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

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.

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.

Blood Flow Restriction Training – The Eclectic Approach to Modern Strength Training: Blood Flow Restriction Training Workshop Online

Modern Manual Therapy: The Eclectic Approach

Modern Manual Therapy: The Eclectic Approach ↗

Learn from instructor, Dr. Kyle Coffey in the full 1 day online workshop! Participants will receive pdf to follow along with the lecture, full unlimited access to the 5 hours of video, bonus Doppler US and blood pressure videos, sample programming for the upper and lower body and bonus reference charts available for easy printing.

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

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

Blood Flow Restriction Training

Smart Tools

Smart Tools ↗

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

BioMechanical Taping with Dynamic Tape

Southeast Sports Seminars

Southeast Sports Seminars ↗

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

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

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’.

Smart Tools Certified Clinician (STCC)

Smart Tools

Smart Tools ↗

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

Physical Agents in Rehabilitation Module 1: Pathology and Patient Problems


HomeCEU ↗

This online course utilizes text from the soft cover textbook by Michelle Cameron “Physical Agents in Rehabilitation” ©2012. Presenting a variety of treatment choices supported by the latest clinical research, this 4th edition is your guide to the safe, most effective use of physical agents in your rehabilitation practice. Coverage in this new edition includes the most up-to-date information on thermal agents, ultrasound, electrical currents, hydrotherapy, traction, compression, lasers, and electromagnetic radiation. Straightforward explanations make it easy to integrate physical agents into your patients' overall rehabilitation plans.

Pelvic Floor Dry Needling – Online Course

United Dry Needling Education

United Dry Needling Education ↗

This is an advanced online course designed for pelvic rehabilitation clinicians who have completed basic or intermediate dry needling coursework and wish to expand their pelvic floor treatments to include dry needling. The online option is a blend of recorded lectures and high quality demonstration videos that teach you how to add dry needling to your pelvic floor treatments! Participants will learn safe and practical electrical dry needling techniques to selected muscles of the pelvic floor including treatment examples for coccydynia, sacral pain, urogenita, and anorectal pain in patients with female and male anatomy.

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.

Custom Calibrated Resistance™ Specialist 1.0 Certification


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.

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.

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

Halliwick Aquatic Therapy/Water Specific Therapy Certification

Inertia Therapy Services

Inertia Therapy Services ↗

From a broad perspective Halliwick-Aquatic Therapy (HAT) is an intervention tactic that uses the specific constraints of the aquatic environment to therapeutically influence human functioning for those that have impairments in function or structure of organ systems, limitations in their activities and/or restrictions in their participation. The special focus of the course this year will be about influencing neuroinflammation with aquatic therapy. Link to Course

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.

Concussion – Comprehensive Concussion Management in Sports Medicine Course

PT Seminars

PT Seminars ↗

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

Oncology – Comprehensive Oncology Rehabilitation Expert Certification (C.O.R.E): Oncology For Lymphedema

International Lymphedema and Wound Care Training Institute

International Lymphedema and Wound Care Training Institute ↗

This course dives into the specifics of the cancer experience, providing opportunity to treat the whole patient. You will learn comprehensive rehabilitation, including new manual skills and interventions to effectively treat the musculoskeletal, soft tissue and scar tissue restrictions that simultaneously occur with a person going through cancer treatment. Best practice protocols, exercise prescription, documentation tips and invaluable clinical pearls are provided. Advanced lymphatic rehabilitation training is included for active cancer and complex head and neck, breast, trunk and genital lymphedema. Taught by oncology rehabilitation expert, Lisa Marshal.


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.

More Physical Therapy Certifications and Techniques

Physical Therapy Certifications

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

Physical Therapy Certifications

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

Introduction to Musculoskeletal Imaging offered by Redefine Health Education

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

More Physical Therapy Certifications and Techniques

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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