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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

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.

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 – Pediatric Hand Therapy and Orthotic Intervention for Musculoskeletal Conditions (hybrid online format)

 Rehab Education

Rehab Education ↗

This specialized, hands-on hybrid online CE course provides a valuable learning opportunity for therapists who are challenged by the orthopedic issues that arise when treating musculoskeletal conditions in a pediatric patient. In addition to didactic learning, you will enhance your clinical skills by fabricating 6 orthoses. Prior to the first Virtual Classroom Zoom meeting, you must complete 5 1/2 hours of recordings, case study assignments and fabricate several orthoses.

Tendonitis – Treating Tendonitis in the Upper Extremity

Rehab Education

Rehab Education ↗

This hybrid online combined-concepts CE course will provide innovative techniques that can be used immediately with numerous “take home” tips and pearls. . 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.

Kinesio Taping® Certification Course

Rehab Education

Rehab Education ↗

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

Dynamometry – Creating Strength Profiles Using Hand-Held Dynamometry ONLINE

MET (Medical Exercise Therapy)

MET (Medical Exercise Therapy) ↗

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

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

Neurological – Cerebral Palsy – KEYtoCP™: A Systematic, Intensive Treatment Model

Rehab Education

Rehab Education ↗

Developed by Pia Stampe, PT, DPT, the KEYtoCP™ Treatment Model provides a comprehensive and completely unique treatment experience for every client and their family– to address their unique goals, and keep improving long after the intensive has ended. Participants will learn how to use this highly systematic approach to treatment of children with all types of cerebral palsy to jumpstart change, address how to avoid formation of maladaptive habits, and change maladaptive habits that have already developed. The KEYtoCP™ approach is firmly based on current brain research and knowledge about how to best harness the brain’s ability to change.Course is series of four 4-hour live webinars over 4 evenings, 15 contact hours – Live Interactive Webinar (via Zoom)

Neuromuscular Taping Specialist Certification (Kinesiology Taping)

Ask Aquire

Ask Aquire ↗

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

Visual Rehabilitation & Neuro Handling After a Neurological Incident…Concepts for Function

Motivations Inc.

Motivations Inc. ↗

This 2 day course will discuss the concepts of the physical care and evidence based principals to create results in clinical interventions for stroke, hemiplegia, brain injury, spasticity and general motor control issues. The course will focus on preception and oculomotor deficit remediation and compensation after a neurological event. Occupational and physical therapists and assistants will find this course to be heavily lab based to provide attendees with skills for immediately use for effective strategies in the clinic.

Functional Movement Techniques (FMT) Basic & Advanced


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’.

Dynamic Neurocognitive Imagery™ (DNI)™

Franklin Method

Franklin Method ↗

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

Smart Tools Certified Clinician (STCC)

Smart Tools

Smart Tools ↗

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

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

Freedom Physical Therapy Services

Freedom Physical Therapy Services ↗

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

Lymphedema & Wound Therapist Certification (CLWT®)

International Lymphedema and Wound Care Training Institute

International Lymphedema and Wound Care Training Institute ↗

56+ hrs On-line Pre-Course Work + 90 hours Remote or On-site "Live" Training, 153 CE hrs Total! Certified Lymphedema & Wound Therapist (CLWT®) is a medical education program, and ILWTI board certification, to prepare you to effectively provide medical services in the field of lymphedema management and wound care. CLWT prepares you with comprehensive knowledge and hands-on skills necessary to effectively treat individuals with chronic wounds and all edemas/lymphedemas on the lymphedema continuum. It includes comprehensive certification in Complete Decongestive Therapy (CDT), Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD), custom, multi-layered compression bandaging, garment selection and fitting, and skin and wound care.

