This seminar demonstrates methods of assessing the msuculoskeletal system to obtain a differential diagnosis of the tissue at fault. It addresses the challenges of understanding the different parts of a neuromusculoskeletal assessment of the principles of their use.

Course Details


Course Length



Run Time: 4 hours

Attendee: Physical Therapists, PTA’s, Students, Athletic Trainers

Required Equipment: Personal Computer, Tablet, or Smartphone with access to Broadband Internet (<1.4 mbps)

Examination: 15-question test. Passing grade of 70% or higher required for certificate

Course Evaluation: Yes

Certificate of Completion: Yes

Workbook/Handout: Yes

Course Approvals/Certifications:


Module I

Unit 01: Introduction
Unit 02: Case Study I – Interrogate the Patient
Unit 03: Lecture – Observation I
Unit 04: Lecture – Observation II
Unit 05: Case Study – Observation
Unit 06: Lecture – Examination I
Unit 07: Lecture – Examination II
Unit 08: The Joint
Unit 09: Ligamentous Testing

Module II

Unit 10: Case Study – Examination
Unit 11: Shoulder Screening Exam
Unit 12: Functional Assessment
Unit 13: Functional Instabilities
Unit 14: Reflexes and Sensations
Unit 15: Upper Limb Sensory Scan
Unit 16: X-rays
Unit 17: A Scanning Examination
Unit 18: Gaining the Patients Confidence

Final Test

Certificate of Completion

Course Evaluation

Learning Goals

Upon completion of this class, you should be able to:

  • Differentiate between one or more conditions, diseases, or injuries a patient is suffering from by systematically comparing and contrasting signs and symptoms
  • Describe how to combine clinical diagnosis, physical diagnosis, pathological diagnosis, provocative diagnosis, laboratory diagnosis, and diagnostic imaging during the differential diagnosis of the neuromusculoskeletal system