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.

Spring 2022 Course Schedule

Last Updated: 10/04/2022 11:02PM

Doctorate of ABA

DABA 625 - Advanced Functional Assessment and Analysis

The overriding goals of this course are for doctoral candidates to demonstrate comprehension and application of structural, functional and branch analysis and the evaluation and synthesis of stimulus control methodologies to determine the controlling factors of behavior. Candidates will demonstrate competency with the experimental analysis of behavior methodologies to determine the function of behavior across a variety of disabilities and disorders by reading, discussing and presenting assigned and self-selected experimental papers. Areas covered include the functional analysis of behavior of persons with developmental disabilities, psychiatric disorders, substance and eating disorders. Ultimately, candidates must design and present a hypothetical research prospectus in which a functional analysis of complex behavior is conducted.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 2022/01/19 - 2022/05/11
Wednesday
6:00PM - 9:30PM
Simone Palmer
4
TBD

DABA 634 - Advanced Group Designs and Statistical Analysis

The purpose of this course is to review and critique seminal research and compare and contrast the advantages, disadvantages, and appropriate applications of group and single subject research to particular research questions. Specifically, this course aims to review and determine when to apply statistical analysis (descriptive statistics, reliability, correlation, regression, factor analysis, non-parametric analysis, analysis of variance, mixed method, and analysis of covariance) and/or visual inspection to describe and analyze behavior. Emphasis will focus on the development of a research prospectus that includes the accurate application of statistical analysis as well as visual analysis, and demonstrate experimental control while simultaneously ensuring generalization of results (i.e., internal validity versus external validity).

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 2022/01/24 - 2022/05/09
Monday
6:00PM - 9:30PM
Kylan Turner
4
TBD

DABA 690 - Dissertation Lab

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 2022/01/24 - 2022/05/09
Monday
4:00PM - 5:00PM
Ronald Allen
1
TBD
02 2022/01/24 - 2022/05/09
Monday
4:00PM - 5:00PM
Judah Axe
1
TBD
03 2022/01/24 - 2022/05/09
Monday
4:00PM - 5:00PM
Gretchen Dittrich
1
TBD
04 2022/01/24 - 2022/05/09
Monday
4:00PM - 5:00PM
Philip Chase
1
TBD
05 2022/01/24 - 2022/05/09
Monday
4:00PM - 5:00PM
Russell Maguire
1
TBD
06 2022/01/24 - 2022/05/09
Monday
4:00PM - 5:00PM
Noelle Neault
1
TBD
07 2022/01/24 - 2022/05/09
Monday
4:00PM - 5:50PM
Kylan Turner
1
TBD

DABA 699 - Dissertation Extension

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 2022/01/24 - 2022/05/09
Monday
4:00PM - 5:00PM
Ronald Allen
TBD
TBD
02 2022/01/24 - 2022/05/09
Monday
4:00PM - 5:00PM
Judah Axe
TBD
TBD
03 2022/01/24 - 2022/05/09
Monday
4:00PM - 5:00PM
Gretchen Dittrich
TBD
TBD
04 2022/01/24 - 2022/05/09
Monday
4:00PM - 5:00PM
Philip Chase
TBD
TBD
05 2022/01/24 - 2022/05/09
Monday
4:00PM - 5:00PM
Russell Maguire
TBD
TBD
06 TBD TBD
Noelle Neault
TBD
TBD
07 2022/01/24 - 2022/05/09
Monday
4:00PM - 5:00PM
Kylan Turner
TBD
TBD

Doctor of Philosophy in Educ.

DEDU 699 - Dissertation Extension

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 TBD TBD
Benjamin Cole
TBD
TBD

Doctor of Physical Therapy

DPT 613 - Professional Seminar

The professional seminar for this semester has been designed to continue some discussion threads from previous professional seminars (DPT 612) and Integrated Clinical Experiences, and elaborate on those concepts in order to prepare for your upcoming full-time clinical experience and future as a physical therapist. Discussion topics will help you continue to develop clinical competency and professional identity. In the first part of the semester, course content focuses on increasing awareness of professionalism and developing professional identity. In the second half of the semester we will focus our presentations to help you understand your role and responsibilities, as you begin to prepare for your initial clinical experience. In addition, you will participate in a simulation lab experience with a focus on home care and working as part of an inter-professional team. All of these activities are designed to help you continue with professional development, and feel prepared, informed and confident in your abilities as you enter into your first full time clinical experience. 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 5 weeks. Experiences will be primarily in either an outpatient orthopedic setting, or home care with the VNA.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 2022/01/24 - 2022/05/09
Monday
3:00PM - 5:50PM
Mark Dynan
1
Main Campus

DPT 623 - Movement Science II

In this course, students continue to explore normal human movement. Emphasis is on biomechanics, joint structure and function, muscle physiology and muscle activity. Students explore the complex interaction between systems that produces normal human movement, and consider how movement is affected by pathological conditions. Students will further develop regional human anatomy knowledge of the lower quarter for integration into clinical examination and intervention skills. Laboratory activities provide students the opportunity to apply anatomical and biomechanical knowledge to clinical examination techniques for further comprehension of the lower extremity and lumbopelvic spine. Laboratory activities focus on analysis of normal muscle and joint function through observation, palpation, examination, case study analysis, gait analysis, and application of biomechanical principles to daily activities.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 2022/01/21 - 2022/05/13
Friday
10:30AM - 12:20PM
Joanne Rivard (Malerba)
3
TBD

