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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - ATR5306C
Tracking Number - 4777

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Current Status: Approved by SCNS - 2014-04-30
Campus: Tampa
Submission Type: New
Course Change Information (for course changes only):
Comments: GC approved; to USF Sys 10/22/13. to SCNS 10/30/13. Approved Effective 12/1/13. Nmbr 5340C approved as 5306c

Detail Information

  1. Date & Time Submitted: 2013-07-12
  2. Department: Medicine
  3. College: MD
  4. Budget Account Number: HSC-10000-613900-000000-000000
  5. Contact Person: Steven Zinder
  6. Phone: 8133969464
  7. Email:
  8. Prefix: ATR
  9. Number: 5306C
  10. Full Title: Therapeutic Interventions I
  11. Credit Hours: 4
  12. Section Type: C - Class Lecture (Primarily)
  13. Is the course title variable?: N
  14. Is a permit required for registration?: N
  15. Are the credit hours variable?:
  16. Is this course repeatable?: N
  17. If repeatable, how many times?: 0
  18. Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum): Therapeutic Interventions I
  19. Course Online?: C - Face-to-face (0% online)
  20. Percentage Online: 0
  21. Grading Option: -
  22. Prerequisites: None
  23. Corequisites: None
  24. Course Description: Theoretical and clinical bases for the use of therapeutic modalities, pharmacology in the rehabilitation setting, including basic physics, physiological effects, indications, contraindications, and applications of therapeutic modalities in rehab.

  25. Please briefly explain why it is necessary and/or desirable to add this course: Needed for new program/concentration/certificate
  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? This course is part of the core coursework for the proposed Master’s Degree in Athletic Training. The profession of Athletic Training is following other allied health professions and heading toward the entry point being at the graduate level. This is a proactive step in that direction, and will put USF at the forefront of Athletic Training education. There will be significant demand for the program, in that as of this point, there is no avenue for students that have obtained a bachelor’s degree in another discipline to challenge the National Board of Certification exam for Athletic Training. Presently, there is only one other institution in Florida (FIU) with an entry -level graduate Athletic Training Program.
  27. Has this course been offered as Selected Topics/Experimental Topics course? If yes, how many times?
  28. What qualifications for training and/or experience are necessary to teach this course? (List minimum qualifications for the instructor.) Certified Athletic Trainer, MD, PhD, or equivalent.
  29. Objectives: 1. Understand the theoretical, clinical, and scientific aspects associated with the use of prescribed therapeutic interventions in a health care setting.

    2. Understand the various theories of pain and pain relief as they relate to current medical practice and the use of therapeutic interventions.

    3. Appreciates and applies knowledge and skills equally to all patients (age, gender, ethnicity, etc)

    4. Understand the normal physiological responses of the human body to trauma and/or illness, the physiological process of wound healing and tissue repair, the effects of trauma and/or inactivity on specific body tissues, and implications for the selection and use of the various therapeutic interventions.

    5. Understand the various ethical standards and medico-legal implications associated with the use of modern therapeutic modalities.

    6. Explain the laws, regulations, and procedures that govern storing, transporting, dispensing, and recording prescription and nonprescription medications (Controlled Substance Act, scheduled drug classification, and state statutes).

    7. Identify appropriate pharmaceutical terminology and abbreviations used in the prescription, administration, and dispensing of medications.

    8. Identify information about the indications, contraindications, precautions, and adverse reactions for common prescription and nonprescription medications (including herbal medications) using current pharmacy resources.

    9. Explain the concepts related to bioavailability, half-life, and bioequivalence.

    10. Explain the relationship between generic or brand name pharmaceuticals.

    11. Identify medications that might cause possible poisoning, and describe how to activate and follow the locally established poison control protocols.

    12. Analyze the principles of electro-physics and biophysics; specific physiological effects; suggested set-up procedures; and therapeutic indications and contraindications associated with the use of:

    a. Electrotherapeutic modalities (electrical stimulation & iontophoresis)

    b. EMG and biofeedback

    c. Thermal modalities (infrared, diathermies, & ultrasound)

    d. Mechanical energy modalities (traction, ICUs, massage, & CPMs)

    e. Light energy modalities

    13. Describe the relationships among the members of the rehabilitation team.

    14. Understand the essential considerations in designing a rehabilitation program for injured athletes.

    15. Understand the criteria and decision-making process for return to play decisions.

    16. Understand the psychological considerations for the injured athlete during the rehabilitation process.

    17. Understand the essential components of designing a comprehensive rehabilitation program.

  30. Learning Outcomes: Demonstrate knowledge of tissue healing and pain relief.

    Demonstrate laws, regulations, and ethical standards associated with the use of therapeutic modalities.

