The department offers the following programs:

  1. The Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program offers the required entry-level degree for students planning to become physical therapists.
  2. The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in rehabilitation science program prepares individuals for leadership positions in research and academia and serves to advance the science of medical rehabilitation.
  3. A combined DPT/Ph.D. program is available to outstanding applicants with backgrounds in health-related sciences who wish to become physical therapists and engage in research related to rehabilitation science.
  4. The post-professional DPT program, for physical therapists wishing to update their education and work toward the DPT degree, is not admitting students at this time.

The Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science is one of eight departments of the KU School of Health Professions at the KU Medical Center in Kansas City, Kan.

Courses

PTRS 702. Physical Therapy Documentation and Health Informatics. 1 Hour.

Emphasizes the development of effective documentation skills, including exposure to a variety of documentation formats across various practice setting and implications for proper reimbursement. Concepts of healthcare informatics are introduced including use of an electronic documentation systems and the capability of information systems to support quality care. Disablement classification models, behavioral objectives, and functional outcome concepts are applied to organize patient data and identify treatment goals. Prerequisite: Successful completion of semester 1 of the DPT curriculum or permission of instructor. LEC.

PTRS 703. Applied Anatomy. 1 Hour.

This course introduces the learner to how physical therapists use anatomical knowledge to gather basic examination information about the patient. Learning opportunities include lecture and laboratory. Prerequisite: Admission into the DPT program or permission of instructor. LEC.

PTRS 704. Physical Therapy Interventions I. 3 Hours.

Skills required by the physical therapist in the generalist acute care environment. A series of patient care related lectures, demonstrations, videotapes and laboratories are integrated to teach proper body mechanics, infection control and sterile technique, basic assessment, transfers, positioning, tubes, ostomies, clinic safety procedures, tilt table usage, prescribing a proper wheel chair, applying proper therapeutic range of motion exercises, and using appropriate assistive devices for gait and transfers. Prerequisite: Successful completion of semester 1 of the DPT curriculum or permission of instructor. LEC.

PTRS 705. Physical Therapy Interventions II. 4 Hours.

Students will apply the skills obtained in clinical coursework and begin clinical problem-solving using common physical therapy treatment interventions. Topics include integumentary management for wound healing interventions, therapeutic modalities with an emphasis on the healing process and electrical modalities. Learning opportunities include lecture and laboratory. Prerequisite: Successful completion of the first 2 semesters of the DPT curriculum or permission of the instructor. LEC.

PTRS 710. Advanced Topics in Human Anatomy. 6 Hours.

The student will obtain a basic understanding of human gross anatomy with specific knowledge of upper and lower extremities, head and neck, back and neural structures. At the end of this course the student will be able to apply this knowledge of anatomy to functional and clinical situations. Prerequisite: Admission into the DPT program or permission of instructor. LEC.

PTRS 711. Applied Kinesiology and Biomechanics. 4 Hours.

This course involves a study of joint structure and function, and biomechanical principles underlying human motion. Emphasis is placed on the application of kinesiological principles to clinical physical therapy situations. Learning opportunities include lecture and laboratory. Prerequisite: Successful completion of semester 1 of DPT curriculum or permission of instructor. LEC.

PTRS 712. Pathophysiology and the Physical Therapy Diagnosis. 4 Hours.

Review of integrative human physiology and pathophysiology with an emphasis upon homeostatic mechanisms and etiologies of disease. The interrelationships of function and dysfunction at the molecular, cellular and tissue level (pathology), organ and systemic level (impairment) and to the total human body (functional limitations) will be applied in each of the body systems. Discussions and applied materials will be tailored to the physical therapist with an emphasis on PT-specific diagnoses. Prerequisite: Admission into the post-professional DPT program, or consent of instructor. LEC.

PTRS 715. Applied Musculoskeletal Anatomy. 3 Hours.

The course involves a study of joint structure, joint function, and the biomechanical principles underlying human motion. All major peripheral joints and the spine will be studied. Application of functional anatomy to clinical physical therapy situations will be emphasized. Prerequisite: admission into post-professional DPT program, or consent of instructor. LEC.

PTRS 720. Integrated Clinical Experience I. 1 Hour.

This course consists of supervised experiences in a clinical setting and seminar sessions that provide preliminary opportunities for application of didactic course work. Emphasis will be placed on the development of communication and interpersonal skills in the clinical setting, as well as documentation and physical therapy skills and procedures that have been introduced in courses. Prerequisite: Successful completion of semester 1 of the DPT curriculum or permission of instructor. CLN.

PTRS 730. Integrated Clinical Experience II. 1 Hour.

