Chatham University

Physical Therapy (DPT) Curriculum

All physical therapy courses are limited to physical therapy students unless permission is obtained from the program director.

Chatham’s entry-level physical therapy program supports and enhances the University’s mission to educate its graduates to become leaders in their careers and to serve society. The program strives to educate competent physical therapists qualified to practice autonomously and within the interdisciplinary health care team in diverse health care settings. It seeks to advance the student’s knowledge and skills by promoting the value of evidence-based practice and encourages service to a variety of communities through active involvement in service-oriented programs. Through this unique program, Chatham seeks to provide an academic community in which all participants exhibit a commitment to excellence in clinical practice, service to the profession and larger community, and lifelong learning.

Designed to prepare graduates to serve as generalists, the curriculum stresses clinical decision making through the study of patient problems typically encountered in the clinical setting. Normal structure and function pro-vide a basis for the study of disease processes and prevention, and the effect of pathology and impairments on function and quality of life. The modified problem-based learning (PBL) curriculum presents the clinical arts and science of physical therapy in an integrated manner organized around body systems.

Chatham University offers a DPT degree upon successful completion of seven terms of study. Candidates follow a sequence of courses that includes 36 weeks of clinical field placements.

Program Requirements

+ Degree Requirements

105 credits, including:

BIO502 Human Gross Anatomy

An in-depth study of gross human anatomic structure, emphasizing the musculoskeletal and neuromuscular systems through study of head and neck, body wall, and upper and lower extremity structures. Clinical correlates examine normal movement and pathological processes. Four hours of class and three hours of laboratory per week. Prerequisite(s): Permission of the instructor.

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BIO502L Lab: Human Gross Anatomy

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BIO504 Human Physiology

An in-depth study of the mechanisms of human body function, emphasizing cells, genetic control of protein synthesis, transport across membranes, contraction and excitation of muscles, the phsiology of cardiac muscle, and rhthmical excitation of the normal heart.

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BIO506 Principles of Neuroscience

A study of the structure and function of the human central and peripheral nervous system, including vascular components and special senses. The course emphasizes nervous system control of movement. Three hours of class per week. Prerequisite(s): BIO502 & BIO503 or permission of instructor. Corequisite(s): BIO506L

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PTH700 Introduction to Clinical Skills

This course provides an introduction to foundation physical therapy clinical skills with an emphasis on assessment and intervention procedures, along with surface anatomy palpation. Principles relating to these foundation techniques will be introduced through lecture and laboratory experiences. The techniques will be applied in future courses in increasingly complex patient problems and diagnoses.

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PTH701 Foundations of Movement Science I

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PTH702 Foundations of Movement Science II

This problem-based course includes advanced study and application of current theories of motor control, motor learning, and motor development, including basic premises, clinical implications, and limitations of each model. The use of this information to guide the examination of children and adults with neuromuscular dysfunction is explored. Pass/fail grading only. Prerequisite(s): BIO 506 and PTH 701

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PTH703 Management of Musculoskeletal Systems Dysfunction

An integrated approach to the study of all relevant physiologic, anatomic, pathologic, medical, and therapeutic concepts related to physical therapy practice. The course includes the physical therapy diagnostic process, including differential diagnosis, physical therapeutic interventions, and patient care program development. The course presents classroom and laboratory experiences building from simple to complex problems to assist the student in developing the competencies necessary for practice as a generalist in physical therapy. Experiences related to psychological, social, cultural, economic, and vocational aspects of illness and disability are included. The course offers learning experiences presented using the problem-based leanring approach, organized around the study of body systems, with an orientation toward critical thinking and clinical decision making. Pass/fail grading only. Prerequisite(s): PTH 700 and 701, and BIO 502

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PTH704 Fundamentals of Exercise Physiology

Students will learn the basic principles of exercise physiology utilizing a firm understanding of both anatomy and physiology. These principles stem from how the human body's normal structure and physiological functioning alters wtih physical activity. Understanding these adaptations is critical to the understanding of the physiological demands of rehabilitation programs.

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PTH707 Management of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary System Dysfunction

This course provides an integrated approach to the study of all relevant physiologic, anatomic, pathologic, medical, and therapeutic concepts related to entry-level cardiovascular and pulmonary physical therapy practice across the life span. The course includes the physical therapy clinical decision making in the context of physical therapy examination, evaluation, and patient care program development, intervention, and progression with an orientation toward the human oxygen transport system. The course uses classroom and laboratory experiences related to patient cases, ranging from acute illness to chronically stable illness to wellness, illness prevention, to assist the student in developing the necessary competencies in cardiovascular and pulmonary physical therapy. Experience include the psychosocial, cultural, economic, and vocational aspects of illness and disability. The course offers learning experiences presented using the problem-based, case-study approach, organized around the study of body systems, pathophysiology, and response to intervention. Students will be required to search for relevant evidence in the medical literature throughout the course. Pass/fail grading option only. Prerequisite(s): PTH 700, 701, and 703.

