Physical Therapy Certifications

CE For Therapy has an extensive database of Physical Therapy  Certifications, Methods, Techniques, Specialties, and Topics offered by Continuing Education Providers. If you are aware of additional Physical Therapy Certifications, Specialties, Methods, Techniques, or Topics that you think should be added, please contact us.

 

 

Physical Therapy Certifications and Techniques

Applied Movement Specialist (AMS) Certification-Level 2

Pinnacle Training & Consulting Systems, LLC

Pinnacle Training & Consulting Systems, LLC ↗

This comprehensive higher level advanced education training goes into more depth from the course material experienced during level 1. An Applied Movement Specialist is an advanced fitness professional who truly understands the functional anatomy and biomechanics behind both everyday and sport movement, and is able to apply this knowledge with research, to design effective programs based on the principles of Periodization Training and Tudor Bompa. Link to AMS

Human Movement Specialist Certification

Brookbush Institute

Brookbush Institute ↗

The Human Movement Specialist (HMS) certification acknowledges that you have completed 80 hours (or more) of course work toward a growing expertise in human movement science. All courses are short (1 - 4 hours), you choose the courses you think are important to your current work environment, you get credit for each passed exam, there is no giant final exam at the end, no timelines and it’s all included in membership, with no additional fees. Link to Certification

Rhythmic Movement Training – One-Day Introduction to Blomberg Rhythmic Movement Training (BRMT)

Blomberg Rhythmic Movement Training

Blomberg Rhythmic Movement Training ↗

This one-day seminar introduces the participant to the history, philosophy and basic patterns of Rhythmic Movement Training: how BRMT was developed by Harald Blomberg, MD, in Sweden; how rhythmic exercises can be utilized to regulate muscle tone; and how these essential exercises stimulate the brain. The course also includes an overview of the most important primitive reflexes and how to integrate them with rhythmic exercises. Link to Course

Advanced Training Specialist (ATS) Certification-Level 1

Pinnacle Training & Consulting Systems, LLC

Pinnacle Training & Consulting Systems, LLC ↗

This 100% online course provides a deeper and clear understanding of how human movement occurs, by teaching the functional anatomy, biomechanical principles & biomechanics behind daily & sport specific movements. Paticipants will gain a clearer understanding of the essential integrative training components, and truly understand the foundation of periodization training, and recognize and understand comprehensively about how common movement dysfunctions occur, all based on evidenced based research with practical application. Link to ATS

Functional Movement Techniques (FMT) Basic & Advanced

RockTape

RockTape ↗

Functional Movement Techniques (FMT) is a 2-part kinesiology taping certification led by industry leading experts in movement assessment and therapy. FMT is based on the obvious yet largely overlooked concept of muscles acting as a chain. Say good-bye to agonizing over muscular origins and insertions and memorizing directions of tape. Say hello to a practical framework of ‘taping movement, not muscles’.

Process-Based Specialist in Movement & Pain (PSMP)

 Dynamic Principles, LLC

Dynamic Principles, LLC ↗

The PSMP is a 90-credit hour online and live hybrid program which can be flexibly completed over the course of 1 to 5 years. This course work is designed to help participants re-conceptualize movement, manual therapy, and pain science clinical understanding and interventions to current standards of science-based evidence, while simultaneously building up communication and behavior modification skills to help clinicians better work with clients and patients who struggle with movement and pain.

3D Movement Analysis and Performance System (3DMAPS®) Certification

Gray Institute

Gray Institute ↗

Three-Dimensional Movement Analysis and Performance System (3DMAPS) leverages movements that are authentic to everyday life by utilizing all three planes of motion. This system allows the practitioner to examine, evaluate, and treat patients based on the philosophy that the influence of one part of the body effects another. This 10-hour, 100% online course is the perfect complement for physical therapists and other movement professionals. Link to Course

Functional Movement Techniques (FMT) Blades/ Blades Advanced

RockTape

RockTape ↗

FMT Blades introduces the concept of movement therapy and performance enhancement via Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM).

The FMT Blades certification will review screening dysfunctional movement patterns and utilizing soft tissue tools. The anatomy, physiology and MOST IMPORTANTLY the neurology of myofascial soft tissue work is covered along with supporting research. IASTM intervention strategies will also be combined with kinesiology taping and corrective exercise techniques to deliver a comprehensive approach to patient care.

Pose Method Specialist Certification

Romanov Academy of Sports Science

Romanov Academy of Sports Science ↗

The Pose Method® is a system for teaching human movement and sport specific techniques developed by a 2-time Olympic Coach Dr. Nicholas S. Romanov in 1977 in the former Soviet Union. The name of the method comes from the word “pose” or “body pose”. The 2-day Certification Course is designed for Physical Therapists and Physical Therapist Assistants to learn how to use video analysis and running technique assessment tools to analyze running gait, movement patterns and identify deviations from the standard established by the Pose Method framework. Link to Pose
Method

Therapeutic Pain Specialist Certification (TPS)

Evidence In Motion

Evidence In Motion ↗

EIM’s Therapeutic Pain Specialist (TPS) Certification for health care providers is brought to you in partnership with Purdue University. TPS is an interdisciplinary pain certification, open to various health care providers, including physical therapists, physical therapist assistants, occupational therapists, occupational therapist assistants, medical doctors, doctors of osteopathy, nurses, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, psychologists and others. The six-month certification is designed for working professionals who want to advance their career and improve patient outcomes, but who need flexibility to work around their professional and personal responsibilities.

