Transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy Online

Transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy Online

Doctor of Physical Therapy Post Professional Program

A.T. Still University’s (ATSU) transitional doctor of physical therapy is a custom degree program configured around the unique needs of each practicing professional, offering maximum flexibility and a full team of support. Offered through ATSU’s Arizona School of Health Sciences, the online physical therapy degree offers curriculum plans that are personalized and student-centric, based on one-on-one assessments of personal experience. Classes can be completed one-at-a-time, as practice and personal life requires, or doubled-up to accelerate degree completion.

Starting the Transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy (tDPT) program is easy. More than 13 online classes begin every six weeks—offering maximum flexibility for the practicing professional. The Transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy program degree’s breadth of coursework is based on the APTA’s preferred education model, including but not limited to: pharmacology, radiology, differential diagnosis and evidence-based practice.

ATSU’s Transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy program is designed for those who desire to maintain their relevancy while they continue practicing in the discipline of physical therapy. You will accomplish this as standards are elevated to doctoral status per the 2020 vision set forth by the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA):

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“By 2020, physical therapy will be provided by physical therapists who are doctors of physical therapy, recognized by consumers and other health care professionals as the practitioners of choice to whom consumers have direct access for the diagnosis of, interventions for, and prevention of impairments, functional limitations, and disabilities related to movement, function, and health.”

With a preeminent education on your terms and schedule, students receive an unmatched value equation with industry-leading affordability. ATSU’s transitional doctor of physical therapy degree online propels each student’s passion and relevancy within their profession and community.

Almost 50 percent of doctor of physical therapy program students are referred from previous alumni or industry stakeholders. Graduates join a prestigious group of alumni and earn the respect that comes from an ATSU degree.

  • Accreditation +

    • Higher Learning Commission Mark of Affiliation

      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 transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy program is an online, post-professional 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).

  • Articulation Agreement +

    • The Arizona School of Health Sciences, tDPT program has formed articulation agreements with two other schools, Springfield College and California State University, Sacramento (CSUS). The articulation agreement acts as an understanding between Arizona School of Health Sciences and the respective colleges with the purpose to facilitate application and matriculation process and guarantee admissions upon met requirements.

      Springfield College

      Graduates from the physical therapy program at Springfield College applying for the Transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy program will be considered for admissions and accepted under the following conditions:

      • Received a master of science in physical therapy degree from Springfield College.
      • Satisfy all ASHS- tDPT admissions requirements
      • Accept offered academic plan of study reflecting 43 granted advance credits. Additional advance credit may be granted to an individual based on professional development or formal education activities. See academic plan of study.
      • Pay all required tuition and fees

      California State University, Sacramento (CSUS)

      Graduates from the physical therapy program at CSUS applying for the Transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy program will be considered for admissions and accepted under the following conditions:

      • Receive a master of science in physical therapy degree from California State University, Sacramento.
      • Satisfy all ASHS - tDPT admissions requirements
      • Accept offered academic plan of study reflecting 45 granted advance credits. Additional advance credit may be granted to an individual based on professional development or formal education activities. See academic plan of study.
      • Pay all required tuition and fees

      For further information, please call 1.877.469.2878 or email

  • Career Advancement+

    • This prestigious transitional doctor of physical therapy degree program is designed to enhance your expertise as a practicing physical therapist and continue in your clinical practice. As the healthcare environment evolves into a more direct-access model of physical therapy, the physical therapist of the future will need to demonstrate more critical thinking, autonomy, and evidence-based practices, according to the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA). A degree from A.T. Still University will enable you to stay competitive.

      Students enrolled in the elite ATSU-ASHS transitional doctor of physical therapy online degree practice in a wide variety of clinical and management positions with a variety of titles, including:

      • Home Health Physical Therapist
      • Outpatient Physical Therapist
      • Pediatric Physical Therapist
      • Geriatric Physical Therapist
      • Emergency Department Physical Therapist

      • Neurological Rehabilitation Physical Therapist
      • Acute Care Physical Therapist
      • Rehabilitation Services Director
      • Clinical Instructors
      • Physical Therapy Faculty

  • Student Insights +

    • “My experience has been absolutely amazing, and I feel so fortunate to have found ATSU for my studies. The entire staff, from the program coordinators, to support staff, and certainly professors have been unbelievable. I can’t say enough about my entire experience, from start to finish. It was a great deal of work, however very rewarding at the same time. I have loved each and every one of my courses, made some terrific contacts, and become a better therapist in the end.” - Jill Millmann, November 2012 graduate.

