Academic Programs : PhD

PhD Plan of Study

Each student in the PhD Program will have an individualized Plan of Study. This plan will included 12 credits in “Preparation for Teaching and Faculty Leadership” including a Teaching Practicum, 18 credits in “Preparation for Research” including a Research Practicum, 15 credits in the “Individual Plan of Study” including Independent Study and 15 credits of Dissertation.

Teaching Practicum PTS778: All students must complete a Teaching Practicum PTS778. The requirements for a teaching practicum could be met by teaching an elective or teaching a unit in an existing course. PhD students develop course objectives and course materials. They should deliver lectures and may direct lab sessions as appropriate. They should also be involved in developing methods for evaluating the DPT students. Students should not register for their Teaching Practicum until they have successfully completed PTS777 Instructional Methods in Physical Therapy Education. In many cases the Teaching Practicum will be completed in a course taught by the Chair of the Supervisory Committee. If that is not possible, the Chair of the Supervisory Committee should approach another faculty member to supervise the Teaching Practicum. If that faculty member agrees to do so, the student should register for the teaching practicum under the supervising faculty member. Teaching Practicums should be done in areas where the student has expertise based on their PhD studies.

Research Practicum PTS798: All students must complete a Research Practicum PTS798. Students should not register for their Research Practicum until they have successfully completed PTS795 Clinical Research Methods and at least one of the required statistics courses. Ideally during the research practicum the PhD students will design, implement and analyze the findings from a small scale study closely related their dissertation research. The results of the Research Practicum should be presented in the form of a paper for publication and this paper would be included in the dissertation document. In most cases, students will register for their Research Practicum under the Chair of their Supervisory Committee. If another faculty member supervises the Research Practicum project, the student should register for the Research Practicum under that faculty member.

Independent Study PTS799: Independent study provides students the opportunity to study individually with a faculty member on a contractual basis. Independent studies are frequently used to develop expertise in a specified content area related to the student’s dissertation research. Students may also use Independent Study courses to prepare the dissertation proposal. Registering for an Independent Study requires the approval of a sponsoring faculty member. The student and faculty sponsor should develop a written description of the project specifying the purpose and scope of the project as well as the expected product.


Curriculum
PhD in Physical Therapy Plan of Study

Preparation for Teaching and Faculty Leadership
PTS777 Instructional Methods in Physical Therapy Education
PTS778 Teaching Practicum
PTS790 Theoretical Models in Physical Therapy
PTS774 Role of Academic Faculty in PT
Total Credits 12

Preparation for Research
PTS795 Clinical Research Methods I
EPH 601 Biostatistics or EPS653 Intro to Stats
EPH 602 Biostatistics II or EPS771 ANOVA or EPS772 Regression
PTS743 Measuring Health Outcomes
PTS796 Applied Statistics in Physical Therapy
PTS798 Research Practicum
PIBS 780 Research Ethics
Total Credits 18

Individual Plan of Study (Minimum of 15 Credits Required)
Physical Therapy Courses Available for Individual Plan of Study
PTS720 Biomechanical Basis of Human Movement
PTS721 Measurement of Impairment and Function in Human Movement
PTS722 Pathobiology of Human Function I
PTS760 Theories of Movement Science
PTS761 Motor Learning
PTS766 Rehabilitation of the Amputee
PTS 767. Prosthetic Technology and Amputee Rehabilitation.
PTS668 Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology
PTS 769. Seminars in Orthotics and Prosthetic Rehabilitation.
PTS799 Independent Study
PTS764 PhD Seminar in Physical Therapy

Outside Courses Available for Individual Plan of Study
EPH 521 Fundamentals of Epidemiology
EPH650 Health Economics for Evaluation and Policy
EPH645 Behavioral Epidemiology
EPH520 Health Education and Behavior
EPH522 Applied Health Education
EPH652 Health Policy
EPS661 Measurement and Psychometric Theory
EPS662 Item Response Theory
EPS675 Qualitative Methods I
KIN521 Advanced Systemic Exercise Physiology

Dissertation
PTS830 Dissertation credits pre-candidacy (Proposal Preparation)
PTS840 Dissertation credits earned post-candidacy (Research & Dissertation)
Total Dissertation Credits (Minimum of 12) 15

Summary
Total Credits from Required Courses 30
Total Credits from Dissertation 15
Total Credits from Individual Plan of Study 15
Total Credits for PhD 60

UMPT PhD Course Descriptions

PTS 720. Biomechanical Basis of Human Movement. 3 Credit Hours.
A study of the basic biomechanical principles underlying the kinetics and kinematics of normal and abnormal human motion as well as the measurement of human movement.

PTS 721. Measurement of Impairment and Function in Human Movement. 3 Credit Hours.
A study of measurement tools utilized in the analysis of normal and abnormal human motion. Prerequisite: Open to Physical Therapy PhD majors only.

