This course in 14 hours of recorded lectures 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.

In addition the course includes these add-ons: gastrointestinal drugs, drug treatments for infection, and complimentary or alternative medicines, that are not available in the specialized pharmacological courses. Overall you will save 15% by taking the bundled course!

NOTE: Please complete Part 1 prior to taking the other Lessons.

The stand-alone specialized courses are:

- Pharmacology in Rehabilitation: Basic Principles (LMS-735)Prerequisite

- Pharmacology in Rehabilitation: Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Medications (LMS-736)

- Pharmacology in Rehabilitation: Geriatric Pharmacology (LMS-737)

- Pharmacology in Rehabilitation: Musculoskeletal Medications (LMS-738)

- Pharmacology in Rehabilitation: Neuromuscular Medications (LMS-739)

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Completion Instructions

Complete the assessment with a score of 70% or higher, and complete the evaluation to earn your CEUs.

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Charles Ciccone, PT, PhD, FAPTA

Learning objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

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


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Type:E-Learning Course
Credit Categories
Domains:Oncology, pharmacology, Charles Ciccone, Rehab Essentials

The following credits are available upon completion of these activities.

Total credits:  1.7
Key Dates
Enrollment:Prior to  12/31/2022
Available discounts:
  • Non Member
    (until 12/31/2030)
  • Member
    (until 12/31/2030)
* Prices in US Dollars