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

Bad Ragaz for Neuromuscular Re-education

Aquatic Therapy & Rehab Institute

Aquatic Therapy & Rehab Institute ↗

COURSE DESCRIPTION: This Bad Ragaz workshop includes hands-on techniques of passive, active, resistive and isometric that can be used to treat orthopedic and neurological patients to increase ROM, core/UE/LE stability, and trunk muscle re-education. The course will explore the history of the Bad Ragaz technique, identify short lever passive, active and isometric Bad Ragaz techniques, and examine long lever passive, active, and isometric Bad Ragaz techniques. Link to BR

Integrated Neuromuscular Re-Education: Home Study

Educise

Educise ↗

Learn a highly efficient, hands-on approach to correction of mobility impairments, using an updated integration of positional release/strain-counterstain and muscle energy/PNF. This course emphasizes hands-on interventions you can incorporate into your clinical programs immediately.

Spinal Stenosis – Treatment & Management

Biologix Solutions

Biologix Solutions ↗

This online continuing education course contains general information about Spinal Stenosis. It describes the condition's causes, signs and symptoms, diagnosis & evaluation, surgical and non-surgical treatments, physical therapy management, and patient education. Spinal stenosis is a narrowing of spaces in the spine (backbone) that results in pressure on the spinal cord and/or nerve roots. Link to course

COVID Recovery – Post- Acute Rehabilitation of the Complex Patient in the Skilled Nursing Facility and Home Care Settings: Updates to Practice Including COVID Recovery – LIVE WEBINAR

Education Resources, Inc.

Education Resources, Inc. ↗

The type of patient diagnoses most commonly seen in a post-acute setting is rapidly shifting to a more frail, multi-system involved caseload, with or without the new COVID-19 diagnosis. This course is centered on providing evidence- based tests and measures to use for evaluations, review frameworks for effective care planning to reduce re-hospitalizations and provide evidence-based interventions for optimal outcomes in treating the complex frail adult in the SNF and Home Health settings.

Torticollis: Assessment and Treatment of Infants and Children Online Series

Education Resources, Inc

Education Resources, Inc ↗

Cindy Miles, PT, PhD, PCS, NDT, a leading expert on torticollis and plagiocephaly 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.

Saebo UE Orthoses Certification – Improving UE Motor Recovery Following Neurological Injury

Education Resources Inc.

Education Resources Inc. ↗

This 8-hour CEU approved self-study course includes video lecture and lab activities that will certify you to use Saebo’s Functional Dynamic Orthoses on patients that have had a neurological injury. This innovative course offers practical experience and training which will enable you to incorporate the latest evidence based treatment approaches for UE neurological rehabilitation for those individuals who are appropriate.

Amputee Rehabilitation Across the Continuum of Care using Evidence Based Practice

Education Resources Inc.

Education Resources Inc. ↗

This course offers a comprehensive perspective for management of the limb loss patient. Clinical expertise can be difficult to obtain since this population is a small proportion of the rehabilitation caseload. Current research, expert opinions from PT, OT, orthopedic and plastic surgeons, PM&R, prosthetists, as well as patient experiences will be presented. The class addresses the medical issues and common complications that place limbs at risk. Attendees will learn to make educated clinical decisions to improve function.

Praxis: Evaluation and Treatment of the Clumsy Child

Education Resources Inc.

Education Resources Inc. ↗

Many school-age children struggle with motor skills that their peers have long mastered. These “clumsy” children may exhibit difficulties with writing, activities of daily living, as well as issues with play and sports. This lab course will provide practical and effective intervention strategies for these children.Underlying etiologies of clumsiness (developmental coordination disorders) as well as newer concepts of motor control and motor development will be discussed in relationship to other neurophysiologic concepts.

Interoception, The Eighth Sense: Practical Solutions for Promoting Self-Regulation, Positive Behavior, Language Development and Social Participation

Education Resources, Inc.

Education Resources, Inc. ↗

Learn the latest evidence-based assessment and treatment strategies to improve your case load’s functioning; including the areas of: self-regulation, positive behavior, language development and social participation. This course provides participants with research on interoception to support an effective program that can be implemented in a wide variety of settings including schools, clinics, and home-based practices.

