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Online: Pharmacology in Rehabilitation: Basic Principles
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Presenter(s): Charles D. Ciccone, PT, PhD, FAPTA

Price: $30 Member | $50 Nonmember (price subject to change)
CEU: 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: Intermediate
Publication Date: August 2011


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


This content area addresses basic pharmacology concepts including drug nomenclature and how the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulates and approves drugs in the USA. Implications of FDA guidelines for rehabilitation specialists will also be discussed. Pharmacokinetic concepts will then be addressed, including methods of drug administration, absorption, distribution, storage, and elimination. This content area concludes with a discussion of how specific factors can alter pharmacokinetic variables, and how altered drug disposition can have an impact on patients receiving physical rehabilitation.

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

Please Note: This course is the first module of a series, and is prerequisite for the other courses. Courses in this series includes:

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After completing this module, you should be able to:
  1. Differentiate between a drug's chemical, generic, and trade names, and describe how and why each name is created and used clinically.
  2. List the primary steps involved in FDA drug testing and approval.
  3. Relate how drug approval can impact on patients receiving physical rehabilitation.
  4. Describe primary pharmacokinetic principles, and judge how drug effects can be influenced by their administration, absorption, distribution, storage, and metabolism in the human body.
  5. List specific factors that can alter normal drug kinetics.
  6. Describe the primary ways that pharmacokinetic principles can impact on patients receiving physical rehabilitation.

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Presenter(s) Bios

Charles D. Ciccone, PT, PhD, FAPTA
Ciccone currently holds the rank of Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy at Ithaca College in Ithaca, N.Y. He received his BS in Physical Therapy from Ithaca College in 1975, and his PhD in Physiology from Rutgers University in 1983. Ciccone is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association and the American College of Sports Medicine. He currently serves as an Editorial Board Member and Editor -- Reviews for Physical Therapy for the Journal of the American Physical Therapy Association. Ciccone also serves as a member of the Editorial Advisory Group of PT Magazine. Ciccone has had extensive experience integrating pharmacology with physical rehabilitation. He has published articles on various aspects of the physiologic response to drug therapy, and he is the author of the book Pharmacology in Rehabilitation published by F.A Davis. He has also given numerous presentations on the impact of drug therapy on rehabilitation, and he is currently involved in research to determine the clinical implications of prescription and over-the-counter drug use in patients receiving physical therapy and occupational therapy.

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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:

  • California Physical Therapy Association: CPTA20124-2015
  • Nevada Board of Physical Therapy Examiners: 0.2 Units
  • Ohio State Board of Physical Therapy: 14S1659
  • Oklahoma Board of Medical Licensure & Supervision: 2 Category B Hours
  • Pennsylvania: Approved
  • Texas Physical Therapy Association: 1609016TX/li>

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 "Online: Pharmacology in Rehabilitation: Basic Principles" you must do the following:

  • Access the course to watch all of the course presentations and review any handouts.
  • Complete the online posttest with at least 70% accuracy in order to claim CEU credit.


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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