Crean College of Health and Behavioral Sciences

Janeen Hill, Ph.D., Dean

Professors: Gabard, Glynn, Griffin, Hill, Lessor, McKenzie, Redding, Schandler, Sumida;

Associate Professors: Bisoffi, Brechter, Brodbeck, Brownell, Cipriani, Grant–Beuttler, Peterson, Pincus, Shears;

Assistant Professors: Abbott, Boehm, Choi, Frederick, Hahn–Holbrook;

Clinical Associate Professors: Chan, Tierney, Young;

Clinical Assistant Professors: Brown, Gilliland, Jonathan, Marquez, Puri, Tominaga;

Instructional Associate Professor: Mosconi;

Instructional Assistant Professors: Dana, Rowland–Goldsmith, Walker.

Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT)

Transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy

Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy

Master of Medical Science in Physician Assistant Studies

The Crean College of Health and Behavioral Sciences offers high demand, high quality graduate programs in physical therapy, marriage and family therapy and physician assistant sciences. These programs prepare tomorrow's healthcare professional to work as members of inter–professional teams, to incorporate technology in practice, to emphasize a bio–psycho–social perspective to understand health and disease and to inform professional practice with cutting–edge science. All programs in Crean College are distinguished by their commitment to engage graduate students in faculty–mentored student research, internships, problem–centered learning and clinical experiences.

Doctor of Physical Therapy

Physical therapists evaluate, educate and provide intervention to patients and clients in order to help prevent, correct and alleviate pain, discomfort and dysfunction brought about by both physical and mental disorders. The responsibilities of the physical therapist also include collaboration with other professionals, teaching, research, administration and consultation. Physical therapy services are provided in such diverse settings as hospitals, out–patient clinics, rehabilitation centers, private practices, voluntary health agencies and home health care agencies, schools for children with disabilities, public schools and sports therapy clinics.

The Doctor of Physical Therapy degree is designed for those individuals who wish to enter the field of physical therapy. The 125–credit program consists of both didactic and clinical courses, which include all content areas expected for accreditation and for eligibility to sit for the licensure exam given by the Physical Therapy Board of California or other states. The program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (www.apta.org). The program is the oldest continually accredited physical therapy educational program in the country.

Application process and admission requirements

Chapman University's Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program will be using the Physical Therapy Centralized Application System (PTCAS). Applications may be obtained from PTCAS at www.ptcas.org and will be available the year prior to your intended matriculation, beginning each year in July. It is recommended that the GRE examination be taken six weeks prior to the application deadline. Applicants must hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university by the time of matriculation into the Doctor of Physical Therapy program. Chapman University participates in early decision admission which requires a higher grade point average and a higher Graduate Record Examination score (see below). International applicants must have course work evaluated by an appropriate agency and must hold a degree equivalent to a baccalaureate degree earned in the United States. International applicants also must submit TOEFL scores and financial certification. Contact the international admission officer at Chapman University for specific requirements and additional information.

Grade and Graduate Record Examination requirements

Early decision admission

Early decision is a binding option for applicants with demonstrated high academic performance and who desire and early decision from Chapman University. Applicants will be able to apply to only one early decision program in PTCAS. In addition to the PTCAS application, applicants must arrange for PTCAS to receive all official U.S. transcripts and fee payment by the early decision deadline in August, a year prior to your intended matriculation. If the application, transcripts or fee arrive after the early decision deadline, PTCAS will automatically change the applicant’s file from early decision status to "regular" status. Early decision applicants will be given priority in the PTCAS verification process. Preference for admissions is given to applicants with the highest GPA and GRE scores. The following criteria are required for early decision admission:

  1. Cumulative GPA of 3.500 or higher (on a 4.000 scale).
  2. Prerequisite (all required courses) GPA of 3.500 or higher (on a 4.000 scale) with no course grade below a "C". No more than two science courses and a total of three prerequisite courses may be remaining after the fall semester in which the application is submitted. Applicants with the least remaining prerequisite course work may be given preference over other applicants.
  3. A GRE score is required for early decision. The GRE revised general test was launched in August 2011. Please contact ETS for further information (www.ets.org). The exam must have been taken within the last five years and scores from various test dates are not combined. Early decision applicants must take the GRE before July. The minimum acceptable scores for early decision admissions are as follows:

    Minimum required scores for original GRE exam:

    Minimum required scores for revised GRE exam:

Regular admission (twice per year)

The following criteria are required for regular admission:

  1. Cumulative GPA of 3.000 or higher (on a 4.000 scale).
  2. Prerequisite (all required courses) GPA of 3.000 or higher (on a 4.000 scale) with no course grade below a "C". No more than two science courses and a total of three prerequisite courses may be remaining after the semester in which the application is submitted. Applicants with the least remaining prerequisite course work may be given preference over other applicants.
  3. A GRE score is required for regular admission. The GRE revised general test was launched in August 2011. Please contact ETS for further information (www.ets.org). GRE scores will be considered relative to the scores of other applicants and the GPAs. The exam must have been taken within the last five years and scores from various test dates are not combined. Applicants must take the GRE in time for the scores to arrive by the application deadline. The minimum acceptable scores for regular admissions are as follows:

    Minimum required scores for original GRE exam:

    Minimum required scores for revised GRE exam:

Other requirements for all applicants

  1. Transcripts reflecting the current year’s latest semester grades must be officially submitted and are required for an admission decision.
  2. Satisfactory completion of 40 hours of observation (or paid work) in different practice settings supervised by physical therapists.
  3. Prerequisite course work as follows (courses taken at institutions that award quarter hour credits must be equivalent to courses with semester hour credits):

Course

Duration

Note

Biology

two courses with lab

not botany

Human Anatomy

one course with lab

within the last five years; mammalian not acceptable

Human Physiology

one course with lab

within the last five years

General Chemistry

one year sequence with labs

introductory course is not acceptable

General Physics

one year sequence with labs

introductory course is not acceptable

Psychology/Human Behavior

one course

at least three semester hour credits

Statistics

one course

at least three semester hour credits

Chapman University's prerequisite course work is in accordance with the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA).

Additional information

  1. All science prerequisite courses must be courses for science majors.
  2. Human anatomy and physiology must have been taken within the last five years. If a combined Anatomy/Physiology course is taken, two semester or three quarter courses are required.
  3. All other prerequisite courses must have been taken within the last 10 years.
  4. Prerequisite courses may be repeated only once; the second grade will then be used to calculate GPA.
  5. Pass/Credit grades for prerequisite courses will be converted to a "C" if letter grading options are not available.
  6. Courses which have received advanced placement credit (AP or CLEP) may fulfill prerequisite requirements. The credit hours and grade points will not be computed in the GPA calculation.
  7. Students who are offered admission are required to financially commit an enrollment deposit of $500. Generally, the deposit must be received within two weeks of notification of admission.
  8. All remaining prerequisite course work and the awarding of a baccalaureate degree must occur before the student matriculates.
  9. Students must satisfactorily complete all remaining prerequisite course requirements in accordance with the admission requirements.
  10. Accepted students are required to meet technical standards and specific health requirements (such as physical examinations and vaccinations). Information on these standards and requirements, as well as such information as program costs, financial aid and acceptance and matriculation rates may be found on the department’s Web site at www.chapman.edu.
  11. Chapman University considers all applicants without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, special needs, veteran status or any other characteristic protected by applicable state or federal civil rights laws. Some information requested in the application is requested for federal or accreditation reporting and will not be used in a discriminatory manner.
  12. Persons who have been dismissed from another physical therapy program are not eligible for consideration for admission to Chapman University.
  13. Applicants who decline or are denied admission may reapply in any subsequent year. Admission requirements are subject to change and admission in one year does not guarantee admission in any subsequent year.
  14. Persons who have been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor may not be eligible for licensure in any or some states even after successful completion of a physical therapy program. Contact the appropriate state licensing board for additional information.

Exceptions

Applicants who do not meet minimum GPA or GRE scores, specific prerequisite course requirements or the five– or 10–year time frame for specific courses may seek an exception. A written request stating the extenuating circumstances supporting the exception should be submitted with the application or within ten days of notification that the requirements are not met. Students who feel they were denied admission due to an error or feel they were treated arbitrarily or capriciously should appeal to the chairperson.

Ethical and professional standards

Students enrolled in the professional curriculum must sign a statement to agree to abide by the APTA Code of Ethics, APTA Guide for Professional Conduct, (found on the APTA Web site at www.apta.org) and Chapman University’s Standards of Academic Integrity (see Handbook for Physical Therapy Students on the department Web site). Students also must acknowledge their ability to carry out the technical standards and essential functions of the physical therapy curriculum at the time of matriculation into the program.

The Doctor of Physical Therapy program involves preparing people to work with the public. The faculty assumes the responsibility for reasonably assuring that individuals who complete the program are not only academically competent, but also aware and capable of functioning within the established ethical and professional standards of the profession. The department has both the right and obligation to continually evaluate students and if necessary, to dismiss students based on these professional standards as well as academic performance expectations. This philosophy is consistent with other physical therapy programs, which are engaged explicitly or implicitly in certifying that their graduates are competent to engage in the practice of physical therapy.

Candidate dismissal by the department

A student may be dismissed from the department and the university for reasons of professional, academic or clinical performance, clinical or personal misconduct or violation(s) of the Academic Integrity Policy. Prior to dismissal, efforts will be made by the faculty to assist the student in removing areas of deficiency. If such assistance does not result in improved performance to an acceptable level, the student can be dismissed from the program. The chair will make final decisions of dismissal following consultation with the faculty. Students are expected to maintain a GPA of at least 3.000 on all course work within the curriculum. Clinical misconduct that warrants dismissal includes, but is not limited to, unsafe practices that might endanger the patient, the student or the therapist. Personal misconduct that warrants dismissal includes, but is not limited to, actions that are intended to berate the patients, peers, faculty, department or the profession. Any candidate dismissed by the department has the right to appeal the decision according to the University Student Grievance and Due Process policy. The student shall continue in the program until the appeal process is exhausted. If the decision for dismissal stands following his/her appeal, the student will be dismissed from the department and the university.

Requirements for the Doctor of Physical Therapy degree

The following credits must be completed for degree conferral. (The curriculum is subject to change and students will be notified by the department.)

requirements

PT 510

Functional Human Anatomy I

4

PT 510L

Functional Human Anatomy I Laboratory

PT 511

Biomechanics of Human Movement

2

PT 511L

Biomechanics of Human Movement Lab

1

PT 512

Kinesiological Motion Analysis

PT 512L

Kinesiology Lab

½

PT 513

Developmental Anatomy

1

PT 521

Applied Neurophysiology

3

PT 522

Functional Human Neuroanatomy I

PT 522L

Functional Human Neuroanatomy I Laboratory

½

PT 523

Functional Human Neuroanatomy II

PT 523L

Functional Human Neuroanatomy II Laboratory

½

PT 525

Clinical Pathophysiology: General Medicine

4

PT 525L

Clinical Pathophysiology Lab

1

PT 526

Clinical Pathology: Orthopedic

3

PT 527

Clinical Pathology: Neurology

3

PT 530

Physical Therapy Examination

4

PT 531

General Medicine Practice Management

2

PT 531L

General Medicine Practice Management Laboratory

2

PT 535

Musculoskeletal Practice Management I: Lower Quarter

5

PT 539

Physical Agents

3

PT 591

Clinical Practicum I

1

PT 610

Functional Human Anatomy II

2

PT 638

Musculoskeletal Practice Management II: Upper Quarter

4

PT 640

Neurological Practice Management

3

PT 640L

Neurological Practice Management Laboratory

2

PT 641

Rehabilitation Practice Management

4

PT 643

Motor Control and Motor Learning

2

PT 643L

Motor Control and Motor Learning Laboratory

1

PT 646

Cardiopulmonary Practice Management

3

PT 647

Pediatric Practice Management

2

PT 647L

Pediatric Practice Management Laboratory

1–3

PT 650

Scientific Inquiry I

2

PT 651

Scientific Inquiry II

2–3

PT 665

Diagnostic Imaging

PT 670

Cultural Diversity and Psychology of Health Care

PT 671

Physical Therapy Ethics

3

PT 683

PT and the Health Care System

½,½

PT 691

Clinical Practicum II

1

PT 712

Pharmacology

PT 742

Geriatric Practice Management

3

PT 748

Wellness and Complementary Medicine

2

PT 771

Responsible Leadership and Administration

4

PT 782

Applied Administration

2

PT 799

Research or Individual Study in Physical Therapy

1

one of the following (6 credits)*

PT 692

Clinical Experience I–12

6

PT 693

Clinical Experience I–8

6

one of the following (6 credits)*

PT 793

Clinical Experience II–12

6

PT 794

Clinical Experience II–8

6

one of the following (6 credits)

PT 795

Clinical Experience III

6

PT 796A, 796B

Clinical Experience IIIA and Clinical Experience IIIB

3,3

PT 796A, 796C

Clinical Experience IIIA and Clinical Experience IIIC

3,3

PT 796A, 796I

Clinical Experience IIIA and International Clinical Experience

3,3

electives (4 credits)

Select four credits of elective courses

4

capstone requirement (credits included above)

Students are required to complete a successful capstone project before graduation. This requirement shall be fulfilled by completing the course sequence below.

PT 650

Scientific Inquiry I

1

PT 650

Scientific Inquiry I

1

PT 651

Scientific Inquiry II

2

PT 799

Research or Individual Study in Physical Therapy

½

PT 799

Research or Individual Study in Physical Therapy

½

total credits (subject to change)

 

125

*minimum of 20 weeks must be completed

Transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy

The transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy degree (tDPT) is a post–professional degree designed to provide educational opportunity to physical therapy professionals seeking to meet the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) vision 2020 goal. The transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy degree will augment your existing physical therapist preparation. It is intended to provide physical therapists with bachelor or master degrees sufficient knowledge to gain parity with the entry level Doctor of Physical Therapist degree requirements. In keeping with the mission of Chapman University to provide personalized education, we emphasize self–assessment of current accomplishments and professional competencies which will be utilized to develop a curricular plan to address your individual needs.

