Courses

Below you will find the current course offerings listed by semester and then alphabetically by department. Students and Faculty should log in to workday.simmons.edu and view the live course listings for the current semester. The current semester listings below are updated weekly. If you have any questions about these courses, please contact the Registrar's Office at or 617-521-2111.

Fall 2022 Course Schedule

Last Updated: 08/17/2022 02:00PM

Doctorate of ABA

DABA 601 - History of Behaviorism

In this class we will review the presuppositions of behaviorism and critically analyze those presuppositions. This will be accomplished by reviewing the work of Watson and Skinner.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 2022/09/08 - 2022/12/15
Thursday
6:00PM - 9:30PM
Ronald Allen
4
TBD

DABA 662 - Behavior Analysis in Higher Education

DABA 662 is a doctoral level course focused on issues related to the behavior analytic literature on education and instruction with a special emphasis on adult learning. The course prepares students to design and evaluate educational materials created to change the knowledge and/or skills of learners. The course examines the distinction between learning, ergonomic, and motivational problems in both the classroom and the workplace and emphasizes evidence- based methods for teaching complex conceptual behavior. In preparation for class meetings students will read and comment on the literature, and complete a sequence of assignments related to teaching and evaluating a course that they would like to teach. Class meetings will include a combination of group discussions, weekly quizzes, and student presentations. A cumulative final exam will be taken at the end of the semester.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 2022/09/06 - 2022/12/13
Tuesday
6:00PM - 9:30PM
Kylan Turner
4
TBD

DABA 690 - Dissertation Lab

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 2022/09/12 - 2022/12/12
Monday
4:00PM - 5:00PM
Ronald Allen
4
TBD
02 2022/09/12 - 2022/12/12
Monday
3:30PM - 4:30PM
Judah Axe
1
TBD
03 2022/09/12 - 2022/12/12
Monday
4:00PM - 5:00PM
Gretchen Dittrich
1
TBD
04 2022/09/12 - 2022/12/12
Monday
4:00PM - 5:00PM
Philip Chase
1
TBD
05 2022/09/12 - 2022/12/12
Monday
3:00PM - 4:00PM
Russell Maguire
1
TBD
07 2022/09/12 - 2022/12/12
Monday
4:30PM - 5:30PM
Kylan Turner
1
TBD

DABA 699 - Dissertation Extension

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 2022/09/12 - 2022/12/12
Monday
4:00PM - 5:00PM
Ronald Allen
TBD
TBD
02 2022/09/12 - 2022/12/12
Monday
3:30PM - 4:30PM
Judah Axe
TBD
TBD
03 2022/09/12 - 2022/12/12
Monday
4:00PM - 5:00PM
Gretchen Dittrich
TBD
TBD
04 2022/09/12 - 2022/12/12
Monday
4:00PM - 5:00PM
Philip Chase
TBD
TBD
05 2022/09/12 - 2022/12/12
Monday
3:00PM - 4:00PM
Russell Maguire
TBD
TBD
07 2022/09/12 - 2022/12/12
Monday
4:30PM - 5:30PM
Kylan Turner
TBD
TBD

Doctor of Physical Therapy

DPT 612 - Professional Seminar

Professional Seminar is a continuum of courses scheduled during each academic semester that builds on the foundational elements of professional development and professional behavior in the physical therapy profession. In this semester we will explore the foundational concepts of professional behaviors, ethical principles and core values, and cultural competence and sensitivity, as we begin to experience and build some of the abilities and attitudes that are essential to establishing professionalism in practice. We will also explore some concepts at the foundation of lifelong learning: metacognition and self-assessment. This course will also include an introduction to the Integrated Clinical Experiences (ICE) which will be at the core of your professional development this semester. Each student will be assigned to an ICE for 1 day a week for 4 weeks. Experiences will be primarily in either an outpatient orthopedic-focused setting, or home care with the VNA. As your experience in the clinic develops, we will discuss and apply concepts of ethics and decision making, and the development of effective client/provider relationships that are essential for effective clinical practice and quality client experiences. We will take a look at the experience of illness and disability from the point of view of the patient and family, including the psycho/social/spiritual aspects of disability, and examine how best to work with patients with different kinds of illness and disabilities.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 2022/09/12 - 2022/12/12
Monday
3:00PM - 5:50PM
Mark Dynan
1
Main Campus

