It is the mission and primary enterprise of the Program in Physical Therapy to educate thoughtful individuals who are competent, knowledgeable, and ethical professionals, dedicated to improving their community through provision of quality, evidence-based physical therapy services. Our graduates demonstrate a commitment to the professional organization, to life-long learning, and to the education of future physical therapists. Our graduates are scientific clinicians, skilled in critical thinking and capable of integrating theory with clinical practice. The faculty, collectively and individually, embodies and exemplifies each of those attributes we seek to instill in our graduates. As role models of professional behavior and practice, faculty provide public service through direct patient care, including care of underserved populations; and they advance the knowledge of physical therapy through clinical and basic health science research.
- 2 year graduation rate (2021 and 2022): 100%
- 2 year employment rate (2021 and 2022): 100%
- Defined as the percentage of graduates who sought employment and were employed in physical therapy (full-time or part-time) within one year of graduation
- 2 year licensure pass rate (2020 and 2021): 98.6%
- Program Goal #1: Prepare competent, knowledgeable, ethical physical therapists.
- Program Goal #2: Our program enhances our community through service-related activities including and beyond those dedicated to LSU Health Shreveport.
- Program Goal #3: Prepare students/graduates to provide quality, evidence-based PT services.
This goal is measured by the following:
- 95% of students enrolled into the DPT program will graduate.
- 100% or our graduates will ultimately pass the NPTE.
- 80% or our graduates will pass the NPTE on the first attempt.
- By survey, 100% of enrolled students and graduates agree that their education prepares them to independently make proper ethical decisions or access proper resources for decision-making, given an ethical dilemma.
- By survey, 100% of the employers of our graduates agree that the graduates’ practice is based on current legal and ethical standards.
This goal is measured by the following:
- 100% of licensed faculty participate in and model evidence-based clinical practice.
- 100% of clinical courses include best practice and integrate contemporary evidence into clinical practice as a curricular thread.
- By survey, 100% of enrolled students and graduates agree that they are competent in using best evidence to inform clinical decision-making.
- 100% of students pass the research series of courses in the curriculum with a grade of C or higher and participate in dissemination of research findings.
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The Physical Therapy Department offers a three year Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree comprised of 9 semesters and a total of 119-122 credit hours. The professional courses leading to the Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree are as follows:
|ANAT 6522 Human Anatomy||5|
|PHYSIO 6523 Human Physiology||4|
|PHTH 7550 Functional Anatomy||2|
|ANAT 6533 Neuroanatomy||3|
|PHTH 7551 Research I||2|
|PHTH 7552 Clinical Decision-making||3|
|PHTH 7553 Differential Diagnosis||4|
|PHTH 7557 Biomechanics and Ergonomics||3|
|PHTH 7555 Introduction to Patient Care||2|
PHTH 7556 Clinical Procedures
|PHTH 7558 Clinical Orthopaedics||3|
|PHTH 7559 Research II||1|
|PHTH 7593 - Biophysical Agents||4|
|PHTH 7562 Evaluation and Management of Patients with Musculoskeletal Disorders||3|
|PHTH 7567 Neuroscience I||2|
|PHTH 7560 Evaluation of Human Locomotion I||1|
|PHTH 7563 Clinical Externship I (8-week Monday rotation)||1|
|PHTH 7564 Manual Therapy I||2|
|PHTH 7554 Principles of Laboratory and Radiological Medicine||2|
|PHTH 7565 Physiological Adaptation to Exercise and Nutrition||3|
|PHTH 7566 Research III||1|
|PHTH 7568 Clinical Externship II
(6-week full time rotation, primarily Outpatient Ortho setting)
|PHTH 7591 Therapeutic Ex I||1|
|PHTH 7594 - Evaluation of Human Locomotion II||1|
|PHTH 7570 Prosthetics and Orthotics||2|
|PHTH 7571 Evaluation and Management of patients with Cardiopulmonary Disorders||3|
|PHTH 7572 Neuroscience II||3|
|PHTH 7573 Physical Therapy Across the Lifespan||3|
|PHTH 7578 Pharmacology||2|
|PHTH 7596 - Professional Issues in Physical Therapy||1|
|PHTH 7576 PT Intervention for Selected Medical Conditions||3|
|PHTH 7577 Research IV||2|
PHTH 7581 Neuroscience III
