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NSU PT Continuing Education

The NSU PT Department provides continuing education to the local and national physical therapy and rehabilitation community. We are committed to hosting high-quality, clinically relevant educational topics that reach a broad audience.

Course Description: 

This course includes a 3-day lab-intensive review of key examination and treatment techniques taught throughout the certification sequence.  Emphasis will be placed on clinical reasoning.  Following the 3-day review course, the certification examination will be administered.  Testing includes: a multiple-choice exam, short-answer exam, and practical examination.  Successful completion of the comprehensive examination culminates in Certification. Candidates who pass both components of the examination will earn the designation “Certified Manual Therapist”.  The designation may be used in the following manner:

John Smith, PT, DPT

Certified Manual Therapist

In accordance with the APTA’s recommendation, the Nova Southeastern University program does not offer the use of specific letters added to the practitioner’s name.

Cost: $750 (discounts available for NSU PT alumni, NSU Clinical Instructors, current NSU PT students)

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Course Description: 

This course will address components of the patient and client management model including examination techniques, diagnosis, prognosis, manual therapy intervention, and outcome assessment for neuromusculoskeletal disorders of the cervical spine, thoracic spine, and shoulder girdle. This course includes a 2-day on-campus session laboratory-based session addressing the evaluation and manual therapy treatment of the cervical spine, thoracic spine, and shoulder girdle.  Examination procedures including quantitative and qualitative assessment of observation/posture, range of motion, segmental mobility testing, and select soft tissue mobility will be discussed, emphasizing the relationships between regions and an evidence-informed approach. Interventions for movement dysfunctions including mobilizations/non-thrust manipulation, soft tissue mobilization, traction, muscle energy techniques, stabilization/strengthening exercises, and stretching will be addressed. Indications, precautions, and contraindications for all assessments and interventions will be provided, as well as integration of sound clinical decision-making to maximize outcomes.  The didactic portion of this course will be provided through independent study and pre-readings. Foundational concepts of The Neuromusculoskeletal Manual Therapy Program, principles of evidence-based practice, pain science, and the effects of manual therapy will be discussed as well as general principles of functional anatomy, physiology, biomechanics, and pathophysiology for each region.

Cost: $425 (discounts available for NSU PT alumni, NSU Clinical Instructors, current NSU PT students)

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Nova Southeastern University Physical Therapy Department presents our Annual Alumni and Community Partner Day of continuing education. This session is FREE to our NSU PT alumni and active CIs/CCCEs.

Participants earn 6 CEHs for the entire day. Complementary breakfast and lunch included. 

More info coming soon! 

Course Description: 

The course will address advanced techniques and manipulative therapy for the lumbar, cervical and thoracic spine as well as the rib cage and various extremity joints. The manipulative therapy procedures instructed here will be more advanced than the ones instructed in Upper and Lower Quadrant and will include high velocity low amplitude thrust manipulation (HVLA). This course includes a 2-day on-campus session, expanding and progressing concepts taught throughout the curriculum, with a focus on thrust manipulation. In addition, the course will cover advanced clinical reasoning concepts and select alternative manual therapy approaches. The didactic portion of the course will include a selfstudy, case –based format designed to integrate concepts learned throughout the Nova Southeastern Manual Therapy curriculum. Additional topics covered include mechanisms of thrust manipulation and contraindications to application. Prerequisite: All participants must have completed either Upper or Lower Quadrant.

Cost: $425 (discounts available for NSU PT alumni, NSU Clinical Instructors, current NSU PT students)

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Back by popular demand, Nova Southeastern University (NSU) is pleased to announce its collaboration with the International Lymphedema and Wound Training Institute (ILWTI) to offer advanced training in lymphedema and wound management for students, alumni and NSU affiliates, and area clinicians. This year features an expanded program, updated with the most current research and trends in lymphatic rehabilitation. NSU’s Dr. Pallavi Patel College of Health Care Sciences Department of Physical Therapy will be hosting the “Certified Lymphedema & Wound Therapist (CLWT)” training course on Aug. 10-18, 2019, at 3200 S. University Drive, Terry Building (Health Professions Division), Davie, FL 33328.

