Rheumatoid Arthritis: Living with a Chronic Disease - CMEZ515

Rheumatoid Arthritis: Living with a Chronic Disease

by David Swift and Catherine J. Swift, MT(ASCP) and Elizabeth Kellerman, MSN, RN
(4.5 / 32 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Medicine (1.00 Credits)
Physician (1.00 Credits)

Price: $15.00
CE-PRO Price: $7.50


Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic autoimmune disorder. The focus of this module is to help us understand how RA is diagnosed, how it develops, its characteristic signs and symptoms, treatment strategies, nursing interventions, and nonpharmacologic preventative therapies. The purpose of this module is to educate the healthcare professional team about the development of RA, current treatment approaches, and therapeutic interventions that can help people with RA better manage their disease.


The goal of this educational program is to provide clinical laboratory professionals, physicians, physical therapists, and nurses in the acute setting with information about rheumatoid arthritis.
After taking this course, you should be able to:
  • Identify the most common signs and symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis.
  • Describe labs and imaging that lead to the diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis.
  • Describe current treatment strategies for rheumatoid arthritis.

Approval Information
This course is intended for multiple professions, including physicians, nurses, and physical therapists.
Physicians: Take this version of the course to ensure you receive appropriate credit.
For the version accredited or approved for another profession, go to your specific profession at www.ContinuingEducation.com. If you have a CE Direct login ID and password (generally provided by your employer), please log in as you normally would at CEDirect.ContinuingEducation.com and search for this topic title.
Jointly Accredited Provider logoIn support of improving patient care, OnCourse Learning (a Relias LLC company) is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.
OnCourse Learning is also approved by the Florida Board of Medicine, Florida Board of Osteopathic Medicine, and Florida Physician Assistants (provider # FBN 50-1489).
Physician Continuing Education Credit
OnCourse Learning designates this enduring activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
Physician Assistant Continuing Education Credit
American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) accepts certificates of participation for educational activities certified for AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM from organizations accredited by ACCME or a recognized state medical society. Physician assistants may receive a maximum of 1.0 hour of Category I credit for completing this program.
There is no commercial support provided for this online educational activity.

Course Originally Released on: 10/2/2012
Date of Most Recent Review: 4/8/2020
Course Termination/Update Date: 4/30/2023

Unless stated above, the planners and authors of this course have declared no relevant conflicts of interest that relate to this educational activity. Relias LLC 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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Katie M - Glendora, CA  ·  Mar 11, 2020
thank you for this class
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Steven S - Raleigh, NC  ·  Nov 21, 2018
very informative, challenging diagnosis
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Karen P - Azle, TX  ·  Apr 30, 2018
Great course - I found it very informative!
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Kimberly A - Canal Winchester, OH  ·  Apr 23, 2018
It was an interesting course. Sometimes we might confuse treating pain with treating disease. These can actually be very different.
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KSENIYA P - Brooklyn, NY  ·  Nov 26, 2017
very excellent information, very informative
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Price: $15.00
CE-PRO Price: $7.50