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Psychosocial Aspects of Physical Therapy I                                                   DPTS5111,  56:742:505
Credits: 3
This course introduces the student to the psychosocial aspects of physical therapy and to the clinical decision-making process which is utilized by the physical therapist.  Patient and family members' responses to illness and loss are explored.  Communication and interpersonal skills,  and the ability to engage in reflective thinking are stressed. Lecture, discussion, role-playing, journal writing, written assignments, individual and group projects are utilized.

Human Anatomy                                                                                                               DPTS5120, 56:742:510
Credits: 5
Regional study of gross structure of the human body with emphasis on the musculoskeletal system.

Foundations I                                                                                                                     DPTS5131, 56:742:501
Credits: 1
This course is a first in a series introducing the foundations of physical therapy education. This   course  introduces the basic principles of patient care involving the use of therapeutic massage. Emphasis is on a theoretical understanding of the physical principles of this intervention.   A clinical problem solving approach  is used to apply this knowledge. Students are  introduced to Disablement Models, The Guide to Physical Therapist Practice and the Patient/Client Management Model. The  course explores the concepts of evidence-based practice and identifies the steps that will assist them in evaluating clinically relevant research.  Lecture and laboratory material are integrated through the use of patient cases. A self-taught module on medical terminology is also included in this course that will be guided and evaluated by course instructors.

Kinesiology and Biomechanics                                                                                       DPTS5210, 56:742:511
Credits: 5
This course includes the study of human movement with a focus on providing a foundation for the practice of rehabilitation and optimizing movement.  It includes analysis of the relative movement of bone to bone, holistic joint mechanics and pathokinesiology throughout the body. Students also acquire the skill to perform manual muscle testing, joint range of motion and palpation.

Medical Considerations in Rehabilitation I                                                                   DPTS5311, 56:742:513
Credits: 3
This course emphasizes the pathophysiology of the musculoskeletal system. Medical diagnostic tests, physiologic and histological foundations and common orthopedic abnormalities and diseases are addressed.   Medical interventions and the role of the physical therapist are described.  An introduction to pharmacology and pharmacology is provided.

Neuroscience                                                                                                                      DPTS5220, 56:742:540
Credits: 4
This course is an advanced study of the human nervous system, particularly with regard to its role in normal motor function.  The influence of neurophysiology, embryology, and histology in normal and abnormal development is explored.  The response of the nervous system to disease and trauma is assessed.   Neuroscience provides the scientific basis of physical therapy for patients with damage to the nervous system, and lays the foundation for Neurological Physical Therapy I and II.

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Exercise Science                                                                                                                DPTS5230, 56:742:507
Credits: 2
This course provides integrated instruction in the normal metabolic and physiologic processes/ responses of the human body during exercise.  Topics in this course include basic nutrition, energy transfer, body composition, skeletal muscle physiology, neuromuscular physiology, and cardiopulmonary physiology as well as principles of exercise testing and prescription for strength and aerobic conditioning.  The primary focus of this course pertains to healthy individuals.  General implications to disease states and special populations are discussed as related to physical therapy.

Foundations   II                                                                                                                  DPTS5132, 56:742:502
Credits: 2
This course offers the fundamental principles of patient care involving the use of physical agents, electrotherapy and mechanical modalities. Emphasis is on a theoretical understanding of the biological, physical and electrical principles of each agent. A clinical decision-making and problem-solving approach, highlighting evidence-based physical therapy practice, is used to interpret this knowledge in the lecture and laboratory setting.

Cardiopulmonary Physical Therapy I                                                                             DPTS5411, 56:742:516
Credits: 3
This course is designed to instruct students in physical therapy examination, evaluation and treatment interventions utilized to manage individuals with various cardiovascular and pulmonary disease conditions.  Principles of exercise physiology, testing, and prescription are applied to various cardiovascular and pulmonary diseases. The student utilizes clinical decision making skills to establish a physical therapy diagnosis pertaining to the cardiovascular and pulmonary impairments and develops appropriate treatment options using an evidence-based approach.  The medical science of cardiovascular and pulmonary care, examination, evaluation, and treatment is integrated as it applies to physical therapy  

Musculoskeletal Physical Therapy I                                                                               DPTS5321, 56:742:517
Credits: 5
Principles of examination, evaluation, diagnosis, prognosis, and interventions for patients with musculoskeletal impairments, functional limitations, and disabilities involving the extremities.            

