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1 Transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy Pathway Program Description The Transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy is a clinical doctoral degree designed for licensed physical therapists who wish to advance their knowledge, skills, and behaviors to a level consistent with the current professional (entry-level) Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) standards. It is designed for experienced physical therapists who wish to augment their current knowledge and skills to position themselves more strongly in the current health care environment. The Transitional DPT differs from an advanced post-professional degree in that it does not reflect the acquisition of advanced or specialized clinical skills, but rather it reflects the augmentation in the physical therapy professional body of knowledge and practice over the last five or more years. Admission to the Program Eligibility requirements for admission to the Transitional DPT program are as follows: documentation submitted with application. graduate, and any other relevant university course work. employer or a professional colleague. School of Allied Health Sciences 161

2 The Application Process Applications are accepted for admission for the Fall, Spring and Summer semesters. Application deadlines are August 1 for Fall, December 1 for Spring, and May 1 for Summer. Applicants must complete and submit the application for admission online at: Additional application materials, such as letters of reference, university transcripts and documentation of possession of a physical therapy license in the United States, should be sent to the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Office of the Registrar, th Street, Stop 8310, Lubbock, Texas Applicants should understand that fulfillment of the basic requirements does not guarantee admission. The Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) does not offer accreditation for post-professional program in physical therapy, such as the transitional-dpt. The Professional Curriculum Students with a master s degree are required to complete 27 semester credit hours. Students with a bachelor s degree are required to complete 33 semester credit hours. All students are required to take the 7 core(required) courses. Students with a master s degree choose 2 electives and students with a bachelor s degree choose 4 electives. All courses are taught online. Most courses will be taught at least once per year. Students are required to successfully complete at least two courses within each academic year. While each student s curriculum is flexible, it is expected that course work requirements for the Transitional DPT degree be completed within five years. Each student will design a degree plan on admission to the program in conjunction with the Program Director. Course Descriptions AHPT 8070 Independent Study (3:3:0,O) This independent study course is designed to meet the student s needs and/or interest. Instructor approval required prior to enrollment. AHPT 8361 Professional Development (3:3:0,O) This course focuses on the professional role and responsibility of the physical therapist at a doctoral level. Students will analyze professional core values and their own professional development as a DPT. There will be a focus on the application of ethical analysis and decision-making as physical therapists become an entry-point into healthcare for patients and clients. No required book, journal articles will be used. 162 Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center

3 AHPT 8362 Health and Wellness Promotion (3:3:0,O) This course focuses on the theories and practice of health promotion and wellness and is designed, through literature and program review, to assist students in acquiring the knowledge, skills and tools they need to successfully integrate health promotion into clinical physical therapy practice. Aspects of community health promotion, health promotion in PT practice; the state of the nation s health; behavior change and counseling principles and techniques; nutrition; physical activity; disease prevention; and risk factor reduction will also be addressed. A major focus is on learning to use behavior modification techniques to help motivate and support lifestyle changes, improve health, and prevent disease. As part of this course, students will research and develop a health promotion intervention that can be delivered in the PT practice setting. No required book, journal articles will be used. AHPT 8363 Screening and Differential Diagnosis (3:3:0,O) This course focuses on systems review and differential diagnosis. Students will conduct systems review to screen the status of the musculoskeletal, neuromuscular, cardiovascular, pulmonary, and integumentary systems. Students will apply theories and concepts of clinical decision-making and diagnosis and will identify patient conditions which require a referral to a different healthcare practitioner. ISBN: AHPT 8364 Diagnostic Imaging (3:3:0,O) This course focuses on the indications and implications of commonly used diagnostic imaging tests (e.g., X-rays, MRI, ultrasonography, CT Scan, echocardiography, fluoroscopy, PET scan, discography, etc.) as they pertain to physical therapy patient management. ISBN: AHPT 8365 Evidence-Based Practice (3:3:0,O) This course focuses on evidence-based clinical decision making, including locating and accessing evidence and evaluating levels of evidence. Students will apply evidence to clinical practice by integrating evidence, patient values, and clinical experience. Students will apply key measurement properties and strategies to assess and select between tests for clinical practice. Students will develop criticallyappraised topics which can be applied to their area of practice. ISBN: AHPT 8366 Clinical Application of Pharmacology (3:3:0,O) This course provides a survey of pharmacology and covers key concepts related to the cellular actions, therapeutic uses, and side effects of major drug classes used in the management of disease. Basic principles of pharmacology are addressed with focus on the mechanisms of action of classes of drugs and effects of specific drugs on the major systems of the body. The major focus of this course is on the relevant applications of pharmacotherapy to PT clinical practice and patient management. ISBN 13: AHPT 8367 Business Concepts for Physical Therapists (3:3:0,O) This course focuses on current issues of physical therapy administration. Topics School of Allied Health Sciences 163

4 will include human resources, strategic planning, marketing, legislation, reimbursement models, ethical issues, and advocacy to improve healthcare policy. ISBN: Elective Courses (Students with a master s degree choose 2 and student s with a bachelor s degree choose 4.): AHPT 8371 Musculoskeletal Physical Therapy Practice (3:3:0,O) This course surveys evidence-based physical therapy examination, evaluation, and interventions for patients with musculoskeletal pathologies and impairments. The course includes an overview of current intervention philosophies. ISBN: AHPT 8372 Neuromuscular Physical Therapy Practice (3:3:0,O) This course surveys evidence-based physical therapy examination, evaluation, and interventions for patients with neuromuscular pathologies and impairments. The course includes an overview of current intervention philosophies to enhance neuroplasticity. ISBN: AHPT 8373 Pediatric Physical Therapy Practice (3:3:0,O) This course surveys evidence-based physical therapy examination, evaluation, and interventions for pediatric clients with musculoskeletal and neuromuscular conditions. The student will apply clinical decision making and clinical practice guidelines in different environments of care. ISBN: 13: AHPT 8374 Women s Physical Therapy Practice (3:3:0,O) This course survey s evidence-based physical therapy examination, evaluation, and interventions for conditions specific to women from adolescence to old age. The course includes and overview of current intervention philosophies. AHPT 8375 Integumentary Physical Therapy Practice (3:3:0,O) This course surveys evidence-based physical therapy examination, evaluation, and interventions for patients with integumentary pathologies. The student will apply clinical decision making and clinical practice guidelines. The course includes an overview of current intervention philosophies. ISBN: AHPT 8376 Geriatric Physical Therapy Practice (3:3:0,O) This course surveys evidence-based physical therapy examination, evaluation, and interventions for geriatric patients with cardiopulmonary, musculoskeletal, or neuromuscular pathologies influenced by the aging process. The student will apply clinical decision making and clinical practice guidelines in different environments of care. ISBN: Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center

5 AHPT 8377 Rehabilitation Technology (3:3:0,O) This course surveys evidence-based patient management using assistive and adaptive devices and rehabilitation technology across the lifespan. Information specific mobility devices (manual and power wheelchairs), environmental control units, functional electric stimulation units, robotics. amd virtual reality are emphasized. The student will apply clinical decision making relative to current and emerging technologies in physical therapy patient management. School of Allied Health Sciences 165

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