Students choose two electives to broaden their knowledge for practice. Elective courses offer a variety of study options for second and third year DPT students. Topics and courses change every year as there are new developments in the field, faculty research interest evolves, and patient demand increases. They have ranged from motion analysis and prosthetics to women's health and conversational Spanish. Credit each: 2.
Manual therapy provides further learning in the areas of evaluation, assessment and application. This course discusses the reliability, validity and applicability of manual therapy techniques at major physiologic anatomic regions. The course is primarily lab-based, with appropriate lecture topics to solidify learning opportunities. Course Director: Michael Reiman, PT, DPT, OCS, SCS, ATC, FAAOMPT, CSCS
This elective is designed to improve students’ communication in clinical situations with patients whose native language is Spanish. The focus will be on learning conversational skills necessary to take clinical histories, conduct physical examinations and give instructions to Spanish speaking patients. Course Director: Mark Slattery
Students will be guided to write a research paper introduction, construct an abstract per CSM guidelines and develop a professional research presentation using PowerPoint. In addition, students will be mentored by K-Lab staff to complete tasks associated with data processing and analysis. The course will rely on a foundation of previous basic science and clinical work and critical thinking to guide scientific inquiry. Course Director: Robert Butler, PT, DPT, PhD
Advanced clinical knowledge and skills are needed for physical therapy evaluation and management of complex neurological disorders. Neurological Gait will enrich your understanding of gait pathomechanics, observational capacity to identify and analyze gait deviations, problem solving skills for determining the underlying causes of gait deviations and formulating and providing effective treatment interventions for individuals with neurological conditions. The students will have the opportunity to participate in a variety of unique learning experiences including visiting a gait lab, observing locomotor training using robotics, and participating in an orthotic assessment and casting with an orthotist. Students will actively engage in literature reviews for evidence-based practice and participate in small group discussions.
Students will hear lectures from experts in the field and have opportunities to observe the provision of pediatric physical therapy in a variety of specialized settings. They will observe a child over the time period of the course in order to develop and refine their observational skills and enhance their knowledge of typical development. Students will be exposed to advanced levels of literature, research and clinical experiences or observations in pediatrics. Course Director: Laura Case, PT, DPT, MS, PCS, C/NDT
Prosthetics and Orthotics
This course allows students to pursue independent study, clinical exposure and seminar discussion of selected topics related to management of patients who use prosthetic and orthotic devices. Specific topics to be covered will be planned jointly by the instructor and students with opportunities for self-directed study in at least one topic of choice, for example: prosthetic and orthotic prescription, prosthetic and orthotic gait analysis, interventions, or prosthetic and orthotic fabrication. Course Director: Jan Gwyer, PT, PhD
Sports Physical Therapy
Sports Physical Therapy allows students to engage in techniques for the evaluation and treatment of high-level collegiate athletes from time of injury to return-to-play. They will gain exposure to both the clinical rehabilitation aspect with duel credential physical therapists/certified athletic trainers, as well as on-the-field coverage with certified athletic trainers during practice. In addition, students will complete several psychomotor labs, learning various taping and strapping procedures. Specialists in the areas of sports nutrition, sports psychology and strength and conditioning will lecture on their professions and interaction with sports physical therapy. Finally, students will participate in a college football game-day from pregame set-up and treatment, to sideline game coverage and postgame treatment.
Teaching and Learning: Skills for developing and teaching a clinical course
Students will have opportunities to engage in many of the experiences involved in delivering a clinical science course and a basic science course to entry-level learners in the health professions. Students will develop, teach and supervise one palpation laboratory session in PT 602 Body and Brain I, and develop and deliver one short anatomy lab talk in Physician Assistant anatomy or one short anatomy lab tutorial in PT 602 Body and Brain I. In addition, students will prepare for, attend and assist in all laboratory sessions for palpation and all anatomy lab sessions for PA anatomy or DPT anatomy for the duration of this elective. Meeting time outside of these class sessions will serve to facilitate the students’ preparation for teaching, enhance their knowledge in the area of education and develop their abilities to self-assess. Course Director: Andrea Taylor, PhD
Topics in Women’s Health
Students will review and discuss pelvic floor anatomy and physiology; pregnancy, labor and delivery; examination and interventions for obstetric and gynecological symptoms; lymphadema; endocrinology of the female; and surgical/pharmaceutical interventions for pelvic floor dysfunction. The course will include both lecture and laboratory sessions. Students will select research and present a special topic to the entire class and complete a descriptive paper. Course Director: Carol Figuers, PD, EdD
This course focuses on the assessment and treatment of patients with vertigo and disequilibrium from vestibular causes. Material covered will include the neuroanatomy and neurophysiology of the normal vestibular system, the various pathological conditions that result in vertigo or disturbances in balance and the compensatory mechanisms available for recovery. Specific emphasis will be on the assessment and treatment of unilateral and bilateral vestibular hypofunction, benign paroxysmal positioning vertigo, central vestibular disorders and multisensory dizziness. This information is applicable to a large patient population including geriatric patients as well as individuals with CNS lesions such as multiple sclerosis, CVA and head injury. Course Director: Richard Clendaniel, PT, PhD