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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 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.

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.

DPT continuing education courses

  • Clinical Anatomy for Thoracic and Lumbar Spine

    Registration for this event has closed

    DATE/TIME: Saturday, October 22, 8:00am - 4:00pm

    LOCATION: DeSales University Gambet Center and Anatomy Lab

    Cameron Bassett, PT, DPT, PhD
    Steve Kareha, DPT, ATC, PhD, CMP, CSCS

    Course Overview

    For most therapists, clinical anatomy of the thoracic and lumbar spine can be difficult to remember, retain over time, and interrelate in clinical practice. This course will take a deep dive in to the fundamentals and applicable anatomy of the thoracic and lumbar spine, offering a very useful knowledge base for all clinicians.  The course will be divided into time-segments of both didactic, functional, and cadaveric demonstrations for the thoracic and lumbar spine. The initial didactic segment of thoracic and lumbar anatomy review will be accompanied by a second segment for thoracic and lumbar foundational biomechanical principles and functional palpation skills of the spine. Lastly a unique hands-on opportunity to see and feel the previewed anatomy in several prosected cadaveric specimens at the DeSales University gross anatomy lab will be provided. This 7-hour course is appropriate for all clinicians who want to review the foundational and clinical anatomy of the thoracic and lumbar spine

    Contact hours: 7 total contact hours (2.5 Direct Access hours)

    Content Level: Intermediate

    DeSales’ DPT Program is an approved provider of continuing education programs by the PA and NY State Boards of Physical Therapy

    Objectives

    • Describe anatomy of the thoracic and lumbar spine (musculoskeletal system).
    • Examine Subcutaneous anatomy of the lumbar and thoracic spine on prosected cadavers including tendons, muscles, bones, and ligaments.
    • Classify and interpret lumbar and thoracic spine diagnostic tests for various diagnoses.
    • Perform and evaluate treatments with case studies during.
    • Assess movements and structures of tests and treatments on prosected cadavers

    Schedule

    7:30-8:00 am

    Check-in

    8:00-9:30am

    Course Overview; The bones and ligaments of lumbar and thoracic spine; The muscles and tendons of the lumbar and thoracic spine; Nerves of the lumbar and thoracic spine.

    • The lumbar and thoracic spine, bones, and ligaments
      • Vertebrae (Bodies, laminar arch, discs)
      • Ligaments (Interspinous, supraspinous, PLL, ALL)
    • The lumbar and thoracic spine muscles and tendons
      • Extrinsic, intrinsic (Superficial, intermediate, deep)
    • Nerves of the lumbar and thoracic spine
      • Nerves (Spinal cord, conus medullaris, cauda equina, spinal roots)

    9:30pm-11:00am

    Cadaver lab Identification of lumbar and thoracic spine structures

    • Identify important structures of the lumbar and thoracic spine
      • Muscles, tendons, and nerves of lumbar and thoracic spine
      • Vertebrae and ligaments of the lumbar and thoracic spine
    • Nerves of the lumbar and thoracic spine
      • Assess joint mobility and muscle depth in preparation for physical exam lab

    11:00 am - 11:15 am

    Break

    11:15am-12:30pm

    Physical exam lab of the lumbar and thoracic region

    • Palpation techniques for major landmarks of the lumbar and thoracic spine
      • Landmarks to identify:
      • Thoracic spine: SP, TP, Rib borders(the lower border of the 12th rib lines up with L3, first rib lines up with mastoid processes)
      • Lumbar spine: SP, TP, Multifidus, erector spinae
    • Diagnostic tests
      • Hyper/hypomobility tests
        • Spring testing
        • Physiologic motion

    12:30-1:00 pm

    Lunch break

    1:00-2:30pm

    Treatment and Case Studies

    • Thoracic and lumbar mobilization/manipulation
    • Treatment progression with lumbar and thoracic regions using case studies

    2:30 pm – 2:45 pm

    Break

    2:45-3:30 pm

    Cadaver lab to reassess and identify trigger points.

    • Assess spinal movements on prosected cadavers
    • Identify landmarks again and assess depth of tissue for trigger points.

    3:30-4:00 pm

    Closing remarks and questions

    • Review cadaveric experience and answer all remaining questions
    • Complete survey

    ** Course will be limited to 20 participants to allow a proper learning environment and ability to interact with the presenter.

    Cost: $250*

    *$100 discount for alumni and DeSales DPT clinical instructors with proof of accepting a DeSales DPT student within the past year.

