Physical Therapy, Movement, and Rehabilitation Sciences

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Maura Daly Iversen, PT, DPT, SD, MPH, FNAP, FAPTA
Professor and Chair

301 Robinson Hall
617.373.3908
617.373.3161 (fax)
physicaltherapy@northeastern.edu

The physical therapy program has a long and rich history as one of the oldest accredited programs in the United States, with origins dating back to World War I reconstruction aides. Our mission is to impact the health and well-being of the global community by developing leaders in physical therapy, movement, and rehabilitation sciences through interprofessional experiential education, translational research, and excellence in clinical practice. The cornerstone of our program is experiential learning, which includes cooperative education, simulated patient interactions, engagement with consumer clients, service-learning, clinical research, and international humanitarian opportunities. Through this unique, multifaceted approach to learning we:

  • Educate skilled, autonomous doctors of physical therapy who embrace evidence-based practice, are culturally competent, and are equipped to work in a complex global healthcare environment
  • Promote professionalism, humanistic values, resourcefulness and innovation, and a commitment to lifelong learning
  • Advance scholarship in areas related to physical therapist education and clinical practice to meet the changing needs of a global and technologically advancing world

Features of the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program

The program in physical therapy has three admission points: freshman, change of major, or as a graduate student with a baccalaureate degree in any field. The duration of the program is six years for freshman entry and three and one-half years for transfer or postbaccalaureate entry. The terminal degree is the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT). Our entry-level Doctor of Physical Therapy program is one of the few freshman entry programs in the country. Undergraduate students earn a BS in rehabilitation science and progress into the Doctor of Physical Therapy phase of the program. Students do not need to reapply to the DPT phase of the program, provided they meet the academic standards.

Emphasis on Experiential Learning

Our DPT program provides freshman-entry students with one year of experiential learning (six months for graduate-entry students) in addition to the required clinical affiliations necessary for licensure. Through cooperative education, the hallmark of Northeastern University, students are able to integrate semesters of academic study with semesters of cooperative education experiences in hospitals and clinics throughout the country and around the globe. Students may be employed as physical therapy co-ops with increasing responsibilities commensurate with their academic studies or perform other health-related duties.

The curriculum also includes thirty-six weeks of clinical education under the direct supervision of a licensed physical therapist. We are affiliated with world-class medical centers and clinical sites throughout the United States, providing students with access to master clinicians and clinical scholars. Every effort is made to accommodate individual circumstances, but students should be prepared to travel out of state for two of the three clinical placements. Availability of a car is required, as most sites are not accessible by public transportation. All expenses associated with clinical education, including travel and housing, are the responsibility of the student.

Student Research

Physical therapy students participate in research that is integrated into the curriculum. Students have the opportunity to work with faculty to conduct ongoing research in world-renowned medical centers, in one of the twelve Department of Physical Therapy, Movement, and Rehabilitation Science’s labs and centers (e.g., Neuromotor Systems Lab, Lab for Locomotion Research, Cancer Survivorship Center, The ReGameVR Lab, Movement Neuroscience Lab, Rehabilitation and Epidemiology Trainee Program, Occupational Biomechanics and Ergonomics Lab, Neurophysiology Lab, Teaching and Learning Innovation Lab, Musculoskeletal Epidemiology and Biomechanics Lab, Cadaver Lab, and Neuroscience Wet Lab). The outcome is the ability to conduct and present quality research at local- and/or national-level conferences.

Global Outreach

Students have multiple opportunities to enrich their education through global outreach and education. Physical therapy students can elect to do a traditional semester-long study abroad, a one-month Dialogue of Civilization, or to go abroad for a cooperative education experience. To date, physical therapy students have worked in Nepal, Peru, Costa Rica, and South Africa for their cooperative education experience. In the latter portion of the curriculum, students can participate in short cultural immersion experiences abroad whereby they engage in community service projects under the direction of a physical therapy faculty member or on physical therapy academic exchanges with partner academic institutions.

Ability to Minor in Another Field

Physical therapy undergraduate students work with their academic advisor to develop a schedule to complete a minor in another field such as psychology, exercise science, or a foreign language.