PTS 722. Pathobiology of Human Function I. 3 Credit Hours.
Pathophysiology of musculo-skeletal processes that impair human function including skeletal muscle; skin, tendons, ligaments, cartilage; bone; and cardiorespiratory. Prerequisite: Open to Physical Therapy PhD majors only.

PTS 743. Measuring Health Outcomes. 3 Credit Hours.
An in depth analysis of the use and construction of health outcome measures. Topics covered include creating and selecting items, scaling responses, scale construction, response bias, reliability, validity, responsiveness and methods of administration.

PTS 760. Theories of Movement Science. 3 Credit Hours.
An in-depth review of classical theories and recent research in the movement sciences, to include the study and analysis of system theory and neurobiological substrates.

PTS 761. Motor Learning. 3 Credit Hours.
The factors relating to, and affecting, the acquisition and performance of motor skills. Qualification of skill acquisition and performance are explored.

PTS 766. Rehabilitation of the Amputee. 3 Credit Hours.
This course examines the scientific evidence related to the evaluation, treatment and management of clients who require intervention for diabetic foot and/or dysvascular limb potentially leading to amputation, amputation surgery, prosthetic appliances, functional assessment and amputee rehabilitation.
Upper limb prosthetic management will also be examined. PREREQUISITE: For Physical Therapy PhD students only.

PTS 767. Prosthetic Technology and Amputee Rehabilitation. 3 Credit Hours.
This course examines the current scientific evidence related to prosthetic devices with regard to evaluation, fabrication, materials, fitting and functional outcomes. Emphasis is on state-of-the-art technology and the future of prosthetic designs.

PTS 768. Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology. 3 Credit Hours.
This course is designed for graduate students interested in developing an under standing of complementary roles of clinicians and engineers in assisting individuals with disabilities in all areas of life. PREREQUISITE: For Physical Therapy PhD students only.

PTS 769. Seminars in Orthotics and Prosthetic Rehabilitation. 3 Credit Hours.
Examination of current scientific evidence and clinical issues related to upper and lower limb amputees, and prosthetic and orthotic componentry and related technology. Students will discuss case studies and design appropriate devices to address the needs of the individuals in the cases.

PTS 774. Educational Administration in Physical Therapy. 3 Credit Hours.
Review of history and current issues in educational administration of physical therapy programs at the entry-level and post-graduate level.

PTS 777. Instructional Methods in Physical Therapy Education. 3 Credit Hours.
Overview of research in the professional education field, with specific applications to physical therapy academic and clinical education. Emphasis is placed on curriculum development, competency-based instructional design, testing, and instructional evaluation methods.

PTS 778. Teaching Practicum. 3 Credit Hours.
Supervised instructional design, teaching and evaluation of entry level physical therapy students. Students participate as course instructors in entry-level master’s degree physical therapy curriculum.

PTS 790. Physical Therapy Diagnosis. 3 Credit Hours.
Study of the integration of didactic knowledge, clinical skills, and intuitive process into the formation of a clinical diagnosis which will direct treatment in physical therapy. Diagnosis as a process is compared to diagnosis in nursing, psychiatry, and medicine, and distinguished from assessment, examination, and screening.

PTS 795. Clinical Research Methods I. 3 Credit Hours.
An overview of measurement and sampling issues pertaining to clinical research in Physical Therapy.

PTS 796. Applied Statistics in Physical Therapy. 3 Credit Hours.
Basic Statistics taught from an applied perspective which includes statistical computing using SAS in a mainframe environment and interpretation of SAS output.

PTS 798. Research Practicum. 3 Credit Hours.
Practicum designed to familiarize the student with an area of research, to implement a pilot study in an area of interest, and to develop working relationship with a sponsoring faculty member

PTS 799. Independent Study in Physical Therapy. 1-3 Credit Hours.
Each course is designed to meet the needs of graduate students for in-depth study in a particular area of special interest.

PTS 820. Research in Residence. 1 Credit Hour.
Used to establish research in residence for the thesis for the Master’s Degree after the student has enrolled for the permissible cumulative total in PTS 710.

PTS 830. Pre-candidacy Dissertation.. 1-6 Credit Hours.
To be used for pre-candidacy PhD dissertation research.

PTS 840. Post-candidacy Dissertation.. 1-12 Credit Hours.
The student will enroll for credits as determined by his/her advisor, but not for less than a total of 12. No more than six hours may be taken in a regular semester, nor more than three in a summer session. When a student has passed his/her qualifying exams and is engaged in an assistantship, he/she may still take the maximum allowable credit stated above.

PTS 843. Measuring Health Outcomes. 3 Credit Hours.
An in depth analysis of the use and construction of instruments designed to measure health outcomes. Topics covered include creating and selecting items, scaling responses, scale construction, response bias, reliability, validity, measuring change, and methods of administration.

PTS 850. Research in Residence. 1 Credit Hour.
To establish residence for the PhD, or DPT, after the student has been enrolled for the permissible cumulative total in appropriate doctoral research or clinical practice. Credit not granted, may be regarded as full-time residence as determined by the Dean of the Graduate School.