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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

  • (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


    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


    • 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



    • Check-in


    • 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


    • 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


    • 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


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


    • 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, or course instructor Janette Scardillo at, 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.


    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)