Physical Therapy Continuing Education

Comprehensive Provider Directory of Physical Therapy Continuing Education

  CE for Therapy has compiled a comprehensive database of 100’s of Providers of Physical Therapy Continuing Education. Link to Comprehensive Provider Directory The Comprehensive Provider Directory offers 1000’s of Physical Therapy CE Opportunities, Techniques, Methods, Certifications, Specializations, and Topics. Also, we are scanning for new Physical Therapy Continuing Education opportunities continuously. Therefore, the website is always as up-to-date as possible. Recent additions to the Provider Directory include Physioplus, Snowden & Litos, LLC.Infant Motor Performance Scales LLC., Professional Therapies Northwest, Apply EBP, Gold Standard Seminars, Education Resources Inc, and In-Fit Rehabilitation. Also, one of our newest providers is the American Sports and Fitness Association. 

  ASFA® provides quality testing, certifications, and educational materials for health and fitness professionals with online course convenience. In addition, other popular certifications include Senior Fitness Instructor Certification, Sports Nutrition Certification, Kettlebell Instructor Certification, and Foam Rolling Certification. The Certifications/Techniques page further describes all of these Certifications and many others. 

New Addition

Similarly, another one of our newer additions is the Institute of Manual and Manipulative Therapy®. Dr. Dustin Buck founded IMMT in 2018 to help clinicians gain technical mastery of certain manual therapy skills. Dr. Buck’s courses allocate the majority of the course time to teaching fundamentals of the skills needed by practitioners in the clinic. This includes both the components of the hands-on skills and the practical reasoning to apply the skills safely and judiciously on a patient-to-patient basis.

Online Physical Therapy Continuing Education

Physical Therapy Continuing Education

Education Resources inc. has recently announced multiple new Web-based Online Courses and LIVE Webinars including Acute and Critical Care Therapy; COVID Recovery; Torticollis: Assessment and Treatment of Infants and Children; Vestibular Rehabilitation: Treatment Intensive; and Critically Thinking Through the Critically Ill. Link to Online Courses

Online Physical Therapy Continuing Education offers PT and PTA Continuing Education Courses.  Subsequently, you can take a free introductory course worth one hour of credit. Course formats include abstract reviews of journal articles with clinical commentary, original lectures, slide shows, audio/video, online dissections, and e-books. has produced clinically relevant PT CE courses in a wide variety of topics including Therapeutic Modalities, Upper Extremity Anatomy, Wound Management, Cumulative Trauma Disorders, Driver Rehabilitation, and Emergency Procedures. Link to Online Courses

New Addition

In 2005, PTs, Brandon & Anne Osborn, created HomeCEU with the vision to provide convenient and cost-effective online CEUs for healthcare professionals. As therapists themselves, Brandon & Anne had tried traditional continuing education – but they discovered a meager selection of stale educational opportunities. They knew there had to be a better way, and HomeCEU was born!    If you’re looking for a CE company that understands your profession and your busy schedule – with quick and stress-free CEUs – we invite you to join over 100,000 of your peers. Link to HomeCEU  HomeCEU Courses on Nutrition, Clinical Massage, and Physical Agents in Rehabilitation are listed and described on the Certifications/Techniques page. Also, HomeCEU has recently added the courses “Patient-Driven Payment Model Overview (PDPM)” ; “Malnutrition – Identification and Management of Malnutrition in Older Adults”; and “ACSM’s Nutrition for Exercise Science” to its library.

New Addition

PORi offers a comprehensive curriculum in Oncology Rehabilitation for Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists, and Speech Language Pathologist. PORi has decided to hold all courses live on Zoom through the rest of 2020.
The company is equipping therapists to treat this unique and incredibly rewarding population. This enablement is accomplished by PORi with an emphasis on patient presentations, practice clinical skills and deep physiological understanding of the oncology patient. All therapists enter the PORi curriculum through Foundations in Oncology Rehabilitation and then build their knowledge through CORE courses (Breast Cancer Rehabilitation, Head & Neck Cancer Rehabilitation, Pelvic Cancer & Lower Extremity Rehabilitation, and Chemotoxicity & CancerExercise Management) and beyond through adjunct courses. Each specialist module will be an assessment-based certificate program. Link to Certification


In conclusion, if you are aware of any additional providers of CE that you think should be included, please contact us.


Physical Therapy Continuing Education

Certifications/Techniques Page

Our CE For Therapy  Certifications/Techniques page has an extensive database of Physical Therapy Certifications, Courses, Methods, Specialties, and Topics offered by Continuing Education Providers. Correspondingly, If you are aware of additional Physical Therapy Certifications, Specialties, Courses, and Topics that you think should be added, please contact us. Recent additions to the Certifications/Techniques page include Fascial Manipulation Specialist Certification (CFMS), Functional Standards for Optimal Aging Expert Certification (FSOAE), Selective Functional Movement Assessment Certification (SFMA), Thrust Joint Manipulation Certification (Cert. TJM), Wellness Coach Certification (CWC), Geriatric Training Certification (GTC), Remote Ergonomics Assessment Specialist™ (REAS), and Musculoskeletal (MSK) Soft Tissue Point-of-Care Ultrasound (POCUS) Certification.  

