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Audio: Robotics and PT: The New Age of Function, Movement, and Recovery (Recorded)
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Presenters: Melissa Pullia, PT, MSPT, ATP, and Brenda Hyland-Miller, PT, MBA

$75 Member | $120 Nonmember
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.
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Date Recorded:
December 2012
Date Published:
January 2013
Delivery Method:

  Audio Conference

APTA's audio conference recordings bring the experts to you! Earn Continuing Education Units (CEUs) while listening at your own pace to recorded live audio conferences.

*This series of audio conferences also includes precourse readings.


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Course Information

This course will emphasize advances in robotics that can be integrated in physical therapists’ clinical practice and research. Course presenters with interest and expertise in robotics will present cutting-edge applications of technology focusing on enhancing patient care. Following an introduction to this technology, participants will be exposed to evidence-based information on robotics and physical therapy. We aim to make this information both exciting and applicable with exposure to the latest in robotic technology for physical therapists’ practice.

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Upon completion of this audio conference, you will be able to:
  1. Describe current robotic rehabilitation technologies utilized and the role in physical therapy practice.

  2. Describe a framework for adopting and investing in robotic technologies.

  3. Appraise the research evidence across upper- and lower-extremity robotic technologies.

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Presenter Bio (s)

Melissa Pullia, MSPT, ATP, is a graduate of Ithaca College with a master’s degree in physical therapy. She began her career in neurological inpatient rehabilitation at Braintree Rehabilitation Hospital in Massachusetts. Melissa transitioned to Shepherd Center in Atlanta, Georigia, to begin her spinal cord injury (SCI) specialization, working in both the inpatient SCI unit and the intensive outpatient program at Beyond Therapy. In October 2011, she became the clinical manager at Ekso Bionics. Melissa received her Assistive Technology Professional (ATP) certification in 2009, and is a member of Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America , American Physical Therapy Association, and Academy of SCI Professionals .

Brenda Hyland-Miller, PT, MBA, co-founded Benchmark HealthCare Consulting, Inc, a consulting and contracting services firm focused on post-acute care, rehabilitation, continuum of care, and specialty health care. Brenda is a clinician, entrepreneur, facilitator, and consultant dedicated to transforming patients’ experience, innovating care delivery, and aligning team performance. Prior to starting the consulting practice, Brenda worked at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Boston as an associate director, and she also worked as a director of rehabilitation services in community hospitals.

For the past 4 years, Brenda has consulted for Interactive-Motion Technologies, an innovative technology company that designs, manufactures, and distributes interactive robotics used in research and by therapists working in neuro-motor recovery. As the acting director of clinical services, Brenda has conducted market research, introduced clinicians to robotic therapy, and developed and provided clinical robotic training programs for distributors and clinicians in the United States, Europe, Central and South America, and Asia.

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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: 15S0213
  • 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 this course, 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.
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