Course Information ​​

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HEPR150 Intro to Health Professions
This is a sequence of enriching experiences offered by a team of health professional to enhance a student's knowledge of the various health professions. It will enable the student to make career choices based on facts and allow him/her to make career changes, if needed, in a timely fashion. This course will introduce the concept of team approach in the delivery of health-related services by identifying common strands and organizational patterns. Graded S/U.
HEPR205 Human Nutrition
This course covers the study of basic nutrition including the role of carbohydrates, fats, proteins, vitamins, and minerals in human metabolism. Topics will include energy sources and systems, energy requirements in physical exertion, weight and diet, and a review of current dietary practices. Applications of nutritional principles to physical fitness and performance enhancement and the effect of various ergogenic aids will be studied.
HEPR220 Medical Terminology
This course deals with the basic formation of medical terms and their definitions. Areas covered include medical suffixes and prefixes, body-orientation levels and planes, the skin, joints, muscles, skeleton, nerves, brain, spinal cord, heart, liver, blood vessels, respiratory system, endocrine system, the special senses, the female reproductive system, and oncology.
HEPR305 International Health Care
Prerequisite: permission of the instructor This course emphasizes the value of human diversity and the application of knowledge concerning cultural, racial, socioeconomic, religious, and lifestyle variations in health related situations. An awareness of global health includes an understanding of the implication of living with transportation and information technology that links all parts of the world. Information about the effects on the global community from such areas as disease transmission, health policy, and health care economics is required. An intercultural experience is required with participation in an international trip. Students should expect to pay an amount above tuition to cover transportation and expenses, which may amount to $2,500.
HEPR355 Intro to Health Care Systems
Prerequisite: HEPR 150. This course offers an introduction to the use of concepts, theory, and research as they relate to professional practice in the health care delivery system, and explores the development and current patterns of health care delivery and the forces that mold the health care system and an individual's health behavior.
HEPR410 Educational Strategies in Health Professions
Prerequisite: senior status or permission of the instructor This course is designed to acquaint the student with the teaching/learning process including theories, skills, methods, and techniques. In this climate of change, it is necessary for the health care practitioner to be an effective educator of clients, families, colleagues, and the community. As a capstone project, students will organize an educational offering and present the materials to a targeted audience using instructional process and methods.
HEPR450 Sports Nutrition
Prerequisite: admission into a health professions program This course covers the main aspects of nutrition as related to exercise and physical performance. These are the energy systems in exercise, nutritional aspects of substrate utilization (digestion, absorption, metabolism, etc.), assessment of nutritional needs and diet modification. Dietary development for weight loss, body composition changes, and performance will be covered from a nutritional view.
HEPR505 Professional Issues
PREREQUISITE: Admission to a health professions program
This course provides an overview of issues related to practice for the health professional. It includes safe and ethical practice, legal and professional standards, ethical issues in the health professions, professional organizations and roles and responsibilities of the health professional.
HEPR507 Mgmt in a Changing Hlth Care Env
PREREQUISITE: Admission to a health professions program
This course provides an overview of the health care managerial and supervisory principles for the rehabilitative professional.
HEPR549 Pharmacology
PREREQUISITE: Admission to a health professions program
This course will cover medications commonly encountered in the practice of physical medicine. It will include categories of drugs, generic and trade names of common drugs, the use, effects and precautions of common drugs and drug-drug interactions and pharmacokinetic principles. It will also focus on how various drugs affect the patient response to activity, exercise and other therapeutic interventions.
HEPR610 Mgmt in a Changing Hlth Care Env
PREREQUISITE: Satisfactory completion of Term VI in the WEC Physical Therapy program
This course is an overview of the management functions necessary for the occupational and physical therapist. Pertinent topics include leadership styles, group processes, quality assurance, interviewing, recruitment, retention and marketing.
HEPR622 Leadership Strat for Health Prof
PREREQUISITE: Completion of previous module of Traditional or WEC Occupational Therapy program, MALS and educational leadership strands; graduate student status in a health professions program or permission of the OT program director
Leadership styles and characteristics that foster collaboration and effective communication, promote visionary thinking and enable change will be critically examined. The role of mentorship, sociopolitical awareness, activism and lifelong learning in the advancement of the profession will be evaluated.
PHTH504 Competencies in Physical Therapy
PREREQUISITE: Admission to the Physical Therapy program
This is a self-directed course focused on instruction in fundamental skills and assessment of students' entering competency level relative to range of motion assessment, selected physical agents, functional training and assessment of vital signs. Grading for this course is S/U.
