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About CureDuchenne

Our mission is to save this generation of children and young adults with Duchenne muscular dystrophy. CureDuchenne is recognized as a global leader in research, patient care and innovation for improving and extending the lives of children with Duchenne. Our mission is to save this generation of children and young adults with Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

Our actions fuel hope for families, enable progress for drug development, and extend ambulation for patients in collaboration with pharmaceutical companies, medical and healthcare professionals, our scientific advisory board, and our board of directors. Learn more

Frequently asked questions

#1. By the end of the course, the participant will be able to correctly identify the 4 main medical tests which lead to a diagnosis of Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

#2. By the end of the course, the participant will correctly identify the most common type of genetic mutation which leads to Duchenne.

#3. By the end of the course, the participant, given a patient scenario will be able to correctly identify the current stage of Duchenne the patient is experiencing.

#4. By the end of the course, the participant will correctly identify 3 body systems affected by Duchenne.

#5. By the end of the course, the participant, given a patient scenario which identifies the stage of the disease, will be able to correctly choose 2 appropriate treatment interventions.

#6: By the end of the course, the participant will prescribe 3 appropriate exercises for individuals with Duchenne.

#7. By the end of the course, the participant will correctly list 4 other healthcare professionals whose expertise is part of the standard of care for patients with Duchenne.

This course has been submitted and received approval for physical therapists as per the details found below for state by state information. For more questions or specifics please contact your state organization or CureDuchenne at education@cureduchenne.org

The state physical therapy associations and boards have pre-approved this course. Visit this page to get up to date details on each state. Please contact education@cureduchenne.org if you have any questions.

This course has not sought pre-approval for professions other than physical therapy. In research we have noted that the content and expertise of this course satisfies the requirements for other professions and can be submitted individually by the licensee. When submitting for approval, if any additional information is needed by the licensee please send a request to education@cureduchenne.org

Physical therapists who complete the “Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy: Current understanding and treatment” course are eligible to become CureDuchenne Certified PTs. See the Certification page for more info. Contact CureDuchenne at education@cureduchenne.org if you have more questions.

The instructor is Jennifer Wallace Valdes, PT. Jennifer has experience in pediatrics and with an emphasis in the muscular dystrophy population since 2002. She has been invited to present current treatment topics and advances at Duchenne conferences, Academy of Pediatric PT Annual conference and has taught continuing education to healthcare professionals since 2009. She is the owner of Duchenne Therapy Network, a private PT business and Physical Therapy Director at CureDuchenne Cares, a non-profit patient outreach and education program. She continues to practice and provides evaluation, treatment and consultations for those with Duchenne and Becker muscular dystrophy.

There are two ways of contacting the instructor. If you are not logged in to the course website, you can still email Jennifer, Jennifer@CureDuchenne.org. If you are logged in to a course, you can tap “Ask the Instructor” and fill in the form to be sent directly to the instructor.

The instruction and materials for this course are for basic to intermediate learners in this subject area.

This course is ideal for physical therapists, occupational therapists, adapted physical educators and would be beneficial for others involved in the care of persons with Duchenne such as speech and language pathologists, educators, physicians, and nursing professionals. Another dimension of the target audience is those who are able to and have the desire to take an online educational course.

If you prefer a live, in-person course, please check our website for educational opportunities: https://www.CureDuchenne.org/events/

Yes, as required by state professional associations there is a final exam at the completion of the course. All participants will need to score 70% or greater in order to pass the exam. If answers are incorrect, participants will be able to review the course information and retake the exam until they have passed it.

Yes, after scoring 70% or greater, the participant will receive a downloadable pdf Course Completion Certificate.

Yes, upon a purchase an email receipt will be sent to the email address that you used to register for the site. Please make sure that the correct email address is on your user profile. If you do not see your receipt in your inbox, please check your spam folder.

There are several ways that this course can help connect you with others who are treating Duchenne muscular dystrophy. Here are a few of them: You will be added to the Google Discussion Group and the CureDuchenne outreach email list as well as intermittent emails from the course instructor.

Yes, you may take this course has been developed to work on desktop, laptop, tablets and smartphone devices.