Medical Considerations in Rehabilitation II                                                                 DPTS 5312, 56:742:514
Credits: 2
This course examines the interrelationship of physical therapy and the medical profession in the management of  persons with neuromuscular dysfunction. The focus is on clinical medicine issues related to disorders of the nervous system. Central nervous system pathology and sequelae are explored in topics such as: vascular, metabolic, nutritional, and degenerative disorders of the neuromuscular system, aging in the CNS, cerebellar dysfunction, spinal cord injuries, and traumatic brain injuries. The Neuromuscular Preferred Practice Patterns will provide the framework for physical therapy management.  This course provides clinical application of content from Neuroscience and provides the foundation for understanding neurologic disorders and the physical therapy interventions covered in Neurologic Physical Therapy I and II.

Neurological Physical Therapy I                                                                                     DPTS5331, 56:742:522
Credits: 4           
This course introduces the student to the motor learning and motor control models of rehabilitation and reviews traditional therapeutic approaches for intervention with adults with functional limitations that result from impairments of the neurological system.  Case-based evaluation and treatment planning are emphasized through coordinated classroom, laboratory and clinical site visits. Evidence-based Physical Therapist practice is emphasized.  

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Foundations III                                                                                                                  DPTS5133, 56:742:503
Credits: 3
In this lecture and laboratory course, students  consider the Patient-Client Management Model as it relates to functional immobility and limitations. Students  explore functional activities such as bed mobility, transfers, ambulation, activities of daily living, and use of adaptive and supportive devices.   Principles of proper body mechanics are stressed to insure safety during mobility activities and discussion of the consequences of immobility in the patient population is explored. Concepts of optimal positioning of patients are applied. Concepts of documentation are explored and functional assessment tools utilized in physical therapy practice are presented.  The process of clinical decision-making is emphasized through presentation of patient problems, case studies and onsite clinical visits.

Medical Considerations in Rehabilitation III                                                                DPTS6313, 56:742:618
Credits: 2            
This course is the third course in the Medical Considerations in Rehabilitation series and is constructed of lectures on a variety of medical topics. Students gain an understanding of infectious diseases, endocrine disorders, nutritional supplements, ergogenic aides, basic medical screening, lab values, oncology, mental illness, and substance abuse. The basic pharmacologic management and medical interventions pertaining to these conditions are emphasized in conjunction with the impact on physical therapy interventions.

Cardiopulmonary Physical Therapy II                                                                           DPTS6412, 56:742:616
Credits: 2
This course provides an integrated consideration of the medical science of cardiopulmonary care and the evaluation and treatment techniques as they pertain to physical therapy practice  It  is a continuation of Cardiopulmonary Physical Therapy I with a focus on advanced topics in cardiopulmonary physical therapy including  dysrhythmia interpretation, acute and intensive care  rehabilitation, mechanical ventilation, and managing the medically complex individual.

Professional Issues I                                                                                                        DPTS6121, 56:742:630
Credits: 2
Introduction to the profession of physical therapy. Discussion of issues including the development and history of the profession and professional association, review of professional licensure, introduction to health professionals and other legal practice issues. Includes an introduction to clinical education. Students engage in service learning through the Migrant Farm Worker's Project.

Scientific Inquiry                                                                                                                DPTS6125, 56:742:614
Credits: 3   
This course is designed to introduce the student to basic concepts underlying the research process.  Basic concepts of research design and approaches are examined in answering clinically relevant questions.  Applied statistics are discussed.  An overview of the knowledge and skills necessary for the student to critically analyze the literature is emphasized in the format of lecture, discussion, classroom assignments, and modified case studies.  Whenever possible, computer applications will be introduced as will examples from the health research literature.

Clinical Education I                                                                                                            DPTS6119, 56:742:619
Credits: 3 
Full time internship to provide experience in a clinical setting in one of the following areas: acute care, adult or pediatric rehabilitation (hospital based or outpatient), orthopedic or other clinical setting that may include a special interest practice. The clinical experience is 6 weeks full-time.  Internships are located at contracted clinical facilities in New Jersey and throughout the United States.

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Musculoskeletal Physical Therapy II                                                                             DPTS6322, 56:742:617
Credits: 4
Principles of examination, evaluation, diagnosis, prognosis, and interventions for patients with musculoskeletal impairments, functional limitations, and disabilities involving the temporomandibular joints and spinal structures.         

