This course is designed to incorporate evidence based practice for the management of people with neurological disorders. Lectures and patient cases are presented to aid the learner in facilitating clinical decision-making and implementing evidence based practice in contemporary, professional clinical practice for persons with neurological disorders.
This course will explore the therapist’s role in the management of patients with integumentary conditions. A general foundation in examination, evaluation, diagnosis, prognosis, interventions and outcomes for persons with various types of wounds will be provided. Application of specific tests and measures their reliability and validity, and efficacy of treatment interventions will be covered. Wound risk factor reduction will be examined. Clinical reasoning and decision making will be fostered through multiple case studies.
This course provides the physical therapist clinical doctoral learner with foundational information as to legal, ethical and administrative decision-making processes regarding issues often encountered in clinical practice. Specific topics include PT malpractice, legal aspects of documentation, informed consent, sexual harassment and misconduct, professional responsibility, preparation for a deposition, criminal/contract/ education law issues, and liability risk management. There is also an optional lecture on managed care issues. Utilizing theoretical frameworks, case-based decision-making situations are presented. The applications presented emphasize the ethical/legal responsibilities of the physical therapist as an autonomous practitioner.
This course will present to the physical therapy clinical doctoral learner methods to remain current in coding and payment policy issues. These strategies are vital to thrive in today’s healthcare environment. Changes in payment policy, coding documentation and compliance with pertinent regulations among all third party payers (federal, state and commercial) and cash services will always remain. The course will include material to assist the physical therapist in daily practice and the profession as it prepares for the future.
This course is designed to prepare health care professionals with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to make independently sound judgments about the validity of clinical research. It will allow practitioners the ability to implement evidence-based clinical practice in their careers.
The course will focus on: Concepts of evidence-based practice with emphasis on forming answerable clinical questions and effective literature search strategies
This course focuses on the development of the skills needed by physical therapists to fulfill their role as effective clinical participants in the research process. This course requires the student to carefully review case reports in the literature and use them as samples to help prepare their own case report, which is the capstone project for their Transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy Program. After selecting a topic/client for their capstone project, the students will prepare a basic ‘case report’ outline that will necessitate approval by the course instructor followed by the assignment of an advisor. Once the outline has