Ability to Concentrate

Once in the program, students may have the ability to acquire additional information in two areas of concentration. The Certificate in Early Intervention is an interprofessional program that meets the state and national requirements for personnel to work with families, infants, and toddlers with disabilities or who are at risk for developmental delays. The Concentration in Sports Strength and Conditioning prepares the physical therapy student to confidently pursue a sports physical therapy position working with athletes of all ages in a variety of settings. In both areas, students take additional course work, focused on research and clinical rotations that expand upon the entry-level physical therapy curriculum.

Progression in the Program

To progress in the program, students must maintain acceptable standards of scholarship and academic performance as stated in the academic requirements section of this catalog. Students must develop appropriate motor skills, professional behaviors, and emotional maturity. The program in physical therapy is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education of the American Physical Therapy Association.

Graduates of the Doctor of Physical Therapy program are eligible to sit for the Physical Therapy Licensure Examination.

Bachelor of Science in Rehabilitation Studies

The Department of Physical Therapy, Movement, and Rehabilitation Sciences offers a four-year degree program leading to the Bachelor of Science in Rehabilitation Studies (BSRS). The program is designed to prepare students for careers in entry-level positions in the healthcare industry or to prepare graduates for admission into advanced degree (MS, PhD, PA, DPT) programs in the healthcare field. The BSRS does not qualify or prepare the graduate to sit for the physical therapy licensure exam. This program is open to students already enrolled in the Doctorate of Physical Therapy (DPT) program at Northeastern University who choose to opt out of pursuing licensure for direct patient care in the practice of physical therapy for a future career that is grounded in healthcare. The transition of a student from the DPT program to the BSRS program is seamless because the course work for the first three years of the six-year DPT curriculum is identical to the BSRS curriculum. See “Changing Majors” for more information.

Bachelor of Science

Doctor of Physical Therapy, DPT

Physical Therapy Courses

PT 1000. College: An Introduction. 1 Hour.

Provides an introduction to the University, college, and health professions to enhance students’ understanding of self and the decisions they make academically and socially as members of the University’s diverse, multicultural community. Group activities and individual assignments along with active participation in a learning community help students adjust to life on an urban campus, develop a better understanding of the learning process, acquire essential academic skills, and make connections with the faculty and students in the college.

PT 1880. Introduction to Sports Medicine. 4 Hours.

Offers an introductory course intended for students interested in sports, coaching, medicine, and exercise. Exposes students to the field of sports medicine. Emphasizes orthopedic anatomy, exercise principles, and a basic introduction to prevention of injury and illness related to athletes. Includes a cadaveric lab and lectures.

PT 1990. Elective. 1-4 Hours.

Offers elective credit for courses taken at other academic institutions.

PT 2000. Professional Development Co-op. 1 Hour.

Introduces the Bouvé Cooperative Education Program. Offers students an opportunity to develop job-search and career-management skills. Students perform assessments of their workplace skills, interests, and values and discuss how they impact personal career decisions. Offers students an opportunity to prepare a professional-style résumé, learn proper interviewing techniques, and gain an understanding of the opportunities available to them for co-op. Introduces career paths, choices, and career decision making. Familiarizes students with workplace issues relative to their field of study and presents the MyNEU COOL database in the job-search and referral process. Presents and discusses co-op policies, procedures, and expectations of the Bouvé Cooperative Education Program and co-op employers.

PT 2990. Elective. 1-4 Hours.

Offers elective credit for courses taken at other academic institutions.

PT 3990. Elective. 1-4 Hours.

Offers elective credit for courses taken at other academic institutions.

PT 4990. Elective. 1-4 Hours.

Offers elective credit for courses taken at other academic institutions.

PT 4992. Directed Study. 1-4 Hours.

Offers independent work under the direction of members of the department on a chosen topic. Course content depends on instructor.

PT 4993. Independent Study. 1-4 Hours.

Offers independent work under the direction of members of the department on a chosen topic. Course content depends on instructor.

PT 4995. Practicum. 1-4 Hours.

Offers eligible students an opportunity for practical experience.

PT 5101. Foundations of Physical Therapy. 3 Hours.

Introduces basic patient-care procedures and professional behaviors used in physical therapy practice. Prepares students for co-op education experiences and discusses implications for career planning. Prereq. Junior, senior, or graduate standing. Coreq. PT 5102.

