Rheumatoid Arthritis: Living with a Chronic Disease - PT515

Rheumatoid Arthritis: Living with a Chronic Disease

by Catherine J. Swift, MT(ASCP) and David Swift and Elizabeth Kellerman, MSN, RN
(4.4 / 1745 ratings )

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

Price: $19.00
CE-PRO Price: $9.50


Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic autoimmune disorder. The focus of this module is to help us understand how RA is diagnosed, how it develops, its characteristic signs and symptoms, treatment strategies, nursing interventions, and nonpharmacologic preventative therapies. The purpose of this module is to educate the healthcare professional team about the development of RA, current treatment approaches, and therapeutic interventions that can help people with RA better manage their disease.


The goal of this educational program is to provide clinical laboratory professionals, physicians, physical therapists, and nurses in the acute setting with information about rheumatoid arthritis.
After taking this course, you should be able to:
  • Identify the most common signs and symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis.
  • Describe labs and imaging that lead to the diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis.
  • Describe current treatment strategies for rheumatoid arthritis.

Accreditation Information
This course is intended for multiple professions, including nurses, physical therapists, and physicians.
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.
Relias LLC (formerly OnCourse Learning) is an approved sponsor by the New York State Education Department of CE for physical therapists and physical therapist assistants from 6/11/2019 to 6/10/2022.
This activity is provided by the TX Board of PT Examiners Accredited Provider 2202008TX for 02/01/2019 to 02/28/2022 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 for 4/5/10 to 12/31/18. Relias LLC is recognized by the Physical Therapy Board of California as an approved reviewer and provider of continuing competency courses for the state of California as of 1/1/2019.
Relias LLC (formerly OnCourse Learning) is a licensed physical therapy continuing education sponsor (#216.000290) with the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation from October 2018 through September 30, 2020.
This course has been approved as meeting the continuing education requirements for PTs and PTAs by:
The OH PT Association (approval no. 18S8354 for 12/06/18 to 12/06/19).
The FL PT Association (approval no. CE19-538062 for 01/01/19 to 12/31/19). Approval of this course does not necessarily imply the FL PT Association supports the views of the presenter or the sponsors.
The NJ Board of PT Examiners (approval no. 1801-226 for 2/1/18 to 1/31/20).
The MD State Board of PT Examiners for 0.1 CEU for 11/15/15 to 11/15/19.
This course has been approved by the NV State Board of PT Examiners for 0.1 units of continuing education for 07/31/17 to 07/31/19.
Other states may accept this course for meeting their CE requirements. Check with your state association or board.

Course Originally Released on: 4/8/2020
Date of Most Recent Review: 4/8/2020
Course Termination/Update Date: 4/30/2023


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.


For Florida professionals:

This course completion will be electronically reported to CE Broker as required per Florida Statute 456.025(7). Click here to view your CE Broker transcript and check the status of your CE requirements with a FREE 7-day CE Broker trial subscription. It may take up to 24 hours for the course to appear on your CE Broker transcript.

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Scott D - Sunnyvale, CA  ·  May 20, 2020
Great course, a little long for only one unit.
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Linda D - Philadelphia, PA  ·  May 18, 2020
Very informative course.
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Heather M - Flint, MI  ·  Apr 23, 2020
great info on pharmacological agents to treat RA.
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Angela A - Cypress, TX  ·  Apr 21, 2020
Very Thorough information. Easy to understand.
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Mary C - Indianola, MS  ·  Apr 18, 2020
Excellent information on diagnosing and treating RA
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Price: $19.00
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