Improving Critical Thinking, Clinical Reasoning, and Clinical Judgment - RT168-60

Improving Critical Thinking, Clinical Reasoning, and Clinical Judgment

by Rosalinda Alfaro-LeFevre, MSN, RN, ANEF and Crystal Dunlevy, EdD, RRT, RCP and Dale Ames Kline, MS, RD, LD
(4.4 / 996 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Respiratory Therapy (1.00 Contact Hr)

Price: $12.00
CE-PRO Price: $6.00


Having sound critical thinking, clinical reasoning, and clinical judgment skills makes the difference between keeping patients safe and putting them in harm’s way. This educational activity addresses the knowledge, skills, and attitudes needed for critical thinking and clinical reasoning. It reviews results from key studies and gives strategies for developing the thinking skills needed to function as a 21st century healthcare professional.


The goal of this continuing education program is to help nurses, dietitians, dietary managers, health educators, laboratory professionals, occupational therapists, physical therapists, respiratory therapists, and social workers improve their critical thinking and clinical reasoning skills. After studying the information presented here, you will be able to:
  • Describe critical thinking and clinical reasoning in the context of your practice
  • Identify characteristics and skills that demonstrate critical thinking
  • Use specific strategies to improve your critical thinking and clinical reasoning skills as well as those of other healthcare professionals

Accreditation Information
This course is intended for multiple professions, including nurses, dietitians, dietary managers, health educators, laboratory professionals, occupational therapists, physical therapists, respiratory therapists, and social workers.
Respiratory 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 or 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.
This program has been approved for 1 contact hour of Continuing Respiratory Care Education (CRCE) credit by the American Association for Respiratory Care, 9425 N. MacArthur Blvd., Suite 100, Irving, TX 75063. AARC Sponsor ID: 9514012. This is a non-traditional course. The course has been approved from 1/12/2012 to 1/12/2014, 2/17/2014 to 2/17/2016, 9/25/2016 to 9/25/2018, and 10/17/2018 to 10/17/2020. is also approved by the Florida Board of Respiratory Care (provider #FBN 50-1489).
If you are a respiratory therapist, remember to give us your AARC member number when filling out your license number information.

Course Originally Released on: 1/12/2012
Date of Most Recent Review: 9/4/2018
Course Termination/Update Date: 10/17/2020

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. There is no commercial or in-kind support provided for this online educational activity.

Please see CE Course Instructions to learn how to earn CE credit for this module. For successful completion of this course, learners must read the course, and complete a posttest and evaluation survey.

This CE activity does not include any unannounced information about off-label use of a product for a purpose other than that for which is approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

The approval status for this educational activity, granted by the AARC, does not expressly or implicitly confer AARC endorsement of the activity’s content.


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Francisca R - Tonopah, AZ  ·  Apr 18, 2019
I will recommend this course to my friend. As respiratory therapist most have critical thinking skills. it is a tool that help to prevent medical error; help to diagnose, treat patient. How to solve conflicts in passive form requires critical thinking skill. This course remind me how I need to improve my critical thinking skills. Most important, I learned how to maintain competency skill. thank you for this course.
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James H - Chester, VA  ·  Apr 18, 2019
overall survey of different subject
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Paul S - Las Cruces, NM  ·  Apr 11, 2019
not applicable, don't force me to write something nobody will read
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Abraham P - Las Vegas, NV  ·  Apr 11, 2019
learned and new knowledge
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jim C - Fredericksburg, VA  ·  Apr 10, 2019
its great good learning experince
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Price: $12.00
CE-PRO Price: $6.00