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107-3 Introduction to Physical Therapy- Students will be able to describe the history, professional, ethical, and legal aspects of the physical therapy profession, as well as the relationship of physical therapy to total health care. Students will accurately write progress notes and monitor patients’ vital signs. Course includes clinical experience. Restricted to PTH majors.

123A-2 Physical Agents I Theory- Students will be able to describe the theories and physiological effects of physical therapy interventions such as superficial and deep heat, cryotherapy, hydrotherapy, massage and laser therapy. Co-requisite: PTH 123B. Restricted to PTH majors.

123B-1 Physical Agents I Application- Students will be able to safely and effectively apply physical therapy interventions such as superficial heat and deep heat, cryotherapy, hydrotherapy, massage, and laser therapy. Co-requisite: PTH 123A. Restricted to PTH majors.

199-1 to 10 Independent Study- Provides first-year students with the opportunity to develop a special program of study to fit a particular need not met by other offerings. Enrollment provides access to program and clinical resources. Each student will work under the supervision of a faculty or staff member. Restricted to PTH majors. Special approval needed from the instructor.

203-2 Pathology- Students will be able to describe the fundamental basis of diseases including inflammation, cardiovascular diseases, vascular diseases, orthopedic conditions, repair of bone and soft tissue injuries. Emphasis is placed on those conditions treated through physical therapy interventions. Prerequisite: AH 241 or PHSL 201 and 208. Restricted to PTH majors.

204-2 Physical Therapist Assistant Practicum I- Students will be able to carry out routine physical therapy interventions with select patients. They will be able to demonstrate skill in the application of heat, cold, radiant energy, range of motion therapeutic exercise, activities of daily living, hydrotherapy and massage. Students will also assist in maintaining records and equipment. Course includes clinical experience. Restricted to PTH majors.

205-2 Physical Therapy Science- Students will be able to describe selected medical and surgical conditions from the stand point of etiology, clinical signs and symptoms, and their impact on physical therapy interventions. Prerequisite: AH 241 or PHSL 201 and 208. Restricted to PTH majors.

207-3 Human Neuromusculoskeletal Anatomy- Students will be able to describe and identify the structure, function, and integration of the component parts of the skeletal, muscular, and nervous systems of the human body.

210A-2 Introduction to Therapeutic Exercise Theory- This course is an introduction to therapeutic exercise theory. Students will apply basic neuroanatomy and theoretical concepts related to therapeutic exercise and identify treatment interventions and special tests associated with specific orthopedic conditions. Co-requisite: PTH 210B. Prerequisite: PTH 207 with a minimum grade of C. Restricted to PTH majors.

210B-1 Introduction to Therapeutic Exercise Application- This course is an introduction to therapeutic exercise application. Students will be able to palpate anatomical landmarks, perform length tests and manual muscle tests to individual muscles and muscle groups.  Students will also learn to select, instruct, and perform exercises to improve flexibility and muscle performance. Co-requisite: PTH 210A. Prerequisite: PTH 207 with a minimum grade of C. Restricted to PTH majors.

212A-3 Physical Rehabilitative Theory- Students will be able to understand and explain the need for and concepts involved in physical rehabilitation interventions that assist patients in obtaining a state of optimal function. Co-requisite: PTH 212B. Restricted to PTH majors.

212B-1 Physical Rehabilitative Application- Students will be able to demonstrate competency in performing physical rehabilitative patient care skills and interventions that assist patients in obtaining a state of optimal function. Interventions covered include: range of motion, goniometry, transfers, chest physical therapy, and utilization of assistive devices. Co-requisite: PTH 212A. Restricted to PTH majors.

217-3 Physiology of Exercise- Students will be able describe fundamental physiological responses to exercise, focusing on therapeutic exercise and the neuromuscular system. Prerequisite: AH 241 or PHSL 201 and 208. Restricted to PTH majors.

220A-2 Neurologic Therapeutic Exercise Theory- Students will understand the principles of advanced therapeutic exercise for patients with neurologic dysfunction. Theories behind motor control, motor reflexes, motor learning, sensory integration, motor development, and utilization of synergies are covered. Students will be able to identify the need for adaptive equipment for individuals with neurologic dysfunction. Co-requisite: PTH 220B. Prerequisites: PTH 210A with a minimum grade of C and PTH 210B with a pass. Restricted to PTH majors.

