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20 Hour Illinois Physical Therapy Professionals
20 Hrs
This package contains the maximum continuing education hours allowed to be completed online or by correspondence for Illinois Physical Therapists.
20 Hrs
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Hip Osteoarthritis: Diagnosis and Treatment
2 Hrs
This course will discuss the anatomy associated with hip osteoarthritis (OA), the diagnosis of OA, and the associated treatments for OA. This course will also discuss the physical therapy protocol following total hip arthroscopy and the rehabilitation goals for various therapies.
2 Hrs
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Hip Fractures: Treatment and Prevention
2 Hrs
Each year, over 250,000 people are hospitalized for hip fractures, and some of these individuals will never fully regain their prior level of function: they may require assistance to walk, and a few will even need to go to a nursing home. The physical therapist is an essential partner to assist patients in preserving, improving and maintaining the current levels of functioning within their daily lives. This course will provide an overview on the three main types of hip fractures, the differences between the approaches to surgical and non-surgical candidates for physical therapy, and prevention techniques that the physical therapist can share which will ensure a patient is knowledgeable about how to prevent future fall occurrences.
2 Hrs
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The Use of Pilates in Physical Therapy
4 Hrs
The Pilates method has been increasing in popularity as a form of physical therapy interventions exercise prescriptions; some therapists find that the popularity of the system in American culture helps motivate their patients more than traditional physical therapy exercises. This course will describe various techniques and discuss the benefits of using Pilates in physical therapy treatments.
4 Hrs
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Current and Upcoming Legislative, Collaborative and Research Trends for the Physical Therapist
2 Hrs
The physical and occupational therapy professions are fields that greatly benefit from the knowledge of new methods, best practices, ethics as well as up-to-date advisories from the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) and American Occupational Therapy Association (ACA). Field updates and emerging trends will directly impact the delivery of physical and occupational therapy services. This course will offer a brief overview of these trends, in addition to touching upon multiple therapies and techniques which will enhance the practical applications provided by the physical and the occupational therapist.
2 Hrs
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Fall Information and Recovery Techniques for the Physical Therapy Professional
2 Hrs
The National Council for Aging (2015) states that falls are the leading cause of fatal injuries among older adults: one in three people over the age of 65 fall each year. This course details some of these scenarios and techniques to help further the understanding and preparation for the physical therapist if such occurrences present themselves within his or her practice.
2 Hrs
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Common Injuries and Therapy Management for Runners
4 Hrs
With the popularity of running increasing, so are the frequency of injuries reported for those involved in the sport - many of these injuries involve the lower extremities; the most commonly injured body part is the knee. This course will familiarize the physical therapy professional with the unique needs, complications and injuries that he or she may encounter when dealing with runners.
4 Hrs
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An Overview of Hip and Knee Rehabilitation
4 Hrs
Due to the anatomy and importance of the essential functions of the hips and knees, severe pain in either one -- or both -- of these areas can have a direct adverse effect on everyday life and can severely reduce the quality of life. The complexity of both of these anatomical structures can present various pathologies. This course will focus on these two parts and will look at the various symptoms, treatments and effective plans of treatment for optimum patient outcome.
4 Hrs
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Exercise and Older Adults
2 Hrs
Worldwide, an estimated 424,000 people die each year from falls; the vast majority are from low- and middle-income countries. Additionally, an estimated 37.3 million falls require medical attention.  Physical and occupational therapists also play an important role in decreasing the risk of falls in the elderly population. They can effectively develop exercise programs for the aging population and for special populations with specific diseases or conditions. These prescribed programs can improve an aging person’s functional activity levels, which can be seriously impacted by a fall, causing serious health consequences. Fall-prevention strategies can help decrease the risk of falls and improve overall health and functional ability in the aging population. 
2 Hrs
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Diabetes and Physical Therapy
4 Hrs
Diabetes mellitus is a common endocrine pathology associated with abnormally elevated glucose dilution due to limited insulin production, limited target cell responsiveness, or a combination of both. This leads to a constant state of hyperglycemia. Over time, chronic hyperglycemia leads to destruction of different organs; primarily blood vessels, the nervous system, heart, eyes and kidneys.  Of significant concern to physical therapists is the fact that nearly one quarter of all people 65 and older in the U.S. has pre-diabetes. 
4 Hrs
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Young Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder: OT and PT Roles for Intervention
2 Hrs
The following course material targets occupational and physical therapists who regularly work with, or who have an interest in working with, young adults with autism across the entire spectrum. The course includes basic information about autism spectrum disorder as well as references to the latest interventions and evaluations for functional barriers for this population. 