Cost: $3298 Plus an additional $400 OFF! when you check out using Coupon Code: NSUCLWT2019

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For additional information, please contact:

Heather Hettrick PT, Ph.D., CWS, CLT-LANA, CLWT

Professor, Department of Physical Therapy, Nova Southeastern University 3200 S. University Drive, 2nd Floor, Terry Building, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33328 Office: 954-262-1856 Cell: 646-408-4011 hh124@nova.edu

Course Description: 

This course will address components of the patient and client management model including examination techniques, diagnosis, prognosis, manual therapy intervention, and outcome assessment for neuromusculoskeletal disorders of the elbow, wrist/hand, knee, and ankle/foot. This course includes a 2-day on-campus session, addressing the evaluation and manual therapy treatment of the elbow, wrist, hand, knee, ankle, and foot. Examination procedures including quantitative and qualitative assessment of observation/posture, range of motion, segmental mobility testing, and soft tissue mobility will be discussed, emphasizing the relationships between regions and an evidence-informed approach. Interventions for movement dysfunctions including mobilizations/non-thrust manipulation, mobilization with movement, stabilization/strengthening exercises, and stretching will be addressed. Indications, precautions, and contraindications for all assessments and interventions will be provided, as well as integration of sound clinical decision-making to maximize outcomes. The didactic component will be delivered via independent study and training on psychomotor skills will be the goal of the on-campus sessions.  Prerequisite: All participants must have completed either Upper or Lower Quadrant.  

Cost: $425 (discounts available for NSU PT alumni, NSU Clinical Instructors, current NSU PT students)

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Course Description: 

This course includes a 3-day lab-intensive review of key examination and treatment techniques taught throughout the certification sequence.  Emphasis will be placed on clinical reasoning.  Following the 3-day review course, the certification examination will be administered.  Testing includes: a multiple-choice exam, short-answer exam, and practical examination.  Successful completion of the comprehensive examination culminates in Certification. Candidates who pass both components of the examination will earn the designation “Certified Manual Therapist”.  The designation may be used in the following manner:

John Smith, PT, DPT

Certified Manual Therapist

In accordance with the APTA’s recommendation, the Nova Southeastern University program does not offer the use of specific letters added to the practitioner’s name.

Cost: $750 (discounts available for NSU PT alumni, NSU Clinical Instructors, current NSU PT students)

Click Here for Registration and Payment Information - Coming Soon 

Course Description: 

Comprehensive care of the oncology patient requires extensive knowledge beyond CDT. In order to effectively treat an oncology patient, we must have a clear understanding of the patients’ cancer experience (type of cancer, stage, grade, side effects of specific surgery, chemotherapy, radiation, biotherapy, targeted therapy and hormonal therapies) as well as effectively perform differential diagnostics and identify oncologic emergencies. This course dives into the specifics of the cancer experience, providing opportunity to treat the whole patient. You will learn comprehensive rehabilitation, including new manual skills and interventions to effectively treat the musculoskeletal, soft tissue and scar tissue restrictions that simultaneously occur with a person going through cancer treatment. Best practice protocols, exercise prescription, documentation tips and invaluable clinical pearls are provided. Advanced lymphatic rehabilitation training is included for active cancer and complex head and neck, breast, trunk and genital lymphedema.