DPT 623L - Movement Science II Lab

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 2022/01/21 - 2022/05/13
Friday
8:00AM - 10:20AM
Joanne Rivard (Malerba)
TBD
TBD

DPT 633 - Concepts and Skills in Physical Therapy II

Students learn and apply concepts and skills that are basic to the practice of physical therapy. Students learn how patients and clients move within their environments, and practice teaching and assisting them with the applicable skills. The semester includes lecture, laboratory, and discussion. There is an emphasis on developing professional behaviors and communication skills as well as hands-on skills.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 2022/01/19 - 2022/05/11
Wednesday
10:30AM - 12:20PM
Joanne Rivard (Malerba)
3
Main Campus

DPT 633L - Concepts and Skills in Physical Therapy II Lab

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 2022/01/19 - 2022/05/11
Wednesday
8:00AM - 10:20AM
Joanne Rivard (Malerba)
TBD
TBD

DPT 653 - Evidence Based Practice II

This course builds on learning from DPT 652 and integrates learning from DPT 762. Students determine and write clinically-applicable and answerable questions that relate to diagnosis, prognosis, and interventions for patients with musculoskeletal problems. Using questions as a base, students implement literature searches and critically appraise the articles found based on the search. Students discuss the credibility of the research, including issues of bias, confounding, statistical significance and clinical importance. Emphasis is on discussion of the strength of the evidence and its relevance to the management of their patient. Students build a library of CATs related to management of patients with musculoskeletal conditions.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 2022/01/20 - 2022/05/12
Thursday
3:00PM - 4:50PM
Amitabh Dashottar
2
Main Campus

DPT 673 - Frameworks of Physical Therapy: Musculoskeletal II

This course is a continuation of DPT 672. Students expand their knowledge and repertoire of physical therapy examination, evaluation, diagnosis, prognosis, and management skills for a broader variety of musculoskeletal problems and more complex patient cases.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 2022/01/24 - 2022/05/09
Monday
8:00AM - 11:50AM
Justin Jones
7
Main Campus

DPT 673L - Frameworks of Physical Therapy: Musculoskeletal II Lab

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 2022/01/20 - 2022/05/12
Thursday
8:00AM - 11:50AM
Justin Jones
TBD
TBD

DPT 713 - 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 2022/01/24 - 2022/05/09
Monday
12:00PM - 12:50PM
Rachel Verrill
1
Main Campus

DPT 743 - Principles of Practice Management

This course introduces students to the nature and functions of general business organizations, including physical therapy practices that are stand-alone or within larger institutions. Emphasis is on understanding the fundamental management functions such as marketing, operations, human resource management, finance and accounting, and how they apply to physical therapy practice management. Students work to improve skills in teamwork. Effective oral and written communications are stressed.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 2022/01/20 - 2022/05/12
Monday, Thursday
3:00PM - 4:20PM
Todd Herrmann
3
Main Campus

DPT 753 - Research Seminar: Systematic Review

This is the fourth course in the research sequence of this curriculum, for students who opt for, and selected for systematic review. This course is effectively part I of the capstone research course. This is an advanced course focused on the critical review of the scientific literature, building upon content from DPT 652, DPT 653, and DPT 752. The critical review of the literature will be on a topic directly pertaining to physical therapy (e.g. diagnosis, intervention, education, etc.). The course design is to foster collaborative investigation, critique, and writing leading toward dissemination.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 2022/01/19 - 2022/05/11
Wednesday
10:00AM - 10:50AM
Justin Beebe
1
Main Campus

DPT 763 - Research Seminary: Faculty Directed Research I

This is the alternative fourth course in the research sequence, for students who opt for, and selected, for faculty directed research. This course is effectively part I of the capstone research course. This is an advanced course in research methodology and design, which builds upon DPT 652, DPT 653, and DPT 752. Students complete projects begun during Year II, as designated by the faculty advisor. The course design is to foster collaborative research activities leading toward dissemination.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 2022/01/19 - 2022/05/11
Wednesday
11:00AM - 11:50AM
Justin Beebe
1
Main Campus

DPT 783 - Frameworks for Physical Therapy: Nuromuscular I

Throughout the semester, students develop and apply theoretical frameworks for physical therapy clinical decision-making from a developmental systems perspective, recognizing the changes across the life span. Students learn and apply child development, psychosocial aspects of disease and disability, neuroanatomy, neurophysiology, epidemiology, and pathology to the medical, surgical, pharmacological, psychological, and physical therapy management of individuals with neuromuscular disorders. They develop competence in physical therapy examination, evaluation, diagnosis, and management of a plan of care. Teaching and learning methods include lecture, laboratory activities, patient cases, small group self-directed, problem-based tutorials, and integrated clinical experiences. Includes lecture and laboratory sessions.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 2022/01/18 - 2022/05/12
Tuesday
9:00AM - 10:50AM

Thursday
11:00AM - 1:50PM
Stacey Maguire
7
Main Campus

DPT 783L - Frameworks for Physical Therapy: Nuromuscular I Lab

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 2022/01/18 - 2022/05/10
Tuesday
12:00PM - 3:50PM
Stacey Maguire
TBD
TBD

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
Elizabeth Murphy
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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