Physical Therapy Course Descriptions
- 500PT Basic Pathology for Physical Therapists
- 501PT Principles of Research
- 502PT Neurobiology for Physical Therapists
- 505PT Fundamentals of Physical Therapy
- 506PT Psychosocial Aspects of Physical Therapy
- 510PT Applied Exercise Physiology for Physical Therapists
- 511ANAT Gross Anatomy
- 514PT Clinical Procedures I
- 520PT Introduction to Therapeutic Exercise
- 522PT Physical Therapy in Neurological Disorders I
- 523PT Physical Evaluation Procedures
- 525PT Applied Pathology
- 526PT Kinesiology/Pathokinesiology
- 528PT Physical Therapy in Orthopedics I
- 529PT Fundamentals of Imaging for Physical Therapists
- 530PT Evidence-Based Practice I
- 600PT Physical Therapy in Neurological Disorders II
- 601PT Evidence-Based Practice II
- 602PT Service Learning in Physical Therapy I
- 603PT Clinical Internship I
- 604PT Pharmacology in Physical Therapy
- 605PT Physical Therapy in Orthopedics II
- 607PT Physical Therapy in Cardiopulmonary Disorders
- 609PT Professional, Ethical, and Supervisory Issues
- 613PT Physical Therapy in Geriatrics
- 614PT Health and Wellness
- 622PT Prosthetics and Orthotics
- 623PT Clinical Internship II
- 624PT Physical Therapy in Neurological Disorders III
- 625PT Evidence-Based Practice III
- 626PT Service Learning in Physical Therapy II
- 629PT Physical Therapy in Orthopedics III
- 633PT Clinical Procedures II
- 637PT Issues in Womens Health
- 638PT Administration in Physical Therapy
- 701PT Clinical Procedures III
- 702PT Clinical Internship III
- 703PT Physical Therapy in Integumentary Disorders
- 704PT Physical Therapy in Pediatrics
- 706PT Clinical Internship IV
- 707PT Clinical Internship V
- 708PT Differential Diagnosis in Physical Therapy
- 709PT Evidence-Based Practice IV
- 712PT Fundamentals of Epidemiology
500PT Basic Pathology for Physical Therapists (2). Study of inflammation and repair, infectious and neoplastic disease, and immunologic responses. Students learn pathology incidence, etiology, pathogenesis, and medical management. Emphasis on cardiovascular, integumentary, musculoskeletal, and nervous system disorders encountered in physical therapy.
501PT Principles of Research (3). Introduction to basic research concepts and statistical analyses. Students learn to design and implement a research project and analyze data for hypothesis testing. Clinical, educational, and administrative topics are explored. Emphasis on creating critical consumers of professional literature.
505PT Fundamentals of Physical Therapy (2). Introduction to basic care skills including the use of medical terminology, patient positioning, management of basic medical equipment, wheelchair management, aseptic technique, assessment of vital signs, passive range of motion, transfer training, gait training, and documentation. Information on ADA and architectural barriers is presented.
506PT Psychosocial Aspects of Physical Therapy (3). Section one: includes effective communication, principles of education, conflict management, stress management, assertiveness, and introduction to communicating with clients who speak Spanish. Section two: addresses the patient and family in the health care system, including sexuality, impact of disability, addictive behaviors, grief processes, death and dying, children's reactions to illness, HIV/AIDS, and selected counseling techniques.
514PT Clinical Procedures I (3). Theoretical basis and application of physical agents including cryotherapy, thermotherapy, ultrasound, hydrotherapy, electromagnetic radiation, and intermittent pneumatic compression. Includes introduction to massage.
520PT Introduction to Therapeutic Exercise (2). Principles of therapeutic exercise to promote strength, flexibility and function. Concepts applied to rehabilitation for impairments, pain, and movement disorders as well as for health and wellness.
522PT Physical Therapy in Neurological Disorders I (4). Physical therapy examination and assessment of adult neuromotor disorders. Evidence based practice of various tools and measurements. Concepts and theories of motor control, motor development and motor learning are introduced. Includes medical diagnostic procedures.
523PT Physical Evaluation Procedures (5). Basic skills utilized to evaluate the musculoskeletal and neuromuscular systems. Development of palpation skills, active and passive range of motion assessment, goniometry, posture evaluation, gait evaluation, girth measurements, manual muscle testing, and neurological screening.
525PT Applied Pathology (3). Physicians and clinical specialists cover general medical and orthopedic concepts including: oncology, infectious disease, laboratory values, trauma, inflammatory and non-inflammatory joint and connective tissue conditions, and pediatric and congenital disorders. Emphasis on medical and surgical management.
526PT Kinesiology/Pathokinesiology (4). Fundamental biomechanical and kinesiological principles, including kinematics and kinetics, of human movement related to anatomical and neuroanatomical structures under normal and pathological conditions. Includes structure and function of human musculoskeletal system, biomechanics, and movement analysis of human motion.
