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Courses - PT Graduate Level

501. Musculoskeletal and Biomechanical Principles (4)

Prerequisites: HHS 401, HHS 402, HHS 403.
Advanced study of joint mechanics and pathomechanics with application to therapeutic procedures, posture and movement of the limbs, temperomandibular joint, neck and trunk. Includes normal gait.
Letter grade only (A-F). (Lecture/discussion 3 hours, laboratory 3 hours)

502. Pathological Gait (1)

Prerequisite: PT 501
Kinetics and kinematics of pathological gait with application to persons with gait disability. Emphasis is on gait analysis and problem solving causes of deviations.
Letter grade only (A-F). (Laboratory 3 hours)

503. Management of Individuals with Musculoskeletal Disorders I (3)

Prerequisite: PT 501.
Physical therapy evaluative process for patient/clients with musculoskeletal disorders including examination, evaluation, diagnosis, prognosis, including anticipated goals, expected outcomes, criteria for discharge and reexamination.
Letter grade only (A-F). (Lecture/discussion 2 hours, laboratory 3 hours)

504. Management of Individuals with Musculoskeletal Disorders II (4)

Prerequities: PT 501, PT 503.
The interventions for individuals with disorders of the musculoskeletal system including exercise prescription, strengthening regimens, effects of disuse, life sequence, wellness and prevention, theories of pain and pain management and selected preferred practice patterns provided by physical therapists.
Letter grade only (A-F). (Lecture/discussion 3 hours, laboratory 3 hours)

505. Management of Human Growth and Development (2)

Prerequisites: HHS 401, HHS 460.
Investigation and analysis of human development across the lifespan with emphasis on body systems contributing to the development of movement. Also addresses health risks, preventive strategies and wellness, including gender issues.
Letter grade only (A-F). (Lecture/discussion 1 hour, laboratory 3 hours)

506. Exercise Physiology for Physical Therapy (2)

Prerequisites: BIOL 341, BIOL 441; HHS 401, HHS 460, HHS 471.
Study of systems critical for patient management that are challenged and altered by exercise in health and pathology. Includes exercise measurement, test design, equipment, and pharmacology of exercise.
Letter grade only (A-F). (Lecture/discussion 1 hour, laboratory 3 hours)

507. Examination of Individuals with Neuromuscular Disorders (2)

Prerequisite: HHS 460.
Physical therapist evaluative process for patient/clients with neuromuscular disorders. Includes examination (task and movement analysis, tests and measures for body structure and function, activity, and participation), evaluation, diagnosis, prognosis, anticipated goals, expected outcomes, re-examination, and criteria for discharge.
Letter grade only (A-F). (Lecture/discussion 1 hour, laboratory 3 hours)

508. Management of the Pediatric Population (2)

Prerequisites: PT 505, PT 507.
Physical therapy management of the pediatric patient/client with neuromusculoskeletal disorders. Includes examination, evaluation, diagnosis, prognosis and intervention (with anticipated goals) including reexamination, outcomes and criteria for discharge. Includes pathophysiology, clinical decision making, and prevention/risk factor reduction.
Letter grade only (A-F). (Lecture/discussion 1 hour, laboratory 3 hours)

509. Management of the Cardiopulmonary System (3)

Prerequisites: BIOL 341, BIOL 441; PT 505, PT 506.
Physical therapy management of patient/clients with cardiopulmonary disorders including: examination, evaluation, diagnosis, prognosis and intervention (with anticipated goals) including reexamination, outcomes and criteria for discharge. Includes prevention/risk factor reduction.
Letter grade only (A-F). (Lecture/discussion 2 hours, laboratory 3 hours) Course fee may be required. Information on fees related to this course can be found here.

510. Patient Management and Functional Training (2)

Prerequisites: HHS 401, HHS 402 and admittance to MPT program.
Patient/client management with emphasis on assistive and adaptive devices and physical agents, self care and home management (including activities of daily living and instrumental activities of daily living) and wound management. May include lectures from medical and physical therapy practitioners.
Letter grade only (A-F). (Lecture/discussion 1 hour, laboratory 3 hours)

511. Management of the Geriatric Population (3)

Prerequisites: PT 503, PT 504, PT 505, PT 507.
Physical therapy management of the geriatric patient/client including examination, evaluation, diagnosis, prognosis and intervention (with anticipated goals), including reexamination, outcomes and criteria for discharge. Includes prevention/risk factor reduction.
Letter grade only (A-F). (Lecture/discussion 2 hours, laboratory 3 hours) Course fee may be required. Information on fees related to this course can be found here.