NeuroVestibular Complex

Therapy Network Seminars

Therapy Network Seminars ↗

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

Shoulder Complex – Manual Therapy and Functional Exercise for the Shoulder Complex

Therapy Network Seminars

Therapy Network Seminars ↗

Shoulder pain is extremely prevalent in the general population, being ranked as the third most common musculoskeletal complaint. This two-day hands on seminar will present a comprehensive overview of the structural and biomechanical basis of shoulder function and its relationship to the entire upper extremity. This seminar is designed to be eclectic in its delivery to best suit the needs of the busy clinician. The hands on course content will be grounded in evidence based treatment strategies and supported with pertinent case studies. You will return to your practice with new, applicable tools to treat a myriad of shoulder problems more effectively and efficiently.

Vestibular Assessment and Management Certification (AIB-VAM)

American Institute of Balance ↗

Vestibular Assessment and Management is AIB’s most comprehensive program, consisting of a complete look at the dizzy patient’s management both from a diagnostic and rehabilitation approach. Learn the full spectrum of care via evidence-based protocols and strategies designed to provide the clinician with the necessary tools to offer a more efficient and productive means of management for the chronic dizzy patient.
This combined 37-hour course consists of 12 hours of self-paced online content, followed by a three-day, 25- hour, live, hands-on course.
After completing the online component, participants will have the option to attend the live, three-day hands-on clinical competency course. The live component consists of 2-days of Vestibular Assessment, focusing on the diagnostic test battery, followed by a one-day course focusing on bedside evaluation, Vestibular Rehabilitation protocols, and the evaluation and treatment of BPPV.

Cadaver Dissection, Upper Extremity – Package Promotion ↗

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

Integrated Neuromuscular Re-Education: Home Study


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.

Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization Certification – Hawkgrips IASTM Certification


Hawkgrips ↗

HawkGrips’ Continuing Education courses are all written and taught by expert clinicians with the latest research and best clinical practices. The Hawkgrips IASTM and Blood Flow Restriction Certification Courses are offered either Virtual Online or Live In-Person instruction. 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 completion of the course(s), attendees will take an online Exam (passing grade of 80%) to become a certified HawkGrips Practitioner. Link to Courses

de Quervain’s Tenosynovitis

Biologix Solutions LLC

Biologix Solutions LLC ↗

The purpose of this course is to review the current literature on deQuervain’s tendonitis with emphasis on specific interventions using appropriate outcome measures. This course focuses on the
prevalence, incidence, histopathology, causes, risk factors, diagnosis, evaluations and appropriate
treatment / therapeutic interventions for patients with de Quervain’s tenosynovitis.

Functional Movement Techniques (FMT) Blades/ Blades Advanced


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.

Dry Needling – Certified in Advanced Competency in Dry Needling (CertDN)

International Academy of Orthopedic Medicine-US

International Academy of Orthopedic Medicine-US ↗

Certification in advanced competency in dry needling follows successful completion of 2 hybrid courses that involve both on-line lectures and live hands-on education and mentorship. Candidates submit case studies of their own patients, which exhibit the ability to apply dry needling with sound clinical reasoning, safety, and as part of a comprehensive treatment plan. Additionally, successful completion of a written examination on theory and clinical application is required. Link to IAOM Courses

Gray Institute for Functional Transformation (GIFT)

Gray Institute

Gray Institute ↗

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

Vestibular Rehabilitation & Concussion Certification (AIB-VR/CON)

American Institute Of Balance ↗

The American Institute of Balance is excited to announce the Vestibular Rehabilitation and Concussion Management Certification workshop is now available in a hybrid model, consisting of combined online and live components! It is the same content as the well-respected AIB live, 3-day Vestibular and Concussion Rehabilitation Certification Workshop, with less travel and time away from home and work required! This new platform allows the clinician the flexibility to complete the online portion of the course at a self-pace pace without the demand of attending a pre-determined, scheduled workshop. This combined 30-hour course consists of 21 hours of self-paced online content, followed by a one-day, 9.0 hour live, hands-on course.

