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These course descriptions are not being updated as of August 1, 2016. Current course descriptions are maintained in LionPATH.

Physical Therapy (P T)

P T 270W Pathophysiology (3-4) Introduction medical and post-operative conditions and/or disease states most frequently treated by physical therapy interventions.

P T 270W

P T 270W Pathophysiology (3-4/ maximum of 4 credits)

This course is an introduction to the study of diseases and those conditions most often treated by Physical Therapy methods. Basic signs, symptoms, causes, and processes of disease and conditions will be covered. The course is designed to give the PTA student a working knowledge of the physiology 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, diagnostic methods, infection and healing, metaplasia, mental health, genetic and congenital disorders, and disorders of the following systems: cardiovascular, respiratory, musculoskeletal, nervous, integumentary, endocrine, blood and lymphatics.This is a writing intensive course that will include instructor written evaluation and feedback of student's writing. The student writing will be specific to the Physical Therapy discipline and include multiple and varied assignments. Writing will be a factor in the final grade for this course.

General Education: None
Diversity: None
Bachelor of Arts: None
Effective: Fall 2016
Prerequisite: a grade of C or better inBIOL 129, BIOL 141, BIOL 142, P T 100 orP T 100S

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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