2/03-3/31 Traumatic Brain Injury: From Coma to Independence

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  • Online series runs over 8 weeks

  • 8 online lectures (total of 14.5 hours) 1.5 hours live and 13.0 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 interdisciplinary 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. Physician, 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 concept of self-regulation, return to meaningful activity and facilitation are integral therapeutic processes that will be discussed. 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 session (total of 1.5 hours) in addition to 13.0 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 faculty and classmates via a discussion board.

Course Objectives: 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 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.
  • 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 client with TBI and family caregiver perspectives, clinical biases, and ethical dilemmas when discussing real world, safety risk case studies.

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



The Shirley Ryan AbilityLab (P0609-11/30/2022) 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 14.5 contact hours of continuing nursing education, including 0.83 pharmacology contact hours.


Occupational Therapy

Shirley Ryan AbilityLab is an AOTA Approved Provider of professional development. Course approval ID# 1036. This blended/hybrid course is offered at 1.45 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 14.5 Contact Hours (13.0 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 14.5 Contact Hours (13.0 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

Social Work

The Shirley Ryan AbilityLab is registered by the State of Illinois to sponsor continuing education programs for social workers. This program will award 14.5 CEU.

Speech Language Pathologists

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*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.
  • Web browsers (Latest Version): Google Chrome, Firefox, or Safari
  • JavaScript and Cookies enabled
  • Speaker or headset to listen to recorded audio files
  • Speaker or headset or phone to listen to webinar facilitators
  • Zoom (Latest Version)


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


Traumatic Brain Injury