Physical Therapy Certifications

CE For Therapy  has an extensive data base 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

Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Manipulation Home Study Course For PTs & PTAs

Pinnacle Training Consulting Systems

Pinnacle Training Consulting Systems ↗

This course was designed to be systematic, evidenced-based and most importantly, have direct application that can be used immediately with patients. The course comes with a 150 page comprehensive course manual that has over 240 references is divided into twelve distinct and separate chapters. The course is filled with over 100+ illustrations and graphics to enhance the learning experience,and the student will have access to over 20 videos that compliment and review each of the twelve chapters of the course. Approved for 12 CEUs from FSBPT.The course material nicely compliments the two-day live seminar on IASTM also offered by Pinnacle Training Consulting Systems. Link to Live Courses

Applied Prevention & Health Promotion Certification (APHPT)

Institute of Clinical Excellence

Institute of Clinical Excellence ↗

The APHPT course is very rigorous 12 week online certification course with a great deal of didactic and practical content contained within each two week unit. Upon completion the clinician earns the APHPT credentials offered by the Institute of Clinical Excellence. Link to APHPT

Ethics and Jurisprudence for the PT/PTA

Relias Academy

Relias Academy ↗

Directed to Physical Therapists (PT) and Physical Therapist Assistants (PTA), this 2-credit entry-level course will address ethical and moral dilemmas, the decision processes, and posit multiple ethical case studies. This course aims to assist the PT professional in understanding their ethical responsibilities for ethics and jurisprudence training

Cervical Radiculopathy – Concepts in Managing Cervical Radiculopathy Course

PT Seminars

PT Seminars ↗

This online certificate course will review examination procedures to identify prognostic considerations as well as best approaches to treatment. Specific sequenced treatment concepts will be presented in a practical manner using decision making algorithms. Link to Course

Fellow in the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Therapists (FAAOMPT)

International Academy of Orthopedic Medicine (IAOM)

International Academy of Orthopedic Medicine (IAOM) ↗

International Academy of Orthopedic Medicine – US Fellowship in Clinical Diagnostics and Orthopedic Manual Therapy is accredited by the American Physical Therapy Association as a post-professional clinical fellowship program for physical therapists in Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy.
The mission statement for IAOM-US Fellowship Program is based on a commitment to excellence in clinical practice and professional development. In response, the IAOM-US Fellowship Program is committed to advancing physical therapy practitioners in evidence-based clinical diagnostics and orthopedic manual therapy.

Spinal Cord Injury – Occupational and Physical Therapy Management of SCI: A Functional Treatment Approach

Spinal Cord Injury Seminars

Spinal Cord Injury Seminars ↗

SCI Seminars presents a comprehensive approach to the treatment of the spinal cord injured (SCI) client from onset of injury through acute inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation. Expert presenters from several nationally-recognized facilities share evidence-based and experienced-based treatment techniques and considerations through lecture, video, discussion and lab activities. Participants with all levels of experience will learn to more effectively and efficiently progress their clients with spinal cord injury to reach their highest functional level. 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

Reverse Total Shoulder Arthroplasty: Optimizing Outcomes Course

PT Seminars

PT Seminars ↗

This online presentation will give clinicians confidence by thoroughly addressing RTSA mechanics, considerations, and pitfalls. Attendees will understand a logical, specific progression of post-operative management to achieve maximum outcomes while managing expectations and therapy visits. Link to Course

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

Concussion – Comprehensive Concussion Management in Sports Medicine Course

PT Seminars

PT Seminars ↗

This webinar will use recent literature to provide participants the most current understanding of concussion injury. The causes and risk factors of concussion injuries will be explored. An overview of the best practices will be presented including sideline identification, diagnosis, treatment, practice restrictions, and safe return to participation. Link to Course

Aquaticist℠ Certification (Aq)

Aquatic Therapy University

Aquatic Therapy University ↗

ATU offers the newest form of advanced recognition for the devoted aquatic therapist: the Aquaticist℠ (Aq) credential. This aquatic therapy certification is awarded to licensed PTs, OTs and assistants only so the world knows you are a genuine clinician. WARNING: becoming an Aquaticist℠ is not for the faint of heart. Our curriculum involves 84-hours of intense coursework and grueling pool-labs. The good news: there are no exams and there are no expensive test fees or annual renewals to pay. Link to ATU

Stress, Movement, and Pain: A Systematic Approach

Therapy Network Seminars

Therapy Network Seminars ↗

This live seminar is designed to advance clinical competence in working with the neurological and musculoskeletal issues centered around the neuroscience of stress and movement through the application of current clinical evidence. Participants will learn how to improve your patient outcomes regardless of specialty or condition because the science of stress, perception, and movement is foundational to all human experience. Link to Stress Course

Geriatric Training Certification (GTC)

GREAT Seminars & Books

GREAT Seminars & Books ↗

The Geriatric Training Certification is usually held in January of odd years. Certification is designed to offer a series of 8 GREAT Seminars & Books courses, which culminate in a comprehensive four-day examination consisting of written, oral and practical testing with real patients to define competency in geriatric rehabilitation.

