College of Health and Science

Physical Therapy (DPT)

DPT 7100   Service Learning I1 credit

This is the first course of a two course service learning sequence. Christian Service is an important component of the Lutheran tradition, a key element of the Concordia, St. Paul mission statement and the cornerstone of the CSP DPT Program. Service-learning I incorporates cultural competence, meaningful service, and critical reflective thinking to enhance student learning. The students will participate in lectures and discussion, interact with community leaders from different cultures, reflect on cultural and community topics and serve within the community. These activities are designed to reinforce the importance of life-long community and professional engagement, and strengthen the APTA core values of altruism and social responsibility.

DPT 7101   Anatomy6 credits

This course is a comprehensive study of human anatomy, which includes dissection of a human cadaver. Skeletal, muscular, nervous, digestive, cardiovascular, respiratory, and urogenital systems will be covered, and emphasis will be placed on the relatedness of structure and function.

DPT 7102   Systems Physiology and Pathophysiology I3 credits

This first course of a two-course sequence begins with a cell structure and function overview. The physiology and pathophysiology of the endocrine, musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, and nervous systems are presented. Fundamentals of pathology for each system are presented from various perspectives: etiology; pathogenesis; signs and symptoms; medical diagnosis, including laboratory tests and diagnostic imaging; and treatment including pharmacological intervention. Emphasis is placed on identifying "red flags" that would indicate to a physical therapist that treatment may be contraindicated or referral to another health care provider is appropriate. Class activities include lecture, discussion and problem solving scenarios.

DPT 7103   Applied Neuroscience3 credits

This course provides an in-depth exploration of human movement, learning, communication, memory, and emotions. Topics include the components and neuroplasticity of the central and peripheral nervous systems. In addition, clinical aspects of neurological conditions most applicable to the physical therapist are presented. Class activities include lecture, laboratory and working through case scenarios.

DPT 7104   Functional Anatomy/Biomechanics3 credits

Regional functional and articular anatomy is explored and applied in a rehabilitation context. Principles of and instrumentation for motion analysis are utilized to develop a thorough understanding of human movement. Class activities include lecture, observation, and laboratory activities. Two movement analysis projects provide the student experience in analysis and interpretation of functional movement patterns.

DPT 7105   Systems Physiology and Pathophysiology II3 credits

This is the second course of a two-course sequence. The physiology and pathophysiology of the integumentary, immune, rheumatic, pulmonary, hematologic, genitourinary, hepatic, pancreatic and biliary and gastrointestinal systems are presented. An overview of infectious diseases and oncology is provided. Fundamentals of pathology for each system are presented from various perspectives: etiology; pathogenesis; signs and symptoms; medical diagnosis, including laboratory tests and diagnostic imaging; and treatment including pharmacological intervention. Emphasis is placed on identifying “red flags” that would indicate to a physical therapist that treatment may be contraindicated or referral to another health care provider is appropriate. Class activities include lecture, discussion and problem solving scenarios.

DPT 7106   Medical Screening2 credits

This course is an introduction of medical screening of patients for conditions that may require examination by a physician or a physician-extender across the lifespan. The lecture and laboratory experiences will enhance professional communication between physical therapists, patients, and physicians facilitating patient referral outside physical therapy.

DPT 7111   Clinical Seminar I2 credits

This is the first course of a three course sequence. The roles of the profession of physical therapy within the healthcare system, the healthcare team, and the Christian tradition are explored. Students begin to develop the professional behaviors and communication skills required to thrive in those roles. Emphasis is on the application of this material to real-world situations through multiple clinic visits that occur throughout the semester. Class activities include lecture, group activities, and clinic visits.

DPT 7112   Clinical Seminar II2 credits

This is the second course of a three course sequence. Issues related to morals and values, cultural and socioeconomic diversity, and psychosocial aspects of disability are explored within the context of multiple clinical visits. Legal and ethical issues in physical therapy practice are introduced. Class activities include lecture, group activities, and clinic visits.

DPT 7121   Clinical Skills I/Foundations4 credits

This is the first course of a three course sequence. The fundamental processes involved in physical therapy patient/client examination, evaluation, and intervention are introduced. Bed mobility, transfers, and wheelchair/assistive device management are included. A basic examination framework that can be utilized across diagnoses and throughout the lifespan is developed. Students begin to use medical terminology to document findings, using a variety of structured formats. Class activities include lecture, lab, interaction with community volunteer patients, and case studies.

DPT 7122   Clinical Skills II/Manual Therapy and Exercise4 credits

This is the second course of a three course sequence. Beginning skills in physical therapy interventions for a variety of impairments and functional limitations across diagnoses and the lifespan are developed. Principles of exercise prescription and progression are presented for a variety of impairments and functional limitations. Beginning manual therapy skills are introduced.

DPT 7123   Clinical Skills III/Modalities4 credits

This is the third course of a three course sequence. Physical therapy interventions specific to therapeutic modalities and electrotherapy are developed, with emphasis on integrating these interventions into a comprehensive plan of care for patients across diagnoses and across the lifespan.

