Brain Injury: An Overview


When an injury to the brain occurs, the results can range from little to no damage to severe damage affecting the ability to sustain life. The severity and prognosis of a brain injury varies depending on the location and extent of damage to the brain tissue. When working with individuals who have incurred a brain injury, it is important for you to understand how the injury affects the individual’s overall functioning. In this course, you will learn about the impairments that occur because of a traumatic brain injury (TBI) and the types of assessments available to determine the severity and outcome of the injury.


Hours: 1.00


Certificates provided by accrediting body (3 Match)

South Dakota State Board of Medical and Osteopathic Examiners


South Dakota State Board of Medical and Osteopathic Examiners accepts Continuing Education courses approved by the American Physical Therapy Association and its affiliate components. Relias Learning is a Texas CCAP Accredited Provider by the Texas Physical Therapy Association, approval #1902008TX. This activity is approved for 1.00 contact hours.

Maryland Board of Physical Therapy Examiners


This course meets the basic criteria of the Maryland Board of Physical Therapy Examiners for 0. CEUs.

Oklahoma Board of Medical Licensure and Supervision


Oklahoma Physical Therapy Advisory Committee has approved this course under Category B. Approval # 201910085. This activity is approved for 1.00 contact hours.

Course Details

Course Code: REL-SRC-0-BIO
Hours: 1
Type: Online Course
Content Expiration Date: 3/31/2019
Learning Objectives:
Describe four of the abnormal states of consciousness than can result from a TBI.

Explain five impairments that an individual with a TBI may exhibit.

Discuss three assessments used when working with persons with a TBI.

Section 1: Introduction A. About This Course B. Learning Objectives Section 2: Effects of a TBI A. Traumatic Brain Injuries B. Types of Injuries C. Altered LOC D. Neurologic Impairments E. Cognitive Impairments F. Other Impairments G. Placement Options H. The Team I. Review J. Summary Section 3: Assessment of TBIs A. Injury Severity B. Glasgow Coma Scale C. Pediatric Glasgow Coma Scale D. Post-Traumatic Amnesia E. GOAT Scoring F. Cognitive Scale G. FOUR Scale H. Assessment of CNI through VI I. Assessment of CNVII through XII J. Medical Tests K. Neuropsychological Assessment L. Outcome Measures M. Review N. Summary Section 4: Conclusion A. Summary B. Course Contributor C. References D. Congratulations

Staff Writer: Jennifer Moore, RN-BC, DNS-CT, CDP
Jennifer Moore, RN-BC, DNS-CT, CDP started working in the senior care industry in 2000. She is a certified Gerontological Nurse, a Director of Nursing Services – Certified, and a Certified Dementia Practitioner. She has held positions including MDS Coordinator, Director of Nursing, Medicare Nurse Coordinator, Nurse Consultant, Area Manager, and Director of Quality Assurance. Her overall responsibility within each of these positions was to ensure residents received the highest quality of care. This included active participation in quality improvement initiatives, review of clinical records to identify areas of weakness, corroboration with the medical director to institute policies and procedures for resident care, and staff education/training. Additionally, she was responsible for maintaining an effective compliance program under a Quality of Care Corporate Integrity Agreement with the Office of Inspector General for a period of five years. She currently serves as the manager of curriculum design for post-acute care for Relias. Within this position, her responsibility is to oversee the development of online training modules for the post-acute care industry. She has served as the subject matter expert for courses on re-hospitalization, clinical skill reviews, and various OSHA and regulatory compliance topics. In addition, she has presented at various state conferences on mandatory compliance, quality assessment and assurance (QA&A), and quality assurance and performance improvement (QAPI). Disclosure: Jennifer Moore, RN-BC, DNS-CT, CDP 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: intermediate level Audiologists; intermediate level Nurses; intermediate level Physical Therapists; intermediate level Social Workers; intermediate level Speech and Language Pathologists; in the following settings: Acute Care Facility, Home Health, Long-term Care, Residential Care.
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Course Delivery Method and Format
Asynchronous/Online Distance Learning; please see certificate details for specifics on delivery format.
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