Acute Stroke Evaluation & Treatment

The purpose of this course is to improve patient care and prevent long-term disability from strokes. Completing the four modules of this course will help you identify the clinical and vascular correlations of stroke, implement the available acute interventions and workflows that lead to accurate stroke identification and rapid stroke treatment. You will also be able to identify post-stroke complications, their treatment, and secondary prevention strategies.

Target Audience

Nurse practitioners, nurses, emergency medicine physicians, and staff

Learning Objectives


  • Identify the brain’s vasculature and the clinical syndromes that result from specific arterial occlusions.
  • Describe the acute stroke interventions.
  • Explain the acute stroke workflow.
  • Describe how to care for stroke patients and manage complications.


  • Present the rationale for treatment with alteplase or mechanical thrombectomy.
  • Explain the importance of the time window.
  • List the inclusion and exclusion criteria for thrombolytics.
  • Describe how to conduct an initial screening for early versus extended window.


  • Describe the acute stroke workflow. 
  • List what occurs during the 4 stages of a stroke alert. 
  • Describe stroke team member roles. 


  • Recognize, monitor, and manage acute complications.
  • Assess the heart and vessels and prevent future problems.
  • Explain the importance of risk reduction with lifestyle changes and medications in secondary stroke prevention.
  • Describe the importance of rehabilitation in helping patients improve their function.



Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 2.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™
Course opens: 
Course expires: 

Kevin Sawchuk, MD, Senior Neurologist, Teleneurology, Tech, Quality, Data lead, Walnut Creek Neurology

Deepinder Sidhu, MD, Assistant Chief of Neurology, NorthValley Neurology


CME credit will be granted to participants who participate in the enduring material activity and complete the online evaluation survey.

TPMG Physician Education and Development is accredited by the California Medical Association (CMA) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

TPMG Physician Education and Development designates this
enduring material activity approved for 2.0 hours of AMA PRA Category 1 credit(s)TM to be awarded for the course. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Certificate of attendance will be available on the TPMG Physician Education & Development website for printing within approximately 30 days of the program date. It will be up to the individual attendees to report applicable hours of attendance to their respective boards.


Release date: May 2023
Termination date: May 2024

Available Credit

  • 2.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™
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