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

Vestibular Rehabilitation Certification (AIB-VR)

American Institute of Balance ↗

The American Institute of Balance is excited to announce the Vestibular Rehabilitation Certification workshop is now available in a hybrid model, consisting of combined online and live components. This new platform allows the clinician the flexibility to complete the online portion of the course at a self-pace without the demand of attending a pre-determined, scheduled workshop. This combined 19.5-hour course consists of 12.0 hours of self-paced online content, followed by a one-day, 7.5-hour live course.

After completion of the online component, participants have the option to attend the one-day hands-on clinical competency course. This will be conducted in 11 major US cities as the final component for certification.

Cumulative Trauma Disorders: An Evidenced-Based Approach

Exploring Hand Therapy

Exploring Hand Therapy ↗

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

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

Myotherapy – Bonnie Prudden Myotherapy® Certification

Bonnie Prudden Myotherapy

Bonnie Prudden Myotherapy ↗

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

Orthotics: Static, Dynamic and Static Progressive Splinting – Package Promotion

Exploring Hand Therapy

Exploring Hand Therapy ↗

This dynamic movie duo will teach you basic to advanced splinting skills, and the instructor is Deborah A. Schwartz OTD, OTR/L, CHT. The movie format allows you to watch, rewind and replay whever you want. Participants will be introduced to the concepts of Evidence Based Practice, Low Load Prolonged Stress (LLPS), Total End Range Time (TERT), torque, and force. Participants will have the opportunity to learn and identify a variety of marketplace orthotics and how they apply to the clinic. Link to Course

Epicondylitis – Lateral Epicondylitis: The Therapists Approach to Conquering Pain

Exploring Hand Therapy

Exploring Hand Therapy ↗

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

Dupuytrens Disease: Advances and Updates in Treatment

Exploring Hand Therapy

Exploring Hand Therapy ↗

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

Aquatic Therapy – Bad Ragaz


Lymph Drainage Therapy Techniques Certification (LTC)

Chikly Health Institute

Chikly Health Institute ↗

The Lymph Drainage Therapy Techniques Certification Program signifies advanced skill in the application of lymph drainage therapy. This certification involves extensive study, written exams and hands-on testing. As a LDT-certified therapist you affirm your capabilities and understanding of the techniques, and
build confidence in the minds of your patients/clients that you are highly skilled in this modality.

Vestibular Therapy for the School-Aged Child and Adolescent Online Series

Education Resources, Inc.

Education Resources, Inc. ↗

This course will present current understanding of the scope of the problem, best practice, systematic evaluation and treatments to address vestibular deficits in the school-aged child and adolescent. The course combines lecture, hands-on lab, and case study to accurately and efficiently address dysfunction. The primary goal is to challenge therapists to re-think movement and stillness in their practice, using a comprehensive understanding of the vestibular system. Principles presented can be applied across the lifespan and with a multitude of disability levels.

Interactive Metronome Certification

Interactive Metronome ↗

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

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

Burns: Stop, Drop and Rehab ↗

This interactive course is in movie format. This "hot" course is designed to provide education and management of the therapist working with burns with emphasis on burns affecting the hand and upper extremity. Education is provided on the varying degrees of burn injury; wound care and dressing techniques; management and rehabilitation of contractures as well as the unique role of the therapist as part of the burn team. Instructor is Jonathan Niszczak MS, OTR/L.
Link to Course

Sacroiliac Joint Specialist Certification


PESI Inc. ↗

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

Industrial Ergonomic Evaluator Certification (CIEE)


Occupro ↗

The Industrial Ergonomic Evaluator Certification Course is designed for professionals who are interested in implementing or expanding their knowledge in on-site injury prevention and total body (lower back and upper extremity) and industrial ergonomics. A significant portion of this class is hands-on testing using the NIOSH, OSHA, WISHA, RULA, REBA, ACGIH-TLVs, and other evaluation tools. The training course discusses evidence-based evaluations and consulting protocols based on current OSHA standards, NIOSH guidelines, and published clinical literature. At the end of day one, two, and three, you will take an assessment tool quiz and may apply for certification as a Certified Industrial Ergonomic Evaluator (CIEE Certification) if you score 80% or higher for all three quizzes.

