APTA Learning Center Launches Partnership with Section on Geriatrics

More APTA section partnerships forthcoming. 

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ALEXANDRIA, VA, March 4, 2010 — The American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) has partnered with its Section on Geriatrics to publish six continuing education courses to the APTA Learning Center. This union reflects the first in a series of planned partnerships with APTA sections and chapters to provide quality, evidenced-based continuing education and professional development to members and the profession.

The initial offering from the Section on Geriatrics is a set of six monographs comprising the home study course FOCUS: Geriatric Physical Therapy 2006, which covers state-of-the-art practice in geriatric physical therapy across the physical therapist practice patterns. This course has been cited as a helpful resource for preparing for the specialist certification exam in geriatric physical therapy. The modules have been approved for physical therapy continuing education credits (CEUs), and members of the Section on Geriatrics will receive an additional 10% discount off the already 40% discounted APTA Member price

The courses include:

  • Cardiovascular System: Age-related Changes and Common Problems
  • Examination and Management of the Older Adults with Complex Multisystem Involvement: Emphasis on Clinical Decision Making
  • Integumentary System: Aging Changes and Wounds
  • Musculoskeletal System: Age-related Changes and Common Problems
  • Neuromuscular System Lesions and the Older Adult
  • Pulmonary System: Age-related Changes and Common Problems

Additional section partnerships and course offerings are underway. Twenty sessions from APTA's 2010 Combined Sections Meeting were recorded and will be posted with test questions for CEUs. Nine sections participated in this endeavor, including acute care, research, orthopaedics, sports physical therapy, neurology, geriatrics, pediatrics, cardiovascular and pulmonary, and oncology.

All of APTA's 18 sections and 52 chapters have been invited to partner with the Learning Center to develop and capture post-professional content. This will include development and posting of new and existing content, which will be added to the Learning Center for easy, cost-effective access for the physical therapy community.

Founded in 1921, the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) represents more than 74,000 physical therapists, physical therapist assistants, and students of physical therapy nationwide. Its purpose is to improve the health and quality of life of individuals through the advancement of physical therapist practice, education, and research. For more information about APTA visit www.apta.org. Join us on Twitter (@APTAtweets) and Facebook.

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