Courses

Indiana University Doctor of Physical Therapy Degree Program
Curriculum Descriptions

P501 Case Series Rounds I                                                                                                                           2 credits

A case-series clinical rounds course focusing on problem-based learning, where expert clinicians present real case studies.

P510 Clinical Integration I                                                                                                                            1 credit

The initial part-time weekly clinical laboratory experience which provides student exposure to clinical physical therapy practice in various patient care settings.

P511 Clinical Decision Making & Professionalism                                                                             2 credit

An overview of the profession of physical therapy and the professional education process. Includes the role of physical therapy in contemporary health care delivery, the disablement model, and an introduction to the APTA Guide to Practice as components of the clinical reasoning process.

P513 Functional Anatomy & Clinical Biomechanics                                                                          5 credits

Integration of foundational knowledge of gross anatomy with structure and function of the neuromusculoskeletal system and human motion. Includes the study of the concepts of biomechanics, joint structure and function as they apply to physical therapy interventions.

P514 Evidence Based Critical Inquiry I                                                                                                    2 credits

Introduction to clinical research methodology and critical interpretation of the professional literature.

P515 Physical Therapy Examination & Interventions I                                                                    3 credits

First of two courses covering examination, evaluation and intervention aspects of physical therapy practice. Emphasis is on history taking, systems review, functional examination and intervention, and documentation.

D850 Human Structure                                                                                                                                  8 credits

Intensive introduction to the gross anatomy of the human body, including a complete dissection. Series of lectures on radiographic anatomy and clinical application of anatomy. Frequent conferences and discussions with members of staff. 

P520 Clinical Integration II                                                                                                                           1 credit

The second part-time weekly clinical laboratory experience which provides student exposure to clinical physical therapy practice in various patient care settings.

P524 Cardiopulmonary Practice Patterns                                                                                              3 credits

Provides the essential knowledge base for development of exercise prescriptions for well populations and for physical therapy interventions for patients with cardiopulmonary pathologies or dysfunctions.

P526 Physical Therapy Examination & Interventions II                                                                   5 credits

The second of a two-courses covering examination, evaluation and intervention aspects of physical therapy practice. Regional application is emphasized along with corresponding documentation.

P531 Clinical Physiology, Pathophysiology & Pharmacology I                                                     5 credits

This two part course is designed to provide students with knowledge in normal and abnormal physiology, including an understanding of how cells, tissues, organs and organ systems work together.  The first semester will include four blocks of normal and abnormal physiology and pharmacology for: cellular/neuro, muscle, metabolism and endocrinology.

P532 Legal & Ethical Issues in Physical Therapy                                                                                 2 credits

Includes essential information related to ethical, legal and professional practice regulations and standards of care. Interpersonal communication skills for the healthcare environment are also presented.

P533 Lifespan Motor Development & Motor Control                                                                      2 credits

Overview of human neuromusculoskeletal development across the lifespan.

P534 Introduction to Motor Sciences                                                                                                      2 credits

Principles and concepts of motor learning and motor control for the development of physical therapy interventions.

P535 Clinical Physiology, Pathophysiology & Pharmacology II                                                    5 credits

This course is a continuation of Clinical Physiology, Pathophysiology & Pharmacology I.  Course content will focus on study of normal and abnormal physiology and pharmacology for the following modules:  renal, gastrophysiology, oncology, hematology, endocrine and metabolic bone diseases.

P541 Musculoskeletal Practice Patterns I                                                                                             4 credits

Physical therapy management of patients with impaired posture, joint mobility, motor function, and muscle performance. Integrates previous coursework involving evaluation and interventions. 

P599 Clinical Education I                                                                                                                               3 credits

Initial full-time clinical experience of 6 weeks duration. This course will serve as the introduction to clinical integration of physical therapy knowledge and skills. Students will be assigned to specific sites.

P601 Case Series Rounds II                                                                                                                          2 credits

A case-series clinical rounds course focusing on problem-based learning, where expert clinicians present real case studies.