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PTH708 Management of Pediatric Neuromuscular System Dysfunction

This problem-based course will provide in-depth information on the examination, evaluation, and management of pediatric neuromuscular system dysfunction from birth through adolescence and young adulthood. Students will build upon concepts of normal development, motor control, and motor learning to develop a theoretical framework for addressing the physical therapy needs of children. Prerequisite(s): PTH 702 and 707

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PTH709 Management of Neuromuscular System Dysfunction

This problem-based course will provide in-depth information on the evaluation and management of neuromuscular system dysfunction throughout the adult life span. Students will build upon concepts of normal development and movement control to gain a comprehensive understanding of movement dysfunction in patients with neurological disease. Emphasis will be placed upon a holistic view of the patient and family, critical thinking skills, and competent performance of examination and intervention approaches. Quantitative and qualitative methods of assessment will be discussed and practiced. Tutorial groups will promote collaborative and student-directed learning centered around specific patient cases to explore issues of pathology, impairment, functional limitations, and disabilities. Pass/fail grading only. Prerequisite(s): PTH 702, 703, and 707

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PTH713 Management of Multi-System Dysfunction

This problem-based learning course emphasizes physical therapy management of complex patients acrtoss the lifespan who present with pathology affecting multi body systems. Students utilize advanced clinical decision-making skills to evaluate and prioritize interventions. Laboratory and problem-based learning experiences focus on educating and directing patients, families, and other providers is included. Pre-requisites: PTH703, 707, and 709

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PTH722 Research I

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PTH724 Research II

The purpose of this course is to offer students the opportunity to enhance their knowledge and skills that are essential to the critical evaluation of the medical literature, the application of research to the practice of physical therapy, and how to submit an abstract for publication. Prerequisite(s): PTH 722

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PTH730 Clinical Experience I-A

The first part of a 10-week, full-time experience scheduled at the completion of study of the musculoskeletal system. Students will be placed in outpatient facilities or general hospitals with an expectation that students see primarily orthopedic patients.Prerequisite(s): Satisfactory completion of all previous academic requirements.

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PTH731 Clinical Expereience I-B

The second part of a 10-week, full-time experience scheduled at the completion of study of the musculoskeletal system. Students will be placed in outpatient facilities or general hospitals with an expectation that students see primarily orthopedic patients. Prerequisite(s): Satisfactory completion of all previous academic requirements.

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PTH733 Clinical Experience II

A 10-week, full-time experience scheduled at the completion of the neuromuscular and cardiopulmonary systems. Students will generally be placed in acute care rehabilitation, skilled nursing, or pediatric settings, subacute units, outpatient facilities seeing primarily neurologically impaired patients or with home health agencies. Prerequisite(s): Satisfactory completion of all previous academic requirements.

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PTH735 Clinical Experience III

A 16-week, full-time experience completed at the conclusion of all clinical didactic and laboratory course work. The student is assigned to an area of academic need and/or interest. During this experience the student will continue to develop competency in his or her entry-level professional physical therapy skills. An alternative to this course is the combination of PTH 746 Clinical Experience IV (seven weeks) and PTH 747 Clinical Experience V (seven weeks). Prerequisite(s): Satisfactory completion of all previous academic requirements.

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PTH746 Clinical Experience IV

An eight-week, full time experience in combination with PTH747 CLinical Experience V (eight weeks) completed at the conclusion of all clinical didactic and laboratory course work. During this experience, the student will continue to develop competency in his or her entry-level professional physcial therapy skills. An alternative to this course in comnination with PTH 747 Clinical Experience V is PTH 735 Clinical Experience III (16 weeks). Pre-Requisites: Satisfactory completion of all previous academic requirements.

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PTH747 Clinical Experience V

An eight-week, full time experience in combination with PTH747 CLinical Experience V (eight weeks) completed at the conclusion of all clinical didactic and laboratory course work. During this experience, the student will continue to develop competency in his or her entry-level professional physcial therapy skills. An alternative to this course in comnination with PTH 747 Clinical Experience V is PTH 735 Clinical Experience III (16 weeks). Pre-Requisites: Satisfactory completion of all previous academic requirements.

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PTH737 Correlative Neuroscience

This course uses a seminar format to reinforce and make relevant to the practice of physical therapy content learned in Biology 506. The student identifies and analyzes functional problems related to neurological insult. Case study analysis and presentation are used for clinical application. PTH 700 and BIO 502; Co-requisite: BIO 506 and PTH 701

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PTH741 Principles of Practice I: Intro to PT Practice

This course introduces the novice professional student to the roles of the physical therapist as: a professional; a communicator; and as a scholar. There is a heavy emphasis on patient-practitioner communication skills, especially during the patient interview. Fundamentals of evidence-based practice help students embrace the role of scholarly clinician.

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PTH742 Principles of Practice II: Communication and Ethics

This course explores ethics, education, cultural competence, systems dynamics and evidence based practice in physical therapy. Additional topics include spirituality in medicine, psychosocial aspecets of chronic illness and disease, laws governing practice, and documentation and re-imbursement.

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PTH743 P.P. III: Integration of Psychosocial Issues and Social Responsibility

This course is an integrated synthesis of material learned in previous Principles of Practice courses with practical application into clinical education. Students preliminarily explore the integration of social responsibility and professionalism via community-based learning.

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PTH744 Principles of Practice IV: Service Learning

This course is an integrated synthesis of material learned during previous POP courses. This independent study, guided by community service faculty advisors, will focus on evaluation of the project over the past year. The viewpoints of the student group, the faculty advisor, the community agency advisor, and the constituencies served (when possible) will be taken into account . Preparation for CLinical Experience II will also take place within this class. Pre-requisites: PTH 741, 742, 743

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PTH745 Principles of Practice V: Health Care Delivery, Management, & Policy

Principles of Practice VI integrates the principles of health care delivery, management, policy and leadership within the physical therapy profession. Prerequisite(s): PTH 741, 742, 743, and 744

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PTH748 P.P. VI: Art & Science of Physical Therapy Practice

This course provides the student with the opportunity to integrate previous Principles of Practice topics, such as professionalism, communicatin, education, evidence analysis and implementation of evidence into clinical practice. Pre-requisites: PTH745

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