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Audio: Hospital Based Direct Access (Recorded)
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Presenters: Nancy White, PT, DPT, OCS; William (Bill) Boissonnault, PT, DHSc, FAAOMPT; Marcus Kip Schick, PT, DPT, MBA


$75 Member | $120 Nonmember
No group rates are available.

0.2 CEUs (2.0 contact hours/CCUs) will be awarded upon successful completion of a multiple choice test. You must complete the online posttest with at least 70% accuracy in order to claim CEU credit.
Course Level:
Basic to Intermediate
Date Recorded: Mid-December 2011
Date Published: January 2012
Delivery Method:

  Audio Conference*

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*This series of audio conferences also includes precourse readings.


Course Information | Objectives | Presenter Bios | CEU Information | Course Completion Requirements | Technical Requirements
Course Information

Direct access to physical therapist services is important to all patients including those in hospital-based outpatient settings. The complexity of the hospital environment often makes the integration of outpatient direct access services difficult for physical therapists to navigate. Experts will describe the benefits and discuss ways to overcome barriers and successfully integrate direct access into hospital-based outpatient centers.

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Upon completion of this audio conference, you will be able to:

  1. List five benefits to incorporating direct access to physical therapists into hospital-based outpatient settings.
  2. Describe four common barriers to direct access in hospital settings and discuss ways to overcome each.
  3. Discuss the importance of strategic relationship building when integrating direct access into hospital based settings.
  4. Explain ways to market and promote direct access services in hospital based outpatient settings.

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Presenter Bio(s)

Nancy White, PT, DPT, OCS is an Associate Director of Practice for the American Physical Therapy Association. In this position, she provides support and consultation to members and staff in the area of practice management. Nancy also works with various APTA components and external organizations and contributes to policy development to advance the practice of physical therapy.

Prior to joining APTA, Nancy spent 30 years in direct clinical practice and management. She is a Board Certified Orthopaedic Clinical Specialist and has been an active APTA member since 1979. She has a Master of Physical Therapy degree from the University of Alabama in Birmingham, and a DPT from Marymount University.

William (Bill) Boissonnault, PT, DHSc, FAAOMPT is Associate Professor- University of Wisconsin-Madison, Senior PT- UW Hospital and curriculum director – UW/Meriter Hospital Orthopedic Physical Therapy Clinical Residency Program. Education: BS degree in PT-UW-Madison; MS degree and DHSc- University of St. Augustine; t-DPT from IHP-Massachusetts General Hospital.

He is editor of the textbook: Primary Care for the Physical Therapist; Examination and Triage. Bill holds multiple adjunct physical therapy faculty positions-teaching differential diagnosis, and he's current President- Foundation for Physical Therapy.

Awards/Honors- APTA's Baethke-Carlin Award - Excellence in Academic Teaching; and Helen Hislop Award - Contribution to Professional Literature; and UW-Madison Medical School Dean's Teaching Award – Excellence/Innovation in Medical Education.

Marcus Kip Schick, PT, DPT, MBA is the director of Orthopedics at the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics (UWHC) in Madison Wisconsin and has been a leader in its direct access initiative since its inception. He presented information on this topic at the 2010 APTA Combined Sections Meeting.

Dr. Schick is President of the Wisconsin Physical Therapy Association. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy from the University of Oklahoma in 1994, a Master of business Administration from Rick University in 1998, and a Doctor of Physical Therapy from Creighton University in 2003.

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CEU Information

On successful completion of the examination, 0.2 CEUs (2.0 contact hours/CCUs) and a certificate of completion will be awarded. The American Physical Therapy Association has been approved as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET), 1760 Old Meadow Road, Suite 500, McLean, VA 22102. Provider (#380).

Many state agencies recognize APTA as a recognized or approved provider for continuing education. The following state agencies have granted prior approval for this continuing education offering:

  • Ohio State Board of Physical Therapy: 14S1653
  • Oklahoma Board of Medical Licensure & Supervision:  2 Category B Hours
  • Texas Physical Therapy Association: 1609016TX
  • Nevada Board of Physical Therapy Examiners: 0.2 Units
  • California Physical Therapy Association: CPTA2014-2015
  • Pennsylvania: Denied

Please note: Licensees should verify with their state licensing board for acceptance of continuing education units by reviewing the relevant state practice act and/or administrative code.


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Course Completion Requirements

In order to successfully complete the course "Hospital Based Direct Access" you must do the following:

  • Access the course to download and read the precourse articles.
  • Listen to the recorded live audio conference and Q&A session.
  • Once you have listened to the audio conference, return to the "My Course" page in the APTA Learning Center to take the posttest and claim CEUs.
  • You must complete the online posttest with at least 70% accuracy in order to claim CEU credit.


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Technical Requirements

Computer System Requirements.

Listen to a snippet of the audio from this conference.

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