Continuing Education

The Doctor of Physical Therapy program at St. Ambrose University offers a number of continuing education opportunities.

During this symposium, participants will get an overview of using evidence-based physical therapy practice in the clinical environment.

Register by April 16

Register today for Pharmacology in Rehabilitation, a course that will present some of the basic drug classes and the physiologic basis of their action

Register by June 4


Orthopaedic Course Series

The St. Ambrose University Physical Therapy department is providing advanced level courses in the area of orthopaedics. Therapists that successfully complete the 6-course sequence will earn a Certificate in Manual Therapy (CMT) and may use the designation CMT. 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. Participants must take Manual Therapy I prior to enrolling in other any other courses.

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.

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
May 15-17
20 $500 $450 $300
Manual Therapy III 20 $500 $450 $300
Manual Therapy IV 8 $215 $200 No Voucher Accepted
Radiology 18.25 $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.

Register here for the Orthopaedic Course Series

Evidence-Based Practice Symposium

April 20, 2020
6-8:55 p.m.

This course will provide an overview of utilizing evidence-based physical therapy practice in the clinical environment.

Through a series of clinical case studies, participants will explore critically appraising evidence about interventions and the integration of evidence with clinical expertise and patient values and beliefs.

There is no charge for admission. Open to Physical and Occupational Therapists, Speech Language Pathologists, PTAs, and COTAs.

Registration for this symposium is open until April 16.

Pharmacology in Rehabilitation

June 11-12, 2020
Center for Health Sciences Education

2-day Fee: $340/person; $300/QCCCE Member
Clinical vouchers accepted
Certificates provided for 13.5 contact hours of continuing education.

Registration – Due June 4

Physical therapists and other rehabilitation specialists recognize the fact that drugs can influence their patients' responses to physical rehabilitation. Medications may provide beneficial effects that act synergistically with the rehabilitation treatment, or they can generate side effects that may adversely affect rehabilitation goals. Hence, many therapists want to learn more about pharmacology and how drug therapy can interact with rehabilitation.

This course will present some of the basic drug classes and the physiologic basis of their action. Drugs 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 and how drug therapy interacts with rehabilitation.

Course Objectives:

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. Recognize 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.


Thursday, June 11

7:30-8 a.m. Check In
8-9 a.m. Basic Principles in Pharmacology
9-10 a.m. Analgesic/Anti-inflammatory Drugs
15-minute Break
10:15-11 a.m. Analgesic/Anti-inflammatory Drugs (continued)
11-11:30 a.m. Lunch on your own
11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Skeletal Muscle Relaxants
12:30 p.m.-2 p.m. Neurologic disorders: Parkinson's disease, Epilepsy
15-minute Break
2:15-3:15 p.m. Psychopharmacology
3:15-3:45 p.m. Geriatric Pharmacology
3:45-5 p.m. Cardiovascular Drugs

(8 contact hours)

Friday,  June 12

7:30-8 a.m. Check In
8-8:45 a.m. Cardiovascular Drugs (continued)
8:45-9:45 a.m. Respiratory Drugs
15-minute Break
10-11 a.m. Treatment of Infection
11-11:30 a.m. Lunch on your own
11:30-Noon Treatment of Infection (continued)
Noon-1 p.m. Cancer
15-minute Break
1:15-2:30 p.m. Endocrine Pharmacology

(5.5 contact hours)

Schedule subject to change

Speaker Profile – Charles Ciccone, PT, PhD

Charles Ciccone, PT, PhD, is a Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy at Ithaca College in Ithaca, New York.

He received his BS in Physical Therapy from Ithaca College in 1975 and his PhD in Physiology from Rutgers University in 1983.

Dr. Ciccone served as an Editorial Board member and Editor for "Evidence and Practice and Reviews" for the journal Physical Therapy. He also serves as a member of the Editorial Advisory Group of PT Magazine.

He has extensive experience integrating pharmacology with physical rehabilitation. He has published articles on various aspects of the physiological response to drug therapy, and is the author of Pharmacology in Rehabilitation, now in its 4th edition.

He has made numerous presentations on the impact of drug therapy on rehabilitation and is currently involved in research to determine the clinical implications of prescription and over-the-counter drug use in patients receiving physical therapy.


Priscilla Weaver, PT, DPT, PhD, Program Director

Doctor of Physical Therapy
Center for Health Sciences Education
1320 W. Lombard St.
Davenport, IA 52804

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