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MNPTA Continuing Education
The Minnesota Physical Therapy Association is pleased to offer these upcoming Continuing Education Courses:

PTs Prescribing Disability Parking Permits

This course is available online and on-demand.

Course Description

The Minnesota Chapter of APTA worked this session to pass legislation that authorizes PT's to prescribe Disability Parking permits, beginning August 1, 2019. As a key part of a patient's recovery, the PT is in a perfect position to recommend and prescribe a disability parking permit. Taking on this role can save the patient time, effort and money as well as free up time for the surgeon/medical professional and reduce the administrative burden. As PT's begin to take on this responsibility, we want to make sure they are equipped with the knowledge of how to do this. We at the MNPTA worked with the MN Council on Disability and the MN Department of Public Safety to better understand the correct procedures so that we can help PT's stay within the guidelines of who is eligible for permits and what length of time they can be allowed. This course will train the PT to thoroughly assess and appropriately prescribe the disability parking permit for their patients.

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Best Practice in Home Health Physical Therapy from Evaluation to Discharge Planning

With Jessica Berglund, PT, DPT and Sarah Quinlan, PT, DPT

Tuesdays, October 1, 8, 15  6:30– 8:30pm

5320 W 23rd St Suite #130
Saint Louis Park, MN 55416

2 CEUs per session; 6 CEUs total

Course Description

Skilled home health physical therapy is a unique, rewarding, and challenging practice setting. As with all other practice settings, evidence based practice, high quality of care, and an excellent patient experience are expected from all therapists. This course series will highlight the current best practices of skilled physical therapy services when provided in the home including evidence based practice for evaluation, skilled treatment, and discharge planning. Participants may register for one session or all three. 

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Low Vision Resources Weekend Courses

Saturday and Sunday, October 26 - 27  8am - 5pm

RC Hospital and Clinics
100 Healthy Way
Olivia, MN  56277

CEUs: 7 contact hours per session; 14 contact hours total

Assessment and Treatment Strategies for Adults with Vision Loss

With Debra Sokol-McKay

Saturday, October 26  8am - 5pm

Course Description

This comprehensive workshop will provide participants with techniques and tools to identify, evaluate, and treat clients with vision loss. Participants will review low vision assessment tools and interventions that address practical home modifications, ADLs/IADLs, and mobility and fall prevention techniques. Hands-on experiential activities using vision simulators and videos will allow participants to more readily integrate what they have learned. In addition, participants will be provided with many evidence-based assessment tools and adaptive intervention techniques and resources to immediately begin their low vision practice. A demonstration table will be provided for further independent learning.

Low Vision Rehabilitation and Interventions for Neurological Dysfunction

With Dr. Stephen G. Whittaker

Sunday, October 27  8am - 5pm

Course Description

The student will learn how to evaluate and provide “first response” rehabilitation interventions when encountering “low vision” from neurological dysfunction including stroke, traumatic brain injury and concussion. I will teach “first response” interventions for visual acuity loss, and eye movement disorders. “First response” interventions are interventions that maximize vision or compensate for vision loss using resources available in medical rehabilitation settings. I describe how typical practice settings where a client can be referred for more advanced treatment. In this course, I describe more advanced treatments than can be provided in medical rehab settings for field loss and spatial neglect syndrome. The courses provide practical and immediately applicable information as well as a solid starting point for those who wish to specialize in low vision rehabilitation. The presentation will involve an interactive power point presentation, richly illustrated with graphic and video demonstration where you view the world through the eyes of people with different types of vision impairment. Advanced treatment involving specialized devices such as magnifiers, and non-sighted techniques involve an additional 30 hours of instruction available by an online self-study.

Find a full course description and REGISTER HERE!


LGBT+ Competency and Healthcare Disparities

with Phil Duran, JD and Megan Mueller, MPH

Tuesday, November 5  6:30-8:30pm

Bethesda Hospital
559 N Capitol Blvd
St Paul, MN  55103


Course Description

Participants will learn the basics of LGBTQ+ competency. The beginning part of the training focuses on the differences between sex assigned at birth, sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression. We will discuss the difference between trans/cisgender as well as the importance of asking people for their pronouns rather than making assumptions. The Voices of Health Survey is an annual survey done by JustUs Health in Minnesota every year to determine health outcomes for LGBTQ+ Minnesotans. We use this data (as well as other data sources) to determine healthcare disparities and to assess the general health status of the community in our state. We will discuss how different aspects of social inequity can lead to healthcare inequity. Participants will then learn about the generational impact of the AIDS epidemic and the current status of HIV in Minnesota. In summary, we will discuss ways to make our own practices more inclusive, less heteronormative, and ways to keep bias out of the work we do.

Find a full course description and register HERE!


Ethics in Physical Therapy

This affordable, online, on-demand class fulfills the 2 CEU Ethics requirement and is LIVE! Please visit the State Board of Physical Therapy to check your Continuing Education Reporting Date, and to confirm requirements specific to your license


Pain, PT and the Opioid Epidemic

This course is available online and on-demand.
6 CEUs

Course Description

International Spine and Pain Institute (ISPI) in partnership with Evidence In Motion (EIM), has designed a unique learning opportunity for PT’s and PTA’s to advance top of mind awareness to Choose PT first.

Pain is complex. New paradigms of pain such as neuromatrix, nerve sensitivity, endocrine and immune responses to pain and neuroplasticity have opened various exciting non-pharmacological options in the treatment of pain. One such approach is altering what patients think and believe about their pain. It is well established that patients often have faulty beliefs regarding pain, which consequently may increase fear, catastrophization, pain and disability. The paradox is that patients are interested in pain as well as how pain works. Growing evidence supports that teaching patients more about the neurophysiology and biology of pain allows for decreased pain, increased movement and function, various decreased psychometric measurements and higher compliance with therapy. This online  self-paced, self-study series of lectures, based on the latest neuroscience view of pain, aims to help health care providers update their knowledge of pain and apply is clinically today.


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For a list of past MNPTA sponsored courses, please visit the MNPTA CE Course Archive.

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