Neurological Physical Therapy II                                                                                    DPTS6332, 56:742:622
Credits: 4
This course is an  advanced study of the  physical therapy examination and treatment of persons with neurological dysfunction. The emphasis is on an in-depth exploration of issues relevant to this patient population   via integrated classroom lecture and lab sessions supported by clinical laboratory visits Specific attention will be paid to persons with traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, Parkinson’s disease, vestibular system dysfunction, and others. The content in this course will build on knowledge obtained in the previous courses of Neuroscience, Medical Considerations in Rehabilitation II, and Neurological P.T. I.  

Applied Research I                                                                                                            DPTS6241, 56:742:633
Credits: 2
This course is the beginning of the Applied Research sequence. Students will initiate a critical review of the literature under the guidance of a faculty member. Students meet with the faculty advisor to begin a search of the literature on the topic, to discuss and review  articles appropriate to the literature review topic, and for direction of the written group project. Submission of the written method of the literature review and a detailed analysis and compilation of the available literature is the final outcome for this course.

Psychosocial Aspects of Physical Therapy II                                                               DPTS6112, 56:742:605
Credits: 2
This course explores the traditional methods and new strategies for the delivery of health care based on an interprofessional model of practice.  The course introduces the practice of several other health care professions and the management of individuals who have psychiatric illnesses.  All participants will develop basic skills in team collaboration, negotiation, and conflict resolution.  Lecture, discussion, simulation utilizing standardized patients, written assignments, and group projects are utilized.

Management I                                                                                                                    DPTS6261, 56:742:615
Credits: 2
This course provides an introduction to the theory and application of management principles. The course evaluates the changing healthcare and physical therapy environment and the role of the physical therapist manager within this environment. Fundamental concepts of health care and physical therapy management principles are introduced. Emphasis on the fiduciary responsibilities for all patients/clients and pro bono services will be incorporated into lecture, discussion, team and individual activities/projects.

Geriatric Physical Therapy                                                                                               DPTS6250, 56:742:643
Credits: 2
This course concentrates on medical, functional and environmental issues frequently encountered in geriatrics. Emphasis is on specialized examination and intervention activities utilized in older adult populations with multiple diagnoses. Theories of aging; physical and physiological effects of aging on all body systems; social, economic, epidemiologic and demographic issues challenging older adults and health care providers; polypharmacy; and principles of geriatric health and wellness are addressed. Through the application of the patient/client management model, students develop advanced clinical decision-making skills and   integrate a wide range of patient information for geriatric physical therapy management.

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Clinical Education II                                                                                                          DPTS6129, 56:742:629
Credits: 4
Full-time internship provides experience   in a clinical setting in one of the following areas: acute care, adult or pediatric rehabilitation (hospital based or outpatient), orthopedic or other clinical setting that may include a special interest practice. The clinical experience is 8 weeks full time.  Internships are located at contracted clinical facilities in New Jersey and throughout the United States. 

Prosthetics and Orthotics                                                                                                DPTS6350, 56:742:604
Credits: 2
This course provides an introduction to the use of prosthetic and orthotic devices in a variety of patient populations.  Patient examination and intervention planning skills through coordinated classroom and laboratory sessions are emphasized. Prior knowledge of gait analysis  is applied to the examination and intervention process of prosthetics and orthotics course content. Clinical decision making is used to determine the most appropriate device and plan of care for each individual based on functional ability and patient goals.

Professional Issues II                                                                                                       DPTS6122; 56:742:631
Credits: 1
Reviews issues of relevance to the practice of physical therapy. Includes an introduction to ethics and ethical decision making, including the role of the APTA Chapter Ethics Committee and the APTA Ethics and Judicial Committee. Reviews current professional association core documents. Discusses the physical therapist’s expanding role in the health care environment, autonomous practice, primary care and the professional’s role in accountability and advocacy. The course  utilizes both lecture and discussion format, with an emphasis on the use of case studies to enhance the understanding of the issues.

Applied Research II                                                                                                           DPTS6242, 56:742:634
Credits: 1
This is the second course in the Applied Research sequence. Students conduct a detailed critical appraisal of the topic of a relevant article identified by the faculty advisor, and submit draft and final copies of the synthesized literature review paper.  In addition, students  prepare an abstract of the paper that is appropriate for submission for presentation at a professional conference.

