Post-Professional Doctor of Physical Therapy Non-Degree

Post-Professional Doctor of Physical Therapy Non-Degree

Post-Professional Doctor of Physical Therapy Non-Degree

Post-Professional Doctor of Physical Therapy Non-Degree

This option is designed for international physical therapists who are in the process of completing U.S. licensure requirements. The Post-Professional Doctor of Physical Therapy Non-Degree (tDPT) program offers many online courses which help meet professional deficiencies as determined by one of the approved credentialing agencies:

  • Foreign Credentialing Commission on Physical Therapy (FCCPT)
  • International Consultants of Delaware (ICD)
  • International Education Research Foundation, Inc (IERF)
  • World Education Services (WES)
  • International Credentialing Associates (ICA)
  • University of Texas at Austin (Credential reviews for Texas only)
  • Canadian Alliance of Physiotherapy Regulators (The Alliance)
  • Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS)

Non-degree students may complete a maximum of 18 quarter credits while enrolled in the program. HP805 tDPT Foundations is a prerequisite course for all courses in the program, and it cannot be taken at the same time with another course.

The post-professional program does not offer an option for clinical internships as part of our online curriculum.

  • Accreditation +

    • A.T. Still University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, 230 S. LaSalle Street; Suite 7-500; Chicago, IL 60604, Phone: 800.621.7440, Fax: 312.263.7492, Email:,

      Degree-granting authority for ASHS has been given by the Arizona State Board for Private Postsecondary Education, 1400 West Washington Rd., Room 260, Phoenix, AZ 85007. Phone 602.542.5709.

      The Post-Professional Doctor of Physical Therapy program is an online program. It is not the entry-level residential Doctor of Physical Therapy program and therefore is not accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE).

  • Career Advancement+

    • ATSU’s Post-Professional Doctor of Physical Therapy Non-Degree seeking program is for international physical therapists that are in the process of completing U.S. licensure requirements. Students in this program fulfill professional deficiencies in order to be deemed eligible by a credentialing evaluator to sit for state licensure to become a PT in the U.S.

Post-Professional Doctor of Physical Therapy Non-Degree Seeking Program Faculty

Being first in whole person education not only results from pioneering the tenets of osteopathic medicine but also from faculty members who champion excellence, innovation and community service as integral components of ATSU-ASHS’s Post-Professional Doctor of Physical Therapy program.

Faculty members comprise a team of leaders in their respective fields who have earned a variety of specialized certifications. They not only teach online and in the classroom but also provide students pursuing a post-professional physical therapy doctorate program online with hands-on learning opportunities and real-world experience. They do more than teach; they are mentors, advisors and researchers who are dedicated to supporting each student and infusing them with the spirit of exploration, innovation and leadership.

  • Dean +

      • Randy D. Danielsen, PhD, PA-C, DFAAPA

        Dr. Danielsen is dean of the Arizona School of Health Sciences. Since graduating from the University of Utah Physician Assistant (PA) Program in 1974, Dr. Danielsen has distinguished himself as a clinician, PA educator, author, and editor. He received his BS in Health Science (cum laude) from the University of Utah in 1978, his Masters in PA Studies (MPAS) from the University of Nebraska with an emphasis on Internal Medicine in 1997, and his PhD from the Union Institute & University in 2003 with an emphasis on Medical Education. He completed sixteen years with A.T. Still University as academic coordinator (1995-1997), chair of physician assistant studies (1997-2004), and as dean of the Arizona School of Health Sciences (2004-2010) and recently returned as Dean of ASHS. He was honored in 2010 by A.T. Still University with Emeritus Professor status. He has served on the board of directors of the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) and as a board member and chairman for National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants.

        Earlier in his career, Dr. Danielsen served as president of the Utah Academy of Physician Assistants, the Arizona State Association of PAs, and as chair of the Arizona Regulatory Board for PAs. Retired after 28 years of service in the US Air Force and Army National Guard with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel, Dr. Danielsen also is a former president of the Veterans Caucus of the AAPA and was honored with the Caucus’ Civilian PA of the Year Award in 2003.

        Dr. Danielsen was named Outstanding PA of the Year by the AAPA in 1993 and by the Arizona State Association of Physician Assistants in 2011. He currently serves as PA editor-in-chief for Clinician Review. Dr. Danielsen has published over sixteen peer-reviewed articles, eighteen journal editorials, two book chapters, and most recently his first book, entitled The Preceptor’s Handbook for Supervising Physician Assistants, published by Jones & Bartlett Learning. Recently he was selected as a Senior Consultant with the Academy for Academic Leadership.

