Stroke Alert - PT461

Stroke Alert

Brain Attack — Think TPA!

by Anna Ver Hage, MSN, AGACNP-BC, CCRN, CNRN and John P. Harper, RN-BC, MSN
(4.4 / 1226 ratings )

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

Price: $19.00
CE-PRO Price: $9.50


Stroke is a significant cause of morbidity and mortality in the U.S. About 800,000 people in the U.S. will have a stroke this year. Stroke is the fifth leading cause of death in the U.S. and a leading cause of severe, long-term disability. This course provides healthcare professionals with information about the etiology, risk factors, signs and symptoms, and pharmacologic management of acute ischemic stroke, including stroke complicating cardiac catheterization. It also discusses the evaluation process for recombinant tissue plasminogen activator (rtPA) in acute ischemic stroke and pharmacologic management of acute ischemic stroke.


The goal of this program is to provide nurses and physical therapists with information about the etiology, risk factors, signs and symptoms, and pharmacologic management of acute ischemic stroke, including stroke complicating cardiac catheterization. After studying the information presented here, you will be able to:
  • Identify two causes of acute ischemic stroke
  • Describe the evaluation process for recombinant tissue plasminogen activator (rtPA) in acute ischemic stroke
  • Discuss the pharmacologic management of acute ischemic stroke

Accreditation Information
This course is intended for multiple professions, including nurses, physical therapists, EMTs/paramedics and physicians.
Physical therapists: 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. 13S1642 for 07/01/13 to 07/01/14; 14S1217 for 07/02/14 to 07/02/15; 15S1546 for 07/03/15 to 07/03/16; 16S1792 for 07/04/16 to 07/04/17; 17S5464 for 07/05/17 to 07/05/18); the Florida Physical Therapy Association (approval no. CP130020958 for 01/01/13 to 12/31/13; CP140021540 for 01/01/14 to 12/31/14; CP150024027 for 01/01/15 to 12/31/15; CE16-27149 for 01/01/16 to 12/31/16; CE17-539010 for 01/01/17 to 12/31/17; CE18-539010 for 01/01/18 to 12/31/18); the Tennessee Physical Therapy Association for Class 1 Continuing Education Requirement (approval no. 5152 for 07/25/13 to 07/24/14; 5662 for 07/25/14 to 07/24/15; 6237 for 07/25/15 to 07/24/16; 2016-201 for 07/25/16 to 07/24/17; 2017-244 for 07/25/17 to 07/24/18); the Pennsylvania Board of Physical Therapy (approval no. PTCE004926 for 08/28/13 to 12/31/14; PTCE006752 for 01/01/15 to 12/31/16; PTCE010077 for 01/01/17 to 12/31/18); and the New Jersey Board of Physical Therapy Examiners (approval no. 1353-2012 for 07/23/13 to 01/31/14; 368-2014 for 02/01/14 to 01/31/16; 2016-852 for 02/01/16 to 01/31/18). Approval of this course does not necessarily imply the Florida Physical Therapy Association supports the views of the presenter or the sponsors.
This course has been approved by the Maryland State Board of Physical Therapy Examiners for 0.1 CEU for 07/09/13 to 07/09/17 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. 437-4966 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.

Course Originally Released on: 8/10/2016
Date of Most Recent Review: 8/10/2016
Course Termination/Update Date: 8/10/2019


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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Margaret L - N Chesterfield, VA  ·  Sep 12, 2018
Great review of tPA protocols for Acute Stroke.
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Margaret K - birdsboro, PA  ·  Aug 16, 2018
good review of use of tpa
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Lee F - Coraopolis , PA  ·  Aug 14, 2018
Very informative clinical education
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Oluyemi R - Somerset, NJ  ·  Aug 06, 2018
Informative and added to my knowledge base.
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Rene P - Houston, TX  ·  Jul 25, 2018
informative, easy to follow
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Price: $19.00
CE-PRO Price: $9.50