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.

Summer 2024 Course Schedule

Last Updated: 06/22/2024 03:04PM

Doctorate of ABA

DABA 601 - History of Behaviorism

The purpose of this course is to review and integrate the works and writings of scientists and philosophers preceding and laying the groundwork for modern Behavior Analysis and Behaviorism. Emphasis will be given to the historical context under which each contribution and system was developed. Materials reviewed will span from the ancient Greeks (Plato and Aristotle) to the present. Philosophic formulations (Animism, Mentalism, Pragmatism, Methodological and Radical Behaviorism) will be explored and evaluated. Finally, detailed analyses of the careers and discoveries of applied and experimental behavior analysts will be undertaken and reviewed as products of the historical precedents they follow.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
OL01 2024/05/15 - 2024/08/21
Wednesday
6:00PM - 9:30PM
Ronald Allen
4
TBD

DABA 610 - Verbal Behavior

The purpose of this doctoral course on verbal behavior is to advance the understanding and applications of the conceptual and empirical analyses of Skinner�s (1957) analysis of verbal behavior. This includes examining critiques of Skinner�s analysis, such as by Chomsky and relational frame theorists, and providing defenses to those criticisms based on the analyses of joint control, bidirectional naming, and autoclitics. We explore additional contemporary research, including on multiple control, problem solving, instructive feedback, matrix training, and teaching conditional discriminations. The final topics are Skinner�s (1957) chapters on composition and self-editing, as well as an examination of how the analysis of verbal behavior can help approach anti-racism. Students write and present a research proposal on a practical topic in verbal behavior as well as a conceptual paper related to a topic in the course.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
OL01 2024/05/13 - 2024/08/19
Monday
6:00PM - 9:30PM
Judah Axe
4
TBD

DABA 690

This course occurs in a small group seminar format, once a week for an hour, although individual meetings with one�s advisor may occur outside of this schedule. The purpose is to prepare students for the design, development, writing and defense of their dissertation proposal and formal dissertation. Because this course occurs in a small group format, students will be at different stages of the dissertation process. For example, some students may be formalizing and operationalizing their research question whereas others may be preparing for their dissertation defense. As a consequence, the doctoral students who are further along in the process advise and provide support for those students just starting out. Students are assigned to a Dissertation Lab during their first or second semester in the program, and enroll in and attend Dissertation Lab each semester thereafter, while taking other doctoral-level courses. Although students will develop and defend their dissertation proposal while taking other doctoral-level courses, all required coursework must completed prior to one defending their actual dissertation. If a student completes 12 credits of DABA 690without writing and defending their dissertation, they must enroll in DABA 699 Extension until they have successfully completed and defended their dissertation.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location

Dissertation

OL01 2024/05/16 - 2024/08/22
Thursday
5:00PM - 6:00PM
Ronald Allen
1
TBD

Dissertation Lab

OL02 2024/05/16 - 2024/08/22
Thursday
4:00PM - 5:00PM
Judah Axe
1
TBD
OL03 2024/05/13 - 2024/08/19
Monday
4:00PM - 5:00PM
Gretchen Dittrich
1
TBD
OL04 2024/05/16 - 2024/08/22
Thursday
4:30PM - 5:30PM
Philip Chase
1
TBD
OL05 2024/05/13 - 2024/08/19
Monday
3:00PM - 4:00PM
Russell Maguire
1
TBD
OL07 2024/05/13 - 2024/08/19
Monday
4:30PM - 5:30PM
Kylan Turner
1
TBD
OLINT 2024/05/16 - 2024/08/22
Thursday
4:00PM - 5:00PM
Ronald Allen
1
TBD

DABA 699 - Dissertation Extension

This is an extension of the dissertation lab. If a student completes 12 credits of DABA 690 without writing and defending their dissertation, they must enroll in DABA 699 Extension until they have successfully completed and defended their dissertation. Note: DABA 699 extension is a 0-credit course, but carries a 1-credit tuition fee.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
OL01 2024/05/16 - 2024/08/22
Thursday
5:00PM - 6:00PM
Ronald Allen
TBD
TBD
OL02 2024/05/16 - 2024/08/22
Thursday
4:00PM - 5:00PM
Judah Axe
TBD
TBD
OL03 2024/05/13 - 2024/08/19
Monday
4:00PM - 5:00PM
Gretchen Dittrich
TBD
TBD
OL04 2024/05/16 - 2024/08/22
Thursday
4:30PM - 5:30PM
Philip Chase
TBD
TBD
OL05 2024/05/13 - 2024/08/19
Monday
3:00PM - 4:00PM
Russell Maguire
TBD
TBD
OL07 2024/05/13 - 2024/08/19
Monday
4:30PM - 5:30PM
Kylan Turner
TBD
TBD

Doctor of Physical Therapy

DPT 621 - Human Anatomy

Knowledge of human anatomy is essential for physical therapists to make clinical decisions regarding examination, evaluation, diagnosis, prognosis, and development of a plan of care for patients and clients. This course is an in-depth study of the human body through cadaver dissection and lecture/discussion. Students apply the knowledge gained in this course to all subsequent physical therapy courses.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 2024/05/28 - 2024/08/16
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday
12:00PM - 1:20PM
Rachel Verrill
7
Main Campus

