Scleroderma: More Than Skin Deep - PT588

Scleroderma: More Than Skin Deep

by Maureen Habel, MA, RN
(4.5 / 52 ratings )

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

Price: $19.00
CE-PRO Price: $9.50


Scleroderma is a rare but potentially life-threatening disabling condition that affects about 50,000 people in the U.S. It is an autoimmune connective tissue disorder in which cells called fibroblasts produce excessive collagen. Although scleroderma was originally thought to be a skin disease, it is now known that the disease not only affects the skin but can also produce significant microvascular damage and excessive collagen deposits in the musculoskeletal system and internal organs. Healthcare providers as a team can help people with scleroderma learn to recognize complications and use strategies to lessen the effects of the disease on their daily lives.


The goal of this continuing education module is to educate nurses, paramedics and EMTs, pharmacists, physical therapists and physicians about the pathological process, manifestations and treatment options for people with scleroderma. After studying the information presented here, you will be able to:
  • Describe three pathological processes involved in scleroderma
  • Differentiate between localized and systemic forms of scleroderma
  • Describe three scleroderma treatment strategies


Accreditation Information
This course is intended for multiple professions, including nurses, paramedics and EMTs, pharmacists, 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 If you have a CE Direct login ID and password (generally provided by your employer), please log in as you normally would at 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. 13S1132 for 05/08/13 to 05/08/14; 14S1207 for 05/09/14 to 05/09/15; 15S1258 for 05/10/15 to 05/10/16.)
The Florida Physical Therapy Association (approval no. CP130020808 for 01/01/13 to 12/31/13; CP140021525 for 01/01/14 to 12/31/14; CP150023682 for 01/01/15 to 12/31/15; CE16-27163 for 01/01/16 to 12/31/16); 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. 5030 for 05/22/13 to 05/21/14; 5695 for 05/22/14 to 05/21/15; 6155 for 05/22/15 to 05/21/16; 2016-189 for 05/23/16 to 05/22/17.)
The Pennsylvania Board of Physical Therapy (approval no. PTCE004710 for 06/22/13 to 12/31/14; PTCE007145 for 01/01/15 to 12/31/16.)
The New Jersey Board of Physical Therapy Examiners (approval no. 1236-2012 for 05/14/13 to 01/31/14)
This course has been approved by the Maryland State Board of Physical Therapy Examiners for 0.1 CEU for 05/30/13 to 05/30/17 and by the Nevada State Board of Physical Therapy Examiners for 0.1 units of continuing education for 05/21/13 to 07/31/14; 08/01/14 to 07/31/16.
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. 437-4866 for 05/01/13 to 05/01/14). 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: 2/22/2010
Date of Most Recent Review: 4/2/2014
Course Termination/Update Date: 4/2/2017


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.

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.

It is now required that all CE is completed and reported to CE Broker before you renew your license. When you complete continuing education with us, OnCourse Learning will report your hours for you.

Read more about the new license renewal process at and claim your free Basic Account in CE Broker to see what has already been reported for you.

Please check the licenses/certifications section under my account (after logging in) to make sure you have entered a valid FL license number. This information is required for correct reporting of your course completions to CE Broker.

Sort By
STACY J - Memphis, TN  ·  Jan 28, 2017
Great course. Very informative.
Was this review helpful?  0
Diane G - Pagosa Springs, CO  ·  Oct 09, 2016
good background and statistics on the various types and treatments for this disease.
Was this review helpful?  0
Kristin B - Albuquerque, NM  ·  Aug 20, 2016
Good summary of basic information regarding the topic. Could have read this by searching the internet. Glad I didn't pay for this course.
Was this review helpful?  0
Nicole K - Aliquippa, PA  ·  Oct 31, 2015
This course was helpful at giving an detailed overview of scleroderma.
Was this review helpful?  0
Susanna L - Denton, TX  ·  Sep 03, 2015
Excellent material to learn about scleroderma.
Was this review helpful?  0
  Page: of 4  
Price: $19.00
CE-PRO Price: $9.50