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Sample Curriculum

The Physical Therapy Faculty Program at the Parkinson's Foundation offers interactive trainings where physical therapy educators learn from the best in the field about Parkinson’s.

We offer the program as a four-day course and give Continuing Competence Units (CCUs) via the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBPT) to participants who complete all requirements. Clinical work with people with Parkinson’s and independent study supplements the academic curriculum.

Curriculum topics include:

  • Differential diagnosis highlighting motor and non-motor features of typical and atypical Parkinsonism.
  • Imaging and the clinical examination roles in diagnosing Parkinson’s.
  • A contemporary evidenced-based overview of the pharmacological, surgical and rehabilitative management of people living with early, moderate and advanced Parkinson’s.
  • An evidence-based approach to Parkinson’s examination, diagnosis, prognosis and intervention (via lecture, discussion and clinical observations).
  • Recommendations to implement standardized outcome measures across the participation, activity and impairment level domains.
  • A contemporary multidisciplinary care model to optimize the care of people with Parkinson’s across the continuum of the disease.
  • Current research supporting essential PD physical therapy elements — including gait and balance training, strategies to improve functional mobility and reduce falls, the benefits of external cueing, treadmill training, cardiovascular fitness training, strengthening and flexibility exercises.
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