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This course is offered in cooperation with McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc and utilizes text from the textbook “Pharmacology for the Physical Therapist” by Peter C. Panus, PhD, PT, Bertram Katzung, PhD, MD, Erin E Jobst, PT, PhD, Suzanne L. Tinsley, PT, PhD, Susan B. Masters, PhD and Anthony J. Trevor, PhD © 2009.
Instructional Level: Beginner to Intermediate
This course is based on what healthcare professionals in rehabilitation need to know about pharmacology.  Offering a complete but focused presentation of pharmacology as it affects patients in rehabilitation, while illuminating its ever-expanding role in the rehabilitation practice.

Throughout this course you will find valuable insights on the full range of pharmacology topics, from analgesics and muscle relaxants, to cancer chemotherapy – all taught from the vantage point of the practicing therapist.  You can expect complete, up-to-date descriptions of common adverse drug reactions relevant to therapeutic practice, as well as explanations of how drugs can disrupt functional and clinical outcomes along with corresponding therapy-based solutions to overcome these issues.  Also included are Problem-Oriented Patient Studies which feature the patient as the focal point of the case rather than drug therapy itself as well as at-a-glance summaries of the drugs available to treat specific conditions and disorders.
To better meet your professional needs, this fully illustrated text of 573 pages has been carefully broken down by sections into 4 modules.  Each module approved for 10 contact hours of post-graduate continuing education (NOTE: board approvals vary state to state, please check your states approval status in the state specific course catalog by returning to our home page and entering both your state and profession).
Each 10 contact hour module can be purchased individually or combined with one or all of the other modules from this course to create a Course Bundle.  Each course is offered in two easy formats to again meet your professional needs.  You can choose to have immediate access to your course by selecting the online format (PDF download) or a hard copy of the material can be rushed to your home by selecting our mail format. 

Module Description

Included in Module 2:  Drugs Affecting the Central Nervous System

Chapter 12:  Introduction to the Pharmacology of the Central Nervous System Drugs
Chapter 13:  Sedative-Hypnotic Drugs
Chapter 14:  Antiseizure Drugs
Chapter 15:  General Anesthetics
Chapter 16:  Local Anesthetics
Chapter 17:  Pharmacologic Management of Parkinson’s disease and Other Movement Disorders
Chapter 18:  Antipsychotic Drugs and Lithium
Chapter 19:  Antidepressant Agents
Chapter 20:  Opioid Analgesics and Antagonists
Chapter 21:  Drugs of Abuse

Module Goals

Module 2: Drugs Affecting the Central Nervous System
Course Goals and Objectives
Course Goals:This course is intended to instruct the professional through a self-paced study of the Drugs Affecting the Central Nervous System.
Professional Learning Objectives
Discuss ion channels and neurotransmitter receptors.

  1. Differentiate between voltage-gated and ligand-gated channels.
  2. Identify the neurotransmitter pharmacology in the central nervous system.
  3. Demonstrate knowledge in the sedative-hypnotic drugs.
  4. Explain the role lipid solubility plays in determining the rate at which a particular sedative-hypnotic enters the CNS.
  5. List the clinical uses of sedative-hypnotic drugs.
  6. Explain the adverse effects possible with sedative-hypnotic drugs.
  7. Discuss antiseizure drugs.
  8. Identify the drugs that are useful in generalized (absence) seizures.
  9. Demonstrate knowledge in general anesthetics.
  10. Identify the adverse effects of general anesthetics involving the central nervous system, cardiovascular system and respiratory system.
  11. Discuss the intravenous anesthetics differentiating between barbiturates, propofol and ketamine.
  12. Recognize local anesthetics.
  13. Identify methods of delivery and clinical uses of local anesthetics.
  14. Discuss the pharmacologic management of Parkinson’s disease and other movement disorders.
  15. Identify the adverse effect associated with selegiline.
  16. Demonstrate knowledge in antipsychotic drugs and lithium.
  17. Recognize the advantages and disadvantages of antipsychotic drugs.
  18. Discuss the implications of using lithium while pregnant.
  19. Explain the clinical relevance for rehabilitation and therapeutic solutions for patients taking antipsychotic drugs.
  20. Discuss antidepressant drugs.
  21. Explain the benefit of using selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) to treat obsessive-compulsive disorder.
  22. Demonstrate knowledge in opioid analgesics and antagonist.
  23. Identify which longer acting opioid is used in the management of opioid withdrawal states and in maintenance programs for addicts.
  24. Discuss drug abuse.
  25. Explain the use of flumazenil to reverse the CNS depressant effects of benzodiazepines.