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

NICU Therapy: Intervention in the NICU: A Neurodevelopmental Approach

Education Resources Inc

Education Resources Inc ↗

This intensive lab and evidence-based course arms NICU therapists with the latest information to inform best-practices in evaluation and treatment. Learn the theory behind standardized neurodevelopmental assessments and participate in labs to inform therapeutic interventions including handling, positioning, massage, and facilitated motor activity.

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.

SOFFI Method: Supporting Oral Feeding in Fragile Infants

Education Resources Inc.

Education Resources Inc. ↗

This course provides immediately applicable practical information to help clinicians better identify and treat the factors that impact successful oral feeding of preterm and ill term infants. Utilizing a multidisciplinary approach both in the NICU and after discharge to early intervention through the first six months the course emphasizes strategies to facilitate infant abilities and develop caregiver feeding skills.

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

Interstitial Cystitis: Holistic Evaluation and Treatment

Herman & Wallace Pelvic Rehabilitation Institute

Herman & Wallace Pelvic Rehabilitation Institute ↗

The purpose of this two-day continuing education course is to help therapists understand, evaluate, and treat patients with interstitial cystitis (IC). Material will include background information on the complex condition, the most effective therapy techniques for patients, options for medical management to complement physical therapy, and how to develop a holistic treatment plan and unique self-care regimen for your patients. Link to IC

Coccydynia and Painful Sitting: Orthopedic and Pelvic Floor Muscle Implications

Herman & Wallace Pelvic Rehabilitation Institute

Herman & Wallace Pelvic Rehabilitation Institute ↗

Coccyx pain is a common, frustrating condition for the patient who often has difficulty sitting, one of the most important tasks necessary for daily activity.This two-day continuing education course allows the therapist to focus on this vital, sensitive area to learn and refine skills in assessment and treatment. Anatomy, pathology, and detailed palpation skills of the coccyx region is instructed. Link to Coccydynia

Dry Needling Certification – Structure & Function Dry Needling (SFDN) Certification

Structure & Function Education

Structure & Function Education ↗

The SFDN Certification provides the most comprehensive curriculum, including seven different Foundational and Advanced dry needling courses, Fascial Manipulation® by Stecco, Bridging the Gap from Rehab to Performance, and online education. Our certification program is unique and offers four different Tracks to choose from, allowing you to complete the Track that best fits you and your practice. For more information about the certification program and how to receive the SFDN designation, visit This Link

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

Kinesio Taping® Method

Rehab Education

Rehab Education ↗

Rehab Education offers a series of Kinesio University approved live Kinesio Taping® Method courses, including Fundamental Concepts and Techniques (Formerly KT1/2), and Advanced Techniques and Clinical Reasoning (Formerly KT3). Completion of these courses can be used to fulfill the prerequisites for the Kinesiotaping University’s CKTP Certification exam. Rehab Education also offers Specialty Pediatric Concepts of the Kinesio Taping® Method, and Specialty Sports Orthopedic Concepts of the Kinesio Taping Method. Link to Courses

Cognition/Memory Impairment: Assessment and Intervention

Rehab Education, LLC.

Rehab Education, LLC. ↗

This clinically based course will provide OT’s; PT’s and SLP’s with clinical information to help identify clients experiencing these issues. In addition, the course will provide information on effectively modifying treatment programs for the spectrum of normal/abnormal memory/cognitive changes people in their 40’s; 50’s and beyond experience. Extensive evidence based resource information for both the client and their family will be provided

Massage – Clinical Massage Module 1: Massage and Healthcare

HomeCEU

HomeCEU ↗

This online continuing education course utilizes text from the softback textbook by Sandy Fritz, MS NCTMB; Leon Chaitow, ND, DO; and Glenn M. Hymel EdD, LMT, “Clinical Massage in the Healthcare Setting” ©2008. Covering advanced massage therapy skills, this practical resource prepares you to work with medical professionals in a clinical setting, such as a hospital, hospice, long-term care, or other health-related practice. It discusses the many skills you need to succeed in this environment, helping you become a contributing member of an integrated team. Also covered are the essentials of clinical massage, such as indications and contraindications, review of massage methods, range of motion testing, SOAP note documentation, and a massage therapy general protocol.

