9 Contact Hours

Description: This course offers a comprehensive overview of proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation (PNF), one of the most frequently used treatment interventions in neurological rehabilitation. In addition to covering the basic principles of PNF, each learner will be instructed, with over 100 demonstration photos, on the PNF patterns utilized in therapy, as well as their clinical application.


Joel Desotelle, MS OTR/L

Joel is an occupational therapist who specializes in neurological disorders in children and adults. He received his Bachelors of Science (B.S) degree in occupational therapy from Keuka College (Keuka Park, NY) in 1995 and his post-graduate Masters of Science (M.S.) degree from Misericordia University (Dallas, PA) in 2010. He holds a post-graduate certificate in pediatrics from Misericordia University (2006) and has worked in a variety of settings from out-patient pediatrics to in-patient adults. Joel is an experienced author and instructor who has presented on a wide range of topics including stroke rehab, neuromuscular disorders, autism, sensory dysfunction, dementia, falls, and outcomes-based therapy.

Sherry Rickman, DPT

Sherry received her Bachelor's of Science degree in Health and Human Performance from the University of Tennessee and her Doctorate of Physical Therapy (DPT) at Belmont University in Nashville, TN. Her experience as a contract physical therapist has helped her develop a wide range of expertise, enabling her to teach on a number of topics including: wound care, joint replacement, stroke rehab, and pain management. Despite her expertise as a clinician, Sherry's strongest asset is her relentless pursuit to help her patients get better. For that, she is constantly looking to improve her own skills and the skills of others around her. Sherry is a single mother of one daughter and enjoys sitting by her creek when she is not working.

Course Text (required): Neurological Interventions for Physical Therapy, 2nd ed. (2007) written by Terry Chambliss, PT, MHS and Cathy Jeremiason Finch, PT, IPNFAI - Copyright 2007 Elsevier, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Audience: OT, PT

Skill Level: Intermediate

Contact Hours: 9

The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA

Teaching Methods: Course content includes text from "Neurological Interventions for Physical Therapy, 2nd ed." (2007) written by Suzanne "Tink" Martin, PT, MACT, and Mary Kessler, PT, MHS - Copyright 2007 Elsevier, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Course Objectives:

At the completion of this course you will be able to:

1. State the philosophy of proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation.
2. List the proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation patterns for the extremities and trunk.
3. Describe applications of extremity and trunk patterns in neurorehabilitation.
4. Explain the use of proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation patterns and techniques within postures of the developmental sequence.
5. Identify which proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation techniques are most appropriate to promote the different stages of motor control.
6. Understand the rationale for using the proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation approach in neurorehabilitation.
7. Discuss the motor learning strategies used in proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation.

Here is the course outline:

1. Introduction

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2. Course Objectives - Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation (PNF) in a Nutshell

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3. Coursework - Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation (PNF) in a Nutshell

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4. Course Final and Survey - Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation (PNF) in a Nutshell


The following certificates are awarded when the course is completed:

Certificate of Completion