512. Clinical Electrophysiology I (3)

Prerequisites: BIOL 341; HHS 402, HHS 460.
Investigation of the physiological and neurological basis for the selection of electromyographic assessment tools and for the selection of electrotherapeutic intervention in the management of the patient/client with pain, deformity, muscle weakness and disorders of the peripheral nervous system.
Letter grade only (A-F). (Lecture/discussion 2 hours, laboratory 3 hours) Course fee may be required. Information on fees related to this course can be found here.

513. Clinical Electrophysiology II (2)

Prerequisites: PT 512.
Investigation of the physiological and neurological basis for the selection of electromyographic assessment tools and electrotherapeutic intervention in the management of the patient/client with disorders of the central nervous system and mixed peripheral and central nervous systems.
Letter grade only (A-F). (Lecture/discussion 1 hour, laboratory 3 hours) Course fee may be required. Information on fees related to this course can be found here.

515. Management of Individuals with Neuromuscular Disorders (2)

Prerequisite: PT 507.
Corequisite: PT 523.
Evidence-based physical therapist interventions for patients/clients with disorders of the neuromuscular system including movement facilitation, education, and prevention/risk factor reduction.
Letter grade only (A-F). (Lecture/discussion 1 hour, laboratory 3 hours)

522. Clinical Practice I (1)

Prerequisites: PT 503, PT 507, PT 509, PT 510
Six weeks of supervised full-time clinical practice in the acute care or outpatient orthopedic setting. Includes examination, evaluation, intervention, advocacy, and client/family caregiver education.
Credit/No Credit grading only. May be repeated to a maximum of 2 units in different semesters. (Clinical Practice 6 weeks) Course fee may be required. Information on fees related to this course can be found here.

523. Clinical Practice II (1)

Prerequisite: PT 522.
Corequisite: PT 515.
Supervised pro bono clinical practice for management of the client with disorders of the neuromuscular system. Includes examination, evaluation, intervention, advocacy, and client/family caregiver education.
Credit/No Credit grading only. (Clinic 1 hour) Course fee may be required. Information on fees related to this course can be found here.

524. Clinical Practice III (1)

Prerequisites: PT 507, PT 515, PT 523.
Corequisite: PT 608.
Supervised advanced pro-bono clinical practice for management of the client with disorders of the neuromuscular system. Includes examination, evaluation, intervention, advocacy, and client/family caregiver education. Focus on problem solving and decision making.
Credit/No Credit grading only. (Clinic 1 hour) Course fee may be required. Information on fees related to this course can be found here.

525. Clinical Internship I (3)

Prerequisites: Completion of all requirements for the MPT degree.
Six weeks of supervised full-time inpatient or outpatient clinical practice in a hospital system. Satisfactory completion of the internship is required for licensure to practice in the state of California.
Credit/No Credit grading only. (Clinical internship 6 weeks) May be repeated to a maximum of 6 units in the same semester. The combination of PT 525, PT 526, and PT 527 must equal a minimum of 12 units. Course fee may be required. Information on fees related to this course can be found here.

526. Clinical Internship II (3)

Prerequisites: Completion of all requirements for the MPT degree.
Six weeks of supervised full-time inpatient or outpatient rehabilitation with pediatric, geriatric, or adult neurology patients. Satisfactory completion of the internship is required for licensure to practice in the state of California.
Credit/No Credit grading only. (Clinical internship 6 weeks) May be repeated to a maximum of 6 units in the same semester. The combination of PT 525, PT 526, and PT 527 must equal a minimum of 12 units.

527. Clinical Internship III (3)

Prerequisites: Completion of all requirements for the MPT degree.
Six weeks of supervised full-time patient management in an outpatient orthopedic setting. Satisfactory completion of the internship is required for licensure to practice in the state of California.
Credit/No Credit grading only. (Clinical internship 6 weeks) May be repeated to a maximum of 6 units in the same semester. The combination of PT 525, PT 526, and PT 527 must equal a minimum of 12 units.

