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Online: Screening for Medical Disorders
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Presenter(s): William Boissonnault, PT, DPT, DHSc, FAAOMPT, FAPTA


$168 Member | $240 Nonmember (price subject to change)
CEU: 0.8 CEUs (8.0 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: Intermediate
Publication Date: May 2013


Overview | Objectives | Presenters Bios | CEU Information | System Requirements


This course will explore the therapist's role as an interdependent practitioner working within a collaborative medical model. Inherent in the responsibilities associated with this role is the ability to recognize clinical manifestations that suggest that physician contact is warranted regarding a client's health status. Equally important is knowing what one can omit from the examination scheme on a given day, while placing the client at minimal risk. A proposed examination scheme will provide the structure for our discussion. Presenting the clinical tools and decision-making processes necessary to more efficiently and effectively collect and evaluate the examination data, will be the focus of this seminar. Professional communication with the client and other health care professionals will also be a central theme. Patient cases are presented as the final part of this course as a means of applying differential diagnostic principles and promoting clinical decision-making.

Syllabus: Download the Syllabus and Lecture Schedule (PDF format)

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After completing this course, you should be able to:

  1. Describe the physical therapist's role and responsibilities associated with the medical screening process-compare and contrast with the physician's role.
  2. Integrate the medical screening principles in order to formulate an efficient and effective patient examination scheme.
  3. Evaluate history and physical examination findings and decide whether communication with a physician is warranted regarding a patient's health status.
  4. Identify symptoms and signs, which warrant immediate communication with a physician.
  5. Employ strategies to facilitate professional communication between therapist and physician and therapist and patient/client, including when, how and what to communicate regarding medical screening issues
  6. Describe the risk factors, pathogenesis and clinical manifestations of selected medical conditions representing the various body systems

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Presenter(s) Bios

William Boissonnault, PT, DPT, DHSc, FAAOMPT, FAPTA Dr. Boissonnault is an Associate Professor in the Division of Physical Therapy at University of Wisconsin-Madison. He received his BS in Physical Therapy from University of Wisconsin-Madison, his Master's in Science, Specialty Track - Orthopaedic Physical Therapy, Institute of Physical Therapy-St. Augustine and DHSc, University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences. Dr. Boissonnault is a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists, past President of the Orthopedic Section of the APTA. He's written several books including Goodman C, W Boissonnault, K Fuller. Pathology: Implication for the Physical Therapist, 2nd edition, 2002, Boissonnault W. Primary Care for the Physical Therapist: Examination and Triage, 2004, and Boissonnault W. Examination in Physical Therapy Practice: Screening for Medical Disease, 2nd ed., 1995. In 2005 he was awarded Dorothy E. Baethke-Eleanor J. Carlin Award for Excellence in Academic Teaching. American Physical Therapy Association and in 2004: the Stanley Paris Distinguished Service Award from the Orthopaedic Section, APTA.

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CEU Information

On successful completion of the examination, .8 CEUs (8.0 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:

  • California Physical Therapy Association: CPTA2014-2015
  • Nevada Board of Physical Therapy Examiners: 0.8 Units
  • Ohio State Board of Physical Therapy: 15S1460 - 8.25 hours
  • Oklahoma Board of Medical Licensure & Supervision: 8 Category B Hours
  • Pennsylvania: 8 DA Hours
  • Texas Physical Therapy Association: 1609016TX

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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System Requirements

Online Course: This course consists of a narrated PowerPoint® presentation and a posttest. Computer System Requirements

Recommended Internet Connection:  We recommend users have at least a high-speed cable or DSL connection.  Dial up modems are not recommended.

Please click one of the demo links below to see if you are able to view the content prior to purchasing this course:

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