The Top Occupational Therapy CEU Courses (2018)
As a bona fide continuing education nerd, I LOVE researching con-ed courses.
I become giddy reading course descriptions, and dream about all of the new skills I can learn in just a few short hours.
But I realize not everyone shares my passion for reading course descriptions :)
That’s why I’ve compiled this list of 2018’s top occupational therapy courses. It’s a list of the most popular (meaning most accessed or viewed) and highest-rated courses from the top three online con-ed providers serving OTs:
Each provider has its own strengths, so I thought this side-by-side comparison would be helpful.
For the first time ever, I am also including continuing education courses created independently by OTs at the bottom of the post!
Please note: Choosing an online continuing education provider isn’t always easy, and my best advice is to always make sure the provider you choose has courses that will directly impact your practice.
Thank you to OccupationalTherapy.com and MedBridge Education for providing their top courses!!
OT courses to inspire your practice:
OccupationalTherapy.com’s most accessed OT Courses of 2018
If you are new to OccupationalTherapy.com, I have reviewed their continuing education site in the past. They offer four different course formats (live, video, audio, and text courses) and add in live webinars every week.
This website is a great option for OTs who are looking for quality CEU courses at a great value.
Incontinence: Practical Tips for the Occupational Therapy Practitioner (Part 1) | Krista Covell-Pierson
Incontinence: Practical Tips for the Occupational Therapy Practitioner (Part 2) | Krista Covell-Pierson
Aging Programming: Evidence-based Strategies for Aging in Place | Pamela E. Toto
Are You Sure It’s Complex Regional Pain Syndrome? | Susan Denham
Management of the Hemiplegic Shoulder | Christine Griffin
Crumbs as a Tool in Pediatric Feeding Transitions | Marsha Dunn Klein
For OT Potential readers, OccupationalTherapy.com is offering a free bonus month (13 months of CEUs/PDUs for $99) with the promo code OTPOTENTIAL18 at checkout. The offer is valid until 3/31/19, and is limited to new members.
MedBridge's most viewed OT courses of 2018
I am a long time user and affiliate of MedBridge.com.
You can find my full MedBridge review here. The service is a premium membership with many benefits beyond access to great CEUs.
Evidence Based Intervention to Restore Dynamic Thumb Stability | Virginia O’Brien
What About a Thumb Orthosis? | Virginia O’Brien
Evaluation of the Thumb | Virginia O’Brien
Self-Regulation in Children and the Neurological Connection | Varleisha D. Gibbs
Most reviewed courses from Summit
I did some digging on the Summit website, and was able to find the most reviewed online courses they offer.
There are far fewer online courses to choose from than the other two options, but that is because Summit does a combination of live courses and online courses.
Preschoolers & Autism | Cindy Lee
Early Childhood Interventions & Autism Spectrum Disorder | Shanon Gibson
Kinesiology Taping, Manual Therapy & NeuroMuscular Re-Activation | Michael Blubaugh
Geriatric Rehab | John B. Perry
Autism Across the Spectrum | Joani M. Richardson
Shoulder Disorders | Donald Earley
The Fundamentals of Therapeutic and Kinesiology Taping | William Oswald
Developing Effective Sensory Diets | Gwen Wild
Fall Prevention Strategies | Brian Trzaskos
Independent online courses (from your fellow therapists!)
The above list represents a sampling of the most popular occupational therapy continuing education courses, but it’s important to keep in mind that there are tons of other online con-ed courses to help you improve your practice and grow your career.
Here are some of the top independent ones:
Advanced Certificate in Mindfulness-Based OT | San Jose State University
Time Commitment: Four online courses and an in-person five-day residential training retreat in the San Francisco Bay Area
Bash the Burnout | Joy*Energy*Time
Time Commitment: Seven hours online
Courses on OT | The Pocket OT
Time Commitment: One to three hours
Effective Autism Intervention for OTs | LearnPlayThrive, LLC
Time Commitment: Six hours online
Introduction to Pelvic Floor Therapy for OTs | Functional Pelvis
Enrollment will open March 18 and close May 3, 2019
MOTivated Maker Workshops | MOTivated Maker
Coming in Spring, 2019!
Non-Clinical 101 | The Non-Clinical PT
Coming in January, 2019!
Various Workshops on Feeding | Marsha Dunn Klein
Cost: approximately $395-495 per course
Time Commitment: Two or three eight-hour days in-person
Various Podcasts on School-Based OT | OT School House
Cost: $10 per podcast
Time Commitment: One hour per podcast (approximately)
Important CEU considerations
Each state has different requirements for what counts towards continuing education for licensure.
(Why, oh why does it have to be so complicated?!)
Remember that independent courses may or may not be approved for OT CEUs in your state, so it’s essential to check independent courses with your state OT board if you’re counting on gaining CEUs from these courses.
Until that wonderful point in time when licensure requirements are standardized, you will have to go to your individual state’s licensing agency’s website to check your requirements to make sure these courses qualify.
Online education has transformed how we think of continuing education.
After all, only in the past ten years or so have we had the luxury of learning from the comfort of our own homes! The convenience, affordability, and accessibility of online OT education is something to truly cherish.