This course consists of supervised experiences in a clinical setting and seminar sessions that provide preliminary opportunities for application of didactic course work. Emphasis will be placed on the development of communication and interpersonal skills in the clinical setting, as well as documentation and physical therapy skills and procedures that have been introduced in courses. Prerequisite: Successful completion of the first 2 semesters of the DPT curriculum or permission of instructor. CLN.

PTRS 740. Evidence-Based Orthopedic Rehab. 3 Hours.

Students will apply the concepts taught in PTRS 715 (Applied Musculoskeletal Anatomy) and skills obtained in their individual clinical practice. This course will include discussion related to current treatment approaches effecting peripheral and spinal joints. The course activities include review of the current evidence based scientific literature related to orthopedic conditions and interventions, web-based discussion related to individual patient case scenarios and lab activities associated with treatment techniques including mobilization/manipulation, self-mobilization and therapeutic exercise. Prerequisite: Entry into post-professional DPT program or permission of instructor. LEC.

PTRS 745. Orthopedic Physical Therapy I. 6 Hours.

Builds on the foundation from anatomy, kinesiology and biomechanics. Examination skills and treatment interventions that apply specifically to the musculoskeletal system are provided. Basic examination skills for all peripheral joints, gait analysis, and therapeutic exercise are discussed and reviewed for common orthopedic conditions. The course will integrate instruction with case-based clinical problem solving. Learning opportunities include lecture and laboratory. Prerequisite: Successful completion of the first 2 semesters of the DPT curriculum or permission of instructor. LEC.

PTRS 746. Musculoskeletal Conditions and Management. 3 Hours.

Mastery of physical therapy subjective and objective examination and treatment intervention for patients of all ages who present with a musculoskeletal problem with emphasis on amputation, prosthetics, upper and lower extremity orthoses, fracture management and connective tissue disorders. Emphasis will be placed on the most common clinical problems and physical therapy diagnoses. Learning opportunities include lecture and laboratory. Prerequisite: Successful completion of the first 2 semesters of the DPT curriculum or permission of instructor. LEC.

PTRS 750. Research in Evidence-Based Physical Therapy Practice. 3 Hours.

An introduction to research in the evidence-based physical therapy practice including the Scientific Method, library and multimedia resources, research process, measurement theory (reliability and validity), research designs, experimental design principles, research ethics, critical review and analysis of research publications, statistical concepts, and writing of a research report and/or research proposal. Throughout, emphasis is placed on clinical research pertinent to physical therapy. Prerequisite: Successful completion of the first 2 semesters of the DPT curriculum or permission of instructor. LEC.

PTRS 810. Case Studies in PT Diagnosis. 2 Hours.

This course will provide students with the applied knowledge to medically screen patients for symptoms and signs that require the expertise of other health care professionals. Patient cases currently treated by the practicing physical therapist will be used to compare diagnostic tests and values. The course will focus on comorbidities and their implications in diagnosis and treatment. The course will be delivered via the web. Prerequisite: Admission into the post-professional DPT program, or approval by the instructor. LEC.

PTRS 815. Case Studies in Pathophysiology. 2 Hours.

Physical therapists need skills to relate human pathophysiology to its clinical presentation. The interrelationships of function and dysfunction at the molecular, cellular and tissue level (pathology), organ and systemic level (impairment) and to the total human body (functional limitations) will be applied in each of the body systems. Discussions and applied materials will be tailored to the patient population served by the therapist. Prerequisite: Admission into post-professional DPT program, or consent of instructor. LEC.

PTRS 817. Ethics in Health Care. 2 Hours.

Basic ethical concepts, principles, relevant theories and ethical decision making models applied to major contemporary health care issues and dilemmas facing health professionals. Development of skills for ethical clinical decision making is the focus. Prerequisite: Successful completion of the first 3 semesters of the DPT curriculum or permission of instructor. LEC.

PTRS 820. Integrated Clinical Experience III. 1 Hour.

This course consists of supervised experiences in a clinical setting and seminar sessions that provide intermediate opportunities for application of didactic course work. Emphasis will be placed on the development of communication and interpersonal skills in the clinical setting, as well as documentation and physical therapy skills and procedures that have been introduced in courses. Prerequisite: Successful completion of the first 3 semesters of the DPT curriculum or permission of instructor. CLN.

PTRS 825. Exercise Physiology. 3 Hours.

This course will provide entry-level DPT students with the knowledge of the physiological functions and adaptations of the human body with exercise. Emphasis will be placed on familiarizing students with sound medical rationale and the basis for treatment considering the immediate and long-term effects of exercise. Prerequisite: Successful completion of the first 3 semesters of the DPT curriculum, or consent of the instructor. LEC.

