MedBridge Launches Neurologic Clinical Specialist (NCS) Certification Prep Program for Physical Therapists
New online exam prep gives physical therapists affordable way to study for Neurologic Clinical Specialist certification while earning CEUs
SEATTLE, WA, October 25, 2017 (Newswire.com) - MedBridge, an industry-leading developer of clinical education and patient engagement software, released a new Neurologic Clinical Specialist (NCS) Prep Program designed to prepare clinicians for the board certification exam issued by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties (ABPTS) of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA).
The NCS Prep Program extends the MedBridge Certification Prep Program offering, which also includes programs for SCS (sports), OCS (orthopedics), and GCS (geriatrics) specializations. The programs have been highly successful in helping to elevate the field of physical therapy. To date, 100 percent of MedBridge subscribers who have completed a MedBridge Certification Prep Program have passed their board certification exam, compared to the 76.8 percent national average.1,2
NCS certification distinguishes physical therapists with advanced clinical knowledge, experience, and skill in neurologic practice. This experience allows therapists to advance their career, better treat patients in their specialty and stay up-to-date with the latest research and technology. Unfortunately, pricing and timing deter many clinicians from pursuing specialized degrees. Other industry prep programs can be expensive, often exceeding $500. As with all of the MedBridge Prep Programs, the NCS series is included at no additional cost in the MedBridge annual subscription. By offering clear pathways to career advancement in specialized areas, healthcare organizations benefit by improving staff retention and patient outcomes.
“We’re excited to add the NCS Prep Program to our Certification Prep suite. Our goal is to provide clinicians with a unique opportunity to earn their CEUs while taking the next step in their career,” announced MedBridge's Chief Content Officer, Andrew Mickus. “We worked with top neurology specialists like Karen McCulloch, PT, PhD, MS, NCS and Mary Beth Osborne, PT, DPT, NCS to design a comprehensive and engaging learning experience that will prepare clinicians for success with NCS Board Certification.”
The self-guided MedBridge NCS Prep Program includes over 45 CEU courses, recommended readings, case studies, and simulated exams to teach the key principles of neurologic practice. Easy-to-use dashboards allow users to track their progress through the program and identify specific areas of strength and weakness with over 300 test questions that match the Neurologic Description of Specialty Practice (DSP). The learning process can be arranged to follow a structured 20-week program or customized to a user’s schedule.
The new NCS Prep Program launched in October and joins MedBridge's comprehensive education platform that provides allied health clinicians with unlimited access to more than 900 video-based CEU courses, as well as compliance training, and a mobile app. Plans for physical therapists start at $250 per year. Patient Engagement (including home exercise programs and patient education) and Enterprise solutions are also available.
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