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Continuing Education Program

Physical Assessment Institute 2018

The Physical Assessment Institute
in Patient Care Management

Friday, July 20th - Sunday July 22nd, 2018

Fort Lauderdale/Davie Campus
3200 S University Drive
Fort Lauderdale FL 33328

Online Registration

About the Program

This program offers participants functional knowledge and skills in the area of physical assessment. The advanced knowledge/skills gained from this certificate program will serve to enhance the delivery of the core elements of both a medication therapy management (MTM) and a Professional Pharmacy Model Initiative (PPMI) service model in pharmacy practice. As pharmacists earn provider status this is a must course. Ask over 3,600 pharmacists who have already achieved it!

Types of Activity

There are both Knowledge-based and Practice-based activities within this program.

Program Objectives and Course Numbers

Home Study: UAN# 0092-0000-18-025-H04-P - 8 Hours
Upon completion of this program, participants will be able to:
1. Recognize the physical assessment professional verbal and written language included in the glossary associated with communicating within the basic requirements of this course,
2. Recognize the physical assessment professional transcribed terminology in relationship to the most common medical abbreviations for written medical history and physical exams,
3. Discuss the pre-course reading assignments and videos required before attending the live course,
4. Describe the benefits of learning physical assessment skills for the clinician.

Classroom: UAN# 0092-0000-18-026-L04-P - 24 Hours
Upon completion of this program, participants will be able to:
1. Identify the benefits of physical assessment skills for pharmacists and perform the following:

  • a medical history
  • a general assessment of a patient
  • a mental status examination
  • vital signs on a patient
  • an examination of the integument
  • an ear examination utilizing the otoscope
  • head, nose and throat examinations
  • a neck examination
  • an examination of the thorax and lungs
  • a cardiac examination
  • an abdominal examination
  • a vascular examination
  • an neurological examination
  • a musculoskeletal examination
  • properly record physical examination findings and interpret the physical assessments of other clinicians
  • network and collaborate with clinicians with similar interests in patient care management.

Florida CE Broker: Tracking #20-400576
32 live General Pharmacist credits
24 Consultant Recertification credits.

Who Should Attend?

Pharmacists and Pharmacy Students

As pharmacists continue to gain prescribing protocol authority within their state pharmacy practice acts and/or their health care systems, they find themselves lacking the basic skills and knowledge that will help them advance professionally. To heighten their acceptance by patients, health care team workers, managed care administrators, and the marketplace, pharmacists must be both skilled and knowledgeable in the area of physical assessment. Nova Southeastern University College of Pharmacy in 1996 developed this advanced skills program in order to meet the national educational demands of practicing pharmacists. Over 3,600 pharmacists coming from all 50 states have attended this program.
This program was designed originally for VA, Navy, Army and Air Force pharmacists plus pharmacy college faculty from around the country (Faculty from 68 colleges of pharmacy have attended). However, pharmacists from all backgrounds (community, managed care, institutional, private practice, etc) have benefited in numerous ways throughout the years.

Recently we have added forward thinking pharmacy students from any college who see one of the primary building blocks of MTM or Clinical Pharmacy being physical assessment. They have the ability to register for a two hour summer elective.

What Pharmacists Want

Through needs assessment inquiries, pharmacists repeatedly have requested programs that would enhance the skills and knowledge in fundamental areas that would have an immediate impact upon the way they practice pharmacy. Pharmacists want/need to speak the language of physical assessment. As MTM and PPMI unveil themselves in healthcare reform as a "pay for performance" element, pharmacists will have to elevate their physical assessment knowledge/skills to a level where they are taken seriously by all providers. Pharmacists want these courses to be university based, of the highest quality, and reasonably priced. The price of the course has not changed from 1996.

Home Study Section Release & Expiration

Release Date: May 25, 2018.

Expiration Date: July 23, 2018

Classroom & Lab Interactivity

Participants can expect to spend equal time in lecture and lab. Clinical interview and physical examination techniques will be explained and demonstrated before students practice these techniques upon one another. Charting, interpretation of findings, and evaluation of common clinical entities will be integrated into these activities.