Falls Prevention for Older Adults

Home Health Quality Improvement university

Home Health Quality Improvement university ↗

This course provides information, tools, and resources related to a comprehensive falls prevention program. This includes: data collection, falls risk screenings/assessments, medical assessment, medication review, environment assessment, and evidence-based interventions. Appropriate for leaders, nurses, PT, OT, SLP, and social workers. Link to Course

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.

Neurologic Clinical Practice Certification

NeuroRecovery Training Institute

NeuroRecovery Training Institute ↗

NeuroRTI’s Certification in Neurologic Clinical Practice is an intensive 7-month post-professional program using a combination of didactic, clinical and collaberative education experiences, using a blend of distance learning, online courses, and weekend intensive hands-on courses. designed to advance the physical therapist’s preparation as a provider of patient care services in neurologic physical therapy. Graduates will gain a strong base of knowledge of evidence-based practice and preventative and rehabilitative neurologic therapy techniques.

Manual Physical Therapy Certification

Evidence in Motion

Evidence in Motion ↗

EIM’s Manual Physical Therapy Certification provides post-professional training for physical therapists and is designed to advance the physical therapist as a provider of patient care with advanced clinical competency. Courses are taught by world class faculty from a variety of the best academic programs and clinical practices in the country. 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.

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

Hand Therapy Advanced Practice Certification

Evidence in Motion

Evidence in Motion ↗

Coursework includes a combination of didactic, collaborative and clinical education experiences using a blend of distance learning, online courses, and weekend intensive hands-on courses. Students will become highly skilled in the evaluation and treatment of the upper quarter and be well- prepared to sit for the Hand Therapy Certification Examination.

Hand Therapy – Introduction to Hand Therapy

Clinical Specialty Education

Clinical Specialty Education ↗

This Hand Therapy live course is designed to provide P.T’s., O.T’s, ATC’s and assistants with in-depth information on evaluating and treating patients with injuries to the hand. The emphasis is on topics which are clinically applicable for patient care. Lecture portions cover the following topics: functional anatomy; comprehensive hand evaluation; exercises for strength and range of motion; modalities; wound and scar care; splinting principles; and protocols for treatment of common hand pathologies Link to Course .

PatelloFemoral Syndrome – A Comprehensive Approach to Common Knee Problems

Biologix Solutions

Biologix Solutions ↗

Patellofemoral pain syndrome (PFPS) is the most common cause of knee pain in the
outpatient setting. It is caused by imbalances in the forces controlling patellar tracking
during knee flexion and extension, particularly with overloading of the joint. This continuing
education course will assist the participant to evaluate and then classify PFS into a
treatment-based category. Learn the predisposing factors associated with PFS as well as
the most up-to-date evaluation and treatment strategies and exercise. Link to Course

Pusher Syndrome – Evaluation and Treatment Techniques

Mobility Research Institute of Continuing Education

Mobility Research Institute of Continuing Education ↗

The purpose of this online course is to familiarize the learner with modern definitions and identifying features of contraversive pushing, as well as instill an understanding of the principles of treatment for this disorder. Participants will recieve information on the Definition of Pusher Syndrome, research findings, prognosis, and the many names of Pusher Syndrome. Link to Course

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

Dual-Task Treatment Programs

Mobility Research Institute of Continuing Education

Mobility Research Institute of Continuing Education ↗

This online course describes the different components and features of computerized Dual-task assessment, and addresses treatment programs blending balance-gait, gaze, and cognitive exercise/activities, along with use of outcome tools. The course is aimed at the aging population and patients with neurological impairments, but is applicable for younger clients as well. Link to Course

Wheelchair Seating and Positioning

Healthy-Steps Certification

Healthy-Steps

Healthy-Steps ↗

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.

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.

