Program Overview

About

Accreditation

The Program in Physical Therapy at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in Shreveport is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314; telephone: 703-706-3245; email: accreditation@apta.org; website: http://www.capteonline.org. If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call (318) 813-2945 or email emahon@lsuhsc.edu

Mission Statement

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. 

Program Goal #1: Prepare competent, knowledgeable, ethical physical therapists.

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.

 

Program Goal #2: Our program enhances our community through service-related activities including and beyond those dedicated to LSU Health Shreveport.

This goal is measured by the following: 

  • 100% of students and faculty are involved in at least one community service activity annually as identified in their portfolio or curriculum vitae respectively. 

Program Goal #3: Prepare students/graduates to provide quality, evidence-based PT services.

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.

Curriculum

The Physical Therapy Department offers a three year Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree comprised of 9 semesters and a total of 117-120 credit hours. The professional courses leading to the Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree are as follows:

Summer Semester (First Year)

Course Name Hours
ANAT 6522 Human Anatomy 5
PHYSIO 6523 Human Physiology 4
PHTH 7550 Functional Anatomy 1
Total 10

Fall Semester (First Year)

Course Name Hours
ANAT 6533 Neuroanatomy 3
PHTH 7551 Research I 2
PHTH 7552 Clinical Decision-making 3
PHTH 7553 Differential Diagnosis 4
PHTH 7567 Neuroscience I 2
PHTH 7555 Introduction to Patient Care 3

PHTH 7556 Clinical Procedures
(Rotate through every clinical setting in groups of 5 throughout semester)

1
Total 18

Spring Semester (First Year)

Course Name Hours
PHTH 7557 Biomechanics and Ergonomics 3
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 7563 Clinical Externship I (8-week Monday rotation) 1
PHTH 7560 - Evaluation of Human Locomotion I 1
Total 15

Summer Semester (Second Year)

Course Name Hours
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)
3
PHTH 7591 Therapeutic Ex I 1
Total 13

Fall Semester (Second Year)

Course Name Hours
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 7574 Manual Therapy II 2
PHTH 7596 - Professional Issues in Physical Therapy 1
Total 15

Spring Semester (Second Year)

Course Name Hours
PHTH 7576 PT Intervention for Selected Medical Conditions 3
PHTH 7577 Research IV 2
PHTH 7578 Pharmacology 2
PHTH 7579 Wellness 3
PHTH 7580 Evaluation and Management of patients with Disorders of the Integumentary System 3
PHTH 7581 Neuroscience III 3
Total 16

Summer Semester (Third Year)

Course Name Hours
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
Total 9

Fall Semester (Third Year)

Course Name Hours
PHTH 7587 Clinical Internship I
(Two 10-week rotations)
10
Total 10

Spring Semester (Third Year)

Course Name Hours
PHTH 7588 Clinical Internship II (10-week rotation) 10
Total 10

Any Semester

Course Name Hours
PHTH 7589 Independent Study 1-3

 

Course Descriptions

First Year

ANAT 6522 - Human Anatomy (5 Credits)

Lectures of cell, tissue, organ and body-systems structure, and dissection of human cadaver with emphasis on structure and function of neuromuscular and skeletal systems.

PHYSIO 6523 - Human Physiology (4 Credits)

Lectures cover physiology of cell, tissue, organ and body systems with emphasis on physiological changes associated with selected pathological conditions. Laboratory demonstrations focus on observation and measurement of function in the body systems, using videotapes and animal experiments.

PHTH 7550 - Functional Anatomy (1 Credit)

A lecture and laboratory course in which students receive instruction in arthrokinematics and biomechanical principles and theories. Emphasis is placed on surface palpation and kinesiology.

ANAT 6533 - Neuroanatomy (3 Credits)

A study of anatomy of the central and peripheral nervous systems with emphasis on structures commonly involved in pathological conditions that impact function.

PHTH 7551 - Research I - Principles of Scientific Inquiry (2 Credit)

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.

PHTH 7552 - Clinical Decision-making (3 Credits)

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.

PHTH 7553 - Differential Diagnosis (4 Credits)

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.

PHTH 7555 - Introduction to Patient Care (3 Credits)

A course of study which introduces basic clinical skills fundamental to physical therapy practice including patient interview skills, positioning, transfers, vital signs and manual muscle testing.

PHTH 7556 - Clinical Procedures (1 Credit)

A laboratory course with focused clinical experiences throughout the semester with emphasis on practicing introductory patient/client-related skills and application of material presented in all concurrent courses.

PHTH 7567 - Neuroscience I (2 Credits)

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.

PHTH 7557 - Biomechanics and Ergonomics (3 Credits)

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.

PHTH 7558 - Clinical Orthopedics (3 Credits)

A lecture and laboratory course that focuses on etiology, diagnosis, surgical management, and physical therapy intervention for a broad variety of musculoskeletal conditions.

PHTH 7559 - Principles of Research II (1 Credit)

A continuation of research I with an emphasis on research design and synthesis of information for literature review.

PHTH 7560 - Evaluation of Human Locomotion I (1 Credit)

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.

PHTH 7562 - Evaluation and Management of Patients with Musculoskeletal Disorders (3 Credits)

A course of study that examines the role of physical therapists in the evaluation and management of a variety of musculoskeletal conditions. Students learn to develop exercise programs that are tailored to patient needs and diagnoses.