  • Vice Dean +

      • Annlee Burch, PT, MPH, EdD

        Dr. Burch is Vice Dean of the Arizona School of Health Sciences. Her primary responsibility is to serve as Chief Operating Officer of the School under the direction of the Dean. In addition, she leads several University or School wide initiatives including the Diversity Initiative Task Force and the ASHS Adelante Project. In her role, Dr. Burch represents the School in the Dean’s absence.

        Dr. Burch received her Doctor of Education (EdD) from Columbia University, Teachers College in 2005. She received her Masters of Public Health (MPH) from Columbia University, Mailman School of Public Health in 2002 and her Masters of Physical Therapy (MS) from Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons in 1989. She was a postdoctoral fellow with the Research Group on Health Disparities at Teachers College, Columbia University.

        Dr. Burch received her BA in Psychology from the University of Rochester. Prior to her appointment as Vice Dean, Dr. Burch served as the Chair of Physical Therapy from 2008-January 2012. Prior to coming to ATSU, Dr. Burch was the Director of Physical Therapy at the University of Puerto Rico, Medical Sciences Campus in San Juan, Puerto Rico. She has held administrative and/or faculty positions at the International Center for the Disabled in NY, NY, Mercy College in NY, and Long Island University in Brooklyn, NY.

  • Chair +

      • Jim Farris, PT, PhD

        Farris is the Department Chair and Associate Professor. Jim’s Bachelor’s degree in Physical Education, 1987 and Master’s degree in Exercise Science, 1989 were received from California State University, Fresno; Bachelor’s degree in Physical Therapy, 1999 at Arkansas State University. His doctoral degree was conferred by The Ohio State University 1995 where his studies focused on nutrition and the physiology of exercise. Dr. Farris joined the ATSU faculty in 2009 and is now in his 17th year of physical therapy teaching. His research interests are in cardiovascular disease prevention and human performance. His current scholarship efforts are aimed at childhood obesity and prevention of the related cardiovascular disease risk factors, submaximal aerobic fitness testing in children, and chronic ankle instability. He also has interests in nutrition and has written a chapter on “meal timing” in a sport nutrition book and maintains an online nutrition continuing education course for physical therapists. He is very glad to be back in the West where outdoor activity and sunshine is abundant. His teaching areas in the curriculum are therapeutic exercise, cardiopulmonary, physiology, research, and prevention and wellness.

  • Director +

      • Tammy Roehling, PT, DPT

        Dr. Roehling received her Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science from the University of Arizona, her Master of Physical Therapy from Emory University, and her Doctor of Physical Therapy from ATSU. She is currently a PhD candidate at Nova Southeastern University. Her dissertation question is are finger width palpation, tape measure, and caliper reliable, valid, and accurate to diagnose diastasis rectus abdominis across gender, parity, and size of interrecti distance. She has worked in a variety of settings with a focus on wound management and women’s health, and currently owns a private practice specializing in pelvic floor dysfunction.Dr. Roehling currently teaches wound management and gender healthcare in the physical therapy department. Her research interests are in academic integrity and pelvic floor dysfunction.

  • Faculty +

      • Heather Allen, PT, DPT
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      • Jenny Bradley, PT, DPT
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      • Karen Bustillo, PT, DPT, OCS, CLT
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      • Monica Cioffi, PT, DPT, MS
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      • Marie Cooper, PT, DPT
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      • Maria Cristy Daab, PT, DPT
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      • Amie Marie Flores, PT, DPT, GCS, NCS
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      • Jennifer Harris, MEd
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      • Beth Heick, PT, DPT, CWS
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      • Alison Klossner, PT, DPT
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      • Devayani Kurlekar, PT, DPT
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      • Michael Labranche, PhD
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      • Joy Levine, PT, DPT, MS, CHES
        Assistant Professor
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      • Renee Mazurek, PT, DPT
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      • Betty McNeff, PT, DPT, PCS
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      • Janet Mutschler, PT, DPT, MHS, PCS
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      • Dana Palmer, PT, DPT
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      • Adrienne Parry, PT, DPT
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      • Colin Rigney, PT, DPT, OCS, RMSK
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      • Nilma Santiago, PT, DPT, WCC, CLT
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      • Stefany Shaibi, PT, DPT, OCS, Cert. MDT
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      • Elaine Johnson Siekmann, PT, DPT, CEEAA
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      • Wayne Smith, PT, DPT, MEd, SCS, RMSK, ATC ret, CMT
        Associate Professor
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      • Wendy Williams, PT, DPT
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Post-Professional Doctor of Physical Therapy Non-Degree Seeking Program Admissions

  • Requirements +

    • Candidates applying for admission to the Post-Professional Doctor of Physical Therapy Non-Degree seeking program must have the following:

      Copy of credentialing evaluation for equivalency of degree, or copy of official letter from licensing board showing professional deficiencies.