Attendees enrolled in the Comprehensive Oncology Rehabilitation Expert (CORE) Certification course will learn from oncology rehabilitation expert Lisa Marshall OTR/L, CLT, CLWT. Lisa Marshall is the Owner and Director of Rehabilitation Services of Specialty Rehabilitation Inc., Newark, DE. She has 27 years of clinical experience, including inpatient rehabilitation, outpatient therapy, acute care, home health and skilled nursing care. She has specialized in Oncology Rehabilitation for the last 20 years and has been lymphedema trained for 18 years. Her company provides oncology and lymphedema rehabilitation programs with physical and occupational therapy services at the Helen F. Graham Cancer Center and Research Institute at Christiana Care Health Services. She also acts as a consultant for Memorial Sloan Kettering Outpatient Oncology Rehabilitation Services, and CanSurround. Lisa has provided invited lectures and course instruction for the International Lymphedema and Wound Training Institute (ILWTI), AOTA, DOTA, Oncology Nursing Society and various universities and colleges. Her mission is to provide high quality specialized care for people with cancer, pelvic floor dysfunction, and/or lymphedema, pre-habilitation through palliation.

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Course Description: 

This course will address components of the patient and client management model including examination techniques, diagnosis, prognosis, manual therapy intervention, and outcome assessment for neuromusculoskeletal disorders of the lumbar spine, sacroiliac joint, and hip. This course includes a 2-day on-campus session, addressing the evaluation and manual therapy treatment of the lumbar spine, pelvic girdle and hip.  Foundational concepts of The Neuromusculoskeletal Manual Therapy Program, principles of evidence-based practice, pain science, and the effects of manual therapy will be discussed as well as general principles of functional anatomy, physiology, biomechanics, and pathophysiology for each region. Examination procedures including quantitative and qualitative assessment of observation/posture, range of motion, segmental mobility testing, and soft tissue mobility will be discussed, emphasizing the relationships between regions and an evidence-informed approach. Interventions for movement dysfunctions including select mobilizations/non-thrust manipulation, soft tissue mobilization, traction, muscle energy techniques, stabilization/strengthening exercises, and stretching will be addressed. Indications, precautions, and contraindications for all assessments and interventions will be provided, as well as integration of sound clinical decision-making to maximize outcomes. The didactic component will be delivered via independent study and education and training on psychomotor skills will be the goal of the on-campus sessions.

Cost: $425 (discounts available for NSU PT alumni, NSU Clinical Instructors, current NSU PT students)

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Cost: $695.00

Purpose
To effectively treat as a Functional Manual Therapist®, one must address the interrelationship between the neuromuscular, soft tissue, and articular systems. PNF I offers a dynamic and functional evaluation and treatment approach to this interrelationship based on specific analysis of motor recruitment patterns and Characteristics of Neuromuscular Function. This course progresses from specific shoulder girdle, pelvic girdle, and trunk patterns to weight bearing postures and movements. Content emphasizes the establishment of efficient motor recruitment patterns for rehabilitation of neurological and orthopedic patients and post manipulative techniques. The material in this course is directly related to current neurophysiology of muscle function and motor control. 

Objectives
The participant will develop an understanding of the:
~ normal growth and development principles on which PNF is founded.
~ neurophysiology behind the PNF principles
~ FMT paradigm of mechanical capacity, neuromuscular function, and motor control.
~ application of the FMT paradigm to the practice of PNF.
~ FMT operational definition of Functional Efficiency and how it applies to the practice of PNF.
~ attributes and differences between tonic vs phasic contractions and isometric vs maintained isotonic contractions.

The participant will develop the:
~  clinical skills to determine a patient’s neuromuscular ability to initiate functional movements with a proper feed forward mechanism, and if necessary, select the proper PNF technique to facilitate a CoreFirst contraction.
~ manual skills to assess the mechanical capacity of the joint and soft tissues associated with PNF patterns and functional positions of hook lying, on-elbows, sitting, and gait.
~  observation skills to identify inefficiencies in the scapula and pelvic patterns as they relate to functional activities
~  skills to identify the presence or absence of CoreFirst® strategies in various functional movements and postures and demonstrate the necessary clinical reasoning to determine the proper PNF intervention if a dysfunctional motor strategy is identified.
~ clinical reasoning necessary to implement a plan of care related to the restoration of efficient mechanical capacity, neuromuscular function, and motor control through the utilization of appropriate principles and techniques of PNF based on the objective and subjective findings related to a patient’s presenting symptoms.