PT 5102. Lab for PT 5101. 1 Hour.

Accompanies PT 5101. Covers topics from the course through various experiments. Prereq. Junior, senior, or graduate standing. Coreq. PT 5101.

PT 5103. Human Skills Development. 2 Hours.

Examines typical skill development and maturation from intrauterine life through old age (senescence). Considers the interaction of system development on acquisition of and changes in skill development. Students apply developmental concepts to case studies and hypothetical clinical situations. Emphasizes childhood and early adult development as a foundation to the changes that occur later in adulthood and senescence. Prereq. Junior, senior, or graduate standing.

PT 5104. Therapeutic Modalities. 1 Hour.

Provides application of physical agents to treat a variety of impairments found during a physical therapy examination. Covers the theory, rationale, and application of thermal, electrical, light, and mechanical agents. Prereq. PT 5131 and junior, senior, or graduate standing. Coreq. PT 5105.

PT 5105. Lab for PT 5104. 1 Hour.

Accompanies PT 5104. Covers topics from the course through various experiments. Prereq. Junior, senior, or graduate standing. Coreq. PT 5104.

PT 5111. Professional Development for Bouvé Graduate Co-op. 1 Hour.

Introduces graduate students to the Bouvé Cooperative Education Program and offers an opportunity to develop job-search and career-management skills. Students perform assessments of their workplace skills, interests, and values and discuss how they impact personal career decisions. Offers students an opportunity to prepare a professional-style résumé, learn proper interviewing techniques, and gain an understanding of the opportunities available to them for co-op. Introduces career paths, choices, and career decision making. Seeks to familiarize students with workplace issues relative to their field of study and to teach them to use myNEU COOL database in the job-search and referral process. Presents and discusses co-op policies, procedures, and expectations of the Bouvé Cooperative Education Program and co-op employers. Prereq. Junior, senior, or graduate standing.

PT 5131. Gross Anatomy. 4 Hours.

Covers the structure and function of the human body with particular emphasis on the skeletal, muscular, nervous, and cardiovascular systems and clinical application to these systems. Considers basic abnormalities of structure and function. Involves lectures, cadaver prosection, osteology, and surface anatomy labs. Prereq. (a) BIOL 1119 with a grade of C and junior or senior standing or (b) graduate standing; physical therapy students only. Coreq. PT 5132.

PT 5132. Lab for PT 5131. 1 Hour.

Accompanies PT 5131. Covers topics from the course through various activities. Prereq. Junior, senior, or graduate standing. Coreq. PT 5131.

PT 5133. Kinesiology. 3 Hours.

Studies normal movement through the analysis of muscle and joint function. Introduces fundamental examples of pathokinesiology, aberrant motions, and postures. Emphasizes analysis of the major joints and regions of the body as related to the field of physical therapy, including aspects of gait analysis. Encourages critical thinking and integrates material learned in prior course work, including, but not limited to, anatomy and physiology. Prereq. PT 5131 with a grade of C and junior, senior, or graduate standing; physical therapy students only. Coreq. PT 5134.

PT 5134. Lab for PT 5133. 1 Hour.

Offers students an opportunity to measure skills of goniometry and manual muscle testing to assess joint mobility and muscle performance. Also covers assessment of posture and gait. Integrated with PT 5133 and builds upon the foundation of gross anatomy. Prereq. Junior, senior, or graduate standing. Coreq. PT 5133.

PT 5138. Neuroscience. 4 Hours.

Covers the structure and physiological function of the human nervous system with emphasis on the clinical aspects of motor and somatosensory systems. Studies the anatomy of the brain, brain stem, and spinal cord in specimens and on slides and integrated with the basic physiology of motor and sensory systems. The application of neuroscience to clinical neurological cases is a foundation of this course. Prereq. PT 5131 with a grade of C and junior, senior, or graduate standing. Coreq. PT 5139.

PT 5139. Lab for PT 5138. 1 Hour.

Accompanies PT 5138. Covers topics from the course through various experiments. Prereq. Junior, senior, or graduate standing. Coreq. PT 5138.

PT 5140. Pathology. 4 Hours.