DPT 622 - Movement Science

This course provides students with the basis for understanding normal human movement. Emphasis is on biomechanics, joint structure, muscle physiology, muscle activity, exercise physiology and neurophysiology. Students explore the interaction between the systems that produce normal human movement and begin to consider how movement is affected by pathological conditions.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 2022/09/09 - 2022/12/16
Friday
8:00AM - 9:50AM
Joanne Rivard (Malerba)
3
Main Campus

DPT 622L - Movement Science Lab

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 2022/09/09 - 2022/12/16
Friday
10:00AM - 12:20PM
Joanne Rivard (Malerba)
TBD
Main Campus

DPT 632 - Concepts and Skills in Physical Therapy

In this course, students learn and apply concepts and skills that are basic to the practice of physical therapy. Students learn how patients move in their environment and practice teaching and assisting them with these skills. There is an emphasis on professional behavior and the development of competent communication skills. Other issues that will be considered include awareness of safe infection control policies, sensitivity to ethical issues and culture in health care, psychological reactions to disease and disability, and legal issues in the health care environment. Through lecture, lab and interactive case-based experiences, students practice management of these core issues as they develop the foundational clinical skills in physical therapy practice.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 2022/09/07 - 2022/12/14
Wednesday
8:00AM - 9:50AM
Joanne Rivard (Malerba)
3
Main Campus

DPT 632L - Concepts and Skills in Physical Therapy Lab

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 2022/09/07 - 2022/12/14
Wednesday
10:00AM - 12:20PM
Joanne Rivard (Malerba)
TBD
Main Campus

DPT 652 - Evidence Based Practice

This course focuses on preparing students to critically analyze research literature. Emphasis is placed on critically reading and interpreting published research in terms of applicability to the practice of health care professionals. Taught using discussions and lecture, this course provides a foundation for subsequent participation in research and evidence-based practice.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 2022/09/08 - 2022/12/15
Thursday
3:00PM - 4:50PM
Amitabh Dashottar
2
Main Campus

DPT 672 - Frameworks of Physical Therapy: Musculoskeletal I

Students learn and apply anatomy, physiology, epidemiology, and pathology as they explore the issues of disease risk and prevention, as well as medical, surgical, pharmacological, psychological and physical therapies in the management of individuals with cardiovascular and pulmonary diseases. This semester includes tutorials, lecture, laboratory, and integrated clinical experiences. The core foundations for practice are blended into each tutorial case. Issues related the care of patients of all ages are explored and discussed. Emphasis is on history taking, system review, physical therapy examination, diagnosis, prognosis, evaluation, and development of a physical therapy plan of care. Further emphasis includes evidence-based physical therapy prevention and intervention of acute and chronic patient problems. Students are also introduced to a disablement model used to understand the progression from disease to disability. Students also practice clinical decision-making, professional communication and documentation.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 2022/09/12 - 2022/12/12
Monday
8:00AM - 11:50AM
Justin Jones
7
Main Campus

DPT 672L - Frameworks of Physical Therapy: Musculoskeletal I Lab

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 2022/09/08 - 2022/12/15
Thursday
8:00AM - 11:50AM
Justin Jones
TBD
Main Campus

DPT 712 - Professional Seminar

The professional seminar for this semester has been designed to build upon the first full-time clinical experience, as well as discussions from previous professional seminars. The emphasis is on re-visiting the PT Code of Ethics and core values as seen through the perspective of the clinical environment to further continue to help define professional identity. To support further professional development students will be asked to complete the first three APTA Professional Modules We will also work on relaxation/meditation skills in patient education for managing acute and chronic stress. In developing the skills necessary for including mindfulness and meditation in patient education, students will also gain personal health benefits from these practices. As a complement to meditation in managing stress and chronic pain, we will also explore other stress management tools such as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), to gain awareness of the influence of perception, thoughts and beliefs on health and behavior change. Integrated Clinical Experiences (ICEs) will also be included within the course. Each student will be assigned to an ICE for 1 day a week for 4 or 5 weeks. These experiences will focus on developing skills in management of patients primarily in a general inpatient setting.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 2022/09/12 - 2022/12/12
Monday
12:00PM - 12:50PM
Mark Dynan
1
Main Campus

