Screening and Differential Diagnosis   [Archived Catalog]
2017-2018 Academic Catalog

PT 8632 - Screening and Differential Diagnosis

This course will present the most essential responsibility of physical therapists, specifically, the recognition of co-morbid medical conditions. The making of a diagnosis depends on 3 major clinical indices: the subjective information obtained from the patient, the signs identified on physical examination, and the results obtained from diagnostic tests (imaging and laboratory tests). This course examines the relative value and importance of the subjective data obtained from the medical history as related to physical examination and imaging/laboratory investigations in the establishment of a diagnosis. Presented is the content knowledge and process skills necessary to enhance physical therapists' medical screening and clinical judgments regarding when to treat and when to refer their patients. Combined with students' existing knowledge and skills, this medical screening course will provide a more comprehensive evaluation scheme that will facilitate safe, effective, and efficient patient management within the context of a collaborative practice paradigm.

Credit Hours: 3

Term Offered: Summer