Online Courses

APTA Utah Online Learning

APTA Utah is excited to offer our Spring 2021 conference online. Those who were not able to register and attend the conference can now purchase and view each course. 

You will need to have an APTA account to view the courses and purchase them. You do not have to be an APTA Utah member to have an account on our site.

Create an APTA Utah account HERE.

Although, we do encourage and would love to have you join us! Members will receive discounts on online learning, live events, and other services. BECOME A MEMBER LINK

Once you have completed the course, a certificate will be added to your profile under "certifications."



Post-Covid Rehabilitation: Acute and Outpatient Care

Post-COVID in the acute care setting has posed a unique challenge for the physical therapy profession and other allied professionals. As we work together through these unprecedented challenges, it is essential that we continue to uphold the standards of practice for physical therapy and ensure the highest quality of care. The focus in a post-COVID acute care setting includes the implementation of patient-specific interventions when working with severe respiratory conditions. Patients with COVID-19 diagnosis require an interdisciplinary approach to ensure medical stability, manage comorbidities, and address complications to allow for functional and safe participation in rehabilitation. Though COVID-19 is still a very new diagnosis, as evidence-based research unfolds, it is apparent that rehabilitation will be crucial in all phases of recovery.

Payment Panel

Do you ever get confused between Medicare and Medicaid? Have you heard there are changes to billing Medicaid, but not sure what that means to you? This virtual presentation and panel will discuss the differences between Medicare and Medicaid and how this pertains to you as a Therapist. Included on the panel are experts in Medicare and Medicaid plans who can answer your questions, or find answers for you. We may not have all the answers, but we can find someone who does!

"Clinical Education -Introducing the Clinical Education SIG: Strengthening Relationships and Improving Clinical Education."

"This session will serve as the official introduction of the clinical education SIG and the newly elected SIG board members. We will discuss the purposes of clinical education and the roles it plays, as well as take input from those in attendance on how the Clinical Education SIG can best serve the members of the clinical education community by facilitating collaboration and continued development in clinical education.

"Incorporating Adaptive Sports Into Your Clinical Practice."

"Adaptive Sports" covers a huge range of activities, opportunities, and challenges. They are shown to provide beneficial outcomes across all functional domains and have the potential to create meaningful transformations in a patient’s identity, self-efficacy, and overall quality of life. At the same time, successfully providing access to adaptive sports requires the facilitator to have deep knowledge of sport-specific assessments, equipment, risk management, and technical skills in order to provide a successful intervention. Adaptive sport professionals will explain basic considerations for all levels of adaptive sports and allow hands-on exploration of some typical adaptations used for instruction and equipment. The goal of this session is to help the physical therapist utilize adaptive sports successfully with clients, whether through learning new skills for providing the intervention, or leaning on local professional adaptive sport organizations.

KEYNOTE: "Service & Servant Leadership: Part of the PT DNA."

"Physical Activity in Autism: Benefits and Impacts on Health and Well-Being and How to Facilitate"

This session will explore physical activity levels in autism, short and long-term impacts on health and well-being, facilitators and barriers to physical activity for people with autism, specific motor deficits seen in autism, and research relating to motor interventions in autism.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand short and long-term implications of low physical activity levels in autism.
  • Recognize physical impairments in people with autism.
  • Develop strategies to address physical activity for autistic people.

"A Review of Current Practice Guidelines in Neurological Practice."

This session will provide a review of three different clinical practice guidelines commonly utilized in the field of neurological physical therapy at this time - the core set, locomotor training, and vestibular hypofunction. This session will employ active learning techniques and case based scenarios to review, discuss and apply these guidelines. In this session, we will also demonstrate how to access many of the clinical guidelines and related tools available on the website for the Academy of Neurological Physical Therapy to support and enhance your neurological clinical practice.

"Pelvic Floor Considerations in Anterior Hip Pain."

Anterior hip pain is complex, multifactorial, and can be challenging to treat. This presentation is designed to help you think beyond FAI to what other structures could be assessed and treated. The focus is to approach hip pain through the eyes of a pelvic PT and give you tools to expand your orthopedic practice.

FALL 2021

"Medical Screening and Diagnostic Imaging for First Contact (Direct Access) Physical Therapists."