P610 Integrated Clinical Education III                                                                                                     2 credits

The third part-time weekly clinical laboratory experience which provides student exposure to clinical physical therapy practice in various patient care settings.

P622 Musculoskeletal Practice Patterns II                                                                                            4 credits

Physical therapy management of patients with impaired joint mobility, motor function, muscle performance associated with spinal dysfunction, connective tissue disorders, trauma and surgical procedures.

P641 Neurorehabilitation I                                                                                                                          4 credits

Physical therapy management of stroke, spinal cord, and brain injury.

P642 Neurorehabilitation II                                                                                                                        4 credits

Physical therapy management of individuals with movement disorders, balance/vestibular problems, cerebral palsy and genetic disorders.

P643 Psychosocial Dimensions of Physical Therapy Practice                                                        2 credits

Social, psychological and behavioral components of patient-therapist interactions are illustrated including grief, loss, motivation, social support and cultural influences amongst diverse patient populations.

P645 Evidence Based Critical Inquiry II                                                                                                   2 credits

Development, approval and generation of the proposal for the review of the literature related to a specific topic in patient outcomes assessment or other approved area.

D852 Neuroscience and Clinical Neurology                                                                                         5 credits

A multidisciplinary consideration of structural, functional, and clinical features of the human nervous system.

P646 Introduction into Therapeutic Interventions                                                                            4 credits

This course provides an introduction to the theory and application of therapeutic interventions utilized in physical therapist practice.  Interventions include: (1) therapeutic exercise testing and prescription; (2) thermal, acoustic, mechanical, and electrotherapeutic physical agents; and (3) basic concepts of soft tissue massage. 

P650 Integumentary Practice Patterns                                                                                                   2 credits

The physical therapy management of the integumentary system with special emphasis on physical therapy interventions for burns and various types of wounds.

P660 Selected Topics in Physical Therapy Practice                                                                            3 credits

Introduction to emerging physical therapy practice patterns in such areas women's health, occupational health, chronic metabolic and immunologic diseases and cognitive and emotional disorders.

P661 Prosthetic and Orthotic Interventions                                                                                         2 credits

Includes both theory and application of orthotic and prosthetic devices and equipment utilized in physical therapy interventions.

P664 Administration & Management of Physical Therapy Services                                          3 credits

The administration and management of physical therapy services within the context of multiple types of healthcare systems.

P675 Capstone Seminar                                                                                                                                1 credit

Capstone seminar experience integrating classroom and clinical learning. Presentations mentored by clinical and academic faculty will be required.

P680 Health Promotion & Community Outreach                                                                               2 credits

Essential concepts related to the roles of physical therapists in prevention and in the promotion of health, wellness and fitness. Course includes application of concepts through service component in selected community agencies.

P685 Independent Study                                                                                                                              1-3 credits

This course offers students an opportunity to learn from faculty activities by participating in research or teaching labs in an area of interest.  The educational objectives and assignments are customized by faculty according to the intent of the learning activity.

P695 Clinical Education II                                                                                                                             3 credits

Full-time clinical experience of 6 weeks duration, which provides students the opportunity to apply theory and skills in physical therapy interventions with specific patient populations.

P696 Clinical Education III                                                                                                                            4 credits

Full-time clinical experience of 8 weeks duration, which provides students the opportunity to apply theory and skills in physical therapy interventions with specific patient populations.

P697 Clinical Education IV                                                                                                                            5 credits

Full-time clinical experience of 10 weeks duration, which provides students the opportunity to apply theory and skills in physical therapy interventions with specific patient populations.

P699 Clinical Elective                                                                                                                                     1-3 credits

Clinical education experience in a student-requested content area which provides students the opportunity to apply theory and skills in physical therapy examination and intervention with patients in a specialized physical therapy clinical practice area.

P701 Case Series Rounds III                                                                                                                         1 credit

A case-series clinical rounds course focusing on problem-based learning, where expert clinicians present real case studies.