Aging-in-Place Specialist Certification (CAPS)

National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) ↗

The Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist (CAPS) designation program teaches the technical, business management, and customer service skills essential to competing in the fastest growing segment of the residential remodeling industry: home modifications for the aging-in-place.

Movement Links Certification

Movement Links

Movement Links ↗

This 4-weekend seminar series is designed to provide a deeper understanding of the movement and neuro­muscular approaches in the evaluation and manage­ment of musculoskeletal pain syndromes. Functional regional interdependence between the muscular, os­teoarticular and central nervous system in the regula­tion of movement will be a focus of discussion and practice. Upon completion of this entire series, participants will have the option to become certified clinicians after a formal testing process.

Employment Testing Specialist Certification (CETS)

The Back School

The Back School ↗

This course will cover the Employment Testing process in its entirety. It will teach you steps to develop, administer, and reassess an employment testing program for each phase of the hiring process. Participants will learn how to objectively identify essential job demands information through job site analysis and turn those essential functions into an EEOC and ADA compliant protocol.

Ergonomics Assessment Specialist Certification (CEAS™)

The Back School

The Back School ↗

The CEAS™ I certification course certifies that you are able to perform basic ergonomics analyses on multiple task jobs in the office, industrial/manufacturing, and healthcare environments, using OSHA ergonomics assessment tools – W-1, D-2 and WAC. This skills-based training program allows attendees to practice performing office and non-office ergonomics assessments with focus on identifying risk factors and determining solutions and opportunities for improvements. This Certification course is now available totally online, or as a 2-day Live Workshop in many locations across the United States throughout the year.

Advanced Office Ergonomics Assessment Specialist Certification (AOEAS®)

The Back School

The Back School ↗

This course provides a comprehensive overview of the many causative factors of and solutions for the prevention of office musculoskeletal disorders. Using the OSHA survey tool the D-2, this course certifies that you are able to perform an OSHA-compliant ergonomics analysis in multiple types of offices. Participants will learn to identify and resolve the common risk factors in today's traditional and non-traditional office environments.

Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA) Certification

Advances in Clinical Education

Advances in Clinical Education ↗

The Selective Functional Movement Assessment Course is designed for clinicians that treat patients with musculoskeletal pain and injuries. The SFMA identifies the root cause of symptoms and standardizes the way clinicians approach fundamental movement assessments. The SFMA gives heathcare professionals the ability to design a rehabilitation and exercise program that helps to normalize dysfunctional movement in patients.

Postural Alignment Specialist Certification (PAS)

Egoscue Institute

Egoscue Institute ↗

Posture therapy is a method of restoring the body back to its functional design posture, alleviating pain and allowing people get to an active, pain free lifestyle. As a Certified Postural Alignment Specialist, it is your job to help change your client's focus from a symptom-driven approach to a cause-driven approach, and you will have the knowledge on how to assist clients in relieving chronic pain through a series of gentle, corrective exercises. This method of posture therapy enables pain sufferers to free themselves from chronic pain and regain proper function of the body. Link to Egoscue Courses

S.T.R.I.D.E.™ Compression Specialist Certification (CCS)

International Lymphedema and Wound Care Training Institute

International Lymphedema and Wound Care Training Institute ↗

6hrs Online Pre-Course Work + 40 hours remote or on-site "Live" Training. 46 CE hrs Total. Course is designed to certify attendees in the selection, measuring and fitting of appropriate compression therapy for common and complex medical indications. The course will help attendees understand the pathophysiology of edemas of various etiologies, clinically differentiate between them, and make appropriate product recommendations.

Remote Ergonomics Assessment Specialist™ (REAS)

The Back School

The Back School ↗

REAS: Remote Ergonomics Assessment Specialist Certification, is an all-new certification track that gives you the skills you need to perform virtual office ergonomics assessments anywhere you have an internet connection. Attendees will learn an easy-to use, practical assessment tool that meets the industry standards of OSHA. With it, you will also receive assessment strategies and solutions for structural deficits and underlying conditions that you can use the next day.

Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization (DNS)

Movement Links

Movement Links ↗

The DNS approach involves every component of the movement system (i.e., muscles, joints, discs, nerves, and soft tissue) by stimulating movement control centers in the brain through activation of ideal inborn movement stereotypes. This, in turn, helps restore the structural and postural alignment of the body’s neuro-musculoskeletal system by evoking the global motor patterns.

Brain Injury Specialist (CBIS) Certification

Academy of Certified Brain Injury Specialists ↗

ACBIS offers a voluntary national certification program for both direct care staff and professionals working in brain injury services. ACBIS provides the opportunity to learn important information about brain injury, to demonstrate learning in a written examination, and to earn a nationally recognized credential.

Fascial Manipulation Specialist Certification (CFMS)

Fascial Manipulation® Institute

Fascial Manipulation® Institute ↗

This certification is designed to affirm that the practitioner who has completed the entire FM training cycle represents the most competent individual in providing the correct application of the method to his/her patients. The CFMS® examination can be requested by anyone who has completed the three course levels in Fascial Manipulation, and has actively used the method for a period of at least one year after completion of Level III.

