Continuing Education

The Doctor of Physical Therapy program at St. Ambrose University offers a number of continuing education opportunities which includes Genesis Health System, UnityPoint Health, Rock Valley Physical Therapy, and the Children's Therapy Center.

Evidence-Based Practice Symposium

April 15, 6-8:50 p.m.
Rogalski Center Ballroom
Free | Registration is closed online, walk-ins welcome
Certificates provided for 2.25 contact hours of continuing education

This course will provide an overview of utilizing evidence-based physical therapy practice in the clinical environment. Formulating a clinical question, performing an effective search, strategies to access manuscripts, and integration of best evidence with clinical expertise and patient values & beliefs will be explored in a series of clinical case studies

Participant Objectives

Upon competition of this course, participants will be able to:
1. Formulate searchable questions
2. Perform effective searches using multiple search tools (e.g. PubMed, PTnow)
3. Utilize alternative strategies to access manuscripts
4. Integrate best evidence with clinical expertise and patient values & beliefs

Presentation Schedule

5:30 - 6 p.m. Social

6 - 6:20 p.m. Welcome & Introduction to EBP

6:20 - 6:30 p.m. Break

6:30 - 7:05 p.m. EPT Search fundamentals

7:05 - 7:15 p.m. Break

7:15 - 8 p.m. Student EBP Case Reports

8 - 8:10 p.m. Break

8:10 - 8:50 p.m. Student EBP Case Reports

Details regarding presentations will be available online at a future date.

Participants are requested to bring their electronic device to the symposium.

Pharmacology in Rehabilitation

June 20-21, 2019
Day 1 – 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Day 2 – 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Physical therapists and other rehabilitation specialists recognize the fact that drugs can influence their patients' responses to therapy. This course will present drug classes and the physiologic basis of their actions.

Medications will be grouped according to their general effects and the type of disorders they are routinely used to treat. Special emphasis will be placed on drugs that are commonly used to treat disorders seen in patients receiving physical therapy.

At the completion of this course, the participant should be able to:

1. Identify the types of drugs used to treat specific problems commonly seen in patients receiving rehabilitation.
2. Discuss how these drugs exert beneficial effects as well as adverse side effects.
3. Plan therapy sessions in accordance with the patient's drug regimen in order to maximize the benefits of physical rehabilitation.
4. Be alert for potentially harmful interactions between specific drugs and various rehabilitation techniques.
5. Identify the mechanism by which pharmacologic agents are administered, absorbed, distributed, and stored in the human body.
6. Identify basic problems that can arise from improper drug use or abnormalities in drug administration and metabolism.

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Orthopaedic Course Series

The St. Ambrose University Physical Therapy department is providing advanced level courses in the area of orthopaedics. These courses will involve lectures, laboratory sessions, pre-course readings and post-course assignments. The overall purpose of this course series is to:

1. Enhance therapists' knowledge of musculoskeletal patient management and manual therapy treatment philosophies and approaches.
2. Develop therapists' clinical reasoning and manual therapy skills for the management of patients with musculoskeletal disorders.
3. Prepare therapists to analyze, synthesize and apply current evidence in the management of patients with musculoskeletal disorders.

All courses will be offered in conjunction with our Orthopaedic Clinical Residency Program. Courses will be limited to 32 physical therapists, and there is an expectation that attendees complete reading assignments prior to each course.

Primary Instructors for these courses will be: Kevin P. Farrell, PT, PhD, OCS, FAAOMPT; Candi Gardner, PT, DPT, OCS, CMT; and Jill Hipskind, PT, DPT, OCS, CSCS, CMT.


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Manual Therapy I: Differentiation and Intervention in Musculoskeletal Practice
Friday, January 11 - Saturday, January 12, 2019
Contact Hours: 12 hours

Description: This course is designed to facilitate therapist's "wise action" during examination and intervention for a patient with a supposed musculoskeletal condition. Emphasis will focus on applied anatomy and physiology, palpation skills, differentiation, "clinical reasoning," and basic manual therapy techniques.  Course Objectives

Manual Therapy II: Manual Therapy for the Upper Quadrant (Occiput-T8)
Friday, May 17 - Sunday, May 19, 2019
Contact Hours: 20 hours

Description: This course addresses examination and assessment of headache, dizziness, temporo-mandibular joint dysfunction, cervical and thoracic symptoms. Examination and manual intervention for peripheral symptoms will make up approximately 35% of the course, with conditions of the axial skeleton making up approximately 65% of course. Course Objectives

Manual Therapy III: Manual Therapy for the Lower Quadrant (T8 and below)
Friday, August 16 - Sunday, August 18, 2019
Contact Hours: 20 hours Description: This course addresses examination and assessment of lumbar and pelvic pain, as well as peripheral symptoms. Examination and manual intervention for peripheral symptoms will make up approximately 45% of the course with conditions of the axial skeleton making up approximately 55% of course. Course Objectives

Manual Therapy IV: Technique Review and Examination
Friday, January 11, 2019 (Friday, January 10, 2020)
Contact Hours: 8 hours

Description: This course provides 8 hours of case-based review related to patients with supposed musculoskeletal conditions. Psychomotor skill review and practice will be included in the 8 hours. Attendees will complete a written examination and an Objective Structured Clinical Examination at the end of this course to demonstrate their comprehension of materials for all the courses in the sequence. Course Objectives

Radiology in Physical Therapist Musculoskeletal Practice
Friday & Saturday, February 8 & 9 and Friday, May 17, 2019
Contact Hours: 18 hours

Description: This course provides the practicing physical therapist the basis for radiograph, MRI, CT scan & bone scan integration into the clinical decision making process for a patient with a supposed musculoskeletal condition. The initial class will discuss the basics of interpretation with the following class meetings addressing regional or joint specific conditions. Course laboratory experiences will allow the therapist to practice interpreting radiographic tests as they pertain to a specific case presentation. Course Objectives

Tuition and Registration

The below table shows the breakdown of tuition associated with the courses.

All registration and payment for courses must be done through the Physical Therapy Department's online registration system.

For those who need special accommodations or if you have questions about registration, contact our office at 563-333-6403.

Course NameContact Hours*CostSAU Alumni/QCCCE Member
Remaining Cost after
Clin Ed 
Voucher is applied
Manual Therapy I 12 $375 $350 $175
Manual Therapy II 20 $500 $450 $300
Manual Therapy III 20 $500 $450 $300
Manual Therapy IV 8 $215 $200 No Voucher Accepted
Radiology 20 $500 $450 $300

A limited number of Clinical Education Vouchers will be accepted for these courses. Efforts will be made to ensure that there is a distribution of clinical sites that are able to use vouchers. Multiple vouchers from the same site will not be accepted until other sites have had an opportunity to use their vouchers. An individual may only use one voucher per calendar year for the Orthopaedic Course Series.

*See Courses (above) for specific contact hours and requirements.

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Priscilla Weaver, PT, DPT, PhD, Program Director

Doctor of Physical Therapy
Center for Health Sciences Education
1320 W. Lombard St.
Davenport, IA 52803

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