|PHTH 7579 Wellness||3|
|PHTH 7580 Evaluation and Management of patients with Disorders of the Integumentary System||3|
|PHTH 7574 Manual Therapy II||2|
|PHTH 7590 Educational Practice||2|
|PHTH 7584 Women’s Health||2|
|PHTH 7585 Business Administration and Marketing||3|
|PHTH 7592 Therapeutic Exercise II||1|
|PHTH 7586 Research V||1|
|PHTH 7587 Clinical Internship I
(Two 10-week rotations)
|PHTH 7588 Clinical Internship II (10-week rotation)||10|
- ANAT 6522 - Human Anatomy (5 Credits)
- PHYSIO 6523 - Human Physiology (4 Credits)
- PHTH 7550 - Functional Anatomy (2 Credit)
- ANAT 6533 - Neuroanatomy (3 Credits)
- PHTH 7551 - Research I - Principles of Scientific Inquiry (2 Credit)
- PHTH 7552 - Clinical Decision-making (3 Credits)
- PHTH 7553 - Differential Diagnosis (4 Credits)
- PHTH 7555 - Introduction to Patient Care (2 Credits)
- PHTH 7556 - Clinical Procedures (1 Credit)
- PHTH 7567 - Neuroscience I (2 Credits)
- PHTH 7557 - Biomechanics and Ergonomics (3 Credits)
- PHTH 7558 - Clinical Orthopedics (3 Credits)
- PHTH 7559 - Principles of Research II (1 Credit)
- PHTH 7560 - Evaluation of Human Locomotion I (1 Credit)
- PHTH 7562 - Evaluation and Management of Patients with Musculoskeletal Disorders (3 Credits)
- PHTH 7563 - Clinical Externship I (1 Credit)
- PHTH 7593 - Biophysical Agents (4 Credits)
The first of five sequential courses designed to develop in the student those skills necessary to utilize and apply in practice current information from peer-reviewed literature; and to prepare the student to participate in clinical and/or experimental research activities. Emphasis in this course is on library science, levels of research, application of statistics, and critical reading of literature related to physical therapy practice.
A critical exploration into basic legal, ethical, and psychosocial issues, which arise with delivery of health care such as confidentiality, informed consent, and health policy issues pertinent to physical therapy. In addition the student examines the standards that guide the profession and cultural, social, and psychological issues that influence clinical decisions.
This course provides the foundation for all other systems-focused courses. The underpinning is provided with pathology and epidemiology. Students learn the principles of a screening examination and performance of a variety of tests and measures for the specific purpose of establishing a physical therapy diagnosis toward which treatment can be directed. Emphasis is placed on the ability to differentially diagnose, recognize conditions requiring referral, and engage in critical thinking skills.
A lecture and laboratory course that introduces selected neurologic disorders, examination of the neurologic system, diagnostic criteria, etiology, epidemiology, prognosis and clinical manifestations. Emphasis will be placed on clinical manifestations and their correlating neuroanatomical structures and functions. Relevance to physical therapy practice will also be covered.
A study of biomechanics and how the science applies to normal human movement and common dysfunctions manifested following pathological, traumatic, or developmental insults. The relationships between changes in tissue and concomitant biomechanical adaptations are explored. Ergonomic relationships are presented as related to home, work, and play environments and activities.
An introduction to developmental and normal gait is provided in a lecture and lab based format. This course emphasizes the assessment of gait in all planes of motion and the interaction of body segments to promote efficient locomotion. In addition to lectures the students are expected to complete presentations designed to foster a deeper understanding of the material presented in class.
This course will teach students about the proper utilization of biophysical agents, including indications, contraindications and appropriate use and set up of various devices. Students will develop an understanding of the role biophysical agents play in diagnostic testing, and their utility in each phase of tissue healing from inflammation through maturation. The management of pain, weakness, tonal abnormalities, edema, limitations in range of motion due to tissue inelasticity, and management of skin disorders will be covered in this course. Specific modalities include compression, cryotherapy, electrical stimulation, heat (deep and superficial), hydrotherapy, LASER, light therapy, therapeutic massage, traction, ultrasound.
