Top Occupational Therapy CEU Courses (2021)

WOW, this is my 5th year doing this post, and boy are things changing in the occupational therapy continuing education world! The pandemic has driven more and more people online, and we’ve seen a huge uptick in online learning options. 

In this post, you’ll learn about the occupational therapy continuing education units (CEUs) offered by OT Potential—sorry, we are clearly biased! 🙂 You’ll also find the most accessed courses from MedBridge.com.

Finally, to celebrate all of the OTs out there working to publish their own courses, we are including independently created CEUs for occupational therapy professionals. 


Find the top courses from the OT Potential Club!

The OT Potential Club’s Podcast-Based Occupational Therapy Continuing Education Courses

Early in the pandemic, we at OT Potential really saw a need for podcast-based CEU courses. I was sold on podcasts when my own license renewal came up, and I found myself seeking out podcast courses. I was burned out on screen time. And, most importantly, I love how a conversation can often times capture the nuance of our work more so than a powerpoint lecture.

So, this year, we are proud to provide CEU podcast courses, which are offered as a benefit of membership in the OT Potential Club. The OT Potential Club is designed to help you stay up to date with evidence-based practice by reviewing influential new evidence, and giving you a place to discuss how it impacts your practice.

For each CEU podcast course we offer, we discuss important research with an expert guest. Our hope is that the discussion will capture the nuances of the topics, while also providing actionable steps toward improving your practice.

Explore our CEU courses above, then sign up for the OT Potential Club to earn credit for what you learn! 


Find the top OT courses from MedBridge!

MedBridge’s top OT CEU courses of 2021

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You can find my full MedBridge review here. The service is a premium membership with many benefits beyond access to great CEUs.

One of MedBridge’s most sought-after features is regular live-webinars, which often count towards the live continuing education hours that some states require.

Here’s the top 10 OT courses taken by OTs and OTAs in 2021:

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Independent online occupational therapy 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.

Please make sure that these courses will count toward your license, if that is your intent!

We decided to feature AOTA approved courses in this list, as these are structured to meet your continuing education requirements for licensure in your state.  They are also structured to meet your professionals development units (PDUs) for your NBCOT certification.

AOTA Approved:

A-Z School-Based OT | OT School House

  • Cost: $299
  • 9.5 hours

The Dynamic School OT | Devon Breithart

  • Cost: $447
  • 7 hours

Fine Motor Boot Camp – Live Webinar | Fine Motor Boot Camp LLC

  • Cost: $79-94
  • 2.5 hours

Functional Cast Therapy for the Upper Extremity | Michelle Coil, MOT, OTR, CHT, PYT, CEAS via LiveConferences

  • Cost: $279
  • 8 hours

The Learn Play Thrive Approach to Autism | LearnPlayThrive, LLC

  • Cost: $359
  • 8 hours

Nuts and Bolts to Becoming a Successful School Based OT | World of OT

  • Cost: $327-$547
  • 4.5 hours

OT Courses | The Lactation OT

  • Cost: $1,055 (Total Cost for all courses, courses are also available individually)
  • 22 hours available

OT Pioneers: Introduction to Pelvic Floor Therapy for Occupational Therapists | The Functional Pelvis

  • Cost: $597
  • 10 hours

Tele-Health for Pediatric Occupational Therapists | Play It Forward Therapy

  • Cost: $297-$632
  • 11.5 hours available

Toilet Training Success Academy | Arianna Medina

  • Cost: $397
  • 10 hours available

Revolutionize Your Learning Space for Student Success | Justin Lyons, OTR/L via PESI

  • Cost: $219.99
  • 6 hours

Telehealth Provider Training Program | TelehealthShare

  • Cost: $275
  • 8.5 hours

VISION 101 For School-based OTs | Miss Jaime, OT

  • Cost $127
  • 4.5 hours

Not AOTA Approved (Please check with your state continuing education requirements!):

Non-AOTA approved courses are much more variable in there offerings, but maybe if the topic aligns with what you are looking for, one of these may be the right course for you!


If you only need a few courses, maybe free is the best option for you?

There are free CEU courses out there! We’ve done our best to compile the free CEU offerings we know of into the post: Free Occupational Therapy (OT) CEUs—AOTA Approved.


Conclusion

Many of us have relished the ability to learn from the comfort of our own homes for years—but the pandemic has all but made this style of learning standard in our profession. So here’s to the convenience, affordability, and accessibility afforded by online occupational therapy continuing education.

Do you have any favorite online OT CEU courses that I didn’t list? If so, please let me know in the comments!

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14 replies on “Top Occupational Therapy CEU Courses (2021)”

Absolutely! I got great feedback on it in 2016, so it was fun to work with the providers to create the 2017 lists!

The Executive Certificate in Home Modification Program offered online through the University of Southern California Leonard Davis School of Gerontology is FABULOUS for anyone looking to specialize. Best of any of the home mod/aging-in-place courses, in my opinion, and the most useful and intuitive to OT’s.

Shoshana Shamberg, OTR/L is amazing. I attended a home modification course in Maryland years ago led by her and learned so much. I don’t know about the Irlen Certification training she does, but she is an incredible person and teacher!

I much prefer this company Education Resources – I’ve never been to a bad course! They’re dependable and the courses are always motivating.

Thank you Sara for the list! Here’s another AOTA approved online course for therapists who want to increase their competence and confidence with telehealth. The online course is called "T School Telehealth Training for Pediatric Therapists" is preapproved for AOTA CEUs and offered by Play It Forward Therapy. You can register for the FREE Masterclass "The 3 Essentials for Telehealth Success at https://www.playitforwardtherapy.net/.

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