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Physiotherapy Program

Programs in Health Sciences

Description of the Programs in Health Sciences

The faculty offers programs leading to baccalaureate degrees in Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy. The Faculty also offers a part time program for physiotherapists with a two- year diploma to upgrade to baccalaureate level. The aim of these programs is to graduate therapists who are competent, reflective practitioners, aware of the needs of the whole community, and able to fulfill the role of health and disability educator and researcher in addition to the role of therapist.

Bachelor’s Degree Program in Physiotherapy

Credits needed for the degree

A student majoring in physiotherapy needs to earn a total of 130 credits distributed as follows:

Category

Cr

Major

95

Department Requirements

32

General Elective

3

Total

130

Major in Physiotherapy

Required Physiotherapy Major Courses (95 Cr)

PHTH 110

Introduction to Physiotherapy (3)

PHTH 312

Physiotherapy Skills 3 (4)

PHTH 112

Principles of Physiotherapy (4)

PHTH 313

Community-Based Rehabilitation (4)

PHTH 120

Introduction to Health Care (3)

PHTH 314

Adaptive Equipment Workshop (3)

PHTH 121

Intro. to Anatomy & Physiology (4)

PHTH 330

Teaching & Presentation Skills (3)

PHTH 122

Introduction to Neuroanatomy (2)

PHTH 353

Health Services Management (3)

PHTH 210

Physiotherapy Theory 1 (4)

PHTH 355

Research and Evaluation (5)

PHTH 211

Physiotherapy Skills 1 (5)

PHTH 401

Clinical Field Work 1 (3)

PHTH 212

Physiotherapy Skills 2 (5)

PHTH 402

Clinical Field Work 2 (5)

PHTH 220

Human growth and development (4)

PHTH 403

Clinical Field Work 3 (5)

PHTH 221

General Pathology (3)

PHTH 404

Clinical Field Work 4 (5)

PHTH 310

Physiotherapy Theory 2 (4)

PHTH 405

Clinical Field Work 5 (5)

PHTH 311

Physiotherapy Theory 3 (4)

PHTH 406

Clinical Field Work 6 (5)

Department Requirements (32 Cr)

ENGL 120

English Language Skill I (3)

EDUC 301

Counseling (2)

ENGL 121

English Language Skill II (3)

PSED 101

Physical Education (1)

ENGL 213

English Language Skill III (3)

PHYS 121

Physics of Physiotherapy (2)

PSYC 232

Psychology for Health Care (3)

NURS 351

Pharmacology I (2)

PSYC 234

Social Psychology for H. Care (3)

PHIL 104

Medical Ethics (2)

SOCI 131

Introduction to Sociology (3)

CAIS 252

Computer use for Health Care (2)

SOCI 231

Sociology of the Family (3)

 

 

For Acceptance to Major Criteria refer to #9 under Academic Regulations.

Paradigm of courses

Bachelor of Science in Physiotherapy

First Year

FALL SEMESTER

CR

SPRING SEMESTER

CR

PHTH 110

Intro. To Physiotherapy

3

PHTH 112

Principles of Physiotherapy

4

PHTH 120

Intro. To Health Care

3

PHTH 122

Introduction to Neuroanatomy

2

PHTH 121

Intro. To Anatomy & Physiology

4

PHTH 221

General Pathology

3

ENGL 120

English Language Skills I

3

ENGL 121

English Language Skills II

3

CAIS 252

Computer use for H. Care

2

PSYC 232

Psychology for Health Care

3

 

 

15

 

 

15

         

 

SUMMER SEMESTER

CR

PHTH 401

Clinical Field Work I

3

 

Second Year

FALL SEMESTER

CR

SPRING SEMESTER

CR

PHYS 121

Physics for Physiotherapy

2

PHTH 211

Physiotherapy Skills 1

5

PHTH 210

Physiotherapy Theory 1

4

PHTH 310

Physiotherapy Theory 2

4

PHTH 220

Human Growth & Dev.

