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Disciplines: Physical Therapy
Hours: 3 Contact Hours
Author(s): Bradley W. Stockert, PT, PhD
Peer Reviewer(s): Lt. Col. Michael D. Ross, PT, DHSc, OCS
Item#: Q3486
Contents: 1 Course Book (52 pages)
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Screening for Medical Conditions and Adverse Drug Reactions, Updated 1st Edition

Price $29.95
Item # Q3486
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Expiration Date: May 22, 2019

Designed for therapists with limited background or training in screening techniques, this course describes how to screen patients for serious pathology and adverse drug reactions. The basic-level course discusses how to take a more effective patient history and develop a patient's risk factor profile, and how to determine whether preliminary findings warrant communication with the patient's physician. The therapist will be able to increase the specificity of their screening techniques, and more accurately identify patients in need of medical referrals while reducing the number of unnecessary referrals.

California PTs & PTAs – Approved by the Physical Therapy Board of California through Net Education Design, Inc., an agency recognized by the board to approved courses that meet Physical Therapy Regulations 1399.96.

New Jersey PTs & PTAs - Approval #1801-116 (2/1/18 - 1/31/20)

Texas PTs & PTAs - This activity is provided by the Texas Board of Physical Therapy Examiners Accredited Provider #1911021TX and meets continuing competence requirements for PT & PTA license renewal in Texas.

Course Objectives


  • Compare traditional and current terminologies for differential diagnosis.
  • Discuss components of the initial evaluation in screening patients for medical conditions. 
  • Identify the components of a review of physiological systems, including general and specific health questions.  
  • Describe the key concepts in screening patients for cancer, including identifying risk factors. 
  • Describe the most common prescription and over-the-counter medications and associated adverse drug reactions.


Bradley W. Stockert, PT, PhD, is a professor of physical therapy at California State University, Sacramento, where he received the Teacher of the Year Award in 2006. He obtained his master’s degree in physical therapy from Stanford University and his doctoral degree in physiology from the University of California, Davis. Dr. Stockert has been teaching in physical therapist professional education programs for 25 years. During that time he also taught in professional pharmacy and nursing programs. He currently teaches courses in the areas of pathology, differential diagnosis, cardiopulmonary rehabilitation, and acute care physical therapy. Dr. Stockert has given numerous presentations on pathology and screening for medical conditions, adverse drug reactions, and cancer at state and national conferences. Dr. Stockert is actively involved in incorporating the use of programmable patient simulators to train students for practice in acute care settings as well as in how to recognize and respond to medical emergencies.

 Lt. Col. Michael D. Ross, PT, DHSc, OCS, received his bachelor of science degree in physical therapy in 1992 from Daemen College in Amherst, NY, his master of science in education in 1994 from the University of Dayton, OH, and his master of health science in physical therapy in 1996 and doctorate of health science in physical therapy in 2000, both from the University of Indianapolis. In 2004, he completed a physical therapy fellowship in orthopaedic manual therapy and musculoskeletal primary care at Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in Vallejo, CA. Lt. Col. Ross has served as director of the U.S. Air Force Physical Medicine Training Programs at the Medical Education and Training Campus at Fort Sam Houston, TX, and as graduate program director for the Transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy Program and associate professor at Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions, Department of Physical Therapy, in Provo, UT. He is an assistant professor in the Department of Physical Therapy at Daemen College and an adjunct instructor in the Transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene, TX. Until 2012, Lt. Col. Ross was an adjunct professor at the U.S. Army-Baylor University Doctoral Program in Physical Therapy at Fort Sam Houston, TX. Lt. Col. Ross is associate editor of the Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy and a manuscript reviewer for many other physical therapy publications. He has lectured throughout the United States and has written extensively on orthopedic topics, sports medicine, and diagnostic imaging.

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  • You must score 75% or higher on the final exam and complete the course evaluation to pass this course and receive a certificate of completion.
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  • There are no prerequisites for this course.