DPT 621L - Human Anatomy Lab

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 2024/05/28 - 2024/08/16
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday
8:00AM - 10:20AM
Rachel Verrill
TBD
TBD

DPT 631 - Clinical Medicine

In this introductory course, students learn basic concepts that will be utilized throughout the duration of the DPT program and their careers. Students will learn fundamental principles related to imaging, pharmacology, and body systems not covered elsewhere in the curriculum. The course will be framed within the context of the Human Movement System and the International Classification of Functioning, Disability, and Health. Lectures will incorporate active learning strategies and emphasis will be made to incorporate content from the co-requisite course DPT 621 Human Anatomy. The focus of this course will be to lay the foundation of information by introducing students to concepts that they will apply in future courses.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 2024/05/29 - 2024/08/14
Wednesday
8:00AM - 10:30AM
Amy Hill
2
Main Campus

DPT 701 - Clinical Experience I

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
Matthew O'Rourke
5
TBD

DPT 714 - Professional Seminar

The professional seminar for this semester has been designed to build upon your prior clinical experiences, as well as topics from previous professional seminars to help prepare for your final two full time clinical experiences and your future as a physical therapist. The seminar will include discussion topics, guest speakers, and assignments to assist you in preparing for upcoming clinical experiences and move forward with your professional development so that you feel prepared, informed and confident in your abilities to enter into the profession of Physical Therapy. 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 weeks in either DPT 713 or DPT 714. Experiences will be in a variety of settings, which include, but are not limited to: neuro (IP or OP), women's health and/or pediatrics. Please refer to Clinical Education Manual for Policy and Procedures.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 2024/05/29 - 2024/08/14
Wednesday
1:00PM - 1:50PM
Matthew O'Rourke
1
Main Campus

DPT 724 - Advanced Topics

This course is designed to build upon concepts covered in prior musculoskeletal and clinical course work and introduce advanced and specialty topics in musculoskeletal physical therapy. Students will integrate and apply previous knowledge and skills to new contexts while critically analyzing physical therapy practice in the musculoskeletal setting. The course will be divided into three main areas. The first will address the history, clinical decision-making, application, and efficacy of manual therapy techniques including mobilization and manipulation to the spine and extremities. The second portion of the semester will build upon these concepts while addressing the anatomy, epidemiology, pathology, and management of individuals with temporomandibular joint dysfunction, upper cervical spine dysfunction, headaches, thoracic outlet syndrome, pediatric/adolescent scoliosis and Women's health related diagnoses. The third portion of the course will address the physical therapy, medical and orthotic/prosthetic management of amputations. Concepts of modern pain science will be integrated into each of these topic areas. This course includes lecture and laboratory and is designed to utilize integrated clinical experiences to build on clinical care in an evidenced based format.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 2024/06/03 - 2024/08/12
Monday
8:00AM - 11:50AM
Matthew O'Rourke
3
Main Campus

DPT 724L - Advanced Topics Lab

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 2024/05/29 - 2024/08/14
Wednesday
8:00AM - 11:50AM
Matthew O'Rourke
TBD
Main Campus

DPT 734 - Complex Conditions

This course integrates learning from all previous courses that addressed frameworks for physical therapy practice. A case discussion/presentation approach is used to enhance skills in differential diagnosis and clinical decision-making for patients of all ages with complicated and multi-system problems.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 2024/05/28 - 2024/08/13
Tuesday
1:00PM - 4:00PM
Stacey Maguire
2
Main Campus

DPT 754 - Research Seminar: Systematic Review

This is the fifth course in the research sequence of the curriculum, for students who opt for, and selected for systematic review. This course is the final part 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, DPT 752, and DPT 753. 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 2024/05/28 - 2024/08/13
Tuesday
11:30AM - 12:30PM
Justin Beebe
1
Main Campus

DPT 764 - Research Seminary: Faculty Directed Research

This is the fifth course in the research sequence of the curriculum, for students who opt for, and selected for faculty directed research. This course is the final part of the capstone research course. This is an advanced course in research methodology and design, which builds upon DPT 652, DPT 653, DPT 752, and DPT 763. 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 2024/05/28 - 2024/08/13
Tuesday
10:30AM - 11:20AM
Justin Beebe
1
Main Campus

DPT 784 - Frameworks for Physical Therapy: Nuromuscular II

This course is a continuation of DPT 783. Students expand their neuroscience knowledge and repertoire of physical therapy examination, evaluation, diagnosis, prognosis, and management skills for a broader variety of neuromuscular problems and more complex patient cases. Teaching and learning methods include lecture, laboratory activities, patient cases, and small group self-directed, problem-based tutorials, and integrated clinical experiences. Includes lecture and laboratory sessions.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 2024/05/28 - 2024/08/15
Tuesday, Thursday
8:00AM - 9:50AM
Julie Shulman
5
Main Campus

DPT 784L - Frameworks for Physical Therapy: Nuromuscular II Lab

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 2024/05/30 - 2024/08/15
Thursday
10:30AM - 12:30PM
Julie Shulman
TBD
Main Campus
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