Physical Therapy

K. Gibson, Chair
Department of Physical Therapy
School of Health Professions
801 Clark Hall
(573) 882-7103
Fax: (573) 884-8369
mushppt@missouri.edu
http://shp.missouri.edu/pt/

Physical Therapy involves the evaluation and treatment of physical disability and pain that may result from injury, disease or developmental disability. Prevention of disability and public education are also roles of the physical therapist. Physical therapists use tests and measurements to assess body system dysfunction and determine diagnosis and treatment. Daily living skills, including work, are also addressed.

The University of Missouri offers a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree. No master’s degree or terminal undergraduate degree in Physical Therapy are available.

Admissions

Doctor of Physical Therapy Program, Regular Admissions

Most students admitted to the Doctor of Physical Therapy program will have a baccalaureate degree. Students who are interested in pursuing application to the Doctor of Physical Therapy program are encouraged to work on an undergraduate degree that will allow them to fulfill application requirements.

Doctor of Physical Therapy Program, Early Admissions

Admission to the Doctor of Physical Therapy program may be available to a small group of students who have completed at least 90 credit hours, completed at least six full-time semesters of residential course work, all MU general education requirements and have shown excellent academic progress. Students who gain early admission to the Doctor of Physical Therapy program will be awarded the Bachelor of Health Science in pre-professional physical therapy upon completing one year of coursework in the physical therapy program.

Information regarding the admissions procedures and curriculum for the Doctor of Physical Therapy program can be found on the graduate tab.

Professor M. Brown*, M. A. Minor*
Associate Professor E. A. Dannecker**, T. M. Guess, S. P. Sayers**
Associate Teaching Professor  K. Gibson*, M. S. Hargrove*, K. L. Wingert
Assistant Teaching Professor J. Bridges*, T. Briedwell*, J. Krug*, J. B. Mann, D. E. Martin, E. Prost*, K. Stephens*
Clinical Professor C. C. Abbott*
Instructor C. A. Blow*, A. C. Connell, N. J. Dietz, S. E. Lindaman, J. J. McElroy

*

Graduate Faculty Member - membership is required to teach graduate-level courses, chair master's thesis committees, and serve on doctoral examination and dissertation committees.

**

Doctoral Faculty Member - membership is required to chair doctoral examination or dissertation committees.  Graduate faculty membership is a prerequisite for Doctoral faculty membership.

Physical Therapy Doctoral Degree Program
School of Health Professions
801 Clark Hall
573-882-7103
573-884-8369 (fax)
mushppt@missouri.edu
http://shp.missouri.edu/pt/

Starting in 2007, students who enter the MU Physical Therapy program will complete a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree program.

Careers

The DPT degree is an entry-level clinical degree that prepares the student to enter the field of physical therapy as a general practitioner with a background in musculoskeletal, neuromuscular, cardiovascular/pulmonary and integumentary systems.

Financial Aid from the Program

Students may apply for scholarships during the professional phase of the program. Check the program website or ask the program contact for availability and details.

PH_THR 1000: Introduction to Physical Therapy

Acquaints students with the physical therapy profession including the required educational preparation, practice settings, sample interventions, current issues, trends and research. Graded on S/U basis only.

Credit Hour: 1


PH_THR 2420: Biology of Healthy Living

(same as BIOMED 2420 and NUTR_S 2420). Biology of inactivity as a casual factor in chronic disease.

Credit Hours: 2


PH_THR 3022: Principles of Physical Therapy

History of physical therapy: the profession; basic skills: first aid, infection control, vital signs; medical terminology. Graded on S/U basis only.

Credit Hour: 1


PH_THR 3085: Problems in Physical Therapy

Independent study, based upon educational goals, leading to completion of a project or paper. Specific objectives and time line developed with the supervision of a faculty member.

Credit Hour: 1-3
Prerequisites: instructor's consent


PH_THR 4085: Problems in Physical Therapy

Independent study, based upon educational goals, leading to completion of a project or paper. Specific objectives and time line developed with the supervision of a faculty member.

Credit Hour: 1-3
Prerequisites: instructor's consent


PH_THR 4120: Clinical Education IA

(cross-leveled with PH_THR 7120). An introduction to clinical education in Physical Therapy: includes development of foundational clinical skills and behaviors as well as experience in the PhysZou clinical setting. Graded on S/U basis only.

Credit Hour: 1


PH_THR 4150: Introduction to Clinical Education II

Continuation of Introduction to Clinical Education I with increased time in clinical settings. Graded on S/U basis only.

