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Foundations for the Primary Care Therapist: A Hands-On Workshop

Sat, Jan 28


Hand & Orthopedic PT Specialists

Foundations for the Primary Care Therapist: A Hands-On Workshop

An 18-hr in-person course designed for rehab professionals (PT, OT, ATC, DC) interested in enhancing their skills in comprehensive systems review, medical screening & triage, and initial management of patients with non-communicable diseases.

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Time & Location

Jan 28, 8:00 AM MST – Jan 29, 5:00 PM MST

Hand & Orthopedic PT Specialists, 5151 S 900 E #100, Salt Lake City, UT 84117, USA

Course Details

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Foundations for the Primary Care Therapist: A Hands-On Workshop 

Target Audience & Competency Level: PT, OT, ATC, DC; Open to All Levels

Course Description: Foundations for the Primary Care Therapist: A Hands-On Workshop is an 18-hr course designed for therapy professionals interested in enhancing their skills in comprehensive systems review, medical screening & triage, and initial management of patients with non-communicable diseases. By the end of this course, therapists should feel confident and competent serving in primary care roles.

Pre-Course (2-hr)

Prior to the course, participants will be asked to complete an independent 2-hr pre-course consistenting of online self-study modules and a brief video introduction & discussion on Flipgrid. Click here for more specific details on the instructor's background and Pre-Course Requirements. In the pre-course, participants will learn about various team-based primary care models, develop an understanding of appropriate intake procedures, review lab values, and be introduced to a novel clinical decision-making framework which will lay the foundation for optimal medical screening and referral.

Day 1 (7.5 contact hr)

On day 1 of the live course, an overview of red flag conditions for each body region will be provided. Participants will then be challenged to determine the most appropriate pathways for various case presentations, including imaging/lab considerations, consequence of delay, and most appropriate setting/professionals to refer to. They will also be provided with a framework for interdisciplinary communication, and be given the opportunity to practice their communication skills.

Day 1 Hands-On Components:

- Heart & lung auscultation

- Abdominal examination

- Neurologic Examination

- Red flag screening special tests 

Day 2 (7.5 contact hr)

On day 2 of the live course, we begin with an overview of visceral pathophysiology and immunology which lays the groundwork to discuss the therapist's role in the co-management of non-communicable diseases (NCDs), including heart disease, hypertension, COPD, cancer, and others. Participants will have a clear understanding of how PT interventions, including exercise and lifestyle education, alongside other medical management, can assist the patient in managing or even reversing various NCDs. We will also cover the art of communication and collaboration with other healthcare professionals and patients. The course concludes with guided case reviews completed in small-groups.

Day 2 Hands-On Components:

- Vitals Assessment 

- Lymph node palpation

- Lung Spirometry

Post-Course (1-hr)

After the course, participants will independently provide feedback on the course and complete a 30-question quiz to receive credit. 

Live Course Schedule

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References can be made available upon request to course participants.


Katie O'Bright, PT, DPT, OCS <-- Click for bio page

Dr. Katie O'Bright is a physical therapist and educator who has spent the majority of her career in multidisciplinary primary care settings. She started her career as an active duty Army PT where she worked in a Solider Centered Medical Home, co-located with primary care physicians, psychologists and other valued support staff. Since then, she has worked in multidisciplinary care settings in academic health systems and private practices. Dr. O'Bright founded Redefine Health Education with the mission of getting more physical therapists into team-based care settings, starting with primary care. She currently lives in Chicago with her husband and two sons.

CEU Info:  18 Contact Hours (2-hr pre-course, 15 hours live, 1-hr post-course)

CEUs accepted in 40+ states for PTs

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Cancellation/Refund Policy:

All sales are final. If a participant is unable to attend for a valid reason, they must notify RHE with an email to, and a credit will be provided to attend a future course offering. If the company needs to cancel for any reason (including low enrollment), RHE will make every effort to reschedule the course in a reasonable timeframe. If this is not possible, full refunds will be made to each participant registered.


Content from this course is the intellectual property of Redefine Health Education, protected by Copyright law. Materials provided to participants are not to be shared, distributed or sold for any reason. A variety of clinical tools & products are mentioned in this course. RHE holds no vested interest in any products or resources mentioned in this presentation – mentioning such tools is exclusively for the purpose of informing participants the types of tools that may be utilized. No specific product or tool is promoted over another product or tool. RHE has an illustration license with KenHub, which has provided some of the anatomical images you will see in this presentation.

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