This course will highlight the various responsibilities physical therapists have when providing care as the patients’ first point of contact into the healthcare system. Emphasis will be placed on screening for conditions that may fall outside our scope of practice, determining when and if diagnostic imaging studies are necessary, how to decide what imaging study would be most beneficial and how to appropriately categorize patients into relevant referral types. The course will include several case studies interspersed throughout the training along with ample time for discussion. 


"Creating and Identity for Your Clinical Instruction Using a Pediatric Clinic as a Guide."

Course Description: Will your clinic's brand mean something to educational institutions and future employers? This presentation will discuss the need and usefulness of creating a clear and comprehensive clinical education curriculum for your clinical students. Creating a clinical education curriculum will increase your clinic's willingness to accept students and provide a clear outline of what your clinic offers to students. Building an effective curriculum can ensure that students who come to your clinic will learn the skills needed to acquire a job in your setting as a new graduate. As your clinical education reputation increases, future employers (including your own clinic) can have confidence in hiring these new graduates.

"Osseointegration for Amputees."

Course Description: Osseointegration is an alternative method of attaching a prosthetic limb to an amputee’s body. It is a procedure that may soon be an available option for amputees when running into issues with socket and upper limb prostheses. The term osseointegration refers to a direct connection between human bone and an artificial implant. Osseointegration for amputees involves implanting a metal anchor directly to the bone of an amputated limb that extends out of the residual limb. A prosthesis is then attached to the metal extension (abutment).

Many amputees who have undergone osseointegration in Europe and Australia.There are test studies being completed here in the United States with FDA approval. Hundreds of US veterans have had this procedure done at Walter Reed Medical Center and many more are surgeons are being trained in the United States. In this break out session, Nicole Schneider and Stacey Mickelsen, a patient who underwent this procedure in Denver, Colorado after a house boat explosion in Lake Powell, will discuss the new technology, pros, cons, and what we can expect as a profession with this new technology in the coming years.

APTA Utah Townhall

An overview of legislation, licensing, and other updates within PT in Utah.

Blood Flow Restriction Research - Owens Recovery Science

Course Description: The use of Personalized Blood Flow Restriction Rehabilitation (BFR) can augment the results seen when exercising at the light loads (15-30% 1RM) available in a rehabilitation setting. The applied vascular occlusion recreates the anaerobic environment we typically see with heavy load (65-85%1RM) lifting. By forcing this hypoxic environment, we are able to cause an increase in stress that signals the body to respond and adapt. This offering aims to educate attendees on some of the physiological concepts of PBFR and the current literature for its use in a rehabilitation setting.

Cupping in Physical Therapy: How, When, and Why? Any Evidence?

Cupping came to mainstream awareness mainly when everyone saw the round bruised on Michael Phelps at the 2016 Olympics. Of course, cupping as a treatment is much older than that. When athletes use treatments, soon the general public wants the same treatment, but is there a role for cupping in evidence-based Physical Therapy?

As a modality, are there parameters that should be followed? Are they any contraindications or precautions?

This presentation will provide a short overview, focused on what the practicing Physical Therapist should know when considering using cupping or talking to the patient who asks about this type of treatment.

Imaging for PT Research

Overview of research within PT and Imaging.

Imaging in Utah

APTA Utah Spring Conference - Keynote

Mechanotransduction: The Latest Updates on Application of This Principle to Affect Regenerative Rehabilitation

Course Description: What is it that we do in Physical Therapy that stimulates healing from a regenerative perspective? In other words, what are the optimal mechanical stimuli for regeneration of cartilage, muscle, bone, tendon, ligament, and nerve cells. It is well established that regeneration of new tissue requires new protein manufacture and stimulation of other cellular processes to generate the healing process? How is mechanical stimulus, provided by manual therapy and therapeutic exercise, transduced to a biochemical signal in the cell, turning on healing? This presentation will be an update on the latest information about how we apply mechanical forces in the proper, or best known, dosages for the best healing we can afford our patients.

Physical Therapy Management for Patients Post Covid-19

The presenter will cover a brief pathophysiology of COVID-19 infection and how the infection can create various clinical presentations. In this presentations attendees will learn about how to screen for patients post COVID -19 infection. They will also learn about various treatment considerations.

PT Pro Bono Clinics: bringing together community and education

Drew Wilcox, PTA, MHA - Dixie State University
Hina Garg, PT, MS, PhD - Rocky Mountain University
Stacey Romney, PT, MEd - Salt Lake Community College
Misha Bradford, PT, DPT - University of Utah