Credit Hour: 1


PH_THR 4240: Applied Neurophysiology for Allied Health Students

(same as OC_THR 4240). Principles of basic neurophysiology, emphasizing correlation of structure and function of the nervous system.

Credit Hours: 3


PH_THR 4250: Human Kinesiology

(same as HTH_PR 4250). Study of principles of physical laws, biomechanics and anatomic structure relative to human movement. Applications through analysis of daily functional performance, exercise, and sport.

Credit Hours: 3
Prerequisites: Human Anatomy


PH_THR 4270: Clinical Pathophysiology

(same as OC_THR 4270) Interdisciplinary and case-based examination of the pathophysiology, prevention and general health management of disease/injury across the lifespan encountered in occupational and physical therapy practice. Graded on A-F basis only.

Credit Hours: 3
Prerequisites: successful completion of prior professional coursework


PH_THR 4330: Physical Agents

Biophysics, theory and technique concerning the use of physical agents as adjuncts to exercise programs. Includes thermal, electrical, light, hydrotherapy and mechanical agents.

Credit Hours: 3


PH_THR 4420: Foundations of Therapeutic Exercise

Physiological basis of exercise throughout the lifespan with emphasis on the musculoskeletal, neuromuscular, cardiovascular/pulmonary and integumentary systems and the effects of injury and disease on these systems.

Credit Hours: 3


PH_THR 4480: Medical Testing in Rehabilitation

Diagnostic tests used by disciplines within and outside of physical therapy. Studies include laboratory, nuclear medicine, radiologic, and motion analysis. Emphasis placed on interpretation of results as they apply to physical therapy examination and intervention.

Credit Hours: 3
Prerequisites: Restricted to students accepted into professional major


PH_THR 4510: Evidence-Based Practice

Clinical research design and methods overview. Critical review of current and historically important professional literature. Effective writing related to clinically applicable research using computer and library resources. Identification of research questions.

Credit Hours: 3
Prerequisites: departmental consent


PH_THR 4520: Applied Therapeutic Exercise

Application of therapeutic exercise with an emphasis on evidenced-based exercise prescription, modes and techniques of exercise typically seen in rehabilitation.

Credit Hours: 3


PH_THR 4560: Movement Theory and Application

Human sensorimotor development; motor learning; motor control theories; developmental and practical application to exercise; proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation.

Credit Hours: 2


PH_THR 4570: Bridging the Clinical-Research Gap

This class focuses on theories of clinical decision making and Evidence-based Practice, their applications to the clinical setting and dissemination of such information to colleagues in professional forums. Graded on A-F basis only.

Credit Hours: 3


PH_THR 4620: Introduction to Orthopedic Physical Therapy with Laboratory

Physical therapy diagnosis, management, and prevention of disorders of the musculoskeletal system; basics of orthopedic manual therapy. Includes laboratory.

Credit Hours: 3


PH_THR 4680: Orthopedic Physical Therapy

Physical therapy diagnosis, management, and prevention of disorders of the musculoskeletal system; continuation of orthopedic manual therapy emphasizing the axial skeleton; traction; massage; taping; sport-specific injury rehabilitation; orthotics.

Credit Hours: 3
Prerequisites: PH_THR 4620


PH_THR 4730: Pediatric Physical Therapy

Physical therapy evaluation and treatment of children with movement dysfunction. Emphasis on therapeutic exercise.

Credit Hours: 4


PH_THR 4770: Rehabilitation of the Neurologically Impaired Adult

Physical Therapy evaluation and treatment of adults who have incurred neurological deficits; emphasis on the restorative care of individuals following spinal cord injury, stroke, and traumatic head injury.

Credit Hours: 4


PH_THR 4790: Pharmacology in Rehabilitation

Principles of pharmacology including pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, and toxicology of common drugs encountered in rehabilitation. Emphasis on pharmacology related to the musculoskeletal, neuromuscular, cardiovascular/pulmonary and integumentary systems across the lifespan.

Credit Hours: 2
Prerequisites: Restricted to students accepted into a professional major


PH_THR 4940: Clinical Education I

Full time, supervised clinical experience addressing application of basic skills in patient evaluation and treatment, documentation and professional behaviors. Graded on S/U basis only.

Credit Hours: 4


PH_THR 4945: Clinical Education II

Continuation of supervised clinical education. (Capstone course)

Credit Hours: 5


PH_THR 4960: Special Readings in Physical Therapy

Independent readings selected in consultation with supervising faculty member. Identified educational goals and activities; discussion, annotated bibliography or report.

