Course Description

Course Description:

In the geriatric population Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is a very prevalent disease. Patients with COPD often require frequent hospitalizations and require medical and rehabilitation across the continuum of care - acute care, out-patient, skilled nursing facilities and home health. 

Due to the prevalence of this condition, all healthcare professionals must play an active role, including rehabilitation professionals. The role for rehabilitation includes the acute treatment of the disease, patient/family education, and long term management. 

This course discusses at an in-depth level the pathophysiology, diagnostic tools, assessment techniques and treatment of COPD.  This information will be applied in a case study at the end of the course to ensure that participants gain practical application skills of the material presented. 

Contact Hours: 3
Webinar Course Format: Webinar
Target Audience:
Instructional Level: Intermediate

Accreditation Information:

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Course Outline:

Hour 1

  • Review of normal anatomy and physiology of the pulmonary system
  • Review of normal aging processes in the pulmonary system
  • Identifying what is COPD including its symptoms, clinical presentation, and diagnostic tests

Hour 2

  • Current medications used to manage COPD
  • COPD Patient Assessment 

Hour 3

  • Evidence-based treatment of COPD 
  • Patient/Family Education 
  • Case Study

Course Goals & Objectives:

Course Goals:

This course is intended to provide the professional with an in-depth understanding of the pathophysiology of COPD as well as how to assess and treat patients with this diagnosis in order to maximize their functional outcomes.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Identify normal anatomy and physiology of the pulmonary system including properties of the lungs and the process of gas exchange.
  • Identify three pulmonary changes that accompany the aging process
  • Identify two characteristics of emphysema that distinguish it from chronic bronchitis
  • Select the two most common classes of medications used to treat Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
  • (COPD).
  • Identify at least four key areas involved in assessment of a patient with COPD.
  • Identify 2 outcome measures that can be used in the evaluation of a patient who has COPD
  • Identify at least four areas of treatment that are essential in the management of a patient with COPD.
  • Select 2 areas of patient/family education that are essential with COPD management.



A webinar is LIVE INTERACTIVE audio and video course delivered over the Internet to your computer. With a HomeCEU webinar, you are able to see, hear and interactive with the course presenter. In many courses, demonstrative video will be used to further enhance your learning experience. All content used in the presentation will also be made available to you for your personal use (PowerPoint Slides, Reference Materials etc.).

Contact Hours: 3 contact hours in length (check your state’s approval status in the state specific course catalog for your profession).

Target Audience: Physical Therapist, Physical Therapist Assistant, Occupational Therapist, Occupational Therapist Assistant

Instructional Level: Intermediate

Criteria for Completion: The successful completion of a post course examination is required to receive credit for your webinar participation.   A score of 70% or higher is required.  You will have additional attempts to pass the examination should it be needed.

PLEASE NOTE:  All webinar exams MUST be successfully completed by midnight Central Standard Time on the day of the webinar broadcast.

ASHA Brand Block

This course is offered for 0.30 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level, Professional area).

Personnel Disclosure:

Financial – Suzanne Greenwalt is employed by Belmont University and receives a salary. She receives payment from HomeCEU for the presentation of this course.

Nonfinancial - no relevant nonfinancial relationship exists.

Content Disclosure: This course does not focus solely on any specific product or service


Suzanne J. Greenwalt, PT, DPT, CCS, GCS

Suzanne Greenwalt,  PT, DPT, CCS, GCS has been a physical therapist since 2002. She is an Instructor in the School of Physical Therapy at Belmont University. She is also a physical therapist with a long term care company. In addition, she is a mentor and educator in one of the APTA’s credentialed Geriatric Residency Programs. She received her GCS in 2011 and is an APTA Certified Clinical Instructor.

Suzanne has been working in geriatrics for most of her career in a variety of settings including skilled nursing facilities, acute care hospitals, and out-patient rehabilitation. She received her Masters degree in Physical Therapy and her Bachelors degree in Exercise Science, both from Saint Louis University. Her interest areas in both patient care and research are geriatrics and cardiopulmonary comorbidities in the geriatric population.

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