      Applicants are required to demonstrate proficiency in English when applying to the Arizona School of Health Sciences, A.T. Still University. Written and spoken proficiency in the English language may be demonstrated by one of the following options:

      • Option 1 - English is your first language.
      • Option 2 - Graduated from a regionally accredited four year university or college in the United States (minimum BA or BS)
      • Option 3 - You are demonstrating your English proficiency by submitting acceptable scores from International English Language Testing Systems (IELTS) or Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).

      Acceptable minimal scores for ASHS applications are:

      IELTS: 6.5
      More information can be found at:


      Paper based total score = 550

      • Minimum of 56 on Reading Skills section
      • Minimum of 61 - 62 on Writing Skills section

      Computer based total score = 213

      • Minimum of 22 on Reading Skills section
      • Minimum of 26 on Writing Skills section

      Internet based total score = 80

      • Minimum of 21 on Reading Skills section
      • Minimum of 24 on Writing Skills section

      The TOEFL is administered by TOEFL/TSE Services, P.O. Box 6151, Princeton, NJ, 08541-6151, USA 609. 771.7100. Information is available at A.T. Still University’s institutional code is 0339. Please be sure to include this information when you submit your application packet. TOEFL Educational Testing Services P.O. Box 6151 Princeton, NJ 08541-6151 609.771.7100

      Complete and submit a PT Non-degree Application Package (PDF) and application fees.

      Technology Requirements

      All ATSU students are required to own a computer system. Minimum system requirements vary depending on program.

  • Application +

    • Qualifying applicants represent tomorrow’s elite aspiring leaders with a true passion to make a difference one life at a time. An application package for this program is available in PDF format for download and print out.

      Please note: Admission to the post-professional, non-degree Doctor of Physical Therapy program requires certification/licensure as a physical therapist.

      For additional information contact an Enrollment Counselor: 877.469.2878 or

      Application Deadlines:

      In order to be considered for admissions in each of the following quarters, a completed application and all required documents must be received by the following deadlines:

      Quarter Term Application Deadline
      Spring 2016 January 22, 2016
      Summer 2016 April 15, 2016
      Fall 2016 July 1, 2016
  • Tuition and Student Financial Services+

    • Application Fee: $70 - nonrefundable Tuition: $460 per credit hour (2015-2016) Other expenses: Technology requirements

      Tuition deadline:

      Tuition is due two weeks prior to the start of each course. Tuition received after the deadline will not be accepted and the student will not be allowed to start the course. Any tuition fee paid toward non-degree option may not be applied to Post-Professional Doctor of Physical Therapy Degree option or other degree programs at ATSU. Note: Tuition and fees are subject to change


      Students may withdraw from class at any time prior to or during the course. If a student drops a course before the quarter begins, they will receive a 100% tuition refund less a $60 administrative fee.

      Student withdraws from a class: Refund Policy:
      1st - 3rd calendar day of the course 75% refund
      4th - 6th calendar day of the course 50% refund
      7th - 9th calendar day of the course 25% refund
      10th calendar day of the course or thereafter No refund

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  • Blackboard Demo Course +

    • ATSU has set up a demo course of our Blackboard
      Learning Management System for interested students.

      Please go to our guest demo site, and login with:

      Username: tDPTdemo
      Password: ASHSguest

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Post-Professional Doctor of Physical Therapy Non–Degree Seeking Program Curriculum Overview

The Post-Professional Doctor of Physical Therapy program online curriculum sets the standard for comprehensive training in evidence-based practice that develops leaders who are fully prepared to address society’s healthcare challenges and promote well being among diverse populations locally and globally.

Course Description

The following is the full gamut of courses included in the Post-Professional Doctor of Physical Therapy curriculum. Please note only select ones comprise each student’s individualized academic degree plan to ensure your career goals are met:

  • PT801 Neuromuscular Physical Therapy+

    • This course is designed to update the practicing physical therapist in current theory and issues underlying assessment and treatment of the adult patient with neurological injury/disease. Principles of motor control and motor learning will be studied. Normal postural control will also be covered. Current principles, tools, and strategies for assessment and treatment of impairments and functional limitations for individuals with specific neurological diagnoses will be covered, including pathologies of brain injury/disease, spinal cord injury/disease, vestibular pathology, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, Guillain-Barre Syndrome and Post-Polio Syndrome.