Pediatrics                                                                                                                            DPTS6365, 56:742:603
Credits: 3
In this course, the student examines normal and abnormal child development.  The student learns to assess, set goals, and design interventions based upon the functional status of pediatric clients with neurological dysfunctions and developmental delays.  Students examine the anatomical and developmental systems and range of  disorders commonly seen in children (birth to 21 years).

Complementary Therapies                                                                                              DPTS6360, 56:742:610
Credits: 1
The course examines principles, practices, use and outcomes of complementary therapies.  It includes an overview of the evidence that supports the field, selected systems or alternative healing and focuses on specific healing modalities that are utilized in clinical practice. Students apply evidence-based criteria to evaluate the risks and benefits of selected therapies and demonstrate practical skill in selected techniques.

Applied Research III                                                                                                         DPTS7243, 56:742:735
Credits: 1
This is the final course in the Applied Research sequence. Students  complete a comprehensive, concisely written and well-conceived poster presentation that represents the results of the systematic review conducted in previous semesters. Students are required to present and defend the presentation during the DPT Program’s Research Day.

Differential Diagnosis/Medical Screening                                                                    DPTS7150,  56:742:701
Credits: 2
This course is designed to prepare the student to practice physical therapy in primary care or autonomous practice settings though an in-depth look at the science of medical screening and differential diagnosis.  The course incorporates screening tools previously learned across the curriculum with an emphasis on pathology and identification of disease states which may fall outside of the scope of physical therapy practice.

Education                                                                                                                            DPTS7160, 56:742:702
Credits: 2
This course  facilitates the development of teaching and learning skills.   Students  learn theoretical concepts of education and practical applications.  Lecture, discussion, journal writing, written assignments, individual and group projects and presentations are utilized.

Wellness/Fitness/Health                                                                                                DPTS7170, 56:742:716
Credits: 2
This course  provides an in-depth look at the concepts of health promotion, secondary prevention, and wellness as it applies to healthy individuals as well as individuals with chronic disease and disability.  Students are instructed in the skills required to research, design, and implement wellness programs aimed at prevention of disease and disability.

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Medical Considerations in Rehabilitation IV                                                                 DPTS7314, 56:742:717
Credits: 2
This course provides an understanding of the pathophysiology and medical science of the disorders of the integumentary system (wound and burn care), endocrine and metabolic systems (diabetes, obesity), renal, gastrointestinal, genitourinary and hepatic disorders.  The course considers autoimmune and infectious diseases (HIV and AIDs).  The relationship between the medical interventions, including pharmacology, and the impact on physical therapy is discussed.

Special Topics in Physical Therapy                                                                                 DPTS7200, 56:742:720
Credits: 1
Students  examine a variety of areas of specialty in Physical Therapy across a variety of the preferred practice areas as defined in The Guide to Physical Therapist Practice.  Students utilize prior knowledge acquired in the academic and clinical environments to answer questions related to clinical scenarios.  Emphasis is placed on problem solving, communication and integration of previously learned material and a greater depth of understanding of the spectrum of the profession of physical therapy.

Clinical Education III                                                                                                         DPTS7139, 56:742:729
Credits: 8  
Full time internship  provides experience in a clinical setting in one of the following areas: acute care, adult or pediatric rehabilitation (hospital based or outpatient), orthopedic or other clinical setting that may include a special interest practice. The clinical experience is 14 weeks full time. Internships are located at contracted clinical facilities in New Jersey and throughout the United States. 

Professional Issues III                                                                                                     DPTS7123, 56:742:731
Credits: 2
In this "capstone" course, students discuss contemporary physical therapy practice. This course utilizes ethical principles and decision -making skills to problem-solve current health care issues found in clinical practice.   Students present clinical cases which consider the medical and physical therapy intervention as well as social, psychological and health system impact upon the plan of care.

Management II                                                                                                                  DPTS7242, 56:742:715
Credits: 2
Fundamental concepts of managerial accounting, business planning, marketing and public relations, business communication, health care finance, reimbursement issues are discussed and applied to a business plan project. Students develop a job searching strategies, including the development of curriculum vitae and strategies for a successful interview.  Lecture, discussion facilitation and team projects are utilized.

Clinical Education IV                                                                                                         DPTS7149, 56:742:749
Credits: 5
Full- time internship  provides experience in a clinical setting in one of the following areas: acute care, adult or pediatric rehabilitation (hospital based or outpatient), orthopedic or other clinical setting that may include a special interest practice. The clinical experience is 10 weeks full-time. Internships are located at contracted clinical facilities in New Jersey and throughout the United States

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