MS NEUROSCIENCE AND CLINICAL NEUROSCIENCE Curriculum

MS Neuroscience:

33 Total credit hours

credit hours

Online

The course consists of online interactive presentations which review advanced undergraduate human neurobiology. Central and peripheral nervous system anatomy will be reviewed with emphasis on the distributions of the cranial and spinal nerves, including the autonomic nerves. Neuronal cell biology will be covered in depth, with detailed consideration of developmental biology and of the regulation of membrane potential, axonal transport, cell-cell signaling, neuronal repair and apoptosis.

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Online

This course consists of an in-depth study of the anatomy of the central and peripheral nervous systems. Focus will be placed on the brain stem, cranial nerves, peripheral nerves as well as the cerebral cortex. An anatomically focused identification of common sites of pathology will be undertaken, with particular emphasis on CNS pathology such as demyelinative, vascular and traumatic lesions. Advanced imaging (MRI) correlation will also be utilized throughout the course, and video/online human brain dissection aids will be utilized. This course will serve a major foundation for the anatomical basis for functional neurorehabilitation studies in future courses.

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Online

The course consists of online interactive presentations, supplemented by the reading and analysis of core research papers dealing with the physiology and management of pain. Mechanisms of pharmacological and physical analgesia will be dealt with in depth, including pain relief from acupuncture and manual therapies. Special topics will include referred pain, phantom limb pain and complex regional pain syndromes.

3

Online

The course consists of online interactive presentations, supplemented by the reading and analysis of core research papers dealing with reflex physiology and sensorimotor integration. Learners will identify sites of sensorimotor integration in the brain and spinal cord and will learn in detail the connections between sensory and motor neurons. This will provide understanding of how sensory input can both aggravate and relieve motor signs and symptoms. This provides context for the later study of such phenomena as the dystonias and somatovisceral disorders.

3

Online

The course consists of online interactive presentations, supplemented by the viewing of video recordings of patients, and the reading and analysis of core research papers dealing with CNS disorders. The focus will be on the diagnosis and treatment of CNS disorders that respond to manual and evidence-based neurorehabilitation therapies. Specific topics will include management of the post-stroke/post-traumatic brain injury patient, concussion, movement and disorders of motor control.

3

Online

The course consists of online interactive presentations, supplemented by the reading and analysis of core research papers dealing with PNS disorders. The focus will be on the diagnosis and treatment of PNS disorders that respond to manual and evidence-based neurorehabilitation therapies. Specific topics will include mono and polyneuropathy, radiculopathy, and myopathy.

3

Online

The course consists of online interactive presentations, supplemented by the reading and analysis of core research papers dealing with ANS disorders. The focus is on the diagnosis and treatment of ANS disorders that respond to manual and adjunctive therapies. Specific topics include orthostatic hypertension, whiplash associated disorders and post-concussion syndromes.

3

Online

This course is an interactive study of research methodology and critical appraisal of the literature. Data collection and management techniques will be explored with an overview of essential statistical methods. Emphasis will be placed on the development of a research hypothesis, experimental design, data management and manuscript preparation. The course is intended to prepare the learner to be capable of the design, development and completion of an original research project and thesis presentation. This course serves and a foundation for thesis preparation and future scholarly activities.

3

Online

The course consists of online interactive presentations that characterize discourse in biomedical research communications. Learners will critique content and style guidelines, and journals’ instructions to authors. An overview and discussion of the peer review process and trends toward open access publications will be performed. Learners will work toward competence by critiquing the writings of others and themselves. Learners will write one complete case report by course completion and will produce a first draft of an in-depth review of salient literature that will form the basis of their capstone project/thesis.

3

Online

The course consists of online interactive presentations, supplemented by the online discussion of papers dealing with new and emerging themes in human neurosciences. Learners will practice the skills of analyzing new discoveries, theories and technologies so that they can make evidence-based decisions and advise others on potential future incorporation of novel therapeutic interventions. Course content will react to current events and controversies but will include such topics as the effects of manual and brain-based therapies and their utilization in patient management.

3

Online

Learners will write a manuscript of publishable quality, such as a systematic or scoping review, addressing a topic that they have chosen in discussions with a faculty member/advisor. The learner and faculty advisor will correspond directly during the evolution of the paper, which shall be graded as either pass or fail. All capstone projects will be prepared and submitted to the appropriate journal for publication.

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Clinical Neuroscience (Same as above with Clinical residency required):

3 Total credit hours

credit hours

On-campus

Learners will participate in at least 90 hours of supervised clinical practice in a facility approved by the university. They will demonstrate their proficiency at diagnosis and treatment of patients with complex neurological disorders and designing and implementing effective management plans. This component of the program will be graded as either pass or fail.

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