Top Free Occupational Therapy (OT) CEUs
If you follow OT Potential, you know that I am a big fan of using MedBridge Education for my CEUs. I believe the platform provides the highest-quality CEUs for OT professionals.
That being said, I realize MedBridge might not make sense for every single person out there—at least not 100% of the time.
There are times when you’ve been to a conference or course and you need just two or three more hours of CEUs. You’ve already invested a lot of money in that event, and you don’t want to pay for a whole year of unlimited CEUs just to get those last few credits.
And I also recognize that there are times when money is tight.
The cool thing is that there are quite a few FREE occupational therapy CEUs out there—and the even cooler part is that they’re not sketchy, fly-by-night courses. Many of these free OT CEUs are actually quite high quality and look great on your OT resume! I put this article together to help you save money without sacrificing your commitment to lifelong learning (or at least without sacrificing your required CEUs that you need to renew your license) :-)
This article will be periodically updated, so if you hear of any additional free OT CEUs out there that I missed, please post them in the comments!
Nurse.com’s free OT CEU courses
Nurse.com might be geared toward our nursing counterparts, but it offers several free courses for us OTs, and they cover pretty interesting topics! The courses are taught by Deborah Davidson, PhD, OTR/L.
Transitioning into adulthood
This is a presentation that gives an overview of an organization called Bright Futures, and details how it delivers OT services to those needing assistance during that pivotal transition between adolescence and adulthood.
Many of us have considered what it would be like to start our own private practices. This free course is a great way to get an overview of the considerations involved before you make the move. It guides you through a series of self-reflection exercises that explore your readiness to take the plunge!
AOTA’s free CEU webinars
Did you know that AOTA allows you to earn as many as 12 continuing education contact hours through their webinars? Now, you’ll still want to check with your state-specific rules to determine how many online CEUs count toward your license renewal, but if you’re simply out to learn as much as possible, you’ll want to take full advantage of these freebies!
Like I mentioned in the intro, these webinars are really interesting, and they cover some pretty cool topics! For example, there is one webinar about animal-assisted OT (and that means incorporating animals into your OT practice, not practicing OT on dogs). Other topics involve OT for refugees, as well as how to identify and prevent burnout in the OT world. Whether you wish to take a traditional or non-traditional OT path, you will find some really interesting free CEUs on the AOTA’s list of webinars.
PHLC’s free OT courses
Phllips Learning Connection’s Online Learning Center (PHLC) is approved by AOTA as an OT con-ed provider. The target audience for the free courses below is OT professionals, and the content level is considered intermediate.
Fall-Related Brain Injury in Older Adults: a Focus on Prevention
If you’re looking for a good, free course on brain injuries resulting from falls, this one might be your pick. We OTs can certainly appreciate the focus on prevention!
Engaging Older Adults in Evidence-Based Fall Prevention
Here’s another one that focuses on fall prevention. And the interesting part about this one is that it focuses on getting older adults engaged in the prevention part. As we all know, it can sometimes be a challenge to engage our patients, so this looks like a great freebie course!
Diabetes and Fall Risk: Special Considerations in Improving Quality of Life for Older Adults
PHLC gears this course toward nurses, but it does list that the content is appropriate for OTs. It is certainly relevant to our practice. An added bonus is that if you have the Certified Case Manager (CCM) designation, which many rehab liaisons, utilization review occupational therapists, and skilled inpatient care coordinators (SICCs) hold, this course counts toward renewing that credential.
Assessing Outcomes Vital to Independent Living in Late Life
This course focuses on three proven pillars of staying healthy and independent later in life: avoiding disease, engaging with life, and maintaining high cognitive and physical function. It’s also designed for nurses, but has a really strong OT bend and would be well worth the zero dollars required to enroll!
OccupationalTherapy.com’s free OT course
OccupationalTherapy.com is one member of the family of websites run by ContinuEd. While my CEU platform of choice for my own needs remains MedBridge, I do really appreciate and respect the offerings on OccupationalTherapy.com. I also applaud the fact that the site offers a free single CEU course so you can try the platform before you commit to joining for a full year.
I will say, the courses are high quality, but there isn’t as much breadth or volume as you’ll find on MedBridge, which is why I ultimately have chosen to use the latter for my CEUs. However, if you’re looking for the least expensive option for unlimited CEUs, OccupationalTherapy.com is a really good pick.
ChiroCredit.com’s free OT course
Well! I bet you didn’t expect to see a chiropractic website on here, but here you go! ChiroCredit.com actually offers a surprisingly robust selection of OT courses, including outside-the-box topics like aquatic OT and medical errors in OT!
ChiroCredit has a similar setup to OccupationalTherapy.com in that you receive a free introductory OT course when you register for free. The site states that you will receive access to your certificate of completion instantly upon completing the course, which is nice.
Parkinson’s.org’s free OT course
If you work with older adults, I strongly recommend that you take this course. The price is (obviously) right, and the course was designed by OTs with PD expertise to help other occupational therapists ensure best-practice care for patients with PD. Plus, the curriculum was co-developed by Parkinson’s Foundation and AOTA!
The course is four modules long, and provides very applicable recommendations for therapists working in home care, community rehabilitation, and long-term care care settings.
Let’s face it: the cost to become an occupational therapist can be prohibitive, and then life happens. There are some times when looking for free OT CEUs is just the way to go! Luckily, as you can see from this article, there are tons of great options out there for the financially savvy therapist looking to learn without breaking the bank! Know of any other free OT CEUs out there? If so, please let us know in the comments!