The program is an online hybrid program, to allow flexibility for practicing physical therapists while retaining that personal attention. The program strives to be consistent with APTA’s plan to meet the practice and professional needs of practitioners, offer flexible and accessible curricula appropriate for a doctoring profession and build upon the knowledge and experience of the practitioner.

Admission requirements

  1. Current license to practice physical therapy in the United States.
  2. Application form, curriculum vitae including indication of highest clinical degree and application fee.
  3. Computer resources and skills sufficient for participation in online courses.

Program costs

Tuition and fees are set by university policy. Current tuition and fees may be found in the online Chapman University graduate catalog. Please contact the department for additional information or visit www.chapman.edu. The program is designed to be flexible to allow students to enroll in one to two courses at a time. Rates are subject to change.

Doctor of Physical Therapy curriculum (postprofessional/transitional tract)

The program may be completed by students with prior baccalaureate degree or a certificate or a master’s degree. Students with a baccalaureate degree or a certificate complete 26 credits. Students with a master’s degree complete 24 credits. A minimum of 12 semester credit hours of graduate course work must be completed for the transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy degree at Chapman University.

Students may be qualified to place out of one or more courses in the program. In order to place out of a course, students should examine the curriculum and provide evidence to demonstrate prior completion of course content. Submission will be reviewed to determine an individual plan of completion of the transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy degree.

Requirements for students holding a baccalaureate degree

core courses (22 credits)

PTT 702

Principles of Evidence Based Practice

2

PTT 703

Scientific Inquiry in Physical Therapy

2

PTT 710

Diagnostic Imaging

3

PTT 711

Applied Pharmacology

3

PTT 720

Screening Examinations

3

PTT 721

Advanced Practice Management and Differential Diagnosis: Orthopedics

2

PTT 722

Advanced Practice Management and Differential Diagnosis: Neurological

2

PTT 723

Advanced Practice Management and Differential Diagnosis: Cardiopulmonary

2

PTT 725

Pathological Basis of Disease in Physical Therapy Practice

3

electives (4 credits)

Electives will be determined and approved in consultation with the department chair

4

total credits

 

26

Requirements for students holding a master's degree*

core courses (20 credits)

PTT 702

Principles of Evidence Based Practice

2

PTT 710

Diagnostic Imaging

3

PTT 711

Applied Pharmacology

3

PTT 720

Screening Examinations

3

PTT 721

Advanced Practice Management and Differential Diagnosis: Orthopedics

2

PTT 722

Advanced Practice Management and Differential Diagnosis: Neurological

2

PTT 723

Advanced Practice Management and Differential Diagnosis: Cardiopulmonary

2

PTT 725

Pathological Basis of Disease in Physical Therapy Practice

3

electives (4 credits)

Electives will be determined and approved in consultation with the department chair

4

total credits

 

24

Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy

The Crean College of Health and Behavioral Sciences offers a Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy degree designed to provide the student with the academic and professional training necessary for a career in marriage and family therapy (MFT). This Marriage and Family Therapy program may also serve as a foundation for further graduate study in psychology or one of the related disciplines. The program includes a substantial clinical training component in which students work under the supervision of licensed marriage and family therapists in a counseling setting, either in the clinic sponsored by the college or at some other approved site. Students in this program complete a minimum of 60 semester credits.

Admission deadlines

The admission deadlines are February 1 (financial aid deadline) for the fall semester and October 15 for the spring semester.

Admission to the program

  1. Hold a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution.
  2. Have an cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 3.000 or better. Applicants with a grade point average between 2.800 and 3.490 are required to submit the following: Graduate Record Examination (GRE): a minimum score of 153 on the verbal section, 146 on the quantitative section and 5.0 on the analytical writing section.
  3. Complete the application for admission and the non–discrimination policy and licensure notification.
  4. Submit one set of official transcripts from the degree granting institution.
  5. Submit two letters of recommendation from individuals actively engaged in teaching and/or clinical practice, who are in a position to evaluate your academic and personal qualifications for the program. The school may contact the authors of recommendations to discuss your qualifications.
  6. Submit a personal statement which must be no more than three double spaced typed pages in length and address educational (paid/volunteer) and/or personal experiences that have shaped your career objectives and prepared you to begin graduate studies in marriage and family therapy. This essay is evaluated by the faculty for content and as a sample of your writing abilities.
  7. Submit a resume or curriculum vitae.

Completed online applications are initially reviewed by the Office of Graduate Admission. The applications on file are forwarded to the Marriage and Family Therapy program where they are reviewed by the graduate faculty. Applicant files are carefully read and reviewed for fit with the program’s educational goals and training. Due to the volume of qualified applicants, not all applicants will receive an offer letter.

Course work program

The program manager evaluates the student’s transcripts and program application materials and if the student is qualified and approved for admission prepares a plan of study indicating the student’s status at the university, any program prerequisites still to be completed and the courses constituting the program emphasis. Any courses accepted for transfer into the program are also identified. Questions about prerequisites, program requirements, transfer credits, etc. should be discussed and resolved with the program manager at the time the course work program is created to avoid later confusion.

Advisement

Newly admitted students are required to meet with the program manager to discuss and clarify any questions about the program and future career plans after acceptance to the program. Students are required to meet with the program manager prior to beginning the program to develop a written plan of study. Students are also strongly encouraged to meet with the program manager before registering for classes each semester.

Transfer policy

Students admitted to the M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy degree may transfer up to six credits of graduate course work from another graduate program upon approval of a petition by the program director and the dean of the school. This policy includes graduate–level classes from regionally accredited universities. (See the academic policies and procedures section for transfer policies.)

Graduate prerequisites

The applicant must possess a bachelor’s degree in psychology from an accredited college or university or must show evidence of satisfactory academic background in all of the following:

  1. Abnormal psychology or child abnormal psychology.
  2. Child psychology or adolescent psychology or developmental psychology.
  3. Learning theory or cognitive psychology or physiological psychology.
  4. Personality theory or social psychology.
  5. Research methods in psychology or psychological assessment.
  6. Statistics.

Students must be enrolled in or have completed four of the six required prerequisite courses by the admission deadline. All prerequisites must be met by the time the student has completed his or her first semester.

Ethical and professional standards

Since the Marriage and Family Therapy program involves preparing people to work with the public, the department assumes the responsibility for reasonably assuring that individuals who complete the program are not only academically competent but are aware and capable of functioning within the established ethical and professional standards of the profession. Students in the Marriage and Family Therapy graduate program must adhere to the ethical standards held and enforced by the relevant professional associations and should understand that they are being trained in a program that is not only academic, but also professional in nature.

The university has both the right and obligation to evaluate continually and, if necessary, to terminate the student’s participation in the master’s program at any point for ethical violations and/or personal unsuitability for the profession. This philosophy is consistent with that of most graduate programs that are engaged in explicitly or implicitly certifying that their graduates are competent to engage in the practice of professional counseling or psychotherapy.

Candidate dismissal

A student may be dismissed from the program and the university for reasons of academic or clinical performance, clinical or personal misconduct or violation(s) of the Academic Integrity Policy. Prior to dismissal, efforts will be made by the graduate faculty to assist with the student’s area of deficiency. If such assistance does not result in improved performance to an acceptable level, the student can be dismissed from the program. This dismissal would follow the recommendation of a majority vote of the graduate program faculty. Academic conditions suitable for dismissal are addressed above. Clinical misconduct that warrants dismissal includes, but is not limited to, unsafe practices that might endanger either the client or the therapist–personal misconduct that warrants dismissal includes, but is not limited to, actions that are intended to berate clients, peers, faculty, staff or the profession. Any candidate dismissed by the graduate program faculty has the right to appeal the decision according to the Graduate Academic Council. The student shall continue in the program until the appeal process is exhausted. If the decision for dismissal stands following his or her appeal, the student will be dismissed from the program and the university.

Advancement to candidacy

During the semester before students plan to begin the first practicum, they should notify the program manager of their intent to go through advancement to candidacy. Regularly scheduled advancements take place three times a year—once in the fall semester (typically in November), once in the spring semester (typically in April) and once during the summer. Advancement candidates must have satisfactorily completed or be successfully completing MFT 516, 541, 556, 561, 565, 570, 573, 578 and 583 and a minimum of 40 credits. To qualify for advancement to candidacy, students must be in good academic standing. Students who are on academic probation cannot sit for advancement. Students on academic probation may petition to advance each semester. Approval of the petition will only be awarded by a unanimous vote of the graduate faculty. At the advancement to candidacy interview, students will meet with a faculty committee. It will be that committee’s responsibility to determine whether students are then prepared to be formally declared a candidate for a master of arts degree and be permitted to proceed into the practicum phase of the program. Students who fail advancement to candidacy three times will be dismissed from the program.

At the time of the advancement interview, each student will be provided with a clinical vignette. The student will discuss a diagnosis and a tentative treatment plan, which will be the foundation of the advancement interview. The treatment plan will address identification of problems, proposed interventions, ethical issues, prognosis, further assessment and any clinical issues that may need further attention. Successful advancement to candidacy is a prerequisite to enrolling in practicum.

Personal therapy

Participating as a client in individual or group therapy is an important educational aspect of a program to prepare mental health professionals. Experience as a client in personal therapy is, therefore, one of the program requirements. The requirement is met through a minimum of sixteen hours of individual or group therapy conducted by a licensed marriage and family therapist, licensed clinical social worker, licensed clinical psychologist or board–eligible psychiatrist. Verification will consist of a letter by the therapist (on the therapist’s letterhead) stating the time spent in therapy, sent directly to the program manager. This verification must be on file at the time the student applies for graduation.

Personal therapy may also at any time be required by the program. Commencement of therapy or recommendation of additional therapy may be a stipulation or condition at any time during the program. The student has the right to choose his or her own therapist for this requirement within the limitations of ethical standards prohibiting dual relationships and the criteria of the paragraph above.

Practicum

Minimum requirements for beginning practicum include:

  1. Advancement to candidacy.
  2. A minimum of 40 completed credits of program course work.
  3. Completion of site agreement (for approved off–site practicum training).

Students who pursue off–site practicum training must seek approval by the clinic director before the proposed starting date. The student should obtain the required forms from the clinic director well in advance of the deadline to enable him/her to fully comply with the requirements for the practicum and to deal with any special problems or circumstances that may affect the acceptability of the proposed practicum site.

Comprehensive examination

Students enrolled in the Marriage and Family Therapy program must take and pass a comprehensive examination. The comprehensive examination covers six core competency areas that are reflective of the areas required for state licensure as a marriage and family therapist. The examination is administered each year, in September and in February. Students are required to take the examination immediately following their advancement to practicum. Study packets are available and contain information about the examination, study preparation ideas and an explanation of how the examination is scored. A passing score in the corresponding courses does not assure the student a passing grade on the examination. In the event that the student does not attain a passing score on the examination, he or she must repeat the entire examination. Three failures to obtain a passing grade on the examination are grounds for dismissal from the program. (See the academic policies and procedures section for additional guidelines.)

Thesis option

The Marriage and Family Therapy program offers students the option to complete an empirical thesis. This option is offered to students who achieved an undergraduate GPA of 3.000 or better and have taken the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) with minimum scores of 153 on the verbal section, 146 on the quantitative section and 5.0 on the analytical writing section. Students can only complete a thesis if they find a faculty sponsor who has agreed to be their committee supervisor and two additional faculty who have agreed to serve as thesis committee members. During their first semester in the program, students must petition the program director in writing, stating the title of the project and the name of the faculty who has agreed to serve as thesis supervisor. By the end of the second semester of the program, students must have submitted and successfully defended a written thesis proposal. This proposal must be approved by the thesis committee. Students who complete a thesis will be expected to complete all other Marriage and Family Therapy program requirements with the exception of MFT 532. During the third and fourth semesters in the program, students will enroll in MFT 697 and 698 and will continue to enroll in MFT 698 until the successful defense of the thesis.

Continuous enrollment fee

The fee for continuous enrollment is equal to one credit of tuition charged per program and will allow students to remain in active status as well as enable them to utilize university resources for completion of the course work.

Requirements for the Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy degree

theoretical foundation (12 credits)

MFT 541

Systems of Psychotherapy for Marriage and Family Therapists

3

MFT 556

Systems Theory and Family Therapy

3

MFT 561

Couple Therapy

3

MFT 583

Advanced Theoretical Applications

3

clinical courses (14 credits)

MFT 516

Assessment of Individuals and Families

2

MFT 565

Diagnosis and Treatment of Children and Adolescents

3

MFT 570

Advanced Psychopathology and Diagnosis

3

MFT 573

Crisis Management and Clinical Process

3

MFT 605

Group Therapy

3

specialized clinical courses (7 credits)

MFT 533

Psychopharmacology for Marriage and Family Therapists

3

MFT 582

Assessment and Treatment Sexual Disorders

2

MFT 588

Assessment and Treatment of Substance Abuse

2

family development, diversity and client advocacy (9 credits)

MFT 610

Family Life Cycle and Aging

3

MFT 618

Multicultural Issues in Therapy

3

MFT 620

Public Mental Health

3

professional issues, ethics and research (6 credits)

MFT 532

Research and Bibliographic Methods

3

MFT 578

Ethical and Professional Issues for Marriage and Family Therapists

3

clinical practicum (12 credits)

MFT 694

Practicum I (taken over 3 consecutive semesters)

4,4,4

total credits

 

60

optional list of electives

MFT 535

Research Design and Analysis

3

MFT 595

Topic Courses in Marriage and Family Therapy

3

MFT 689

Practicum II

1–3

MFT 697

Master’s Thesis Research I

3

MFT 698

Master’s Thesis Research II

3

MFT 699

Individual Study

3

Master of Medical Science in Physician Assistant Studies

The M.M.S. in Physician Assistant Studies program signifies that the graduate is prepared for entry into the practice of medicine. It shows that the graduate must have the skills and knowledge to function in a broad variety of clinical situations and to render a wide spectrum of patient care. It is essential for good patient care to require minimum standards for the education of the physician assistant.

