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 Fascial Manipulation® Institute, Positional Release Therapy (PRT) Institute, Move Play Thrive, and Consultants for the Future. 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), and Wellness Coach Certification (CWC).

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, 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, AET, CAFS, 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.”

Physical Therapy Continuing Education Featured Providers

CE For Therapy has multiple major providers of Physical Therapy CEUs, such as MedBridge, International Academy of Orthopedic Medicine – US, HomeCEU, Evidence in Motion and Active Release Techniques, to name a few,  that offer live or on-demand courses.

MedBridge currently has over 700 Online On-demand courses offering CEUs listed on its search page, with topics including Acute Care, Documentation, Business & Marketing, Compliance, Cardiovascular and Pulmonary, Geriatrics, Neurology, Orthopedics, Pediatrics, Sports, Women’s Health and Pelvic Rehabilitation, Hand Therapy, Ethics & License Requirements, Direct Access, and Exercise Physiology.

HomeCEU offers convenient text-based, premium video-based, and live interactive CEU options. With Flex Packages, you can mix and match the top selling courses, with over 1,000 hours of course options to choose from. The text and video-based on-demand courses are mobile friendly – so you can complete your physical therapy continuing education courses on your tablet or phone, whenever and wherever you are! Get 20% off your CEUs (and get peace of mind) with promo code: CE4T20

Today, the IAOM-US is closely connected with the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center where there is an IAOM-US Fellowship program accredited by AAOMPT (close relationship with IFOMPT). The IAOM-US is able to constantly benefit from the latest research, techniques, and philosophies to ensure our educational programs are constantly evolving. We are also an approved provider for the Board of Certification for Athletic trainers, as well as an approved provider for the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy.

Featured Provider – Integrated Kinetic Neurology

Integrated Kinetic Neurology is a system born out of an understanding that there is no singular approach to healing the human body. IKN offers live and online courses. Course participants will learn hands on techniques including neurolymphatic activation points, and will discover the power of applied neurology and how to harness it to improve pain and build neurological connections by learning neuro-balancing movements to harness specific neurology facilitating change. Additional training is provided for assessment and training of all sensory systems including visual, vestibular and more to create an integrated state.

Featured Provider – Positional Release Therapy (PRT) Institute

Positional Release Therapy (PRT) also known by its parent term, strain counterstrain, is a form of manual medicine that resolves pain and tissue dysfunction. PRT-i faculty utilize sound evidence-based adult learning teaching approaches so that your learning experience is both rewarding and lasting. All instructional offerings adhere to an instructor to participant ratio of 1:12 to maximize your hands-on learning experience. PRT-i offers multiple courses, including “Positional Release Therapy: An Evidence-Based Update”, “Spine and Pelvis PRT”, and “Lower Quarter PRT”.  Link to PRTi Courses The Positional Release Therapist Certification (PRT-c®) program is described on the Certifications/Techniques page. Read More

Featured Provider – Healthy-Steps

The Healthy-Steps Program is designed to maximize participation and activity, regardless of physical ability, Healthy-Steps is fun and easy to do, and no special abilities are required. Healthy-Steps improves the physical and emotional well-being of adults and children. The goal is to elevate quality of life through therapeutic exercise and movement; healing body, mind and spirit. Two physicians and a dance movement specialist created this program. Over the years, the Healthy-Steps/ Lebed Method program has had several Medical studies published on its success in several journals, also newspapers including the Miami Herald, Denver Post, Seattle Times, and New York Times, national publications including People, CURE, Oxygen, MAMM and Health magazine, and featured on broadcast television programs including: The Today Show, Lifetime Live and BBC America. Healthy-Steps is offered in over 700 locations worldwide.

 

Another of our featured providers is a well known provider of Online Physical Therapy CE,  MedBridge.

Physical Therapy CEUS

Physical Therapy CEUS

MedBridge currently has a growing library of over 900 accredited, evidence-based courses offering Physical Therapy CE listed on its search page, with many new courses added monthly. Topics include Acute Care, Documentation, Business & Marketing, Compliance, Cardiovascular and Pulmonary, Geriatrics, Neurology, Orthopedics, Pediatrics, Sports, Women’s Health and Pelvic Rehabilitation, Hand Therapy, Ethics & License Requirements, Direct Access, and Exercise Physiology. Within those multiple topics, we have noted some particularly interesting courses such as Bike Hab: Exercises for Biking Link to Bike Hab, presented by    Jay Dicharry, MPT, SCS, The Functional Manual Therapy® Approach to the Pelvic Girdle presented by Gregory S. Johnson, PT, FAAOMPT, and Sports Hernia Injury, Rehabilitation & Prevention, presented by Tim Tyler MS, PT, ATC.

Physical Therapy CEUS

Physical Therapy CEUS

There are 4 separate Advanced Certification Prep Programs that are offered by MedBridge.  These include the SCS Prep-Program, the OCS Prep-Program, the GCS Prep-Program, and the NCS Prep-Program. These programs give the participant the tools needed to pass the individual specialist certification exams. And they also gain expertise, and elevate the profession. This all occurs while earning Physical Therapy CEUs. These prep programs align with the Sports Description of Specialty Practice, and the Orthopaedic Description of Specialty Practice. They also align with the Geriatric Description of Specialty Practice, as  defined by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties.

Instructors

We have noted that the MedBridge GCS Prep-program includes courses from well known clinicians. This includes Kathryn Brewer, PT, DPT, MEd, GCS, CEEAA,  Jennifer M. Bottomley, PT, MS, PhD, Karen Mueller, PhD, DPT, PT, and Kay Wing, PT, DPT, NCS. MedBridge has included in the the GCS Prep-program   course titles such as Medicare A Essentials: Documentation and Key Concepts, and Integrating Priority Outcome Measures When Assessing Aging Adults. The Adult Learner and Implications for Patient Education, and Medical Complexity : Defining Frailty and Age-Related Changes are also Included.

Physical Therapy Continuing Education Tracker

MedBridge now offers 70+ compliance courses to help clinics and organizations streamline compliance training, mitigate risk, maintain profitability. Compliance courses also help clinics stay in accordance with regulatory requirements. The MedBridge site also contains Breakout Videos, Reference tools, a Physical Therapy CEUs tracker and periodic live Webinars. Medbridge also has 300+ Pediatric Physical Therapy CE courses across all disciplines. These include a substantial number of school-based courses to help therapists better treat their caseloads!

CE For Therapy viewers are able to subscribe to the  MedBridge basic plan, which includes Continuing Education, Compliance Training, Certification Prep Programs, Live Webinars, and a Clinician Mobile App, for a discounted annual fee of $200, if they use this link: https://www.medbridgeeducation.com/ce-for-therapy or by  entering the promo code CEforTHERAPY  on the  MedBridge cart page.

Additional Featured Physical Therapy CEUs Provider

Physical Therapy CEUs

Another one of our featured providers of Online Physical Therapy CEUs is HomeCEUConnection. who provides an unlimited subscription to Physical Therapy University. HomeCEU offers convenient text-based, premium video-based, and live interactive CEU options – something for every learning style and budget! The text and video-based on-demand courses are mobile friendly – so you can complete your CE courses on your tablet or phone, whenever and wherever you are! HomeCEU is offering offering to CE For Therapy visitors a special 20% discount on all of their courses and popular Flex packages with promo code: CE4T20. With a Flex Packages, you can mix and match their top selling courses, with over 1,000 hours of course options to choose from! Or, if you want individual courses, this special offer applies to EVERYTHING.

Get 20% off your CEUs (and get peace of mind) with promo code: CE4T20  Link to Home CEU

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 CEUs 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.

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.