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.

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

Kettlebells: An Introduction to Kettlebell Training

Therapy Network Seminars

Therapy Network Seminars ↗

The KettleBall is a unique rehabilitation tool in its design and usage which will help to augment any sound rehabilitation program. This course is designed for rehabilitation professionals who have limited to no exposure to Kettlebells and wish to acquire a solid foundation for using KBs in rehabilitation. This course will go over the history of the KB, basic KB biomechanics, exercise physiology and the basic general lifts utilized in rehabilitation, as well as overall fitness and sports performance training.

Balance – Building Better Balance and Preventing Falls

Therapy Network Seminars

Therapy Network Seminars ↗

This two-day course provides participants with skills and strategies to address the complex problems of balance dysfunction and falls in geriatric and neurologic clients. Participants will further develop their skills in identifying individuals at risk for falls and conducting a comprehensive evaluation to guide intervention. Link to Balance Course

Integrative Manual Therapist Certification (CIMT)

Functional Standards for Optimal Aging Expert Certification (FSOAE)

GREAT Seminars and Books

GREAT Seminars and Books ↗

The FSOAE certification is based on the The Adult Functional Independence Test (AFIT), which comprises 15 functional assessments used to measure the key components of optimal aging for middle age and older adults. Physical and occupational therapists who embrace the concept that functional assessment and treatment is their domain and who wish to become experts in AFIT are encouraged to take this course and become certified (FSOAE).This course provides thorough training in executing the AFIT with a variety of clients, and course participants will learn techniques to motivate patients/clients to engage in exercise programs tailored to their individual needs.

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.

Piston Science – Diaphragm/pelvic floor piston for adult populations, online

Juliewiebept

Juliewiebept ↗

Piston Science is a new approach to adult rehab, recovery and return to fitness. The viewer is introduced to a dynamic team of muscles, inclusive of the relationship between the diaphragm and pelvic floor. That team works together to balance muscular forces and pressures creating an integrative model of dynamic central stability. Total run time for the online course is approximately 15 hours of content. Link to Juliewiebept

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

Multiple Sclerosis

PTWebucation

PTWebucation ↗

An Evidence-Based Overview of Multiple Sclerosis. This course will review the pathology, etiology and characteristics of Multiple Sclerosis. In addition, a thorough review of medication and medical interventions will precede a comprehensive review of current evidence-based treatment techniques used in physical therapy.

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.

Fibromyalgia Syndrome (FMS): A Comprehensive Overview for Physical Therapists

PTWebucation

PTWebucation ↗

Fibromyalgia Syndrome affects 5 million people in this country with women more often diagnosed. Physical therapists often treat these patients or have comorbidities with this diagnosis. Understanding the dynamics of this syndrome are complex and can often be misdiagnosed. Fibromyalgia Syndrome (FMS): A Comprehensive Overview for Physical Therapists, will go in depth on this topic and help better guide clinicians in the management of these patients.

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.

Aquastretch

Emergency Sports and Primary Care Assessment

AdvantageCEUs.com

AdvantageCEUs.com ↗

This course utilizes the text from Orthopedic Physical Assessment, by David J. Magee, PhD, BPT. The author offers a systematic approach to performing a neuromusculoskeletal/orthopedic assessment with rationales for various aspects of the assessment. This comprehensive course is complete with extensive use of tables, full color pictures of special tests, reliability and validity of many of the special tests, and radiographic highlights.
Link to Course

Functional Movement Techniques (FMT) Basic & Performance

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’.

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.

Geriatric Certification

Evidence in Motion

Evidence in Motion ↗

This program 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 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

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.

Stay Active & Independent for Life (SAIL)

SAIL Seminars

SAIL Seminars ↗

The SAIL Program is a strength, balance and fitness fall prevention class for adults 65+ and is recognized as a Title IIID – Evidence-based Program by the National Council on Aging. Our online certification training is offered in conjunction with Pierce College.

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.

Cervicogenic Dizziness

Integrative Clinical Concepts

Integrative Clinical Concepts ↗

A two-day (16 CEUs) lab course that focuses on how to appropriately assess and treat patients with Cervicogenic Dizziness. The “Optimal Sequence Algorithm” provides a detailed and clinically relevant approach to providing the correct diagnosis and management of cervicogenic dizziness. The “Physio Blend”approach is taught, which is an evidence-based manual approach which uses multiple treatment paradigms including orthopedic, vestibular and sensorimotor. The course is taught by Dr. Harrison Vaughan & Dr. Danielle Vaughan, who have advanced training in manual & vestibular rehabilitation. Link to Course

Golf Fitness Professional Certification

Total Motion Release

Total Motion Release  Seminars

Total Motion Release Seminars ↗

TMR was created to help clinicians provide a 1st of it's kind simple, initially "weird", patient driven, quick full body assessment & treatment system

Expert in Applied Geriatric Neurology Certification (CEAGN)

GREAT Seminars & Books

GREAT Seminars & Books ↗

By focusing in application, this certification course extends and enriches learning in the area of geriatric neurology. Participants will apply course content from the 5 prerequisite courses to respond to 5 course-specific, advanced case studies. Participants who successfully pass the 5 case study assignments will receive the certification designation Certified Expert in Applied Geriatric Neurology (CEAGN).

