Physical Therapy Certifications

This month CE For Therapy has partnered with PESI Inc. to offer the online course Orthopedic Myofascial Certificate: Solutions for Pain, Posture & Mobility. Link to Course  Join Theresa Schmidt, PT, DPT, MS, OCS, LMT, CEAS, CHy to build a solid foundation in the leading soft tissue treatment techniques, including: Myofascial Release, Cupping, Trigger Point Release, Positional Release (strain and counterstrain), Foam rollers and Mobilization Tools, AND MORE!

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

Interactive Metronome Certification

Interactive Metronome ↗

Join Interactive Metronome University for this stimulating virtual workshop that includes an in-depth discussion of the evidence and rationale for use of IM as it relates to students and patients encountered in academic and therapy settings. Participants will brainstorm and interact with the instructor and each other as they learn to implement the Interactive Metronome through direct, hands-on training. The instructor will provide tips and best practices that have been shown to facilitate outcomes.

Completion of this course leads to full Interactive Metronome Certification and ASHA/AOTA/PT CEUs/contact hours in select states (pending successful completion of a written exam).

Scoliosis Treatment Certification – Rigo Method

Schroth-Barcelona Institute / BSPTS North America

Schroth-Barcelona Institute / BSPTS North America ↗

These courses provide in-depth explanation of anatomy, etiology, clinical examination, and treatment of different scoliosis curve patterns. Course format includes lectures, labs and live patient demonstration. The Base course is offered online, and in person. The online course is self-paced with 6 weeks to complete. It is open to all those interested in scoliosis theory. The Levels 1-3 are proprietary for physical therapists and include lecture, lab and patient demonstration. Physical therapists will be able to treat patients immediately following the Level 1 course. Certification is achieved after successful completion of Level 3.

Manual Exercise Therapist Certification (CMET)

MET (Medical Exercise Therapy)

MET (Medical Exercise Therapy) ↗

METSeminarsUSA offers the credentials: Certified Manual Exercise Therapist Traditionally, Medical Exercise Therapy has always been provided in conjunction with manual therapy. The scientific literature now greatly supports the view that for many musculo-skeletal conditions the combination of manual therapy and exercise produces greater improvements in pain, impairment, function, quality of life and patient satisfaction. The M.E.T. METhodology promotes an alignment of the administered manual therapy intervention and the design of the follow-up therapeutic exercise.

Hesch Method

Hesch Institute

Hesch Institute ↗

The Hesch Method of Manual Therapy is an innovative, effective treatment to restore normative whole-body joint function, developed by Dr. Jerry Hesch, MHS, PT, DPT. The goal of the Hesch Method is to provide an alternative to ineffective long-term treatment commonly referred to as the "treatment roller coaster." The Method uses palpatory literacy skills and gentle restoration of joint and dense connective tissue and soft tissue function through reflexes and gentle sustained forces as opposed to a quick adjustment.

Running Technique Specialist Certification (CRTS)

Romanov Academy of Sports Science

Romanov Academy of Sports Science ↗

The Certified Running Technique Specialist (Pose Method) credential is for any individual who wants to demonstrate a higher level of running technique instruction, coaching knowledge and ability. The purpose of the CRTS (Pose Method) is to ensure that an individual possesses the knowledge and competency required to teach and train clients safely and effectively. To attain this credential individuals must meet all eligibility requirements, pass the CRTS (Pose Method) examination, and commit to a standard of professional practice. As the demand for skilled Technique Specialists is at a critical level due to increase in movement related injuries and increase in numbers of participants in athletic activities, practitioners who hold the CRTS (Pose Method) certification are well positioned to provide the professional skills necessary to successfully lead and achieve positive results.

Masgutova Neurosensorimotor Integration (MNRI) Method

Svetlana Masgutova Educational Institute ↗

The Masgutova Neurosensorimotor Reflex Integration (MNRI) Method is comprised of a number of integration programs, each designed to reinforce and optimize the integration of primary motor reflex patterns.

Swim Angelfish Methodology Certification

Swim Angelfish

Swim Angelfish ↗

Swim Angelfish methodology works to improve swim skills and safety for swimmers with Anxiety, Attention Difficulties, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Sensory Challenges, Coordination Problems, Physical Disabilities and more. The E-Learning Certification Course Includes 15 Hours of Online Training, 16 Video Lectures, 75+ page Study Guide, 18 Video Sessions, 75 question Exam, Printable Certificate and Access to “Ask your Instructor”. 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.