4

PSYC 234

Social Psychology for H. Care

3

ENGL 213

English Language Skills III

3

PHIL 104

Medical Ethics

2

SOCI 131

Introduction to Sociology

3

EDUC 301

Counseling

2

 

 

16

 

 

16

 

SUMMER SEMESTER

CR

PHTH 402

Clinical Field Work 2

5

 

Third Year

FALL SEMESTER

CR

SPRING SEMESTER

CR

PHTH 212

Physiotherapy Skills 2

5

PHTH 311

Physiotherapy Theory 3

4

PHTH 403

Clinical Field Work 3

5

PHTH 312

Physiotherapy Skills 3

4

NURS 351

Pharmacology I

2

PHTH 313

Community Based Rehabilitation

4

SOCI 231

Sociology of the Family

3

PHTH 314

Adaptive Equip. Workshop

3

 

 

15

 

 

15

 

Fourth Year

FALL SEMESTER

CR

SPRING SEMESTER

CR

PHTH 330

Teaching & Pres. Skills

3

PHTH 355

Research and Evaluation

5

PHTH 353

Health Services Management

3

PHTH 405

Clinical Field Work 5

5

PHTH 404

Clinical Field Work 4

5

PHTH 406

Clinical Field Work 6

5

PSED 101

Physical Education

1

 

 

 

 

General Elective

3

 

 

 

 

 

15

 

 

15

 

Description of courses

PHTH 110 Introduction to Physiotherapy  (Cr. 3)

This course includes the history and development of physiotherapy as a profession. The role of physiotherapy is discussed within the context of total health care, emphasizing the importance of community-based rehabilitation.

PHTH 112 Principles of Physiotherapy  (Cr. 4)

The course provides a theoretical basis for therapeutic use of manipulation movement and thermal and electrical techniques. Students are introduced to the fundamentals of patient care, with practice of some of the “caring skills” provided to complement the theory. Students discuss the professional relationships and responsibilities of physiotherapists. Included in the course is an orientation to clinical field work. Prerequisite: PHTH 110, ENGL 120

PHTH 120 Introduction of Health Care  (Cr. 3)

This course emphasizes the development of an understanding of local health care systems, particularly as they relate to the Palestinian National Health Plan. Topics include primary health care, public health, and rehabilitation. Clinical observation of different aspects of health care is included in this course.

PHTH 121 Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology  (Cr. 4)

This course develops an understanding of normal movement and function. Students are introduced to the study of the musculo-skeletal, neurological, circulatory, and respiratory systems. Laboratory sessions in living anatomy are included. Prerequisite: PHTH 220

PHTH 122 Introduction to Neuroanatomy (Cr. 2)

This course introduces students to the structures and function of the nervous system. Central, peripheral, and autonomic systems are studied and the material integrated with PHTH 121.

PHTH 210 Physiotherapy Theory 1  (Cr. 4)

This course involves the study of pathological conditions affecting upper and lower limbs of the body. Further study of anatomy and physiology needed to understand the disease process are included. Topics include soft tissue injures, trauma and orthopedics, rheumatology, peripheral vascular disease, peripheral nerve lesions, and arthritis in relation to limb problems. Prerequisite: PHTH 121

PHTH 211 Physiotherapy Skills 1 (Cr. 5)

This course expands some of the concepts introduced in PHTH 112 in order to integrate them into the physiotherapy process. Students learn to examine and assess patients, plan a treatment program, implement that program, and evaluate its efficacy including movement and manipulative skills. Prerequisite: PHTH 112

PHTH 212 Physiotherapy Skills 2  (Cr. 5)

This course is related to PHTH 210, 310 and 211. Topics include biomechanics skills and the use of thermal and electrical techniques appropriate to the pathological conditions studied. Students develop these skills in practical laboratory sessions. Prerequisite: PHTH 211

PHTH 220 Human Growth and Development  (Cr. 4)

This course introduces students to a broad concept of the physical, psychological, and social dimensions of human growth and development from conception to death. It considers the normal milestones of development and the combination of influences which aid or hinder individuals achieving these goals.