Candidates for the M.M.S. in Physician Assistant Studies must possess the intellectual ability to learn, integrate, analyze and synthesize data. They must have functional use of the senses of vision, hearing, equilibrium and taste. Their exteroceptor (touch, pain and temperature) and proprioceptor (position, pressure, movement, stereognosis and vibratory) senses must be sufficiently intact to enable them to carry out all the activities required to complete the activities described below. Candidates must have sufficient motor function capabilities to meet the demands of the physician assistant studies program and the demands of total patient care. They must be able to complete the didactic and clinical curriculum in its entirety. The candidate must possess ability, aptitude and skills in five areas: observation, communication, motor, intellectual, behavioral and social.

Accreditation standards require that admission criteria into a physician assistant studies program are established by the program's faculty but must include technical standards for admission developed by the accrediting agency, the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC–PA).

In the admission process, the university must judge not only the scholastic accomplishments and potential of the applicant, but also consider the applicant's current physical and emotional status, cumulative and progressive disability and drug–induced impairments that may pose obstacles to the safe application of the student's knowledge and skill or prevent effective interaction with patients and co–workers.

In accordance with university policy and as delineated by Federal and California law, the university does not discriminate in admission, educational programs or employment against any individual on the basis of that individual's handicap or disability and will make good faith efforts at providing reasonable accommodation as required.

Application process

Application period is April 16 to October 1. Applications will not be accepted after October 1.

Submit your application and supporting documents to the Centralized Application System for Physician Assistants (CASPA) on or before October 1. Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit their applications and supporting documents as early as possible. Applicants are responsible for following up with CASPA to ensure all necessary documents are received. After CASPA confirms receipt of all necessary documents and completes the application, students must forward any updated transcripts for courses in progress at the time of application to the Office of Graduate Admission.

The supporting documents include:

Admission requirements

Admission to the M.M.S. in Physician Assistant Studies is competitive and multifaceted. Our selection process is based on a combination of your graduate application, academic performance (GPA and GRE or MCAT), letters of recommendation, shadowing hours, personal statement of intent and performance during an in-person interview if invited.

Admission to the Physician Assistant Studies program requires the applicant to complete the required prerequisite coursework and admission requirements listed below.

  1. Completion of a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited university or college prior to matriculation into the M.M.S. in Physician Assistant Studies.
  2. Completion of all prerequisite coursework at time of application with a "C" or better.
  3. Minimum overall cumulative GPA of 3.000.
  4. Minimum cumulative science prerequisite GPA of 2.750.
  5. The minimum scores for the Graduate Record Examination (GRE): Verbal 153, Quantitative 144, Writing 4.5 or Medical College Admission Test  (MCAT) score of 28. The GRE and MCAT must be completed within the last five years from the application deadline. The best combination of scores from separate exam dates will be utilized. Chapman University’s institution code is 4047. A department code is not needed.
  6. TOEFL score must meet minimum standard requirement of 80 if English is not the first language.
  7. Technical Standards: Qualified applicants must have abilities and skills in the following areas: observation, communication, motor, intellectual, conceptual, integrative, qualitative and behavior/social.
  8. Three recent (within one year of application date) letters of recommendation assessing the applicants’ ability to be a future health care provider (one must be from a practicing physician assistant or physician).
  9. 50 observational/shadowing experience hours completed and documented by a licensed and practicing physician assistant. Observational experiences to be arranged by the student. The physician assistant studies program will not arrange nor recommend observational sites. Please check the following Web site for information on shadowing: www.capanet.org/Students_Pre–PA/Information–on–Shadowing/ clinical work experience as well as any formal health career training (EMT, CAN, LVN, RN, RT, PT, MT, etc.) cannot be substituted for observational/shadowing hours.
  10. Personal statement/narrative: Please describe your motivation towards becoming a physician assistant, 5000 characters limit = approximately 625 words.
  11. Personal interview: After initial assessment and screening of applications, a portion of selected applicants will be required to bring a passport size photo on the day of the interview.
  12. Background check: Successful completion.
  13. Applicants falling below the minimum criteria in any category will not be considered.

Persons who have been dismissed from another physician assistant studies program are not eligible for consideration for admission to Chapman University's M.M.S. in Physician Assistant Studies.

Prerequisite coursework

All prerequisite coursework must be obtained from a four–year university or a majors course that transfers to a four–year university with a grade of "C" or better.

basic sciences

Human Anatomy with lab

4 credits

Physiology with lab

4 credits

or

Human Anatomy and Physiology with lab

8 credits

additional basic sciences

General Chemistry with lab I

4 credits

General Chemistry with lab II

4 credits

Microbiology with lab 

4 credits

general

English Composition 

3 credits

General Psychology

3 credits

Intro to Sociology

3 credits

Intro to Statistics

3 credits

Pre–Calculus or Calculus

3 credits

strongly recommended courses

Foreign Language

Medical Ethics

Medical Spanish

Medical Terminology

Requirements for the Master of Medical Science in Physician Assistant Studies degree

The following credits must be completed for degree conferral. (The curriculum is subject to change and students will be notified by the department.)

requirements (66½ credits)

PAS 500

Medical Science I

6

PAS 501

History and Physical Diagnosis I

4

PAS 502

Pharmacology I

2

PAS 503

Lab Medicine I

2

PAS 504

Human Anatomy

4

PAS 504L

Human Anatomy Lab

PAS 505

Genetics of Health and Disease

1

PAS 506

PA Professional Practice I

2

PAS 507

Inter–Professional Experience I

1

PAS 510

Medical Science II

6

PAS 511

History and Physical Diagnosis II

4

PAS 512

Pharmacology II

2

PAS 513

Lab Medicine II

2

PAS 514

Human Physiology and Pathophysiology

4

PAS 516

PA Professional Practice II

2

PAS 517

Inter–Professional Experience II

1

PAS 520

Medical Science III

6

PAS 521

History and Physical Diagnosis III

4

PAS 522

Pharmacology III

2

PAS 523

Clinical Skills

3

PAS 526

PA Professional Practice III

2

PAS 527

Inter–Professional Experience III

1

PAS 600

Introduction to Clinical Practice

4

supervised clinical experiences (40 credits)

requirements

PAS 601

Family Medicine

5

PAS 602

Internal Medicine–Outpatient

5

PAS 603

Internal Medicine–Inpatient Hospitalist

5

PAS 604

General Surgery

5

PAS 605

Women's Health

5

PAS 606

Pediatrics

5

PAS 607

Mental and Behavioral Health

5

PAS 608

Emergency Medicine

5

elective (5 credits)

one of the following

PAS 609

Community Health

5

PAS 611

Orthopedics

5

capstone requirements (6 credits)

PAS 696

Capstone I

2

PAS 697

Capstone II

2

PAS 698

Capstone III

2

total credits

 

117½

Clinical experiences

The student must satisfactorily complete the clinical experiences in semesters IV, V and VI and one elective.

Prerequisite Courses – Marriage and Family Therapy

PSY 203 Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences

Prerequisites, PSY 101, MATH 104, proficiency in pre-calculus mathematics as evidenced by the appropriate placement exam score available through the Department of Mathematics. The course covers descriptive and inferential statistics, the rationale of hypothesis testing, a survey of the common parametric and nonparametric statistical tests, and the calculation and interpretation of statistical indices and applications. (Offered every semester.) 3 credits.

PSY 204 Research Methods in the Behavioral Sciences

Prerequisites, PSY 101, 203, or equivalents with consent of instructor. Corequisite, PSY 204L. An introduction to the principles and procedures involved in behavioral sciences research emphasizing the scientific method and its application to psychological inquiry. (Offered every semester.) 4 credits.

PSY 310 Psychology of Learning

Prerequisite, PSY 101. An examination of the theoretical and methodological foundations of human learning. Emphasis is placed on an evaluation of the major learning paradigms and on the application of learning principles. (Offered every semester.) 3 credits.

PSY 317 Cognitive Psychology

Prerequisite, PSY 101. Examines the neural basis for cognition beginning with attention and spans the breadth of cognitive processes to include memory, learning, language, reasoning, and problem solving. Students learn how our minds absorb, store, and manipulate information from the world to solve problems, make decisions, comprehend language, produce art, and laugh at jokes. Students are encouraged to think critically and develop questions about their own cognitive processes. (Offered every semester.) 3 credits.

PSY 322 Theories of Personality

Prerequisite, PSY 101. An evaluative review of the major theories of personality. Emphasis is placed on personality structure, dynamics, behavior, and development of the normal and abnormal personality. Theories include psychodynamic, cognitive, somatic, behavioral, social learning, and humanistic explanations for human behavior and their differential implications for psychology. (Offered every semester.) 3 credits.

PSY 323 Child Development

Prerequisite, PSY 101, psychology major. This course is for psychology majors and covers the physical, cognitive, social, and emotional domains of development from conception through adolescence. The course consists of a lecture and a laboratory component. Lectures introduce major theories and research strategies in child development and integrates applied aspects such as parenting and teaching children. (Offered every semester.) 3 credits.

PSY 323L Lab for Child Development (inactive 6-1-14)

Prerequisite, PSY 101. Corequisite, PSY 323. The laboratory component of PSY 323. (Offered fall semester.) 0 credits.

PSY 327 Life Span Development

Prerequisite, PSY 101. The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the major theories, concepts, and research methods in life–span developmental psychology. Students will learn to understand cognitive, emotional, and social development and changes across the entire life span from infancy to late adulthood. This course examines the biological and environmental foundations of development including cross–cultural issues and highlights empirical research to integrate theoretical and applied perspectives. (Offered spring semester.) 3 credits.

PSY 328 Abnormal Psychology

Prerequisite, PSY 101. An overview of the field of abnormal psychology, which is the application of methods, principles, and findings from psychological research to understand, classify, and treat “abnormal” behavior and psychologically–based human suffering. Topics of lectures, discussions, and video presentations provide an integrative overview of current approaches to classification, assessment, and treatment of psychological disorders and mental illness. (Offered every semester.) 3 credits.

PSY 330 Child Abnormal Psychology

Prerequisites, PSY 101, and either 323, 326, or 327, or concurrent enrollment. This course reviews the etiology, assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of psychological and development disorders in children and adolescents. This course is likely to benefit all students who are interested in interacting with children and adolescents, as well as students considering careers involving children and youth with emotional and behavioral problems. (Offered fall semester.) 3 credits.

PSY 333 Physiological Psychology

Prerequisite, PSY 101. An investigation of the relationship between brain and behavior. Students will study the structure and function of the nervous system, including the biological bases of psychopathology and normal function. (Offered every semester.) 3 credits.

PSY 336 Social Psychology

Prerequisite, PSY 101. An introduction to the scientific study of how groups and individuals interact. Cognition, feelings, impressions, and attitudes influence and are influenced by the presence of others according to the precepts of Social Psychology. Topics include manipulation and influence tactics, persuasion, attraction, aggression, altruism, self–concept, stereotypes, and cognition and behavioral congruence. (Offered every semester.) 3 credits.

PSY 432 Introduction to Psychological Assessment

Prerequisites, PSY 101, 203. Concurrent enrollment of PSY 203, with consent of instructor. An introduction to test construction, standardization, validity, reliability. Emphasis is placed on the assessment of intelligence, interests, values, and personality in normal and challenged persons. (Offered as needed.) 3 credits.

Course Descriptions – Marriage and Family Therapy

Graduate standing is required for all 500 and 600 level courses.

MFT 516 Assessment of Individuals and Families

Prerequisite, MFT 570, or concurrent enrollment. A study of the clinical application of well researched and scientifically-based psychological assessment instruments and processes designed specifically for marriage and family therapy practice. Content includes clinical interviewing, administration and interpretation of objective measures of family/marital dynamics, cognitive functioning, personality, psychopathology and the writing of intake summaries and assessment-based treatment plans. (Offered spring semester.) 2 credits.

MFT 532 Research and Bibliographic Methods

This course examines essential issues in bibliographic search, research design and methodology relevant to marriage and family therapy research. Students are exposed to quantitative and qualitative approaches with a focus on developing critical evaluative skills when examining theoretical, assessment-focused, and treatment outcome research. Clinical practice implications of contemporary studies are examined through student presentations, discussion groups, and papers. (Offered spring semester.) 3 credits.

MFT 533 Psychopharmacology for Marriage and Family Therapists

This course presents a brief overview of diagnostic interviewing and applying DSM-IV diagnostic criteria to mental disorders in order to select psychopharmacological interventions that will benefit the MFT’s client. Topics discussed will include differential diagnosis of medical, substance induced, and primary psychiatric disorders, cultural views of mental disorders, coordinating efforts between psychotherapist and physician prescriber, and finding prescribers with expertise in psychiatric medications. Side effects, benign and dangerous, will be discussed as well as appropriate dose, duration, and expected time of drug response. The role of psychosocial recovery models integrating medication, psychotherapy, and socialization/education approaches will be discussed. The course will include faculty lectures on core topics such as CNS function (e.g. neurotransmitters), schizophrenia, depression, bipolar disorder, ADHD, panic, OCD, substance use disorders and their medication treatment. (Offered summer.) 3 credits.