Kinesio Taping® Practitioner Certification (CKTP)

Kinesio University

Kinesio University ↗

In order to receive certification, 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.

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.

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.

Cervical & Temporomandibular Therapist Certification (CCTT)

Orthopedic Manual Therapy Certification (COMT)

International Academy of Orthopedic Medicine-US

International Academy of Orthopedic Medicine-US ↗

The IAOM-US Certification in OMT is a career-defining achievement. For this reason, it is a life-long credential. The IAOM-US offers the clinician the resources and tools which serve as a segue to expanding horizons and reaching new milestones.

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

Advanced Competency in Dry Needling Certification (CACDN)

International Academy of Orthopedic Medicine-US

International Academy of Orthopedic Medicine-US ↗

Prerequisites: Successful completion of Level I and Level II ODNS Dry Needling courses. This exam emphasizes clinical application of dry needling as it applies to the treatment of musculoskeletal conditions. Link to IAOM Courses

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

Clinical Management Of Fitness Athletes 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

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

Kinesiology Of The Musculoskeletal System

Milestone Continuing Education

Milestone Continuing Education ↗

This course utilizes content from the textbook “Kinesiology of the Musculoskeletal System” Second Edition by Donald A. Neumann, PT, PhD, FAPTA © 2010, published by Elsevier. Throughout this second edition, information has been updated to reflect the essential topics of kinesiology. This fully illustrated text of 681 pages has been carefully broken down by sections into 4 modules. Each 10 contact hour module can be purchased individually or combined with one or all of the other modules from this course to create a Course Bundle. You can choose to have immediate online access to your course or select the mail format. Link to Course

Stroke Recovery Specialty Certification

NeuroRecovery Training Institute

NeuroRecovery Training Institute ↗

NeuroRTI’s Specialty Certification in Stroke Recovery is an 11-15 month program of post-professional clinical and didactic education designed to translate evidence into practice and provide PTs and OTs with the tools to provide best practice management in persons following stroke. This evidence-based curriculum will guide participants through the full spectrum of stroke rehabilitation, from neuroanatomy and pathology to examination and treatment, with the ultimate goal of facilitating recovery of function and improved reported quality of life

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.

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.

Fitness Athlete

Institute of Clinical Excellence

Institute of Clinical Excellence ↗

This two day live course is designed to educate participants on proper technique of the fundamental movements in Fitness Athlete programming. Participants will learn learn coaching, analysis, and breakdowns of the squat, deadlift, push, pull, and basic olympic lifts. Through the use of multiple models the instructors will cover each movement beginning with proper performance and then highlighting commonly seen mistakes. Link to Fitness Athlete

Bike Fitting – Professional Bike Fitting Certification

Institute of Clinical Excellence

Institute of Clinical Excellence ↗

This course will provide an evidenced-based and practical approach to the evaluation and treatment of the injured cyclist. Didactic lectures will focus on current literature pertaining to epidemiology, cycling mechanics, and bike fitting. A substantial portion of the course will be devoted to lab, so participants will be confident in performing a full bike fit by the end of the course. The overall course objective is to provide participants with the “whole picture” of rehabilitating injured cyclists with an emphasis on bike fitting. Link to Course

 

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:

Cervicogenic Dizziness, offered by Integrative Clinical Concepts,   Link to Course is A two-day (16 CEUs) lab course that focuses on how to appropriately assess and treat patients with Cervicogenic Dizziness. Participants will examine the single vs double entity concept with the intention to maximize  outcomes with patients to drive greater results. On day 1, the “Optimal Sequence Algorithm” will be introduced and taught to assist the clinician in ruling out central disorders, vascular disorders and peripheral hypo/dysfunctions to assist in making a more sound diagnostic decision for cervical component as driver of symptoms. The 2nd day focuses on the management through the “Physio Blend”–which is an evidence-based manual approach on articular and contractile tissues, orthopedic, vestibular and sensorimotor approach to treating CGD. This approach takes into account for any of your backgrounds in treatment paradigms to combine your current “toolbox” and add signature techniques specifically for patients with Cervicogenic Dizziness.

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.

Advanced Training Specialist (ATS) Certification-Level 1,  offered by Pinnacle Training & Consulting Systems, LLC, provides a deeper and clear understanding of how human movement occurs, by teaching the functional anatomy, biomechanical principles & biomechanics behind daily & sport specific movements. Participants in this Physical Therapy Certifications course 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.

 

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 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 world-wide 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 program as needed, music and it’s 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 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.

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.

Physical Therapy Certifications – 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 poilicies  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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