PTRS 826. Cardiopulmonary Physical Therapy. 5 Hours.

Anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology of the cardiovascular and pulmonary systems are studied and related to clinical signs and symptoms. Students are introduced to common evaluation and treatment techniques, as well as the rationale for including physical therapy in the management of cardiopulmonary conditions. These topics are discussed in conjunction with case studies and current research. Learning opportunities include lecture and laboratory. Prerequisite: Successful completion of the first 5 semesters of the DPT curriculum or permission of instructor. LEC.

PTRS 828. Medical Imaging. 1 Hour.

An introduction to medical imaging and an overview of its role in the health care delivery system. Topics include an introduction to basic imaging equipment with an emphasis on digital acquisition and processing. Factors affecting the quality of images and limitations to the techniques are reviewed. Imaging techniques covered include: X-rays, CT scans, Nuclear medicine, ultrasound, MRI and PET. This course will also include a component covering the microscopic anatomy of cells. Prerequisite: Admission to the DPT program or permission of instructor. LEC.

PTRS 830. Integrated Clinical Experience IV. 2 Hours.

This course consists of supervised experiences in a clinical setting and seminar sessions that provide intermediate opportunities for application of didactic course work. Emphasis will be placed on the development of communication and interpersonal skills in the clinical setting, as well as documentation and physical therapy skills and procedures that have been introduced in courses. Prerequisite: Successful completion of the first 4 semesters of the DPT curriculum or permission of instructor. CLN.

PTRS 833. Pediatric Physical Therapy. 3 Hours.

This course introduces fundamental concepts necessary for the entry-level physical therapist to examine, evaluate, and treat the pediatric client. Lecture and lab experiences emphasize a problem oriented approach to physical therapy management of children with musculoskeletal, neurological, and/or cardiopulmonary impairments. Students will learn to recognize components of normal and abnormal development, particularly during the first year of life. Prerequisite: Successful completion of the first 5 semesters of the DPT curriculum or permission of instructor. LEC.

PTRS 835. Rehabilitation Administration I. 3 Hours.

The first course of two three-credit hour management classes designed to review the American health care system as a whole, and to examine the specific areas that rehabilitation health care managers must understand in order to succeed in an increasingly competitive and financially driven system. Some of these areas include the system of health care delivery, legal issues, human resource principles, accounting, reimbursement, payors, Medicare/Medicaid, regulations, outcomes information management, etc. This course will apply all of the above items to real world examples in numerous health care settings so the student understands the complexities of many settings which physical therapy personnel may work. Each unit will build on the last so that at the end of the second management course the student will be capable of proposing, building, opening, and successfully running rehabilitation services in a multitude of settings. Prerequisite: Admission into the post-professional DPT program, or consent of instructor. LEC.

PTRS 836. Rehabilitation Administration II. 3 Hours.

The second course of two three-credit hour management classes designed to review the American health care system as a whole and to examine the specific areas that rehabilitation health care managers must understand in order to succeed in an increasingly competitive and financially driven system. Some of these areas include the system of health care delivery, legal issues, human resource principles accounting, reimbursement, payors, Medicare/Medicaid, regulations, outcomes information management, etc. This course focuses on reimbursement, legal and regulation issues and will apply presented principles to real world examples in numerous health care settings so the student understands the complexities of many settings in which physical therapy personnel may work. Each unit will build on the last so that at the end of the second management course the student will have the tools to propose, build, open and successfully run rehabilitation services in a multitude of settings. Prerequisite: Admission into the post-professional DPT program, or consent of instructor. LEC.

PTRS 838. Research Concepts in Evidence-Based Physical Therapy Practice. 3 Hours.

An applied research course with emphasis on evidence-based physical therapy practice including library and multimedia resources, research process, measurement theory (reliability and validity), research designs, experimental design principles, research ethics, critical review and analysis of research publications, writing of a research report and/or research proposal, and statistical concepts and data analysis. Throughout, emphasis is placed on clinical research pertinent to physical therapy. Prerequisite: Admission into the post-professional DPT program, or consent of instructor. LEC.

PTRS 839. Advanced Topics in Pediatric Practice. 2 Hours.

This web-based course will involve study of current clinical decision-making frameworks, service delivery models, and treatment approaches for children age birth through 21 with or at risk for developmental delay and/or disability. Course activities will include review of current scientific literature and online discussion of individual patient case scenarios. Prerequisite: For the DPT program: successful completion of PTRS 833 or consent of instructor. For the post-professional DPT program: admission into the program or consent of instructor. LEC.