MFT 535 Research Design and Analysis

Prerequisite, MFT 532, or equivalent. A comprehensive and systematic examination of advanced research methods and statistical procedures applied to the empirical evaluation of human behavior. The course prepares students for the design and analysis of a master's thesis relevant to marriage and family therapy. (Offered as needed.) 3 credits.

MFT 541 Systems of Psychotherapy for Marriage and Family Therapists

This course provides a survey of the major theoretical approaches used in individual, couple, and family therapy from a systemic perspective with a focus toward integration of these approaches in the conduct of therapy as a marriage and family therapist. Approaches covered include psychoanalysis, psychodynamic, humanistic, existential, interpersonal, gestalt, behavioral and cognitive approaches. Three approaches, cognitive-behavioral, humanistic-existential and psychodynamic are covered in greater detail to provide a foundation for case conceptualization and treatment planning for preparation of the licensure exam for Marriage and Family Therapists in the State of California. Course procedures aim to balance didactic and experiential modes of learning. (Offered spring semester.) 3 credits.

MFT 556 Systems Theory and Family Therapy

A fundamental introduction to the study of systems theory and family therapy. Theories and techniques of family therapy are reviewed and practical applications are discussed. The history of systems theory is presented and a variety of family therapy approaches are discussed. The history of systems theory is presented through readings, lectures and videotapes. Particular attention is given to family-of-origin influences, gender and ethnicity in understanding family dynamics. Case conceptualization and treatment planning from systems and post-modern perspectives are emphasized for preparation of the licensure exam for Marriage and Family Therapists in the State of California. Instructor modeling and student role-play enhance student learning. (Offered fall semester.) 3 credits.

MFT 561 Couple Therapy

Couple difficulties are studied with particular emphasis placed on the unique assessment strategies necessary for conjoint evaluation and treatment. The course emphasizes emotionally focused couple therapy and other empirically supported treatment approaches. Gender, culture, sexual orientation, and social class are considered when discussing domestic violence, conceptualizing cases, creating treatment plans, and understanding the standards of practice for couple therapy. Instructor modeling and student role play demonstrations are used to facilitate learning. (Offered spring semester.) 3 credits.

MFT 565 Diagnosis and Treatment of Children and Adolescents

An examination of psychopathology in childhood and adolescence, with consideration of the major types of disturbances, etiologies, assessment techniques, cultural and socioeconomic implications, and treatment approaches with children and adolescents. Particular emphasis is placed on understanding diagnosis, case conceptualization, and treatment planning within a developmental and recovery-oriented care model. This course addresses issues in child abuse reporting and treatment for marriage and family therapists. (Offered spring semester.) 3 credits.

MFT 570 Advanced Psychopathology and Diagnosis

Prerequisite, abnormal psychology course, or equivalent. An examination of psychopathology and diagnosis based on the DSM IV-TR for purposes of record keeping as well as treatment planning and treatment selection for each major disorder within marriage and family therapist’s scope of practice. (Offered fall semester.) 3 credits.

MFT 573 Crisis Management and Clinical Process

Prerequisites, MFT 541, 570. A professionally supervised experience designed to introduce students to the practice of marriage and family therapy in an on-site training clinic. Utilizing the principles of mental health recovery-oriented care, students learn a practical framework for gathering clinical information while understanding social and psychological implications of cultural and socioeconomic factors. Emphasis is on crisis management, including harm to self and others, trauma and issues of grief and loss. Materials will include actual paperwork from the Frances Smith Center for Individual and Family Therapy. Supervised role plays and video-taped practice sessions are used to help students learn sound therapy skills using a caring, humanistic approach. (Offered every semester.) 3 credits.

MFT 578 Ethical and Professional Issues for Marriage and Family Therapists

This course examines ethical, legal, and professional issues relevant to the practice of marriage and family therapy. Ethical and legal responsibilities are discussed within the context of relevant state laws/regulations, professional ethical codes and the importance of interdisciplinary cooperation across clinical settings. Instructor modeling and student role play exercises are used to develop ethical decision-making skills that address issues commonly seen in individual, couples, and family therapy. (Offered fall semester.) 3 credits.

MFT 582 Assessment and Treatment Sexual Disorders

Students examine normal sexual functioning and common types of sexual dysfunction from a relational and systemic perspective. Students learn counseling techniques effective in the development of satisfactory sexual functioning with particular emphasis given to gender, culture and social differences in human sexuality. The interaction between physiological, psychological and social-cultural variables associated with sexual behavior and gender identity are emphasized in the course. Considerations of research, theory, and the application of knowledge in the prevention and remediation of disorders related to human sexuality will be emphasized. (Offered spring semester.) 2 credits.

MFT 583 Advanced Theoretical Applications

Prerequisites, MFT 541, 570. A comprehensive overview of integrative psychotherapy applied to work within recovery-oriented systems of care. The course applies a biopsychosocial systems framework to understand the major evidence-based approaches to psychotherapy including: humanist-existential; psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral, and post-modern. Topics of lectures and discussions include strength-based and systemically oriented assessment; diversity informed case conceptualization, goal setting, treatment planning; and the implementation of a variety of empirically supported interventions applied to unique individuals from diverse socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds. Video demonstrations and role play enhance student procedural learning, while case conceptualization and treatment planning are rehearsed using video and written vignettes from actual community mental health consumers. (Offered fall semester.) 3 credits.

MFT 588 Assessment and Treatment of Substance Abuse

An overview of current theoretical and clinical approaches to the diagnosis, and treatment of alcoholism, chemical dependency and co-occurring disorders. Using principles of recovery-oriented care, students review current research and program design from a family systems perspective with the goal of increasing professional awareness and skills in treating the chemically dependent family or individual. The models of substance abuse treatment, including twelve step programs, and other family systems approaches will be emphasized. (Offered fall semester.) 2 credits.

MFT 595 Topic Courses in Marriage and Family Therapy

An in-depth study of a particular topic in marriage and family therapy. May be repeated for credit in a different topic. (Offered as needed.) 3 credits.

MFT 605 Group Therapy

This course examines the dynamics of group psychotherapy and introduces students to the conceptual and practical application of techniques and interventions to the practice of group work in various therapeutic settings. Theories used in group practice along with components, process and stage development will be emphasized in the course. An understanding of cultural, social, psychological and socio-economics pertaining to group work will also be explored. (Offered every semester.) 3 credits.

MFT 610 Family Life Cycle and Aging

Prerequisite, MFT 556. This course provides an overview of human development across the life span from a family systems perspective. Theories related to the entire life span from conception through childhood, adolescence, adulthood and aging are reviewed with an emphasis on the impact of poverty, social class, and social insecurity on development. Focus is given to the impact of normative and non-normative life transitions in a family context . Emphasis is placed on a pluralistic understanding of families as described by cultural, family, and individual diversity. In-depth interviewing of one developmental stage is required. Perspectives on aging and end of life issues are discussed. (Offered fall semester.) 3 credits.

MFT 618 Multicultural Issues in Therapy

A study of multicultural counseling emphasizing understanding and respect for the diversity of human beings, particularly with regard to matters of race, ethnicity, gender, socio-economic status, religion, sexual orientation and disability. The course analyzes the cultural context of family, behavior, psychopathology, assessment and counseling. Utilization of mental-health services by California specific ethnic/culture-specific groups are addressed. Critical analysis is given to ethnocentrism, racism, sexism, ableism and heterosexism in society and traditional culture-bound assessment and treatment approaches. The course objective is to produce culturally competent marriage and family therapists. (Offered summer.) 3 credits.

MFT 620 Public Mental Health

An overview of the recovery model and recovery oriented mental health care practices in California public mental health. Students will learn the basic theoretical principles and practices of the recovery model. Course content includes case management, systems of care, public/private support and advocacy for working with the severely mentally ill, case management skills and community resources, disaster and trauma response counseling, and Motivational Interview techniques and collaborative treatment practices. Students will also have the opportunity to interface with consumers and families of consumers of mental health services during this course. (Offered summer.) 3 credits.

MFT 675 Career Counseling

This course explores the role of career development issues as it affects the individual, couple and family. Course content includes exploration of models of career development, work-life issues, stages of life, multicultural issues and the interplay of these for the individual and their system. (Offered as needed.) 3 credits.

MFT 689 Practicum II

Prerequisites, 12 credits of completed coursework, written consent of graduate program manager. Provides clinical experience in groups and/or individually of the MFT degree candidates. It is intended as the final preparation for entry into a career in the mental health field at the masters level. May be repeated for credit. (Offered as needed.) 1-3 credits.

MFT 694 Practicum I

Prerequisites, candidacy standing in the MFT degree program, MFT 516, 541, 556, 561, 565, 570, 573, 578, 583, written consent of graduate program manager. Provides supervised clinical experience in groups and individually for MFT candidates. It is intended as the final preparation for entry into a career in the mental health field at the master's level. The course must be taken for three semesters. Graded. May be repeated for credit. Fee: $80. (Offered every semester.) 4 credits.

MFT 695 Advanced Topics in Counseling

An in-depth study of a particular topic in marriage and family therapy. (Offered as needed.) 3 credits.

MFT 697 Master’s Thesis Research I

Students must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 (B) to meet the minimum eligibility requirements to enroll in the thesis/project option. (See the Academic Policies and Procedures section for additional guidelines.) Individually supervised master's thesis/research. (Offered as needed.) 3 credits.

MFT 698 Master’s Thesis Research II

Students must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 (B) to meet the minimum eligibility requirements to enroll in the thesis/project option. (See the Academic Policies and Procedures section for additional guidelines.) Individually supervised master's thesis/research. (Offered as needed.) 3 credits.

MFT 699 Individual Study

Advanced supervised individual study or research on a special problem or in a selected area. (Offered as needed.) 1–3 credits.

Course Descriptions – Physical Therapy

PT 510 Functional Human Anatomy I

Corequisite, PT 510L. This course on human anatomy builds upon prerequisite course work to provide a strong foundation in applied functional anatomy for the DPT student. The musculoskeletal and peripheral nervous systems are emphasized, but histology, radiology, and organ systems are also included. Lecture sessions require students to think critically as they apply their knowledge. (Offered fall semester.) 4 credits.

PT 510L Functional Human Anatomy I Laboratory

Corequisite, PT 510. This laboratory course on human anatomy builds upon prerequisite coursework to provide a strong foundation in applied functional anatomy for the DPT student. The musculoskeletal and peripheral nervous systems are emphasized, but histology, radiology, and organ systems also are included. Interactive laboratory sessions require students to think critically as they apply their knowledge. Fee: $85. (Offered as needed.) 1½ credits.

PT 511 Biomechanics of Human Movement

Prerequisite, physical therapy major. Corequisite, PT 511L. This course provides a foundational understanding of basic biomechanical principles emphasizing the biomechanics of human tissue and the body as a whole, together with methods of human motion analysis. The student will participate in both lecture and interactive laboratory sessions that will include scientific evidence for support of biomechanical principles. Course work is designed specifically for the DPT student and begins development of clinical judgment skills in motion analysis. (Offered as needed.) 2 credits.

PT 511L Biomechanics of Human Movement Lab

Prerequisite, physical therapy major. Corequisite, PT 511. This laboratory course on applied human biomechanics builds upon requisite course work to provide a strong foundation in applied functional biomechanics for the DPT student. Instrumentation (e.g., video analysis, GAITRite, electromyography, electrogoniometry) is emphasized, but theory with a focus on Newtonian physics also are included. Interactive laboratory sessions require students to think critically as they apply their knowledge. (Offered as needed.) 1 credit.

PT 512 Kinesiological Motion Analysis

Prerequisites, PT 510, 510L, 511, 511L, physical therapy major. Corequisite, PT 512L. This course further develops the students' understanding of human movement by applying biomechanical principles to individual joint mechanics both ideal and pathological, and by observational analysis of human motion including gait. The student will participate in both lecture and interactive laboratory sessions that provide scientific evidence of joint mobility and results of motion deviations. Course work is designed specifically for the DPT student and continues development of clinical judgment skills while integrating personal and cultural values and skills. (Offered as needed.) 2½ credits.

PT 512L Kinesiology Lab

Prerequisites, PT 510, 510L, 511, PT 511L, physical therapy major. Corequisite, PT 512. This laboratory course on applied kinesiology builds upon requisite course work to provide a strong foundation in applied functional human movement for the DPT student. Applied functional anatomy, with a focus on joint architecture, muscle function, and neuromuscular integration of movement effectiveness and efficiency is emphasized. Interactive laboratory sessions require students to think critically as they apply their knowledge. (Offered as needed.) ½ credit.

PT 513 Developmental Anatomy

A lecture course on human developmental anatomy, with an emphasis on the normal development of the systems of the body. Selected congenital anomalies and the mechanisms underlying them will also be presented. Students are required to integrate material from this course with that from their prerequisite course work and related course content across the Physical Therapy curriculum. Students must also think critically, solve problems, and assess the relevant scientific literature as they apply their knowledge. (Offered fall semester.) 1 credit.

PT 521 Applied Neurophysiology

Prerequisites, PT 522, 522L. Corequisites, PT 523, 523L. This course is designed to provide the DPT student with a foundational understanding of the normal excitatory and inhibitory mechanisms of the nervous system. The student will participate in both lecture and discussion that will include the scientific evidence for neurological principles. Clinical applications, problem-solving, and critical thinking are emphasized. (Offered summer.) 3 credits.

PT 522 Functional Human Neuroanatomy I

Prerequisites, physical therapy major, PT 510, 525, with a grade of "C" or better. Corequisite, PT 522L. This course covers the normal structure and function of the human nervous system, with an emphasis on the central nervous system. Selected case studies of pathological conditions of the nervous system are presented. Students participate in both lecture and interactive laboratory sessions (PT 522L) that require them to think critically and apply their knowledge to clinical scenarios. (Offered spring semester.) 1½ credits.

