Up-To-Date on Asthma in Adults - PT496

Up-To-Date on Asthma in Adults

The Current Guidelines

by Crystal Dunlevy, EdD, RRT, RCP
(4.2 / 169 ratings )

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

Price: $19.00
CE-PRO Price: $9.50


Nearly 26 million Americans have been diagnosed with asthma, a disease marked by variable and recurring symptoms, airflow obstruction, bronchial hyper-responsiveness, and underlying inflammation. Inflammation of the airways and airway hyper-responsiveness are the hallmark pathophysiological features of asthma, resulting in the typical symptoms: cough, wheezing, chest tightness, and breathlessness. The goal of asthma pharmacotherapy is to relieve or minimize symptoms by targeting the underlying pathophysiological processes. Because of the high prevalence of asthma in children (9.5%) and adults (7.7%), all clinicians must to be up-to-date on the current guidelines for the diagnosis and treatment of this chronic illness. This module will summarize the key guideline changes with a focus on adults.


The goal of this program is to provide a summary of the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute’s Expert Panel Report-3: Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Treatment of Asthma, focusing on adults. After studying the information presented here, you will be able to:
  • List at least three common symptoms of asthma
  • Describe the asthma severity and control classifications
  • Differentiate between long-term controller and quick-relief asthma medications and describe at least one potential adverse effect for each medication in each class

Accreditation Information
This course is intended for multiple professions, including nurses, physical therapists, physicians, and respiratory therapists.
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 ContinuingEducation.com or Nurse.com/CE. 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.
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. 12S0099 for 11/29/11 to 11/29/12, 12S2095 for 11/30/12 to 11/30/13; 13S1883 for 11/30/13 to 11/30/14; 14S1717 for 12/01/14 to 12/01/15; 15S2341 for 12/02/15 to 12/02/16; 16S2256 for 11/20/16 to 11/20/17; 17S6278 for 11/21/17 to 11/21/18).
The Florida Physical Therapy Association (approval no. CE110017861 for 01/01/11 to 12/31/11, CE120018032 for 01/01/12 to 12/31/12, CE130019749 for 01/01/13 to 12/31/13; CE140021433 for 01/01/14 to 12/31/14; CE150023651 for 01/01/15 to 12/31/15; CE16-27038 for 01/01/16 to 12/31/16; CE17-538456 for 01/01/17 to 12/31/17; CE18-538456 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. 4112 for 12/06/11 to 12/05/12, 4809 for 12/06/12 to 12/05/13; 5257 for 12/06/13 to 12/05/14; 5821 for 12/06/14 to 12/05/15; 2143 for 12/06/15 to 12/05/16; 2016-516 for 12/06/16 to 12/05/17; 2017-424 for 12/06/17 to 12/05/18).
The Pennsylvania Board of Physical Therapy (approval no. PTCE002825 for 01/10/12 to 12/31/12; PTCE004245 for 01/26/13 to 12/31/14; PTCE006383 for 01/01/15 to 12/31/16; PTCE010093 for 01/01/17 to 12/31/18).
The New Jersey Board of Physical Therapy Examiners (approval no. 93-2012 from 01/03/12 to 01/31/14; 247-2014 for 02/01/14 to 01/31/16; 2016-369 for 02/01/16 to 01/31/18; 1801-211 for 2/1/18 to 1/31/20).
This course has been approved by:
The Maryland State Board of Physical Therapy Examiners for 0.1 CEU for 12/06/11 to 12/06/15; 10/30/15 to 10/30/19.
The Nevada State Board of Physical Therapy Examiners for 0.1 units of continuing education for 12/09/11 to 07/31/13; 07/31/13 to 07/31/15; 07/31/15 to 07/31/17; 11/29/17 to 7/31/19.
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. 437-4121 for 01/01/12 to 01/01/13, 437-4597 for 01/01/13 to 01/01/14). 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: 10/13/2016
Date of Most Recent Review: 10/13/2016
Course Termination/Update Date: 10/13/2019


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Carole S - Elberta, AL  ·  May 07, 2018
Expanded my knowledge of asthma and how to manage patients with asthma, I'm more familiar with the medications now.
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Christopher W - Belden, MS  ·  May 01, 2018
Good information for overall information.
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Kathleen A - Media, PA  ·  Apr 22, 2018
like the charts, easy to read. comprehensive article with direct implementation in patient care
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DAWN C - Flat Rock, NC  ·  Apr 19, 2018
I have asthma and also have a lot of pts. with asthma. I feel this course added to my knowledge and also was a good review to better help me manage mine and my patients health.
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Natalie M - westminster, MD  ·  Mar 27, 2018
The material was very informative
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Price: $19.00
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