Pediatric Aquatic Therapy – Totally Treatment Pediatric Aquatic Therapy Course

Swim Angelfish

Swim Angelfish ↗

Totally Treatment dives into gaining an understanding of the properties of the water and how to apply each in treatment sessions. Handling techniques for strengthening, balance reactions, relaxation and sensory integration within the aquatic environment will be addressed. 4 Hour Online Course

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.

Myofascial – Myofascial Cupping Practitioner Certification


PESI Inc. ↗

Get the answers you need now to save your hands and help your clients reduce inflammation and muscle tension, break up scar tissue build-up from previous injuries, increase joint range of motion, and so much more. Earn up to 8.0 CE Hours. Course Presenter is World-renowned performance innovator and sports chiropractor, Steven Capobianco, D.C., MA, DACRB, PES. Best of all, this course includes RockTape Myofascial Cupping Practitioner Certification AND a free BONUS module!

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

Apply EBP

Apply EBP ↗

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

Fascial Distortion Model (FDM)

FDM Academy

FDM Academy ↗

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

Wound Care – Certified Wound Therapist® (CWT)

International Lymphedema and Wound Care Training Insitute

International Lymphedema and Wound Care Training Insitute ↗

The Certified Wound Therapist® course includes comprehensive training in the assessment and treatment of the lymphatic-integumentary system.Phlebolymphedema is the number one cause of leg lymphedema. Are you prepared to provide comprehensive treatment, including management of venous leg ulcers (VLUs)? This course will show you how to differentiate and treat VLUs, arterial ulcers,pressure injuries, neuropathic foot ulcers, atypical ulcers, burns, moisture associated skin damage, and other integumentary issues. Extensive workshops enable you to get hands-on practice with integration of skin care, MLD, and lymph-integument rehab

Stroke Rehabilitation Across the Continuum of Care: An Evidence Based Approach

Therapy Network Seminars

Therapy Network Seminars ↗

This course will provide participants with essential tools for clinical examination and intervention of persons following a stroke, across the continuum of care. Common impairments, activity restrictions, and participation limitations will be discussed. Evidence based interventions specific to the rehabilitation and recovery of basic mobility following stroke will be presented. Participants will have opportunities to see and work through examples and practice application of information through lecture and hands on labs.

Premature Infant – Baby Beats and Breaths: Therapeutic Interventions for the Premature Infant with Cardiopulmonary Compromise – ONLINE

Education Resources Inc

Education Resources Inc ↗

This dynamic intermediate-advanced course will elucidate the cardiopulmonary implications for the premature or medically-complex infant as related to physiological stability, evolving motor control, sensory stability, and transition to oral motor skills that support feeding. Participants will learn to facilitate the infant’s ability to cough, produce audible phonation, develop oral motor skills, and improve swallowing skills, as well as gestation-age appropriate positioning and handling to support gross motor skills required for postural stability. Link to Course

Movement Analysis and Dysfunction – Custom Calibrated Resistance™ Specialist Certification

Ask Aquire

Ask Aquire ↗

CCR™ unlocks a whole new form of training that improves intensity, efficiency, and safety. Participants will Learn the science that supports Supramaximal Eccentric and Isokinetic Training and explore applications for all demographics ranging from elite athlete to post-op rehab. In the Lab portion of the course participants will apply these concepts with hands on movements that activate entire kinetic chains and demand increased neural drive and organization.

Headache Treatment in Clinical Practice


Physiotutors ↗

Headaches are so prevalent in patients we often don’t even consider them as something that can be treated. Patients often take it as something they have to live with and use medication for relief. This online course offers you the chance to finally help headache sufferers in your clinic. Top headache researcher René Castien will take you by the hand and lead you through his clinical reasoning process when treating different types of headaches.

Neurodegenerative Impairments: Assessment and Treatment Strategies – LIVE WEBINAR

Education Resources, Inc.