Clinical Exercise Specialist Certification (CES)

Graston Technique® Specialist (GTS) – Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization Training

Graston Technique, LLC

Graston Technique, LLC ↗

The purpose of M1-Basic Training is to introduce clinicians to Graston Technique®, it's clinical applications, physiological effects/benefits and potential contraindications. M1 establishes guidelines for Graston Technique® and the basic framework for static stroke applications. M2-Advanced Training introduces load, movement and adds five new treatment strokes and new procedures for assessing musculoskeletal dysfunction while introducing the principles of regional interdependence and 3-D kinetic chain myofascial applications. To be considered eligible for the GTS credential exam, participants must first successfully complete both M1-Basic Training and M2-Advanced Training, and own or have access (through their employer) to Graston instruments. The clinician must then successfully pass the GTS credential exam.

Functional Movement Systems (FMS) Certification

Advances in Clinical Education

Advances in Clinical Education ↗

The system is the product of years of innovation and groundbreaking research. The FMS provides a standardized approach to assessing fundamental movement, identifying limitations and asymmetries, and developing individualized corrective exercise programs. When you become an FMS certified exercise professional, you will experience firsthand the efficiency and proven results of the FMS system. You will gain access to an exclusive community of certified practitioners, a wealth of constantly updated professional resources, and the database of diagnostic tools and exercises that is key to the FMS system

Corrective Exercise – Advancements in Exercise Selection: Corrective Exercise Lab

Brookbush Institute

Brookbush Institute ↗

This course is recommended for any human movement professional looking to improve their skills and knowledge of corrective/therapeutic exercise. More than 100 self-administered techniques, are covered designed to address the most common movement impairments.This is a very interactive lecture, with plenty of time given to compare techniques, discuss common practices, case studies, answer questions and refine execution. Link to Corrective Exercise

Vestibular Rehabilitation Specialist Certification (Cert.VRS)

American Musculoskeletal Institute ↗

This designation exemplifies that the practitioner has mastery in training in order to treat those with vestibular hypofunction, peripheral vestibular issues and post-concussion pathology

NeuroKinetic Therapy™ Certification

Neurokinetic Therapy

Neurokinetic Therapy ↗

NKT is both an assessment and treatment technique that addresses the causes of dysfunctional movement/coordination problems at their root in the motor control center in the cerebellum and utilizes manual muscle testing to assess if a muscle is firing properly by itself or in coordination with other muscles The basic certification includes the 15 hour Level One Course in NeuroKinetic Therapy™ corrective movement system. Level 2 and Level 3 Certification courses are also offered.

Ai Chi – Clinical Ai Chi© International Certification

Inertia Therapy Services

Inertia Therapy Services ↗

The basis of Ai Chi are it’s 19 kata’s: continuous movements that form a sequence with gradual increasing difficulty. There is no need to perform all movements. Different protocols exist, consisting of a choice of the 19 movements and/or a different amount of repetitions.
Clinical Ai Chi® is Ai Chi, which is used to solve a patient specific problem. This mostly means that it is adapted to the possibilities of a person with a musculoskeletal and/or neurological problem. The elements of Clinical Ai Chi® should fit in a custom-made treatment programme and be the result of a clinical reasoning process. Link to Course

Gray Institute for Functional Transformation (GIFT)

Gray Institute

Gray Institute ↗

This 40-week mentorship program is for all movement professionals and enthusiasts who want to become a Fellow of Applied Functional Science® (FAFS), as well as Functional Manual Reaction® (FMR). FMR is the name that Gray Institute uses to describe the application of hands to bone segments in order to facilitate an optimal sequence of motion during a functional movement. FMR evaluates and creates a three-dimensional physiological and biomechanical Chain Reaction® of the neuromusculoskeletal system consistent with the functional task.

Halliwick Aquatic Therapy/Water Specific Therapy Certification

Inertia therapy

Inertia therapy ↗

From a broad perspective Halliwick-Aquatic Therapy (HAT) is an intervention tactic that uses the specific constraints of the aquatic environment to therapeutically influence human functioning for those that have impairments in function or structure of organ systems, limitations in their activities and/or restrictions in their participation. Link to Course

FAKTR (Functional and Kinetic Treatment with Rehabilitation)

Southeast Sports Seminars

Southeast Sports Seminars ↗

FAKTR (Functional and Kinetic Treatment with Rehabilitation) incorporates the latest research and evidence-based soft-tissue techniques into a comprehensive rehabilitation system to treat common musculoskeletal disorders and complicated injuries. The concept incorporates Various manual and instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization techniques (IASTM), Cupping, Joint Compression Flossing, Visual queuing of proprioceptive movement, Active rehabilitation with therapeutic exercise, Functional movement training, and BioMechanical Taping. Link to Course

Janda Approach to Musculoskeletal Pain Syndromes

Movement Links

Movement Links ↗

Dr. Janda pioneered the concept of muscle imbalance syndromes, and developed a systematic evaluation and unique treatment approach to musculoskeletal pain syndromes. This workshop provides the scientific evidence to support the role of muscular imbalance in the pathogenesis of musculoskeletal pain.

Tendonitis – Treating Tendonitis in the Upper Extremity including Taping, IASTM, and Joint Alignment

Rehab Education

Rehab Education ↗

This one-day, combined concepts course will teach new techniques that can be used to treat pain conditions in the upper extremity. Includes extensive demonstrations, lab and video evidence to present the concept of muscle imbalance and alignment. Focus on the agonist/antagonist muscle relationship, joint kinematics with movement as well as compensation movement patterns. Explore techniques on how to improve joint ROM, eliminate pain and sensitivity, and restore balance to the upper extremity.

