Improving Critical Thinking, Clinical Reasoning, and Clinical Judgment - OT168

Improving Critical Thinking, Clinical Reasoning, and Clinical Judgment

by Rosalinda Alfaro-LeFevre, MSN, RN, ANEF
(4.2 / 1073 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Occupational Therapy (0.10 AOTA CEU)

Price: $19.00
CE-PRO Price: $9.50


Having sound critical thinking, clinical reasoning, and clinical judgment skills makes the difference between keeping patients safe and putting them in harm’s way. This educational activity addresses the knowledge, skills, and attitudes needed for critical thinking and clinical reasoning. It reviews results from key studies and gives strategies for developing the thinking skills needed to function as a 21st century healthcare professional.


The goal of this continuing education program is to help nurses, dietitians, dietary managers, health educators, laboratory professionals, occupational therapists, physical therapists, respiratory therapists, and social workers improve their critical thinking and clinical reasoning skills. After studying the information presented here, you will be able to:
  • Describe critical thinking and clinical reasoning in the context of your practice
  • Identify characteristics and skills that demonstrate critical thinking
  • Use specific strategies to improve your critical thinking and clinical reasoning skills as well as those of other healthcare professionals
Content Level: Intermediate
Instructional Method: Online Course — Clinical Vignette & Narrative
Content Focus
OT Process:  Evaluation
OT Process: Intervention, Develop intervention plan & approaches
Professional Issues:  OT education, Fieldwork education

Accreditation Information
This course is intended for multiple professions, including nurses, dietitians, dietary managers, health educators, laboratory professionals, occupational therapists, physical therapists, respiratory therapists and social workers.
Occupational therapists: 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 or If you have a CE Direct login ID and password (generally provided by your employer), please log in as you normally would at and search for this topic title.
Relias LLC, is an approved provider of continuing education for occupational therapists by the American Occupational Therapy Association, Provider #4000. AOTA does not endorse specific course content, products, or clinical procedures.
OnCourse Learning is also accredited by the Florida Board of Occupational Therapy (provider # FBN 50-1489).

Course Originally Released on: 9/29/2008
Date of Most Recent Review: 9/4/2018
Course Termination/Update Date: 9/30/2021

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.


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Simone G - Fort Collins, CO  ·  May 11, 2020
Good information to help me consider what I need to do to improve my Critical Thinking/ Clinical Reasoning skills. Personal Critical Thinking Indicators and ideas/ strategies for developing critical thinking skills were most helpful.
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Jennifer P - austin, TX  ·  May 05, 2020
good review of processes use in clinic
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Molly A - Fort Worth, TX  ·  Apr 28, 2020
Will continue to use throughout during clinical decision making and when precepting. Very useful tools
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Kathleen M - Pflugerville, TX  ·  Jul 26, 2019
Interesting topic, fair overview of the subject
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Bhumika P - Morristown, TN  ·  Jul 10, 2019
it was good i enjoyed it. It felt like it was for nurses more
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Price: $19.00
CE-PRO Price: $9.50