Rheumatoid Arthritis — Living with a Chronic Disease - PT515

Rheumatoid Arthritis — Living with a Chronic Disease

by Leslie Arceneaux, DNP, RN, FNP-BC, CNS, CDE
(4.4 / 1539 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 prognosis has improved dramatically for newly diagnosed patients. 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 purpose of this module is to educate nurses, laboratory professionals, and physical therapists about how rheumatoid arthritis develops, current treatment approaches, and therapeutic nursing interventions that can help people with RA better manage their disease. After studying the information presented here, you will be able to:
  • Identify the most common signs and symptoms of RA
  • Describe labs and imaging that lead to the diagnosis of RA
  • Describe current treatment strategies for RA
  • Discuss therapeutic nursing interventions for patients with RA

Accreditation Information
This course is intended for multiple professions, including nurses, laboratory professionals and physical 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. 12S0103 for 11/29/11 to 11/29/12, 12S1708 for 11/30/12 to 11/30/13; 13S1871 for 12/01/13 to 12/01/14; 15S0763 for 12/02/14 to 12/02/15; 15S2356 for 12/03/15 to 12/03/16; 16S2263 for 12/04/16 to 12/04/17), the Florida Physical Therapy Association (approval no. CP110017868 for 01/01/11 to 12/31/11, CE120018040 for 01/01/12 to 12/31/12, CE130019784 for 01/01/13 to 12/31/13; CE140021547 for 01/01/14 to 12/31/14; CE150023655 for 01/01/15 to 12/31/15; CE16-27019 for 01/01/16 to 12/31/16; CE17-538062 for 01/01/17 to 12/31/17; CE18-538062 for 01/01/18 to 12/31/18); the Tennessee Physical Therapy Association for Class 1 Continuing Education Requirement (approval no. 4107 for 12/06/11 to 12/05/12, 4804 for 12/06/12 to 12/05/13; 5253 for 12/06/13 to 12/05/14; 6085 for 12/06/14 to 12/05/15; 2215 for 12/06/15 to 12/05/16; 2016-529 for 12/06/16 to 12/05/17); the Pennsylvania Board of Physical Therapy (approval no. PTCE002767 for 01/14/12 to 12/31/12, PTCE003870 for 01/01/13 to 12/31/14, PTCE007143 for 01/01/15 to 12/31/16; PTCE010061 for 01/01/17 to 12/31/18); and the New Jersey Board of Physical Therapy Examiners (approval no. 175-2012 for 02/01/12 to 01/31/14; 240-2014 for 02/01/14 to 01/31/16; 2016-825 for 02/01/16 to 01/31/18; 1801-226 for 2/1/18 to 1/31/20). 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 11/29/11 to 11/29/15; 11/15/15 to 11/15/19 and by 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.
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. 437-4101 for 01/01/12 to 01/01/13, 437-4614 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: 4/26/2018
Date of Most Recent Review: 4/26/2018
Course Termination/Update Date: 4/26/2021


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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Diane T - Strafford, VT  ·  Sep 18, 2018
Great topic well done
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Marian D - Lindenwood, IL  ·  Sep 05, 2018
This course communicates the severness of this disease. I haad no idea of the complexity of the drugs used in its treatment.
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Maureen A - southbury, CT  ·  Sep 01, 2018
informational and interesting
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Sarah W - Benbrook, TX  ·  Aug 22, 2018
It was a helpful review of RA
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Brooke J - Gilbert, AZ  ·  Jul 30, 2018
Well-written, good review
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Price: $19.00
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