BioMechanical Taping with Dynamic Tape

Southeast Sports Seminars

Southeast Sports Seminars ↗

Dynamic Tape hands-on 8 hr workshops introduce you to the BioMechanical Taping Approach—taking into consideration the load and force required for proper joint movement. It’s strong recoil and lack of a rigid end-point allow it to move in all 4 directions and consistently recoil back every time. The Biomechanical approach afforded by Dynamic Tape has been quickly adopted in Australia, Europe, South America and now in North America due to its ability to directly manage load and modify movement patterns.This is not a kinesiology tape or a kinesiology taping course. Link to Course

OSTEOPOROSIS: There IS Something You Can Do About It! Practical Applications for Practice. The Meeks Method

Motivations Inc.

Motivations Inc. ↗

This webinar will focus on the comprehensive physical therapy approach to the epidemic condition of low bone mass (osteoporosis and osteopenia) with practical, safe and therapeutic movement and exercises. Focusing on better body alignment to improve muscle contraction and weight-bearing forces on bone, this innovative, comprehensive, evidence-based, 12 point approach of The Meeks Method has been shown to be useful and safe for other diagnoses, such as spinal stenosis, as well.

Brain Gym®

Motivations Inc.

Motivations Inc. ↗

This class is for anyone who wants a beginning foundation for using Brain Gym® both professionally and personally. Learn what Brain Gym® is and how it works. Experience and learn how to implement the renowned Dennison Laterality Repatterning Process for enhancing hemispheric integration. Learn about the three dimensions of brain-body intelligence, (Laterality, Centering and Focus), and how to use all 26 Brain Gym® movements to activate and integrate the whole brain. Link to Brain Gym

Performing Artist: Comprehensive Management

Institute of Clinical Excellence

Institute of Clinical Excellence ↗

This live course will cover current best evidence in the physical therapy management of the performing artist. Lecture material will cover current best practice on evaluation and functional screening, summarize the most prevalent injuries/conditions, and discuss application of manual therapy and therapeutic exercise strategies for the dance population. Lab sessions will emphasize manual therapy interventions, re-education of common movement patterns, and dance specific therapeutic exercise strategies. Course Instructor is Jessica Davis, PT, DPT, OCS. Link to Performing Artist

Medical Errors

CEUFast

CEUFast ↗

This course goes over the common issue of medical errors and how to apply strategies for prevention. Those who take this CE will be able to discuss the impact of human error, identify where these errors tend to happen and explain programs that reduce medical errors.

PGP: The Pelvic Girdle Puzzle

Institute Of Physical Art

Institute Of Physical Art ↗

This course is a lab-intensive introduction to the Functional Manual Therapy® system for the management of the pelvic girdle. In the Functional Manual Therapy® (FMT) treatment approach, management of the pelvic girdle is an essential aspect of patient care for the restoration of efficient mobility, alignment and motor control of the human system. Participants will be instructed to utilize a clinical reasoning framework for examination, evaluation, and treatment planning for the management of the patient with decreased function secondary to neuro-musculoskeletal impairments of the pelvic girdle.

Foot and Ankle – DFA: Dynamic Foot and Ankle

Institute Of Physical Art

Institute Of Physical Art ↗

This course is a lab intensive introduction to the Functional Manual Therapy® system of management for the foot and ankle. Through lecture and demonstration, the participant will gain a better understanding of the anatomical and biomechanical presentation of an efficient foot and ankle which provides for a dynamically stable and mobile base of support. Each participant will explore the biomechanical and functional impact of the foot and ankle on the entire kinetic chain and examine the role of the foot and ankle as an essential component of optimal mobility, alignment, and motor control of the human system.

Postural Restoration Certification (PRC)

Postural Restoration Intstitute

Postural Restoration Intstitute ↗

The Postural Restoration Institute credentialing program recognizes individuals with advanced training and extraordinary interest in the science of postural adaptations, asymmetrical patterns and the influence of polyarticular chains of muscles on the human body. The PRC credentialing program is available to PTs, PTAs, OTs, and chiropractors who have attended the required PRI courses, demonstrated a thorough understanding of the science through completion of the PRC application, and successfully participate in both clinical and analytical testing.

Postural Restoration Trained (PRT)

Postural Restoration Intstitute

Postural Restoration Intstitute ↗

PRT is a credential available to Athletic Trainers, Athletic Therapists and Strength and Conditioning Coaches who have attended PRI courses, demonstrated a thorough understanding of the science through completion of the PRT Application and successfully participated in both clinical and analytical testing. It recognizes practitioners with advanced training, extraordinary interest and devotion to the science of postural adaptations, asymmetrical patterns and the influence of polyarticular chains of muscles on the human body.

Oncology Rehabilitation Certification

Physiological Oncology Rehabilitation Institute

Physiological Oncology Rehabilitation Institute ↗

Starting January 2018, participants will start their PORi training with a 2-day PORi Foundation Course. Once they have completed the PORi Foundation Course, they can advance their specialty skill set by building additional specialty modules (e.g. Head & Neck Cancer; Breast Cancer, Pelvic & GI Cancers) onto the PORi Foundation Course. This will enable participants to pursue one or more specialized fields of interest within oncology rehabilitation. Each specialist module will be an assessment-based certificate program. Link to Certification Program

Vestibular Rehabilitation Certification (AIB-VR)

American Institute of Balance ↗

Requirements:
Attend the 3-day (19.5-hour) Vestibular Rehabilitation Workshop.
Demonstrate competency performing the manual portion or CRM practice.
Pass the specialist certification examination – The certification is effective for 2 years, after which re-certification is required.

