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Advanced Orthopedic Physical Therapy

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D'Youville offers one advanced certificate program for physical therapists who wish to increase their knowledge and skills in a particular area.

Overview and Distinctions

Advanced Orthopedic Physical Therapy

Registered with the New York State Education Department, D'Youville's advanced orthopedic specialist program offers physical therapists advanced theoretical knowledge, problem-solving, and hands on skills in the specialty area of neuromusculoskeletal examination, evaluation, and interventions.

Curriculum

Curriculum

Advanced Orthopedic Physical Therapy
Degree: Certificate

Required Courses:

Course Number Course Name Credits
PT 709

Business Management Strategies for Physical Therapists

This course will introduce relevant health care business management concepts and tools along with the most current legislative issues affecting physical therapy practice in the United States. Students will develop a basic foundation for business management strategies and professional issues needed in order to lead clinical operations of physical therapy in a variety of healthcare settings including the demand for both clinical and business excellence in the future of the physical therapy profession.

Prerequisites: None

2.0
PT 731

Advanced Orthopedic Spine

This course presents evaluation and treatment strategies for management of musculoskeletal problems focusing on the spine. Format includes lecture, demonstration, supervised lab practice and problem solving.

Prerequisites: None

3.0
PT 732

Advanced Orthopedics Extremities

This course presents evaluation and treatment strategies for management of musculoskeletal problems focusing on the extremities. Format includes lecture, demonstration, supervised lab practice and problem solving.

Prerequisites: None

3.0
Total 8

Advanced Practice (must complete 5 credits from the list below):

Course Number Course Name Credits
PT 634

Spinal Manipulation

This course presents evaluation and treatment strategies specific to spinal manipulation. Format includes lecture, demonstration, supervised lab practice and problem solving.

Prerequisites: None

1.0
PT 684

Manual Therapy in Sports Rehabilitation

This course will provide physical therapists with advanced techniques and problem solving skills for the examination and management of athletes with neuromusculoskeletal dysfunction. Course participants will be exposed to a wide-range of evidence-based approaches to the application of orthopedic manual physical therapy. Techniques will include but are not limited to: thrust and non-thrust manipulation, soft tissue manipulation as well as kinematic taping and exercise progressions. The course instructor will direct topic-focused discussion and problem solving sessions,evaluate and provide feedback of psychomotor skills demonstrated.

Prerequisites: None

1.0
PT 686

Aquatic P.T.

Students will develop progressive skills in the practice of aquatic physical therapy. This course will emphasize development of a plan of care and interventions related to aquatic exercise. Students will practice hands-on skills,as well as develop an understanding of aquatics.

Prerequisites: None

1.0
PT 687

Comprehensive Soft Tissue Manipulation

This course is an introduction to soft tissue manipulation. It is designed to teach the participant an electic approach to evaluate and treat the soft tissues of the body. The students will learn a movement based assessment, which incorporates elements of MDT and the SFMA. The participant will review the anatomy and physiology of myofascia. Indications and contraindications to treatment will be discussed. The treatments will be divided into three types: 1)basic soft tissue manipulation, 2)functional release, and 3) instrument/tool assisted soft tissue manipulation using the EDGE Tool. Patterns of tissue dysfunction will be taught for assessment and treatment. Format includes lecture, demonstration, supervised lab practice and problem solving.

Prerequisites: None

1.0
PT 688

Functional Approach to Exercise

The main objective in this class will be to take a look at functional biomechanics and muscle function, and place them into practical rehabilitation settings. Also, the components of function will be broken down into measurable tests, thereby leading us into a spectrum of functional exercises and treatment strategies.

Prerequisites: None

1.0
PT 750

Taping Methods



Prerequisites: None

1.0
PT 752

Intro to Pelvic Floor Dysfunction

Students will develop a basic understanding of the role of Physical Therapy in the assessment and treatment of pelvic floor dysfunction. This course will cover non-internal evaluation and treatment techniques for an array of diagnosis. Orthopedic training principles well be used to design basic programs. Specialized tests will be introduced in order to accurately evaluate the deep core musculature as it pertains to functional movement. This course will be lecture and lab format.

Prerequisites: None

1.0
Total 7

 Clinical Fieldwork:

Course Number Course Name Credits
PT 660

Clinical Residency

This course is a structured clinical experience, which allows the certificate student clinicians the opportunity to apply and master skills acquired during their course of study in a supervised clinical environment.

Prerequisites: None

2.0
Total 2

Total required for Certificate in Advanced Orthopedic Physical Therapy: 15

Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements

Applicants to this certificate program must present the following:

  • Official transcripts indicating an entry-level degree in physical therapy and,
  • A current active license to practice physical therapy in the U.S. or its equivalent.

Students who are currently enrolled in the doctor of physical therapy program may also apply for admission to this certificate program if they:

  • Obtain a recommendation letter from a faculty member who is an orthopedic specialist, and
  • Are in good standing within the DPT program, and
  • Have a minimum 3.25 GPA for all courses within the DPT orthopedic curriculum (PT 512, PT 513, PT 613, lecture and labs)

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