PHTH 221 General Pathology  (Cr. 3)

This course provides an understanding of basic pathological processes and clinical conditions treated by occupational therapy and physiotherapy. Topics include infection, inflammation, degeneration, immunity, and carcinogenesis. Prerequisite: PHTH 220

PHTH 310 Physiotherapy Theory 2  Cr. 4)

This course involves the study of pathological conditions affecting interconnected areas of the body. Further study of anatomy and physiology needed to understand the disease processes are included. Topics are neurology, pediatrics, cardio-vascular conditions, respiratory conditions, dermatology, and burns. Prerequisite: PHTH 121

PHTH 311 Physiotherapy Theory 3  (Cr. 4)

This course involves the study of pathological conditions resulting in multiple pathology and progressive disability. Further study of anatomy and physiology needed to understand the disease processes are included. Topics are general medicine and surgery, obstetrics and gynecology, geriatrics, mental, and physical disabilities. Prerequisite: PHTH 121

PHTH 312 Physiotherapy Skills 3  (Cr. 4)

This course is related to PHTH 311. Students develop skills appropriate to their role as educators in the community. Emphasis is placed upon raising the awareness of the community to the right and needs of disabled people. Prerequisite: PHTH 110,120

PHTH 313 Community-Based Rehabilitation  (Cr. 4)

This course emphasizes that rehabilitation can best take place in the work and home environment. Students become aware of community needs and multi-disciplinary care for the whole person. Prerequisite: PSYC 232, 234, SOCI 332

PHTH 314 Adaptive Equipment Workshop  (Cr. 3)

This course enables students to learn how to design and make appropriate furniture, toys, and everyday living aids appropriate to the individual needs of persons with disability and to the local situation. Prerequisite: PHTH 210, 310, 311

PHTH 330 Teaching and Presentation Skills  (Cr. 3)

This course introduces students to a range of teaching methods and media and enables them to develop preparation and presentation skills for use in health care and health education settings. Pre-requisite courses: ENGL 322

PHTH 353 Health Services Management  (Cr. 3)

This course offers students an appreciation of the principles of management related to planning and organization of health services. Topics include management of personnel and resources, setting objectives, and policymaking.

PHTH 355 Research and Evaluation (Cr. 5)

This course develops an understanding of the evaluation process and different research and evaluation methodologies. Skills developed include retrieval of information from a range of sources, critical analysis of research literature, and interpretation and application of research studies to the health sciences. At the end of the course students present a proposal for a project of their choice in the area of physiotherapy practice. Prerequisite: SOCI 245, MATH 252

PHTH 401 Clinical Field Work 1  (Cr. 3)

Students complete a six week full time period of supervised clinical practice during the summer session of the First Year of the program. This practicum is mainly observation. Students orientate themselves to the clinical setting and gain experience in relating to patients and staff in clinics, hospitals, and rehabilitation centers.

PHTH 402, 403 Clinical Field Work 2, 3  (Cr. 5,5)

Students complete a six week period of clinical practice during each semester of the third year. This practice period relates to PHTH 310 and 212. Students gain experience in treating patients with conditions affecting inter-related areas of the body using manipulative, movement, and electrotherapy modalities.

PHTH 404, 405 Clinical Field Work 4, 5  (Cr. 5,5)

Students complete a six week full time period of supervised clinical practice during each semester in the fourth year. This practice period relates to PHTH 210, 310, and PHTH 212, 312, and 311. Students gain experience in treating patients with multiple disabilities and progressive conditions. During this period students prepare a patient study which is utilized in PHTH 314.

PHTH 406 Clinical Field Work 6  (Cr. 5)

Students complete a six-week full time period of supervised clinical practice during the spring semester of the fourth year. During this period, students choose a physiotherapy facility to practice dependent upon negotiations between themselves, faculty, and clinical supervisors. Any student who missed part of the previous five clinical field work periods must use part of this time to gain the experience missed.

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