Nxt Gen Institute believes that physical therapists should be the first point of contact for patients with suspected neuromusculoskeletal conditions. Our Direct Access Certification Program prepares physical therapists to fulfill that role. Directed and taught by Dr. Bob DuVall, this hybrid-educational program reviews the “how” to being an autonomous practitioner. Coupled with advanced differential diagnosis and medical screening procedures, activities geared toward writing referrals inter/intra-professionally, execution of a PT Assessment process driven by a Movement Diagnosis, and application of patient advocacy based on research and the health consumer market. This Certification program sets the standard for Primary Care Physical Therapy Education.
Target Audience: Physical Therapists; Required for All Orthopedic Residents
Application Deadline: This program has rolling admission and you may begin online material immediately upon payment.
Prerequisites: Must hold a state license to practice physical therapy
Onsite Date & Directions: TBD
Course Hours: TBD
Onsite Directions: Attendees are encouraged to wear lab appropriate clothing. Additionally, attendees should bring stethoscopes, tuning forks and goniometer’s.
Continuing Education Units: Pending Procert Approval
Instructor: Dr. Bob DuVall is a Specialty Board Certified Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapist, a Manual Therapy Fellow Physical Therapist, a Certified Athletic Trainer, and a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist. Treating patients from around the globe, he has been in private practice in Gwinnett County, GA for 25+ years. With a patient-centered leadership vision and mission, he has practiced as a primary contact physical therapy practitioner, clinically coordinating care for greater than 20,000 patients prior to physician intervention. Learning Format: Online Didactic Lectures coupled with assignments and live webinars for case application. After successfully passing the Direct Access Certification Exam, participants can be awarded a Direct Access Certification.
- Direct Access in Action: Consumer Self-Referral Advanced Keys to Collaborative Practice and Diversified Reimbursement Opportunities
- This course will be presented via a coordinated audio, Power Point lecture slides, and video course presentations. This course will introduce physical therapists to the latest delivery models of practice and provide the underlying rational for recent and pending evolutionary changes effecting physical therapy practice. The APTA’s Guide to Physical Therapy Practice will be presented and discussed as related to current aspects of “best practice”. The necessary philosophy of the expanded role as an interdependently collaborative medical screener and diagnostician representing physical therapy’s unique body of knowledge and the marketing strategies required to promote and advocate for the autonomous model of care will be discussed. The peer reviewed and published clinical competencies that define primary contact physical therapy and how these skills will help to provide health care consumers’ safe and effective medical screening and management of neuromusculoskeletal impairments and functional limitations will be presented. This course will emphasize the critical analysis and discussion of peer reviewed literature that provides essential evidence supporting the role of physical therapists as autonomous direct access, primary contact practitioners.
- Assigned Readings and Yammer Discussion Board
- 1 Case Based Webinar to Reinforce Learned Content
- Patient Advocacy Assignment
- Inter/Intra-Professional Referral Assignment
- Medical Screening & Differential Diagnosis for Physical Therapists (Online):
- Applicable to all practice settings and specialty areas, this seminar teaches physical therapists advanced clinical methods for assessing pain as an effective method for determining movement impairment diagnoses and recognizing co-morbid medical conditions. The content knowledge and process skills necessary to enhance physical therapists’ labeling of differential classifications of movement impairments and functional limitations as essential to documentation that secures the best reimbursement will also be emphasized. Within the context of a collaborative practice paradigm, advanced patient pain examination, medical screening and evaluation competence will facilitate PTs clinical judgments regarding when to treat, and when to refer. Attendees will learn in depth methods of how to differentiate painful symptoms that result from pathology versus painful symptoms that result from underlying movement impairments that are the cause of the functional limitations physical therapists clinically encounter.
- Assigned Readings and Yammer Discussion Board
- 2 Case Based Webinars to Reinforce Learned Content
- Direct Access Certification (DAC) Examination
- Upon Successfully Passing the Direct Access Certification Exam (>80%), participants will be awarded DAC
Must successfully (>80%) complete online exam following completion on online and onsite courses