Graduate School Bulletin - Spring 2006

PHYSICAL THERAPY

The division of Physical Therapy offers the Master of Science in Physical Therapy degree with both thesis (Plan A) and non-thesis (Plan B) options. Plan A is designed as an advanced degree sequence involving an area of speciality concentration (musculosketal, neuromuscular, cardiopulmonary) and the completion of an individual research project resulting in a thesis. Plan B is designed for the graduate physical therapist to further his or her knowledge in Physical Therapy practice and clinical research and requires the completion of a joint research project rather than the individual project and thesis. A dual degree sequence of study prepares the student to enter the physical therapy profession as an appropriately credentialed individual awarded a Bachelor of Health Science and a Master of Science in Physical Therapy (non-thesis option including a joint research project). Additional graduate/doctoral offerings for graduate physical therapists are available through the Department of Rehabilitation Sciences - Ph.D. Program.

Admission Requirements

M.S. in Physical Therapy

In addition to meeting all the general criteria for admission to the Graduate School at the University of Kentucky, students entering the Physical Therapy Master's Program (Plan A and Plan B) must:

1. have completed an entry level program in physical therapy (certificate, bachelor's, or master's);

2. be licensed or eligible for licensure as a physical therapist in Kentucky or provide evidence of current licensure as a physical therapist in another of the United States;

3. furnish three personal/professional references;

4. obtain a minimum combined score of 1000 on the verbal and quantitative areas of the GRE.

Bachelor of Health Science and M.S. in Physical Therapy Dual Degree

The following descriptors deal with the graduate phase of this program of study. In addition to meeting all the general criteria for admission to the Graduate School at the University of Kentucky, students entering this dual degree program must:

1. have completed a minimum of 90 semester hours including specific University/Professional prerequisites and the initial two semesters of the Professional Physical Therapy curriculum.

2. complete the overall application process including references, GRE and appropriate Graduate School requirements.

The final selection of students for Plan A, Plan B, and the dual degree sequence will be on a competitive admissions basis. Specific information and details are available from the Division of Physical Therapy. Students pursuing the dual degree must follow the application procedures as outlined through the division of Physical Therapy for both the undergraduate and graduate sequence.

Degree Requirements

Plan A (Thesis)

The Plan A degree candidate must complete 24 semester credit hours of graduate course work with a grade point average of 3.0 (B) or higher standing and must write and defend a thesis (6 credit hours). At least 15 hours will be completed at the 600 or 700 course level. The student, in consultation with an advisor, will design a program of study which both incorporates the core requirements and is suitable for his or her particular needs in the proposed area of concentration.

Plan B (Non-thesis)

The Plan B degree candidate must complete 30 semester credit hours of graduate course work with a grade point average of 3.0 (B) or higher standing and must complete a joint clinical research project to be presented in both a written and oral format. At least 15 hours will be completed at the 600 or 700 course level. In addition to core requirements, the student, in consultation with an advisor, will design a program of study suitable for his or her particular needs and proposed area of clinical concentration.

B.H.S./M.S.P.T. Dual Degree Program

The dual degree program of study results in the awarding of a Bachelor of Health Science and a Master of Science in Physical Therapy. (This program of study is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Physical Therapy Education.) Specifics on course requirements for the B.H.S. component of this program are available from the Division of Physical Therapy. The graduate phase of the program builds upon the strong Basic Science Professional prerequisites as well as the first year of the program which includes 16 hours of advanced Basic Science course work. Participants must apply and be admitted to the Graduate School for the fall semester following the first year of the professional curriculum. Students must satisfy all Plan B requirements, including a written comprehensive examination and the completion and presentation of a joint research project, in both oral and written format, during the final portion of their graduate sequence of study.

GRADUATE COURSES

PT 603 PHARMACOLOGY FOR PHYSICAL THERAPY STUDENTS (1)

PT 605 WELLNESS AND SPORTS NUTRITION (SAME AS CNU/NS 605) (3)

PT 606 PHYSICAL THERAPY IN LONG TERM CARE (3)

PT 610 ETHICS IN CLINICAL SCIENCES RESEARCH (SAME AS CD/CLS/RAS 610) (1)

PT 625 ADVANCED ASSESSMENT AND MANAGEMENT OF THE PATIENT WITH MUSCULOSKELETAL DISORDERS (3)

PT 628 GERONTOLOGY FOR PHYSICAL THERAPY STUDENTS (1)

PT 645 RESEARCH AND MEASUREMENT IN PHYSICAL THERAPY (3)

PT 650 DYSFUNCTION OF PERIPHERAL JOINTS (3)

PT 651 DYSFUNCTION OF VERTEBRAL JOINTS (3)

PT 652 PATHOMECHANICS (3)

PT 654 MECHANISMS OF MOTOR CONTROL (3)

PT 655 NEUROMOTOR DEVELOPMENT (3)

PT 660 ADVANCED CLINICAL PRACTICUM IN PHYSICAL THERAPY (1-6)

PT 668 RESEARCH TOPICS IN PHYSICAL THERAPY: ANALYSIS (1-3)

PT 669 RESEARCH TOPICS IN PHYSICAL THERAPY: OUTCOMES (1-3)

PT 676 ELECTROPHYSIOLOGICAL TESTING AND THERAPEUTICS (1-3)

PT 686 SPECIALTY ELECTIVES (1-4)

PT 695 INDEPENDENT STUDY IN PHYSICAL THERAPY (1-3)

PT 705 SKELETAL MUSCLE PHYSIOLOGY AND ADAPTABILITY (3)

PT 748 MASTER'S THESIS RESEARCH (0)

PT 754 SEMINAR ON MOTOR CONTROL (3)

PT 768 RESIDENCE CREDIT FOR THE MASTER'S DEGREE (1-6)

PT 770 SEMINAR IN PHYSICAL THERAPY (3)

PT 776 CURRENT ISSUES IN PEDIATRIC PHYSICAL THERAPY (3)

PT 778 CURRENT TRENDS IN NEUROLOGICAL PHYSICAL THERAPY (3)

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