Online Continuing Education Classes for Physical Therapists

Most states require licensed physical therapists to complete continuing education credits to maintain licensure. Many of these classes can be found online as part of a professional organization's course offerings or a university's graduate certificate program. Read this article to find out more about what kinds of topics you could study. Schools offering Physical Therapy degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What Will I Learn in an Online Physical Therapy Continuing Education Class?

Many online continuing education classes are available through professional organizations. You may learn the proper methods for reading cervical spine x-rays, MRIs (magnetic resonance imaging) and CT scans (computed tomography). You may also learn to diagnose carpal tunnel syndrome, treat rotator cuff injuries, teach elderly patients how to mitigate the risk of falls or recognize symptoms of cancer in younger patients.

Other classes can discuss professional practice topics, such as physical therapy documentation for the purposes of risk management and reimbursement. You can learn how to appropriately document clinical practice according to the guidelines of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA). You may also learn effective communication or cultural competency skills.

Some college and university physical therapy departments also offer online classes. These are often graduate-level classes that allow students to complete continuing education credits while enrolled in a certificate program. Most class topics focus on specialty areas, such as women's health or pediatrics. You may discuss treatments for pre- and post-menopausal women or for children with underdeveloped motor skills.

How Will Continuing Education Classes Help My Career?

Many states require physical therapists to take continuing education classes to maintain their license, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (www.bls.gov). Continuing education will also allow you to stay abreast of technological changes and best practices. If you decide you want to pursue a Doctor of Physical Therapy, some programs may allow you to apply continuing education coursework to a degree program.

What Technology Will I Need to Take an Online Course?

Schools require you to have Internet access and a reliable computer that can run course delivery systems such as Blackboard. Word processing software is another common requirement. You may also need to download Adobe Acrobat Reader or PowerPoint Reader to view course files and Adobe Flash Player to stream video content.

To continue researching, browse degree options below for course curriculum, prerequisites and financial aid information. Or, learn more about the subject by reading the related articles below:

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  • American University

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    Popular programs at American University:

    • Master

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  • University of the Southwest

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