Geriatric Diagnostic Testing for PT and OT


This course began as part of a seminar called “Therapeutic Interventions in Geriatric Treatment.” During the seminars, therapists would ask many questions about standardized tests. It became apparent that the majority of therapists did not utilize diagnostic testing materials on a daily basis. It is not unusual for therapists to rely heavily on their clinical judgments and expertise in the clinic. In order to demonstrate patient progress to third party payers, though, there must be objective proof of progress. The use of evidenced-based medicine and reliable standardized testing will help you show the improvement your patient is making. This course will give you standardized tests to add to your therapy toolbox for the geriatric population.


Hours: 2.00


Certificates provided by accrediting body (1 Match)

Nevada State Board of Physical Therapy Examiners


This course has been approved by the Nevada State Board of Physical Therapy Examiners. This activity is approved for 2.00 contact hours.

Course Details

Course Code: REL-C2L-1076
Hours: 2
Type: Online Course
Content Expiration Date: 8/31/2018
Learning Objectives:
Identify how to decide which tests are appropriate.
Identify the most widely used tests.
Describe the process for interpreting and documenting test results.
Recognize the importance/value of standardized testing.
Define the function of Evidence-Based Therapy techniques.

1. Outline and Objectives 2. Standardized Tests 3. Importance 4. Functions 5. Prognostic Factors 6. Benefits of Documenting 7. Proper Test 8. Widely Used Tests 9. Process 10. Biography 11. Test

Instructor: Polly Warring, MSPT
Polly Warring, MSPT is a physical therapist who has worked in the physical therapy field since 1992. During her time in the physical therapy field, she has worked in a variety of settings including outpatient, acute care, skilled nursing, and specialized programs for children with ADHD. She received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biomedical Science from Texas A&M University in 1990 and graduated with a Master of Science Degree in Physical Therapy from Texas Woman’s University in Houston in 1997. While there, she was part of a research team that published an abstract in the May, 1997 edition of the Physical Therapy Journal: “Quantification of EMG Activity from Five Muscles in Comparison of Four Methods of Rising from Sitting”. She has worked primarily in the adult orthopedic outpatient field since that time, but has a great deal of clinical experience evaluating and treating geriatric patients to improve their quality of life. Disclosure: Polly Warring, MSPT has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Target Audience:
The target audience for this course is: entry level Physical Therapists; in the following settings: Long-term Care, Post-Acute Care, Residential Care.
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To earn continuing education credit for this course you must achieve a passing score of 80% on the post-test and complete the course evaluation.
Course Delivery Method and Format
Asynchronous Distance Learning with interactivity which includes quizzes with questions/answers, and posttests.
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