    Appropriately select and apply therapeutic modalities.

    Demonstrate knowledge of selection and usage of appropriate pharmacological agents in a clinic setting.

    Design and implement a comprehensive rehabilitation program.

  31. Major Topics: Pain Theories

    Tissue Injury Cycle

    Therapeutic Modalities

    - Electrotherapy

    - EMG and Biofeedback

    - Thermal Modalities

    - Mechanical Energy Modalities

    - Light energy Modalities

    Ethical and Legal Considerations Related to Therapeutic Modalities


    - Laws, Regulations, and Procedures

    - Indications, Contraindications, Precautions

    Rehabilitation Techniques

    Comprehensive Rehabilitation Program

  32. Textbooks: 1. Denegar CR. 2010. Therapeutic Modalities for Athletic Injuries, 3rd Ed . Human Kinetics

    2. Mangus BC, Miller MG, 2005. Pharmacology Application in Athletic Training, FA Davis, Co

    3. Prentice WE. Rehabilitation Techniques for Sports Medicine and Athletic Training. 2004; 5th ed. McGraw Hill, New York, NY.

  33. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases: Weekly readings will be posted on Canvas as warranted.
  34. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy: Research Article Abstract 10%

    Modality Application Paper 10%

    Case Study Written 15%

    Case Study Oral 10%

    Unit Exams 25%

    Written Final Exam 15%

    Oral-Practical Exam 10%

    Laboratory Participation 5%

  35. Assignments, Exams and Tests: Research Article Abstract:

    Each student is required to summarize a research article. The articles must be about electrical stimulation, diathermy, or ultrasound modalities in rehabilitation. Each summary will be no more than one page, plus one paragraph of personal commentary or opinion about the article. Grading guidelines for the summary includes content and presentation; spelling, grammar, & punctuation; format; and commentary.

    • Each will be a typed ORIGINAL and presented in the APA or AMA format.

    • A highlighted copy of the article MUST accompany the summary.

    • Summaries MUST be from post-2005 research journals.

    Modality Application Paper:

    All students shall complete a concise paper concerning the proper application of a randomly-assigned therapeutic modality. The paper MUST be in outline or bullet format. It will be no more than two pages and must include three recent (2005 or later) references. Internet sources may only be used as a supplement; they do not count as official references. It should detail: patient preparation, modality set-up, patient treatment (all parameters), treatment termination, modality indications / contraindications, and any additional safety concerns.

    Case Study

    Written: The case study assignment entails a written and oral portion (see next section for details on oral portion). You will be required to present the findings of the case study to the class. You may also be selected by the USF ATEP to present at Student SEATA.

    a. The case study shall be based on an athlete’s case with which you are familiar (preferably one in which you have been or will be involved with the rehabilitation).

    b. The case study should include an emphasis on therapeutic exercise.

    c. Previous case studies may not be used for this assignment.

    d. Only a select number of case study abstracts will be approved by the ATEP at USF for submission to Student SEATA. If your case study is selected for submission and Student SEATA then selects your case study, you will be expected to attend the conference.

    e. Students are strongly encouraged to seek feedback from their ACI’s, professors, peers regarding their case study prior to the due

    f. See Grading Rubric included and examples of previous case studies on Blackboard.

    Oral: This presentation will be used to assess the student’s ability to effectively communicate with their professional colleagues, their ability to comprehend and synthesize rehabilitation concepts, their creativity, and ability to support their decision making process.

    a. The presentation will be between 5 to 8 minutes

    i. Present your case (focus on treatment) be sure to discuss uniqueness, keys to success, and final outcome of case—more than just reading your abstract.

    b. The content will be based on the injury used for the case study

    c. PowerPoint presentation is REQUIRED during the presentation

    d. Students will be evaluated via a grading rubric (which will be presented prior to presentation)

    e. Audience will include pre-athletic training students as well as other athletic trainers, athletic training faculty, and other athletic training students.

    f. Students are expected to be dressed professionally for the presentation

    Please include the following information in your case study:

    1. Must have a signed permission from athlete for access to their medical records (this form will be provided)

    2. You will be following the Student SEATA format for abstracts for clinical case reports.

    3. Student SEATA formatting and subject headings MUST be followed (these details will be provided).

    4. Focus again should be a STRONG treatment section.

    Each project must be approved in advance to assure that there are no duplicate injuries/individuals being presented. Projects not approved will receive a grade of “0” and no written papers will be accepted or oral presentations allowed for the individual. Projects approved later than one week prior to the date of the first presentation will receive a decreased full letter grade for each day not approved after the deadline.