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

Fascial Manipulation® Courses by Stecco

Structure & Function Education

Structure & Function Education ↗

. Structure & Function Education is a proud provider of Fascial Manipulation® courses by Stecco. Fascial Manipulation® is a manual therapy that has been developed by Luigi Stucco PT, in collaboration with children Carla Stecco and Antonio Stecco (both MDs, PhDs), over the last 40 years, focusing on fascia and deep muscular fascia. This method presents a complete biomechanical model that assists in deciphering the role of fascia in musculoskeletal disorders. Learn more about the Fascial Manipulation® Method and Structure & Function Education scheduled courses at This Link

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.

Sacroiliac Joint Specialist Certification


PESI Inc. ↗

Welcome to the Hesch method. For almost 40 years, Dr. Jerry Hesch has been teaching and applying this unique, evidence-based method of manual therapy — a whole body approach to evaluating and treating movement dysfunction. In this completely self-paced online certification course, you’ll explore the latest and most relevant research regarding interventions for sciatica, low back, pelvic girdle, and hip pain. Hands-on labs and real-life case studies show you exactly how to screen and treat lumbopelvic-hip motion dysfunction.

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

CoreFirst® Strategies (CFS)

Institute Of Physical Art

Institute Of Physical Art ↗

CoreFirst® Strategies presents a methodical and unique functional assessment and treatment program for patients with dysfunctions of the spine. The CFS approach, originated and developed by Vicky Saliba Johnson, PT, FFFMT, FAAOMPT, trains the therapist to directly correlate an evaluation of the patient’s base of support, alignment, and Lumbar Protective Mechanism to the patient’s motor activation and strength response. Link to Course

Voice and Swallowing Disorders – Foundations in Manual Therapy: Voice and Swallowing Disorders

Freedom Physical Therapy Services

Freedom Physical Therapy Services ↗

The clinician will learn to understand and apply manual therapy (MT) as a multifactorial method of impacting issues of voice and swallowing. After successful completion of this online module, the therapist will: Demonstrate the ability to apply an effective patient-directed method of manual therapy evaluation; describe and demonstrate the various treatment options in a manual therapy session, including cross-handed, single-handed, compression, gathering/lifting, and traction; and describe options and apply effective treatment for the remediation of a variety of voice/swallowing and related disorders.

Feldenkrias Professional Training Program (FPTP) Certification

Cupping Therapy Intro: Home Study


Educise ↗

Myofascial Cupping therapy is a centuries-old method for managing medical conditions, based on traditional Asian medicine. that can be used to release scar tissue and fascial adhesions, manage trigger points, improve circulation and relieve pain. In this introductory intensive, hands-on course, you will experience the benefits of cupping techniques with clinical tips on how to utilize specialized manual therapy tools to improve functional outcomes with measurable results. Link to Cupping

Muscle Energy and Soft Tissue Techniques for the Upper Quadrant

Therapy Network Seminars

Therapy Network Seminars ↗

This lab intensive course presents both Muscle Energy Techniques (MET) and Soft Tissue Mobilization (STM) and for the cervical and upper thoracic spines, upper ribs and shoulder regions. The participants will be instructed in the science and principles of these techniques along with an overview of the anatomy and biomechanics of the regions. This course will provide the participant with the understanding and necessary skills to apply these techniques in the clinic environment.

Cumulative Trauma Disorders: An Evidenced-Based Approach

Exploring Hand Therapy

Exploring Hand Therapy ↗

This 12 Contact Hour movie course will challenge your clinical skills. The instructor Paul Bonzani MOTR, CHT, takes you from occupation functional concepts/approaches, to anatomical considerations, to soft tissue pathology to neuroanotomy and biomechanics. The instructor discusses common and not so common cumulative trauma disorders or repetitive strain disorders from the shoulder to the finger. A 117 page full color manual is included with FAQ, photos, PP, and references, and the Instructional Methods include PowerPoint presentation, lecture, and videos to enhance understanding. Link to Course

Epicondylitis – Lateral Epicondylitis: The Therapists Approach to Conquering Pain