PHTH514 Exercise Physiology for the PT
PREREQUISITE: Admission to the Physical Therapy program
This course will provide an in-depth study of the principles of exercise physiology of the normal individual across the lifespan, as well as consider how these change when pathology is present.
PHTH515 Clinical Education II
Prerequisite: satisfactory completion of PHTH 415 This is the second of five clinical education experiences. It includes a six-week, full-time clinical affiliation under the supervision of a licensed physical therapist and is designed to allow students to gain practical experience related to classroom learning. Grading for this course is S/U.
PHTH520 Research I
PREREQUISITE: Admission into the Physical Therapy program
This course is an introduction to the research process. Areas to be addressed include information searching, analysis of research literature, epidemiology, hypotheses, research design and an introduction to measurement theory. Students will select an area of research interest/topic.
PHTH522 Research II
PREREQUISITE: Successful completion of the previous term or permission of the PT faculty
This course is the second in a series of five research classes. This course focuses on statistical analyses and composition of components in the research process central to either the case report or the faculty-directed project.
PHTH526 Psychosocial Factors in Disability
PREREQUISITE: Successful completion of the previous term or permission of the PT faculty
This course covers the psychosocial factors that may influence the practice of physical therapy. Topics such as psychological and emotional reactions to disability, cultural differences, sexuality and gender issues are explored.
PHTH528 Pathology
PREREQUISITE: Satisfactory completion of Term II of the WEC Physical Therapy program
This is a study of body system impairments from disease, injury or congenital abnormalities that relate to movement dysfunction and physical therapy. Systems review and consideration of those signs and symptoms that may require consultation with or referral to another health care provider are also included.
PHTH532 Principles of Ther. Exercise
PREREQUISITE: Successful completion of the previous term or permission of the PT faculty
This course covers the basic principles of therapeutic exercise for musculoskeletal pathologies and movement dysfunctions.
PHTH543 Intro to PT Practice
PREREQUISITE: Admission into the Physical Therapy program
This course provides an introduction to the practice of physical therapy. It includes an introduction to health care delivery systems, roles of health professionals, disability, professional behaviors and ethical principles, as well as a study of the verbal, non-verbal and written communication skills necessary for successful practice.
PHTH545 Lifespan Development & PT
PREREQUISITE: Admission into the Physical Therapy program
This course is the study of normal development throughout the lifespan. Functional movement and implications for the physical therapist are stressed.
PHTH547 Applied Physiology
PREREQUISITE: Admission into the Physical Therapy or Athletic Training program
This course is a study of applied human physiology and physiology of exercise. It includes physiology of body systems with emphasis on metabolic, integumentary, neuromuscular, musculoskeletal and cardiopulmonary systems and also examines the effects of exercise on body systems throughout the lifespan.
PHTH551 Elements of PT Practice I
PREREQUISITE: Admission into the Physical Therapy program
This course will introduce the student to selected examination and evaluation procedures. Specific tests and measures are presented as well as practiced in a laboratory format.
PHTH557 Functional Anatomy & Biomechanic
PREREQUISITE: Successful completion of the previous term or permission of the PT faculty
This course is a study of functional anatomy and biomechanical principles as applied to human movement. This course examines surface anatomy and the functions of the musculoskeletal and peripheral nervous system as they relate to movement. Analysis of movement, gait, functional activities and posture is also incorporated.
PHTH559 Clinical Medicine I
PREREQUISITE: Successful completion of the previous term or permission of the PT faculty
This course is the first of two with a focus on the etiology, pathology, epidemiology, course, duration, prognosis and clinical picture of common diseases and syndromes affecting the body systems, with emphasis on cardiovascular, pulmonary, gastrointestinal, immune and endocrine systems. This course also includes medical and surgical interventions, as well as a discussion of impairments and functional limitations for those disorders commonly seen in physical therapy.
PHTH560 Musculoskeletal Impairments and Functional Limitations I
PREREQUISITE: Successful completion of the previous term or permission of the PT faculty
This course includes a review of common musculoskeletal impairments associated with the lumbar, thoracic and cervical spine, functional limitations and related diagnoses. It also includes a study of physical therapy evaluation and treatment approaches for these impairments and functional limitations. Emphasis will be on current theory, literature and the physiological effects of these approaches.
PHTH561 Elements of PT Practice II
PREREQUISITE: Successful completion of the previous term or permission of the PT faculty
This course is a continuation of PHTH 551 with additional instruction in tests and measures that are used in the examination and evaluation process. Specific tests and measures are presented and practiced in a laboratory format.
