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Online: Pharmacology in Rehabilitation, 4th Edition
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Presenter(s): Charles Ciccone, PT, PhD, FAPTA; Professor, Department of Physical Therapy Ithaca College, Ithaca, NY


$255 Member | $425 Nonmember (price subject to change)
CEU: 1.7 CEUs (17.0 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: July 2010


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


This course will present the primary drug classes and the physiologic basis of their action. Drugs will be grouped according to their general effects and the type of disorders they are routinely used to treat. Special emphasis will be placed on drugs that are commonly used to treat people receiving physical therapy. This course will likewise address how drug therapy interacts with physical therapy, and how drugs can exert beneficial effects as well as adverse side effects that impact on rehabilitation.

*Please Note* The Recommended Text listed below is not included as part of this course and must be purchased separately.

Recommended Text: Ciccone, CD: Pharmacology in Rehabilitation, edition 4. F.A. Davis, Company, Philadelphia, 2007.

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

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After completing this module, you should be able to:
  • Integrate pharmacokinetic principles with pharmacodynamics, and judge how drug effects are influenced by their administration, absorption, distribution, storage, and metabolism in the human body.
  • Compare and contrast general categories of drugs that are used therapeutically to treat specific problems in the body.
  • Compare and contrast the physiological mechanisms by which individual drugs affect the different organ systems in the body.
  • Evaluate drug side effects, and differentiate these side effects from the symptoms of the patient’s disease(s).
  • Assess situations where drug levels are too high versus too low (i.e., increased drug toxicity versus decreased efficacy).
  • Judge the potential for harmful interactions between specific drugs and various physical therapy interventions.
  • Choose physical therapy interventions in accordance with the patient’s drug regimen.

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Presenter(s) Bios

Charles D. Ciccone, PT, PhD, FAPTA, is a full Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy at Ithaca College in Ithaca, New York. He received his BS in Physical Therapy from Ithaca College, and his PhD in Physiology from Rutgers University. Dr. Ciccone has published widely on physiological response to drug therapy. He is the author of the textbook Pharmacology in Rehabilitation, 3rd ed., which is used in most physical therapy programs in the US, including the Marymount PT program. He is currently involved in research to determine the clinical implications of prescription and over-the-counter drug use in patients receiving physical therapy. Dr. Ciccone serves as an Editorial Board Member and Editor for Evidence in Practice and reviews for Physical Therapy (the journal of the APTA). Dr. Ciccone was awarded Fellowship into the APTA in 2007.

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CEU Information

On successful completion of the examination, 1.7 CEUs (17.0 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: 1.5 Units
  • Ohio State Board of Physical Therapy: 15S0248 - 17.5 hours
  • Oklahoma Board of Medical Licensure & Supervision: 17 Category B Hours
  • Pennsylvania: Approved - 13 DA, 4 GEN
  • Texas Physical Therapy Association: 1609016TX

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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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