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Parkinson's Disease and Physical Therapy - PT11

Parkinson's Disease and Physical Therapy

by Rebecca Austere-Blanton, RPT, DPT
(4.5 / 3269 ratings )

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

Price: $19.00
CE-PRO Price: $9.50


More than 1 million people have Parkinson’s disease, and by 2020 there may be 40 million more. The corpus striatum in the cerebral hemisphere, the subthalamic nucleus in the diencephalon, and the substantia nigra in the midbrain interconnect to form the basal ganglia. When the substantia nigra doesn’t produce enough dopamine, signs and symptoms of PD become apparent. Physical therapists need to be knowledgeable about this disease to execute treatment protocols designed to challenge specific deficits that affect overall performance of everyday activities.


The goal of this Parkinson’s disease continuing education program is to familiarize physical therapists with the pathogenesis and common movement disorders related to PD and to familiarize them with the current research regarding PD and the efficacy of PT. After studying the information here, you will be able to:
  • Explain the pathogenesis of PD
  • Identify common clinical manifestations/movement disorders in people with PD
  • Discuss tests and measures as well as treatment for patients with PD

Approval Information
OnCourse Learning is an approved sponsor by The NY State Education Department of CE for PT and PTA from 10/21/2009 to 10/20/2021.
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 PT Association (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 PTA (approval no. 09S0671 from 3/29/09 to 3/29/10; 10S0857 for 03/30/10 to 03/30/11; 11S0916 from 03/31/11 to 03/31/12; 12S0646 for 04/01/12 to 04/01/13; 13S0965 for 04/02/13 to 04/02/14; 14S0337 for 04/03/14 to 04/03/15; 15S0598 for 04/04/15 to 04/04/16; 16S1802 for 04/05/16 to 04/05/17; 17S0866 for 4/6/17 to 4/6/18; 18S0770 for 4/7/18 to 4/7/19).
The FL PTA (approval no. CE90613871, exp. date 12/31/09; CE100013875, exp. date 12/31/10; CE110015568 for 01/01/11 to 12/31/11; CE120017210 for 01/01/12 to 12/31/12; CE130019631 for 01/01/13 to 12/31/13; CE140021436 for 01/01/14 to 12/31/14; CE150023696 for 01/01/15 to 12/31/15; CE16-26903 for 01/01/16 to 12/31/16; CE17-228783 for 01/01/17 to 12/31/17; CE18-228783 for 01/01/18 to 12/31/18). Approval of this course does not necessarily imply The FL PTA supports the views of the presenter or the sponsors.
The TX Board of PT Examiners (approval no. 45509A for 6/8/09 to 6/8/10).
The TN PT Association for Class 1 CE Requirement (approval no. 3784 for 05/23/11 to 05/22/12, 4367 for 05/23/12 to 05/22/13, 4978 for 05/23/13 to 05/22/14; 5700 for 05/23/14 to 05/22/15; 6158 for 05/23/15 to 05/22/16; 2016-164 for 05/23/16 to 05/22/17; 2017-213 for 5/23/17 to 5/22/18).
The PA Board of PT (PTCE003849 for 01/01/13 to 12/31/14; PTCE007101 for 01/01/15 to 12/31/16; PTCE010044 for 01/01/17 to 12/31/18).
The NJ Board of PT Examiners (approval no. 675-2009, exp. date 1/31/10; approval no. 414-2010 for 2/1/10 to 1/31/12; 103-2012 from 02/01/12 to 01/31/14; 230-2014 for 02/01/14 to 01/31/16; 2016-359 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 12/19/11 to 12/19/15; 10/30/15 to 10/30/19.
The NV State Board of PT Examiners for 0.1 units of CE for 01/30/12 to 07/31/13; 07/31/13 to 07/31/15; 07/31/15 to 07/31/17; 11/29/17 to 7/31/19.
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. 437.2878 for 6/1/09 to 6/1/10; approval no. 437.3366 for 06/01/10 to 06/01/11; 437-3864 for 06/01/11 to 06/01/12; 437-4353 for 06/01/12 to 06/01/13; 437-4783 for 06/01/13 to 06/01/14). According to the Rules for the Administration of the IL PT Act (section 1340.61) 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: 8/3/2015
Date of Most Recent Review: 8/3/2015
Course Termination/Update Date: 7/2/2021


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.

Please see CE Course Instructions to learn how to earn CE credit for this module.


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Donald Stephen L - Bernville, PA  ·  Nov 16, 2018
Would like a course with more specifics on treatment
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Caitlin B - Monmouth Beach, NJ  ·  Nov 15, 2018
Basic overview of PD, does not give any real treatment strategies
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Katherine S - Lodi , CA  ·  Nov 10, 2018
Very informal from a PT aspect
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Danielle L - Pennsburg, PA  ·  Nov 07, 2018
Very informative about PD
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Erin S - Fort Worth, TX  ·  Nov 07, 2018
Concise information on PD
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Price: $19.00
CE-PRO Price: $9.50