    Registration for this event has closed

  • (Past Event) 2022 DeSales Doctor of Physical Therapy Program Research Symposium

    The DeSales University Doctor of Physical Therapy Program invites you to attend our 2022 DPT Research Symposium. Third-year graduate students will showcase their faculty-mentored research projects in poster and platform presentations. Experience research projects within orthopedics, geriatrics, pediatrics, neurology, and professional development in a mix of group research project and case report formats.

    When: Thursday, October 13th, 2022

    • Open Poster Exhibit:  5:30 pm to 6:30 p.m.
    • Platform Presentations: 6:45 to 9:00 p.m.

    Where: DeSales University Center, 2755 Station Ave Center Valley, PA 18034

    Earn up to 3.0 contact hours of Continuing Education for FREE!*

    Light refreshments & hors d’oeuvres will be served.

    *DeSales’ DPT Program is an approved provider of continuing education programs by the PA state Board of Physical Therapy

  • (Past Event) Clinical Instructor (CI) and Site Coordinator for Clinical Education (SCCE) Reception

    CI’s and SCCE’s are indispensable partners for the DeSales DPT program. At this year's DeSales DPT Research Symposium we would like to recognize your contribution to our students. We will be holding a reception, open from 5-6:30pm, in your honor in conjunction with this wonderful evening highlighting the Class of 2023’s research projects. In addition to honoring you, you will also have the opportunity to receive up to 3 CEU’s for your attendance at the symposium. During the reception, just for CI’s and SCCE’s, you will also be given the opportunity to network with peers as well as hear about current topics in clinical education such as: 

    • Using effective questioning with students 
    • What is the status of the update to the CPI 
    • Using objectives in clinical education 
    • Relationship/communication building tools to use with your students 

    Date/ Time: Thursday, October 13, 5:00 – 6:30 pm

    Location: DeSales University Center (DUC)

    Food and drinks will be served.

  • High-Intensity Gait Training: An Overview and Recommendations for Application in the Clinic

    Brought to you by the Institute for Knowledge Translation, DeSales University Doctor of Physical Therapy Program and Good Shepherd Rehabilitation.

    Course Description

    When delivering gait training interventions to individuals with stroke, the amount, intensity, and variability walking practice can substantially impact motor learning and patient outcomes. Research on high-intensity gait training (HIT), which is described as providing gait training in variable contexts at >75% of maximum heart rate, demonstrates significantly greater improvements in walking speed, distance, and aerobic capacity than usual care. HIT also results in improved transfers, balance, balance confidence, and stepping activity.

    This training program provides an overview of the evidence that supports HIT in subacute and chronic stroke and spinal cord injury, the principles of HIT, recommendations for application of HIT in the clinic, and examples of using HIT on patients.   This 3-hour course includes the following:

    • Evidence for High-Intensity Gait Training, online asynchronous presentation by George Hornby (40-minutes, pre-recorded presentation with knowledge checks)
      • Released August 1, 2022, at 9am EST. Complete before September 23, 2022.
    • Principles and Application of High-Intensity Gait Training in the Clinic, online synchronous presentation by George Hornby (80-minute live presentation, 20-minute Q&A, and post-test)
      • September 28, 2022 - 4:30pm EST
    • Case studies of High-Intensity Gait Training, online synchronous presentation and discussion by Chris Henderson, T. George Hornby, and Jenni Moore (60-minutes)
      • November 9, 2022 - 4:30pm EST

    Course Objectives

     At the conclusion of this program, participants will be able to:

    1. Describe the evidence that high-intensity gait training results in improved gait speed, walking distance, and balance in patients with stroke. 
    2. Describe the evidence that high-intensity gait training results in improved gait speed, walking distance, and balance in patients with spinal cord injury
    3. Explain the four principles of high-intensity gait training including intensity, errors, repetition, and variability
    4. State four recommendations for the application of high-intensity gait training in clinical practice
    5. Given the findings of an evaluation of a person with stroke, identify the impairments in biomechanical subcomponents of gait
    6. Given the findings of an evaluation of a person with stroke, describe 3 high-intensity gait training activities that could be provided 
    7. Explain how to safely monitor a patient’s heart rate during a 60-minute high-intensity gait training session. 

