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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - PHT5282
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  1. Date & Time Submitted: 2004-03-24
  2. Department: Physical Therapy
  3. College: MD
  4. Budget Account Number: 614000020
  5. Contact Person: Martha Clendenin
  6. Phone: 9749863
  7. Email:
  8. Prefix: PHT
  9. Number: 5282
  10. Full Title: Physical Therapy Procedures
  11. Credit Hours: 3
  12. Section Type: L - Laboratory
  13. Is the course title variable?: N
  14. Is a permit required for registration?: N
  15. Are the credit hours variable?: N
  16. Is this course repeatable?:
  17. If repeatable, how many times?: 0
  18. Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum): Physical Therapy Procedures
  19. Course Online?: -
  20. Percentage Online:
  21. Grading Option: R - Regular
  22. Prerequisites: N/A
  23. Corequisites: N/A
  24. Course Description: Introduction to selected physical therapy interventions, obtaining a patient history, and conducting a systems screen. Restricted to majors. Repeatable for 3 cr.

  25. Please briefly explain why it is necessary and/or desirable to add this course: New Degree Program – DPT
  26. What is the need or demand for this course? (Indicate if this course is part of a required sequence in the major.) What other programs would this course service? Part of required sequence in major.
  27. Has this course been offered as Selected Topics/Experimental Topics course? If yes, how many times? No
  28. What qualifications for training and/or experience are necessary to teach this course? (List minimum qualifications for the instructor.) Licensed physical therapist with advanced degree in discipline
  29. Objectives: 1. Conduct a basic patient history including general demographics, social history,

    occupation/ employment, living environment, history of current medical

    conditions, functional status and activity, medications, recent tests, past

    history of current condition, past medical/surgical history, family history, health

    status, and social habits.

    2. Conduct basic systems review including cardiac, pulmonary, vascular, central and peripheral nervous, musculoskeletal, genitourinary, integumentary, and HEENT.

    3. Measure and record with accuracy and efficiency vital signs including: pulses, blood pressure, temperature and respirations at various sites of the body.

    4. Perform selected tests and measures for the following:

    a. Cognition

    b. Sensation in dermatomes

    c. Pain

    d. Superficial soft tissues including skin inspection

    e. Limb girth

    f. Range of motion including use of various measuring devices (goniometer,


    g. Functional status

    h. Peripheral vascular status


    5. Exhibit an awareness of proper body mechanics by constant use of good body

    mechanics during all forms of patient handling.

    6. Demonstrate proficiency in bed positioning and bed mobility skills for patients with various diagnoses.

    7. Demonstrate safe and effective transfer techniques to all levels and surfaces.

    8. Select the proper gait assistive device based on a patient problem.

    9. Fit a variety of assistive devices to patients with different diagnoses, impairments or functional deficits.

    10. Show safe guarding techniques during gait training on all levels with or without a gait assistive device.

    11. Teach various gait patterns used with gait assistive devices (2-point, 3-point, 4-point, step-to, step-through).

    12. Perform passive range of motion exercises to all limbs.

    13. Perform basic physical agents and electrotherapy including athermal agents (pulsed electromagnetic fields), cryotherapy (cold packs, ice massage, supercoolant spray), hydrotherapy (contrast bath, pools, pulsatile lavage, whirlpool tanks), light agents (infrared, laser, ultraviolet), sound agents (phonophoresis, ultrasound), thermotherapy (dry heat, hot packs, paraffin baths), biofeedback, electrical muscle stimulation (FES, iontophoresis, neuromuscular electrical stimulation (NMES), TENS ).

    14. Use standard precautions appropriately during patient care interactions.

    15. Apply basic massage techniques including but not limited to effleurage, petrissage and friction massage.

    16. During the patient client management process:

    a. Coordinate care with other members of the health care team.

    b. Communicate, verbally, and in writing, the results of tests and measures, and interventions performed.

    c. Document history, systems screen, results of tests and measures, and interventions performed using given formats.

    d. Provide appropriate patient/client and caregiver related instruction.

    e. Demonstrate respect for the patient/client’s modesty, dignity, privacy, and rights.

    f. Perform in a safe manner that minimizes risk to patient/client, self, and others.

