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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

  • 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.

  • Maitland-Australian Physiotherapy Seminars

    MT-1 Essential Peripheral Seminar

    January 27th-28th, 2024


  • The McKenzie Institute: Part B-MDT

    Cervical & Thoracic Spine

    March 1-3, 2024

    Register directly with the McKenzie Institute

  • Clinical Anatomy for Upper Quarter Neurodynamics

    • Date: Saturday, April 20, 2024
    • Time: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
    • Location: DeSales University Gambet Center and Anatomy Lab

    Registration coming soon

    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 upper extremity.  The course will be divided into time-segments of both didactic, functional, and cadaveric demonstrations for neurodynamic testing and treatment. The initial didactic segment of neural anatomy will review the brachial plexus and the branches as they pass through impingement sites to the distal extremity. A unique hands-on opportunity to see and feel the reviewed anatomy in several prosected cadaveric specimens at the DeSales University gross anatomy lab will be provided. The functional application of neural anatomy will then begin with understanding 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 median, radial, and ulnar nerves. This 8-hour course is appropriate for all clinicians who want to review the foundational and clinical anatomy of upper extremity neural anatomy.

    • Contact Hours: 8 total contact hours, 3.0 contact hours direct access
    • 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 Brachial plexus.
    • Examine Subcutaneous anatomy of the Upper extremity neural structures of the brachial plexus and branches.
    • Classify and interpret then perform and evaluate Neurodynamic tension tests.
    • Assess movements and structures of tests and treatments on prosected cadavers.
    • Perform treatments with case studies of neurodynamic mobilization (gliding/sliding).

    Course Schedule

    7:30-8:00 am — Check-in

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

    • Brachial plexus
    • Common locations of impingement
    • Palpation of nerve paths
      • Median, Radial, and Ulnar nerves

    9:00-10:00 am — Anatomy lab Identification of Brachial plexus and path of the Median, Radial, and Ulnar nerves

    • Identify important structures of the Brachial plexus and peripheral nerves
      • Roots, Trunk, Divisions, Cords, Branches
    • Show movement of the nerve tissue
      • Median, Ulnar, Radial
    • Identify and show the movement of common nerve impingement sites
      • Scalenes, Pectoralis minor, Radial tunnel, Cubital tunnel, Pronator teres, Carpal tunnel, Tunnel of Guyon

    10:00-10:15 am — Break

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

    • Upper quarter neural testing
    • Neural tension tests
      • Median nerve
      • Ulnar nerve
      • Radial nerve

    12:00-12:30 pm — Lunch break

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

    • Neurodynamic mobilization
    • Treatment progression with Neurodynamics

    2:30–2:45 pm  — Break

    4:00–4:30 pm — Revisit the Anatomy lab and to reassess newly learned neurodynamic patterns

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

    • Review cadaveric experience and answer all remaining questions

    ** Course will be limited to 30 participants to allow a proper learning environment and the ability to interact with the presenters

    Cost: $325

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

    Instructor Bios

    Cameron Bassett, PT, DPT, PhD is an Assistant Professor in the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program. Dr. Bassett currently teaches Human Anatomy to DPT students and teaches anatomical courses for the practicing clinician. Dr. Bassett has taught dissected human anatomy and functional anatomy for 5 years at the Doctor of Physical Therapy program at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in Lubbock, TX and 2 years at the DeSales Doctor of Physical Therapy Program in Center Valley, PA.

    Dr. Bassett Currently works as a PRN outpatient physical therapist with Physical Therapy at St. Luke’s, and PRN acute care with Lehigh Valley Health Network. Dr. Bassett is a member of the Judicial Affairs committee at DeSales University, on the Research Board at Lehigh Valley Hospital Network in the Lehigh Valley, and is a board member with the nonprofit organization “The Storyteller and the World.”

    Dr. Bassett completed a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Physiology with sub-minors of Spanish and Psychology at Brigham Young University - Idaho in Rexburg, ID, and then concurrently enrolled in and completed his Doctor of Physical Therapy Degree (2016) and his Doctor of Philosophy in Rehabilitation Sciences with an emphasis on Clinical Anatomy (2021) from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in Lubbock, TX. Dr. Bassett has a passion for teaching anatomy and believes if you understand your anatomy, you can treat any patient as evidenced by his research interests including movement analysis, neurodynamics, ultrasonography, and anatomy education.

    He cherishes his wife and 5 kids and is excited for the East Coast adventure Pennsylvania has to offer.

    Mark Butler, PT, DPT, OCS, Cert. MDT:  Mark is a board certified Orthopaedic clinical specialist and McKenzie certified specialist for mechanical diagnosis and treatment.  He has been in practice for over 30 years, as a practice owner and manager after graduating from the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia.  He is an adjunct Assistant Professor at Rutgers and guest lecturer at Stockton and DeSales Universities.

    Mark has taught over 200 weekend courses on Neural Mobilization, Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization, Examination & Treatment of the Shoulder, Cervical Spine, Lumbar Spine, Therapeutic Taping, and Radiology.  He has presented at more than 25 national and regional conferences on Neural Mobilization, Brachial Plexopathies, the Shoulder, and Complex Regional Pain Syndrome.

    Mark authored the shoulder chapter in the textbook Fundamentals of Hand Therapy: Clinical Reasoning and Treatment Guidelines for Common Diagnoses of the Hand and Upper Extremity.  He has published in peer reviewed and non-peer reviewed professional journals and is currently active in clinical research.

    Mark completed his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree at Regis University in Denver, where he graduated with honors.  He was awarded the James Tucker Excellence in Clinical Practice and Teaching Award by the New Jersey chapter of the American Physical Therapy Association.   Currently he manages the Plains, PA NovaCare office where he carries a full caseload.

  • Neurodynamics of the Lower Extremity

    Saturday, July 13th, 2024

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

    Cameron Bassett, PT, DPT, PhD

    More information and registration info to come.