Covers general medicine, lab medicine, and pathology as related to conditions commonly treated by healthcare professionals. Provides the foundation for PT 6240. Prereq. PT 5131 with a grade of C and junior, senior, or graduate standing. Coreq. PT 5141.

PT 5141. Recitation for PT 5140. 0 Hours.

Provides small-group discussion format to cover material in PT 5140. Prereq. Junior, senior, or graduate standing. Coreq. PT 5140.

PT 5145. Introduction to the Healthcare System. 2 Hours.

Offers students an opportunity to obtain the foundation to understand and appreciate the framework of the U.S. healthcare system. Compares other selected global healthcare systems. Examines historical events, policy changes, and current issues that impact the delivery of healthcare services. Prereq. PT 5101 with a grade of C and junior, senior, or graduate standing.

PT 5150. Motor Control, Development, and Learning. 4 Hours.

Covers three broad areas—motor control, motor development, and motor learning. Examines neural, behavioral, and physical mechanisms that contribute to the control of movement in humans. Focuses on motor control in healthy persons, with some discussion of alterations associated with musculoskeletal and neural impairment. Addresses motor development and maturation from intrauterine life through old age (senescence). Considers the interaction of body-system development and growth on acquisition of and changes in typical skill development. Examines factors that influence the learning of new motor skills (motor learning) as a result of practice. Prereq. PT 5133 with a grade of C, PT 5138 with a grade of C (the latter may be taken concurrently), and junior, senior, or graduate standing; physical therapy majors only. Coreq. PT 5151.

PT 5151. Lab for PT 5150. 1 Hour.

Offers students an opportunity to apply knowledge gained in PT 5150 to activities designed to illustrate various principles and concepts related to motor control, motor development, and motor learning. Uses a series of guiding questions/activities in each laboratory and analyzes associated literature to offer students an opportunity to apply class concepts to healthy individuals and to those with clinical problems related to motor control, motor development, or motor learning. Coreq. PT 5150.

PT 5160. Psychosocial Aspects of Healthcare. 3 Hours.

Examines interpersonal relationships among patients, families, health professionals, and society, with reference to the impact of and reaction to illness and disability. Identifies personal and societal beliefs, values, and attitudes that affect the role of people with illness or disabilities in our culture and the healthcare system; how patients’ beliefs, values, and experiences affect their expectations and interactions with healthcare professionals; and how beliefs, values, and experiences shape professional development and affect relationships with patients. Prereq. (a) PT 5101 with a grade of C (may be taken concurrently by graduate students) and (b) ENGW 1111, ENGW 1102, ENGL 1111, ENGL 1102, or graduate standing; physical therapy majors only with junior, senior, or graduate standing. Coreq. PT 5161.

PT 5161. Psychosocial Aspects of Healthcare Seminar. 1 Hour.

Offers students an opportunity to engage in hands-on service roles and address the needs/interests of community partners. Students also have an opportunity to reflect on their learning through service during on-campus and online activities/assignments. Coreq. PT 5160.

PT 5165. Sports Medicine: Managing the Injured Athlete. 4 Hours.

Offers students an opportunity to obtain in-depth knowledge in sports medicine. Covers taping and bracing procedures and techniques to assess concussions with various current protocols. Exposes students to current common pathologies within the athletic population. Discusses return-to-play criteria for an athlete once an injury has occurred and has subsequently been treated and rehabilitated. Prereq. PT 5505 with a grade of C.

PT 5170. Motor Control. 3 Hours.

Focuses on the theories and models of neuromuscular control and learning of human movement. Examines the relationship between theory and practice and how motor function may be altered by a variety of factors. Prereq. PT 5133 and junior, senior, or graduate standing. Coreq. PT 5171.

PT 5171. Lab for PT 5170. 1 Hour.

Accompanies PT 5170. Covers topics from the course through various experiments. Prereq. Junior, senior, or graduate standing. Coreq. PT 5170.

PT 5172. Recitation for PT 5170. 0 Hours.

Provides small-group discussion format to cover material in PT 5170. Prereq. Junior or senior standing.

PT 5209. Neurological Rehabilitation 1. 4 Hours.