Evidence Based Concussion Certification (AIB-CON)

American Institute Of Balance ↗

Requirements: Attend the 2-day (13-hour) Evidence-Based Concussion Workshop.
Demonstrate competency performing the manual portion or CRM practice.
Pass the specialist certification examination. – The certification is effective for 2 years, after which re-certification is required

Vestibular Assessment and Management Certification (AIB-VAM)

American Institute of Balance ↗

Requirements: Attend the 5-day (32.5hour) Vestibular Assessment & Management Workshop,
Demonstrate competency performing the manual portion or CRM practice.
Pass the specialist certification examination – The certification is effective for 2 years, after which re-certification is required

Thrust Joint Manipulation Certification (Cert. TJM)

Institute of Manual and Manipulative Therapy

Institute of Manual and Manipulative Therapy ↗

The Certification in Thrust Joint Manipulation (Cert. TJM) credential designates the recipient as a specialist in performing safe, effective thrust joint manipulation for the entire skeleton. Candidates for the credential must successfully complete TJM Part 1: Thrust Joint Manipulation to the Vertebral Column;
TJM Part 2: Thrust Joint Manipulation to the Vertebral Column – Expanded;
TJM Part 3: Thrust Joint Manipulation to the TMJ, Rib, and Extremity
TJM; and Part 4: Certification in Thrust Joint Manipulation (Cert. TJM).

Kinesis Myofascial Integration

Anatomy Trains

Anatomy Trains ↗

Kinesis myofascial Integration (KMI) is a series of 12 deep sessions that work progressively through the entire body to promote balance, ease, and movement coordination – as well as a vivid and accurate self-image through kinesethetic perception and myofascial release.

Applied Functional Science Certification (CAFS®)

Gray Institute

Gray Institute ↗

CAFS® was developed for movement professionals from all industries and from all levels. The program includes more than 25 hours of video content, testing, and supplemental documents to help you design and implement functional programs based on the needs, wants, and goals of each unique client. CAFS is entirely online and can be completed at your own pace. Once enrolled, the student will have access to the content for a period o three years and can continue to access the content even after completion. Link to CAFS

Bad Ragaz Ring Method© International Certification

Inertia Therapy Services

Inertia Therapy Services ↗

The Bad Ragaz Ring Method® (BRRM) is a hands-on aquatic therapy concept, based on e.g. Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation (PNF). It developed at Bad Ragaz in Switzerland in the 1960s and aims at increasing muscular function at different levels of muscular intensity. Mainly inter-muscular coordination, intra-muscular coordination and muscular endurance are known to be addressed. Muscles are activated via patterns of movement, performed against operator resistance and utilizing a variety of techniques such as combination of isotonics and dynamic reversals. Link to Course

FM I: Functional Mobilization™

Institute Of Physical Art

Institute Of Physical Art ↗

Written and developed by Gregory S. Johnson, PT, FFFMT, FAAOMPT and Vicky Saliba Johnson, PT, FFFMT, FAAOMPT. FM I was the first biomechanical soft tissue mobilization (STM) course offered to the PT profession. It presents an integrated approach to patient care with emphasis on soft tissue mobilization combined with PNF, joint mobilization and exercise training. FM I trains the participant to observe structure, posture, and movement and correlate the presenting mechanical, neuromuscular, and motor control objective findings to dysfunctions in the soft tissue system.

PNF: Functional Neuromuscular and Motor Control Training

Institute Of Physical Art

Institute Of Physical Art ↗

To effectively treat as a Functional Manual Therapist®, one must address the interrelationship between the neuromuscular, soft tissue, and articular systems. PNF offers a dynamic and functional evaluation and treatment approach to this interrelationship based on specific analysis of motor recruitment patterns and Characteristics of Neuromuscular Function. This course progresses from specific shoulder girdle, pelvic girdle, and trunk patterns to weight bearing postures and movements. Content emphasizes the establishment of efficient motor recruitment patterns for rehabilitation of neurological and orthopedic patients and post manipulative techniques.

Pilates Reformer Certification

Australian Physiotherapy and Pilates Institute

Australian Physiotherapy and Pilates Institute ↗

The certification course is comprised of six days of practical and theoretical teaching. You must have attended Pilates for Rehabilitation (Matwork Level 1) or equivalent two-day matwork course with a recognised Pilates training institution. in order to attend this certification course. Ninety five beginner and intermediate original and APPI evolved movements are taught along with countless modifications and variations There is a 60 minute written examination and a 60 minute practical examination for APPI reformer certification. Link to Certification

Compression Band Flossing Practitioner Certification

RockTape

RockTape ↗

FMT RockFloss Certification introduces the concept of skin/fascial/nerve gliding to help reduce tissue swelling, improve movement and modulate pain* with the use of ‘compression band floss’.This course will cover the anatomy, physiology and neurology of the effects of compression band flossing on connective tissue gliding, tissue traction and tissue compression.