Credit Hour: 1-3
Prerequisites: instructor's consent


PH_THR 4965: Directed Readings in Physical Therapy

Selected readings on specific topics.

Credit Hour: 1-99
Prerequisites: instructor's consent


PH_THR 4980: Clinical Evaluation and Procedures with Laboratory

Principles and procedures of basic evaluation methods and documentation: muscle strength, range of motion, muscle balance, posture, neurologic tests. Includes laboratory.

Credit Hours: 3


PH_THR 4981: Clinical Kinesiology with Laboratory

Advanced Kinesiology addressing functional mobility; specifics of normal human gait; pathokinetics of gait. Assistive devices; wheelchairs; orthoses and prostheses. Includes laboratory.

Credit Hours: 3


PH_THR 7120: Clinical Education IA

(cross-leveled with PH_THR 4120). An introduction to clinical education in Physical Therapy; includes development of foundational clinical skills and behaviors as well as experience in PhysZou clinical setting. Graded on S/U basis only.

Credit Hour: 1


PH_THR 7150: Clinical Education IB

(cross-leveled with PH_THR 4150). Continuation of Clinical Education IA with further emphasis on current events in Physical Therapy as well as the professional attributes of communication, teamwork and problem solving. Required experience in PhysZou clinical setting. Graded on S/U basis only.

Credit Hour: 1


PH_THR 7240: Applied Neurophysiology for Allied Health Students

(same as OC_THR 4240 or OC_THR 7240). Principles of basic neurophysiology, emphasizing correlation of structure and function of the nervous system.

Credit Hours: 3


PH_THR 7250: Human Kinesiology

(same as HTH_PR 4250, OC_THR 4220 or OC_THR 7220). Study of principles of physical laws, biomechanics and anatomic structure relative to human movement. Applications through analysis of daily functional performance, exercise, and sport.

Credit Hours: 3
Prerequisites: Human Anatomy


PH_THR 7270: Clinical Pathophysiology

(same as OC_THR 4270 or OC_THR 7270) Interdisciplinary and case-based examination of the pathophysiology, prevention and general health management of disease/injury across the lifespan encountered in occupational and physical therapy practice.

Credit Hours: 3


PH_THR 7330: Physical Agents

Biophysics, theory and technique concerning the use of physical agents as adjuncts to exercise programs. Includes thermal, electrical, light, hydrotherapy and mechanical agents.

Credit Hours: 3


PH_THR 7420: Foundations of Therapeutic Exercise

Physiologic basis of exercise throughout the lifespan with emphasis on the musculoskeletal, neuromuscular, cardiovascular/ pulmonary and integumentary systems and the effects of injury and disease on these systems.

Credit Hours: 3


PH_THR 7480: Medical Testing in Rehabilitation

Diagnostic test used by disciplines within and outside of physical therapy. Studies include laboratory, nuclear medicine, radiologic, and motion analysis. Emphasis placed on interpretation of results as they apply to physical therapy examination and intervention.

Credit Hours: 3
Prerequisites: Restricted to students accepted into professional major


PH_THR 7510: Evidence-Based Practice

Clinical research design and methods overview. Critical review of current and historically important professional literature. Effective writing related to clinically applicable research using computer and library resources. Identification of research questions.

Credit Hours: 3
Prerequisites: departmental consent


PH_THR 7520: Applied Therapeutic Exercise

Application of therapeutic exercise with an emphasis on evidenced-based exercise prescription, modes and techniques of exercise typically seen in rehabilitation.

Credit Hours: 3


PH_THR 7570: Bridging the Clinical-Research Gap

This class focuses on theories of clinical decision making and Evidence-based Practice, their applications to the clinical setting and dissemination of such information to colleagues in professional forums. Graded on A-F basis only.

Credit Hours: 3


PH_THR 7620: Introduction to Orthopedic Physical Therapy with Laboratory

Physical therapy diagnosis, management, and prevention of disorders of the musculoskeletal system; basics of orthopedic manual therapy. Includes laboratory.

Credit Hours: 3


PH_THR 7680: Orthopedic Physical Therapy

Physical therapy diagnosis, management, and prevention of disorders of the musculoskeletal system; continuation of orthopedic manual therapy emphasizing the axial skeleton; traction; massage; taping; sport-specific injury rehabilitation; orthotics.

Credit Hours: 3
Prerequisites: PH_THR 4620


PH_THR 7730: Pediatric Physical Therapy

Physical therapy evaluation and treatment of children with movement dysfunction. Emphasis on therapeutic exercise.