Covers the foundations of the physical therapy examination, evaluation, and intervention with patients with neurological deficits. Presents examination skills, theoretical bases, and clinical applications of integrated intervention approaches for the patient with a neurological diagnosis. Includes the etiology, pathology, and physical therapy management of common neurological disorders affecting the pediatric population. Prereq. PT 5515 with a grade of C, PT 5540 with a grade of C, and junior, senior, or graduate standing. Coreq. PT 5210.

PT 5210. Lab for PT 5209. 1 Hour.

Accompanies PT 5209. Covers topics from the course through various experiments. Prereq. Junior, senior, or graduate standing. Coreq. PT 5209.

PT 5226. Physical Therapy Professional Seminar 2. 2 Hours.

Continues PT 5135 and builds on concepts introduced in the earlier course. Affords students the opportunity to reflect on issues in experiential education and prepare for future experiential learning. Prereq. PT 6000 with a grade of C and junior, senior, or graduate standing.

PT 5227. Physical Therapy Project 1. 3 Hours.

Provides students with the opportunity to conduct an independent project under the mentorship of physical therapy faculty in areas such as research, education, clinical practice, administration, or service learning. Prereq. PT 5515 with a grade of C, PT 5540 with a grade of C, PT 6243 with a grade of C, and junior, senior, or graduate standing.

PT 5229. Physical Therapy Project 2. 2 Hours.

Provides students with a continued opportunity to work with individual faculty on scholarship activities to create a scholarly work in partial fulfillment of the requirement for a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree. Allows students to continue the research or education project that was initiated in PT 5227. Guides students as necessary to enable them to complete their capstone project. Prereq. PT 5227 with a grade of C and junior, senior, or graduate standing.

PT 5230. Pediatric and Geriatric Aspects of Life Span Management. 3 Hours.

Incorporates analysis and comparison of methods of physical therapy (PT) management of selected populations across the life span, which includes pediatrics and geriatrics. Focuses on utilizing evidenced-based rationale for clinical decision making within the context of PT examination, evaluation, PT diagnosis, prognosis, and plan of care. Discusses how patient/client management seeks to reflect core professional values, as well as topics of prevention and wellness in these patient populations. Prereq. PT 5209 with a grade of C, PT 5505 with a grade of C, PT 6241 with a grade of C, and senior or graduate standing; DPT students only.

PT 5351. Physical Therapy Business Management. 2 Hours.

Introduces students to the strategy and business-planning principles, tools, and resources related to developing a new business, service, or product relevant to the physical therapy profession. The goal is for students to develop a business, implementation, and a marketing plan. Covers issues related to business, finance, law, regulations, licensure, real estate, and marketing. Prereq. PT 6219 and junior, senior, or graduate standing; physical therapy majors only.

PT 5410. Functional Human Neuroanatomy. 4 Hours.

Examines the detailed structure of the human nervous system, linking structure to function at both the clinical and neurobiological level. Offers students an opportunity to obtain a solid functional anatomical foundation for neuroscience. Reviews basic neuroanatomy and then provides a detailed look into the structure of the nuclei within the central nervous system and their connectivity. Examines the role of these structures in motor and sensory function as well as in complex cognitive functions at a physiological and clinical level. Prereq. (a) BIOL 1103, BIOL 1113, BIOL 1117, BIOL 2297, BIOL 2299, BIOL 3405, or graduate standing and (b) PSYC 3458 or graduate standing; junior, senior, or graduate standing. Coreq. PT 5411.

PT 5411. Lab for PT 5410. 1 Hour.

Examines the detailed structure of the human nervous system in specimens of the human brain and spinal cord as well as in images of stained sections of these tissues and magnetic resonance images (MRI). The structure of individual nuclei and the main sensory and motor tracts of the nervous system are examined and discussed by students working in small groups. Although focusing on anatomical details, the lab introduces the student to clinical diagnosis of neurological cases. Coreq. PT 5410.

PT 5500. Pharmacology for Physical Therapy. 4 Hours.

Offers a clinically oriented course covering knowledge of clinical pharmacology in the physical therapy profession. Discusses prescription and over-the-counter drugs and common herbal supplements. Drug classification, pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, mechanism of action, drug interactions, and common side effects are brought into the clinical perspective of patient management. Explores recognition of expected drug effects, side effects, idiosyncratic reactions, and signs of abuse or nonadherence. Emphasizes the therapist’s proper incorporation of pharmacotherapeutic knowledge into patient assessment, differential diagnosis, and design of treatment regimens. Prereq. PT 5140 and senior or graduate standing; physical therapy students only.

