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The Rotator Cuff - PT04

The Rotator Cuff

Rehabilitation Management Considerations

by James E. Glinn Jr., PT, DPT, OCS and James E. Glinn Sr., PT
(4.4 / 1296 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Physical Therapy (1.00 Hour(s))

Price: $19.00
CE-PRO Price: $9.50


The rotator cuff is a complex structure that is injured frequently and requires the services of a physical therapist. This course provides key information about the shoulder and the rotator cuff, and describes common pathologies a physical therapist may encounter. The course offers insight into examination and evaluation, as well as outlining treatment and rehabilitation considerations for the practitioner.


The goal of this rotator cuff continuing education program is to provide physical therapists with information about the rotator cuff musculature and the role the rotator cuff plays in some common upper extremity biomechanics. After completion of the program, you should be able to:
  • Describe the basic anatomy of the rotator cuff musculature
  • Describe the role of the rotator cuff in basic biomechanics of the human shoulder
  • List common pathologies that may be seen with dysfunction of the rotator cuff

Approval Information
OnCourse Learning is an approved sponsor by The NY State Education Department of CE for Physical Therapists and Physical Therapist Assistants from 10/21/2009 to 10/20/2018.
This activity is provided by the TX Board of PT Examiners Accredited Provider GED012010TPTA2012004 for 01/01/2010 to 01/31/2013; 1601004 for 02/01/2013 to 01/31/2016; and 1902004TX for 02/01/2016 to 01/31/2019 and meets continuing competence requirements for physical therapist and physical therapist assistant licensure renewal in Texas. The assignment of Texas PT CCUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by TPTA or TBPTE.
As of 4/5/10, OnCourse Learning is recognized by The PT Board of CA as an approved reviewer and provider of continuing competency courses for the state of CA.
OnCourse Learning was approved as a provider of CE by The NC PTAssociation (provider no. 09-0215-001PR) from 3/8/2009 through 3/8/2010.
OnCourse Learning is a licensed PT CE sponsor (#216.000275) with the IL Department of Financial and Professional Regulation from July 2013 through 9/30/2018.
This course has been approved as meeting the CE requirements for PTs and PTAs by:
The OH PT Association (approval no. 08S0772, exp. date 8/18/09; approval no. 09S1476 for 8/19/09 to 8/19/10; 11S0500 for 8/20/10 to 8/20/11; 11S1340 for 08/21/11 to 08/21/12; 12S1696 for 08/22/12 to 08/22/13; 13S1556 for 08/23/13 to 08/23/14; 14S1241 for 08/24/14 to 08/24/15; 15S1512 for 06/08/15 to 06/08/16; 16S1788 for 06/09/16 to 06/09/17; 17S5444 for 06/10/17 to 06/10/18).
The FL PT Association (approval no. CE80012518, exp. date 12/31/08; CE90012556 for 01/01/09 to 12/31/09; CE100014631 for 01/01/10 to 12/31/10; CE110016930 for 01/01/11 to 12/31/11; CM120017446 for 01/01/12 to 12/31/12; CE130019610 for 01/01/13 to 12/31/13; CE140021431 for 01/01/14 to 12/31/14; CE150024009 for 01/01/15 to 12/31/15; CE16-27112 for 01/01/16 to 12/31/16; CE17-518229 for 01/01/17 to 12/31/17). Approval of this course does not necessarily imply the FL PT Association supports the views of the presenter or the sponsors.
The TX Board of PT Examiners (approval no. 43807A; exp. date 8/17/09; approval no. 46812A for 8/18/09 to 8/17/10).
The TN PT Association for Class 1 CE Requirement (approval no. 3650 for 2/18/11 to 2/17/12; 4192 for 02/18/12 to 02/17/13; 4849 for 02/18/13 to 02/17/14; 5707 for 02/18/14 to 02/17/15; 6047 for 02/18/15 to 02/17/16; 2016-27 for 02/18/16 to 02/17/17; 2016-27 for 02/18/16 to 02/17/17; 2017-057 for 02/18/17 to 02/17/18).
The PA Board of PT (PTCE003860 for 01/01/13 to 12/31/14; PTCE007144 for 01/01/15 to 12/31/16; PTCE010062 for 01/01/17 to 12/31/18).
The NJ Board of PT Examiners (approval no. 235-2008, exp. date 1/31/10; approval no. 43-2010, exp. date 1/31/12; 183-2012 for 02/01/12 to 01/31/14; 361-2014 for 02/01/14 to 01/31/16; 2016-254 for 02/01/16 to 01/31/18).
This course has been approved by:
The MD State Board of PT Examiners for 0.1 CEU for 12/06/11 to 12/06/15, 10/30/15 to 10/30/19.
The NV State Board of PT Examiners for 0.1 units of CE for 09/13/11 to 07/31/13; 07/31/13 to 07/31/15; 07/31/15 to 07/31/17.
The IL Chapter CE Committee has certified that this course meets the criteria for approval of CE offerings established by The IL PT Association (approval no. 437-2504, exp. date 8/1/09; approval no. 437-3123 for 12/1/09 to 12/1/10; 437-3869 for 04/01/11 to 05/01/12; 437-4351 for 05/01/12 to 05/01/13; 437-4788 for 05/01/13 to 05/01/14). According to the Rules for the Administration of the IL Physical Therapy Act (section 13460.61) published by the IL Department of Professional Regulation, a PT or PTA applying for re-licensure in IL can earn a maximum of 50 percent of their required CE hours from self-study. The hours awarded of this course are designated for self-study CE credit.
Other states may accept this course for meeting their CE requirements. Check with your state association or board.
Please note: The Orthopaedic Nurses Certification Board has designated this educational activity to receive 1.0 contact hour in Category A and 0 contact hours in Category B toward recertification.

Course Originally Released on: 7/22/2015
Date of Most Recent Review: 7/22/2015
Course Termination/Update Date: 7/22/2018


Unless stated above, the planners and authors of this course have declared no relevant conflicts of interest that relate to this educational activity. OnCourse Learning guarantees this educational activity is free from bias.

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Janet D - Arroyo Grande, CA  ·  Feb 20, 2018
useful information for outpatient pt practice.
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Jessica D - San Marcos, CA  ·  Feb 13, 2018
it was a great review of the rotator cuff
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Jacqueline S - Gwynn Oak, MD  ·  Feb 11, 2018
I would not recommend this course due my peers.
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Laura W - Akron, OH  ·  Feb 07, 2018
Definitely would benefit from diagrams to assist in visualizing the extensive anatomy reviewed.
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Lavern H - Winfield, IL  ·  Feb 03, 2018
A bit technical, but overall good info
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Price: $19.00
CE-PRO Price: $9.50