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Understanding Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis - PT30

Understanding Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

by Sabrina M. Camilo, PT, MSPT, GCS
(4.6 / 291 ratings )

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

Price: $19.00
CE-PRO Price: $9.50


Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, is a progressive and fatal neuromuscular disease that causes degeneration of motor neurons. The cause of ALS is not yet fully understood, although there is plenty of speculation in the research world currently focusing on glutamate, a neurotransmitter that has a role in motor neuron degeneration.


The purpose of this amyotrophic lateral sclerosis continuing education module is to provide physical therapists with information about ALS as well as the best treatment options for this disease. After completing this module, you will be able to:
  • Understand the pathophysiology of ALS
  • Identify signs and symptoms of ALS
  • State appropriate interventions for patients depending on each stage of the disease

Approval Information
OnCourse Learning is an approved sponsor by the New York State Education Department of Continuing Education for Physical Therapists and Physical Therapist Assistants from October 21, 2009 to October 20, 2018.
This activity is provided by the Texas Board of Physical Therapy Examiners Accredited Provider #GED012010TPTA2012004 for 1/1/2010 to 1/31/2013 and #1601004 for 02/01/13 to 01/31/16 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 Physical Therapy Board of California as an approved reviewer and provider of continuing competency courses for the state of California.
OnCourse Learning is a licensed physical therapy continuing education sponsor (#216.000275) with the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation from July 2013 through September 30, 2016.
This course has been approved as meeting the continuing education requirements for PTs and PTAs by:
The Ohio Physical Therapy Association (approval no. 11S1674 for 11/14/11 to 11/14/12, 12S1707 for 11/15/12 to 11/15/13, 13S1893 for 11/16/13 to 11/16/14; 14S1719 for 11/17/14 to 11/17/15; 15S2271 for 11/18/15 to 11/18/16).
The Florida Physical Therapy Association (approval no. CE110017698 for 01/01/11 to 12/31/11, CE120017880 for 01/01/12 to 12/31/12, CE130019719 for 01/01/13 to 12/31/13; CE140021493 for 01/01/14 to 12/31/14; CE150024031 for 01/01/15 to 12/31/15; CE16-27040 for 01/01/16 to 12/31/16). Approval of this course does not necessarily imply the Florida Physical Therapy Association supports the views of the presenter or the sponsors.
The Tennessee Physical Therapy Association for Class 1 Continuing Education Requirement (approval no. 4004 for 11/14/11 to 11/13/12, 4546 for 11/14/12 to 11/13/13; 5239 for 11/14/13 to 11/13/14; 5805 for 11/14/14 to 11/13/15; 2140 for 11/14/15 to 11/13/16).
The Pennsylvania Board of Physical Therapy (approval no. PTCE002694 for 12/14/11 to 12/31/12; PTCE004244 for 01/26/13 to 12/31/14; PTCE006382 for 01/01/15 to 12/31/16).
The New Jersey Board of Physical Therapy Examiners (approval no. 1137-2010 for 10/25/11 for 01/31/12, 125-2012 from 02/01/12 to 01/31/14; 210-2014 for 02/01/14 to 01/31/16; 2016-371 for 02/01/16 to 01/31/18).
This course has been approved by:
The Maryland State Board of Physical Therapy Examiners for 0.1 CEU for 10/19/11 to 10/19/15; 10/30/15 to 10/30/19.
The Nevada State Board of Physical Therapy Examiners for 0.1 units of continuing education for 12/09/11 to 07/31/13; 07/31/13 to 07/31/15; 07/31/15 to 07/31/17.
The Illinois Chapter Continuing Education Committee has certified that this course meets the criteria for approval of Continuing Education offerings established by The Illinois Physical Therapy Association (approval no. 437-4011 for 11/01/11 to 11/01/12, 437-4513 for 11/01/12 to 11/01/13). According to the Rules for the Administration of the Illinois Physical Therapy Act (section 13460.61) published by the Illinois Department of Professional Regulation, a physical therapist or physical therapist assistant applying for re-licensure in Illinois can earn a maximum of 50 percent of their required continuing education hours from self-study. The hours awarded of this course are designated for self-study CE credit.
Other states may accept this course for meetingtheir CE requirements. Check with your state association or board.

Course Originally Released on: 6/27/2013
Date of Most Recent Review: 6/27/2013
Course Termination/Update Date: 12/31/2016


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.


For Florida professionals:

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Anne S - Austin, TX  ·  Jul 23, 2016
Good, practical knowledge for a practicing PT
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Biljana S - Ossining , NY  ·  Jul 19, 2016
very comprehensive and helpfull
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cathie c - saugus, CA  ·  Jul 17, 2016
very interesting, learning a lot
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Lynn W - Winston Salem, NC  ·  Jul 16, 2016
Comprehensive information on the mechanisms of the disease process, signs, use of a functional rating scale and treatment options.
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Cheryl L - Fernley, NV  ·  Jul 13, 2016
Very informative and well thought out
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Price: $19.00
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