PHTH563 Foundations in Neuroscience
PREREQUISITE: Successful completion of the previous term or permission of the PT faculty
This course represents an in-depth study of nervous system anatomy and physiology. It also includes pathology, clinical syndromes, plasticity and development of the nervous system. Concepts of sensory-motor integration and motor and postural control are considered. Emphasis is placed on application of neuroscience information to physical therapy practice.
PHTH564 Anatomy I
PREREQUISITE: Admission to the Physical Therapy or Athletic Training program
This course consists of an in-depth study of the upper-extremity musculoskeletal and peripheral nervous systems of the human body as it relates to function. Viscera of the neck and cardiovascular system will also be covered. Surface anatomy lab will be incorporated throughout the course. Materials will be presented in lecture/lab format with the use of cadaver, anatomical models and human skeletal materials.
PHTH565 Anatomy II
PREREQUISITE: Successful completion of the previous term or permission of the PT faculty
This course consists of an in-depth study of the lower extremity musculoskeletal and peripheral nervous systems of the human body as it relates to function. Viscera of the abdomen, pelvis and perineum will also be covered. Surface anatomy lab will be incorporated throughout the course. Materials will be presented in lecture/lab format with the use of cadaver, anatomical models and human skeletal materials.
PHTH573 Education in PT
PREREQUISITE: Successful completion of the previous term or permission of the PT faculty
This course emphasizes teaching and learning theories and principles, learning styles and collaborative learning as well as how to give and receive constructive feedback of education experiences.
PHTH575 Clinical Education I
Prerequisite: successful completion of the previous term or permission of the PT faculty This is the first of five clinical education experiences. The course includes the practical application of material learned in the classroom to actual clinical situations. Students spend one full-time week after spring semester in a clinical setting under the supervision of a licensed physical therapist. Course is graded S/U.
PHTH579 Clinical Medicine II
PREREQUISITE: Successful completion of the previous term or permission of the PT faculty
This course is a study of the etiology, pathology, epidemiology, course, duration, prognosis and clinical picture of common diseases and syndromes affecting the skeletal, articular and neuromuscular systems. It also includes medical and surgical interventions, as well as discussion of impairments and functional limitations for those disorders commonly seen in physical therapy.
PHTH581 Elements of PT Practice III
PREREQUISITE: Successful completion of the previous term or permission of the PT faculty
This course is a continuation of PHTH 561 with additional instruction in tests and measures that are used in the examination and evaluation process. Specific tests and measures are presented and practiced in a laboratory format.
PHTH602 Neurotherapeutics I
PREREQUISITE: Successful completion of the previous term or permission of the PT faculty
This course is a study of common neurological treatment approaches, including neurodevelopmental treatment (NDT), proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitator (PNF), Brunnstrom, Rood and motor control/motor learning theory. It also focuses on impairments, functional limitations and associated orthopedic and neurological diagnoses which may be addressed or alleviated by these approaches.
PHTH604 Neurotherapeutics II
PREREQUISITE: Successful completion of the previous term or permission of the PT faculty
In this course the student acquires the knowledge and selected skills necessary to solve selected neuromuscular problems. The assessment and treatment processes are presented for clients of any age with neuromuscular practice patterns.
PHTH616 Faculty-Directed Research I
PREREQUISITE: Successful completion of the previous term or permission of the PT faculty
This course is the first in a series of three research classes. Focus is on literature review, research design, methodology and data collection. This is a directed study under the supervision of a faculty adviser and will be graded S/U.
PHTH628 Case Report I
PREREQUISITE: Successful completion of the previous term or permission of the PT faculty
This course is the first in a series of three case report classes. The focus is on case selection, literature review and completion of necessary approval processes both internal and external to the institution. This course will be graded S/U.
PHTH636 Faculty-Directed Research II
PREREQUISITE: Successful completion of the previous term or permission of the PT faculty
This course is the second in a series of three research classes. The focus here is on the data analysis, results and discussion sections of the research paper. This is a directed study under the supervision of a faculty adviser and will be graded S/U.
PHTH640 Cardiopulmonary Physical Therapy
PREREQUISITE: Successful completion of the previous term or permission of the PT faculty
This course covers the screening, examination, evaluation, diagnosis, prognosis and physical therapy intervention for conditions affecting the cardiovascular and pulmonary systems which may result in impairments and functional limitations.