Exploring Hand Therapy

Exploring Hand Therapy ↗

This interactive course is in movie format, and the instructor is Nancy Falkenstein, OTR/L CHT. Instructional methods include: Lecture, examination, and demonstrations, PowerPoint presentation and video to enhance understanding. This course reviews bony landmarks, discusses causative factors, and ways to modify common tasks and treat lateral epicondylitis. This course will help the therapist gain control of this difficult diagnosis. PowerPoint presentation, lecture, and video to enhance understanding. Upon successful completion of the examination (80%) your certificate will be sent via email. Link to Course

Cadaver Dissection, Upper Extremity – Package Promotion ↗

This dynamic 3 part movie package is a great way to understand the anatomy of the Upper Extremity, and is excellent for therapists, medical doctors, and interns wanting to explore the anatomical landmarks and more of the Upper Extremity. Course Instructors are Shannon Bogle, BHS, PT; Paul Murphy MD, Orthopedic Surgeon; and Dale Bramlet MD, Orthopedic Hand Surgeon, who present meticulous dissections of the Brachial Plexus, Shoulder, Elbow, Wrist and Hand. Link to Course

Fascial Distortion Model (FDM)

FDM Academy

FDM Academy ↗

The Fascial Distortion Model (FDM) is a model of assessment and treatment that speeds up the process of helping patients move better with less pain. It teaches the practitioner to read the patients' subtle, and often subconscious hand gestures they use when they describe their symptoms. There are 6 patterns of gestures described in FDM that correspond to different manual techniques. The gestures seem to be the same no matter what language the patient speaks or what culture they're brought up in. FDM uses old techniques, but likely in a different order or a different expected outcome, as well as using and even predicting new techniques that would be immediately helpful. FDM is taught to many healthcare providers, and has been brought to the Mayo Clinic, Cleveland Clinic, and is used by many professional sports teams.

CranioSacral – CranioSacral Therapy Techniques Certification (CST-T)

Upledger Institute International

Upledger Institute International ↗

The path to certification begins when you enroll in CranioSacral Therapy 1 (CS1); Assessment of Central Nervous System and Fascia for Full Body Treatment Protocol. After successful completion of both CS1 and CS2 (Moving Beyond the Dura for Assessing Acute and Chronic Conditions), you will have met the requirements to start the eligibility requirements for the CST-T designation.

NeuroVestibular Complex

Therapy Network Seminars

Therapy Network Seminars ↗

This hands-on course is designed to bridge the gap between evaluation and treatment of adult patients with balance disorders associated with vestibular dysfunction. A structured method of examination involving the components of movement and mobility will be presented in conjunction with treatment paradigms specific to the diagnosis and impairments. Functional testing procedures and evidenced-based treatment techniques will be demonstrated and reinforced with hands on practice time to allow for integration of the material. All course materials have been carefully designed to serve as a life long resource in the clinic.

Neuromuscular Taping Specialist Certification (Kinesiology Taping)

Ask Aquire

Ask Aquire ↗

Neuromuscular Taping Specialist course is a rehabilitative technique that can be used alone or in conjunction with other treatments and modalities to provide various therapeutic benefits. This course will review the history of neuromuscular taping, current research related to its therapeutic effects, and discuss the contraindications vs. the pathophysiology of conditions that can be treated with this method.

Dupuytrens Disease: Advances and Updates in Treatment

Exploring Hand Therapy

Exploring Hand Therapy ↗

Instructors are
Susan Weiss, OTR/L CHT and Nancy Falkenstein, OTR/L CHT. Various surgical interventions are discussed in detail. Instructional methods include lecture, PowerPoint, video, instructor demonstration, and 47 page manual. Participants will learn new surgical and therapeutic techniques, orthotic approaches and pearls from experts. Mixed level movie class. Upon Successful completion of the examination (80%) your certificate will be sent via email. Link to Course

Movement Analysis and Dysfunction – Bulletproof Body Series


WebExercises ↗

This On Demand Course will provide you with philosophy and methodology used to progress clients. The approach focuses on using movement and conditioning to develop maximal healing and performance in individuals. Assessment strategies will be demonstrated to determine the nature and stage of the clients function, from low level mobility to high levels of performance. You will learn new, innovative ways to treat and train clients and to progress them from the treatment table to functional movement.

