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Basic Pharmacology for Rehabilitation Professionals

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1 hour


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Basic Pharmacology for Rehabilitation Professionals

Brad Stockert, PT, PhD

Brad Stockert, PT, PhD is a full professor at California State University, Sacramento. He has taught in professional Physical Therapy, Nursing and Pharmacy programs for over 30 years. He received his PT degree from Stanford University and his PhD in Physiology from University of California, Davis. Dr. Stockert currently teaches in the areas of pathology, pharmacology and cardiovascular & pulmonary rehabilitation. Dr. Stockert has given multiple evidence-informed presentations on cannabis at state and national conferences as well as provided webinars on the topic. His research interests include the use of high-fidelity simulation as a teaching strategy for interprofessional education and has presented his education-based research using simulation at CSM and WCPT on multiple occasions as well as published his research in the area. Dr. Stockert was appointed as the Chair of the Strategic Initiative Panel on Simulation by the American Council of Academic Physical Therapy.

About the course

This on-demand, online course/module will review and solidify basic concepts in pharmacology relevant for rehabilitation professionals treating a wide range of patient conditions. The material presented in this course/module will be applied and used as a foundation for later courses/modules designed to explain and deepen one’s understanding of the endocannabinoid system, cannabinoid pharmacology and therapeutic considerations.

Course Objectives
At the completion of this course the participant will be able to:

1. Define basic nomenclature used in pharmacology; e.g. chemical, trade and generic name.
2. Discuss the key elements and properties of a dose-response curve.
3. Distinguish the major properties of drug receptors; e.g. location, affinity and efficacy.
4. Describe the major characteristics of drug administration, absorption, and distribution.
5. Recall the primary organs and tissues in the body that are responsible for drug excretion.
6. Explain how & where drugs undergo biotransformation and elimination.
7. Summarize the characteristics associated with polypharmacy.

Physical Therapists, Physical Therapist Assistants, Occupational Therapists, Occupational Therapy Assistants, Speech Therapists, Chiropractors, and other healthcare providers.

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