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Using the Cranial Nerve Examination and Evaluation Study Guide

This module will walk the student or clinician through the fundamentals of performing effective clinical cranial nerve examination and evaluation. The module is broken down into sections for ease of use and will follow a sequence that reflects how cranial nerves may be assessed in an actual clinical environment. The guide was not designed to replace a comprehensive neurological-rehabilitation or evaluation course or text. Additionally, because this module was designed to be completed along with a hands-on laboratory or clinical practice, the learner should complete the linked laboratory performance tool as they complete this module (click the format that you would like to download: PDF PDF | Fillable PDF PDF or Word document or visit the resource page). The individual sections of the module are described below.

Introduces the topic to be covered.
Introduction or Review
Provides the student with a review of foundational knowledge. Foundational knowledge will not be tested and is not required to successfully complete this module.
Tests to be performed
Describes in simple terms which cranial nerve tests will be performed for a given cranial nerve(s).
Expected findings
Describes the expected/normal findings for a given cranial nerve test(s).
Describes the required equipment for a given cranial nerve test(s).
Special instructions
Provides additional instructions and information if needed.
Testing procedures
Specifically describes testing procedures for a given cranial nerve.
Clinical notes and interpretation
Provides clinical considerations and interpretations beyond normal or abnormal.


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Section: Introduction
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