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Physical Therapy Course

Parkinson's Disease: A Practical Approach to Evaluation & Treatment for the Physical Therapist is an online course designed by expert physical therapists in the field of Parkinson's disease to help other physical therapists better understand how to evaluate, treat, and deliver comprehensive care to people living with Parkinson's disease (PD).

Researchers at the University of Rochester reported in the January 2007 issue of Neurology that the projected number of people living with Parkinson's will globally increase from 4.1 million to 8.7 million by 2030. This increase means many things for health care systems around the world, especially for physical therapists, who are seeing an increasing caseload of people with PD. Unfortunately, there is currently little information on the disease specifically designed for physical therapists, which was the impetus behind this course.

To address this need, the Parkinson's Foundation designed an educational course and online webcast specifically for physical therapists interested in treating people with Parkinson's. Since its launch in 2012, more than 8,000 PTs have participated in this online course.

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Who should participate?
This course is designed for physical therapists who want to understand Parkinson's in order to better care for the growing population of people living with Parkinson's throughout all disease stages.

You can view this course online 24 hours a day seven days a week online.

The course is free. Continuing education units are provided on the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) website for a fee.

Watch the four sessions that make up the course, each of which is 90 minutes to two hours in length.  

(Important CEU Notice: To receive CEUs, you need to view modules on the APTA website's Learning Center. After completing all four sessions and exams, you will be eligible for up to .8 CEUs. All non-PTs or PTs who do not need CEUs are welcome to watch the course directly on the Parkinson's Foundation website for free and not earn CEUs.

Planning Committee Members

Heather Cianci, P.T., M.S., G.C.S. 
Dan Aaron Parkinson's Rehabilitation Center at Pennsylvania Hospital
Good Shepherd Penn Partners, Philadelphia, PA

Terry Ellis, P.T., Ph.D., N.C.S.
Clinical Associate Professor

Boston University, Boston, MA

Rosemary Wichmann, P.T.

Struthers Parkinson's Center, Minneapolis, MN

American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) Liaison: 
Matt Elrod, P.T., D.P.T., M.Ed., N.C.S.
Associate Director, Practice Department, American Physical Therapy Association

Visiting Nurse Service New York City (VNSNY) Liaison: 
Eileen Bach P.T., M.Ed., D.P.T, COS-C

Director, Rehab QA and Education, Visiting Nurse Service of New York

American Parkinson Disease Association (APDA) Liaison:
Kathryn G. Whitford 
Associate Executive Director

Program Coordinator:
Elizabeth Pollard, M.A.
Parkinson's Foundation, Vice President, Professional Education

The Parkinson's Foundation is proud to offer this important initiative and is grateful to the planning committee for their efforts in developing such a comprehensive course.

This course is available thanks to the generous support from Kenneth M. and Susan Granat Weil in memory of John and Joan Haine, the Edmond J. Safra Foundation, and the American Physical Therapy Association and with in-kind support from Rusk Rehabilitation at NYU Langone Medical Center. 

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