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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 will be scheduled in accordance with the fall 2020 semester return to campus.

DPT continuing education courses

  • Unmasking the Patient Who Survived COVID-19: A Cardiopulmonary Perspective for Physical Therapists and Assistants

    DATE: Thursday, November 12th, 2020, 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm

    LOCATION: Online (Live via Zoom)

    Julie M. Skrzat, PT, DPT, PhD, CCS

    This 3-hour course will discuss the importance of the examination and assessment of the cardiovascular and pulmonary system for physical therapy management of patients who survived COVID-19.  It will cover basic examination and treatment techniques of the cardiovascular and pulmonary systems as it relates to COVID-19. Application to case studies of patients with COVID-19 seen along the continuum of care will be included.  This course is designed for PTs and PTAs in any treatment setting (acute care through home care).

    Contact Hours: 3 total contact hours with 1-hour direct access

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

    Objectives:

    • Appreciate the pathophysiology of COVID-19, and how medical management of COVID-19 can impart changes to the cardiovascular and pulmonary systems specifically.
    • Identify signs and symptoms of possible COVID-19 infection during clinical examination
    • Discuss basic cardiovascular and pulmonary examination principles, and how to structure an exam.
    • Determine the best type of cardiovascular and pulmonary treatment based on patient presentation.

    Schedule:

    5:30 – 6:00       Overview 

    • Pathophysiology of COVD-19
    • Influence of medical management of COVID-19 on changes to the cardiovascular and pulmonary systems
    • Signs and symptoms of COVID-19 infection on clinical exam
    • Cardiac and pulmonary anatomy
    • Surface palpation of anatomical landmarks on the thorax

    6:00 – 7:30       Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Examination

    • Cardiac and pulmonary anatomy
    • Vital signs – heart rate, blood pressure, respiratory rate, oxygen saturation
    • Auscultation – heart and lung sounds 
    • Additional cardiovascular tests and measures (i.e. circulation, etc.)
    • Additional pulmonary tests and measures (i.e. diaphragmatic excursion, etc.)
    • Application of examination to case studies

    7:30 – 8:30       Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Treatment

    ·       Aerobic treatment interventions

    ·       Pulmonary treatment interventions

    ·       Application of examination to case studies

     

    Post-Test (Completed within 1 week after the course on your own time but must be turned in to award CE credits)

     

    ** All courses will be limited to 30 participants to allow a proper learning environment and ability to interact with the presenter.

     

     

    Register and pay online

  • Clinical Decision Making: The Medically Complex Geriatric Patient with a Cardiopulmonary Diagnosis

    DATE: Wednesday, November 18th 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm

    LOCATION: Online (Live via Zoom)

    Stephen Carp PT, PhD, GCS

    Course Overview: Clinical decision making (CDM) is a contextual, continuous, and evolving process where data are gathered, interpreted, and evaluated in order to select an evidenced-based choice of action. This course will partner CDM with a case study of a high-risk, problem-prone medically complex geriatric patient with a cardiopulmonary diagnosis.  As the case is presented, the learner will be challenged by “pause points” where data will be presented and the learner is required to make a clinical decision.  The data presented include laboratory and radiographic metrics, vital signs, electrocardiogram tracings, physiological response to exercise, and a variety of pathologies typically related to the geriatric cohort. This three-hour course is appropriate for any therapist treating medially complex patients. 

    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

    Objectives:

    • Develop a healthy, holistic and reasonable rationale for the CDM process when working with the medically complex geriatric cohort;
    • Develop an understanding and appreciation of the importance of one’s clinical decisions and, that on occasion, a negative outcome may occur even when we utilize best evidence, expertise and skilled decision making
    • Define the terms continuum of care and level of care as related to physical therapy in a variety of settings; discuss how these levels impact clinical decision making
    • Construct a clinical examination and assessment flowchart based upon the interpretation of ongoing clinical scripts
    • Describe and incorporates the Joint Commission’s National Patient Safety Goals and Sentinel Alert Initiatives and other compliance standards into the CDM progress at each level of care
    • Describe the importance of the integrity-rich patient-therapist collaborative model in the development of a successful evaluation and therapeutic intervention

     

    Schedule:

    5:30-6:00        Course Overview; Introduction to Case; CDM in the Emergency Department

    • Course introduction; Review of objectives
    • Introduction of case
    • CDM in the emergency department

    6:00-7:00        CDM Associated with Data Review

    • Laboratory values
    • EKG interpretation
    • Imaging
    • Interpretation of vital signs

    7:00-8:00        CDM Associated with Evaluation, Assessment and Activity                              

    • CDM related to the physical therapy evaluation and assessment
    • CDM related to physiological metrics associated with activity

    8:00-8:30        CDM Associated with Discharge Planning

    • CDM related to discharge planning

    Post-Test (Completed within 1 week after the course on your own time but must be turned in to award CE credits)

    ** All courses will be limited to 30 participants to allow a proper learning environment and ability to interact with the presenter.

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    Register and pay online