DPT 7131   Clinical Skills Assessment I1 credit

This is the first course of a two course sequence. Throughout the semester, students will work with CSP DPT faculty members on developing and implementing evaluation and intervention techniques for commonly seen physical therapy patient presentations. The course culminates with a comprehensive assessment of clinical skills and professional behaviors developed in the first year of the curriculum. This takes place within the context of a benchmark examination and Objective Structured Clinical Examination.

DPT 7141   Health Promotion I1 credit

This is the first of a two course sequence related to the promotion of health to physical therapy clients and the community. Each course is two credits; one each in consecutive semesters. The first semester will introduce DPT students to the determinants of health, a variety of theories related to the components of health and the APTA’s vision for health promotion within the Physical Therapy profession. Students will also explore the role of the physical therapist in promoting health in themselves, their clients and the community, the reduction of health disparities, and the improvement of quality of life across the lifespan. Within the context of this course students will design a Personal Needs Assessment for themselves and develop an analysis of an existing community health promotion program in which they will ultimately participate in under the guidance of a community liaison. In the second semester, DPT students will focus on the development of resources and programs to improve the health of the community. Student groups will work with community liaisons from local community health program to conduct a community-based needs assessment, participate in program activities (>6 hrs) and design a collaborative, ethical, and culturally responsive plan for a Community Health Promotion Project based on the community's identified need. Throughout the course, an emphasis will be placed upon evidence-based practice, learning styles, health theories, cultural competence, and tailored health education in order to provide effective patient education. Class activities include readings, lecture, group discussion, projects and presentations.

DPT 7151   Lifespan I2 credits

This is the first course in a two course sequence. Theories of motor development across the lifespan are presented within the context of physical therapy practice. Normal age related change across childhood, adolescence, adulthood, and later adulthood are explored. Health and motor planning across the lifespan, pediatric development, and normal physiological factors specific to the geriatric population will be reviewed. This will include changes in the cognitive, musculoskeletal and sensory systems. Changes in physical function are presented, compared, and contrasted between pediatric and geriatric patients through lecture, small group projects, and large group discussion. Students will develop pediatric and geriatric patient screening examinations.

DPT 7161   Research Methods/EBP3 credits

Introduction to evidence based practice and clinical research. The skills learned will enable students to develop an initial, general research question, locate the evidence, review the scientific literature, and conduct critical appraisals of scientific articles. Course assignments require student application of the information. Class activities include lecture, discussion, and small group activities.

DPT 7200   Service Learning II1 credit

This is the second course of a two course service learning sequence. Christian Service is an important component of the Lutheran tradition, a key element of the Concordia, St. Paul mission statement and the cornerstone of the CSP DPT Program. The students will participate in discussion, plan and participate in service activities. These activities are designed to reinforce the importance of life-long community and professional engagement, and strengthen the APTA core values of altruism and social responsibility.

DPT 7207   Integumentary/Medical3 credits

Physical therapy examination and interventions for integumentary and medical conditions across the lifespan and continuum of care are addressed. Issues associated with the lymphatic system are included. Class activities include lecture, lab and case studies.

DPT 7208   Biopsychosocial Aspects2 credits

The tools and strategies for dealing with the biopsychosocial aspects of patient care are introduced. Biomedical and biopsychosocial models will be investigated and contrasted. Stress management including religious practices for patients and health care providers will be addressed. Class activities include lecture, laboratory sessions, implementation of basic psychological screens, and role-playing scenarios.

DPT 7209   Cardiopulmonary/Acute Care/Trauma3 credits

Physical therapy examination and interventions for cardiovascular and pulmonary conditions across the lifespan and continuum of care including acute care and trauma are addressed. Class activities include lecture, lab, and case studies.

DPT 7210   Women's Health2 credits

Basic and clinical science elements of evaluation and intervention of women's health conditions are introduced. Students will be introduced to treatment of pregnancy related musculoskeletal conditions, continence assessment and pelvic floor muscle training, and assessment of risk factors for osteoporosis. Topics covered include anatomy, endocrinology, and physiology, breast health, disease processes with gender differences, incontinence, obstetrics, and osteoporosis.

DPT 7213   Clinical Seminar III2 credits

Opportunities for students to discuss issues in the context of their previous and future clinical experiences. Topics include legal and ethical issues, delegation and supervision, the healthcare environment and reimbursement, the effects of religious practices, and other practice concerns.

DPT 7232   Clinical Skills Assessment II1 credit

A comprehensive assessment of clinical skills and professional behaviors developed in the first two years of the curriculum. This assessment takes place within the context of a clinical environment.

DPT 7242   Health Promotion II1 credit

This is the second of a two course sequence related to the promotion of health to physical therapy clients and the community. Each course is two credits; one each in consecutive semesters. Within the context of this course, DPT students will complete and present their finalized Community Health Promotion Project from Health Promotion I. DPT students will also explore how to design, promote and implement a successful health promotion event in the community based on the lifestyle and needs of their audience. Class activities include readings, lecture, group discussion, projects and presentations. In the second semester, DPT students will explore how to screen, educate and intervene to improve the overall health of individual clients physically, mentally and nutritionally within the Physical Therapy scope of practice and when to refer patients to other specialties. Throughout the course, an emphasis will be placed upon evidence-based practice, learning styles, health theories, cultural competence, and tailored health education in order to provide effective patient education. Class activities include readings, lecture, group discussion, projects and presentations.