2 Hrs
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Cardiopulmonary Physical Therapy
2 Hrs

Physical therapists play a crucial role in the treatment and management of patients with cardiopulmonary disease.  It is important for physical therapists to have comprehensive knowledge of common cardiopulmonary diseases/conditions, prevention strategies, and treatment strategies for patients at all levels of care—from the ICU to the outpatient clinic settings. Physical therapists are a key part of the team in the treatment of these patients. This course will help to enhance your knowledge on this patient population. 

2 Hrs
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Neuro-Developmental Treatment (NDT) and Neurological Disorders: The Latest Research
2 Hrs
This course includes the latest resources and research available for physical and occupational therapists regarding neuro-developmental treatment (NDT). Additionally, this course will discuss the importance of NDT as a means to improve functional movement as it pertains to ambulation, transfers and mobility, as well as ADL performance.
2 Hrs
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Patients with History of Substance Use: OT and PT's Roles and Considerations for Treatment
2 Hrs
This course will review how substance use impacts functionality and mobility, current stigmas and discomforts the PT and OT face when dealing with substance use patients, and treatment approaches used when the patient has a history of substance use. 
2 Hrs
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Pharmaceuticals and Physical Therapy: Movement with Medication
4 Hrs
Physical therapy and pharmacology have operated alongside each other for thousands of years. This course will prioritize essential components regarding pharmaceutical principles and will discuss common pharmaceutical categories relative to application in physical therapy clinical settings.
4 Hrs
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Supporting Aging in Place: A Physical Therapist's Toolkit
4 Hrs
This intermediate level course is designed to assist physical therapists and physical therapy assistants in evaluating, planning, and preparing their older adult clients to age in place. This toolkit will highlight the role physical therapy plays in enhancing the quality of life for older adults and to allow them to participate in meaningful activities while remaining in their homes as they age and make the necessary modifications to do so.
4 Hrs
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Protecting Patient Safety: Preventing Medical Errors, 2nd Edition
4 Hrs
The purpose of this  course is to provide licensed practitioners with information concerning the current state of medical errors, the impact of medical errors on the safety of patients, and the importance of establishing and working in a culture of safety. Contributing causes and types of medical errors are reviewed. Strategies to reduce or prevent medical errors and improve patient outcomes are presented. Methods to identify, analyze, and report medical errors are reviewed, populations at risk for medical errors are identified, and patient safety initiatives including education for the public and healthcare professionals are explored. 
 
This course provides information to licensed nurses and other members of the interprofessional team that can be readily applied to their practice, no matter what the setting, with the ultimate goal of providing safer care to all patients. Healthcare providers will demonstrate knowledge of medical errors and populations at risk, the impact on patient care outcomes, and the resources and initiatives available to promote a culture of safety as an integral part of healthcare delivery.  This course meets the state of Florida licensure renewal requirements for nursing continuing education in the identification and prevention of medical errors and the promotion of patient safety.
4 Hrs
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Reducing and Eliminating Workplace Injuries through Ergonomics
2 Hrs
Many companies today are using ergonomics, or the study of work, when designing workspaces that will prevent injuries and strains, as well as other disorders. This course will offer suggestions for completing a successful, comprehensive and useful ergonomics assessment that will focus on preventing musculoskeletal injuries by effectively analyzing job hazards, identifying and evaluating risk factors and offering recommendations to reduce or eliminate these risks within the workplace environment.
2 Hrs
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Rotator Cuff Injuries and Interventions: A Physical Therapy Perspective
4 Hrs
The purpose of this course is to provide physical therapists and physical therapist assistants with a current, comprehensive overview of rotator cuff injuries and the role of physical therapy examination, diagnosis and interventions, as well as review alternative and surgical approaches to the problem. This course will provide an in-depth review of relevant shoulder anatomy and biomechanics, examine potential causes for rotator cuff pathology, describe treatment techniques commonly used in individuals with rotator cuff pathology, and review indications and complications relating to rotator cuff surgery.  The focus of this intermediate level course is to explore the current best evidence to assist in reducing the deficits in knowledge related to the cause of rotator cuff pathology, provide updated evidence related to diagnostic accuracy and effective interventions while highlighting the areas still in need of future research.
4 Hrs
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Lower Limb Amputation: Outpatient Community-Based Rehabilitation
6 Hrs
This home study course is focused on the community-based rehabilitation of people with lower limb amputation and is intended for physical therapists and physical therapist assistants. The course is of intermediate level difficulty, but provides a brief introduction to basic information about lower limb amputation and prosthetics. Information regarding all systems relevant to amputation rehabilitation with current evidence-based concepts for risk assessment and suggestions for out-patient rehabilitation activities are presented. Knowledge obtained through this course can be used by physical therapy professionals to improve the community-based care and clinical outcomes for people with lower limb amputations.
