This course examines the physiological basis of exercise and fitness programs. Students will compare and contrast forms of therapeutic exercise and fitness programs and their effect on the musculoskeletal and cardiopulmonary systems. Upon completion of the program. Students will present an exercise or fitness program developed for a client that includes a plan to assess client outcomes.

In this enrollees course will learn the difference between "normal" aging and pathological changes commonly seen in the older adult. The course is designed to prepare physical therapists to work effectively with the older adult in a variety of settings. Enrollees will be encouraged to explore the literature to find supporting evidence for therapeutic interventions.

This course explores the interrelationship of anatomy, biomechanics and neurophysiology for the neuromusculoskeletal system. In addition, a focus on an understanding of the concept and application of the neutral functional range of the cervical and lumbar spine as a basis for stabilization training, exercise prescription and ADL re-education in the spinal orthopedic population.  Emphasis is placed on the use of specific home exercises to complement manual therapy for acute and chronic musculoskeletal dysfunction. Joint mobilization, manual stretching, self-stretching exercises and neuromotor retraining exercises are demonstrated and practiced by the participants.

In this course enrollees will examine age-related changes in posture, balance, coordination and gait, and provides ways of documenting function in the clinic and home. Enrollees explore a wide range of therapeutic exercises designed to improve mobility. The course will include a review of the four systems that make up balance, vestibular, vision, proprioceptors and muscle strength. Evaluation of the four systems will be presented and evidence based treatment approaches will be reviewed. Consideration of intrinsic and extrinsic causes of falls among the elderly suggests methods of changing both the environment and the ways that older persons perform, to reduce the likelihood of falls.

This course covers the principles of ergonomics as applied static and dynamic movements with focus on the physiological and anatomical capabilities of the worker and the interaction with their work environment. The course will include ergonomics systems approach, anthropometry, work physiology, pattern of work, health outcomes and risk assessment, workplace and equipment design, manual materials handling, work environment, job analysis, exposure assessment and ergonomics laboratory methods. The student will be able to implement the application of a human – centered approach to the design, testing and evaluation of work systems by considering the interrelated set of physical, cognitive , social, organizational and other relevant human factors.

This course covers the science of nutrition as it relates to individual food choices, health behaviors, public health. Health topics include wellness, obesity, eating disorders, sports nutrition, prevention of chronic disease. Nutrients and nutritional needs across the lifespan. Issues facing society including food safety, biotechnology, use of supplements and botanicals Metabolic/physiologic concepts related to energy balance, carbohydrate, and protein nutrition. Addresses energy producing pathways, as well as food sources, digestion, absorption, and utilization of carbohydrates, protein, and various micronutrients. Additional topics include low carbohydrate diets, vegetarianism, protein deficiency, and inborn errors in carbohydrate, and protein metabolism.

This course will  study obesity as a complex problem related to many biopsychosocial factors. Examine how obesity is associated with several medical comorbidities and how it has significant economic consequences. With a multidisciplinary approach, learn to assess and manage chronic obesity using  different methods as cognitive-behavioral , nutritional perspectives, physical therapy methods, surgical …etc

In this course current theories and concepts involved in the processes of motor skill acquisition and performance from a behavioral perspective will be introduced.  Enrollees will discuss methodology of studying motor performance, information processing, sensory and central contributions to motor control, coordination, individual differences, conditions of practice, feedback, retention and transfer, and the learning process.  Application to clinical practice will be emphasized. 

In this course current classical research and systems models of neurodevelopment is reviewed, analyzed and related to current research on various areas of human development throughout life span. This course covers normal human development from birth to death including physical, motor, sensory, cognitive, language and psychosocial changes and their impact on functional movement. The student will learn implications for physical therapy assessments of infants, children, adolescents and adults with developmental and age related problems. This course highlights the diversity of development among individuals.

This course deal with the assessment, diagnosis and management of the whole of the body. Prosthetists provide artificial limbs (prostheses) to people who have all or part of a natural limb missing. Orthotists provide supportive braces and splints (orthoses) to people with various conditions of the limbs or spine. Prosthetists and orthotists work with people of all ages and with different requirements. On the course you will learn how to assess, diagnose and treat people requiring prosthetic and orthotic care. The strong practical emphasis will be taught in conjunction with relevant theory and background information. As you move through the course, you will gradually require a greater depth of learning and increased competency in dealing with people, meeting their needs and deciding on the most effective treatment to offer.