Therapeutic Advances - PT189

Therapeutic Advances

New Hope for Patients with ALS

by Nicole Lessard Yarab, BA, RN
(4.6 / 494 ratings )

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

Price: $19.00
CE-PRO Price: $9.50


Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis is a progressive neurodegenerative disease involving the upper and lower motor neurons that control voluntary movement. When neurons can no longer transmit impulses to the muscles, the muscles begin to atrophy, and weakness increases over time. According to the ALS Association, about 5,600 new cases of ALS are diagnosed each year, and it is 20% more common in men than in women. However, as each group ages, the incidence equalizes. ALS incidence rates are increasing more rapidly than can be accounted for from an aging population. This educational activity will provide an overview of the condition and the role of the healthcare team in management of this chronic debilitating condition.


The goal of this continuing education module is to update nurses, dietitians, physical therapists, physicians, speech-language pathologists, and radiologic technologists on recent developments in the treatment of patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. After studying the information presented here, you will be able to:
  • List four symptoms and signs of ALS
  • Cite three nervous system functions that remain unaffected in ALS
  • List four important functions of the healthcare professional team in the care of patients with ALS

Accreditation Information
This course is intended for multiple professions, including nurses, dietitians, physical therapists, physicians, speech-language pathologists, and radiologic technologists.
Nurses: Take this version of the course to ensure you receive appropriate credit.
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OnCourse Learning is an approved sponsor by the New York State Education Department of continuing education for physical therapists and physical therapist assistants from 10/21/09 to 10/20/18.
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.
OnCourse Learning is recognized by the Physical Therapy Board of California as an approved reviewer and provider of continuing competency courses for the state of California.
OnCourse Learning is a licensed physical therapy continuing education sponsor (#216.000275) with the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation from July 2013 through September 30, 2018.
This course has been approved as meeting the continuing education requirements for PTs and PTAs by:
The Ohio Physical Therapy Association (approval no. 13S1535 for 06/18/13 to 06/18/14; 14S1213 for 06/19/14 to 06/19/15; 15S1630 for 06/20/15 to 06/20/16; 16S1782 for 06/21/16 to 06/21/17; 17S5470 for 06/22/17 to 06/22/18).
The Florida Physical Therapy Association (approval no. CP130020963 for 01/01/13 to 12/31/13; CP140021489 for 01/01/14 to 12/31/14; CP150024014 for 01/01/15 to 12/31/15; CE16-27161 for 01/01/16 to 12/31/16; CE17-539100 for 01/01/17 to 12/31/17; CE18-539100 for 01/01/18 to 12/31/18); Approval of this course does not necessarily imply the Florida Physical Therapy Association supports the views of the presenter or the sponsors.
The Tennessee Physical Therapy Association for Class 1 Continuing Education Requirement (approval no. 5118 for 06/20/13 to 06/19/14; 5689 for 06/20/14 to 06/19/15; 6213 for 06/20/15 to 06/19/16; 2016-206 for 06/20/16 to 06/19/17; 2017-249 for 06/20/2017 to 06/19/2018).
The Pennsylvania Board of Physical Therapy (approval no. PTCE004919 for 08/17/13 to 12/31/14; PTCE006762 for 01/01/15 to 12/31/16; PTCE010079 for 01/01/17 to 12/31/18).
The New Jersey Board of Physical Therapy Examiners (approval no. 1352-2012 for 07/23/13 to 01/31/14; 371-2014 for 02/01/14 to 01/31/16; 2016-854 for 02/01/16 to 01/31/18).
This course has been approved by the Maryland State Board of Physical Therapy Examiners for 0.1 CEU for 07/23/13 to 07/23/17 and by the Nevada State Board of Physical Therapy Examiners for 0.1 units of continuing education for 07/17/13 to 07/31/15; 07/31/15 to 07/31/17.
The Illinois Chapter Continuing Education Committee has certified that this course meets the criteria for approval of Continuing Education offerings established by The Illinois Physical Therapy Association (approval no. 437-4946 for 07/01/13 to 07/01/14). According to the Rules for the Administration of the Illinois Physical Therapy Act (section 13460.61) published by the Illinois Department of Professional Regulation, a physical therapist or physical therapist assistant applying for re-licensure in Illinois can earn a maximum of 50 percent of their required continuing education 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.
Please note: The Orthopaedic Nurses Certification Board has designated this educational activity to receive 1.0 contact hour in Category A and 0 contact hours in Category B toward recertification.

Course Originally Released on: 5/5/2015
Date of Most Recent Review: 5/5/2015
Course Termination/Update Date: 5/5/2018


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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Terri H - Bellevue, PA  ·  Sep 05, 2018
Great information and practical suggestions
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Maureen A - southbury, CT  ·  Aug 31, 2018
informative review and interesting
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Kaitlin F - Cicero, NY  ·  Aug 31, 2018
Nice course will recommend
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Danelle W - Plainville, KS  ·  Aug 05, 2018
Good overview of the diagnosis and progression of ALS.
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julia p - Lancaster, PA  ·  Jul 29, 2018
Great course and had a good learning objective
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Price: $19.00
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