- PHTH 7564 - Manual Therapy I (2 Credits)
- PHTH 7565 - Physiological Adaptation to Exercise and Nutrition (3 Credits)
- PHTH 7566 - Principles of Research III (1 Credit)
- PHTH 7568 - Clinical Externship II (3 Credits)
- PHTH 7554 - Principles of Laboratory and Radiological Medicine (2 Credits)
- PHTH 7591 - Therapeutic Exercise for Mobility, Function, and Performance I (1 Credit)
- PHTH 7570 - Prosthetics & Orthotics (2 Credits)
- PHTH 7571 - Evaluation and Management of Patients with Cardiopulmonary Disorders (3 Credits)
- PHTH 7572 - Neuroscience II (3 Credits)
- PHTH 7573 - Physical Therapy Across the Lifespan (3 Credits)
- PHTH 7574 - Manual Therapy II (2 Credits)
- PHTH 7594 - Evaluation of Human Locomotion II (1 Credit)
- PHTH 7596 - Professional Issues in Physical Therapy (1 Credit)
- PHTH 7576 - PT Intervention for Selected Medical Conditions (3 Credits)
- PHTH 7578 - Pharmacology (2 Credits)
- PHTH 7579 - Wellness (3 Credits)
- PHTH 7580 - Evaluation and Management of Patients with Disorders of the Integumentary System (3 Credits)
- PHTH 7581 - Neuroscience III (3 Credits)
A lecture and laboratory course that focuses on principles of exercise, body composition analysis, strength and endurance training, and exercise prescription and how the body physiologically adapts in a variety of situations. Principles of nutrition and physiological response to changes in diet are also addressed.
This third of five sequential research courses emphasizes application of skills covered in Research I and II, and includes development of a written research proposal in preparation for data collection and interpretation. Research design, data-collection, measurement, and analysis and interpretation of results are expanded upon. Issues related to tests and measurements in physical therapy practice will also be presented.
An introduction to the evaluation and management of patients requiring orthotic or prosthetic interventions. Related topics include: etiology and presentation of upper and lower extremity dysfunction, management of the diabetic foot, amputation, and the role physical therapy in an interdisciplinary orthotic/prosthetic clinic model. Emphasis is on evaluation, prescription, and pre- and post-device training; limited experiences in fabrication or splinting may be included.
A course of study that addresses physical therapy intervention for individuals from birth into the geriatric years. Normal and abnormal development will be presented utilizing a variety of current models including systems, ecological, and dynamic action. Assessment and management strategies appropriate to the stage of development will be presented from a systems perspective.
An introduction to abnormal gait is provided in a lecture and lab based format. This course emphasizes the assessment of common gait abnormalities encountered across the life span and with various diagnoses often encountered by physical therapists. In addition to lectures the students are expected to complete presentations designed to foster a deeper understanding of the material presented in class.
Professional roles and responsibilities related to the role of the DPT are discussed. The course extends beyond patient management to legislation, policy, advocacy, teamwork and collaboration and quality improvement. Current issues, trends, and history of the PT profession and our professional organization are topics as students begin to address career options and professional development following graduation, including residency/fellowship, continuing education and expectations of a first position as a new professional. This course focuses on the role of leaders and concepts of leadership in physical therapy, health care settings, on teams, and in our professional organization. Leadership styles and perspectives, and differences between leadership and management are explored. Planning for next steps in career development, mentoring, and professional planning are included.
A laboratory/case based course that integrates the motor control and motor learning techniques to cases pertinent to physical therapy. Specific techniques for consciousness, attention, stability, mobility and integration toward function will be presented with application to various diagnostic groups for management of tone, improvement of coordination, integration of sensorium and reflex integration.
- PHTH 7584 - Women’s Health (2 Credits)
- PHTH 7585 - Business Administration and Marketing (3 Credits)
- PHTH 7590 - Educational Practice (2 Credits)
- PHTH 7592 - Therapeutic Exercise for Mobility, Function, and Performance II (1 Credit)
- PHTH 7587 - Clinical Internship I (10 Credits)
- PHTH 7577 - Research IV (2 Credits)
- PHTH 7588 - Clinical Internship II (10 Credits)
- PHTH 7586 - Research V (1 Credit)
A fifteen-week block of full time clinical practice in one or more settings. The practicum is designed to provide clinical reinforcement of the curriculum content presented during the two years of study and permit students to select an area of specialized interest in which to improve selected clinical skills.
PHTH 7589 - Independent Study
Elective: This course allows students to pursue a topic related to physical therapy beyond that covered in the graduate curriculum. Satisfactory completion of the course requirement will be accomplished through individualized, self-directed study. The topic will be based on student preference and faculty approval. A faculty advisor and the student will jointly determine goals, objectives and evaluation methods. May be repeated for credit with change in topic and permission of the Department Head. (Offered in all semesters)
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