The participant will demonstrate in supervised lab practice sessions the clinical reasoning necessary to understand when and how to utilize PNF throughout the plan of care for both evaluation and intervention.

2019 Courses and Programs

Course Description: 

The course will address advanced techniques and manipulative therapy for the lumbar, cervical and thoracic spine as well as the rib cage and various extremity joints. The manipulative therapy procedures instructed here will be more advanced than the ones instructed in Upper and Lower Quadrant and will include high velocity low amplitude thrust manipulation (HVLA). This course includes a 2-day on-campus session, expanding and progressing concepts taught throughout the curriculum, with a focus on thrust manipulation. In addition, the course will cover advanced clinical reasoning concepts and select alternative manual therapy approaches. The didactic portion of the course will include a selfstudy, case –based format designed to integrate concepts learned throughout the Nova Southeastern Manual Therapy curriculum. Additional topics covered include mechanisms of thrust manipulation and contraindications to application. Prerequisite: All participants must have completed either Upper or Lower Quadrant.

Cost: $425 (discounts available for NSU PT alumni, NSU Clinical Instructors, current NSU PT students)

Click Here for Registration and Payment Information 

2018 Courses and Programs

Nova Southeastern University Physical Therapy Department presents our Annual Alumni and Community Partner Day of continuing education on Saturday, November 10th. This session is FREE to our NSU PT alumni and active CIs/CCCEs.

Participants earn 6 CEHs for the entire day. Sign in and complimentary breakfast begins at 8:30am and lunch will be provided.

Information and Registration

The NSU PT Department is proud to host the International Lymphedema and Wound Training Institute to provide you with unique wound and lymphedema education leading to dual certification as Certified Lymphedema and Wound Therapist (CLWT). This comprehensive course is applicable to all healthcare providers in all settings.  Please refer to the announcement for more information. To register for the course being held at NSU go to www.ilwti.com and click the register tab.  NSU students, faculty, alumni and affiliates will receive a special discount.

NSU PT Manual Therapy Certification Program

Why Choose the NSU Manual Therapy Program? 

Program Philosophy

The Physical Therapy Department Faculty at Nova Southeastern University believes that patient management should be based on an evidence-based approach to practice, which integrates the three realms of patient and client values, experience of the clinician, and the scientific literature. At the heart of the program is an evidence-guided approach aimed at developing a strong foundation for clinical reasoning throughout the patient management process. Using over 50 years of combined clinical practice experience and a strong academic foundation, the program has been designed to integrate these three realms into a unique and eclectic learning experience. The program is distinctly designed to merge multiple schools of thought regarding manual therapy and to optimize patient management. The curriculum for the program in Neuromusculoskeletal Manual Therapy at Nova Southeastern University is aligned with the Description of Advanced Specialty Practice (DASP) of the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy (AAOMPT, www.aaompt.org) and all faculty members are certified orthopedic manual therapists and board certified clinical specialists. 

Mission

The Mission of the Certification Program in Neuromusculoskeletal Manual Therapy offered by the Physical Therapy Department at Nova Southeastern University is to educate and train physical therapists in the current scientific evidence behind, and the utilization of, manual therapy applications as they relate to the patient and client examination, evaluation, diagnosis, prognosis, and management of neuromusculoskeletal movement-related disorders. Through didactic and laboratory instruction, the program combines expert practice with an emphasis on current evidence, providing a structure that promotes and advances manual therapy skills, clinical reasoning, and scientific inquiry of the learner

Course Design

A focused, laboratory-based format will be used to provided instruction and individualized feedback for all hands-on techniques.  Additionally, supplemental readings and online methods of delivery will be provided to deliver didactic material.

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For more information contact Brian Russ, PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT, COMT at (954) 262-1750 or br485@nova.edu

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