Friday, July 20, 2018

Time Section
7:30 a.m. Sign-In & Breakfast - NSU HPD CAFETERIA
8:15 a.m. Introduction & Course Overview - TERRY AUDITORIUM
9:00 a.m. Medical History-Taking Skills
10:50 a.m. BREAK
11:00 a.m. Introduction to Physical Exam, General Assessment & Vital Signs
ALL REMAINING CLASSES - OMM, ROOM #3201 (2nd Floor above Med Library)
1:00 p.m. Neck Presentation
1:45 p.m. LAB: General Assessment, Vital Signs and Neck Exams
2:45 p.m. Head and Ear Presentation
3:30 p.m. Nose/Sinus, Mouth and Throat Presentation
4:15-6:00 p.m. LAB: Head, Ears, Nose and Mouth

Saturday, July 21, 2018

Time Section
7:30 a.m. Breakfast - OMM
8:00 a.m. Chest/Lung Presentation
9:30 a.m. Cardiac Presentation
10:30 a.m. BREAK
10:40 a.m. LAB: Chest and Cardiac Exams
12:10 p.m. LUNCH - OMM
1:00 p.m. Muscoskeletal and Peripheral Vascular System Presentation
2:00 p.m. LAB: Muscoskeletal and PVS Exams
3:00 p.m. BREAK
3:10 p.m. Neurologic and Mini-Mental Status (MMS) Presentation
4:00-6:00 p.m. LAB: Neurologic and MMS Exams

Sunday, July 22, 2018

Time Section
7:30 a.m. Breakfast - OMM
8:00 a.m. Abdominal Presentation
9:00 a.m. LAB: Abdominal Exam
9:45 a.m. Eye Presentation
10:30 a.m. LAB: Eye Exam
11:30 a.m. Skin (Integument) Presentation
1:00 p.m. LUNCH - OMM
2:00-3:00 p.m. Course Final Exam (50 multiple choice)

Credits & Requirements

To receive 32 CE credit-hours for pharmacists, 24 credit-hours for consultant recertification or 2 credit-hours for students, participants must attend the 3-day program, submit a course evaluation and successfully complete the competency-based outcome exams and physical assessment simulation and technique lab exams in the following areas:

  • Clinical Interview
  • Medical History
  • Physical Exam Overview
  • Integument
  • Eye & Ear
  • Mouth, Nose & Sinuses
  • Head
  • Face & Neck
  • Chest & Lungs
  • Blood Vessels
  • Heart & Abdomen
  • Musculoskeletal System & Nervous System

NSU Continuing Education will submit the CE credits earned to CE Broker and to CPE Monitor for those pharmacists who submit a signed Certificate of Participation and provide all requested license numbers and other relevant information.


Designed by pharmacists for pharmacists, this course is instructed by Elisa Ginter, DO, who is both an educator, formerly as an Associate Clinical Professor at Nova Southeastern University's College of Medicine and currently a Board Certified Family Practitioner at Ginter Wellness Primary Care. She will be assisted in lab by practicing clinical pharmacists who share the use of these skills in their practice sites.

Conference Site

Conference sign-in and breakfast will take place in the HPD Cafeteria in the Terry Building. Instruction takes place in the Health Professions Division medical facilities at Nova Southeastern University's Fort Lauderdale/Davie Campus:

3200 S University Drive
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33328
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Course Fees

The following fees for the Institute include academic fees, handouts, certificate, breakfasts and lunches.
The program uses the Bates Text which is not included in the fee. Earlier editions (than the 11th) can be used. Currently the 11th Edition can be purchased online for around $60.

  • Pharmacists: $595
  • Organizations may enroll two participants for $1,000.
  • Pharmacy students: $1200.



  • On Line Registration
  • By check, make payable to NSU College of Pharmacy and mail to:
    NSU College of Pharmacy CE
    Physical Assessment
    3200 South University Drive
    Fort Lauderdale, FL 33328.

College Students:

  • NSU students must register through school.
  • Non-NSU pharmacy students please email the Program Director, Carsten Evans, Ph.D. at for help with registration.

Deadline for registration is July 18th, 2018. Refunds requested before July 19th, 2018 will be granted minus a ten dollar fee. No refunds after July 19th.

Financial Support

NSU received no financial support for this program

Additional Information

For any additional information please email Continuing Education at or phone Jeanie Ross at 954-262-1328.


Nova Southeastern University College of Pharmacy is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education. This program has been approved for thirty-two general continuing professional education hours (3.2 CEUs). This program has also been approved for Florida Consultant Recertification, up to 24 hours, CE Broker Tracking #20-400576. For NSU pharmacy students, this course has been accredited for two credit-hours.

Policy of Non-Discrimination

Nova Southeastern University admits students of any race, color, sex, sexual orientation, age, nondisqualifying disability, religion or creed, or national or ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school, and does not discriminate in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.

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