PT 522L Functional Human Neuroanatomy I Laboratory

Prerequisites, physical therapy major, PT 510, 525, with a grade of "C" or better. Corequisite, PT 522. This course covers the normal structure and function of the human nervous system, with an emphasis on the central nervous system. Selected case studies of pathological conditions of the nervous system are presented. Students participate in interactive laboratory sessions that require them to think critically and apply their knowledge to clinical scenarios. (Offered spring semester.) ½ credit.

PT 523 Functional Human Neuroanatomy II

Prerequisites, PT 522, 522L, (with a grade of C or better). Corequisite, PT 523L. This course builds upon the foundation established in PT 522. After gaining an understanding of the relationships between structure and function in the nervous system, students will focus on the inter-relationships between the various systems. Clinical reasoning and problem solving are facilitated through case studies, clinical scenarios, and discussing the current literature. (Offered summer.) 2½ credits.

PT 523L Functional Human Neuroanatomy II Laboratory

Prerequisites, PT 522, 522L (with a grade of C or better). Corequisite, PT 523. This course builds upon the foundation established in PT 522. After gaining an understanding of the relationships between structure and function in the nervous system, students will focus on the inter-relationships between the various systems. Clinical reasoning and problem solving are facilitated through case studies, clinical scenarios, and discussing the current literature. (Offered summer semester.) ½ credit.

PT 525 Clinical Pathology: General Medicine

Prerequisite, physical therapy major. Corequisite, PT 525L. This course provides a foundational understanding of human physiology and pathology, emphasizing general medicine diseases and disorders encountered by physical therapists. The course integrates relevant aspects of biochemistry and neurophysiology, epidemiology, pathophysiological processes, medical and pharmacological management, and implications and indications for physical therapy. (Offered as needed.) 4 credits.

PT 525L Clinical Pathophysiology Lab

Prerequisite, physical therapy major. Corequisite, PT 525. This laboratory course will provide the opportunity to apply and examine pathophysiological processes related to physical therapist practice. Fee: $85. (Offered fall semester.) 1 credit.

PT 526 Clinical Pathology: Orthopedic

Prerequisites, physical therapy major, PT 510, 510L, 525, 525L. This course provides the foundational understanding of orthopedic diseases and disorders encountered by physical therapists. This lecture course covers the epidemiology, pathophysiological processes, medical management, pharmacological management and implications and indications for physical therapy of these disorders to prepare the student for the clinical courses and clinical experiences to follow. (Offered spring semester.) 3 credits.

PT 527 Clinical Pathology: Neurology

Prerequisites, PT 522, 522L. Corequisites, PT 521, 523. This course provides the foundational understanding of neurological diseases and disorders encountered by physical therapists. This lecture course covers the epidemiology, pathophysiological processes, medical management, pharmacological management, and implications and indications for physical therapy of these disorders. (Offered summer.) 3 credits.

PT 530 Physical Therapy Examination

Prerequisites, physical therapy major, PT 510, 510L, 511, 513, 525, PT 525L. This course is the first in the series of clinical courses where students learn to deliver excellent patient care. Through lecture and laboratory experiences, students learn the theory and technique of basic patient screening and examination procedures as well as develop clinical judgment skills to complete the patient evaluation. Fee: $85. (Offered spring semester.) 4 credits.

PT 531 General Medicine Practice Management

Prerequisites, physical therapy major, PT 510, 510L, 525, PT 525L. Corequisites, PT 526, 530, 531L. This lecture course covers the physical therapy management of patients with general medical conditions in a variety of practice settings with particular emphasis in the acute care setting. Basic patient handling and functional training skills are emphasized while students incorporate patient examination findings into their treatment intervention choices. Medical documentation using a S,O,A,P format is introduced. This course also includes a major unit on wound management. (Offered spring semester.) 2 credits.

PT 531L General Medicine Practice Management Laboratory

Prerequisites, physical therapy major, PT 510, 510L, 525, 525L. Corequisites, PT 526, 530, 531. This laboratory course examines the physical therapy management of patients with general medical conditions in a variety of practice settings with particular emphasis in the acute-care setting. Basic patient handling and functional training skills are emphasized while students incorporate patient examination findings into their treatment intervention choices. Medical documentation using a S,O,A,P format is introduced. This lab also includes a unit on wound management. Fee: $185. (Offered spring semester.) 2 credits.

PT 535 Musculoskeletal Practice Management I: Lower Quarter

Prerequisites, physical therapy major, PT 510, 510L, 511, 512, 525, 525L, 526, 530. This course is the first in a two part clinical series designed to prepare the DPT student to be excellent at management of musculoskeletal disorders. This series emphasizes an integrated examination, evaluation, diagnosis, prognosis, and intervention approach. This course focuses on musculoskeletal disorders of the lower extremity, lumbar, and sacroiliac joints and is designed to integrate basic science principles with personal and cultural values and skills to deepen and hone professional clinical judgment. (Offered summer semester.) 5 credits.

PT 539 Physical Agents

Prerequisites, physical therapy major, PT 510, 525. This lecture and lab course will integrate basic science into patient case studies so students may use critical thinking and problem-solving skills to select optimal physical therapy treatment interventions using physical agents. Evaluation and treatment of muscle and nerve dysfunction using therapeutic modalities, assessment and management of pain and wounds will also be addressed. (Offered spring semester.) 3 credits.

PT 591 Clinical Practicum I

Introduction to clinical education, behavioral expectations for physical therapists, and clinical opportunities to practice physical therapy skills in selected areas of health care. P/NP. (Offered summer semester.) 1 credit.

PT 610 Functional Human Anatomy II

Prerequisite, PT 510, (with grade of C or better). This is the second in the series of two human anatomy courses designed specifically for the DPT student. Students will dissect the components the human body and study the interrelationships between structure and function with regard to normal and pathological conditions. The study of radiological images will also be included. Students are required to think critically, solve problems, and assess the scientific literature as they apply their knowledge to clinical scenarios and integrate the course work with that of other courses in the curriculum. (Offered summer semester.) 2 credits.

PT 629 Experimental Course

Prerequisite, approval of the course instructor. This course is designed to provide additional opportunities to explore areas and subjects of special interest to the physical therapy field. It may be repeated for credit provided the course content is different. Number of credits will be determined according to the specified topic and objectives. (Offered as needed.) 1–6 credits.

PT 638 Musculoskeletal Practice Management II: Upper Quarter

Prerequisites, PT 521, 522, 522L, 523, 523L, 535. This course is the second in a two part clinical series designed to prepare the DPT student to be excellent with management of musculoskeletal disorders. This series emphasizes an integrated examination, evaluation, diagnosis, prognosis, and intervention approach and this course focuses on musculoskeletal disorders of the upper extremity, cervical spine, head and thorax. Course work is designed to integrate basic science principles with personal and cultural values and skills to deepen and hone professional clinical judgment. (Offered fall semester.) 4 credits.

PT 640 Neurological Practice Management

Prerequisites, physical therapy major, PT 521, 522, 522L, 523, 523L, 527, 530. Corequisite, PT 640L. Theory and principles of motor control and motor learning will be applied to the management of the patient with neurologic dysfunction. Neuro-facilitation and task-oriented approaches to examination, evaluation, diagnosis, prognosis, and intervention will be investigated. Course must be taken concurrently with laboratory. (Offered as needed.) 3 credits.

PT 640L Neurological Practice Management Laboratory

Prerequisites, physical therapy major, PT 521, 522, 522L, 523, 523L, 527, 530. Corequisite, PT 640. Theory and principles of motor control and motor learning will be applied to the management of the patient with neurologic dysfunction. Neuro-facilitation and task-oriented approaches to examination, evaluation, diagnosis, prognosis, and intervention will be investigated. This laboratory course is partnered with the lecture component. (Offered as needed.) 2 credits.

PT 641 Rehabilitation Practice Management

Prerequisites, physical therapy major, PT 521, 522, 522L, 523, 523L, 527, 530. This course prepares physical therapist students to deliver excellent patient care in the rehabilitation environment. Included in this course are the respective roles of members of the rehabilitation team, patient evaluation, goal setting, and treatment planning including orthotic and prosthetic prescription and management, wheelchair and other adaptive equipment evaluation and prescription, pathological gait analysis, evaluation of home accessibility and discharge planning. Students will explore the challenges encountered by physical therapists in the rehabilitation environment through directed readings, classroom discussions and as well as laboratory activities. (Offered fall semester.) 4 credits.

PT 643 Motor Control and Motor Learning

Prerequisites, PT 522, 522L, 523, 523L. Corequisite, PT 643L. This course introduces the science of motor control/motor learning including the neuromotor processes that underlie normal and abnormal movement. Theories of motor learning and mechanisms for acquisition of skill are discussed. Neuromotor and neuropsychological research are investigated and clinical implications are discussed. (Offered fall semester.) 2 credits.

PT 643L Motor Control and Motor Learning Laboratory

Prerequisites, PT 522, 522L, 523, 523L. Corequisite, PT 643. This laboratory introduces the science of motor control/motor learning including the neuromotor processes that underlie normal and abnormal movement. Applications of theories of motor control/learning and mechanisms for acquisition of skill are examined and applied to physical therapy practice. Neuromotor and neuropsychological research are investigated and clinical implications are discussed. (Offered fall semester.) 1 credit.

PT 646 Cardiopulmonary Practice Management

Prerequisites, physical therapy major, PT 525, 525L. This course prepares PT students to deliver excellent patient care to patients with cardiopulmonary diseases. Students gain an overview of cardiopulmonary pathophysiology and the comprehensive physical therapy management of patients with cardiopulmonary diseases through lecture and lab activities. (Offered summer.) 3 credits.

PT 647 Pediatric Practice Management

Prerequisites, PT 522, 522L, 523, 523L. Corequisite, PT 647L. This lecture course prepares physical therapy students to meet entry-level physical therapy to pediatric clients in all practice settings. Patient examination, evaluation, goal setting, and intervention will be discussed in relation to commonly encountered pediatric diagnoses. Environmental, cultural, legislative, and legal issues that affect the delivery of care are explored. (Offered summer.) 2 credits.

PT 647L Pediatric Practice Management Laboratory

Prerequisites, PT 522, 522L, 523, 523L. Corequisite, PT 647. This laboratory course prepares physical therapy students to meet entry-level physical therapy to pediatric clients in all practice settings. Patient examination, evaluation, goal setting, and intervention will be practiced in relation to commonly encountered pediatric diagnoses. Environmental, cultural, legislative, and legal issues that affect the delivery of care are explored. (Offered summer.) 1 credit.

PT 650 Scientific Inquiry I

Prerequisite, physical therapy major. This course is the first step in making students critical consumers of the scientific literature related to the practice of healthcare, specifically physical therapy. Basic research approaches with application to physical therapy are reviewed in a lecture and seminar format. These research approaches include descriptive research, grounded theory research to experimental designs and others with an emphasis on clinical applications. The concepts associated with Evidence Based Medicine will be introduced. P/NP. May be repeated for credit. (Offered as needed.) 1–3 credits.

PT 651 Scientific Inquiry II

Prerequisite, PT 650. This course is the second in the series with introduction of specific descriptive and inferential statistics introduced through lecture and review of current literature. Students continue to develop critical reading and writing skills with production of potential research proposals based on designs discussed in class. P/NP. (Offered fall semester.) 2–3 credits.

PT 660 Directed Research I

Prerequisite, PT 650, consent of instructor. This course is the first in a series of four courses designed to guide students through an independent faculty-sponsored research project. In this course, students select a topic and complete a review of the literature as they develop a research hypothesis. (Offered summer.) 1 credit.

PT 661 Directed Research II

Prerequisites, PT 650, 660, consent of instructor. This course is the second in a four-semester series of courses designed to guide students through an independent faculty-sponsored research project. In this course, students continue to work on their research project as they integrate their knowledge of experimental design and statistics and begin to implement the methods. (Offered fall semester.) 1 credit.

PT 665 Diagnostic Imaging

Prerequisites, physical therapy major, PT 510. This lecture/lab course will familiarize the DPT student with clinical interpretation of orthopedic imaging including plain film x-ray, magnetic resonance and computerized tomography films. Selection protocols will be discussed to acquaint the student with advantages and disadvantages of each method and what type of information each technique best presents. This course will focus on the clinical interpretation and integration of imaging data into rehabilitation regimen design, outcome assessment and communication with other medical professionals. (Offered summer.) 2½ credits.

PT 670 Cultural Diversity and Psychology of Health Care

This course is a seminar, lecture, and discussion course involving the study of oppression theory followed by issues of racism, sexism, and homophobia and their effects on healthcare outcomes. The social, legal, and professional impact will be analyzed from the historical perspective with attention to the current and future implications for the practice of physical therapy. Students will also gain an in depth understanding of human behavior as it relates to coping and adjustment behaviors in acute and chronic illness. Culturally appropriate patient education through programs for patients, family members, caregivers, and professional colleagues will be addressed as well as reasonable alternative approaches in health care. (Offered fall semester.) 3½ credits.

PT 671 Physical Therapy Ethics

Prerequisite, enrolled in physical therapy program. This course is an overview of basic ethical principles relevant to the patient-provider role. Dilemmas frequently encountered in physical therapy in both clinical and research settings are integrated into the course content. The course is conducted in a lecture/seminar format. (Offered summer semester.) 3 credits.

PT 682 Student-Faculty Research/Creative Activity

Prerequisite, consent of instructor. Students engage in independent, faculty-mentored scholarly research/creative activity in their discipline which develops fundamentally novel knowledge, content, and/or data. Topics or projects are chosen after discussions between student and instructor who agree upon objective and scope. P/NP or letter grade option with consent of instructor. May be repeated for credit. (Offered every semester.) 1–3 credits.

