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 Continuing Education for Physical Therapy. Link to Comprehensive Provider Directory The Provider Directory offers literally 1000’s of Physical Therapy CE Opportunities, Techniques, Methods, Certifications, Specializations and Topics. We are scanning for new Physical Therapy Continuing Ed opportunities continuously, so the website is always as up-to-date as possible. Recent additions to the Provider Directory include Dynamic Principles, One Harmonic Motion, SunCoast Seminars, Integrated Kinetic Neurology, and Webexercises. Our newest addition is The Institute of Manual and Manipulative Therapy® (IMMT) was founded by Dr. Dustin Buck 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.

Another one of our newer additions is Point-of-Care Ultrasound (POCUS) Certification Academy™. POCUS offers Clinical Certificates and specialty Certifications in point-of-care ultrasound that enable healthcare professionals to demonstrate clinical proficiency,  and ongoing commitment to patient care and safety. The affordable online assessments are available 24/7 from your own location and are widely recognized for distinguishing skills and abilities in handheld ultrasound.

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 data base of Physical Therapy  Certifications, Courses, Methods, Specialties and Topics offered by Continuing Education Providers. 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), Positional Release Therapist Certification (PRT-c®), Selective Functional Movement Assessment Certification (SFMA), Thrust Joint Manipulation Certification (Cert. TJM), Wellness Coach Certification (CWC), Geriatric Training Certification (GTC), 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 Align Conference 2019 – Moving Pain, American Academy of Orofacial Pain 2019 Annual Scientific Meeting,  American College of Sports Medicine 2019 International Health & Fitness Summit, Manipalooza 2019, and International Congress for Integrative Rehabilitation 2K19

Credentials and Acronyms

The CE For Therapy Credentials and Acronyms page has an extensive database of Physical Therapy Credentials,  Acronyms, Designations, and Physical Therapy Honors being used by Physical Therapy CE Providers, and 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), 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, including Dry Needling, Lymphedema, Pain Management, Aquatic, Geriatrics, Neurology, IASTM, Orthopedics, and Manual Physical Therapy.

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 is provided by the The Federation of State Boards of 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, and and 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.”

CE For Therapy Informative Posts includes Continuing Education Accreditation. “The term “CEU” is in the public domain, and it is used by many organizations 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.”

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 Continuingeducation.com website, link to page is http://www.continuingeducation.com/physical-therapy/state-ce-requirements/ .

What are the continuing education requirements for physical therapy?

Another good resource for determining individual state Continuing Education Activity Approval is the Jurisdiction Licensure Reference Guide on the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy website. Link to site is https://www.fsbpt.net/lrg/Home/LicenseRenewalCourseApproval.

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). Specialization is the process by which a physical therapist builds on a broad base of professional education and practice to develop a greater depth of knowledge and skills related to a particular area of practice. Specialty certification is voluntary, and Physical Therapists can become board-certified specialists in the following areas: 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. The length of professional DPT programs is typically 3 years, and the curriculum that is offered is prescribed by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE). The curriculum consists of around 40 individual classes plus internships, depending 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. Physical Therapists use a wide variety of evidence based modalities and manual treatment techniques that help patients reduce and manage their chronic pain. The CE For Therapy Pain Management Courses post lists major providers of Pain Management Continuing Education Courses for Physical Therapists.

IACET

The International Association for Continuing Education And Training (IACET) developed the original Continuing Education Unit (CEU) and today ensures that providers of continuing education and training can prove they provide high-quality instruction by following the ANSI/IACET Standard for Continuing Education and Training through a rigorous accreditation process. https://www.iacet.org/

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?

1970
The CEU is Born…
The CEU is born and standardized as 10 contact hours.
1977
The Task Force Grows…
The task force grows into the Council on the Continuing Education Unit (CCEU), which is 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

The term “CEU” is in the public domain, and it is used by many organizations for their continuing education or professional training hours. According to the International Association for Continuing Education and Training website https://www.iacet.org/, 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. The continuing education unit (CEU) was designed 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.
CCU

About ACCET

ACCET was founded in 1974 for the purpose of improving continuing education and training and has been officially recognized by the U.S. Department of Education since 1978 as a “reliable authority” as to the quality of education and training provided by the institutions we accredit. Accreditation serves the interests of companies, agencies, and the public through the establishment of standards, policies, and procedures in conjunction with an objective third-party professional evaluation designed to identify and inspire sound education and training practices. When such a process is matched by an institution’s commitment to high standards and accountability, a partnership for quality becomes reality. The Accrediting Council for Continuing Education & Training (ACCET) is a voluntary group of educational organizations affiliated for the purpose of improving continuing education and training. Through its support of an independent Accrediting Commission, the ACCET membership promulgates and sustains the Standards for Accreditation along with policies and procedures that measure and ensure educational standards of quality. ACCET is recognized for this purpose by the U.S. Secretary of Education and, accordingly, is listed by the U.S. Department of Education as a nationally recognized accrediting agency. https://accet.org/

ProCert

ProCert system, that is offered by The Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy. The ProCert system awards whole-number Continuing Competence Units (CCUs) values that reflect compliance with 14 Standards for Continuing Competence Activities that the FSBPT has developed. Unfortunately, CE For Therapy has been made aware that the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy will be discontinuing the ProCert program, along with the accompanying aPTitude system, at the end of 2019.