Visual (Dys)Function in Concussion, TBI, Stroke and Vestibular Diagnoses: Evidence Based Neurological Rehabilitation

Gold Standard Seminars

Gold Standard Seminars ↗

This course aims to provide an understanding of how vision and visual processing affects persons with brain injury or disease and how therapists can address these needs within a rehabilitation setting. Participants will receive a foundation of the anatomy and neurology of visual processing. The course will then provide an understanding of visual function skills and their effect on occupation. Participants will also be provided with resources and evidenced based screening measures and guidelines for evaluating visual skills and will have the opportunity for hands on learning, administering these tools.

Functional Outcomes – Improving PT Skills Using Functional Outcome Tools

In-Fit Rehabilitation

In-Fit Rehabilitation ↗

This 7.5 hour course will discuss the many benefits of employing outcome measures in your practice of physical therapy to improve assessment, goal setting, treatment and outcomes. We created a one of a kind resource manual of over 200 outcome measurements. These specific outcome measures will be reviewed for a variety of conditions/diagnoses with discussion on attributes of the outcome tools that will help guide application of therapy services.

Knee – KJD: Knee Junction Dilemma

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 knee. Through lecture and demonstration, the participant will gain a better understanding of anatomical and biomechanical presentation of efficient knee function, and the interdependence between knee function and healthy motions of the foot/ankle and the hip. Participants will be instructed to utilize the Functional Manual Therapy® clinical reasoning system for examination, evaluation, and development of a plan of care for management of the patient with decreased function secondary to mechanical capacity, neuromuscular function and motor control impairments of the knee.

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.

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.

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.

Shoulder – KSC: Kinetic Shoulder Complex

Institute Of Physical Art

Institute Of Physical Art ↗

This course is a lab-intensive introduction to the Functional Manual Therapy® system that will train the participants in the management of the Shoulder region. Participants will learn to treat and assess the Thoracic Girdle, Shoulder Girdle, and Intrinsic Motions of the Glenhumoral Joint.

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.

Microcurrent Point Stimulation – Ultimate Pain Therapy: Intro to Pain Management & Scar Release

MPS Therapy Education

MPS Therapy Education ↗

In this course, you will learn the fundamentals of Microcurrent Point Stimulation (MPS) Therapy, considered the “ultimate pain therapy” by over 40,000 therapists and physicians. You will learn how to significantly relief patient pain, PLUS save wear and tear on your hands and body PLUS reduce or eliminate your own pain from course labs! MPS Therapy combines the principles of acupuncture and modern neurology and uses microcurrent stimulation to soothe and balance the nervous system and release endorphins. These actions substantially decrease patient pain levels and reduce muscle tone that can impinge nerves and produce muscle imbalances and joint articulations. 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.

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.

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’.

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

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.

Boundaries, Self-Care, and Meditation

Herman & Wallace Pelvic Rehabilitation Institute

Herman & Wallace Pelvic Rehabilitation Institute ↗

This 3 day retreat-like, self-exploration course is designed to help therapists heal and restore themselves through a shared responsibility model of clinical practice. There are three primary foci of this course: 1) Changing practice patterns to work away from a model of codependency and burn out, 2) Increasing patient participation in meditation/pain reframing and how to integrate that into the practice with many different patient personality types, and 3) Therapist self-care in and out of work. Link to Course

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

Pelvic Rehabilitation Practitioner Certification (PRPC).

Herman & Wallace Pelvic Rehabilitation Institute

Herman & Wallace Pelvic Rehabilitation Institute ↗

Herman & Wallace Pelvic Rehabilitation Institute provides continuing education courses for medical professionals seeking to improve their practice skills for the treatment of pelvic floor/girdle dysfunction and numerous other conditions affecting patients' lives. The certification available through the Institute is called the Pelvic Rehabilitation Practitioner Certification (PRPC). This certification is awarded to those therapists who successfully apply to sit for the exam and receive a passing score on the computer-administered multiple-choice examination. Link to PRPC

