Improving Critical Thinking and Clinical Reasoning - PT168

Improving Critical Thinking and Clinical Reasoning

by Rosalinda Alfaro-LeFevre, MSN, RN, ANEF
(4.3 / 644 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Physical Therapy (1.00 Hour(s))

Price: $19.00
CE-PRO Price: $9.50


Having sound critical thinking and clinical reasoning 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

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.
Physical 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.
OnCourse Learning is an approved sponsor by The NY State Education Department of CE for PT and PTA from 10/21/2009 to 10/20/2018.
This activity is provided by the TX Board of PT Examiners Accredited Provider GED012010TPTA2012004 for 01/01/2010 to 01/31/2013; 1601004 for 02/01/2013 to 01/31/2016; and 1902004TX for 02/01/2016 to 01/31/2019 and meets continuing competence requirements for physical therapist and physical therapist assistant licensure renewal in Texas. The assignment of Texas PT CCUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by TPTA or TBPTE.
As of 4/5/10, OnCourse Learning is recognized by The Physical Therapy Board of CA as an approved reviewer and provider of continuing competency courses for the state of CA.
OnCourse Learning was approved as a provider of CE by The NC Physical Therapy Association (provider no. 09-0215-001PR) from 3/8/2009 through 3/8/2010.
OnCourse Learning is a licensed PT CE sponsor (#216.000275) with The IL Department of Financial and Professional Regulation from July 2013 through 9/30/2018.
This course has been approved as meeting the continuing education requirements for PTs and PTAs by:
The OH Physical Therapy Association (approval no. 08S0916, exp. date 7/31/09; approval no. 10S0722 for 03/29/10 to 03/29/11; 11S0708 for 03/30/11 to 03/30/12; 12S0642 for 04/23/12 to 04/23/13; 13S0970 for 04/25/13 to 04/25/14; 14S0333 for 04/26/14 to 04/26/15; 15S0589 for 04/27/15 to 04/27/16).
The FL Physical Therapy Association (approval no. CE80912605, exp. date 12/31/08; CE90112624 for 01/01/09 to 12/31/09; CE100015497 for 1/1/10 to 12/31/10; CE110015537 for 01/01/11 to 12/31/11; CP120117115 for 01/01/12 to 12/31/12; CM130019611 for 01/01/13 to 12/31/13; CM140021534 for 01/01/14 to 12/31/14; CM150024028 for 01/01/15 to 12/31/15; CE16-27111 for 01/01/16 to 12/31/16). Approval of this course does not necessarily imply The FL Physical Therapy Association supports the views of the presenter or the sponsors.
The TX Board of Physical Therapy Examiners (approval no. 44075A, exp. date 9/14/09);
The TN Physical Therapy Association (approval no. 3402 for 09/01/10 to 08/31/11, 3932 for 09/01/11 to 08/31/12, 4543 for 09/01/12 to 08/31/13; 5138 for 09/01/13 to 08/31/14; 5672 for 09/01/14 to 08/31/15; 6227 for 09/01/15 to 08/31/16) for Class 1 CE Requirement.
The PA Board of Physical Therapy (PTCE002199 for 05/28/11 to 12/31/12; PTCE003857 for 01/01/13 to 12/31/14; PTCE007078 for 01/01/15 to 12/31/16)
The NJ of PT Examiners (approval no. 380-2008, exp. date 1/31/10; approval no. 411-2010 for 2/1/10 to 1/31/12; 232-2012 for 02/01/12 to 01/31/14; 796-2014 for 02/01/14 to 01/31/16; 2016-259 for 02/01/16 to 01/31/18).
This course has been approved by:
The MD State Board of PT Examiners for 0.1 CEU for 04/18/11 to 04/18/15.
The NV State Board of PT Examiners for 0.1 units of CE for 07/26/11 to 07/31/13; 07/31/13 to 07/31/15; 07/31/15 to 07/31/17.
The IL Chapter CE Committee has certified that this course meets the criteria for approval of Continuing Education offerings established by The IL Physical Therapy Association (approval no. 359-2572, exp. date 9/1/2009; approval no. 437.3324 for 05/01/10 to 05/01/11; 437-3798 for 05/01/11 to 05/01/12; 437-4352 for 05/01/12 to 05/01/13; 437-4794 for 05/01/13 to 05/01/14). According to the Rules for the Administration of the IL PT Act (section 13460.61) published by the IL Department of Professional Regulation, a PT or PTA applying for re-licensure in IL can earn a maximum of 50 percent of their required CE hours from self-study. The hours awarded of this course are designated for self-study CE credit.
Other states may accept this course for meeting their CE requirements. Check with your state association or board.

Course Originally Released on: 9/15/2008
Date of Most Recent Review: 1/13/2016
Course Termination/Update Date: 1/13/2019


Unless stated above, the planners and authors of this course have declared no relevant conflicts of interest that relate to this educational activity. OnCourse Learning guarantees this educational activity is free from bias.

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Keisha V - Wyndmoor, PA  ·  Dec 19, 2016
Course more so for nurses
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Jacqueline K - Endwell, NY  ·  Dec 18, 2016
Good information and helpful in the work place
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troy r - Trafford, PA  ·  Dec 01, 2016
good review of critical thinking
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Jimmy O - Plano, TX  ·  Dec 01, 2016
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Ken T - Sunnyvale, CA  ·  Oct 22, 2016
Something that will help me with complex issues in making the best decisions regarding patient care
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Price: $19.00
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