Jun 30, 2022  
Graduate 2021-2023 
    
Graduate 2021-2023

PHTH 5540 - Clinical Medicine I (3)


This course introduces students to principles and methods of medical screening in physical therapy practice and to diagnostic imaging, laboratory testing and other medical diagnostic procedures. A basic format for orthopedic and neuromuscular medical screening and differential diagnosis in physical therapy is presented and the role of the physical therapist as it interfaces with the role of the physician is emphasized. Basic concepts of pharmacology are also covered including classes of drugs, indications, therapeutic effects, side effects and implications for physical therapy practice. Strategies to effectively and appropriately communicate with health care colleagues and patients regarding medical diagnostic information and medical status are introduced. Prerequisite(s): Must have completed 2nd semester of professional program and/or permission of instructor.