PT 5503. Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Management. 4 Hours.

Discusses physical therapy examination evaluation, interventions, and outcome assessment of common cardiac and pulmonary dysfunctions. Discusses etiology and pathology of common cardiac and pulmonary disorders. Uses case-based learning to promote synthesis of the material. Prereq. PT 5133 with a grade of C, PT 5140 with a grade of C, and junior, senior, or graduate standing. Coreq. PT 5504.

PT 5504. Lab for PT 5503. 1 Hour.

Accompanies PT 5503. Covers topics from the course through various experiments. Prereq. Junior, senior, or graduate standing. Coreq. PT 5503.

PT 5505. Musculoskeletal Management 1. 4 Hours.

Discusses physical therapy examination evaluation, interventions, and outcome assessment of common musculoskeletal dysfunctions. Uses case-based learning to promote synthesis of the material. Prereq. PT 5515 with a grade of C, PT 5540 with a grade of C, and junior, senior, or graduate standing. Coreq. PT 5506.

PT 5506. Lab for PT 5505. 1 Hour.

Accompanies PT 5505. Covers topics from the course through various experiments. Prereq. Junior, senior, or graduate standing. Coreq. PT 5505.

PT 5515. Integumentary Systems and Advanced Modalities. 2 Hours.

Applies anatomy, physiology, epidemiology, and pathology to explore the issues of medical, surgical, pharmacological, and psychological and physical therapy management of individuals throughout the life span with integumentary system impairments. Provides students with the opportunity to develop examination skills to derive diagnoses, prognoses, evaluations, and effective physical therapy interventions based on relevant evidence. Builds on information from PT 5104 to include electrophysiological testing and interpretation. Uses case studies to integrate the information learned in class. Prereq. PT 5150 with a grade of C, PT 5500 with a grade of C, PT 5503 with a grade of C, and junior, senior, or graduate standing. Coreq. PT 5516.

PT 5516. Lab for PT 5515. 1 Hour.

Accompanies PT 5515. Covers topics from the course through various experiments. Prereq. Junior, senior, or graduate standing. Coreq. PT 5515.

PT 5520. Clinical Integration 1: Evidence and Practice. 2 Hours.

Prepares physical therapy students to safely manage patients in all inpatient settings, such as the acute and critical care settings and the acute rehabilitation and skilled nursing home settings. Focuses on integrative analysis of multiple disease processes (spanning all practice patterns of musculoskeletal, neuromuscular, cardiovascular, pulmonary, and integumentary) and their respective medical and surgical management that is relevant to physical therapy management encountered in these settings. Helps to enhance the student’s understanding of the scientific basis of physical therapy through a review of current scientific research, thereby helping the student to develop a foundation for evidence-based practice in these inpatient settings. Prereq. Junior, senior, or graduate standing. Coreq. PT 5521.

PT 5521. Case Studies for PT 5520. 1 Hour.

Discusses case studies relevant to the topics of PT 5520. Prereq. Junior, senior, or graduate standing. Coreq. PT 5520.

PT 5540. Clinical Integration 1: Evidence and Practice. 2 Hours.

Designed to prepare physical therapy students to integrate previous courses taught in the curriculum to safely manage patients in the acute-care setting, including the intensive-care unit, the critical-care unit, and step-down settings. Uses a combination of lecture, instruction in the simulation center, and standardized patient interactions. Follows the “Guide to Physical Therapy Practice for Evaluation and Intervention” in these settings. Offers students an opportunity to learn to perform an examination; to evaluate examination data to formulate a plan of care; to provide interventions; to determine a discharge plan for individuals in the acute-care environment; and to demonstrate core professional values in classroom, recitation, and standardized patient interactions. Prereq. PT 5150 with a grade of C, PT 5500 with a grade of C, PT 5503 with a grade of C, and junior, senior, or graduate standing; physical therapy students only.

PT 5600. Ergonomics and the Work Environment. 3 Hours.