Conferences Page

Our CE For Therapy  Conferences Page lists multiple Annual Conferences and Meetings that would be of interest to Physical Therapists and Assistants. Recently added Conferences include Academy of Integrative Health & Medicine Annual Conference 2020, American Academy of Orofacial Pain 2020 Annual Scientific Meeting, American Academy for Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine 74th Annual Meeting, Academy of Spinal Cord Injury Professionals 2020 Educational Conference “One Vision on the Magnificent Mile!”, and American Academy of Orthopedic Medicine 2020 – Cutting Edge Solutions for Cutting Edge Physicians

Credentials and Acronyms

The CE For Therapy Credentials and Acronyms page contains an extensive database of Physical Therapy Credentials, Acronyms, Designations, and Physical Therapy Honors being used by Physical Therapy CE Providers.  We are continuously adding to this page. Recent additions to the Credentials page include AAOP, ACPP, CCTT, CAFS, Certified Expert in Applied Geriatric Neurology (CEAGN), Functional Standards for Optimal Aging Expert Certification (FSOAE), Remote Ergonomics Assessment Specialist™ (REAS), and CAPS = Certified Aging in Place Specialist. We will let you look up the other four examples.

Specialty Category Posts

CE For Therapy has individual posts for Course Providers of some of the various Physical Therapy Specialty categories. These include Dry Needling, Lymphedema, Pain Management, Aquatic, Geriatrics, Neurology, IASTM, Orthopedics, and Manual Physical Therapy.

Mississippi Dry Needling Education / United Dry Needling Education

Mississippi Dry Needling Education Link to MSDN and United Dry Needling Education Link to UDN are currently the only Dry Needling Education Providers designed for physical therapists whose state practice act requires fifty face-to-face continuing education hours before you can even needle a patient. With MS and United Dry Needling Education, you pay one affordable price, you take two classes which are scheduled two weekends in a row. When you pass a comprehensive exam and check off, you get credentialed with the state, and you start treating patients immediately. If a clinic has five or more therapists they wish to get certified, MSDN/UDN can come to you! Avoid lodging and travel expenses for your therapists and earn dry needling in your own clinic in a uniquely intimate environment. In 2021, MS Dry Needling Education will be launching “Pelvic Floor Dry Needling: Implementing a Specialized Approach to Pelvic Pain and Dysfunction”

Additional Physical Therapy Continuing Education Information – Informative Posts

CE For Therapy Informative Posts includes RECORDING YOUR CEU/CCU ACTIVITY. “The most efficient and convenient method of Recording CEU Activity or Continuing Competence Activity that CE For Therapy is aware of is using the aPTitude system. That system was provided by The Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy. Unfortunately, FSBPT decided to discontinue the ProCert / aPTitude system as of December 31, 2019. As a result, currently there is not a centralized, uniform CEU approval/recording process for Physical Therapy”.

CE For Therapy Informative Posts includes PHYSICAL THERAPIST POST-GRADUATION CONTINUING COMPETENCY. “After graduation, the opportunities for a PT to further his education become quite varied. These opportunities have different levels of regulation.”

CE For Therapy Informative Posts includes APPROPRIATE USE OF PHYSICAL THERAPIST DESIGNATIONS.  “APTA’s 2016 House of Delegates adopted a motion that limits the use of abbreviated designations after a physical therapist’s or physical therapist assistant’s name.”

More Physical Therapy Continuing Education Information – Informative Posts

Additionally, CE For Therapy Informative Posts includes Continuing Education Accreditation. “The term “CEU” is in the public domain. Many organizations use the term for their continuing education or professional training hours. According to the International Association for Continuing Education and Training website Link to IACET, the Continuing Education Unit or CEU was created and defined in 1970 after IACET and the U.S. Department of Education task force studied the measurement of non-credit continuing education activities.”

Additionally, other Informative posts include Physical Therapist Residency and Fellowship Programs Face ABPTRFE Mandated Changes. “According to the new APTA rules, 2019 will be the last year that PTs can be accepted into and begin an APTA-accredited Fellowship program without first completing either an ABPTRFE accredited residency or an  American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties (ABPTS) written exam. This rule change affects all 30 APTA/ABPTRFE accredited Fellowship programs.”


Frequently Asked Physical Therapy Continuing Education Questions

How many CEUs do you need for physical therapy?

At this time, we will not be addressing some other important CE factors such as level of evidence and CE approval. We have found a very useful resource for determining Physical Therapy Continuing Education requirements for individual states on the website, link to page is .

What are the Physical Therapy Continuing Education requirements?