Education Resources, Inc. ↗

Learn practical management strategies to improve outcomes for patients with neurodegenerative disorders. Improve your understanding and management of muscle tone, kinetic disorders and ataxia from diagnosis through late-stage. Case studies with videos will be used to develop assessment and treatment plans with strategies to address both motor and non-motor impairments including decreased attention, difficulty multitasking, and behavioral barriers. Presenter is Robert Hand, DPT, NCS, PT.

Nutrition – Pelvic Rehabilitation: Nutrition Perspectives in Pelvic Rehab (NPPR) – Remote Course

Herman & Wallace  Pelvic Rehabilitation Institute

Herman & Wallace Pelvic Rehabilitation Institute ↗

This online course provides the health care professional with a unique and timely opportunity to explore multi-dimensional connections between physical therapy, pelvic rehabilitation, and nutritional sciences. NPPR is a 2.5-day content-laden and cutting-edge experience designed for clinicians ready to access organized and clinically relevant nutrition information accessible to all experience levels and practice settings. Participants will be introduced to the latest research in nutrition through immersive lectures and hands-on labs. The course will cover essential digestion concepts, nourishment strategies and the interconnected nature of physical and emotional health across the lifespan.

Tendon Repairs – Flexor and Extensor Tendon Repairs of the Upper Extremity: Current Concepts in Rehabilitation and Splinting

Gold Standard Seminars

Gold Standard Seminars ↗

Rehabilitation of tendon repairs remains the most challenging diagnosis that hand therapists treat with an abundance of different protocols and orthoses to choose from. Many clinics default to protocols that were established in the 1970’s and 1980’s and have not been updated to what the research now dictates is a better way to treat this population. This course is designed around the most recent evidence in surgical intervention and rehabilitation of flexor and extensor tendons.

Lymphedema –Modern Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) Certification

International Lymphedema and Wound Care Training Institute

International Lymphedema and Wound Care Training Institute ↗

20hrs Online Pre-course Work + 30 hours remote or on-site "Live" Training. 49 CE hrs Total/ This course provides extensive training for licensed clinicians who wish to update their skills and stay current with new hand techniques and technologies that are shaping lymphedema treatment today. This course is also Part 1/3 of the full certified Lymphedema & Wound Therapist certification course. The Modern MLD Certification was developed by licensed PTs and OTs who are LANA Certified Lymphedema Therapists with a broad background in traditional approaches. ILWTI has integrated evidence-based research and information gained from ICG fluoroscopy of live lymphatics, to create the new Lymphatic & Integumentary Rehabilitation (LIR™) approach.

Spinal Manipulation – MIT-1: Spinal Manipulation Masterclass

Manual Physical Therapy Alliance

Manual Physical Therapy Alliance ↗

This 18-hour course will be supplemented with online modules strategically developed to maximize use of the 2-day live portion which will be 90% hands-on. MIT-1 lays down the foundational elements of clinical reasoning, pattern recognition, and motor skill acquisition needed to effectively assess and incorporate spinal manipulation immediately into clinical practice. Participants will have the confidence, knowledge, and ability to effectively identify those that would benefit from manipulative therapy, as well as effectively and safely perform manipulative techniques to all regions of the spine.

Cupping Therapy Intro: Home Study


Educise ↗

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


Physical Therapy Certifications

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

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

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


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

Physical Therapy Certifications

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Introduction to Musculoskeletal Imaging offered by Redefine Health Education

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

Frequently Asked Physical Therapy Certifications Questions:

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

Professional (entry-level) and Post-Professional (transitional) physical therapist education programs in the United States currently offer the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree to all new students who enroll. The length of professional DPT programs is typically 3 years, and the curriculum that is offered is prescribed by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE). The course pre-requisites for admission vary significantly across PT education programs. PT programs may require preprofessional (pre-PT/undergraduate) science courses to be completed in a 4-year university/college within the 7-10 years prior to enrollment.

How do you become a certified physical therapist?

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

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


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

ABPTRFE now has the following policies:

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

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

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