220B-1 Neurologic Therapeutic Exercise Application- Students will be able to demonstrate through supervised application, advanced therapeutic exercise interventions such as sensory integration, motor reflexes, motor development, and utilization of synergies for specific clinical neurological conditions. Co-requisite: PTH 220A. Prerequisites: PTH 210A with a minimum grade of C and PTH 210B with a pass. Restricted to PTH majors.

230A-1 Advanced Therapeutic Exercise Theory- This course is a progression of PTH 210A designed to present advanced theoretical concepts related to therapeutic exercise. Students will apply neuroanatomy and therapeutic principles to the spine, peripheral joints, connective tissue, vestibular, sensotosensory and neuromuscular systems. Co-requisite: PTH 230B. Prerequisites: PTH 210A with a minimum grade of C and PTH 210B with a pass. Restricted to PTH majors.

230B-1 Advanced Therapeutic Exercise Application- This course is a progression of PTH 210B designed to develop advanced competencies in therapeutic exercise. Students will perform techniques related to spinal stabilization, movement impairments, soft tissue and joint mobilization, muscle energy, proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation, and proprioceptive/ vestibular systems. Co-requisite: PTH 230A. Prerequisites: PTH 210A with a minimum grade of C and PTH 210B with a pass. Restricted to PTH majors.

233A-2 Physical Agents II Theory- Students will understand and describe the physiological effects, indications, and contraindications for electrotherapy, traction, and intermittent compression. Students will also explain the different theories and mechanics of pain. Co requisite: PTH 233B. Restricted to PTH majors.

233B-1 Physical Agents II Application- Students will be able to demonstrate the safe and effective application of: compression units, traction, electrical currents, electrical muscle stimulation, and electrotherapy for pain and healing functions. Students will administer standardized questionnaires, graphs, behavioral scales or visual analog scales for pain. Co-requisite: PTH 233A. Restricted to PTH majors.

234-3 Physical Therapist Assistant Practicum II- Students will be able to perform the skills acquired in Practicum I as well as more complex interventions with selected patients. They will demonstrate skills in therapeutic exercise, application of physical agents, and record keeping. Course includes clinical experience. Prerequisites: PTH 107, 123A, 203, 204, and 212A with a minimum grade of C; PTH 123B and 212B with a pass.

299-1 to 14 Independent Study- Provides second-year students with the opportunity to develop a special program of study to fit a particular need not met by other offerings. Enrollment provides access to program and clinical resources. Each student will work under the supervision of a faculty or staff member. Restricted to PTH majors. Special approval needed from the instructor.

319-1 to 15 Occupational Internship- The students will be assigned to a University-approved organization engaged in activities related to the student’s academic and career objectives. The student will provide duties/services as assigned by the program director or supervising faculty member. Reports and assignments are required to be completed by the student. Restricted to PTH majors. Special approval needed from the instructor.

321A-4 Clinical Internship- Students will be able to apply previously learned theories and perform interventions of patient care through closely supervised internship experiences in two separate physical therapy facilities. First six week internship. Must be taken in A, B sequence. Co-requisite: PTH 322. Prerequisites: PTH 220A, 220B, 230A, 230B, 233A, 233B, 234 with a minimum grade of C. Restricted to PTH majors.

321B-4 Clinical Internship- Students will be able to apply previously learned theories and perform interventions of patient care through closely supervised internship experiences in two separate physical therapy facilities. Second six-week internship. Must be taken in A, B sequence. Co-requisite: PTH 322. Prerequisites: PTH 321A with a minimum grade of C. Restricted to PTH majors.

322-2 Clinical Seminar- Students will be able to discuss with the program director or faculty member their internship patient care experiences and case study or presentation. Students will also evaluate their clinical internship experience as well as their academic preparation at SIU. Co-requisites: PTH 321A and 321B. Prerequisites: PTH 220A, 220B, 230A, 230B, 233A, 233B, 234 with a minimum grade of C. Restricted to PTH majors.

350-1 to 32 Technical Careers Subjects- Students will be given the opportunity to develop in-depth competency and skill development through the exploration of innovative techniques and procedures used in the health care professions through various workshops, special short courses, and seminars. This course may be classified as an Independent Study. Restricted to PTH majors. Special approval needed from the instructor.

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