With physical therapy continuing education requirements changing year-in and year-out, its important to keep a few good resources up your sleeve when the time comes to hit the books again.
Depending on the state you live in, you may be subject to regulations that require you to keep up a certain number of continuing education units in order to maintain your license to practice. The number you need can vary greatly depending on your specialty and whether or not your state board decides to increase the requirements on a frequent basis. Well, luckily, there are some great resources on the web for physical therapy continuing education courses.
Education Resources, Inc. offers many physical therapy continuing education credits across the United States, as well as those for several other fields including athletic trainers, audiologists, dietitians, and occupational therapists.
If you're searching for more specialized education credits, look no further. They also offer education in several areas of physical therapy studies like acute care, adult and geriatric rehabilitation, cardiopulmonary, home health, neonatal, neuro rehabilitation, orthopedics, sports medicine, and pediatrics.
Prices vary anywhere from $100.00 - $500.00, depending on the course you're seeking.
If you're on the hunt for mores specific, short courses, ContinuingEducation.com offers a great selection of courses by-the-hour, starting at $19.00 each and up to $120.00. Currently, there are hundreds of different specialities and areas to choose from like arthritis management, geriatrics, stroke treatment, ethics, cardiology, and many others.
However, be sure to check each CEU's details to ensure that the credits you're considering are approved by your state physical therapy board. It would be a terrible waste of time and resources to take a course you'll just have to repeat in the future.
Another great place to search for physical therapy continuing education courses is RehabEdge.com. They connect therapists with courses ranging in depth, and cost, all over the U.S. and offer interesting subjects like yoga rehabilitation, pilates for rehab, vestibular rehab, pediatric neurology, and many others.
While you're on the site, check out the store for an assortment of therapy supplies like balance devices, body braces, massage tools, office supplies, gym equipment, and reference models.
According to their site, Cross Country Education "works with up to 100 national/state boards/associations to provide continuing education for healthcare professionals." Clicking on the link above will take you to a drop down box to choose your profession.
Once "Physical Therapists" is chosen, you'll be shown a list of various state physical therapy boards and associations. Simply find your state board and review the CEUs offered.
PhysicalTherapy.com offers a unique bundle of CEUs that you can work through at your own pace. For $99.00/year you get access to over 225 online courses. This is great for anyone who's looking to stay on top of the latest trends in physical therapy, get caught up on new requirements, or just to save money in the long-run.
Beyond their bundled offer, the site also offers courses in many specialties within physical therapy, including acute care, aquatics, cardiopulmonary, clinical electrophysiology, ethics & jurisprudence, geriatrics, HIV/AIDS, home health, neurology, oncology, orthopedics, pediatrics, pharmacology, private practice, professional issues & compliance, prosthetics & orthotics, research, sports, women's health, and wound care & lymphedema.
If seminars are more your thing, Great Lakes Seminars offers great educational resources to physical therapists in locations across the country, throughout the year. Seminars typically cost $525.00 to attend and center around many aspects of physical therapy, from differential diagnoses to vestibular rehabilitation.
Outside of seminars, Great Lakes also offers a CEU program titled "Comprehensive Review of Cervical Anatomy & Dysfunction" that anyone can take only. The program's approved by the Federation State Board of Physical Therapy for 3 CEUs.
CEU courses through PTcourses.com are approved by all but 6 states and cover a myriad of topics in physical therapy. Depending on the course, there are different formats in which they're delivered. Some can be taken directly online, others through email, and some come in the form of a package to your door.
Most courses are moderately priced around $60.00 and, after completing a course, the exams are processed within 2 business days. If your course is online, you can print the certificate you've earned immediately.
Physical therapists on the hunt for CEUs will want to check out what MedBridge has to offer as well. Each course offered is comprehensive in depth and approved by nearly all state boards of physical therapy. Costs on a per-course basis run $100.00, but if you're planning on taking many courses soon, its well worth the $300.00 to gain access to all CEU courses for a year.
AdvantageCEUs offers great resources to physical therapists and physical therapist assistants on a state-by-state basis. Clicking the link above will take you to the drop down menus. Choose "PT/PTA" and your state, and you'll be provided with a comprehensive list of linked resources, special topics CEUs, and many other CEUS by category like neurological rehab, differential diagnosis, assistive technologic, etc.
Physical therapy continuing education credits on this site are board-certified and are priced from as low as $10.00 to as much as $130.00.
FLEX CEUs also offers a litany of physical therapy continuing education courses for all specialties and interests. Simply choose the state in which you intend to practice and you'll be taken to a categorized list of all current courses they offer. Subjects include aging, brain injury, chronic pain, ethics, home healthcare, and others.
You can take 1-hour CEUs for $9.00 or go big and take a 15-hour course for $135.00.