PTRS 840. Integrated Clinical Experience V. 2 Hours.

This course consists of supervised experiences in a clinical setting and seminar sessions that provide intermediate opportunities for application of didactic course work. Emphasis will be placed on the development of communication and interpersonal skills in the clinical setting, as well as documentation and physical therapy skills and procedures that have been introduced in courses. Prerequisite: Successful completion of the first 5 semesters of the DPT curriculum or permission of instructor. CLN.

PTRS 845. Orthopedic Physical Therapy II. 6 Hours.

Incorporates concepts from anatomy, kinesiology, basic biomechanics and knowledge of peripheral joint examination and treatment. Terminology, examination, evaluation, development of a treatment plan and treatment techniques and basic differential diagnosis skills for the spine and the tempormandibular joint (TMJ) are taught. Learning opportunities include lecture and laboratory. Prerequisite: Successful completion of the first 4 semesters of the DPT curriculum or permission of instructor. LEC.

PTRS 846. Orthopedic Physical Therapy III. 3 Hours.

Incorporates concepts from anatomy, kinesiology, biomechanics, and Orthopedic Physical Therapy I and Orthopedic Physical Therapy II courses. Terminology, examination, evaluation, development of a treatment plan and treatment techniques and advanced differential diagnosis skills for complex peripheral and/or spinal disorders are taught. Learning opportunities include lecture and laboratory. Prerequisite: Successful completion of the first 6 semesters of the DPT curriculum or permission of instructor. LEC.

PTRS 852. Neurologic Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation I. 6 Hours.

This course will introduce the principles of neuroscience and describe their application as relevant to physical therapists. The course will introduce the terminology of the nervous system and cover the major functions of the nervous systems. This course will also integrate neurophysiology and neuroanatomy into the clinical presentation of adults with neurologic pathology. The etiology, epidemiology signs, and symptoms of selected neurological conditions will be presented. The medical management of patients with nervous system disorders will be presented in relationship to the practice of physical therapy. The course will introduce examination of impairments for persons with neuromuscular pathologies. Students will be presented with simple case studies and progress to more complex patient problems. Learning opportunities include lecture and laboratory. Prerequisite: Successful completion of the first 4 semesters of the DPT curriculum or permission of instructor. LEC.

PTRS 853. Neurologic Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation II. 6 Hours.

This course will focus on rehabilitation approaches for people with neurologic pathology. Students will examine factors that contribute to the control of voluntary movement and the learning of motor skills, and develop an understanding of the relationship between the brain and the purposeful movements that make us human. Students will acquire the skills to hypothesize about the relationship of health conditions and body function/structure to limitations in activities and participation in adults with neurologic pathology. A clinical decision making approach will combine contemporary rehabilitation approaches, consideration of psychosocial and cognitive factors, and research evidence in the discussion of complex patient cases. After completing this course, students will demonstrate novice-level knowledge and skills necessary to complete a physical therapy examination and develop a comprehensive treatment plan for adults with neurologic pathology. Learning opportunities include lecture and laboratory. Prerequisite: Successful completion of the first 5 semesters of the DPT curriculum or permission of the instructor. LEC.

PTRS 855. Pharmacology for Physical Therapists. 2 Hours.

Pharmacological background for the clinical treatment of patients referred to physical therapy. Fundamentals of the actions of drugs including mechanisms of therapeutic and adverse effects. Prerequisite: Successful completion of semester 1 of the DPT curriculum or permission of instructor. LEC.

PTRS 858. Evidence-Based Rehabilitation of Patients Post-CVA. 3 Hours.

This course will provide students with the applied knowledge to medically screen patients for symptoms and signs that require the expertise of other health care professionals. Patient cases currently treated by the practicing physical therapist will be used to compare diagnostic tests and values. The course will focus on comorbidities and their implications in diagnosis and treatment. The course will be delivered through the web. Prerequisite: Admission into the post-professional DPT program, or approval of the instructor. LEC.

PTRS 860. Evidence-Based Research Practicum I. 1 Hour.

Supervised and directed experiences in conducting evidence-based research activities. The research activities involved in this course are broadly defined with emphasis on the enhancement of evidence-based physical therapy practice. The student will be supervised by a member of the faculty. This is a two-semester course. Prerequisite: Successful completion of the first 5 semesters of the DPT curriculum or permission of instructor. RSH.

PTRS 861. Evidence-Based Research Practicum II. 1 Hour.

Supervised and directed experiences in conducting evidence-based research activities. The research activities involved in this course are broadly defined with emphasis on the presentation and communication of an evidence-based research project. The student will be supervised by a member of the faculty. Prerequisite: Successful completion of the first 6 semesters of the DPT curriculum, or consent of instructor. RSH.