Myofascial Cupping Practitioner Certification

RockTape

RockTape ↗

FMT RockPods Certification introduces the concept of skin/fascial decompression to help improve tissue mobility, improve movement and modulate pain* with the use of myofascial cups. This course will cover the anatomy, physiology and neurology of the effects of myofascial cupping on connective tissue gliding, tissue traction and tissue decompression. Interventions with cupping (RockPods) will be reviewed based on the literature and integrated into current rehabilitative concepts

AquaStretch

Aquatic Therapy & Rehab Institute

Aquatic Therapy & Rehab Institute ↗

Introduction to AquaStretch Technique. AS is a new form of facilitated aquatic exercise that has been successful in treating various patient populations, including people with chronic pain, joint replacements, wellness participants, and elite athletes. AquaStretch™ theoretically breaks down fascial adhesions utilizing a combination of the facilitator / therapist’s manual pressure and the client / patient’s active movement. This one-day introductory AS course will cover the basic wellness applications. Topics include starting positions and grips for several AS techniques within the wellness program paradigm. Link to Aquastretch

Contemporary NDT Treatment of the Baby and Young Child

Education Resources Inc

Education Resources Inc ↗

This practical and engaging course teaches participants strategies to maximize functional outcomes for children 0-3 years old by focusing on treatment of the trunk, lower extremity, and upper extremity as well as tools to improve transitional movements, standing and walking skills.

Fitness Athletes Clinical Management Certification (CERT-CMFA)

Institute of Clinical Excellence

Institute of Clinical Excellence ↗

Obtaining the Cert-CMFA is a sure fire way to set yourself up as THE provider in your community who best serves CrossFit and other recreational and competitive athletes. The combination of evidence based lectures, relevant literature reviews, and video analysis of proper movement performance, takes your targeted exercise prescription skills to a completely different level. Link to Cert-CMFA

Autism – Motor Matters! Evidence-based Interventions for Children and Youth with Autism

Apply EBP ↗

Motor Matters! will discuss the movement challenges faced by children and youth with ASD, and how an interdisciplinary collaborative approach can result in increased participation and occupational performance in meaningful activities in schools, homes, and communities. With a focus on evidence-based practices, participants will be involved in hands-on activities. They will explore tools to assess the fine and gross motor needs of children and youth with ASD, and the use of appropriate modification.

Scapular Dysfunction- Functional Assessment and Treatment of Scapular Dysfunction Course

PT Seminars

PT Seminars ↗

A systematic approach that includes scapular position, muscle performance, and movement patterns is required to best understand the role of scapular dysfunction in patients with shoulder pain. This webinar will provide a scientific basis for the evaluation and treatment of scapular dysfunction based on the latest evidence and current clinical thought. Link to Course

Scapular Dyskinesis

PTWebucation

PTWebucation ↗

This course presents an introductory clinical understanding of the scapula and its role in the rehabilitation of shoulder injuries while specifically examining the deleterious effects associated with scapular dyskinesis. The intent of this course is to review the gross anatomy and basic movement patterns in the shoulder, the pathomechanics of scapular dysfunction, and the evaluation and treatment of the scapulothoracic complex as supported by evidence based literature.

Myotherapy – Bonnie Prudden Myotherapy® Certification

Bonnie Prudden Myotherapy

Bonnie Prudden Myotherapy ↗

The Certification program is divided into three levels, and each LEVEL is divided into three phases. The Level I Certification consists of a Phase I, 28 hour hands on instruction workshop that prepares trainees to treat patients utilizing Bonnie Prudden “Quick Fix” Myotherapy and Corrective Movements. Level I phase II consists of a Practicum, and Phase III consists of the Practical, Oral and Written Board examination. Once a trainee has taken the Level I class, successfully completed the practicum and passed all Board Exams, he/she will hold the title of Certified Bonnie Prudden Myotherapy Technician. Link to Certification Process

Constraint-Induced Therapy: Introduction to Modified Constraint-Induced Therapy

MedBridge

MedBridge ↗

Learn the most well-known and intensively studied neurorehabilitative therapy, taught by one of its pioneers! Learn from Dr. Page, who was the first to develop and implement modified, distributed versions of constraint-induced therapy, and to show that this reimbursable outpatient approach changes the brains and movements of patients even decades after brain injury and stroke. In this introductory course, Dr. Page will introduce the rationale, scientific basis, and practical application of modified constraint induced therapy into your clinic, including applications to the upper and lower extremities and speech.
Link to MedBridge

Dynamic Neurocognitive Imagery™ (DNI)™

Franklin Method

Franklin Method ↗

Dynamic Neuro-cognitive Imagery (DNI)™ is an imagery-based codified method for movement and postural control retraining. (DNI)™ combines knowledge and research from a variety of fields, including, anatomy, kinesiology, biomechanics, and neuroscience. The DNI approach has developed tools and approaches for imagery use which are being implemented nowadays in many dance academies universities around the world. Link to DNI

LSVT BIG Certification

LSVT Global, Inc.

LSVT Global, Inc. ↗

LSVT Global, Inc. trains and certifies physical and occupational therapy professionals and students in LSVT BIG®, a specialized, evidence-based therapy to improve function and movement in people with Parkinson disease and other neurological conditions. The LSVT BIG Training and Certification Course can be taken in person at a 2-day course or may be taken as a self-paced online course. Certification is awarded to learners who receive at least an 85% on a multiple-choice examination. Link to LSVT BIG Online and Live Certification Courses

Smart Tools Certified Clinician (STCC)

Smart Tools

Smart Tools ↗

Level 1 Certification: This course lays the foundation for how to properly use the SMART Tools most effectively with respect to movement.This is an evidence-based technique that stresses early loading exercises and kinesiology tape after SMART Tools treatment.