PHTH 7563 - Clinical Externship I (1 Credit)

(Previously termed Clinical Practice I) Sixty hours of clinical experience in a variety of clinical settings. Emphasis is placed on development of professional behavior, communication skills and the practice of skills acquired during previous and concurrent semester courses.

PHTH 7593 - Biophysical Agents (4 Credits)

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.

Second Year

PHTH 7564 - Manual Therapy I (2 Credits)

The first of two courses addressing techniques of manual therapy in the management of musculoskeletal disorders. The primary emphasis in this course is on general principles of mobilization and treatment of peripheral joint and temporomandibular problems.

PHTH 7565 - Physiological Adaptation to Exercise and Nutrition (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.

PHTH 7566 - Principles of Research III (1 Credit)

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.

PHTH 7568 - Clinical Externship II (3 Credits)

(Previously termed Clinical Practice II) Sixty hours of clinical experience in a variety of clinical settings. Emphasis is placed on development of skills acquired during previous and concurrent semester courses.

PHTH 7554 - Principles of Laboratory and Radiological Medicine (2 Credits)

A study of basic laboratory and radiological findings that are pertinent to the physical therapy management of patients with a variety of diagnoses. Emphasis is placed on use of these tools in determining the appropriateness of physical therapy intervention.

PHTH 7591 - Therapeutic Exercise for Mobility, Function, and Performance I (1 Credit)

This course will provide physical therapy students with the basic concepts and principles that guide the development and progression of appropriate therapeutic exercise interventions of patients and clients across the lifespan to remediate movement dysfunction.

PHTH 7570 - Prosthetics & Orthotics (2 Credits)

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.

PHTH 7571 - Evaluation and Management of Patients with Cardiopulmonary Disorders (3 Credits)

A course of study that builds upon material presented in Physiological Adaptation to Exercise and Nutrition. Emphasis is placed on selection and performance of appropriate tests and procedures, which meet the standards of Physical Therapy management in cardiac and pulmonary disorders.

PHTH 7572 - Neuroscience II (3 Credits)

A lecture and laboratory course that introduces the foundations of motor control and motor learning. The conceptual framework will be presented including the issues, theories, recovery of function and the framework for clinical practice as it relates to physical therapy practice will be covered.

PHTH 7573 - Physical Therapy Across the Lifespan (3 Credits)

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.

PHTH 7574 - Manual Therapy II (2 Credits)

A continuation of the study of principles learned in Manual Therapy I. The emphasis in this course is on techniques utilized in spinal mobilization.

PHTH 7594 - Evaluation of Human Locomotion II (1 Credit)

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.

PHTH 7596 - Professional Issues in Physical Therapy (1 Credit)

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.

PHTH 7576 - PT Intervention for Selected Medical Conditions (3 Credits)

A lecture and laboratory course which addresses evaluation and management of patients with a variety of physical problems including spinal cord injury, stroke, traumatic brain injury, and other neuromusculoskeletal disorders. Psychological aspects of disease and disability are also presented.

PHTH 7578 - Pharmacology (2 Credits)

A study of pharmacological agents and their effects on the musculoskeletal and neuromuscular system. Particular emphasis is placed of recognition of adverse reactions and side effects of various drugs.

PHTH 7579 - Wellness (3 Credits)

Students examine various wellness models and the role played by physical therapists in coordinating wellness programs. A critical study to contemporary wellness protocols is conducted.

PHTH 7580 - Evaluation and Management of Patients with Disorders of the Integumentary System (3 Credits)

A lecture and laboratory course that examines principles of burn and wound management including skills in debridement and dressing selection and application.

PHTH 7581 - Neuroscience III (3 Credits)

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.

Third Year

PHTH 7584 - Women’s Health (2 Credits)

An examination of physical therapy issues related to specific concerns of women including pregnancy, post-partum conditions and urological rehabilitation.

PHTH 7585 - Business Administration and Marketing (3 Credits)

A study of health care delivery and how the physical therapist can function effectively in the healthcare marketplace in a variety of settings. Tools for the ethical marketing of a physical therapy practice are also presented.

PHTH 7590 - Educational Practice (2 Credits)

Application of principles learned in PHTH 7583 , Educational Theory. Students gain practical experience as a teaching assistant under faculty supervision.

PHTH 7592 - Therapeutic Exercise for Mobility, Function, and Performance II (1 Credit)

This course will provide physical therapy students with the basic concepts and principles that guide the development and progression of appropriate therapeutic exercise interventions of patients and clients across the lifespan to remediate movement dysfunction.

PHTH 7587 - Clinical Internship I (10 Credits)

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.

PHTH 7577 - Research IV (2 Credits)

This fourth of five sequential research courses emphasizes collection and interpretation of data in preparation for scholarly presentation.

PHTH 7588 - Clinical Internship II (10 Credits)

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 7586 - Research V (1 Credit)

The final segment of the research sequence where students formalize findings from their research and present both a comprehensive paper and platform or oral presentation.

Independent Study

PHTH 7589 - Independent Study

(1-3 Credits)

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)

Physical Therapy

Program Outcomes

Graduating classes of 2016, 2017, 2018:

  • Graduation Rate: 98%
  • Licensure Exam Pass Rate: 100%
  • Employment Rate: 100%


CONTACT

Student Admissions Office
(318) 813-2908
ShvAHStudentAffairs@lsuhsc.edu

Physical Therapy 
Department Office

Madis George, PT Coordinator
(318) 813-2940
mgeor7@lsuhsc.edu