574. Professional Practice Issues (2)

Prerequisites: HHS 374
Professional practice issues including evidence-based practice, the critical analysis of evidence, and cultural competence. Also the role of the physical therapist in facilitation of health care behavior change and educating patients and community.
Letter grade only (A-F). (Lecture/Discussion 2 hours)

590. Selected Topics in Physical Therapy (1-3)

Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.
Topics of current interest in physical therapy selected for special presentation.
Letter grade only (A-F). May be repeated to a maximum of 6 units with different topics in the same or different semesters. Topics announced in the Schedule of Classes.

597. Independent Studies (1-3)

Prerequisites: Consent of instructor, and for human dissection, one general introductory anatomy course, HHS 401 and HHS 402.
Independent studies in any area of physical therapy. Human dissection is available as a special study.
Letter grade only (A-F). May be repeated to a maximum of 6 units in different semesters. (Independent studies)

604. Health Care Issues I (2)

Prerequisite: Admittance to MPT program.
Investigation of the health care delivery system including the regulatory, political, ethical, legal and promotional aspects of health care.
Letter grade only (A-F). (Lecture/discussion 2 hours)

605. Health Care Issues II (2)

Prerequisite: Admittance to MPT program.
Investigation and discussion of the process of planned direction, organization, management, and economics of physical therapy and physical therapy delivery. Includes theories of disease prevention and health promotion.
Letter grade only (A-F). (Lecture/discussion 2 hours)

607. Seminar in Cardiopulmonary Clinical Decision Making (1)

Prerequisites: PT 509.
Continuing management of patient/client with disorders of cardiopulmonary system. Integrates disorders of cardiopulmonary system with other disorders that may impact cardiopulmonary health. Includes examination, evaluation, intervention, advocacy, and caregiver education.
Letter grade only (A-F). (Seminar 1 hour)

608. Neurologic Clinical Decision Making (1)

Prerequisite: PT 507.
Continuing management of the client with disorders of the neuromuscular system. Includes examination, evaluation, intervention, advocacy, and client/family caregiver education.
Credit/No Credit grading only. (Clinic 1 hour)

611. Advances in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy (2)

Prerequisites: PT 503, PT 504; MPT major or physical therapist.
Exploration of advanced clinical orthopedic management strategies.
Letter grade only (A-F). (Lecture 1 hour, laboratory 3 hours)

619. Contemporary Issues in Physical Therapy (2)

Prerequisite: PT 604 and consent of instructor.
Exploration of contemporary and emerging trends in physical therapy practice.
Letter grade only (A-F). May be repeated to a maximum of 6 units with different topics in different semesters. (Lecture 1 hr, laboratory 3 hrs)

620. Management of Patients with Orthotic and Prosthetic Needs (2)

Prerequisites: PT 502, PT 503.
The prescription, application, and fabrication of devices and equipment (orthotic, prosthetic, supportive splinting, and taping).
Letter grade only (A-F). (Lecture/discussion 1 hour, laboratory 3 hours) Course fee may be required. Information on fees related to this course can be found here.

622. Clinical Pathophysiology (3)

Prerequisites: PT 504, PT 505, PT 507, PT 509, PT 510, PT 513.
Pathophysiology of connective tissue in musculoskeletal, neuromuscular, cardiopulmonary and integumentary disorders as a basis for physical therapy evaluation, diagnosis, goal setting and conservative as well as pre and post-operative intervention in patients with multiple systemic disorders.
Letter grade only (A-F). (Lecture/discussion 3 hours)

674. Clinical Problem Solving (1)

Prerequisite: PT 574.
Critical thinking models and activities to promote problem solving and decision making in the physical therapy setting.
Letter grade only (A-F). (Lecture/discussion)

696. Research Methods (2)

Prerequisite: Admittance to MPT program.
Scientific inquiry with emphasis on information searching, research design (qualitative and quantitative), and applied statistics. Also includes critical inquiry and clinical decision-making guidelines, research ethics, and the development of a proposal on the validation of physical therapy practice.
Letter grade only (A-F). (Lecture/discussion 2 hours)

697. Directed Research Studies (1-4)

Prerequisites: PT 574, PT 696, advancement to candidacy and consent of instructor.
Research in an area of specialization in physical therapy under the direction of a faculty sponsor.
Letter grade only (A-F). Must be completed for a total of 4 units. Course fee may be required. Information on fees related to this course can be found here.

698. Research Thesis/Project (1-4)

Prerequisites: PT 574, PT 696, advancement to candidacy and consent of instructor.
Planning, preparation, and completion of thesis or project in physical therapy.
Letter grade only (A-F). Must be completed for a total of 4 units.


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