 

Physical Therapy Certifications

CE for Therapy presently features multiple providers that offer a wide variety of Physical Therapy Certifications, Methods and Techniques. Here are some brief descriptions of some of our favorites, taken from the Physical Therapy Certifications / Techniques appearing above:

Torticollis: Assessment and Treatment of Infants and Children Online Series, offered by Education Resources, Inc.,  is instructed by Cindy Miles, PT, PhD, PCS, NDT, a leading expert on torticollis and plagiocephaly, who discusses the increased incidence, etiology, and pathophysiology of this disorder. This course is chock-full of case studies and interactive at-home lab practice opportunities to provide the knowledge of effective assessment and treatment of children with torticollis. Evidence-based treatment strategies that can be integrated into routines and functional play will be provided as well as recommendations for follow-up. At-home labs are offered and can be practiced with a baby-doll or partner.

 

3D Movement Analysis and Performance System (3DMAPS®) Certification,  offered by the Gray Institute, leverages movements that are authentic to everyday life by utilizing all three planes of motion. This system allows the practitioner to examine, evaluate, and treat patients based on the philosophy that the influence of one part of the body effects another. This 10-hour, 100% online Physical Therapy Certifications course is the perfect complement for physical therapists and other movement professionals.

Physical Therapy Certifications

Advanced Office Ergonomics Assessment Specialist Certification (AOEAS®), offered by The Back School, provides a comprehensive overview of the many causative factors of and solutions for the prevention of office musculoskeletal disorders. Using the OSHA survey tool the D-2, this Physical Therapy Certifications course certifies that you are able to perform an OSHA-compliant ergonomics analysis in multiple types of offices. Participants will learn to identify and resolve the common risk factors in today’s traditional and non-traditional office environments.

Process-Based Specialist in Movement & Pain (PSMP), offered by Dynamic Priniciples LLC, is a 90-credit hour online and live hybrid Physical Therapy Certifications program which can be flexibly completed over the course of 1 to 5 years. This course work is designed to help participants re-conceptualize movement, manual therapy, and pain science clinical understanding and interventions to current standards of science-based evidence, while simultaneously building up communication and behavior modification skills to help clinicians better work with clients and patients who struggle with movement and pain. In this process, clinicians are introduced to a biopsychosocial process-based framework called the Movement with Pain Framework (MWPF) to help them take on uncertainty and complexity with increased comfort. This coursework is combined with a portfolio review to encourage the clinician to incorporate different science-based perspectives from other educators within the domains of Movement, Manual Therapy, Communication, and Behavior. The program finishes with a capstone providing opportunities for both conceptual and experiential integration.

 

Geriatric Certification, offered by Evidence in Motion, offers PTs and OTs the opportunity to develop expertise in the clinical management of the aging patient population. The evidence‑based curriculum focuses on the development of clinical competencies in the treatment of older adults with functional and cognitive decline with the intention of returning patients to active and healthy lifestyles. Coursework for this Physical Therapy Certifications course consists of a dynamic combination of didactic, collaborative, and clinical education experiences using a blend of distance learning, online courses, and weekend intensive on-site courses.

Applied Functional Science Certification (CAFS®)Link to CAFS offered by the Gray Institute, was developed for movement professionals from all industries and from all levels. The program includes more than 25 hours of video content, testing, and supplemental documents to help you design and implement functional programs based on the needs, wants, and goals of each unique client. CAFS is entirely online and can be completed at your own pace. Once enrolled, the student will have access to the content for a period of three years and can continue to access the content to this Physical Therapy Certifications course even after completion.

Advanced Exercise Therapist Certification (AET) offered by the
Egoscue Institute, Link to EI will further develop your existing skill set. With your 5-year certification, you will be a health professional with a level of proficiency in the Method that very few have achieved. While this Physical Therapy Certifications course hits on a wide variety of topics, the program provides a particular focus on the gross anatomy knowledge needed for many of your therapeutic interactions.Practitioners with the AET Certification are the only students allowed to open an Egoscue Method facility. Link to Egoscue

Functional Manual Therapy Certification (CFMT), offered by the
Institute Of Physical Art, is an intense 4 days of review of 8 required courses, followed by 2 days of written and oral/practical testing. The Following is the required Physical Therapy Certifications course work: Functional Mobilization I, CoreFirst™ Strategies for Back Education and Training, Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation I, FMT Foundations, Functional Mobilization II, Functional Mobilization Lower Quadrant, Functional Mobilization Upper Quadrant, and in addition, applicants must Attend Functional Gait.

The Human Movement Specialist (HMS) certification, offered by the Brookbush Institute, acknowledges that you have completed 80 hours (or more) of course work toward a growing expertise in human movement science. All courses are short (1 – 4 hours), you choose the courses you think are important to your current work environment, you get credit for each passed exam, there is no giant final exam at the end, no timelines and it’s all included in membership, with no additional fees. Link to Brookbush

In order to receive the Kinesio Taping® Practitioner Certification (CKTP), offered by Kinesio University, candidates must complete the Kinesio Taping Assessments, Fundamental Concepts and Techniques, and the Advanced Techniques and Clinical Reasoning Approved Seminars, and then must pass the online CKTP Exam with 80% or higher. The letters “CKTP” after a name ensure confidence that the practitioner has undergone the necessary training to integrate Kinesio Taping in to their practice.