    Unit Written Exams and Written Final Exam:

    Each written exam will include objective and subjective questions. Student knowledge and understanding may be assessed with true/false, matching, multiple choice, fill-in, identification, essay, and short answer questions. Exams may include material from the textbook, lecture, handouts, class discussions, guest speakers, outside reading assignments, class videos, and others.

    Oral-Practical Exam:

    The oral-practical exam involves each student actively completing a thorough demonstration of their knowledge and skills related to the indications, contraindications, physiological effects, set-up, application, shut-down, and precautions of randomly selected physical modalities. Use of each of the modalities will be demonstrated. The Open Lab allows for familiarization with the therapeutic modalities. Each student is required to schedule an appointment with the instructor and provide a subject (not a classmate). A study guide will be provided in the weeks prior to the oral-practical examinations. Objective measures by the examiner(s) will be used to determine the point total.

    Laboratory Participation: Laboratory attendance and participation is mandatory; students are also required to complete the required lab assignments. Because there is no opportunity to make-up laboratory sessions held during the semester, it is best to avoid missing class on lab days. Also, because some clinical sites may not have the appropriate equipment to demonstrate and teach the competencies and to practice the related proficiencies, laboratory attendance will ensure that the student has received the initial information related to laboratory competencies and provides the student an opportunity to practice the requisite proficiencies. If conflicts exist due to clinical education travel or any other extenuating circumstance, it is the responsibility of the student to inform the professor of such circumstances beforehand. Labs should take priority over clinical education assignments, surgery observations, etc.

    Laboratory Attire: On days which class will be held in a laboratory setting students will be expected to wear attire appropriate for the application of each modality. Shorts, t-shirt, and sneakers are appropriate unless otherwise stated in lecture. Inappropriate attire will result in an incomplete laboratory experience and reduced grade for that lab.

  36. Attendance Policy: Course Attendance at First Class Meeting – Policy for Graduate Students: For structured courses, 6000 and above, the College/Campus Dean will set the first-day class attendance requirement. Check with the College for specific information. This policy is not applicable to courses in the following categories: Educational Outreach, Open University (TV), FEEDS Program, Community Experiential Learning (CEL), Cooperative Education Training, and courses that do not have regularly scheduled meeting days/times (such as, directed reading/research or study, individual research, thesis, dissertation, internship, practica, etc.). Students are responsible for dropping undesired courses in these categories by the 5th day of classes to avoid fee liability and academic penalty. (See USF Regulation – Registration - 4.0101,

    Attendance Policy for the Observance of Religious Days by Students: In accordance with Sections 1006.53 and 1001.74(10)(g) Florida Statutes and Board of Governors Regulation 6C-6.0115, the University of South Florida (University/USF) has established the following policy regarding religious observances: (

    In the event of an emergency, it may be necessary for USF to suspend normal operations. During this time, USF may opt to continue delivery of instruction through methods that include but are not limited to: Blackboard, Elluminate, Skype, and email messaging and/or an alternate schedule. It’s the responsibility of the student to monitor Blackboard site for each class for course specific communication, and the main USF, College, and department websites, emails, and MoBull messages for important general information.

  37. Policy on Make-up Work: Make up of missed work will be permitted, but points will be taken off for turning in work after the due date. No work will be accepted two weeks past its original due date and all course work must be turned in by the last day of class to receive credit.

    Academic Dishonesty:


    Each individual is expected to earn his/her degree on the basis of personal effort. Any form of cheating on examinations or plagiarism on assigned papers constitutes unacceptable deceit and dishonesty. Plagiarism is defined as “literary theft” and consists of the unattributed quotation of the exact words of a published text, or the unattributed borrowing of original ideas by paraphrase from a published text. On written papers for which the student employs information gathered from books, articles, or oral sources, each direct quotation, as well as ideas and facts that are not generally know to the public at large must be attributed to its author by means of the appropriate citation procedure. Citations may be made in footnotes or within the body of the text. Plagiarism also consists of passing off as one's own, segments or the total of another person's work. Punishment for academic dishonesty will depend on the seriousness of the offense and may include receipt of an “F” with a numerical value of zero on the item submitted, and the “F” shall be used to determine the final course grade. It is the option of the instructor to assign the student a grade of F or FF (the latter indicating dishonesty) in the course.

    Detection of Plagiarism:

    The University of South Florida has an account with an automated plagiarism detection service, which allows instructors to submit student assignments to be checked for plagiarism. I reserve the right to 1) request that assignments be submitted to me as electronic files and 2) electronically submit assignments to Assignments are compared automatically with a huge database of journal articles, web articles, and previously submitted papers. The instructor receives a report showing exactly how a student's paper was plagiarized.

    For more information about Academic Integrity of Graduate Students see

  38. Program This Course Supports: Masterof Science in Athletic Training
  39. Course Concurrence Information: None

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