For physical therapy and physical therapy assistant students to develop required collaborative practice skills, they must have interprofessional education opportunities during their didactic and clinical training. Additionally, they must have intraprofessional practice to develop strong relationships that reflect their understanding of the relationship between and practice scope between PTs and PTAs. Research increasingly supports computer-based simulations to provide students with an alternative approach for mastering the Interprofessional Education Collaborative's four essential collaborative practice competencies. This course presents strategies to address the competencies by integrating interactive computer-based simulation into curricula while including best practice methodologies and debriefing rubrics. Computer-based education platforms like Simucase® provide students with interactive experiences designed to teach complete processes using virtual client scenarios. During an assessment or intervention for a virtual client, students must collaborate with and learn from other care team members. Students gain practice interviewing a client, performing assessments, providing intervention, and designing a plan of care. In doing so, they learn about scope of practice, care teams, roles and responsibilities, and appropriate communication required to achieve optimal patient care.


Emily Gherghel currently serves as the Lead Physical Therapy Learning and Simulation Developer at Simucase. She is a physical therapist with experience in various rehabilitation settings after having practiced across the country. She is an APTA member, NYPTA, and Education Section member. She earned both a bachelor’s in English and a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Misericordia University. She has authored research published in the Journal of Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine and is certified in the modified New Zealand Otago Exercise Program for the prevention of falls by the Carolina Geriatric Education Center. Additionally, she is a Certified Clinical Instructor.

Wendy Brzozowski is a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant with a BS in Business Management and Healthcare Administration. Currently, she is the OT and PT Sales Manager for Simucase and provides support to students and faculty, as well as assists in the development of simulations. Ms. Brzozowski has been a COTA for 20 years, with a background in skilled nursing, outpatient, Hospice, rehab management, and as a clinical instructor in an OTA program.

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Review recorded content, complete assessment with at least a 70% score, claim certificate and CEUs

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Emily Gherghel, PT, DPT, CCI ; Wendy Brzozowski BS, COTA/L

Learning objectives

  1. Identify how the four core competencies of interprofessional practice can be met using interactive computer-based simulation.
  2. Develop a framework for integrating computer-based simulation into curricula to address inter/intraprofessional collaborative practice.
  3. Demonstrate how to facilitate a successful simulation activity debrief discussion.


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Type:E-Learning Course
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The following credits are available upon completion of these activities.

Total credits:  0.1
Key Dates
Enrollment:Prior to  12/31/2022