PT 683 PT and the Health Care System

This course introduces the current status of the Health Care System and the role of Physical Therapy. The focus of this course will be the current issues in Health Care and in PT. May be repeated for credit. (Offered as needed.) ½ credit.

PT 690 Clinical Affiliation

Prerequisite, enrolled in physical therapy curriculum, consent of instructor. This course gives students additional work experiences and practice related to the major of physical therapy. The course may not be used to substitute for required clinical practica or internship courses. Work hours for credit determined by instructor. P/NP. (Offered as needed.) ½–3 credits.

PT 691 Clinical Practicum II

Prerequisite, PT 591. Continuation of clinical education, behavioral expectations for physical therapists, and clinical opportunities to practice physical therapy skills in selected areas of health care. P/NP. (Offered fall semester.) 1 credit.

PT 692 Clinical Experience I–12

Prerequisites, physical therapy major, good academic standing in the DPT program. Students are in a supervised clinical education experience in the community. This 12-week experience allows students to develop skills in patient care and management that are necessary for entry-level clinical competence for physical therapy practice. P/NP. Fee: $75. (Offered as needed.) 6 credits.

PT 693 Clinical Experience I–8

Prerequisites, physical therapy major, good academic standing in the DPT program. Students are in a supervised clinical education experience in the community. This 8 week experience allows students to develop skills in patient care and management that are necessary for entry-level clinical competence for physical therapy practice. Students who complete PT 693 will not be eligible to take PT 794. P/NP. Fee: $75. (Offered as needed.) 6 credits.

PT 693A Clinical Experience IA

Corequisite, PT 693B. Students are in a supervised clinical education experience in the community. This 6-8-week experience allows students to develop skills in patient care and management that are necessary for entry-level clinical competence for physical therapy practice in a different facility from the experience in PT 693B. P/NP. (Offered spring semester.) 3 credits.

PT 693B Clinical Experience IB

Corequisite, PT 693A. Students are in a supervised clinical education experience in the community. This 6-8 week experience allows students to develop skills in patient care and management that are necessary for entry-level clinical competence for physical therapy practice in a different facility from the experience in PT 693A. P/NP. (Offered spring semester.) 3 credits.

PT 701 Professional Self-Assessment

Required of all students. Prerequisite, admission to the transitional DPT program. This course provides for the use of a portfolio process for self assessment of professional knowledge and skills, for decision making regarding course work to be completed in a post-professional curriculum, and for communication of assessment results with faculty. (Offered as needed.) 3 credits.

PT 702 Principles of Evidence Based Practice

Prerequisite, admission to the transitional DPT program. This course is an online/onsite hybrid lecture and seminar course with most of the information covered online. Students will focus on developing the skills needed for search, access, retrieve, synthesize, and critique the published literature and other selected media and integrating scientific literature into patient care within physical therapy practice. Current journal articles, texts, and online resources will be used in the course to develop clinical decision making skills based on available evidence. (Offered as needed.) 1 credit.

PT 710 Diagnostic Imaging

Prerequisite, successful completion (with a grade of C or better) of PT 701, or consent of instructor. This course will familiarize the DPT student with clinical interpretation of orthopedic imaging including plain film x-ray, magnetic resonance, and computerized tomography films. Selection protocols will be discussed to acquaint the student with advantages and disadvantages of each method and what type of information each technique best presents. This course will focus on the clinical interpretation and integration of imaging data into rehabilitation regimen design, outcome assessment, and communication with other medical professionals. (Offered as needed.) 3 credits.

PT 711 Applied Pharmacology

Prerequisite, PT 701, or consent of instructor. This course provides the foundational understanding of pharmacology for physical therapists to provide optimal patient management to patients who are taking prescription and non-prescription medications. The general principles of pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics are presented as well as the mechanism of action of common groups of medications that influence the musculoskeletal, neuromuscular, cardiopulmonary, and integumentary systems. (Offered as needed.) 3 credits.

PT 712 Pharmacology

Prerequisite, PT 515 (with a grade of C or better). This course will familiarize the physical therapy student with basic and applied clinical pharmacology. Class content includes the effects of pharmacotherapy on the health and well being of patients and clinical incorporation of pharmacological data into treatment selection and delivery. Students will gain familiarity with prescription and over-the-counter medication brand and generic names, indications, contraindications, dosage schedules, and potential effects and side effects of significance to physical therapy treatment. (Offered spring semester.) 2½ credits.

PT 720 Screening Examinations

Prerequisite, enrollment in the DPT program. This course is designed to prepare the transitional DPT student to complete screening examinations for clients/patients through the lifespan. The screening goal is to determine the need for prevention services, further examination by a physical therapist, or referral to another practitioner. (Offered as needed.) 3 credits.

PT 721 Advanced Practice Management and Differential Diagnosis: Orthopedics

Prerequisites, PT 711, 720, or consent of instructor. This course is an online/onsite hybrid lecture and laboratory course focusing on developing effective patient/client management skills for patients with musculoskeletal complaints. The students evaluate evidence and new concepts through readings, online lectures, and discussions, including the clinical reasoning for applying concepts to the plan of care, interventions, and outcomes. Laboratory skills for patient tests, measures, and intervention are covered in the onsite component. (Offered as needed.) 2 credits.

PT 722 Advanced Practice Management and Differential Diagnosis: Neurological

Prerequisites, PT 711, 720, or consent of instructor. This course is an online/onsite hybrid lecture and laboratory course focusing on developing effective patient/client management skills for patients with neurological insults. The students evaluate evidence and new concepts through readings, online lectures, and discussions, including the clinical reasoning for applying concepts to the plan of care, interventions, and outcomes. Laboratory skills for patient tests, measures, and intervention are covered in the onsite component. (Offered as needed.) 2 credits.

PT 723 Advanced Practice Management and Differential Diagnosis: Cardiopulmonary

Prerequisites, PT 711, 720, or consent of instructor. This course is an online/onsite hybrid lecture and laboratory course focusing on developing effective patient/client management skills for patients with cardiopulmonary findings. The students evaluate evidence and new concepts through readings, online lectures, and discussions, including the clinical reasoning for applying concepts to the plan of care, interventions, and outcomes. Laboratory skills for patient tests, measures, and intervention are covered in the onsite component. (Offered as needed.) 2 credits.

PT 725 Pathological Basis of Disease in Physical Therapy Practice

Prerequisite, enrolled in the transitional DPT program. This course will examine human pathology. Specific areas for this course include an introduction to the general response to injury, wound healing and healing complications, pain mechanisms, immunity, and autoimmune disorders. (Offered as needed.) 3 credits.

PT 730 Physical Therapy Ethics for Practitioners

Prerequisite, PT 701, or consent of instructor. This course is an overview of basic ethical principles including, but not limited to, autonomy, beneficence, nonmaleficence, veracity, and justice as well as an examination of the feminists' approach to medical ethics. In addition, models of health care delivery are examined and evaluated for compliance with basic principles of fair resource allocation. Dilemmas frequently encountered in physical therapy in both clinical and research settings are integrated into the course content. The course is conducted in a lecture/seminar format and is intended for students enrolled in the transitional DPT curriculum. (Offered as needed.) 3 credits.

PT 731 Professional Leadership and Development

Prerequisite, PT 701, or consent of instructor. This course addresses current and future professional, legal, and ethical issues related to physical therapy practice, education, and research and prepares students for leadership roles as change agents in the profession. Students examine evolving roles for the profession as affected by such factors as changing societal demands, trends in health care, government regulations, and the expanding body of knowledge. (Offered as needed.) 3 credits.

PT 738 Advanced Patient/Client Management and Therapeutic Exercise

Prerequisites, physical therapy major, PT 793, or 794. In this lecture and lab course, the anatomical/physiological bases for patient/client practice management are combined with the available evidence for managing patients with multiple diagnoses and complex pathologies/impairments. Students consider cultural, psychological, and administrative aspects of patient care including supervision of students and physical therapist assistants. (Offered as needed.) 2 credits.

PT 740 Advanced Clinical Internship

Prerequisite, PT 722, or consent of instructor. Student to develop and practice clinical decision making by utilizing evidence-based practice (EBP) in the workplace, promoting EBP to the community, and demonstrating application of program content to the clinical setting. Student and faculty to identify specific areas of program content which are to be emphasized in clinical setting. May be repeated for credit. (Offered as needed.) 2–6 credits.

PT 742 Geriatric Practice Management

This lecture and laboratory course develops students' skills in the management of patients with general medical conditions, with an emphasis on the acute care setting. Basic patient handling, functional training and gait training skills are emphasized while students incorporate examination findings in their treatment choices. This course also includes a unit on wound management. (Offered spring semester.) 3 credits.

PT 748 Wellness and Complementary Medicine

This course prepares physical therapy students to incorporate their knowledge about nutrition, wellness, and alternative approaches to health care into the delivery of excellent patient care. Students will integrate information related to diet, nutrition, and wellness behavior from courses in applied human physiology and cardiopulmonary practice management into comprehensive physical therapy treatment plans for patients in all likely settings. In addition, students will become familiar with commonly encountered treatment approaches that fall under the umbrella of "alternative" or "complementary" medicine. The emphasis of this portion of the course is the scientific evidence related to these approaches. (Offered spring semester.) 2 credits.

PT 748A Wellness and Complementary Medicine

This course prepares physical therapy students to incorporate their knowledge about nutrition, wellness, and alternative approaches to health care into the delivery of excellent patient care. Students will integrate information related to diet, nutrition, and wellness behavior from courses in applied human physiology and cardiopulmonary practice management into comprehensive physical therapy treatment plans for patients in all likely settings. In addition, students will become familiar with commonly encountered treatment approaches that fall under the umbrella of "alternative" or "complementary" medicine. The emphasis of this portion of the course is the scientific evidence related to these approaches. (Offered spring semester.) 3 credits.

PT 752 Scientific Inquiry III

Prerequisites, PT 650, 651. The third course in the series which will apply the topics of evidence based practice, research design, statistics, critical reading, and scientific writing to a case report and an approved group or individual project for poster presentation. P/NP. (Offered spring semester.) 1 credit.

PT 762 Directed Research III

Prerequisites, PT 650, 660, 661, consent of instructor. This course is the third in a four-semester series of courses designed to guide students through an independent faculty-sponsored research project. In this course, students continue to work on their research project as they update their review of the literature and methods and collect data. (Offered as needed.) 1 credit.

PT 763 Directed Research IV

Continuation of PT 660, 661, 762, Directed Research I, II, III; Data analysis is completed and the manuscript reaches a final acceptable form. A poster presentation of the research project may be required. (Offered as needed.) 1 credit.

PT 771 Responsible Leadership and Administration

Prerequisite, enrolled in the DPT curriculum. This course is a study of the theoretical, historical, and philosophical underpinnings of various aspects of management related to the administration of physical therapy services. During the course the student will gain an understanding of basic management science including organizational theory and behavior, compliance ethics, and normative ethics in health care administration. (Offered spring semester.) 4 credits.

PT 782 Applied Administration

Prerequisite, enrolled in PT program. Study of the theoretical, historical, and institutional components of various aspects of management of personnel, business management, and legal considerations in management which are related to the administration of physical therapy services. (Offered spring semester.) 2 credits.

PT 782T Business Administration in Physical Therapy

Study of the components of various aspects of management of personnel, business management and legal considerations in management which are related to the administration of physical therapy services. (Offered as needed.) 2 credits.

PT 790 Special Topics in Physical Therapy

Advanced supervised group study or research on a special topic. Examples of topics include innovative practice areas (such as sports, women's health, oncology, alternative practice), emerging delivery areas (such as direct access, under served populations, fee for service), education, administrative, or research. (Offered as needed.) 1–3 credits.

PT 793 Clinical Experience II–12

Prerequisites, physical therapy major, PT 692, or 693. Students are in a supervised clinical education experience in the community. This 12-week experience allows students to develop skills in patient care and management that are necessary for entry-level clinical competence for physical therapy practice. P/NP. Fee: $75. (Offered as needed.) 6 credits.

PT 794 Clinical Experience II–8

Prerequisites, physical therapy major, PT 692. Students are in a supervised clinical education experience in the community. This 8 week experience allows students to develop skills in patient care and management that are necessary for entry-level clinical competence for physical therapy practice. Students who take PT 693 are not eligible to take PT 794. P/NP. Fee: $75. (Offered as needed.) 6 credits.

PT 794A Clinical Experience IIA

Prerequisites, PT 693A, 693B, or 692. Corequisite, PT 794B. Continuation of PT 692, or 693A, and 693B series. P/NP. (Offered fall semester.) 3 credits.

PT 794B Clinical Experience IIB

Prerequisites, PT 693A, 693B, or 692. Corequisite, PT 794A. Continuation of PT 692, or 693A, and 693B series. P/NP. (Offered fall semester.) 3 credits.

PT 795 Clinical Experience III

Prerequisites, PT 793, or PT 794A, and 794B. Continuation of PT 793, or PT 794A, and 794B series. P/NP. Fee: $75. (Offered as needed.) 6 credits.

PT 796A Clinical Experience IIIA

Prerequisites, PT 793, or PT 794A, and 794B. Corequisite, enroll in the clinical experience option selected for degree. Continuation of PT 793, or PT 794A, and 794B series. P/NP. Fee: $75. (Offered as needed.) 3 credits.

PT 796B Clinical Experience IIIB

Prerequisites, PT 794A, 794B, or 793. Corequisite, PT 796A. Continuation of PT 793, or 794A, and 794B series. P/NP. (Offered summer semester.) 3 credits.

PT 796C Clinical Experience IIIC

Prerequisites, PT 793, or 794A, and 794B. Corequisite, PT 796A. A specialized internship on a contractual basis designed to allow the student to pursue an area of physical therapy practice in greater depth. P/NP. (Offered summer.) 3 credits.