Credit Hours: 4


PH_THR 7770: Rehabilitation of the Neurologically Impaired Adult

Physical Therapy evaluation and treatment of adults who have incurred neurological deficits; emphasis on the restorative care of individuals following spinal cord injury, stroke, and traumatic head injury.

Credit Hours: 4


PH_THR 7780: Differential Diagnosis in Physical Therapy

Evidence-based clinical decision making emphasizing health screenings and system review to determine physical therapy diagnosis/need for referral to other health care professionals.

Credit Hours: 3
Prerequisites: Restricted to students accepted into the professional major


PH_THR 7790: Pharmacology in Rehabilitation

Principles of pharmacology including pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, and toxicology of common drugs encountered in rehabilitation. Emphasis on pharmacology related to the musculoskeletal, neuromuscular, cardiovascular/ pulmonary and integumentary systems across the lifespan.

Credit Hours: 2
Prerequisites: Restricted to students accepted into professional major


PH_THR 7890: Case Management I

Evaluation and team approach to physical therapy management in adult medical and surgical conditions: cardiopulmonary, rheumatic, oncologic, integumentary or wound care, including major burn injury. Psychosocial and ethical issues incorporated. Problem based; laboratory.

Credit Hours: 5


PH_THR 7940: Clinical Education II

Full time, supervised clinical experience addressing application of basic skills in patient evaluation and treatment, documentation and professional behaviors. Graded on S/U basis only.

Credit Hours: 5


PH_THR 7945: Clinical Education II

Continuation of supervised clinical education. (Capstone course). Graded on S/U basis only.

Credit Hours: 5


PH_THR 7960: Special Readings in Physical Therapy

Independent readings selected in consultation with supervising faculty member. Identified educational goals and activities; discussion, annotated bibliography or report.

Credit Hour: 1-3
Prerequisites: instructor's consent


PH_THR 7965: Directed Readings in Physical Therapy

Selected readings on specific topics.

Credit Hour: 1-99
Prerequisites: instructor's consent


PH_THR 7980: Clinical Evaluation and Procedures with Laboratory

Principles and procedures of basic evaluation methods and documentation: muscle strength, range of motion, muscle balance, posture, neurologic tests. Includes laboratory.

Credit Hours: 3


PH_THR 7981: Clinical Kinesiology with Laboratory

Advanced Kinesiology addressing functional mobility; specifics of normal human gait; pathokinetics of gait. Assistive devices; wheelchairs; orthoses and prostheses. Includes laboratory.

Credit Hours: 3


PH_THR 8001: Topics in Physical Therapy

Organized study of selected topics in physical therapy, health and wellness, prevention of disease and disability, and the rehabilitation sciences. Specific content may vary from semester to semester.

Credit Hour: 1-99
Prerequisites: instructor's consent


PH_THR 8085: Problems in Physical Therapy

Independent study and development of a clinical or research paper, poster or workshop suitable for presentation in a symposium or conference. Specific plan individually developed with advisor. Journal reviews.

Credit Hour: 1-3


PH_THR 8087: Seminar in Physical Therapy

Presentation and critical discussion of research activities, summaries of clinical and research experience.

Credit Hours: 3
Prerequisites: departmental consent


PH_THR 8130: Professional Issues in the 21st Century

The physical therapist as health care professional, administrator, and educator; legal, ethical, and political issues. Service delivery management; delegation of care; rural vs. urban health care needs.

Credit Hours: 3


PH_THR 8390: Case Management II with Laboratory

Complex orthopedic problems in persons of all ages; supervision, reimbursement, ethical/legal situations; community programs for injury prevention; work capacity evaluation/work hardening; consultation. Problem-based format; laboratory.

Credit Hours: 5
Prerequisites: PH_THR 7890


PH_THR 8690: Case Management III with Laboratory

Traditional and contemporary theories of physical therapy in advanced rehabilitation of children and adults with neurologic disorders; education/employment, ethical/legal issues; patient/client advocacy. Problem based format; laboratory.

Credit Hours: 5
Prerequisites: PH_THR 8390


PH_THR 8940: Clinical Education III

A continuation of supervised clinical education. Graded on S/U basis only.

Credit Hour: 6-8


PH_THR 8945: Clinical Education IV

A continuation of supervised clinical education. Graded on S/U basis only.

Credit Hours: 5


PH_THR 8950: Clinical Education V

Full time supervised clinical education. Terminal clinical experience with advanced expectations of performance. Restricted to students accepted into professional major. Graded on S/U basis only.

Credit Hours: 5