Another good resource for determining individual state Continuing Education Activity Approval is the Jurisdiction Licensure Reference Guide. The guide is on the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy website. Link to site is

Are physical therapists board certified?

Physical Therapists have the opportunity to become Board-certified Clinical Specialists through the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties (ABPTS). Accordingly, specialization is the process by which a physical therapist builds on a broad base of professional education and practice. Building a broad base develops a greater depth of knowledge and skills related to a particular area of practice. Additionally, Specialty certification is voluntary, and Physical Therapists can become board-certified specialists in multiple areas. These areas include Cardiovascular and Pulmonary, Clinical Electrophysiology, Geriatrics, Neurology, Oncology, Orthopedics, Pediatrics, Sports Physical Therapy, and Women’s Health. The American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties (ABPTS) has certified more than 24,000 individuals who have demonstrated advanced clinical knowledge and skills in physical therapy specialty areas.

Is there an online physical therapy program?

Professional (entry-level) and Post-Professional (transitional) physical therapist education programs in the United States currently offer the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree to all new students who enroll. Accordingly, the length of professional DPT programs is typically 3 years. The Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) prescribes the curriculum that all DPT programs offer. Subsequently, the curriculum consists of around 40 individual classes plus internships. The curriculum is contingent on the educational model that the individual school follows.

Does physical therapy help chronic pain?

Many patients that are experiencing chronic pain can benefit from seeing a Physical Therapist. In general, Physical Therapists use a wide variety of evidence-based modalities and manual treatment techniques. Subsequently, these techniques help patients reduce and manage their chronic pain. Accordingly, the CE For Therapy Pain Management Courses post lists major providers of Pain Management Continuing Education Courses for Physical Therapists.

Physical Therapy Continuing Education History


The International Association for Continuing Education And Training (IACET) developed the original Continuing Education Unit (CEU). As a result, IACET today ensures that providers of continuing education and training can prove they provide high-quality instruction.  High-quality instruction is accomplished by following the ANSI/IACET Standard for Continuing Education and Training. Provision is achieved through the process of rigorous accreditation.

IACET’s story begins with a U.S. Department of Education task force and a challenge: Is it feasible to measure noncredit continuing education activities?

Initially, in1970, the CEU is Born.
The CEU is born and standardized as 10 contact hours.
Subsequently, in 1977, the Task Force Grows.
The task force grows into the Council on the Continuing Education Unit (CCEU). The CCEU is then encouraged to become a certifying body.
1990 – IACET is Founded.
The CCEU becomes into IACET, an international membership organization.
1992 – IACET Launches Accreditation Program
IACET launches its Certified Provider Program.
1998 – IACET CEU is Created.
When the Certified Provider Program evolves into the Authorized Provider Program, the IACET CEU is created.
2006 – IACET Becomes an ANSI Standards Developer.

More Physical Therapy Continuing Education History


The term “CEU” is in the public domain. Consequently, the term is used by many organizations for quantifying continuing education or professional training hours.  According to the IACET website, the CEU was created and defined in 1970 after IACET and the U.S. Department of Education task force studied the measurement of non-credit continuing education activities. As a result, the DOE and IACET designed the continuing education unit (CEU). The CEU was designed by DOE and IACET to provide a standard unit (10 contact hours) of measurement for continuing education and training; Quantify continuing education and training (CE/T) activities; and accommodate for the diversity of providers, activities, and purposes in adult education.


In 1974, ACCET was founded for the purpose of improving continuing education and training. Since 1978,  ACCET has been officially recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as a “reliable authority” as to the quality of education and training provided by the institutions we accredit. Subsequently, accreditation serves the interests of companies, agencies, and the public through the establishment of standards, policies, and procedures. Additionally, ACCET has established the standards, policies, and procedures in conjunction with an objective third-party professional evaluation. ACCET has designed the evaluation to identify and inspire sound education and training practices. A partnership for quality becomes reality when such a process is matched by an institution’s commitment to high standards and accountability,

   The Accrediting Council for Continuing Education & Training (ACCET) is a voluntary group of educational organizations affiliated to improve continuing education and training. Accordingly, through its support of an independent Accrediting Commission, the ACCET membership promulgates and sustains the Standards for Accreditation. ACCET also provides policies and procedures that measure and ensure educational standards of quality. The U.S. Secretary of Education has recognized the ACCET for this purpose, and accordingly, the U.S. Department of Education lists ACCET as a nationally recognized accrediting agency.


The Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy formerly offered the ProCert system until Dec 2019. In the past, the ProCert system awarded whole-number Continuing Competence Units (CCUs) values. These values reflected compliance with 14 Standards for Continuing Competence Activities that the FSBPT had developed. However, the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy discontinued the ProCert program at the end of 2019. Also, the FSBPT discontinued the accompanying aPTitude system at the end of 2019. Therefore, the unfortunate result is there currently is not a centralized, uniform CEU approval/recording process for Physical Therapy.