10/06/2022 - 12/08/2022: Traumatic Brain Injury: From Coma to Independence

  • Online series runs over 8 weeks

  • 8 online lectures (total of 16.0 hours) 1.5 hours live and 14.5 hours self-study

  • No travel needed to participate in this comprehensive course

  • Interactive group discussion board to interface with faculty and classmates

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Description: This interprofessional online course will follow along the path of recovery for a patient with a severe Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI).  Esteemed faculty will lead participants from disorders of consciousness (DOC) (Ranchos Los Amigos I-III), and then into the challenging Rancho IV population where behavior and agitation/aggression is often seen. Physicians, clinicians, and nurses will provide a foundation of understanding related to this level of recovery, as well as practical suggestions and applications when working with individuals currently at this level of recovery.  Progressing through recovery periods of confusion, Post Traumatic Amnesia (PTA), and increasing awareness and independence will be explored.  The pediatric aspect of interprofessional evaluation, intervention, and education will be featured in a live, interactive session. Self-regulation, return to meaningful activity and facilitation are integral therapeutic processes that will be discussed in the path of recovery.  Finally, the idea of ethics and decision-making will conclude the course.  

Participants will engage in the review of evidence based practice, application of skills through tests and case-based application, and discussion with peers on the course discussion board.  Content will be both informational, and applicable to daily clinical practice. This program has been designed to allow the learner to progress at their own pace. It is recommended that each session be completed within 1 week.

Successful completion: Participants will attend 1 live Pediatric session (total of 1.5 hours) in addition to 14.5 hours of other asynchronous self-study activities including video lectures and discussions, readings, questions, scoring video clips, and a case study.  There will also be interactions with classmates via a discussion board. 

Note: Speech Language Pathologists must have course complete by 12/31/22. All other disciplines have until 1/9/22 to complete coursework. 

Learner Outcomes: Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Define coma, the vegetative state, and the minimally conscious state.
  • Utilize the Agitated Behavior Scale (ABS) to rate a patient’s level of agitation and use it as a communication tool.
  • Describe an interdisciplinary team approach to behavior management to facilitate the participation of the patient with agitated-like behaviors in a rehabilitation setting.
  • Develop an interdisciplinary plan of care for patients in the Rancho V, VI, VII stages of TBI recovery.
  • Identify common cognitive problems associated with Ranchos Level VIII to X following TBI.
  • Analyze the impact of a TBI on a pediatric patient.
  • Describe how the use of Goal Attainment Scaling promotes goal achievement and the development of self-regulation after brain injury.
  • Apply knowledge of differences in clients with TBI and family caregiver perspectives, clinical biases, and ethical dilemmas when discussing real-world safety risk case studies.

Audience: Advanced Practice Nurses, Nurses, Occupational Therapists, Occupational Therapy Assistants, Physical Therapists, Physical Therapist Assistants, Physicians (not for CME), Physician Assistants, Psychologists, Social Workers, and Speech-Language Pathologists



Shirley Ryan AbilityLab is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. This CNE is being offered for 17.8 contact hours of continuing nursing education including 0.83 pharmacology contact hours.

In order to receive contact hours for the on-demand self-study and live event, nurses must attend the entire course and complete the evaluation.

Occupational Therapy

Shirley Ryan AbilityLab is an AOTA Approved Provider of professional development. Course approval ID# 1036. This blended/hybrid course is offered at 1.6 CEUs [intermediate level, Foundational knowledge/ OT Service Delivery]. AOTA does not endorse specific course content, products, or clinical procedures.

Physical Therapy

This online course has been approved by the Illinois Physical Therapy Board for 16.0 Contact Hours (14.5 hours self-study & 1.5 hours live). Approval #216-000069 

The Shirley Ryan AbilityLab is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board of Physical Therapy as an approved provider of physical therapy and physical therapist assistant continuing education.  This course has been approved by the New York Physical Therapy Board for 16.0 Contact Hours (14.5 hours self-study & 1.5 hours live).

The following states require continuing education units or contact hours with no state specific approval: CT, IA, and WA 

Speech Language Pathologists

Course Disclosures:


*Please note, no partial credit will be awarded for this course.*

Technology Requirements: To participate, you will need access to a device with an Internet connection. Computers, laptops, iOS and Android devices are supported. High-speed broadband Internet access (LAN, Cable or DSL) is highly recommended.  

Additional requirements include:

  • Web browser: latest version of Chrome, Firefox, or Safari
  • JavaScript and Cookies enabled
  • Speaker or headset to listen to recorded audio files
  • Speaker and microphone, or headset with microphone, or phone to listen to webinar facilitators
  • Do NOT use Internet Explorer or Microsoft Edge as they are not supported.


Occupational Therapists Occupational Therapy Assistants OTA and PTA Physical Therapist Assistants Physical Therapists Physicians Social Workers Speech Language Pathologists Online Learning


Traumatic Brain Injury