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Physical Therapy

Education in Physical Therapy

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Hitoshi Mkabe, PhD, PT
(Department head)
Physical therapy is the art and science of physical treatment by means of therapeutic exercise, instruction, and physical modalities. Physical Therapy provides services to people and populations to develop, maintain and restore maximum movement and functional ability throughout one's lifespan. 
In Japan in 1963, the first PT program was established in Tokyo – so, the history of Japanese PT education spans 52 years. Now there are more than 249 PT education programs, however 95 (38%) of them are still only bachelor degree programs. 
Our program is one of these bachelor degree courses and the mission of our program is to nurture physical therapists who have excellent ability in both art and science. We have a distinguished faculty which is experienced in teaching, clinical care and research in the whole area of physical therapy. In addition, we are active in international collaboration with several universities including the University of Colorado, Denver. Our program provides you with an opportunity to challenge getting quality physical therapy skills. Our university has established a Masters Course in April, 2004. Our program prepares graduate students with advanced clinical thinking skills and research abilities that are needed to evolve the physical therapy profession.

Resarch projects in the Department of Physical Therapy

We have been studying a wide range of physical therapy fields. One of the main research areas is aging related issues of the motor system, because Japan is the most aged nation in the world and Yamagata is one of most aged prefectures in Japan.
Regarding research interests of individual professors, please refer to the faculty section of our homepage (http://www.yachts.ac.jp/english/pt/). 

Qualifications Granted

 Department of Physical Therapy

1. Bachelor's degree in physical therapy

2. Eligibility requirements for the national examination for physical therapists
 

Stuff

 

●Professor (Department head)

Hitoshi Makabe

●Professor  

(Director of the Library)

Kouji Ihashi

●Professor
 

Hideto Kanzaki

●Professor

Yoshiro Kiyoshige

●Associate Professor

Katsuhiko Suzuki

●Associate Professor

Toshiaki Takahashi
●Associate Professor Shinichi Yomogida ●Lecturer Katsuko Tanno
●Lecturer Tadayoshi Minamisawa ●Lecturer Seiya Akatsuka
●Assistant Professor Tokiko Nagase ●Assistant Professor Tatsuya Nakanowatari

Curriculum

 
First year
First Semester
Second Semester
Specialty Subject Group Key Subjects ・Principles of Physical Therapy (1) ・Orthopedics for Rehabilitation (2)
Advanced Subjects    
Clinical Education   ・Clinical Education I (1)
PT Research   ・Introduction of PT Research (1)
 
Second year
First Semester
Second Semester
Specialty Subject Group Key Subjects

・Kinesiology (1)
・Physical Modalities I (1)
・Physical Modalities II (1)
・Intervention for Daily Life (1)
・Neurology for Rehabilitation (2)
・Pediatrics for Rehabilitation (2)
・Geriatrics for Rehabilitation (2)
・Internal Medicine for Rehabilitation (2)
・Mental Health for Rehabilitation (2)

・PT Assessment (2)
・Principles Therapeutic Exercise (1)
・Practice of Physical Modalities (1)
・Practice of Intervension of Daily Life (1)
・Community Based Rehabilitation (2)
・Community Based PT (2)
・Musculoskeletal Assessment (1)
・Practice of Musculoskeletal Assessment (1)
・Musculoskeletal PT (1)
・Neurological Assessment (1)
・Practice of Neurological Assessment (1)
・Neurological PT (1)
・Developmental PT (1)

Advanced Subjects    
Clinical Education    
PT Research    
 
Third year
First Semester
Second Semester
Specialty Subject Group Key Subjects ・Manual Therapy (1)
・Musculoskeletal PT (1)
・Prosthetics and Orthotics (1)
・Practice of Prosthetics and Orthotics (1)
・Practice of Neurological PT (1)
・Practice of Developmental PT (1)
・Geriatric PT (1)
・Cardiopulmonary PT (1)
・Practice of Mental Health for Rehabilitation (1)
・Manual Therapy Practice (1)
Advanced Subjects   ・Advanced Kinesiology ②
・Advanced Musculoskeletal PT ②
・Advanced Neurological PT ②
・Advanced Developmental PT ②
・Advanced Geriatric PT ②
・Advanced Cardiopulmonary PT ②
Clinical Education ・Clinical Education II (4) ・Clinical Education III (7)
PT Research   ・Seminar for PT Research (1)
 
Forth year
First Semester
Second Semester
Specialty Subject Group Key Subjects    
Advanced Subjects   ・Clinical Kinesioogy ②
・Clinical Issues for Musculoskeletal PT ②
・Clinical Issues for Neurological PT ②
・Clinical Issues for Developmental PT ②
・Clinical Issues for Geriatric PT ②
・Clinical Issues for Cardiopulmonary PT ②
Clinical Education ・Clinical Education IV (7)  
PT Research ・Graduation Thesis I (2)
・Graduation Thesis II (2)