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Differential Diagnosis

4 class dates occurring during Summer Session Module 1-2015

June 9, 2015 8:30-5:30

June 16, 2015 9:30-5:30

June 18, 2015 9:30-5:30

June 23, 2015 9:30-12:30

Participants may choose to attend limited sessions

A benefit for the PT Faculty Student Scholarship Fund to assist graduate students in the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program


Course description

This course is designed for licensed physical therapists with a BS or MPT degree.   DPT entry-level lecture course focusing on a broad range of medical diseases and their various clinical presentations.  The focus is on the use of clinical decision making skills when analyzing a patient’s medical history intake and the review of systems.   The course addresses screening, to include referral for conditions or diseases that are not within a physical therapist's scope of practice.  

Teaching strategies will include lecture, interactive small group activities, and interactive laboratory sessions. Patient cases with role playing, utilized for promotion of clinical decision-making and communication skills, will be used throughout the course. 


Course objectives participants will learn

The primary goals of this course are to provide students with the requisite knowledge and skills to:


Additional goals are as follows:


CEU variable by attendance 7-22.


Course schedule and content

June 9, 2015 8:30-5:30

June 16, 2015 9:30-5:30


June 18, 2015 9:30-5:30

June 23, 2015 9:30-12:30



William G. Boissonnault, PT, DHSc, FAAOMPT is presently Associate Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, Wisconsin. He is also a Senior Physical Therapist at the University of Wisconsin Hospital/Clinics’ Spine Physical Therapy Clinic and curriculum director of the Orthopedic Physical Therapy Clinical Residency Program at the University of Wisconsin/Meriter Hospital Residency site, Madison, Wisconsin. Bill holds adjunct physical therapy faculty positions at multiple universities.

Dr. Boissonnault received a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1977; a Master of Science degree in 1982 and a Doctor of Health Science in 1999 from the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences in St. Augustine, Florida. He is also a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic manual Physical Therapists.

He has received the Charles Magistro Distinguished Service Award from the Foundation for Physical Therapy; the Orthopaedic Section’s Paris Distinguished Service Award; the John H P Maley Lecturer for Differential Diagnosis: Taking a Step Back Before Stepping Forward; the APTA Baethke-Carlin Award for Excellence in Academic Teaching; and the University of Wisconsin-Madison Medical School Dean’s Teaching Award for Excellence and Innovation in Medical Education.

Dr. Boissonnault has published numerous articles on the topic of medical screening, and is the editor of Examination in Physical Therapy; Screening for Medical Disease 2nd edition, Churchill Livingstone, 1995; and Primary Care for the Physical Therapist-Examination and Triage, W.B. Saunders Co., 2005; and co-editor of Pathology; Implications for the Physical Therapist 2nd edition, WB Saunders Co., 2002.

Dr. Boissonnault was president (1995–2001) of the Orthopaedic Section of the APTA. He chairs the APTA Manipulation Task Force and the AAOMPT Practice Committee, and is a member of the Orthopaedic Section, APTA Practice Committee. Dr. Boissonnault is currently in his 6th year of serving as a APTA House of Delegates delegate for the Wisconsin Physical Therapy Association.

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Tuition: $400* Enrollment Limited

*Course fee does not include any food.

1/2 of the tuition will be a donation to the PT Faculty Student Scholarship Fund. Donations are tax deductible as allowed by law.

Daily Rate: Participants may attend individual days for $115/day

CEU - variable by attendance 7 - 22 hours. Course will be submitted for WPTA approval.

For more information about:

Course logistics or general information, contact: Diane Slaughter at (414) 288-3097 or


Information on accommodations

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