DPT 722 - Integument, Prosthetics, & Orthotics

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 2022/09/12 - 2022/12/12
Monday
9:30AM - 11:20AM
Sarah Welch
2
Main Campus

DPT 732 - Neuroanatomy

This course will provide basic Neuroanatomy information in lectures (at Simmons College) and laboratories (at HMS-Harvard Medical School). A systems based approach will be used eg: Motor Systems, Sensory Systems. The material will provide a foundational understanding of neuroanatomy to be applied in the Neuromuscular Physical Therapy I and II courses.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 2022/09/08 - 2022/12/15
Thursday
8:00AM - 9:50AM
Rachel Verrill
2
Main Campus

DPT 742 - Health Promotion, Wellness, and Advocacy

DPT 742 is designed to provide students with an overview of health promotion issues across the continuum from the individual to the community to the global stage. Beginning with an emphasis on the fundamental role of the physical therapist within the continuum, the course focuses on the leading health indicators and domains that have the greatest influence on the health of individuals and communities. A variety of theoretical frameworks with be explored to provide the foundation for developing strategies to identify current health information and promotion issues, identify and challenge paradigms related to health and healing, and facilitate changes in behavior that lead to more effective patient-practitioner collaborative relationships and improve patient health and outcomes. Within the APTA Vision Statement for Physical Therapy 2020 is language that proposes physical therapists as the practitioner of choice in the area of wellness. Combined with the Service Learning Component (DPT 742L), the goal is to establish a foundation of knowledge and experience designed to enhance the role of physical therapists as health care providers in the realm of health promotion and wellness-centered care for individuals and communities, as a complement to their role in the more traditional realm of restorative care. In addition to classroom discussion and learning, students also design and participate in service learning projects with community partners, organized through the Scott-Ross Center here at Simmons (DPT 742L). This experience provides students with the opportunity to apply health promotion/wellness concepts, theories, philosophies and research to help meet the health needs and missions of various populations and community organizations, respectively.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 2022/09/09 - 2022/12/16
Friday
10:00AM - 11:50AM
Stacey Maguire
3
Main Campus

DPT 752 - Research Seminar: Proposal

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 2022/09/12 - 2022/12/12
Monday
2:00PM - 2:50PM
Devashish Tiwari
1
Main Campus

DPT 772 - Frameworks for Physical Therapy: Cardio and Pulmonary

Students learn and apply anatomy, physiology, epidemiology, and pathology as they explore the issues of disease risk and prevention, as well as medical, surgical, pharmacological, psychological and physical therapies in the management of individuals with cardiovascular and pulmonary diseases. This semester course includes tutorials, lecture and laboratory and parallels the student's integrated clinical experiences. The core foundations for practice are blended into each tutorial case, thus integrating information from previous and concurrent courses. Issues related the care of patients of all ages are explored and discussed. Emphasis is on history taking, system review, physical therapy examination, diagnosis, prognosis, evaluation, and development of a physical therapy plan of care. Further emphasis includes evidence-based physical therapy prevention and intervention of acute and chronic patient problems. Students are also introduced to a disablement model used to understand the progression from disease to disability. Students also practice clinical decision-making, professional communication and documentation. Includes lecture and laboratory sessions.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 2022/09/06 - 2022/12/15
Tuesday
8:00AM - 9:50AM

Thursday
10:00AM - 11:50AM
Jenna Powers
7
Main Campus

DPT 772L - Frameworks for Physical Therapy: Cardio and Pulmonary Lab

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 2022/09/06 - 2022/12/13
Tuesday
1:00PM - 3:50PM
Jenna Powers
TBD
Main Campus

DPT 792 - Clinical Experience II

Students apply knowledge and skills in patient/client management in a health care setting, and learn to address the physical therapy needs of actual patients and clients under the supervision of a physical therapist. The experience requires students to be in the clinical setting for approximately 40 hours per week for 12 weeks.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 TBD TBD
Mark Dynan
5
TBD

DPT 793 - Clinical Experience III

Students apply knowledge and skills in patient/client management in a health care setting, and learn to address the physical therapy needs of actual patients and clients under the supervision of a physical therapist. The experience requires students to be in the clinical setting for approximately 40 hours per week for 12 weeks.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 TBD TBD
Mark Dynan
5
TBD
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