PT 796I International Clinical Experience

Prerequisites, PT 793, or both 794A, and 794B. Corequisite, PT 796A. A specialized international internship on a contractual basis designed to allow students to pursue an area of physical therapy practice in a foreign country. P/NP. (Offered summer.) 3 credits.

PT 799 Research or Individual Study in Physical Therapy

Prerequisite, enrolled in the professional or post-professional DPT curriculum, consent of advisor. Advanced supervised individual study or research on a special topic, problem or current professional issue. May be repeated for credit. (Offered as needed.) ½–3 credits.

Course Descriptions – Physical Therapy Transitional

PTT 702 Principles of Evidence Based Practice

Prerequisite, admission to the transitional DPT program. Students will focus on developing the skills needed for search, access, retrieve, synthesize, and critique the published literature and other selected media and integrating scientific literature into patient care within physical therapy practice. Current journal articles, texts, and online resources will be used in the course to develop clinical decision making skills based on available evidence. This course is an online/onsite hybrid lecture and seminar course with most of the information covered online. (Offered as needed.) 2 credit.

PTT 703 Scientific Inquiry in Physical Therapy

Prerequisite, admission to the transitional DPT program. Students will focus on developing the skills needed for search, access, retrieve, synthesize, and critique the published literature and other selected media and integrating scientific literature into patient care within physical therapy practice. Current journal articles, texts, and online resources will be used in the course to develop clinical decision making skills based on available evidence. This course is an online/onsite hybrid lecture and seminar course with most of the information covered online. (Offered as needed.) 2 credit.

PTT 710 Diagnostic Imaging

Prerequisites, transitional DPT program, Physical Therapy licensure in the United States. This course will familiarize the DPT student with clinical interpretation of orthopedic imaging including plain film x-ray, magnetic resonance and computerized tomography films. Selection protocols will be discussed to acquaint the student with advantages and disadvantages of each method and what type of information each technique best presents. This course will focus on the clinical interpretation and integration of imaging data into rehabilitation regimen design, outcome assessment and communication with other medical professionals. This course is an online/onsite hybrid lecture and seminar course with most of the information covered online. (Offered as needed.) 3 credits.

PTT 711 Applied Pharmacology

Prerequisite, transitional DPT program. This course provides the foundational understanding of pharmacology for physical therapists to provide optimal patient management to patients who are taking prescription and non-prescription medications. The general principles of pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics are presented as well as the mechanism of action of common groups of medications that influence the musculoskeletal, neuromuscular, cardiopulmonary and integumentary systems. This course is an online/onsite hybrid lecture and seminar course with most of the information covered online. (Offered as needed.) 3 credits.

PTT 720 Medical Systems Screening

Prerequisites, PTT 725, transitional DPT program, or consent of instructor. This course is designed to prepare the transitional DPT student to complete screening examinations for clients/patients through the lifespan. The screening goal is to determine the need for prevention services, further examination by a physical therapist, or referral to another practitioner. (Offered as needed.) 3 credits.

PTT 721 Advanced Practice Management and Differential Diagnosis: Orthopedics

Prerequisites, PTT 711, 720, transitional DPT program, or consent of instructor. This course is an online/onsite hybrid lecture and laboratory course focusing on developing effective patient/client management skills for patients with musculoskeletal complaints. The students evaluate evidence and new concepts through readings, online lectures, and discussions, including the clinical reasoning for applying concepts to the plan of care, interventions and outcomes. Laboratory skills for patient tests, measures, and intervention are covered in the onsite component. (Offered as needed.) 2 credits.

PTT 722 Advanced Practice Management and Differential Diagnosis: Neurological

Prerequisites, PTT 711, 720, or consent of instructor. This course is an online/onsite hybrid lecture and laboratory course focusing on developing effective patient/client management skills for patients with neurological insults. The students evaluate evidence and new concepts through readings, online lectures, and discussions, including the clinical reasoning for applying concepts to the plan of care, interventions and outcomes. Laboratory skills for patient tests, measures, and intervention are covered in the onsite component. (Offered as needed.) 2 credits.

PTT 723 Advanced Practice Management and Differential Diagnosis: Cardiopulmonary

Prerequisites, PTT 711, 720, or consent of instructor. This course is an online/onsite hybrid lecture and laboratory course focusing on developing effective patient/client management skills for patients with cardiopulmonary findings. The students evaluate evidence and new concepts through readings, online lectures, and discussions, including the clinical reasoning for applying concepts to the plan of care, interventions and outcomes. Laboratory skills for patient tests, measures, and intervention are covered in the onsite component. (Offered as needed.) 2 credits.

PTT 725 Pathological Basis of Disease in Physical Therapy Practice

Prerequisite, transitional DPT program. This course will examine human pathology. Specific areas for this course include an introduction to the general response to injury, wound healing and healing complications, pain mechanisms, immunity and autoimmune disorders. This course is an online/onsite hybrid lecture and seminar course with most of the information covered online. (Offered as needed.) 3 credits.

PTT 742 Geriatric and Integumentar Managment and DDx

Prerequisites, admission to the transitional DPT program, PTT 702, 720, 725. This online/onsite hybrid course combines online lecture and onsite laboratory material to investigate the normal aging process, common pathologies, functional assessments, quality of life issues, culture, ageism, and emergency care of the elderly population. (Offered as needed.) 2 credits.

PTT 747 Pediatric Practice Management and Differential DX

Prerequisites, admission to the transitional DPT program, PTT 702, 720, 725. This online/onsite hybrid course combines online lecture and onsite laboratory material for management of pediatric patient/clients in all practice settings. Patient examination, evaluation, diagnosis, prognosis, plan of care, intervention, and assessment will be discussed in relation to commonly encountered pediatric diagnoses. Environmental, cultural, legislative, and legal issues that affect the delivery of care are explored. (Offered as needed.) 2 credits.

PTT 748 Wellness and Complementary Medicine

Prerequisites, PT 711, 720, 723, transitional DPT program, or consent of instructor. This course is an online/onsite hybrid lecture and laboratory course which prepares post professional physical therapy students to incorporate knowledge of nutrition, wellness, and alternative health care approaches into the delivery of excellent patient care. Students will integrate information related to diet, nutrition, and wellness behavior into comprehensive physical therapy and wellness plans for patients in all likely settings. In addition, students will become familiar with commonly encountered “alternative” or “complementary” medicine approaches emphasizing scientific evidence. (Offered as needed.) 2 credits.

PTT 775 Ethics and Professionalism in Physical Therapy

Prerequisites, transitional DPT major. This elective course is an online overview of basic ethical principles including, but not limited to, autonomy, beneficence, non-maleficence, veracity, and justice. In addition, core values and resultant professional behavior for the DPT are defined. Dilemmas frequently encountered in physical therapy in both clinical and research settings are integrated into the course content. (Offered as needed.) 2 credits.

PTT 782 Business Administration in Physical Therapy

Prerequisite, admission to the transitional DPT program, or consent of instructor. This elective course addresses current and future issues related to the administration of physical therapy practices and prepares students for leadership roles. Students examine the business requirements and management issues and apply them to 1 or more practice settings. (Offered as needed.) 2 credits.

Course Descriptions – Physician Assistant

PAS 500 Medical Science I

Prerequisite, physician assistant studies major. Corequisites, PAS 501, 502, 503, 504, 504L, 505, 506, 507. This course provides a systematic approach to the theory of clinical medicine including the etiology, epidemiology and pathophysiology and treatment of human disease, illness and injury. Medical science topics include principles and practice of clinical medicine in mental/ behavioral health, dermatology, otolaryngology, ophthalmology, cardiology, pulmonology, hematology, and gastroenterology. (Offered spring semester.) 6 credits.

PAS 501 History and Physical Diagnosis I

Prerequisite, physician assistant studies major. Corequisites, PAS 500, 502, 503, 504, 504L, 505, 506, 507. The primary aim of this course agenda is to understand clinical competencies, identify the components of a complete history, and develop interviewing skills, which allow the physician assistant to precisely identify pertinent history and direct the physical examination. Performing concise physical examinations in concert with taking accurate histories provides a solid foundation which allows the physician assistant to build an appropriate differential diagnosis based on a patient’s complaints. The course presents methodology, vocabulary, and assessment skills that are necessary for interviewing patients, and will provide “hands-on” experience via mock patient encounters, which will correlate with clinical practice and the biomedical sciences. This is a combined lecture and lab course. (Offered spring semester.) 4 credits.

PAS 502 Pharmacology I

Prerequisite, physician assistant studies major. Corequisites, PAS 500, 501, 503, 504, 504L, 505, 506, 507. This course is designed to introduce the student to the basic principles of pharmacology, including pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, drug actions, drug interactions, drug toxicities involved in clinical use, and pharmacotherapeutics. Emphasis will be placed on the physiological and biochemical actions, absorption, distribution, metabolism, excretion, and therapeutic use of various drugs. This course follows the same sequence as the medical science course topics. (Offered spring semester.) 2 credits.

PAS 503 Lab Medicine I

Prerequisite, physician assistant studies major. Corequisites, PAS 500, 501, 502, 504, 504L, 505, 506, 507. The course provides as systematic approach to basic clinical skills and knowledge applicable to the clinical laboratory medicine. Basic clinical skills include laboratory interpretation of body fluids to include blood, urine, and stool, and their implications in the treatment and care of a patient. This is a combined lecture and lab. Fee: $75. (Offered spring semester.) 2 credits.

PAS 504 Human Anatomy

Prerequisite, physician assistant studies major. Corequisites, PAS 500, 501, 502, 503, 504L, 505, 506, 507. This course provides an overview of human anatomy to the first year physician assistant student through lecture, class discussions, cadaver lab sessions and dissections, plastic anatomical models and radiographic examples. The course is designed to integrate normal and variant anatomical structures as they relate to clinical practice, physical exam and diagnosis, clinical procedures and skills, and disease. Instruction in head and neck, back and extremities, thoracic, abdomen, and pelvic structures serve as the foundation to anatomical principles for subsequent coursework and clinical practice. (Offered spring semester.) 4 credits.

PAS 504L Human Anatomy Lab

Prerequisite, physician assistant studies major. Corequisites, PAS 500, 501, 502, 503, 504, 505, 506, 507. This course provides an overview of human anatomy to the first year physician assistant student through lecture, class discussions, cadaver lab sessions and dissections, plastic anatomical models and radiographic examples. The course is designed to integrate normal and variant anatomical structures as they relate to clinical practice, physical exam and diagnosis, clinical procedures and skills, and disease. Instruction in head and neck, back and extremities, thoracic, abdomen, and pelvic structures serve as the foundation to anatomical principles for subsequent coursework and clinical practice. This is the lab for PAS 504 Human Anatomy. Fee: $100. (Offered spring semester.) 1½ credits.

PAS 505 Genetics of Health and Disease

Prerequisite, physician assistant studies major. Corequisites, PAS 500, 501, 502, 503, 504, 504L, 506, 507. This course is designed to introduce medical genetics and enable the Physician Assistant student to achieve a basic genetics foundation as well as an understanding of the genetic and molecular contribution to health and diseases and medical genetic education and research. (Offered spring semester.) 1 credit.

PAS 506 PA Professional Practice I

Prerequisite, physician assistant studies major. Corequisites, PAS 500, 501, 502, 503, 504, 504L, 505, 507. This course provides instruction in PA professional issues, leadership, patient advocacy, public health and policy, patient education, medical ethics, risk management, medical documentation, medical research and coding and billing. (Offered spring semester.) 2 credits.

PAS 507 Inter-Professional Education I

Prerequisite, physician assistant studies major. Corequisites, PAS 500, 501, 502, 503, 504, 504L, 505, 506. In this course students will engage in interprofessional collaboration through lectures, case studies and experiences. The first of three courses throughout the first year will provide an overview of basic ethical principles relevant to the patient-provider role. It will include both normative and compliance issues. Dilemmas frequently encountered in health care (clinical, research and administration) are integrated into the course content. The course is conducted in an adult-learner model using problem/case based activities with a focus on critical thinking and inquiry. (Offered spring semester.) 1 credit.

PAS 510 Medical Science II

Prerequisites, physician assistant studies major, PAS 500, 501, 502, 503, 504, 504L, 505, 506, 507 with course grades of “B” or better. Corequisites, PAS 511, 512, 513, 514, 516, 517. This course provides a systematic approach to the theory of clinical medicine including the etiology, epidemiology and pathophysiology and treatment of human disease, illness and injury. Medical science topics include principles and practice of clinical medicine in Musculoskeletal, Rheumatology, Neurology, Hematology, HIV, endocrinology, oncology. (Offered summer.) 6 credits.

PAS 511 History and Physical Diagnosis II

Prerequisites, physician assistant studies major, PAS 500, 501, 502, 503, 504, 504L, 505, 506, 507 with course grades of “B” or better. Corequisites, PAS 510, 512, 513, 514, 516, 517. This course is a continuation of History and Physical Diagnosis I. Performing concise physical examinations in concert with taking accurate histories provides a solid foundation which allows the physician assistant to build an appropriate differential diagnosis based on patients' complaints. This course teaches concise performance of physical examinations using a systems-based approach and proper physical examination techniques. This is a combined lecture and lab course. (Offered summer.) 4 credits.

PAS 512 Pharmacology II

Prerequisites, physician assistant studies major, PAS 500, 501, 502, 503, 504, 504L, 505, 506, 507 with course grades of “B” or better. Corequisites, PAS 510, 511, 513, 514, 516, 517. This course is a continuation of Pharmacology I. It is designed to introduce the student to the principles of pharmacology, including pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, drug actions, drug interactions, drug toxicities involved in clinical use, and pharmacotherapeutics. Emphasis will be placed on the physiological and biochemical actions, absorption, distribution, metabolism, excretion, and therapeutic use of various drugs. This course follows the same sequence as the medical science course topics. (Offered summer.) 2 credits.