High Intensity Interval Training ( HIIT ) Certification

American Sports and Fitness Association

American Sports and Fitness Association ↗

Specialize your fitness knowledge by becoming a certified HIIT Instructor. Learn about high-intensity workouts, HIIT routine design, active rest techniques and more. A HIIT Certification can help a fitness professional expand his/her career through: A demonstrated commitment to HIIT instruction and fitness industry specialty education; An enhanced ability to design tailored, effective training regimens for a wide variety of clients; An increased understanding of successful HIIT workout components and considerations, and An enhanced fitness knowledge of HIIT methodology, nutrition & exercise form.

Pregnancy Rehabilitation – Remote Course

Herman & Wallace  Pelvic Rehabilitation Institute

Herman & Wallace Pelvic Rehabilitation Institute ↗

In this online version of the Pregnancy Rehabilitation course, methods for performing assessment and treatment by both telehealth/online consultation and in-person visits for our pregnant clients will be considered. Knowing how to safely examine and treat the patient who is pregnant is the goal of this beginner-to-intermediate course. Prior to the live online portion of the course, participants will be able to view pre-recorded lectures at their own pace. In these videos, these pregnancy-related topics will be covered: terminology, fertilization, trimesters, medical testing/interventions, imaging, and medications. Differentiating between false labor, progressive labor, and other musculoskeletal pain will be covered. Understanding typical hormonal and systemic changes during pregnancy will be also be provided,

Kinesio Taping® Certification Course

Rehab Education

Rehab Education ↗

25 contact hours (24 hours self-study/asynchronous and 1 hour live interactive/synchronous) Self-paced, hybrid online Kinesio® University approved Kinesio Taping® Certification Course provides an overview of the development of the Kinesio Taping® Method, fundamental concepts, assessments and screening tests, and introduces Kinesio® correction taping techniques, advanced techniques and clinical reasoning. Link to Course

Dynamometry – Creating Strength Profiles Using Hand-Held Dynamometry ONLINE

MET (Medical Exercise Therapy)

MET (Medical Exercise Therapy) ↗

In this course, the research that’s been done to underpin the basis for hand-held dynamometry ls addressed. Based, in part, on the research published in Hand-Held Dynamometry: Guidelines for Daily Clinical Practice, this course will help students obtain the skill set for using a handheld dynamometer as a valid and reliable assessment tool in daily clinical practice. The different instruments, assessment, and utilization modes are examined. With a mix of lecture and extensive lab practice, this course enables clinicians to immediately implement the use of clinical dynamometry.

Blood Flow Restriction Training

Smart Tools

Smart Tools ↗

BFR is the act of safely restricting venous blood flow from a working muscle, but allowing arterial blood flow to that working muscle. Since the ability of that blood to escape is dramatically reduced, metabolic stress and cellular swelling are greatly increased. This course will cover the benefits of BFR training, contraindications to BFR and when and where it should be applied, how to safely screen and assess your patient/client prior to BFR, how to safely apply BFR cuffs for the upper and lower extremity, how to compare and contrast different uses of BFR from bed ridden to athletic performance training, and how to develop a rehab program for patients.
Link to BFR Courses


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.

Swim Whisperers – Overcome Roadblocks for Aquatic Therapy offered by Swim Angelfish. This course dives into identification of the 14 most commonly seen roadblocks for swimmers with special needs. Connection between each roadblock to the underlying problem as a therapist along with learning a strategy to overcome the roadblock will be identified for clinical use. 2 Hour Online Course. Link to Course


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.

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Physical Therapy Certifications

Offers Physical Therapy Certifications 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.

Introduction to Musculoskeletal Imaging offered by Redefine Health Education

This course is designed for health professionals to enhance their foundational knowledge in diagnostic imaging modalities. The course focuses on a range of modalities including radiography, magnetic resonance imaging, and computed tomography. The course will convey the inherent statistical properties of each modality and how that impacts interpretations and clinical management. The course will instruct on radiologic verbiage to maximize the students’ ability to garner information from an interpretation and for inter-professional communication with radiologists. Students will also be taught a communication strategy with radiologists to improve the interpretation, improve the clinical correlation, and ultimately improve the management of the patient.

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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.


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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