528PT Physical Therapy in Orthopedics I (3). Orthopedic management principles for chronic, rheumatologic, post-operative, and skeletal impairments. Application of therapeutic exercises, assistive devices, thermal and acoustic modalities, and soft tissue mobilization techniques. Emphasis on clinical impairment identification and prioritization, plan of care development, and treatment delivery.
530PT Evidence-Based Practice I (1). Introduction to evidence-based practice (EBP). Includes formulating clinical questions, searching evidence-based resources, appraising evidence, and applying evidence to practice.
600PT Physical Therapy in Neurological Disorders II (5). Pathophysiology, clinical manifestations, examination and management of pediatric and adult neuromuscular disorders including congenital and traumatic spinal cord injuries, motor neuron diseases, myopathies and selected neuropathies using a multidisciplinary approach.
603PT Clinical Internship I (2). Five weeks of supervised clinical experience in selected physical therapy settings with emphasis on developing professional behaviors in the clinical environment. Observation in all areas of patient care and participation in developing physical therapy skills in areas in which the student has completed the required coursework.
604PT Pharmacology in Physical Therapy (2). Overview of drug administration, absorption, distribution, and elimination. Includes introduction to pharmacology of the CNS, ANS, cardiovascular system, and endocrine system; drugs affecting skeletal muscle; drugs used to treat pain and inflammation; and chemotherapy.
605PT Physical Therapy in Orthopedics II (4). Physical therapy evaluation of and intervention for non-surgical musculoskeletal dysfunctions of the extremities. Emphasis on manual therapy skill development in lab. Introduction to adult and child sports physical therapy.
607PT Physical Therapy in Cardiopulmonary Disorders (2). Management of individuals with cardiovascular and pulmonary dysfunction. Includes medical/surgical management and emphasizes physical therapy management.
609PT Professional, Ethical, and Supervisory Issues (2). Discussions of current issues that affect the practice of physical therapy. Concepts of professionalization with emphasis on history and development of physical therapy. Learning experiences include delegation and supervision of patient care activities; legal and regulatory parameters of physical therapy practice; safe, ethical, and legal practice.
613PT Physical Therapy in Geriatrics (2). Designed to facilitate understanding of older adults and their special needs and to promote concepts of successful aging based on physical therapy evaluation and intervention. Cognitive impairments, dementia, biological, socioeconomic, and functional changes due to aging will be discussed..
614PT Health and Wellness (3). Includes health promotion, health education, and models for behavior change. Health and wellness programs presented with emphasis on intervention, prevention, and promotion of health, wellness and fitness across the lifespan. Focus on Healthy People 2020.
622PT Prosthetics and Orthotics (3). Upper and lower extremity prosthetics and orthotics, spinal orthotics, assistive technology, wheelchair design and adaptive seating. Options, components, assessment, measurement, prescription, management and patient instruction.
623PT Clinical Internship II (2). Five weeks of supervised clinical experience in selected physical therapy settings. Observation in all areas of patient care and participation in developing physical therapy skills in areas in which the student has completed the required coursework.
624PT Physical Therapy in Neurological Disorders III (4). Pathophysiology, clinical manifestations, and management of selected adult upper motor neuron disorders including cerebrovascular accidents, brain injuries, disorders of the basal ganglia and cerebellum, and central nervous system infections and tumors.
629PT Physical Therapy in Orthopedics III (4). Physical therapy evaluation and intervention for musculoskeletal dysfunctions of the spine and trunk. Emphasis on manual therapy skills development. Topics also include TMJ dysfunction, industrial physical therapy, and sacroiliac dysfunction.
633PT Clinical Procedures II (2). Theoretical basis and application of electrotherapy for motor response, pain control, and tissue repair. Includes use of NMES, FES, TENS, IFC, RC, HVPC and iontophoresis.
637PT Issues in Women’s Health (1). Women’s health issues from adolescence to post-menopause. Common problems encountered during pregnancy and post-partum as well as a variety of gynecological disorders. Self-care and preventive strategies are included.
638PT Administration in Physical Therapy (4). Topics include organizational theory and structure, personnel recruitment and retention, planning, policies and procedures, quality assurance, risk management, cost analyses, budgeting, marketing, regulation and public health policy..
702PT Clinical Internship III (3). Eight weeks of supervised clinical experience in selected physical therapy settings with emphasis on developing increased independence and clinical reasoning skills.
704PT Physical Therapy in Pediatrics (5). Includes normal child development and childhood conditions, including inborn or acquired, genetic, neurological and orthopedic disorders, followed by physical therapy assessment and interventions. Family, caregiver, social and environmental issues will be discussed.
712PT Fundamentals of Epidemiology(3). Introduction to the basic principles and methods of epidemiology and demonstration of their applicability in the field of public health. Topics covered include the historical perspective of epidemiology, measures of disease ccurrence and of association, clinical epidemiology, disease screening, causal inference, and study design.
Carol Counts Likens, PT, PhD
Chairman and Associate Professor
Department of Physical Therapy
The University of Tennessee
Health Science Center
930 Madison – Suite 647
Memphis, TN 38163