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Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)

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Author: Tracey Long, PhD, RN, APRN

Contact hours: 3
AOTA CEUs: 0.3
Expiration date: May 1, 2024
Course price: $19

Course Summary

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is a chronic and incurable respiratory condition that has three categories: asthma, chronic bronchitis, and emphysema. This course covers these COPD topics: related statistics, anatomy and physiology of breathing, the various causes, risk factors, diagnosis and clinical symptoms, managing COPD, and major complications of COPD.

Target Audience

Nurses, nurse practitioners, advanced practice nurses, physical therapists, physical therapy assistants, occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants*.

AOTA Approved Provider Logo 2023ATrain Education is an AOTA Approved Provider of professional development. Approved provider #6558. This distance learning-independent is offered at 0.3 CEUs, introductory, Foundational Knowledge. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA.

Criteria for Successful Completion

Study the course material, achieve a score of 80% or higher on the post test (the post test can be repeated if a learner scores less than 80%), complete the course evaluation, and pay where required. No partial credit will be awarded.


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Conflict of Interest/Commercial Support Disclosure

The planners and authors of this learning activity have declared no conflicts of interest, vested interest, or financial relationship that may influence the content of this activity. All information is provided fairly and without bias.

ATrain Education, Inc. received no outside financial or commercial support in the preparation, presentation or implementation of this learning activity and has no affiliation with any company whose products or services are mentioned in this activity.

Course Objectives

When you finish this course you will be able to*:

  1. Define chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
  2. Name the 3 underlying diseases of COPD.
  3. Discuss the prevalence, incidence, and morbidity/mortality of COPD.
  4. Explain how the A&P of breathing is affected by COPD.
  5. Trace the 5 common clinical symptoms of COPD.
  6. List 5 major goals of COPD management.
  7. Name 3 prevention strategies for COPD.

*Please note: attainment of course objectives will be assessed in the course evaluation.