28.4E - Pharmacology

Note: CEUs are not offered for this course.

Course Description

Pharmacology plays a significant role in administering physical therapy to a patient. Clinicians must be aware of not only what medications patients are taking but also the impact these drugs have on the neuromusculoskeletal system. This series covers the most common knowledge needed to effectively understand issues for common cardiovascular conditions, diabetes mellitus, and the management of pain. There are two unique aspects in this series. The first is a re-issue of a popular and previously offered monograph (bonus) that reviews the principles of pharmacotherapeutics. This monograph serves as an introduction for those readers who may not be familiar with pharmacotherapeutics or can serve as a comprehensive review for those who have a previous education on the topic. The second is an audio-based PowerPoint presentation that adds a dynamic element to the coverage of pharmacology and pain management. Dr. Tinsley’s oral presentation and excellent slide presentation will engage the listener and allow her to share her enthusiastic conversational style. Case study presentations are included to reinforce the didactic material.

Course Overview

Course Format: Online


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AOPT Member $35
Non-AOPT Member $50

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Course Objectives

  1. Understand the pathophysiology of common cardiovascular conditions as relevant to the pharmacological management of those conditions.
  2. Identify drug classes used to treat common cardiovascular conditions, including heart failure, angina pectoris, myocardial infarction, arrhythmia, hypertension, and blood clot.
  3. Describe the mechanism of action for each drug class used in the treatment of a cardiovascular condition and its relevance to the pathophysiology of the condition.
  4. Describe the interaction between pharmacology and physical therapy in the treatment of common cardiovascular conditions.
  5. Understand the pathophysiology of diabetes mellitus, including the differences between Type 1 and Type 2.
  6. Identify oral and injectable anti-diabetic drug classes used to treat Type 2 diabetes mellitus and their mechanism of actions.
  7. Understand the side effects of drugs used to treat Type 2 diabetes mellitus as relevant to physical therapy.
  8. Understand the relationship between insulin and exercise.
  9. Understand the general principles of pharmacology as they relate to clinical decision-making and outcomes in the physical therapy management of a patient.
  10. Identify the important components of pharmacotherapeutic principles as they relate to all populations and their impact on the physical therapy management of a patient

Topics and Authors

  • Pharmacological Management for Cardiovascular Conditions
    Melissa Bednarek, PT, DPT, PhD, CCS
  • Pharmacological Management for Diabetes Mellitus
    Melissa Bednarek, PT, DPT, PhD, CCS
  • Principles of Pharmacotherapeutics (Reissued from ISC 16.1.1)
    Suzanne L. Tinsley, PT, PhD
  • Pharmacology for Pain (Audio Aided PowerPoint Presentation)
    Suzanne L. Tinsley, PT, PhD