DPT 7252   Lifespan II2 credits

This is the second course of a two course sequence. Students build on their experiences with pediatric and geriatric patients through exploration of models of delivery, reimbursement, motivation, education, intervention strategies, and caregiver issues across the lifespan. Class activities include lecture, lab, literature review, caregiver panels, and patient interaction.

DPT 7262   Capstone I2 credits

Introduction to the capstone project. Each student will complete one of three tracks: case report, inquiry or professional development. Both require six credits of student work. Case Report - Students will work with a faculty member and clinical instructor to write up a case report on a patient the student worked with on their internship. Inquiry Track - Students work with a faculty member in small groups to further their knowledge of scholarly methods. Together, they will design a research project that is faculty generated or approved and student implemented. Teaching methods include discussion, small group activities, and use of computer data analysis tools. Professional Development Track - Students enroll in an interdisciplinary course, complete an independent study, or a course offered by another department to explore a specific area of practice and to enhance understanding of the interdisciplinary team approach. Professional Development projects must be approved by the faculty. Independent studies require the agreement of a faculty member to act as the student’s mentor.

DPT 7263   Capstone II1 credit

Continuation of the case study, inquiry or professional development project.

DPT 7264   Capstone III1 credit

Continuation of the case study, inquiry or professional development project.

DPT 7271   Musculoskeletal I3 credits

The role of the physical therapist in examining musculoskeletal conditions across the lifespan and continuum of care is introduced. Examination processes are regionally applied and students gain initial exposure to differential diagnosis and interventions. Class activities include lecture, lab, and case studies.

DPT 7272   Musculoskeletal II3 credits

Students further develop concepts of differential diagnosis, prognosis, and interventions for patients with musculoskeletal conditions across the lifespan and continuum of care. Class activities include lecture, lab, and case studies.

DPT 7281   Neuromuscular I3 credits

The framework for examination and intervention is applied and expanded to patients with neuromuscular diagnoses across the lifespan and continuum of care. The course focuses on functional areas of importance including mobility, transfers, wheelchair skills, balance, gait and upper extremity function. Class activities include lecture, lab and case studies.

DPT 7282   Neuromuscular II3 credits

Students build on their examination and intervention framework and neuroscience foundation to approach patients within the neuromuscular practice patterns across the lifespan and continuum of care. Specific examination and intervention techniques, special topics and prognosticating related to the practice patterns are covered. Class activities include lecture, lab and case studies.

DPT 7291   Administration Roles3 credits

The roles of the physical therapist in administration and management are explored. Health care economics, budgeting, supervision, planning, marketing, and public relations are specifically addressed.

DPT 7301   Complex Medical2 credits

Physical therapy examination and intervention for critically ill patients, those with multi-organ involvement, and those with complicating psychosocial and environmental issues are addressed. Class activities include case studies and discussion.

DPT 7365   Capstone IV2 credits

Students complete their doctoral projects. Activities include an oral defense presented to faculty, peers, the next PT Program cohorts, and the community. The capstone project culminates with faculty approval of the final written project.

DPT 7373   Musculoskeletal III2 credits

Students are exposed to musculoskeletal topics in greater depth to facilitate a global understanding of the role of the musculoskeletal physical therapist across the lifespan and continuum of care. Class activities include lecture, lab, and complex case studies.

DPT 7374   Specialty Seminar2 credits

Groups of students work with individual faculty members to investigate specialized aspects of physical therapy practice.

DPT 7383   Neuromuscular III2 credits

Advanced topics related to the examination and intervention of patients with neuromuscular dysfunction across the lifespan and continuum of care are presented. Emphasis is placed on intervention techniques, communication/coordination of care and management of complex patients. Class activities include lecture, lab and case studies.

DPT 7392   Ethics and Professional Issues1 credit

Ethics and professional issues for physical therapy professionals are explored. Students will critically analyze ethical concepts and major issues facing the profession of physical therapy. These will be presented in discussion and debate format. Students develop a plan for professional development and lifelong learning.

DPT 7501   Clinical Internship I4 credits

Students participate in an eight-week clinical rotation that focuses on continued development of basic patient management skills from examination through intervention.

DPT 7502   Clinical Internship II4 credits

Students participate in an eight-week clinical rotation that focuses on development of patient management skills from examination through intervention.

DPT 7503   Clinical Internship III4 credits

Students participate in an eight-week clinical rotation that focuses on development of patient management skills from examination through intervention.

DPT 7504   Clinical Internship IV6 credits

Students participate in a 12 week internship that focuses on development of entry-level patient management skills from examination through intervention, as well as development of other skills related to practice such as consultation and administration. This is the culminating full-time clinical rotation after which students are expected to possess the skills and behaviors required to enter practice as a physical therapist.