    17. Select appropriate interventions and measures based on examination findings.

    18. Demonstrate the ability to organize a typical treatment session for proper sequence and timing of interventions.

    Theory, Principles, Concepts:

    19. Explain the theoretical basis for tests and measures used to determine problems with vital signs (BP, pulses, respiratory rate and temperature).

    20. Demonstrate basic knowledge of the anatomic and physiologic basis for pulses, blood pressure, temperature and respirations.

    21. State the normal values for each of the vital signs.

    22. Discuss medical significance of abnormal vital signs.

    23. Discuss normal parameters for cognition, sensation, skin integrity, limb girth, ROM, and peripheral vascular status.

    24. Determine basic physiological responses of skin to physical agents and electrotherapeutic modalities.

    25. Compare and contrast:

    a. the sources of energy of physical agents and electrotherapy

    b. the physiological effects of physical agents and electrotherapy

    c. principles for application of physical agents and electrotherapy

    26. Apply a strategy for skin inspection before and after treatment with physical agents and electrotherapy.

    27. Apply principles for application of physical agents including athermal agents (pulsed electromagnetic fields), cryotherapy (cold packs, ice massage, supercoolant spray), hydrotherapy (contrast bath, pools, pulsatile lavage, whirlpool tanks), light agents (infrared, laser, ultraviolet), sound agents (phonophoresis, ultrasound), thermotherapy (dry heat, hot packs, paraffin baths).

    28. Apply principles for application of electrotherapeutic modalities (including biofeedback, electrical muscle stimulation, FES, iontophoresis, neuromuscular electrical stimulation, TENS (pain).

    29. Determine the indications, contraindications, precautions, and dosage for physical agents and electrotherapy.

    30. Discuss indications, contraindications, and precautions for upper and lower extremity passive range of motion exercises.

    31. Discuss basic ergonomic principles and principles of good body mechanics underlying patient handling skills such as bed positioning, bed mobility, transfers and gait training.

    32. Discuss basic principles of weight bearing and various gait patterns using gait assistive devices.

    33. Discuss principles which guide the selection of weight bearing status, gait patterns and various gait assistive devices.

    34. Discuss indications and principles for the use of standard precautions.

    35. Discuss the similarities and differences between various approaches to superficial massage.

    36. Demonstrate the ability to modify tests and measures and interventions for extremes of age.

  30. Learning Outcomes: By the end of this course students will be able to conduct a basic patient history and systems screen; and perform basic physical therapy examination and intervention skills.
  31. Major Topics: 1. Components of basic physical therapy examination.

    a. History

    b. Systems Review

    c. Tests and Measures

    2. Introduction to basic tests and measures of:

    a. Cognition

    b. Sensation in dermatomes

    c. Pain

    d. Vital Signs

    e. Superficial soft tissues including skin inspection

    f. Limb girth

    g. Joint range of motion including use of various measuring devices (goniometer, inclinometer)

    h. Functional status

    i. Peripheral vascular status

    3. Application of physical agents including:

    a. hot pack

    b. paraffin bath

    c. cold pack

    d. ice massage

    e. supercoolant spray

    f. hydrotherapy (whirlpools of various sizes and hubbard tank)

    g. contrast baths

    h. ultrasound

    i. phonophoresis

    j. light agents

    4. Application of electrotherapy including:

    a. Biofeedback

    b. electrical muscle stimulation

    c. FES

    d. Iontophoresis

    e. neuromuscular electrical stimulation (NMES)

    f. TENS

    g. lasers

    h. HVPGS

    i. interferential

    5. Proper body mechanics during practice of patient handling skills.

    6. Transitional movements including bed positioning, bed mobility, and transfers at all levels.

    7. Selection of appropriate gait assistive device and gait pattern for patient diagnoses.

    8. Instruction in proper gait pattern using safe and efficient guarding techniques.

    9. Application of passive range of motion to all limbs.

    10. Application of basic massage techniques to superficial soft tissues including effleurage, petrissage, and friction massage.

  32. Textbooks: Specific required and recommended readings will be posted to the “Assignments” sections of the Blackboard web page for this course at least one week in advance of their due dates. Links to required and recommended readings from online resources will be posted to the “Web Links” section of the BlackBoard course page.
  33. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases:
  34. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy:
  35. Assignments, Exams and Tests:
  36. Attendance Policy:
  37. Policy on Make-up Work:
  38. Program This Course Supports:
  39. Course Concurrence Information:

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