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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 Lower Quarter Neurodynamics

    Date: Saturday, July 13th, 2024

    Time: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

    Location: DeSales University Gambet Center and Anatomy Lab

    Cameron Bassett, PT, DPT, PhD

    Mark Butler, PT, DPT, OCS, Cert. MDT


    Course Overview: For most therapists, Neural tension tests and neurodynamic mobilization treatments can be difficult to understand, process, and implement into clinical practice. This course will delve subcutaneously with hands-on investigation into the neural anatomy of the lower extremity.  The course will be divided into time segments of didactic and cadaveric education, followed by neurodynamic testing and treatment of the lower extremity. The initial didactic segment of neural anatomy will review the Lumbosacral plexus and the branches as they pass through impingement sites to the distal extremity. Next, a unique hands-on opportunity to see and feel the reviewed anatomy in several prosected cadaveric specimens at the DeSales University gross anatomy lab. The functional application of neural anatomy will then begin with foundational biomechanical principles, and superficial palpation of the neural structures within the body. Lastly, Clinicians will be guided through the neurodynamic testing and mobilization of the Femoral, Obturator, and Sciatic (Tibial and Fibular) nerves. This 8-hour course is appropriate for all clinicians who want to review the foundational and clinical anatomy of lower extremity neural anatomy. 

    Contact Hours: 8 total contact hours, including 2 hours direct access in Pennsylvania 

    Content Level: Intermediate

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


    • Describe anatomy of the Lumbosacral plexus.
    • Examine Subcutaneous anatomy of the lower extremity neural structures.
    • Identify structures through palpation and manipulation of prosected cadavers.
    • Classify and interpret, then perform and evaluate Neurodynamic tension tests.
    • Perform treatments with case studies of neurodynamic mobilization (gliding/sliding). 



    PRE-COURSE: content Slides or recorded lecture 

    7:30-8:00 am - Check-in 

    8:00-9:00 am - Course Overview; Lumbosacral plexus, lower quarter nerves, screening, neural tension tests, neurodynamic mobilization.

    • Lumbosacral plexus
    • Common locations of impingement
    • Palpation of nerve paths
      • Femoral, Obturator, and Sciatic (Tibial and Fibular) nerves

    9:00-10:00 am - Cadaver lab Identification of lumbosacral plexus plexus and path of the Femoral, Obturator, and Sciatic (Tibial and Fibular) nerves

    • Identify important structures of the Lumbosacral plexus and peripheral nerves
      • Roots and Branches
    • Show movement of the nerve tissue
      • Femoral, Obturator, and Sciatic (Tibial and Fibular) nerves
    • Identify and show the movement of common nerve impingement sites
      • Femoral triangle, Obturator hiatus, Obturator foramen, Adductor brevis, Ischial tuberosity, Tibial tunnel, etc… 

    Break 10:00-10:15 am

    10:15-12:00 pm - Physical exam lab of the Lower extremity Nervous system

    • Lower quarter neural testing
    • Neural tension tests
      • Femoral
      • Obturator
      • Sciatic 
        • Tibial 
        • Fibular

    12:00-12:30 pm - Lunch break

    12:30-4:00 pm - Treatment and Case Studies

    • Neurodynamic mobilization
    • Treatment progression with Neurodynamics

    Break 2:30 pm-2:45 pm

    4:00-4:30 pm - If time allows, revisit the anatomy lab and reassess newly learned neurodynamic patterns in cadaveric specimens

    4:30-5:00 pm - Closing remarks and questions

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

    ** The course will be limited to 30-36 participants to allow a proper learning environment and the ability to interact with the presenters.

    Cost: $325*

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



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    • Bueno-Gracia, E., Malo-Urriés, M., Borrella-Andrés, S., Montaner-Cuello, A., Estébanez-de-Miguel, E., Fanlo-Mazas, P., & López-de-Celis, C. (2019). Neurodynamic test of the peroneal nerve: Study of the normal response in asymptomatic subjects. Musculoskeletal Science and Practice, 43, 117–121.
    • Bueno-Gracia, E., Malo-Urriés, M., Montaner-Cuello, A., Borrella-Andrés, S., & López-de-Celis, C. (2020). Normal response to tibial neurodynamic test in asymptomatic subjects. Journal of Back and Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation.
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    • Martin, R., Martin, H. D., & Kivlan, B. R. (2017). Nerve entrapments in the hip region current concepts review. International Journal of Sports Physical Therapy, 12(7), 1163–1173.
    • Moore, K.L., Dalley, A.F., Agur, A.M.R. (2018) Clinically Oriented Anatomy. (8th ed) Lippincottt Williams & Wilkins. Wolters Kluwer.
    • Netter, F.H. (2023) Netter Atlas of Human Anatomy. (8th ed) Elsevier.
    • Rohen, JW., Yokochi, C., Lütjen-Drecoll, E. (2016) Anatomy: a photographic atlas. (8th ed). Wolters Kluwer.
    • Standring, S., et al. (2021) Gray’s Anatomy: the anatomical basis of clinical practice. (42nd ed) Elsevier.
  • DeSales DPT Research Symposium (Free)

    Wednesday, October 9, 2024 from 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm

    CE credit available for PT's/ PTA's who attend.

    Registration will be available closer to date.