      “From the first week of Medical Informatics (first course), I was assured that I had chosen the right tDPT program with ATSU! The quality of the education provided in this program is priceless.” - Paula Stout, Summer 2012 graduate.

      “A few weeks ago a colleague said to me, ‘Dawn, you’ve changed…you’re more passionate now.’ He was right…through participation in and completion of the AT Still tDPT program, I have developed a renewed passion for my chosen career as a physical therapist. What more could anyone ask for after almost 20 years in a profession, but renewed passion and commitment to excellence? I am so thankful for the faculty and my fellow students for this challenging and thought provoking experience. I highly recommend the ATSU t-DPT program for anyone who is looking to further their professional education.” - Dawn James, PT, DPT, alumni.

      “The tDPT program was a great experience. Every step of the way was very organized and informative. The program was everything and more than one could ever expect. All the courses were exceptional and each course taught something new. I am so glad that I had decided to go through with the program.” - Jerry Desmond, PT, DPT, March 2012 graduate.

      “The strengths of the program are the faculty and program coordinators. They are knowledgeable and challenge the student through positive reinforcement and vigor! Great customer service. Professors care about the students and respect opinions of each student. I enjoy the challenge. It makes earning the degree a deserving one!”- March 2011 graduate.

      “Why did I choose ATSU? The tuition dues were very competitive. Great support staff and recruiting staff. ATSU has a good reputation in producing physical therapist through quality education.”- March 2011 graduate.

      “Comprehensive program, well organized, cost effective. It worked well with my deployment and work, and kept things balanced.” - March 2011 graduate

Transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy Degree 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 Transitional 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 transitional 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 enrolled in a PhD program at Nova Southeastern University. 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
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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, MS
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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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      • Roberta A. Newton, PT, PhD, FGSA, FAPTA
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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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      • 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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Transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy Degree Admissions

  • Requirements +

    • The elite Transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy program prepares participants to be leaders in the field of physical therapy.

      Candidates applying for admission to the transitional doctor of physical therapy degree program must have the following:

      1. Bachelor’s degree or higher in physical therapy from a regionally accredited college or university. Applicants who have graduated from a university outside the United States or Canada must provide an official physical therapy degree equivalency evaluation for admission. This evaluation report must state the physical therapy degree earned abroad is equivalent to the physical therapy degree in the United States. This evaluation will be paid for by the prospective student. We highly encourage you to speak to one of our enrollment counselors prior to ordering your credential evaluation report. The following are the only credentialing agencies accepted by the tDPT program in determining degree equivalency:
        • 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)

      2. Minimum physical therapy professional program grade point average of 2.70 (on a 4.0 scale)
      3. Official transcripts from all educational institutions attended where a degree was conferred. Additional transcripts from graduate coursework not leading to a degree may be submitted for advanced credit consideration.
      4. Licensure as a physical therapist in one of the 50 United States, the District of Columbia, Canada, Puerto Rico, or U.S. Virgin Islands
      5. Recommendation letters from three professional colleagues. Recommendation letters should be addressed to the tDPT Admissions Committee and signed by the author of the recommendation letter. If the recommendation is in email form, a printed copy of the email including where the email originated (the author’s email address) and date sent should be seen on the printed copy.
      6. Expanded Portfolio. Read directions on how to complete the portfolio and view sample portfolio.
      7. 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

  • Application +

    • 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
      Summer 2015 April 17, 2015
      Fall 2015 July 3, 2015
      Winter 2015 October 2, 2015

      Incomplete applications will be moved to the next quarter term admissions cycle.

  • Tuition +

    • Application Fee: $70 - nonrefundable Tuition: $9,989 for academic year (2014-2015)

      Payment Options

      One-Time payment: Full tuition is due two weeks prior to matriculation.

      Installment Option: Tuition is divided into four equal installment payments due in February, May, August and November. A nonrefundable $175 one-time service fee will be charged with the first payment.

      Employer Tuition Reimbursement: If you are participating in employee sponsor reimbursement program, contact your employer regarding specific required documents necessary to obtain tuition reimbursement. We will assist you in obtaining the paperwork.

      Military Tuition Assistance: ATSU works with Veterans Educational Benefits. For more information visit A.T. Still University - Registrar - Veterans Benefits.


      If a student withdraws from the program after tuition payment has been submitted, the following refund policy applies.

      If the course is dropped:
      Prior to logging into first course Tuition refund minus $250
      Prior to completing first course Tuition refund minus $500
      Prior to completing the program Pro-rated tuition refund minus $500

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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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Transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy Curriculum Overview

The Transitional 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 Transitional 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.

Health Professions Course Descriptions (Multi-Disciplinary Courses)

  • 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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