6 Hrs
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Total Hip Arthroplasty: Current Concepts in Pre- and Postsurgical Physical Therapy
4 Hrs
This intermediate-level course provides physical therapists and physical therapy assistants with a comprehensive overview of total hip arthroplasty (THA). At the end of this course the learner will be able to identify the anatomy of the hip as it pertains to THA, describe the most recent advances in surgical approaches for THA, and gain an improved understanding of how different types of prosthetic implants, methods of fixation, and surgical techniques influence the ability of patients to participate in rehabilitation and achieve the desired clinical goals for functional independence. Additionally the learner will be able to describe the role of PT both in the preoperative and postoperative phases for the patient undergoing THA and be able to describe an optimal rehabilitation program for these time periods based on current research. Clinical cases presented will facilitate the learner being able to select appropriate rehabilitative strategies following THA.
4 Hrs
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Total Knee Arthroplasty: Current Concepts in Physical Therapy Management
3.5 Hrs
In the United States, total knee arthroplasty is one of the most common elective surgical procedures with more than 700,000 procedures performed each year. Research is ongoing, but most experts contend that for the most successful postoperative outcome, rehabilitation is an essential component of recovery.  Physical therapists must have an in-depth knowledge of current best practice for this population to maximize their return to function and quality of life. Additionally, with the emergence of new reimbursement models for Total Joint Replacement care, it is essential for physical therapy practitioners to utilize the most appropriate outcome measures in data collection and reporting.  The purpose of this intermediate level course is to provide physical therapists and physical therapist assistants with a comprehensive overview of the many considerations surrounding knee replacement surgery, including the relevant anatomy, epidemiology, patient selection criteria, surgical considerations, common postoperative complications, and rehabilitation strategies.  This course discusses the pre and postoperative patient management, rehabilitation goals and treatment in the acute, post-acute, and functional recovery stages.  This course, which is relevant for physical therapists and physical therapy assistants, provides evidence-based research that supports rehabilitation treatment methods and outcomes following total knee arthroplasty while highlighting the areas in need of further study.  
3.5 Hrs
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Wounds: Types, Treatments and Practical Prevention
2 Hrs
Physical therapists trained in the management of wounds are a vital part of the wound care team. Their unique knowledge of anatomy, physiology, biomechanics, positioning, mobility, and modalities adds a deeper dimension to the treatment and prevention of wounds. This course will provide detailed information about various wound types, treatments and methods for prevention.
2 Hrs
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Multiple Sclerosis: Physical and Occupational Therapy
2 Hrs
Learn what Multiple Sclerosis is and how it affects the patient, the signs and symptoms of MS, treatment plans for patients, how PT and OT can help in the treatment, and what treatment parameters and exercise programs can help with a patient with MS. 
2 Hrs
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Heart Failure: Implications for Diagnosis, Medical Management, and Rehabilitation, 2nd Edition
6 Hrs
This intermediate-level course provides rehabilitation therapists and therapy assistants with an opportunity to review the normal anatomy and physiology of the cardiopulmonary system, the pathophysiology of heart failure, and current medical, surgical, and therapy-based interventions. Appropriate for all therapy-based clinicians who work with persons with heart failure, this intermediate-level course reviews basic examination skills before progressing to the more advanced skills of auscultation and exercise testing interpretation. 
6 Hrs
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Lifestyle and Therapy Approaches to Osteoporosis
3 Hrs
Osteoporosis is widely understood by the public to be a disease that causes increasing fragility in the bones. This course will provide the physical therapy professional with an understanding of the basics of osteoporosis, the effect of lifestyle factors on bone mineral density, and ways that his or her patient can identify and implement effective and relevant exercise modalities for successful outcomes.
3 Hrs
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Knee Osteoarthritis: Overview, NonSurgical/Surgical Management and Physical Therapy Treatment
2 Hrs
Knee OA is prevalent in today's society with the active aging population. Physical therapists play an important role in restoring function for these patients with nonsurgical and postoperative interventions.
