The Evidence-Based Practice: Level I course is designed to improve the participant’s understanding and use of evidence-based practice, to include the ability to ask clinically relevant questions, find and interpret the evidence, and apply this evidence to clinical practice.  Ultimately, the goal of this course is to develop consumers and users of clinical research that will improve the quality and impact of the participant’s clinical practice on the patients they serve.


Developed by Rob Wainner, PT, PhD, and Eric Robertson, PT, DPT,  as part one of a two-part series, this course will guide participants through the discovery of EBP; it’s history and impact on physical therapy practice. Using case scenarios, guided tutorials, and journal references, participants will learn how to generate clinical questions, search for evidence, analyze it, and apply it to their practice.

Course content is presented in a modular, web-based, self-paced format using the Moodle Learning Management System. The course is interactive and media-rich to help make the e-learning environment both engaging and convenient for the participant. An online post-test is used to reinforce and assess learning.

Successful completion of this course requires a final passing grade of 80% on the post-test.

Target Audience: This course is open to various healthcare providers including, but not limited to, PTs, PTAs, OTs, and ATCs

Credits: 15 contact hours from EIM Institutes of Health Professions

EIM Program Applicability:  Required in all EIM programs – OMPT Fellowship, Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy Residencies, Transition DPT and Manual Therapy Certificate programs (EIM 101; 1 credit)

Prerequisites: None

Appropriate dress: This is an online self-paced, self-study course.


Upon completing this course, you’ll be able to:

  1. Define EBP and discuss its philosophy and fundamental principles.
  2. Construct a well-built clinical question.
  3. Search the literature using available search portals, engines and databases effectively and efficiently.
  4. Critically appraise articles dealing with Intervention or Therapy for validity.
  5. Discuss the application of current best evidence into clinical practice.
  6. Discuss evaluation of your performance.
  7. Identify key EBP resources and aides.

And most importantly, be able to apply this stuff to your clinical practice next week!


If you are in need of a disability-related accommodation, please contact [email protected]. We will process requests for reasonable accommodation and will provide reasonable accommodations where appropriate, in a prompt and efficient manner. For more information please see the Accommodation Procedures for Disabled Participants page.