PHTH641 Musculoskeletal System I
PREREQUISITE: Successful completion of the previous term or permission of the PT faculty
This is the first of two courses addressing patient/client management as it relates to the musculoskeletal system. This first course focuses on the screening, examination, evaluation, diagnosis, prognosis and physical therapy interventions for selected conditions which may cause impairments and functional limitations in the upper extremities.
PHTH643 Motor Control
PREREQUISITE: Successful completion of the previous term or permission of the PT faculty
This course involves an in-depth examination of motor control. Factors considered include the role of neural and musculoskeletal systems, sensation, perception, cognition, task and environment in the production of human movement. Also addressed are theories of motor control, neuroplasticity and principles of motor learning.
PHTH645 Clinical Education II
Prerequisite: successful completion of the previous term or permission of the PT faculty This is the second of five clinical education experiences. This course includes a six-week, full-time clinical affiliation under the supervision of a licensed physical therapist. It is designed to allow students to gain practical experience related to classroom learning. Course is graded S/U.
PHTH646 Rehab Tech, Orthotics and Prosthetics
PREREQUISITE: Successful completion of the previous term or permission of the PT faculty
In this course, the student acquires the knowledge base and selected skills necessary for the management of orthotics, prosthetics, wheelchair-seating systems, environmental control devices, driver simulators, communication devices, assistive devices and other adaptive equipment. The assessment and treatment processes are presented for clients of any age with specific rehabilitation technology needs.
PHTH648 Case Report II
PREREQUISITE: Successful completion of the previous term or permission of the PT faculty
This course is the second in a series of three case report classes. Focus is on progressive development of the written case report with completion of the case description. This course will be graded S/U.
PHTH656 Faculty-Directed Research III
PREREQUISITE: Successful completion of the previous term or permission of the PT faculty
This course is the third in a series of three research classes. Here students complete their research projects and make formal presentations, both oral and written, on their results. This is a directed study under the supervision of a faculty adviser and will be graded S/U.
PHTH658 Case Report III
PREREQUISITE: Successful completion of the previous term or permission of the PT faculty
This course is the third in a series of three case report classes. The focus is on case outcomes, writing the research paper and presentation of findings. This course will be graded S/U.
PHTH660 Musculoskeletal Impairments and Functional Limitations II
PREREQUISITE: Successful completion of the previous term or permission of the PT faculty
This is a continuation of PHTH 560. Students will examine musculoskeletal impairments, functional limitations and related diagnoses associated with the extremities. Emphasis will be on the application of evaluation and treatment approaches for these impairments and functional limitations.
PHTH661 Musculoskeletal System II
PREREQUISITE: Successful completion of the previous term or permission of the PT faculty
This is the second of two courses addressing patient/client management as it relates to the musculoskeletal system. This course focuses on the screening, examination, evaluation, diagnosis, prognosis and physical therapy interventions for selected conditions, which may cause impairments and functional limitations in the lower extremities and spine.
PHTH665 Clinical Education III
Prerequisite: successful completion of the previous term or permission of the PT faculty This course is the third in a series of five clinical experiences. It includes an eight-week, full-time clinical affiliation under the supervision of a licensed physical therapist. Grading for this course is S/U.
PHTH667 Neuromuscular System I
PREREQUISITE: Successful completion of the previous term or permission of the PT faculty
This is the first of two courses addressing client management as it relates to the neuromuscular system. Focus is on examination, evaluation, diagnosis, prognosis and intervention for individuals with non-progressive disorders of the central nervous system throughout the lifespan.
PHTH669 Agents and Modalities
PREREQUISITE: Successful completion of the previous term or permission of the PT faculty
This course covers physical agents, electrotherapeutic modalities and mechanical modalities. It includes theoretical concepts, rationale for use, effects, indications and contraindications for each agent or modality. There will be supervised laboratory practice to ensure the student learns the safe and efficient use of each agent or modality.
PHTH671 Integumentary
PREREQUISITE: Successful completion of the previous term or permission of the PT faculty
This course involves an in-depth study of the impairments, limitations and disabilities of the integumentary system. The emphasis is evaluation and treatment of those conditions affecting the normal function of the integumentary system that result in pathologies that lead to disabilities.
PHTH675 Community Health
PREREQUISITE: Successful completion of the previous term or permission of the PT faculty
Topics covered in this course include wellness, health, prevention and maintenance of fitness, community health needs, community resources and community service.
