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Physical Therapy (P T)

P T 270A (IL) Pathophysiology (3-4) Introduction to medical and post-operative conditions and disease states frequently treated by physical therapy interventions in the USA and Africa.

P T 270A

P T 270A Pathophysiology

This course is an introduction to the study of diseases and those conditions most often treated by Physical Therapy methods. Diseases and conditions found in the United States and those found world-wide will be discussed, with special attention given to those endemic to the continent of Africa. Basic signs, symptoms, causes, and processes of disease and conditions will be covered. Influences of culture, society, and geography on health, disease, and medical interventions will be included in class assignments and discussions. The course is designed to give the PTA student a working knowledge of the pathophysiology of disease states in order to prepare the student to think and speak intelligently with patients and other health professionals regarding diseases and conditions commonly seen in physical therapy and their diagnoses, progression, and treatments. Areas of study in the course may include, but are not limited to, the history of pathophysiology, terminology, diagnostic methods, infection and healing, immunology and immunosuppression, neoplasms, including cancerous and benign tumors and conditions, genetic, congenital, and developmental disorders, mental health and disorders of the following systems: cardiovascular, respiratory, musculoskeletal, nervous, integumentary, endocrine, blood and lymphatic. Special attention will be paid to how these conditions relate to physical therapy practice. In addition, students will be introduced to common medical and pharmacological interventions.

General Education: None
Diversity: IL
Bachelor of Arts: None
Effective: Spring 2015
Prerequisite: a grade of C or better inBIOL 141, BIOL 142, P T 100, P T 384
Concurrent: P T 150 P T 160 P T 281 P T 290

Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.


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