2 Hrs
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Home Health Therapy: Using OASIS
3 Hrs
Home health care is the fastest growing industry in the United States based upon the projection period of 2014 to 2024. The demand and competition for licensed rehabilitation therapists to work in home health care is, and will be, great.Therapists currently working in or planning to work in home health agencies must have an understanding of the significance of process and outcomes measurement. The Outcome and ASsessment Information Set (OASIS) is a specific assessment and outcomes measurement instrument that consists of 111 items or questions and measures patient data at various times during the patient’s stay in home care. Mandated by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, OASIS data must be collected on patients with Medicare and Medicaid at various times during a patient’s stay in home care. Therapists must be aware of the time sensitive and accuracy requirements related to documentation, OASIS updates, and the level of compliance and denials their agency experiences. Feedback related to documentation compliance and any denials will help therapists to refine and improve utilization of the tool for both improved patient outcomes and optimum reimbursement. The purpose of this course is to provide home healthcare physical and occupational therapists  and speech language pathologists  with the information they need to understand the significance and importance of effectively using the OASIS instrument in order to deliver comprehensive, compassionate, patient-focused, and cost-sensitive skilled services in the home environment. The home health therapist will be able to use the OASIS information provided in this course to create a basis for the plan of care, to measure the patient’s progress in meeting the established home healthcare goals, and to meet the regulatory requirements for quality reporting and reimbursement.By completing this course, therapists new to the home health setting will gain knowledge needed to begin working with the OASIS tool
3 Hrs
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ACL Injury, Surgery, and Rehabilitation: A Science-Based and Evidence-Informed Approach, 2nd Edition
8 Hrs
The purpose of this intermediate-level course is to provide physical therapists and physical therapist assistants with an overview of the etiology and risk factors of isolated ACL injuries; to discuss pertinent clinical examination, classification, and prognosis after ACL injuries and reconstruction; and to review interventions relevant to successful outcomes after injury or surgery.
8 Hrs
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Functional Assessment of the Older Adult, 2e
4 Hrs
Adults age 65 and older represent the fastest growing population both in the United States and in the world. Physical therapy practitioners and other rehabilitation providers play a pivotal role in maximizing function, participation, and well-being for older adults. This intermediate-level course will enable physical therapy practitioners to understand and assess functional performance in older adults using a multidimensional approach. Client factors (including physical, cognitive, and psychosocial factors) and their impact on performance skills will be reviewed. 
4 Hrs
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Exercise Prescription Management of the Older Adult: An Evidence-Based Approach, 2nd Edition
5 Hrs
This intermediate level course is designed to educate PTs and PTAs on the implementation of exercise prescriptions in older adults. This course will review the multiple age-related systemic changes that take place in the cardiovascular, respiratory, endocrine and musculoskeletal systems and describe how exercise may mitigate these changes. This course will also provide recommended exercise prescriptions according to the most recent American College of Sports Medicine guidelines for older adults and discuss common barriers for exercise participation in older adults.
5 Hrs
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Examination and Management of the Client With Parkinson's Disease, 2nd Edition
5 Hrs
The purpose of this  course is to provide licensed practitioners with information concerning the current state of medical errors, the impact of medical errors on the safety of patients, and the importance of establishing and working in a culture of safety. Contributing causes and types of medical errors are reviewed. Strategies to reduce or prevent medical errors and improve patient outcomes are presented. Methods to identify, analyze, and report medical errors are reviewed, populations at risk for medical errors are identified, and patient safety initiatives including education for the public and healthcare professionals are explored. 
 
This course provides information to licensed nurses and other members of the interprofessional team that can be readily applied to their practice, no matter what the setting, with the ultimate goal of providing safer care to all patients. Healthcare providers will demonstrate knowledge of medical errors and populations at risk, the impact on patient care outcomes, and the resources and initiatives available to promote a culture of safety as an integral part of healthcare delivery.  This course meets the state of Florida licensure renewal requirements for nursing continuing education in the identification and prevention of medical errors and the promotion of patient safety.
5 Hrs
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Evidence-Based Management of Knee Osteoarthritis
4 Hrs
The purpose of this intermediate level course is to provide physical therapists and physical therapist assistants with up-to date, evidence-based information pertaining to the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of knee OA. Although this course will be most applicable to physical therapists and physical therapist assistants who work with older individuals in outpatient settings, the increased incidence of OA makes the information in this course relevant to therapists in a variety of settings. Even therapists who specialize and treat patients in areas other than orthopaedic settings will likely encounter individuals whose OA affects their participation, mobility, or function.
4 Hrs
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Ethics for Physical Therapists and Assistants
3 Hrs
Periodic review of the Code of Ethics and the principles detailed within this document is important to fundamentally enhance the practice of the physical therapist. This course will provide an update of the revised American Physical Therapy Association’s (APTA’s) Code of Ethics for the Physical Therapist and Standards of Ethical Conduct for the Physical Therapist Assistant.