  • PT802 Musculoskeletal Physical Therapy+

    • This course includes an updated study of normal and abnormal structures and function of the musculoskeletal system and pathological alterations of structure and function including diagnostic tests and measurements. This course discusses changes in treatment philosophy in recent years as well as relevant tests and measures for determining impairment and differentiating the diagnosis based on the specificity and sensitivity of the assessment instrument(s) as related to patients with musculoskeletal disorders. Topics will focus on analyzing and comparing contemporary and traditional interventions and the impact of evolving technology in this area including comparing contemporary and traditional rehabilitation interventions with current medical-surgical management of patients.

  • PT803 Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Physical Therapy+

    • This course includes a study of normal and abnormal structures and function of the cardiovascular, pulmonary, and lymphatic systems. Pathological alterations of structure and function including current diagnostic tests and measurements are included. This course discusses relevant tests and measures for determining impairment and differentiating the diagnosis based on the specificity and sensitivity of the assessment instrument(s) as related to patients with cardiovascular and pulmonary disorders. The use of evidence-based physical therapy interventions for cardiovascular and pulmonary conditions is emphasized. Topics will focus on analyzing and comparing contemporary and traditional interventions and the impact of evolving technology in this area.

  • PT804 Integumentary Physical Therapy+

    • This course includes a study of normal and abnormal structures and function of the integumentary system and pathological alterations of structure and function including diagnostic tests and measurements. This course discusses the updated philosophy of physical therapy interventions for integumentary conditions. Topics will focus on analyzing and comparing contemporary and traditional interventions and the impact of evolving technology.

  • PT806 Pharmacology+

    • This class is a study of basic pharmacological concepts as applied to physical therapy patient management. The major classes of drugs seen in physical therapy practice settings are covered. Application of pharmacology concepts to the practice of physical therapy will also be included.

  • PT807 Radiology and Imaging+

    • This course includes the study of the common diagnostic and therapeutic imaging studies such as radiographs, CAT, MRI, and musculoskeletal imaging. Students will become aware of the indications and implications of commonly used diagnostic imaging tests as they pertain to patient/client management.

  • PT818 Professional Practice+

    • This course begins with a study of the history of the physical therapy profession and the American Physical Therapy Association. The course also includes information on the elements of Vision 2020 including: Doctor of Physical Therapy, Professionalism, Autonomy, Direct Access, Evidence-Based Practice, and Practitioner of Choice. Other topics in this course include: The Five Roles of The Physical Therapist; Ethics; Professional Development, Competence, and Expertise; Patient-Centered Care; and Social Justice Issues.

  • PT819 Differential Diagnosis and Screening for Medical Conditions+

    • This course reviews information related to differential diagnosis of the major body systems including cardiovascular, pulmonary, hematological, gastrointestinal, renal and urinary, hepatic and biliary, endocrine, and immune systems. In addition, the student will be introduced to the concept of differential screening in physical therapy and an in-depth analysis of the interviewing process. This course is taught with the assumption that physical therapists function in an environment of direct access to physical therapy services.

  • PT825 Extremity Manual Therapy+

    • This course covers the theory and techniques of manual therapeutics as applied to the upper and lower extremities. This course covers clinical case presentations, theory and use of mobilization techniques, and online lab demonstrations on performing joint mobilization of all the extremity joints

  • PT826 Spinal Manual Therapy+

    • This course covers the theory and application of evaluation and treatment techniques to spinal conditions. Included in this course will be evaluation and treatment of spinal dysfunctions, spinal manual therapeutics, and spinal stabilization exercises.

  • PT828 Pediatric Physical Therapy+

    • This course covers the topics of normal and abnormal motor development; clinical assessment, clinical reasoning, and evidence-based practice in pediatrics; medical management of spasticity in children, pediatric disorders including cerebral palsy, myelodysplasia, Down Syndrome, muscular dystrophy, developmental coordination disorder, brachial plexus injuries, congenital muscular torticollis, various orthopedic disorders, childhood sports injuries; important factors in lower extremity bracing, assistive technology in pediatrics, adults with developmental disabilities, and fitness issues in children with and without special needs.

  • PT830 Geriatrics+

    • This course discusses relevant tests and measures for determining impairment and differentiating the diagnosis based on the specificity and sensitivity of the assessment instrument(s) as related to patients with geriatric disorders. The use of evidence-based physical therapy interventions for geriatric conditions will be emphasized. Topics will focus on analyzing and comparing contemporary and traditional interventions and the impact of evolving technology in this area.

  • PT831 Gender Healthcare in Physical Therapy+

    • The course discusses gender-specific health care issues including care and treatment of pelvic pain, incontinence, female athlete triad, testicular cancer, menopause, osteoporosis, prostate disease, pre and post-partum exercise, breast health and lymphedema. Topics will focus on analyzing and comparing contemporary and traditional interventions and the impact of evolving knowledge in this area.