Zero Balancing Certification

Zero Balancing

Zero Balancing ↗

Zero Balancing is taught as a stand-alone system of body mind therapy. However, it is easy to incorporate into other modalities, including massage, acupuncture, physical therapy, chiropractic and others. The Zero Balancing Certification Program is a professional continuing education program that provides recognition for high-level skills and experience in working with body structure and energy through touch. Students complete 100 course hours, a written exam and a practical examination to certify. Follow this link to the course calendar: Link
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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

Mirror Therapy and Graded Motor Imagery: An Introduction to Retraining the Brain

Rehab Education

Rehab Education ↗

Research shows that using mirror therapy and graded motor imagery can cause the brain to reorganize. This webinar will introduce innovative and exciting treatment techniques and methods to assist the clinician in overcoming treatment obstacles by improving the patient’s ability to immediately be an active participant in their rehab program. At the completion of this webinar, the participant will have a basic understanding of the concepts and techniques of mirror therapy and graded motor imagery to incorporate into treatment programs. Link to Course

Aquatic Therapy & Rehab Institute Certification (ATRIC)

Aquatic Therapy and Rehab Institute

Aquatic Therapy and Rehab Institute ↗

ATRI’s Aquatic Therapeutic Exercise Certification is for competent, knowledgeable professionals in aquatic therapy, rehab and therapeutic exercise. The exam tests your ability to meet the Aquatic Therapy and Rehabilitation Industry Standards to practice. Passing the exam will allow you to use the term “ATRI Certified” or the initials “ATRIC” after your name. The Certification Exam may be taken by anyone who has fulfilled the prerequisite of 15 hours of education in aquatic therapy and rehab. Link to Certification

Neural Mobilization: Examination & Intervention Strategies

Rehab Education

Rehab Education ↗

This course covers concepts for examination and quantifying restricted neural dynamics and intervention strategies to address the dura, nerve bed, and peripheral nerves. Included is a critical review of the most up-to-date literature in peer-reviewed journals regarding the use of neural mobilization as an examination and treatment technique. Fundamental information taught in the course includes components of the brachial plexus, pathologies of the nervous system, and symptoms of brachial plexopathy of the upper quadrant. Link to Course

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.

Positional Release Therapist Certification (PRT-c®)

Positional Release Therapy Institute

Positional Release Therapy Institute ↗

PRT Course Participants can earn their certification as a Positional Release Therapist (PRT-c®) by taking three educational sessions and through successful completion of a written and oral practical examination. Three courses must be completed in full prior to taking the examination. Taking the examination immediately after or during the third course is not permissible as the examination is compiled from the three courses and the candidate will need time to study. Once Certified, you will be listed on the PRT-i® Practitioner so patients can find you!

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.

Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization Certification – Hawkgrips IASTM Certification

Hawkgrips

Hawkgrips ↗

HawkGrips’ Continuing Education courses are all written and taught by expert clinicians with the latest research and best clinical practices. The Hawkgrips IASTM Certification Courses are a combination of online and live instruction to optimize the attendee’s time. Over 75% of the live courses are spent in hands-on lab-based learning, increasing the attendee’s skill set so the techniques can be applied in his/her practice immediately! After the live course(s), attendees complete an online Exam (passing grade of 80%) to become a certified HawkGrips Practitioner. Link to Courses

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

Functional Manual Therapy Certification (CFMT)

Institute Of Physical Art

Institute Of Physical Art ↗

The CFMT review/certification 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 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.

Electrical Stimulation: Enhancing Pediatric Outcomes

Rehab Education, LLC

Rehab Education, LLC ↗

Specialty applications, which reference the differences between Neurologic and Orthopedic diagnoses will be reviewed. Specific protocols for shoulder subluxation, rhomboid stabilization, brachial plexus injuries, and facial paralysis will be reviewed and practiced in lab. Review of TENS and FES, including parameter selection for chronic pain, muscle strengthening, and neuromuscular rehabilitation will be discussed.

