Course Syllabus : Introduction to Physical Therapy

School and Graduate Institute of Physical Therapy

National Taiwan University

 

Course Number: 408 10100

Course Name: Introduction to Physical Therapy

Course Credit: 1

Instructors: Hua-Fang Liao, Jiu-Jenq Lin Associate Professor (jiujlin@ntu.edu.tw)

Phone: 886-2-33668136

E-mail: hfliao@ntu.edu.tw

Office: Room 317, School of Physical Therapy, National Taiwan University Hospital

Class Level: First year students in the School of Physical Therapy

Class time: Every other Tuesday, 15:30-17:20 PM

Classroom: Room 211 in Public Health Building, the School of Physical Therapy, NTU

Course Description:

        This course is an introduction to physical therapy, including its definition, history, theories, development, and areas of specialization in practice. Because physical therapist is one of medical team members, an introduction to communication skills, rehabilitation medicine, and psychological adjustments, of patients are included in this course. On-site clinical observations or visits are arranged to enhance the understanding of physical therapy. Oral reports and a final report are required to facilitate students’ participation, information searching skills, and presentation skills.

 

General Course Objectives:

After completing this course, the students should be able to

1. Understand the course structure of the School of Physical Therapy, NTU

2. Learn the definition, history, theories, and practice areas of physical therapy

3. Understand the characteristics of the profession of physical therapy

4. Describe the typical clients and clinical practice of physical therapy

5. Learn the basic communication and counseling skills

6. Search and organize information related to medicine & physical therapy. 

 

Contents

Schedule

Topics & Goals

Instructors

Session 1

Introduction : definition and history of physical therapy (Taiwan and World), future development of Physical therapy, courses of PT School of NTU, definition of profession

HF LIAO

Session 2

Information searching of medicine & physical therapy I (Computer classroom)

JJ LIN

Session 3

Information searching of medicine &physical therapy II (Computer classroom)

JJ LIN

Session 4

Written report related to information searching

 

Session 5

Introductin to orthopedic, sport, & neurological PT (common conditions in PT, examinations & interventions)

HF LIAO

Session 6

Introduction to cardiopulmonary, pediatric, geriatric PT  (common conditions in pediatric PT, examinations & interventions)

HF LIAO

Session 7

Introduction to team concepts, communication skills (definition of communication, communication model, transaction model, body language, basic principles of consultation)

HF LIAO

Session 8

Clinical observation I, (various clinical settings and research section, such as medical centers, community health centers, PT association, research area, 2 hrs)

HF LIAO & Teaching assistants

Session 9

Clinical observation II  (various clinical settings and research section, such as medical centers, community health centers, PT association, research area, 2 hrs)

HF LIAO & Teaching assistants

Session 10

Presentation I by students (2 hrs)

HF LIAO

Session 11

Presentation II by students (2 hrs)

HF LIAO

Session 12

Final examination (1.5 hrs)

HF LIAO

Session 13

Final reports

HF LIAO

 

Textbooks and References

1. Pagliarulo MA, 3rd ed. Introduction to Physical Therapy. St Louis, Missouri: CV Mosby., 2006.

2. Scully RM, Barnes MR: Physical Therapy. Philadelphia: J.B.Lippincott Company. 1989.

3.APTA. Guide to Physical Therapist Practice. 2nd ed. Alexandria, Virginia: American Physical Therapy Association. 2001.

4. Digital Museum of Physical Therapyhttp://www.taiwanpt.net.

5. Hsiao SJ, Lee MB: Communication Theory and Skill in Health System. Taipei: College of Medicine, NTU 1998.

 

Grading System:

Class participation                                   10%

Participation in clinical oberservation                    10%

Oral report on physical therapy information search         10%

Final examination                                   35%

Oral report                                         15%

Final report                                         20%