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Continuing Education

As part of our program’s goal to educate and create lifelong learners, DeSales University’s Doctor of Physical Therapy Program is pleased to present our evening continuing education series! Each semester, the DPT program will offer several continuing education offerings for area physical therapists and physical therapist assistants to earn continuing education credits.

Each course’s registration fee is $60 ($45 if you are a DeSales’ alumni and/ or if you are or have been a clinical instructor for a DeSales DPT student). As a CAPTE approved provider for physical therapy education, DeSales DPT program is an approved continuing education provider by the Pennsylvania State Board of Physical Therapy. All proceeds will benefit DeSales DPT program research and scholarship initiatives.

DPT continuing education courses

  • Vestibular Examination and Treatment for the Non-Vestibular Therapist / Tuesday, October 8th, 5:30–8:30 pm

    Tuesday, October 8th, 5:30–8:30 pm
    DeSales University, Chappuis Hall

    Ethan Hood, PT, DPT, MBA, GCS, NCS

    This 3 hour course will introduce principles and treatment strategies for PT's and PTA's who are new to or typically do not treat patients with vestibular disorders. We will cover basic examination and treatment techniques for several common vestibular pathologies like BPPV and Neuritis. An examination classification system will be introduced to help guide clinical decision making based on the latest Evidence-Based Practice. This course will be useful for therapists in any treatment setting (acute care through home care).

    Contact Hours: 3 total contact hours (1 Direct Access)

    DeSales' DPT Program is an approved provider of continuing education programs by the PA State Board of Physical Therapy


    • Discuss basic vestibular examination principles and ways to structure an exam
    • Appreciate the role of the vestibular system in overall function and ADL's
    • Determine best type of vestibular treatment based upon patient presentation


    5:30-6:30 Overview of vestibular function

    • Role of vestibular system in function
    • Classification system of dizziness
    • Rationale of examination testing

    6:30-7:30 Vestibular Examination

    • Review Head Impulse, Headshake, and Dix-Hallpike Testing
    • How to structure the vestibular exam as part of a basic neuro exam
    • Typical exam findings with common vestibular diagnoses
      • BPPV
      • Neuritis (hypofunction)

    7:30-8:30 Vestibular Treatment

    • Treatment of BPPV (Canalith Repositioning Treatment)
    • Treatment of vestibular hypofunction
      • Gaze stabilization exercises
      • Habituation ex's
  • Spanish for Physical Therapists and Physical Therapist Assistants / Tuesday, October 22nd, 5:30–8:30 pm

    Tuesday, October 22nd, 5:30–8:30 pm
    DeSales University, Chappuis Hall

    Joshua Kozak, BA, PTA

    This 3 hour course will introduce the Spanish language and phrases specific to physical therapy. No knowledge of Spanish is necessary! We will cover the most common phrases and answers required during examination and treatment sessions to improve physical therapist and physical therapist assistant communication with their Spanish-speaking clients. Handy reference materials will be reviewed and given to all attendees that can immediately be used in the clinic. This course is a must for any therapist in any setting.

    Contact Hours: 3 total contact hours

    DeSales' DPT Program is an approved provider of continuing education programs by the PA State Board of Physical Therapy


    • Appreciate importance of communication in common language to obtain proper patient information to assist with treatment
    • Review basic Spanish language principles for pronunciation and sentence structure
    • Discuss and practice common phrases and words typically used during therapy examination and treatment


    5:30- 6:30 Importance of proper communication with Spanish speaking patients

    • Common misconceptions
    • Effect of improper communication
    • Not all Spanish is the same- dialect similarities and differences

    6:30- 7:30 Basic Spanish language principles

    • Common pronunciation and sentence structures
    • Common words and phrases to determine home function and setup

    7:30- 8:30 Common Spanish phrases for examination and treatment

    • Basic examination terminology
    • Typical patient responses
    • Basic treatment terminology
    • Typical patient responses

    Joshua Kozak, BA, PTA

    Mr. Kozak graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Spanish with a K-12 teaching certification from Messiah College in 2008. He lived in Spain for 3 years embracing the Spanish culture while teaching elementary and high school students in Siles and Malaga, Spain. Upon returning to the U.S., he taught high school Spanish for several years prior to returning to school and graduating with his Physical Therapist Assistant's degree from Lehigh Carbon Community College in 2018. His passion and knowledge of the Spanish language has proven invaluable in treating numerous Spanish-speaking patients as a member of Physical Therapy at St. Luke's staff. In his spare time, Mr. Kozak enjoys running and photography.

  • Beyond D1- Practical PNF Treatment Strategies for Neurologic and Geriatric Clientele / Thursday, November 7th, 5:30–8:30 pm

    Thursday, November 7th, 5:30–8:30 pm
    DeSales University, Chappuis Hall

    Kay Malek, PT, PhD

    Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation (PNF) continues to be one of the most useful treatment techniques across all care settings and patient types. This 3 hour course will cover the basics of PNF treatment including positions and exercise variations. Cases will be used to demonstrate how these principles can be immediately applied to your patient to improve ROM, strength, flexibility, and mobility. This course is appropriate for any therapist treating neurologic and geriatric clients in any care setting.

    Contact Hours: 3 total contact hours

    DeSales' DPT Program is an approved provider of continuing education programs by the PA State Board of Physical Therapy


    • Discuss the theory of PNF, benefits, and use across various patient populations
    • Review basic PNF movement patterns and sequencing to develop complex functional movements
    • Apply PNF theory and movement patterns to geriatric and neurologic cases to facilitate improved function


    5:30-6:30 Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation Theory and Practical Application

    • PNF Theory
    • Benefits
    • Application across various patient populations

    6:30-7:30 Basic PNF Patterns and Sequencing

    • Beyond D1 and D2
    • Chop and Lift
    • Developmental sequencing and positioning with PNF

    7:30-8:30 Practical application of PNF treatment to geriatric and neurologic patients

    • Neurologic and Geriatric Case review
      • Spasticity management
      • Positioning and basic mobility
      • Breathing management
      • Posture and strengthening