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Professional Development Opportunities for Physical Therapists

Grand Valley State University's Department of Physical Therapy offers physical therapists opportunities for quality continuing education programs. For physical therapists in Michigan, the credits obtained through our programming can be used toward acquiring the Professional Development Requirement (PDR) credits required by the State for license renewal. Physical therapists will need to accumulate 24 PDR credits or hours starting the July 2017 through July 2019 renewal period. 

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Our goal is to offer quality courses that are meaningful and applicable to professional physical therapists. We also provide small, personal, and intellectual environments as well as expert presenters to optimize your learning experience.

Contact Information:
Phone: (616) 331-7180

Scheduled Programs

To find out more information or to register, please click on the program's title below.

2016 - 2017 Programs:

New Program! 

Functional Dry Needling

May 5 & 6, 2017

Hosted by GVSU's Department of Physical Therapy

Cook-DeVos Center for Health Sciences
Grand Valley State University
Grand Rapids, MI

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JAN 27 & 28, 2017 - Functional Massage™: Examination/Intervention for Lumbar Spine, Lower Extremity Muscles and Soft Tissue - View Brochure This class is full, sorry for any inconvenience.

*If you attended the first program of the series in September, you will get $50 off the second course! Choose the Buy One, Get $50 Off course fee on the January course.  

For hotel information in Allendale and/or Grand Rapids, go to, ask if there is a GVSU rate 


Past 2016 Programs:

JAN 15 & 16 - Throwing Biomechanics: Assessment and Training

MAY 21 & 22 - Modern Pain Science for the Physical Therapist

SEPT 23 & 24: Functional Massage™: Examination/Intervention for Cervical Spine, Upper Extremity Muscles and Soft Tissue

Registration Deadline: One week prior to each training begin date by 5:00 p.m.

Cancellation Policy: Should your plans change, you may transfer your registration to another person or class at any time. Cancellations must be received in writing (via fax, mail or email) at least one week prior to class start time. Cancellations received before the deadline will receive a full refund. Cancellations received after the deadline and/or no-shows are not eligible for refunds.

If you have questions, please call our office at (616) 331-7180 or e-mail us at 

Support GVSU Physical Therapy Students
The Physical Therapy Urban Schools Endowed Scholarship was created by the Department of Physical Therapy to attract students from every background to the physical therapy profession. The faculty recognizes that our profession serves a diverse population and through this scholarship we seek to provide enhanced opportunities for all students interested in becoming a physical therapist.