Pain Practitioner Certification (CPP)

MPS Therapy Education

MPS Therapy Education ↗

Certified Pain Practitioner (CPP) was developed to equip the practitioner with the skills and knowledge necessary to treat any pain condition and produce significant functional outcomes. The learning is accomplished through class study, case reflections, written projects and through the candidate’s own practical experiences of MPS protocols and principles. Courses required to be awarded certification include Introduction to MPS Pain Therapy, Scar Release Certification, and Integrative Circuits I. Link to Certification

Musculoskeletal Imaging

Medbridge

Medbridge ↗

Basic Musculoskeletal Radiology and Imaging. This course covers basic principles and interpretation of diagnostic imaging modalities as they apply for all healthcare providers with imaging privileges. The emphasis is on plain film radiography, including basic physics of the imaging technique, viewing and interpreting films, radiographic anatomy, and clinical correlation with patient cases

Whiplash

Medbridge

Medbridge ↗

Evidence-Based Assessment of Acute Whiplash for Prognosis and Treatment Planning. This course will break down the challenge of whiplash, including topics such as its incidence, cost, trajectory, and presentation. There is a thorough review of the mechanisms that influence clinical presentation and recovery as well as the clinical assessment and evaluation procedures

Bike Hab: Exercises for Biking

MedBridge

MedBridge ↗

Bike Hab: Exercises for Biking. In this course the patient’s posture, mobility, stability, and even pedaling technique blend together to impact body stress during cycling. Clinical goals are developed for rehab in terms of posture and neuromuscular recruitment patterns, and to ensure that they are carried over to on-the-bike skills. Link to MedBridge

Feldenkrias Professional Training Program (FPTP) Certification

Post-Prostatectomy Patient Rehabilitation

Herman & Wallace Pelvic Rehabilitation Institute

Herman & Wallace Pelvic Rehabilitation Institute ↗

As more men seek help from pelvic rehabilitation providers for the recovery from prostate surgery, therapists are seeking more detailed information about the procedure, program development, and rehabilitation approaches that are effective for men with post-prostatectomy dysfunction. This course will cover detailed male pelvic anatomy and pathology, surgical interventions for and recovery from prostatectomy. Also included will be relevant conditions such as TURP (transurethral resection of the prostate).

Blood Flow Restriction Training – Fundamentals of Blood Flow Restriction Training

Rehab Education

Rehab Education ↗

This live, 8-hour certification program covers the skills necessary to safely and effectively implement Blood Flow Restriction (BFR) Training. The course is set up in a “learn by doing” format in which participants will receive hands-on instruction in the proper use of BFR Equipment and Training. After understanding the history, research, physiology, and implications for use, attendees will put this into practice in supervised lab sessions.

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

Hamstring Strains: Rehabilitation & Prevention of Hamstring Strains

Medbridge

Medbridge ↗

Many athletes are missing games secondary to hamstring muscle strains. This course will cover how to rehabilitate hamstring strains and prevent reoccurrence. Topics will include: reporting hamstring strain epidemiology, examining risk factors, providing evidence for prevention of both initial and recurrent injuries, and using current evidence in choosing a rehabilitation process. Additionally the course will show to use clinical milestones to progress athletes’ return to play.

Hyperkyphosis: Evaluation & Treatment Considerations

Medbridge

Medbridge ↗

Hyperkyphosis is commonly seen by physical therapists, but there is often a lack of understanding of the differentiation between postural and structural deformity. The course will provide entry level information about Scheuermann’s disease and postural hyperkyphosis. Clinical evaluation and radiologic diagnostic criteria will be described. Treatment indications and goals for physical therapy will be explained. An overview of physical therapy concepts for Scheuermann’s Disease will be provided and in addition, example exercises will be shown.

Neurodynamic Techniques

MedBridge

MedBridge ↗

In this online course, Guido Van Ryssegem will provide the clinician with knowledge and skills in neurodynamic techniques. Clinicians will understand the science and concepts, principles of examination, evaluation and intervention related to injuries or symptoms related to neurodynamics. Clinicians will be able to perform neurodynamic assessment and manual therapy techniques, and will learn to make appropriate decisions for the implementation of the proposed manual therapy techniques.
Link to MedBridge

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.

 

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.

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 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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