PAS 513 Lab Medicine II

Prerequisites, physician assistant studies major, PAS 500, 501, 502, 503, 504, 504L, 505, 506, 507 with course grades of “B” or better. Corequisites, PAS 510, 511, 512, 514, 516, 517. This course is a continuation of PAS 503 Lab Medicine I. The course provides a systematic approach to basic clinical skills and knowledge applicable to the clinical laboratory medicine. Basic clinical skills include laboratory interpretation of body fluids to include blood, urine, and stool, and their implications in the treatment and care of a patient. This is combined lecture and lab. Fee: $75. (Offered summer.) 2 credits.

PAS 514 Human Physiology and Pathophysiology

Prerequisites, physician assistant studies major, PAS 500, 501, 502, 503, 504, 504L, 505, 506, 507 with course grades of “B” or better. Corequisites, PAS 510, 511, 512, 513, 516, 517. This course provides instruction on of human physiology and pathophysiology to the first year physician assistant student through lecture, class discussions, case study, and plastic anatomical models. The course is designed to integrate normal and abnormal physiological processes for the human body organ system in detail. This course is taught in systems based sequence where students will be able to comprehend and apply knowledge to medicine science, clinical cases and laboratory findings associated with normal and abnormal physiological processes. (Offered summer.) 4 credits.

PAS 516 PA Professional Practice II

Prerequisites, physician assistant studies major, PAS 500, 501, 502, 503, 504, 504L, 505, 506, 507 with course grades of “B” or better. Corequisites, PAS 510, 511, 512, 513, 514, 517. This is a continuation of PAS 506 PA Professional Practice I. This course provides instruction in PA professional issues, leadership, patient advocacy, public health and policy, patient education, medical ethics, risk management, medical documentation, medical research and coding and billing. (Offered summer.) 2 credits.

PAS 517 Inter-Professional Experience II

Prerequisites, physician assistant studies major, PAS 500, 501, 502, 503, 504, 504L, 505, 506, 507 with course grades of “B” or better. Corequisites, PAS 510, 511, 512, 513, 514, 516. In this course students will engage in interprofessional collaboration through lectures, case studies and experiences. The second of three courses throughout the first year will apply relationship building values and the principles of team dynamics to perform effectively in different team roles to plan and deliver patient/population centered care. (Offered summer.) 1 credit.

PAS 520 Medical Science III

Prerequisites, physician assistant studies major, PAS 510, 511, 512, 513, 514, 516, 517 with course grades of “B” or better. Corequisites, PAS 521, 522, 523, 526, 527, 600. This course is designed to meet the state and national accreditation requirements for an approved Physician Assistant program. The course provides a systematic approach to the theory of clinical medicine including the etiology, epidemiology and pathophysiology of human disease, illness and injury. Medical science topics include principles and practice of clinical medicine in infectious disease, women’s health, pediatrics, emergency medicine, surgery, geriatric medicine. (Offered fall semester.) 6 credits.

PAS 521 History and Physical Diagnosis III

Prerequisites, physician assistant studies major, PAS 510, 511, 512, 513, 514, 516, 517 with course grades of “B” or better. Corequisites, PAS 520, 522, 523, 526, 527, 600. This course is a continuation of History and Physical Diagnosis II. Performing concise physical examinations in concert with taking accurate histories provides a solid foundation which allows the physician assistant to build an appropriate differential diagnosis based on the patients' complaints. This course teaches concise performance of physical examinations using a systems-based approach and proper physical examination techniques. This is a combined lecture and lab course. (Offered fall semester.) 4 credits.

PAS 522 Pharmacology III

Prerequisites, physician assistant studies major, PAS 510, 511, 512, 513, 514, 516, 517 with course grades of “B” or better. Corequisites, PAS 520, 521, 523, 526, 527, 600. This course is a continuation of Pharmacology I and II. It is designed to introduce the student to the principles of pharmacology, including pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, drug actions, drug interactions, drug toxicities involved in clinical use, and pharmacotherapeutics. Emphasis will be placed on the physiological and biochemical actions, absorption, distribution, metabolism, excretion, and therapeutic use of various drugs. This course follows the same sequence as the medical science course topics. (Offered fall semester.) 2 credits.

PAS 523 Clinical Skills

Prerequisites, physician assistant studies major, PAS 510, 511, 512, 513, 514, 516, 517 with course grades of “B” or better. Corequisites, PAS 520, 521, 522, 526, 527, 600. In this course students will learn, practice and develop the following clinical and therapeutic skills: Aseptic technique, operating room principles, wound closure, bandaging, casting, bladder catheter insertion, phlebotomy, parenteral medication administration, starting IV’s, injections, venipuncture, nasogastric tube placement, chest tube insertion, central line placement, and intubation. Emphasis will be placed on the indications, contraindications and complications associated with each procedure. Students will practice and perform the clinical and therapeutic skills on task trainers, models, and computer simulations in preparation for supervised clinical experiences and clinical practice. This is combined lecture and lab. Fee: $75. (Offered fall semester.) 3 credits.

PAS 526 PA Professional Practice III

Prerequisites, physician assistant studies major, PAS 510, 511, 512, 513, 514, 516, 517 with course grades of “B” or better. Corequisites, PAS 520, 521, 522, 523, 527, 600. This is a continuation of PAS 516 PA Professional Practice II. This course provides instruction in PA professional issues, leadership, patient advocacy, public health and policy, patient education, medical ethics, risk management, medical documentation, medical research and coding and billing. (Offered fall semester.) 2 credits.

PAS 527 Inter-Professional Education III

Prerequisites, physician assistant studies major, PAS 510, 511, 512, 513, 514, 516, 517 with course grades of “B” or better. Corequisites, PAS 520 ,521, 522, 523, 526, 600. In this course students will engage in interprofessional collaboration through lectures, case studies and experiences. The third of three courses throughout the first year will continue to apply relationship building values and the principles of team dynamics to perform effectively in different team roles to plan and deliver patient/population centered care, prevent medical errors, focus on patient safety, effectively exchange information and develop communication skills. (Offered fall semester.) 1 credit.

PAS 600 Introduction to Clinical Practice

Prerequisites, physician assistant studies major, PAS 510, 511, 512, 513, 514, 516, 517 with course grades of “B” or better. Corequisites, PAS 520, 521, 522, 523, 526, 527. In this course students will prepare students for the clinical year. Students will develop an informed, practical and professional approach to the interaction and diagnostic process of clinical medicine through written and oral case presentations, Problem Oriented History and Physical, mock patient encounters and small group discussion. Students will also be introduced to evidence based research and capstone project to be completed at the end of the clinical year and provided with OSHA and HIPPA training. (Offered fall semester.) 4 credits.

PAS 601 Family Medicine

Prerequisites, physician assistant studies major, completion of all first-year courses, PAS 520, 521, 522, 523, 526, 527, 600 with course grades of “B” or better. This course introduces students to the specialty of family medicine. This course will consist of supervised clinical experiences in an outpatient setting, with a focus on primary care. The course will consist of combined clinical experiences and didactic sessions, supervised by program faculty and approved clinical preceptors. (Offered every semester.) 5 credits.

PAS 602 Internal Medicine - Outpatient

Prerequisites, physician assistant studies major, completion of all first-year courses, PAS 520, 521, 522, 523, 526, 527, 600 with course grades of “B” or better. This course introduces students to the specialty of outpatient internal medicine. This course will consist of supervised clinical experiences in an outpatient setting, with a focus on clinical conditions, procedures, and health management systems commonly seen in internal medicine. The course will consist of combined clinical experiences and didactic sessions, supervised by program faculty and approved clinical preceptors. (Offered every semester.) 5 credits.

PAS 603 Internal Medicine - Inpatient Hospitalist

Prerequisites, physician assistant studies major, completion of all first-year courses, PAS 520, 521, 522, 523, 526, 527, 600 with course grades of “B” or better. This course introduces students to the specialty of hospitalist medicine. This course will consist of supervised clinical experiences in an inpatient setting, with a focus on clinical conditions, procedures, and health management systems commonly seen in inpatient medicine. The course will consist of combined clinical experiences and didactic sessions, supervised by program faculty and approved clinical preceptors. (Offered every semester.) 5 credits.

PAS 604 General Surgery

Prerequisites, physician assistant studies major, completion of all first-year courses, PAS 520, 521, 522, 523, 526, 527, 600 with course grades of “B” or better. This course introduces students to the specialty of general surgery. This course will consist of supervised clinical experiences in a perioperative/surgical setting, with a focus on medical conditions, surgical procedures, and health management systems commonly seen in general surgery practice. The course will consist of combined clinical experiences and didactic sessions, supervised by program faculty and approved clinical preceptors. (Offered every semester.) 5 credits.

PAS 605 Women's Health

Prerequisites, physician assistant studies major, completion of all first-year courses, PAS 520, 521, 522, 523, 526, 527, 600 with course grades of “B” or better. This course introduces students to the specialty of Women’s Health. This course will consist of supervised clinical experiences in outpatient (and some inpatient) settings, with a focus on women’s health issues and obstetrics. The course will consist of combined clinical experiences and didactic sessions, supervised by program faculty and approved clinical preceptors. (Offered every semester.) 5 credits.

PAS 606 Pediatrics

Prerequisites, physician assistant studies major, completion of all first-year courses, PAS 520, 521, 522, 523, 526, 527, 600 with course grades of “B” or better. This course introduces students to the specialty of Pediatrics. This course will consist of supervised clinical experiences in outpatient (and some inpatient) settings, with a focus on pediatric health issues and obstetrics. The course will consist of combined clinical experiences and didactic sessions, supervised by program faculty and approved clinical preceptors. (Offered every semester.) 5 credits.

PAS 607 Mental and Behavior Health

Prerequisites, physician assistant studies major, completion of all first-year courses, PAS 520, 521, 522, 523, 526, 527, 600 with course grades of “B” or better. This course introduces students to the specialty of mental and behavioral health. This course will consist of supervised clinical experiences in a variety of outpatient, inpatient, and clinical settings, with a focus on mental and behavioral health conditions commonly seen in primary care. The course will consist of combined clinical experiences and didactic sessions, supervised by program faculty and approved clinical preceptors. (Offered every semester.) 5 credits.

PAS 608 Emergency Medicine

Prerequisites, physician assistant studies major, completion of all first-year courses, PAS 520, 521, 522, 523, 526, 527, 600 with course grades of “B” or better. This course introduces students to the specialty of emergency medicine. This course will consist of supervised clinical experiences where students are assigned to an emergency department that will focus on a variety of conditions commonly seen in emergency medicine. Students are expected to develop basic and diagnostic skills in emergency medicine. Basic skills include wound repair, abscess drainage, lumbar puncture, central line insertion, ultrasound usage, intubation, NG tube insertion and airway management. The course will consist of combined clinical experiences and didactic sessions, supervised by program faculty and approved clinical preceptors. (Offered every semester.) 5 credits.

PAS 609 Community Health

Prerequisites, physician assistant studies major, completion of all first-year courses, PAS 520, 521, 522, 523, 526, 527, 600 with course grades of “B” or better. This course introduces students to the clinical field of community health. This course will consist of supervised clinical experiences in a variety of outpatient community health centers, and is designed to develop awareness and improve the health of communities and the populations being served. The course will consist of combined clinical experiences and didactic sessions, supervised by program faculty and approved clinical preceptors. (Offered every semester.) 5 credits.

PAS 611 Orthopedics

Prerequisites, physician assistant studies major, completion of all first-year courses, PAS 520, 521, 522, 523, 526, 527, 600 with course grades of “B” or better. This course introduces students to the specialty of orthopedic medicine. This course will consist of supervised clinical experiences in a variety of outpatient, inpatient, and operative settings, with a focus on the medical conditions, surgical procedures, and health management systems commonly seen in orthopedic medicine practice. The course will consist of combined clinical experiences and didactic sessions, supervised by program faculty and approved clinical preceptors. (Offered every semester.) 5 credits.

PAS 696 Capstone I

Prerequisites, completion of all didactic course work, physician assistant studies major, PAS 520, 521, 522, 523, 526, 527, 600 with course grades of “B” or better. This 2 credit course is the first in a series of three during the clinical phase. This course outlines the study skills and insight needed that aid the physician assistant student in preparation for the PANCE (Physician Assistant National Certifying Exam) which is administered by the NCCPA (National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants) following successful completion of an ARC-PA accredited Physician Assistant Program. (Offered spring semester.) 2 credits.

PAS 697 Capstone II

Prerequisites, physician assistant studies major, PAS 696. This 2 credit course is the second in a series of three during the clinical phase. This course continues to build upon previously acquired knowledge of history taking, physical diagnosis, clinical reasoning, and clinical procedural skills. The course includes clinical skills lectures, procedure labs, and workshops. This course consists of a comprehensive written exam (Summative Exam), (4) OSCE’s (Objective Standardized Clinical Examinations), and a comprehensive clinical skills practical exam. (Offered summer.) 2 credits.

PAS 698 Capstone III

Prerequisites, physician assistant studies major, PAS 697. This 2 credit course is the third, in a series of three, during the clinical phase. This third integrative element will provide the physician assistant student the opportunity to develop, complete, and share their research project, on-site with colleagues, peers, faculty, and the University at large. Students will work with an assigned faculty advisor, who will provide the guidance for development and implementation of the final project. The final project will be a written paper or poster presentation of publishable quality. For the duration of the project, the related literature will be continually analyzed in order to fulfill the goals of the project to advance dissemination of the medical knowledge and the quality of medical care. (Offered fall semester.) 2 credits.