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    Presenter Bios

    T. George Hornby PT, PhD is a Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Indiana University and the director of the Locomotor Recovery Laboratory at the Rehabilitation Hospital of Indiana.  Dr. Hornby’s work is focused on optimizing rehabilitation interventions to improve lower extremity function in patients with stroke and spinal cord injury, with a primary focus on restoration of walking ability.   By integrating both quantitative and clinical measures of motor function, Dr. Hornby’s work aims to understand the biomechanical and physiological impairments underlying limitations in locomotor activity in these populations, and the relative efficacy and mechanistic basis of specific interventions to enhance function.  Recently, his activity has focused on direct translation of his research to clinical practice in rehabilitation.  Dr. Hornby has co-authored over 100 research publications in scientific journals. He is PI or Co-PI on active R01, DOD, and NIDRR center grants, with both national and international collaborations.  He is also the Director of Knowledge Synthesis and was the previous Director of Research for the Academy of Neurologic Physical Therapy.

    Jennifer Moore PT, DHSc, NCS is the founder of The Institute for Knowledge Translation and an advisor to the Southeastern Norway Center for Knowledge Translation in Rehabilitation.  Her current work and research is focused on the selection and implementation of evidence-based practices within hospital systems and across networks of hospitals in the United States and in Norway.  Previously, Dr. Moore was the Clinical Practice Leader of Neurologic Physical Therapy where she conducted implementation projects within all levels of care.  She also created the Rehabilitation Measures Database, which is a free, online repository of summaries of psychometric properties and clinical utility of over 300 assessments used in rehabilitation.  Dr. Moore is currently co-leading an APTA sponsored Clinical Practice Guideline on a core set of outcome measures for neurologic physical therapy and was the Guest Editor for the Journal of Neurologic Physical Therapy Special Issue on Knowledge Translation.

    Chris Henderson, PT, PhD, NCS is an Assistant Research Professor within the Indiana University School of Medicine’s Department of Physical Medicine and the Director of Innovation for the Institute of Knowledge Translation. He has his PhD in Biomechanics and Movement Science, Doctorate of Physical Therapy, and Masters of Mechanical Engineering from the University of Delaware. He has also completed a Neurologic Physical Therapy Residency jointly supported by the Clement J Zablocki Veterans Affairs Hospital and Marquette University. Dr. Henderson’s work is focused on optimizing the rehabilitation of individuals following acute onset neurologic injuries and translating evidence-based interventions into routine neurologic physical therapy.

  • (Past Event) BASIC Clinical Anatomy for the Wrist and Hand

    DATE / TIME:

    • Friday, May 13, 2022, 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm

    LOCATION: DeSales University, Gambet Center and Anatomy Lab

    INSTRUCTORS:

    Cameron Bassett, PT, DPT, Phd
    Christos Karagiannopoulos, MPT, MEd, PhD, ATC, CH

    Course Overview:
    For most therapists, clinical anatomy of the wrist and hand can be difficult to remember, retain over time, and interrelate in clinical practice. This course will take a deep dive in the basics and fundamental anatomy of the wrist and hand, offering a very useful knowledge base for all clinicians that may or may not regularly treat the hand.  The duration of this course will be divided in time-segments of both didactic and cadaveric demonstrations. The initial didactic segment of anatomy review will be accompanied by a second segment that offers a unique hands-on opportunity to see and feel the previewed anatomy in several prosected cadaveric specimens at the DeSales University gross anatomy lab. Another didactic segment will focus on previewing the most common clinical tests that are used in clinical practice to diagnose various musculoskeletal pathologies of the wrist and hand.  During the final segment, participants will have the opportunity to perform and visualize all the previously learned tests, using the prosected specimens in the anatomy lab under the guidance of a certified hand therapist. This 4-hour course is appropriate for all novice and experienced clinicians who want to review the BASIC anatomy of the wrist and hand. This course’s didactic information will also be useful for the therapists who aspire to become a hand therapist or the already certified hand therapists who want to refamiliarize themselves with the basic wrist and hand clinical anatomy.

