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Saturday, September 21, 2019 8 am to 6 pm

On-line registrations click here

Alvernia University
Flynn Health Plex
400 Saint Bernadine St
Reading, PA, 19607

Course description:

The instructional focus is on developing advanced clinical reasoning skills related to determining a client’s appropriateness for physical therapy. Medical screening procedures will be addressed that are useful to physical therapists to identify pathology outside of the scope of physical therapy practice or which may exist as a co-morbidity. The course format will include lecture, case studies, and a post-course (online) multiple choice examination. This course is also valuable to the athletic trainer to screen for medical conditions during examination of the injured athlete.

Approved for 10 contact hours (9 hours on-site and 1-hour post-test) which can be utilized to meet the requirements for direct access in Pennsylvania.

Course Outline

8 – 8:15 AM Introduction
  • Course Sequence
8:15 – 10:30 AM

Alerts & Alarms

  • Medical history & screening questionnaires
  • Domestic violence & abuse
  • Red flags
  • Vital signs
  • Warning signs of cancer
  • Pain / Referral patterns
  • Visceral palpation
  • Systemic pathology
  • Substance abuse
10:45 – 11 Decision-making Challenge
11 – 12:30

Pediatrics & Adolescence

  • Vitals, growth, & development
  • Childhood disease
  • Musculoskeletal
  • Neuromuscular
  • Cardiovascular & pulmonary
  • Integumentary
  • Gastrointestinal
  • Endocrine, hepatic & gall bladder
  • Urogenital
  • Eating disorders
  • Cancers
12:30 – 1:00 Lunch on your own
1:00 – 3:00


  • Musculoskeletal
  • Neuromuscular
  • Cardiovascular
        • Gender differences
        • AAA
  • Pulmonary
  • Integumentary
  • Gastrointestinal
  • Endocrine, hepatic & gall bladder
  • Urogenital
3:15 – 3:30 Bingo Challenge
3:30 – 5:45


  • Physiological Changes
  • Influence of aging
  • Assessment of falls
  • Musculoskeletal
  • Neuromuscular
  • Cardiovascular
  • Pulmonary
  • Integumentary
  • Endocrine, hepatic & gall bladder
  • Urogenital
  • Cancer
5:45 – 6:00 Family Feud Challenge

Meet Our Instructor~


Dr. Gulick is a full-time professor in the Physical Therapy department at Widener University and an adjunct instructor at Alvernia University. She received her Bachelor of Science in Athletic training from Lock Haven University and her Master of Science in Physical Therapy from Emory University. She went on to receive her PhD in Exercise Physiology from Temple University.

Dr. Gulick is the author of multiple peer and non-peer reviewed publications including Ortho Notes: Clinical Examination Pocket Guide. She has given many peer-reviewed presentations and has conducted multiple continuing education workshops. Her teaching responsibilities at Widener University include classes in differential diagnosis and medical screening. She has presented the current topic to multiple professional groups around the United States.

Course Objectives

At the completion of this course, the clinician will be able to:

  1. Identify efficient screening examination procedures in order to identify pathologies that fall outside the scope of the physical therapy.
  2. Evaluate examination findings and identify when to make appropriate referrals to other healthcare providers.
  3. Apply evaluation results and make appropriate recommendations for further medical testing and diagnostics within the scope of physical therapy practice.
  4. Identify medical “red flags” from a physical therapy examination which would contraindicate physical therapy intervention and/or require a medical referral across a variety of patient scenarios.
  5. Appraise data gained from a history and diagnostic tests/procedures, and weight the data in the context of the results of the physical therapy examination to develop a realistic differential diagnosis with the scope of physical therapy practice.
  6. Apply relevant research to the field of physical therapy primary care. 7. Apply the skills of differential diagnosis across all age groups and in consideration of individual differences amongst patients.
  7. Discuss the signs, symptoms, and examination findings that differentiate common musculoskeletal, neuromuscular, cardiopulmonary, gastrointestinal, and other disease states that a physical therapist may encounter.
  8. Participants will learn the referred pain patterns originating from visceral organs.
  9. Describe medical “red flags” that may require urgent medical consultation or emergency attention.

Registration Information:

Medical Screening for the Physical Therapist

Saturday, September 21, 2019
8 am to 6 pm


  • $200
  • $100 for registered Alvernia Clinical Instructors and Alvernia Alumni

To Register:

  • On-line registrations click here
  • Or, mail your check, made payable to
    “Alvernia University”
    to Alvernia University DPT Program 400 St. Bernadine St. Reading, PA 19607
  • For more information, contact:
    Jim O’Donohue, PT, DPT, OCS, ATC, FAFS at 610-790-2867or james.odonohue@alvernia.edu

Proceeds from Alvernia Continuing Education events support Department Pro-Bono activities

Cancellation Policy:
All cancellations received 7 days prior to the course date will receive a full refund.