Course 2: Clinical Presentation

This course reviews the different types of MS and their clinical features, including atypical presentations of the condition. Common symptoms are discussed and defined, along with the prognosis of people with MS.

What you will Learn

After completing this course, you should be better able to:

  • Explain what is meant by the term “clinically isolated syndrome”
  • Identify the various types of MS and their natural history and progression
  • Describe the variability of the clinical course of MS and resulting disability
  • Determine the nature and impact of some of the more common symptoms found in people with MS
  • Outline approaches used to identify some of these symptoms
  • Describe the features of an MS relapse
  • Identify key questions to ask a person with MS who you suspect is experiencing a relapse
  • Assist a person with MS to differentiate between fluctuation in symptoms, relapse and potential infection, and to understand trigger factors
  • Outline the differences between adult-onset and early-onset MS
  • Define late-onset MS
  • Describe other less common variations of MS
  • Specify disease progression factors and symptoms that are predictive of long-term outcomes

Target Audience

This activity has been developed to meet the educational needs of nurses who have an interest in optimising the management of people with MS.


The estimated time to complete this course is 5 hours.

Method of Participation

There are no fees for participating and receiving CME credit for this activity. Participants must:

  1. Read the learning objectives
  2. Participate in the entire educational activity, consisting of 5 foundation courses
  3. Complete the exam for each course by recording the best answer to each question; a 75% pass mark is required
  4. Complete the feedback survey

A certificate of completion will be available to download at the end of each course. Upon successful completion of all 5 courses which make up the foundation programme, you will be provided with a statement of accreditation which you can download, save and print.

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