Physical Therapy Certifications

Offers Physical Therapy Certifications

WoundEducators.com offers Physical Therapy Certifications. The PT Wound Care Certification Course Online Training Component contains 17 interactive modules that pertain to all areas of wound management and includes digital images, animated activities, and video clips that demonstrate important learning concepts. The Certification Training Kit has a current wound management textbook that reinforces online training, an Interactive CD containing case studies that allow you to apply your wound care knowledge through the diagnosis and treatment of patients, and a Wound Certification Study guide that includes an outline of each module and a note-taking area. The course requires 57 Hours to complete. Link to Cert Course

Physical Therapy Certifications

Constraint-Induced Therapy: Introduction to Modified Constraint-Induced Therapy
Offered by MedBridge. Link to MedBridge Learn the most well-known and intensively studied neurorehabilitative therapy, taught by one of its pioneers! Learn from Dr. Page, who was the first to develop and implement modified, distributed versions of constraint-induced therapy, and to show that this reimbursable outpatient approach changes the brains and movements of patients even decades after brain injury and stroke. In this introductory course, Dr. Page will introduce the rationale, scientific basis, and practical application of modified constraint-induced therapy into your clinic, including applications to the upper and lower extremities and speech.

Physical Therapy Certifications

Healthy-Steps Certification

The Healthy-Steps Certification training program is offered as an intensive two or three-day workshop. The Instructor Certification includes technical training, as well as access to marketing resources and how-to guides, promotional materials and licensed merchandise. As a Healthy-Steps instructor, you’ll also have access to a worldwide network of Healthy-Steps instructors, providing each other with guidance, expertise and encouragement. In this Certification Workshop, you will receive comprehensive training, including the guidelines of Healthy-Steps, when your client should begin and how to alter the program as needed, music and its impact on recovery, and when to refer to other health care professionals.

CLINICAL AI CHI©- Certification Course offered by Inertia Therapy Services

The basis of Ai Chi is it’s 19 kata’s: continuous movements that form a sequence with gradual increasing difficulty. There is no need to perform all movements. Different protocols exist, consisting of a choice of the 19 movements and/or a different amount of repetitions.
Clinical Ai Chi® is Ai Chi, which is used to solve a patient-specific problem. This mostly means that it is adapted to the possibilities of a person with a musculoskeletal and/or neurological problem. The elements of Clinical Ai Chi® should fit in a custom-made treatment program and be the result of a clinical reasoning process.

Certified Expert in Applied Geriatric Neurology offered by Great Seminars and Books

This 5-hour course is designed to extend and enrich learning in the area of geriatric neurology. Prerequisites: successful completion of (>80% correct on the post-test) of 5 of the following 7 courses:

  • Gait & Balance: Not Falling for You
  • Seating and Mobility: Choose the Right Path
  • Wiihabilitation: You Never Knew Skilled PT Could Be This Fun
  • Vestibular Rehabilitation: Does the Thought Make Your Head Spin?
  • A Master Clinician Demystifies MS: Steps to Rehab Success for Patients with Multiple Sclerosis.
  • A Master Clinician Confronts Stroke
  • Neuro-Oncological Rehab: Head to Toe

 

Musculoskeletal (MSK) Soft Tissue Point-of-Care Ultrasound (POCUS) Certificate offered by Point-of-Care Ultrasound (POCUS)

The MSK Soft Tissue Clinical Certificate is appropriate for medical professionals whose scope of practice requires the evaluation of MSK Soft Tissue to identify Abscess, Muscle Tear, and other common pathologies. POCUS for the evaluation of MSK Soft Tissue is portable, allowing for real-time imaging and on-the-spot interpretation. Point-of-Care Ultrasound can be used by physicians, advanced practice providers (e.g., physician assistants, nurse practitioners, physical therapists), and other medical professionals who use POCUS for clinical evaluation or therapeutic decision making.

Frequently Asked Physical Therapy Certifications Questions:

How many years does it take to become a physical therapist?

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 course pre-requisites for admission vary significantly across PT education programs. PT programs may require preprofessional (pre-PT/undergraduate) science courses to be completed in a 4-year university/college within the 7-10 years prior to enrollment.

How do you become a certified physical therapist?

After graduation, Physical Therapists have the opportunity to become Board-certified Clinical Specialists through the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties (ABPTS). Specialty certification is voluntary, and Physical Therapists can become board-certified specialists in the following areas: Cardiovascular and Pulmonary, Clinical Electrophysiology, Geriatrics, Neurology, Orthopedics, Pediatrics, Sports Physical Therapy, and Women’s Health.  Two avenues that are associated with significant PT Post Graduate Continuing Competency costs, are Clinical Residency and Clinical Fellowships.

A Clinical Residency is a planned program of post-professional clinical and didactic education for physical therapists that is designed to significantly advance a physical therapist resident’s preparation as a provider of patient care services in a defined area of clinical practice. A Clinical Fellowship is a planned program of post-professional clinical and didactic education for a physical therapist who demonstrates clinical expertise in an area of clinical practice related to the practice focus of the fellowship.

NEW ABPTRFE Policies

During the past year there have been several changes in the policies that the American Board of Physical Therapy Residency and Fellowship Education (ABPTRFE) has put into place, that has caused some practitioners to be concerned about the basic survival of Residency and Fellowship programs.

ABPTRFE now has the following policies:

  • Item 13.4 “Change in Curriculum” – requires a physical site visit for every additional participant practice site after the addition of a second new practice site in one calendar year.
  • 4.2.4  Admission Criteria: requiring residency training, or American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties (ABPTS) specialist certification– i.e. the elimination of the “Skills Track” as the third path for admission to a fellowship program.

Some practitioners are concerned that these new policies  threaten the future of post-professional residency and fellowship programs because they create divisiveness, disruption, and increased administrative burden in these clinical training programs. CE For Therapy will cover this issue on the “Physical Therapy Residency and Fellowship Programs Face ABPTRFE Mandated Changes” Post

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