Medical Errors and Prevention Techniques – California

Course Approved for .2 CEU credits by the California Physical Therapy Association (Approval Number CPTA #16-275)

Course Description

The course, Medical Errors and Prevention Techniques is a web-based course designed to provide physical therapists and physical therapist assistants a strong historic background of medical errors in the United States healthcare system. The course presents the initial revelation of the effect of medical errors on patients and the progress that has occurred up to present day. Medical Errors and Prevention Techniques also provides an understanding of a root cause analysis and basics of how to conduct a RCA when needed. Finally, the course will provide information of medical errors that occur in the practice of physical therapy and techniques/process change to eliminate errors including the effects of medication.


To provide Physical Therapists with an in-depth review of the history of medical errors, the government’s efforts to reduce medical errors, and to provide suggestions and techniques to reduce/eliminate errors in the practice of physical therapy in various settings.

Course Goals and Objectives

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

  • Understand root cause analysis and determine if needed.
  • Perform a root cause analysis.
  • Implement processes to reduce or eliminate errors in their own physical therapy practice.
  • Have a working knowledge of the history of medical errors and government intervention.
  • Understand the basic processes immediately implemented by the government to reduce medical errors.
  • Know the most recent process implementations to further reduce medical errors.
  • Identify potential errors in the practice of physical therapy and avert before errors/events cause harm.
  • Recognize the role of medications and their effect in physical therapy.

Course Instructor

Lisa Fleming, M.Ed
Leah Hobart, RN, BSN
Carol Hanna, PT, DPT

Intended Audience

Physical Therapists and Physical Therapist Assistants Licensed in the State of California

Course Level

This course is applicable for introductory and advanced learners.

Course Prerequisites


Method of Instruction / Availability

Online text-based course / available 24/7

Requirement for CE Credits

A score of 70% or greater on the course post-test.

Continuing Education Credits

Two (2) hours of credit

How to Get Started

Click the first unit below to begin. If you have purchased this course, you will be able to take the course quiz and earn your CEUs upon marking each reading section complete.

Course Units

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