    Contact hours: 4 total contact hours

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

    Objectives:

    • Describe anatomy of the Wrist and Hand
    • Examine Subcutaneous anatomy of the wrist and hand on prosected cadavers
      • Tendons, muscles, bones, and ligaments
    • Classify and interpret wrist and hand special tests for various diagnoses
    • Perform and practice special tests on prosected cadavers to define and visualize the structures that are being tested by the special test

    Schedule:

    1:30-2:00pm

    • Check-in

    2:00-3:10pm

    • Course Overview; The wrist and hand bones and ligaments; The forearm muscles and tendons; Nerves and arteries of the wrist and hand.
      • Course Overview
      • The wrist and hand, bones and ligaments (30 mins)
        • Carpals and metacarpals
        • Volar and dorsal ligaments
      • The forearm and hand muscles and tendons (25 mins)
        • Tendons
        • Muscles
      • Nerves and arteries of the wrist and hand (15mins)
        • Nerves
        • Arteries

    3:10pm-4:10pm

    • Cadaver lab Identification of wrist and hand structures
      • Identify important structures of the wrist and hand
        • Muscles, tendons, nerves and arteries of forearm and hand
        • Carpals and ligaments of the wrist and hand

    4:10-5:10pm

    • Special Tests
      • Clinical special tests (60mins)
        • Dequervains test, Grind test, Tinel, Watson’s test, ECU subluxation test, Carpal tunnel syndrome (compression, phalen’s, tinel’s), Piano key test, TFCC compression/shear test, Fovea test

    5:10-5:50pm

    • Cadaver lab to assess tests on cadavers
      • Perform special tests on prosected cadavers to visualize structures being stressed during the test

    5:50-6pm

    • Closing remarks and questions
      • Review cadaveric experience and answer all questions
      • Complete survey

    ** Course will be limited to 20 participants to allow a proper learning environment and ability to interact with the presenter

    Cost: $150

    Discount of $50 for all DeSales alumni and past DeSales DPT clinical instructors (proof they accepted a DeSales DPT student within the past year). $100 cost for alumni and DeSales DPT clinical instructors with proof of accepting a DeSales DPT student within the past year.

  • (Past Event) Level 1 Clinical Instructor Credentialing Course

    DATE / TIME:

    • Saturday, April 9, 2022, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
    • Sunday, April 10, 2022, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

    LOCATION: DeSales University, Gambet Center, room 153

    INSTRUCTOR: Janette Scardillo, PT, DPT, Director of Clinical Education, University of Scranton

    Contact Hours:1.6 CEUs

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

    Cost: $200

    • APTA Members get a $100 discount
    • Verified DeSales Clinical Instructors and DeSales DPT alumni will receive an additional $100 discount.

    Once payment is received, additional registration instructions will be sent.

    Questions? Please contact course coordinator Jennifer Howanitz at Jennifer.Howanitz@desales.edu, or course instructor Janette Scardillo at Janette.Scardillo@scranton.edu, or 570-941-5952

  • (Past Event) Caring for People After Limb Loss

    DATE / TIME:

    • Saturday, March 12, 2022, 7:30 am – 4:30 pm
    • Sunday, March 13, 2022, 7:30 am – 12:30 pm

    LOCATION: DeSales University Center, DeSales University

    Course Description

    This course is designed for physical therapists, physical therapy assistants, occupational therapists, occupational therapist assistants, speech language pathologists, social workers, nurses, physician and mid-level practitioners interested in the rehabilitation process for patients following an amputation or limb loss. The topics will address the indications and treatments following limb loss as well as the advances in prosthetics and prosthetic management. Our keynote speaker will discuss her own personal journey through her limb loss and recovery phases.

    Agenda

    Saturday, March 12

    • 7:45am - 8:00am — Opening remarks; Dr. Hosey
    • 8:00am - 8:30am — Keynote Speaker - A Patient's Perspective; Kristan Seaford
    • 8:30am - 9:00am — Limb Loss: The Surgical Perspective; Dr. Lynn Doctor
    • 9:00am - 10:00am — Post-op medical management and Limb Care; Dr. Geeta Sathe
    • 10:00am - 10:15am — Break
    • 10:15am - 11:00am — Therapy Management after Limb Loss; Vanessa Amsler, DPT
    • 11:00am - 11:45am — Psychosocial Aspect: Adjusting and adapting after limb loss; Dr. Jenna Jebitsch
    • 11:45am - 12:30pm — Lunch
    • 12:3pm0 - 1:30pm — Panel Discussion
    • 1:30pm - 2:30pm — Advances in prosthetics; Matt Graham, CPO
    • 2:30pm - 2:45pm — Break
    • 2:45pm - 3:15pm — Long term residual limb care and prevention; Meghan Foley, OTR
    • 3:15pm - 4:15pm — Keynote Speaker; Kristan Seaford
    • 4:15pm - 4:30pm — Wrap up

    Sunday, March 13

    • 8:00am - 12:30pm — Prosthetic Management and Assessment (Types of prosthetics, proper fit, gait analysis, instructional tips, upper limb loss management)