3 Hrs
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Ethical Practices with Older Adults, Revised Updated 1st Edition
4 Hrs
The number of older adults (age 65 and older) living in the United States is growing rapidly. Almost 60 million older adults were living in the United States in 2016. This number is projected to rise to over 72 million by 2030, when approximately one in five U.S. residents will be age 65 or older. The rapid growth of the older population results from multiple factors including medical advances, life-prolonging technologies, and the aging of the Baby Boom generation (whose members began turning 65 years old in 2011). 
In coming years, healthcare professionals will face this aging of the population, along with the accompanying health and economic challenges. The purpose of this course is to highlight ethical issues that may confront healthcare and behavioral health professionals working with older adults and their families as these individuals near the end of life. Many of these issues are related to advances in medical technologies that have occurred over the past several decades (and that continue to be developed) and have led to increasingly complex choices. The course will provide background on ethical frameworks and principles used in healthcare settings for guidance in resolving ethical problems. This course will also identify major ethical issues concerning older adults and healthcare decisions and provide a model for addressing ethical dilemmas in healthcare settings. 
This basic-level course is written for healthcare professionals, including nurses, social workers, mental health counselors, marriage and family therapists, psychologists, occupational and physical therapy practitioners, and respiratory therapists. Other healthcare professionals who work with older adults and on interdisciplinary teams will also find the information presented useful to their practice.
4 Hrs
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Concussion Management: A Comprehensive Evidence-Based Approach for the Physical Therapist
4 Hrs
This intermediate course is designed for practicing physical therapists and physical therapist assistants who work with individuals with acute and chronic concussion. This course will be most beneficial for the clinician who has a basic knowledge of concussion and concussion management, but has not recently reviewed the current literature in concussion care that includes the significant changes in the classification of concussion and the approach to diagnosis that considers the complexity of concussion and the need for individualized patient centered care. Gaps in knowledge that have been identified in physical therapy practice include the role of neuroimaging in concussion, the understanding of current guidelines and definitions of concussion, how to identify and design interventions based on individual examination results, and the prescription of individualized graded return to activity and sport. This course will provide a more comprehensive evidenced based understanding of the complex nature of concussion including the pathophysiology of concussion, physiologic, cervicogenic, and vestibulo-ocular dysfunction that may result, the current suggested classification methods, an understanding of the shift in recommended timelines for rest and return to activity, and the tools necessary for evidenced based examination and treatment. 
4 Hrs
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Chronic Illness and Depression- PT
3 Hrs
This  basic-level course addresses the knowledge gap by providing rehabilitation  professionals with an overview of the co-occurrence of depression and chronic conditions and identifying challenges in screening and referring adults with chronic conditions and depression. It provides explanations for potential causes of and contributing factors to depression unique to individuals with chronic medical conditions. Although individuals with chronic conditions are at increased risk for depression, this course also explores factors that may enhance such individuals’ well-being and diminish the likelihood of depression.
3 Hrs
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Chronic Health Conditions of Physical Therapy Patients
3 Hrs
This course identifies and briefly summarizes some of the common chronic conditions and health problems encountered within patients by the physical therapist in the scope of his or her daily practice. Many of these conditions require specific knowledge about the anatomy, symptoms and considerations for care that are unique to each issue.
3 Hrs
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Breast Cancer: Contemporary Rehabilitation Strategies
6 Hrs
The purpose of this intermediate-level course is to provide a critical review of current evidence to inform physical therapy best practice for the breast cancer patient population. Upon fulfilling the course objectives, practitioners will be prepared to develop an evidence-based approach to the evaluation and treatment of individuals with breast cancer throughout the survivorship continuum.
6 Hrs
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Adhesive Capsulitis: Physical Therapy Examination, Diagnosis, and Intervention, 2nd Edition
4 Hrs
This intermediate level course developed for physical therapists and physical therapy assistants, describes the most recent findings in functional anatomy of the shoulder, provides an overview of adhesive capsulitis, including its etiology and epidemiology, and offers an up-to-date, evidence-based foundation for the diagnosis and intervention of adhesive capsulitis.  
4 Hrs
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Order physical book by mail: 10 hour Physical Therapy Assistant IL
10 Hrs

This item is charging for the cost of mailing the physical book. You are not buying the course package. With this purchase you will not receive ce credit. Once you have received the book, you will still need to complete the exam and pay the course fee. Please allow for 2-3 weeks for shipping.

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Illinois Physical Therapy Assistant Package 2019