Continuing Professional Development

The Physical Therapy Department at the University of Michigan-Flint is proud to announce our new Continuing Professional Development Subscription Service!  As a licensed Physical Therapist, you may be required to obtain continuing professional development units (CPDU) for re-licensure.  This is your one-stop shop for University of Michigan quality professional development offered online to fit your schedule!

Aging Athlete I - 1 CPDU

Aging Athlete: An Introduction introduces the participant to the anatomical
and physiological changes within the aging athlete and how these changes
may affect their participation in specific sport and recreational activities. 

There are two additional courses available:

The Aging Athlete: Non-Operative Diagnoses and Progressions
(Aging Athlete II) 
The Aging Athlete: Focus on Joint Replacement
Aging Athlete III)

These courses expand on specific diagnoses and total joint replacement
conditions.  This course describes the phenomenon known as “Boomeritis”
and the differences between the Masters athlete and the sedentary older
individual, demonstrating the importance of knowing the aging related
changes in the body and how those affect the patient’s ability to
participate in sport and/or contribute to injury.   This course also discusses
sport-specific considerations for the aging athlete, showing changes
based on age and gender differences. Finally, recovery and nutrition pearls
specific to the masters/aging athlete will be discussed, along with their
role in activity performance.

Purchase Aging Athlete I HERE

Author:  Kristen Schuyten, PT, DPT, SCS, CSCS
Continuing Professional Development Unit Total: 1.00 CPDU

Aging Athlete II - 1 CPDU

The Aging Athlete: Non-operative Diagnoses and Progressions
continues to explore the changes in the body of the aging athlete,
expanding on the first course,

The Aging Athlete: An Introduction (Aging Athlete I),
looking further into injuries and conditions that may limit their
participation in sport and recreational activities.  The most common
injuries are presented, involving the upper extremity, lower extremity and
spine.  The next course in this module,

The Aging Athlete: Focus on Total Joint Replacement (Aging Athlete III),
describes post-operative total joint considerations and progressions
for the patient. This course then discusses rehabilitation progressions,
concepts and other conservative treatment approaches.  Pharmacological
approaches are investigated, noting the most common approaches for
the aging athlete and the reasoning behind their selection for this patient
population.  Finally, a case study is presented, involving a patient with
multiple examples of non-operative conditions and management and
progressions of this patient from the point of initial evaluation,
through their therapy and finally their release to activity.

Purchase Aging Athlete II HERE

Author: Kristen Schuyten, PT, DPT, SCS, CSCS
Continuing Professional Development Unit Total: 1.00 CPDU

Aging Athlete III - .5 CPDU

The Aging Athlete: Focus on Joint Replacement continues through the
Aging Athlete Course Module, finishing with investigation of the athlete
with a total joint replacement and wants to return to activity. The course
begins with description of current trends in patient reasoning for having a
total joint replacement, evidence based findings of the possible complications
that may arise from either “too much activity” on the total joint versus
“too little activity”.  Next, post-op total joint considerations for the
aging/masters athlete are discussed including advice to decrease the stress
to the new joint and optimize the patient’s return to specific sports and
recreational activities. Sport-specific considerations through the use of tables
and literature reviews are used to expand on patient education, allowing
the clinician to have increased awareness and better provide information
to this patient population.  Finally, a case study is presented, showcasing
a dancer patient that had a total hip replacement and her return to activity
progressions following post-surgical guidelines and timelines. 

Purchase Aging Athlete III HERE

Author: Kristen Schuyten, PT, DPT, SCS, CSCS
Continuing Professional Development Unit Total: .5 CPDU

Aquatics I - 1 CPDU

This course is an introduction for Aquatic-based physical therapy followed by a second course (Aquatics II), introducing the physical therapist to treating patients in this treatment environment.  The participant receives a brief history and background for aquatic physical therapy and a complete list of precautions and contraindications to discern appropriate candidates.  This course describes the principles of hydrodynamics of aquatic physical therapy and its applicability to treatment considerations and patient progressions.  The participant will receive guidelines for preparing the patient for aquatic therapy, appropriate billing procedures, and the basics of warm-up and progression for the aquatic environment.  This course will also discuss equipment utilized in aquatic therapy and the differences for land-based therapy along with a brief introduction of the most common specializations in Aquatic Therapy techniques.  Aquatic therapy is a useful modality for many patients and can either act as an adjunct to their land-based program or as way to initiate physical therapy patients to exercise.  All physical therapy patients need some level of success in starting physical therapy and this environment provides a safer treatment milieu for patients.

Purchase Aquatics I HERE

Author: Kristen Schuyten, PT, DPT, SCS, CSCS
Continuing Professional Development Units Total:  .5 CPDU

Defensible Documentation - 1 CPDU

This course includes the most recent Defensible Documentation guidelines
through the APTA and Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services,
highlighting those that are pertinent to the orthopedic clinical setting. 
It describes the reasoning behind the importance of documentation
for the professional of physical therapy and the advancement of our
profession, while giving numerous examples of faulty documentation
and strategies to correct those faulty practices.  This course goes
through each component of daily documentation for the physical therapist
and demonstrates a basic road map toward optimizing the physical
therapists’ justification for physical therapy services. Proper documentation
is necessary for the legal and ethical justification of physical therapy services
and it is necessary for today’s physical therapist to understand and abide by
the rules and regulations of these national standards.  This course helps
guide the physical therapist through standards of those regulatory boards,
including updates that have been made to our documentation practices,
such as G-codes and modifiers.

Purchase Defensible Documentation Here - CLICK HERE

Author: Kristen Schuyten, PT, DPT, SCS, CSCS


Each 'unit' is considered equal to 1 Continuing Professional Development Unit (CPDU) {unless otherwise indicated}. 

Each session will consist of:

  • a content portion,
  • an assessment portion
  • a course/instructor evaluation  

Successful completion of all content will result in the awarding of a certificate you can print for your portfolio.

        $75 per 1 CPDU

Please visit PT Continuing Professional Development Subscription Service to review and purchase content!

Recent Changes for Physical Therapist Licensing Renewal

Health Link:  Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs ■ Winter 2012 ■ Volume 12 ■ Issue 1

Professional Development Requirements:  Public Act 55 of 2009 requires licensees to complete professional development requirements (commonly known as continuing education) during the 2-year license cycle. While the Board of Physical Therapy will address specific professional development requirements through the administrative rules process, it is important to briefly explain the licensee’s responsibility once the administrative rules are developed and filed. This won’t be implemented until the administrative rules are in place. Approximately 60 days before a license expires licensees will receive a renewal notice at their address of record. When licensees renew online at, he/she must verify the professional development requirement has been completed during the 2-year license cycle. If a licensee checks “yes” and is subsequently randomly audited, he/she will be required to produce completion certificates or other required documentation to verify their “yes” answer. If these documents cannot be produced, an administrative complaint will be filed against your license that could result in a permanent sanction against your license. It is critically important to complete your professional development requirements during the 2-year license cycle and to retain your proof for one year beyond your licensure period. Information regarding professional development will be posted on the BHP website at as soon as it is available.