees Held|
|Andrews, Tara Childers||Physical Therapy||Assistant Professor||BS, Auburn University|
DPT, University of South Alabama
|Burley, Troy Raymond||Physical Therapy||Assistant Professor||BS, California Polytechnic-San Lui|
MPT, Western U Of Health Sciences
PHD, Rocky Mtn Univ of Hlth Profess
|Cahanin, Richard Louis||Physical Therapy||Assistant Professor||BS, Louisiana State University|
DPT, University of South Alabama
PHD, Rocky Mtn Univ of Hlth Profess
|Drake, Shawn M.||Physical Therapy||Professor||BS, Arkansas State University-Main|
MS, Arkansas State University-Main
PHD, University of Southern Miss
MPT, Arkansas State University-Main
|Jordan, Kelly Elizabeth||Physical Therapy||Assistant Professor||BS, University of West Alabama|
DPT, University of South Alabama
|Saale, Blair Purcell||Physical Therapy||Assistant Professor||BA, Furman University|
DPT, Belmont University
|Warren, Preston Palmer||Physical Therapy||Assistant Professor||BFA, University of South Alabama|
DPT, University of South Alabama
MD, University of South Alabama
|White, Laura Wilson||Physical Therapy||Assistant Professor||BS, Baylor University|
MS, Univ of Alabama-Birmingham
DSCPT, Univ of Alabama-Birmingham
Dennis Fell, PT, MD
Charles Grey, DPT
Elizabeth Kennedy, PT, PhD, PCS
James C. Wall, PhD