PHTH681 Musculoskeletal System III
PREREQUISITE: Successful completion of the previous term or permission of the PT faculty
This is the third of three courses that cover the musculoskeletal system. This course covers the screening, examination, evaluation, diagnosis, prognosis and physical therapy interventions for selected conditions, which may cause impairments and functional limitations in the spine.
PHTH685 Orthotics & Prosthetics
PREREQUISITE: Successful completion of the previous term or permission of the PT faculty
This course considers the management of the individual with upper- or lower-extremity amputations. In addition, the orthotic and prosthetic management of patients with both neurologic and orthopedic difficulties across the lifespan will be addressed.
PHTH687 Health Care Systems
PREREQUISITE: Successful completion of the previous term or permission of the PT faculty
This course is a study of global health care structures and systems as they relate to physical therapy. The learner will also explore international health care models, economic issues, payment structures and challenges within the global health care system.
PHTH720 Clinical Educ. I, Inpatient
PREREQUISITE: Successful completion of the previous term or permission of the PT faculty
This course is a full-time, eight-week clinical experience supervised by a licensed physical therapist in an inpatient setting with emphasis on integumentary, cardiopulmonary and neuromuscular practice patterns. It is designed to provide students with the opportunity to analyze and synthesize current knowledge and experience with clinical practice. In addition, experience with education, management and research is provided, as available. This course will be graded S/U.
PHTH723 Medical Diagnostics
PREREQUISITE: Successful completion of the previous term or permission of the PT faculty
This course will cover basic operational principles and clinical applications of contemporary medical imaging techniques. The course will discuss methods of evaluation medical diagnostics as they relate to clinical physical therapy practice, especially as it relates to differential diagnosis related to all major body systems. Additionally, this course will discuss common laboratory tests and the applications of these test results to physical therapy practice.
PHTH725 Clinical Education IV
Prerequisite: successful completion of the previous term or permission of the PT faculty This is the fourth clinical education experience. It consists of an eight-week, full-time clinical affiliation under the supervision of a licensed physical therapist. Grading for this course is a S/U.
PHTH726 Clinical Educ. II, Outpatient
PREREQUISITE: Successful completion of the previous term or permission of the PT faculty
This course is a full-time, eight-week clinical experience supervised by a licensed physical therapist in an outpatient setting with emphasis on musculoskeletal practice patterns. It is designed to provide students with the opportunity to analyze and synthesize current knowledge and experience with clinical practice. In addition, experience with education, management and research is provided, as available. This course will be graded S/U.
PHTH727 Neuromuscular System II
PREREQUISITE: Successful completion of the previous term or permission of the PT faculty
This course is the second in a series addressing the management and treatment of clients with disorders of the neuromuscular system. Client screening, examination, evaluation, diagnosis, prognosis and intervention are considered within the context of a variety of neurological and associated orthopedic diagnoses seen throughout the lifespan.
PHTH730 Clinical Educ. III, Specialty
PREREQUISITE: Successful completion of the previous term or permission of the PT faculty
This course is a full-time, 10-week clinical experience supervised by a licensed physical therapist in a specialty setting chosen by the student (e.g., school system, mental retardation and developmental disabilities (MRDD) facility, sports medicine clinic, skilled nursing facility (SNF), home health agency). It is designed to provide students with the opportunity to analyze and synthesize current knowledge and experience with clinical practice. In addition, experience with education, management and research is provided, as available. This course will be graded S/U.
PHTH731 Physical Therapy Seminar
PREREQUISITE: Successful completion of the previous term or permission of the PT faculty
In this course the students reflect on their clinical affiliations and discuss a variety of topics related to professional practice. These topics may include difficult or complex patients, reimbursement issues, professional roles, professional development, delegation, risk management, consultation, health reform, managed care or other current topics.
PHTH735 Rehabilitation Technology
PREREQUISITE: Successful completion of the previous term or permission of the PT faculty
Examination of rehabilitation technologies such as seating and wheelchair systems, assistive devices and computer technology are explored.
PHTH739 Selected Topics in PT
PREREQUISITE: Successful completion of the previous term or permission of the PT faculty
This is a flexible elective given as a regular offering or independent study. It is an opportunity for students to engage in an in-depth exploration of an advanced topic or topics in physical therapy. Course is repeatable.
PHTH745 Clinical Education V
Prerequisite: successful completion of the previous term or permission of the PT faculty This is the fifth of five clinical education experiences. It includes a 10-week, full-time clinical affiliation under the supervision of a licensed physical therapist. Grading for this course is S/U.