PTRS 865. Independent Study. 1-3 Hours.

Individually negotiated learning experiences appropriate to the interests and background of the student. Prerequisite: Admission to the DPT program, post-professional DPT program, or permission of instructor. IND.

PTRS 877. Administration in Physical Therapy. 2 Hours.

Designed to familiarize the entry-level therapist with contemporary issues in health care which impact the practice of physical therapy in the health care system. Changes in the US health care system will be discussed, including managed care, plus essential elements and principles of management in health care organizations, and an overview of human resources and operational management. Financial management specifically reimbursement for patient services, risk management, information management, and compliance will be discussed. Discussion of professional development is intertwined throughout the course. Students will be exposed to business development and entrepreneurial skills needed to expand or start up a physical therapy practice. Prerequisite: Successful completion of the first 6 semesters of the DPT curriculum or permission of instructor. LEC.

PTRS 880. Differential Diagnosis of General Medical Conditions. 3 Hours.

Designed to provide students with the knowledge and clinical tools to medically screen patients for the presence of symptoms and signs that require the expertise of other health care professionals. It will focus on diagnoses that are not covered by common PT practice including diseases of the endocrine system, the immune system, GI system, and neoplasias. Prerequisite: Admission into the post-professional DPT program, or consent of instructor. LEC.

PTRS 882. Pathophysiology and Physical Therapist Screens. 6 Hours.

Review of integrative human pathophysiology with an emphasis upon homeostatic mechanisms and etiologies of disease. The interrelationships of function and dysfunction at the molecular, cellular and tissue level (pathology), organ and systemic level (impairment) and to the total human body (functional limitations) will be applied in each of the body systems. Discussions and applied materials will be tailored to the physical therapist with an emphasis on clinical tools to medically screen patients for the presence of symptoms and signs. Prerequisite: Successful completion of semester 1 of the DPT curriculum or permission of instructor. LEC.

PTRS 890. Specialties in Physical Therapy Practice. 2 Hours.

Requires students to apply the five elements of patient/client management for addressing multi-system impairments across diverse and complex patient populations. Exposure to physical therapy advanced practice specialty areas included, but not limited to, sport medicine, women's health, neurology, pediatrics, geriatrics, and oncology. Seminar format instruction incorporating case-based instruction, group discussion, and speakers with advanced clinical credentials. Prerequisite: Successful completion of the first 6 semesters of the DPT curriculum or permission of instructor. LEC.

PTRS 920. Clinical Internship I. 6-8 Hours.

Nine to twelve weeks of clinical internship. During the clinical internship, the student will have the opportunity to develop the patient care skills needed for successful practice as a physical therapist. The student will work under the supervision of an experienced physical therapist in clinical settings affiliated with the program. Prerequisite: Successful completion of the first 7 semesters of the DPT curriculum or permission of instructor. CLN.

PTRS 921. Clinical Internship II. 6-8 Hours.

Nine to twelve weeks of clinical internship. During the clinical internship, the student will have the opportunity to develop the patient care skills needed for successful practice as a physical therapist. The student will work under the supervision of an experienced physical therapist in clinical settings affiliated with the program. Prerequisite: Successful completion of the first 7 semesters of the DPT curriculum or permission of instructor. CLN.

PTRS 922. Clinical Internship III. 6-8 Hours.

Nine to twelve weeks of clinical internship. During the clinical internship, the student will have the opportunity to develop the patient care skills needed for successful practice as a physical therapist. The student will work under the supervision of an experienced physical therapist in clinical settings affiliated with the program. Prerequisite: Successful completion of the first 7 semesters of the DPT curriculum or permission of instructor. CLN.

PTRS 923. Clinical Internship IV. 2-6 Hours.

Three to nine weeks of clinical internship. During the clinical internship the student will have the opportunity to develop the patient care skills needed for successful practice as a physical therapist. The student will work under the supervision of an experienced physical therapist in clinical settings affiliated with the program. Prerequisite: Successful completion of the first 7 semesters of the DPT curriculum or permission of instructor. CLN.

PTRS 924. Specialized Internship. 2-6 Hours.

Three to nine weeks of clinical internship. During the clinical internship the student will have the opportunity to have exposure to a different health care system such as an international clinical experience, or a specialized area of physical therapy practice. The student will be under the supervision of an experienced physical therapist in clinical settings affiliated with the program. Prerequisite: Successful completion of the first 7 semesters of the DPT curriculum or permission of instructor. CLN.