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Physical Therapy

Education in Physical Therapy

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Hitoshi Mkabe, PhD, PT
(Department head)

Individuals receiving medical care have changed vastly with the aging of society and declining birthrate, with the increasing diversity of people’s values, with the increased complexity of society, and with advances in medical care. Accordingly, their rehabilitation needs are also increasingly varied. In order to adequately meet the needs of various patients, rehabilitation services will be provided through teams of individuals in a number of specialties. Personnel should have knowledge and skills based on scientific evidence and problem-solving ability so that they can fulfill their roles as specialists working on those teams. In such a context, one educational goal of the Department of Physical Therapy is to foster experienced physical therapists with the advanced knowledge and skills to adequately meet the varied needs of society. Another educational goal of the Department is to foster physical therapists who are well-rounded and can make decisions based on scientific evidence.

 
As society ages further, disease will increasingly involve chronic conditions that may not be easily cured. As an example, a person suffering sequelae of a stroke in his 50s will spend some 20 or more years as a disabled person. In addition to the concept of illness being treated by a hospital, the concepts of dealing with illness well in everyday settings and recovering one’s identity as a person are crucial. Physical therapists should be able to view everyday life from a disabled person’s perspective and assist the disabled with consideration and compassion. Instructors in the Department of Physical Therapy use their vast specialized knowledge, skills, and clinical experience as they strive to foster physical therapists needed by society of the 21st century. Instructors take advantage of small group teaching to teach 20 students per year and offer these students detailed academic guidance. In addition, the University fosters a global outlook through international exchanges with the University of Colorado and worldwide publication of the University’s research results.  
 
Blessed with a lush natural environment and rich educational setting, the University hopes to tap into the youthful energy of its students and help them make their dreams come true.

Resarch projects in the Department of Physical Therapy

We are studying wide area of the physical therapy. One of main research filed is aging related issues of the motor system, because Japan is most aging nation in the world and Yamagata is one of most aging prefecture in Japan.

Regarding research interests of individual faculty, please refer the faculty section of this homepage.

Staff

●Professor (Department head)

Hitoshi Makabe

●Professor  

(Dean of the Graduate School)

Katsuo Uchida

●Professor
(Director of  the Library)

Kouji Ihashi

●Professor

Hideto Kanzaki

●Professor Yoshiro Kiyoshige

●Associate Professor

Katsuhiko Suzuki
●Associate Professor Toshiaki Takahashi ●Assistant Professor Katsuko Tanno
●Assistant Professor Tadayoshi Minamisawa ●Instructor Seiya Akatsuka
●Instructor Tokiko Nagase ●Instructor 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)
※ (  ) … compulsory courses.  ○ …elective courses.  Numbers indicate credit received.