Builds upon the public health definition that ergonomics is the applied science that optimizes overall human-systems performance and well-being within the work environment. Emphasizes a public health approach suited for healthcare professionals building on their strengths and training in analytical diagnostic skills and interventions, ranging from primary to tertiary approaches. Covers topics including epidemiology, job hazard analysis, and intervention methods and research. Offers students an opportunity to obtain the knowledge and skills to improve the physical ergonomic factors in a workplace in order to increase the health and well-being of workers. Prereq. Senior or graduate standing.

PT 5601. Project for PT 5600. 1 Hour.

Focuses on a project to accompany PT 5600. Prereq. Senior or graduate standing.

PT 5610. Workplace Wellness and Health Promotion. 3 Hours.

Focuses on the skills needed to create, implement, and evaluate workplace health promotion and injury prevention programs. Studies the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health’s (NIOSH) essential elements of workplace health programs, utilizing and reviewing the literature in support of these essential elements throughout the semester. Workplace factors have strong associations with the health and health behaviors of workers. Builds upon basic wellness and organizational ergonomic principles to offer students an opportunity to develop the skills needed and to obtain the knowledge of the work environment and health promotion. Prereq. Senior or graduate standing.

PT 5710. Psychosocial Aspects of Disability. 4 Hours.

Explores the psychological, social, and cultural factors that underlie responses and adaptations to chronic illness and disability by individuals and families. Offers a foundation for nonjudgmentally ascertaining and supporting clients’ needs. Includes coping needs and strategies that are used by those without complicating factors, as well as those that may be used by individuals who have comorbid conditions such as psychiatric disorders; substance abuse; or cultural, gender, or age differences. Presents best practices on interviewing skills, assessment, and interventions to support the needs of people affected by chronic illness or disability. Prereq. Junior, senior, or graduate standing.

PT 5720. Legal and Policy Issues Surrounding Disability. 4 Hours.

Offers an interprofessional course addressing the issues of disability relative to the law, public policy, rights, and advocacy. Often there is a discrepancy between the level of funding supplied to people with disabilities (PWD) and the actual costs of caring for these individuals in order to maximize their independence. The laws and policies that currently exist are often complex and lead to varied interpretations and applications, leaving some PWD without access to services to which they are entitled. This course offers students an opportunity to gain a broad understanding of the complex, dynamic, legal, and policy issues concerning PWD. In addition, this course explores access to available resources and legal limits of service delivery systems. Prereq. Junior, senior, or graduate standing.

PT 5730. Global Perspectives in Disability and Health. 4 Hours.

Addresses the issues of disability relative to culture, public policy, rights, and advocacy. People with disabilities are less likely to receive necessary healthcare and rehabilitation services and as a consequence experience poorer health outcomes and mortality. Explores the effects of cultural beliefs, social attitudes, and stigma toward people with disabilities. Evaluates the impact of poverty, sociopolitical conditions, health economics, and resource allocation issues. Analyzes charitable contributions, by human rights and other organizations, to the needs of people with disabilities in underserved areas to identify both desirable and undesirable impacts. This interprofessional course offers students an opportunity to gain a broad understanding of complex and dynamic issues concerning people with disabilities in underserved and globally diverse settings. Prereq. Junior, senior, or graduate standing.

PT 5740. Disabilities Practicum. 4 Hours.

Offers students an opportunity to work with a public agency, volunteer group, school system, parent collaborative, charitable organization, or other group that provides services for adults and/or children with disabilities. Designed to provide experiential learning while working with individuals or groups who have unmet needs in achieving their mission or objectives. The student, practicum coordinator, and a site supervisor develop a contract detailing the expected outcome(s) to be achieved. Examples include developing a new policy, performing a needs assessment, performing a literature search, writing a position paper addressing an important question, developing a training manual, or developing an advocacy plan. Requires working a minimum of sixty hours. Prereq. (a) PT 5710, PT 5720, or HLTH 5280 and (b) junior, senior, or graduate standing.

PT 5976. Directed Study. 1-4 Hours.

Offers independent work under the direction of members of the department on a chosen topic. Course content depends on instructor. Prereq. Junior, senior, or graduate standing.

PT 5978. Independent Study. 1-4 Hours.

Offers independent work under the direction of members of the department on a chosen topic. Course content depends on instructor. Prereq. Junior, senior, or graduate standing.