  • PT838 Capstone Project+

    • The capstone project is an integration of the many course experiences the student has been exposed during their matriculation as a student. The capstone project provides each student with an opportunity to demonstrate his or her knowledge and skills in an Evidence-in-Practice project or a reliability study. The final product for the course is a manuscript, which is scrutinized in the same fashion as a submission of manuscript to a journal. This is the final course taken in our curriculum. Prerequisite: HP808 Statistics, HP809 Quantitative Research, HP811 Evidence Based Practice I and HP812 Evidence Based Practice II.

  • HP805 tDPT Foundations+

    • This course includes an introduction to the use of distance learning technologies used in the university as well as scholarly writing and APA formatting.

  • HP808 Statistics+

    • The statistics introduced in this course are the common descriptive statistics found in the health care literature. This course covers the basic knowledge necessary for understanding and interpreting basic statistics. Basic statistics including central tendency, probability, percentile ranks, confidence intervals, and interpretation of results are covered in this course.

  • HP809 Quantitative Research Methods and Designs+

    • This course includes discussion on basic quantitative methods and designs, including concepts of reliability and validity, interpretation of inferential statistics related to research designs, correlational statistics & designs, intraclass correlation coefficients, and critical appraisal of the literature. Prerequisite: HP808 Statistics.

  • HP811 Evidence-Based Practice in Physical Therapy I+

    • Evidence-based, clinical decision-making skills are covered in this course including locating and accessing sources of evidence, evaluating levels of evidence, applying evidence to clinical practice and integrating evidence, patient values and preferences and clinical experiences. This course is designed to provide the practicing therapist with knowledge and skills in critical inquiry including review and analysis of articles and writings in professional and medical journals and books. Literature review and data collection methods for professional literature will be included. Introduction to theory and use of evidence-based research in health care is discussed. Basic theories and practices of evidence-based practice will be applied to both acute and rehabilitation settings. Current health care research findings will be applied to diagnoses and interventions common to physical therapists. Participants will incorporate prior experience and knowledge in applying this topic to the delivery of physical therapy services in diverse settings. Students learn skills to locate and organize evidence using research databases.

  • HP812 Evidence-Based Practice II+

    • The skills needed for evidence based practice are covered in this course to provide practicing physical therapists with key skills to incorporate evidence based techniques into daily practice. Students will search professional literature, locate articles to address their clinical questions and critically appraise articles examining issues such as the level of evidence, applicability to the clinical question, statistical concerns, bias and validity. The literature reviews and article analysis will include topics related to screening and diagnostic tests, prognosis, clinical trials, interventions, systematic reviews, meta-analysis and clinical practice guidelines that would be applicable to various physical therapy practice settings.

  • HP813 Educational Theory and Practices+

    • Teaching and learning theory, including discussions of teaching and learning as it applies to patients, clinical experiences, and formal educational settings are discussed. Evaluation and program development of educational components of practice are covered.

  • HP814 Issues in Diverse Populations and Settings+

    • Communication and cultural competencies, including principles of professional communication of cultural competencies, conflict resolution, negotiation skills, networking, and awareness of cultural differences are studied in this course. Students will study practice settings and patient/client groups from diverse populations, rural, and urban settings for their impact on healthcare.

  • HP815 Health and Wellness+

    • This course includes discussion on the theories of health and wellness, including motivational theory, locus of control, public health initiatives, and psychosocial, spiritual, and cultural considerations. Health risks, screening, and assessment considering epidemiological principles are emphasized. Risk reduction strategies for primary and secondary prevention, including programs for special populations are covered. The role of the physical therapist in prevention and wellness is stressed

  • HP834 Delivery Systems, Legislation and Regulation+

    • This course includes discussion of delivery systems, legislation, and regulation, including measuring access to and outcomes of different healthcare delivery models, public health policy, political systems, reimbursement models, ethical issues, and advocacy to improve healthcare policy.

  • HP835 Reimbursement Systems, Issues, and Strategies+

    • This course offers an introduction to provider reimbursement, focusing on criteria for establishing internal systems that meet governmental expectations regarding Medicare compliance, HIPAA anti-fraud regulations and Stark rules. Students will briefly survey the history of managed care and learn about the current managed care landscape. Students will also be introduced to the basic auditing practices and procedural guidelines for billing Medicare

  • HP836 Business Planning+

    • This course includes discussions on business planning, including strategic planning, financial management, personnel management, and physical resource management as it relates to the healthcare industry. A focus on the physical therapist as a professional corporation will be included.

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