Black Hawk College

“I like that EHR Go has many different practice environments and each student has their own “chart”.”


Physical Therapy/Physical Therapy Assistant

Course NamePracticum II, Therapeutic Exercise I, Therapeutic Exercise II

Course description:
PTA 214 is a course where classroom content focuses on learning medical records reviews and physical therapy documentation. At the same time in the same semester, we use EHR Go for an orthopedic/musculoskeletal therapy course (Therapeutic Exercise I) and then again the following semester for a course focused on treating patients with neurological conditions (Therapeutic Exercise II). In those courses, patients are built in for assignments as well as accessing patients to prepare for lab practical exams.

Dianne Abels, Academic Coordinator of Clinical Education

What prompted you to begin using Go?

“I had used other online documentation systems in the past, but all had significant challenges and were very labor intensive because if I wanted to use the same patient the next year, I had to recreate the evaluation to make it up to date. Other systems created the problem that students could see what other students documented. In another one I had to create a patient for every student. I like that EHR Go has many different practice environments and each student has their own “chart.” I can edit patients already built into the system or create my own.”


It was pretty straightforward once I got used to the steps involved. The directions are clear for both faculty and students.

What is the student experience using Go?

“Students have found it easy to learn to navigate and like that they can access more medical information (i.e. x-ray results, lab values, information about the condition/patient diagnosis.”

Credit Hours

11.0 credit hours total with the three courses

Learning Environment


Learning Management System

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About the Institution

Black Hawk College’s district office is located at the Quad-Cities Campus in Moline, while the East Campus is located five miles south of Kewanee. Black Hawk College serves all or part of nine counties in northwestern Illinois with a population of more than 225,000 residents.

Operated as one college with two campuses and several outreach sites, Black Hawk College offers both career and transfer programs. The college also offers a wide range of special purpose and community outreach programs.

Black Hawk College offers a full array of student clubs, honor societies, athletic programs and judging teams. Athletic teams compete in the NJCAA Arrowhead Conference.

Black Hawk College operates within Illinois Community College District #503, an area encompassing 2,200 square miles in nine counties of northwestern Illinois (Bureau, Henderson, Henry, Knox, Marshall, Mercer, Rock Island, Stark and Whiteside). In addition to full-service campuses in Moline and near Kewanee, the college operates the Adult Learning Center in Rock Island, the Community Education Center in Kewanee, the Industrial Training Lab Extension Center in Moline, the Outreach Center in East Moline, and the Welding and Skilled Trades Center in Kewanee. The college offers a variety of career and transfer programs and serves more people than any other institution of higher education in the Quad-Cities area.

Black Hawk College Health and Human Services


  • Increased engagement
  • Improved overall comprehension
  • Real-world skills 


  • Greater flexibility in lessons
  • Able to retire my textbook/s and use the Go platform for the entire course


Case study submitted October, 2021

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