The Top Occupational Therapy CEUs (2021)

WOW, this is my 5th year doing this post, and I’m so excited to update you on the occupational therapy continuing education world!

In this post, you’ll learn about the top online OT continuing education units (CEUs). In it you’ll find:

Happy learning!

Find the top courses from the OT Potential Club!

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

⬇️ Here are the top 3 downloaded courses of 2021! ⬇️

Understanding Sensory Function in Autism with Bryden Giving
POTS & COVID-19 Long Haulers with Emily Rich
Supporting Caregivers of People with Dementia with Brandy Archie

At OT Potential 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. We are AOTA approved, and also meet your requirements for NBCOT’s PDUs. 

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.

Find the top OT courses from MedBridge!

MedBridge’s top OT CEU courses of 2021

I am a longtime user and affiliate of MedBridge Education.

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 OT continuing education hours that some states require.

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

  1. A Clinical Application of Easing Pain via Neuroplasticity
  2. Teaching People About Pain
  3. Ethics for Physical and Occupational Therapy Professionals
  4. Hemiplegic Shoulder Part 1: Assessment
  5. Hemiplegic Shoulder Part 2: Interventions
  6. How to Effectively Manage Burnout, Work Stress, and Compassion Fatigue
  7. Suicide Risk in Inpatient Rehabilitation Settings
  8. Mental Health During COVID-19 Part 1: Rehab Patients and Caregivers
  9. Child Abuse Recognition and Reporting in Pennsylvania 
  10. Parkinson’s Disease: Applying What We Know Now

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Independent online occupational therapy courses (from your fellow therapists)

In addition to the major OT CEU providers that help you keep up to date with a wide variety of topics, there are a growing number of course creators that help you dive into niche topics. 

Honestly, we at OT Potential are friends with many of these providers and are proud to share their work 🙂 

We decided to feature AOTA approved courses first, as these are structured to meet your continuing education requirements for licensure in your state.  They are also structured to meet your professional 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

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: $297-$347
  • 6 hours

OT Courses | The Lactation OT

  • Cost: $99-$399
  • 38 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

Ready, Set, Mash-up | Ready, Set, Treat

  • Cost: $299
  • 6 hours

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

Cost: $219.99

6 hours

Skills2Care Certification | The Dementia Collaborative

  • Cost: $2,200
  • 30 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! Please make sure that these courses will count toward your license, if that is your intent!

(If you need help figuring out your continuing education requirements, check out our post OT continuing education explained.)


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.


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 “The Top Occupational Therapy CEUs (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

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