This is a self-paced course where healthcare professionals receive a theoretical background of repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (rTMS or TMS) to treat Major Depression in clinical practice following guidelines approved by the FDA in the US.
The course covers the background, physics, history and equipment of TMS, the basics of TMS, including stimulation parameters and safety as well as a literature review demonstrating the effects of TMS in the treatment of depression.
Users are presented with a short test to complete after each lesson and a final exam to test competency and knowledge in TMS.
After completion of the theoretical components, this unlocks practical demonstration videos to guide you in correct practice using the Apollo TMS System.
– 0. An Introduction to the course
– 01. rTMS Background Physics History and Equipment
– 1b. The invention of TMS
– 2. rTMS basics: stimulation parameters
– 3. rTMS basics: safety
– 4. rTMS in Depression: An early literature review
– FINAL EXAM
Demonstration Videos (No test required):
– 1.1 Preparing the patient and marking the Left DLPFC
– 1.2 Marking the SMA
– 2.1 Finding the Motor Threshold
– 3.2 Placing the coil over the left DLPFC
– 3.3 Placing the coil over the SMA
For this self-paced course, we have estimated the following time commitment:
- 4.5 hours (approximately) to watch all lessons
- 1 hour to complete all tests plus a final examination
Additional recommended reading material is provided in each lesson
Participants will receive an “rTMS in Depression, OCD & New Developments: Theoretical Component” Certificate upon successful completion of all lessons in this course (see below for practical component).
For all lessons, an 80% pass of the test is required to advance to the next lesson. The test can be repeated as many times as needed. Each lesson includes a recorded video presentation and accompanying learning materials.
After completing all theoretical lessons, there is an automated final exam requiring an 80% pass mark. (We strongly recommend using the note-taking feature in preparation for the exam.)
The course is designed as lessons to be completed in sequence. You will need to watch the presentation in full in order to complete the lesson and advance to the test.
This course must be completed within 6 months, to maintain consistency of study, ensure understanding of course material and prepare you adequately for your practical training.