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. 

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. If you'd like to know more, feel free to give us a call at (616) 331-7180 or email us at

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Scheduled Programs

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

2020 Events

Important: The Department of Physical Therapy has determined it necessary to delay/postpone all in-person trainings until we can safely reconvene and have hands-on learning again. The department and University made this difficult decision in order to protect the safety and well being of the public and university staff and students.   

Because of this news, we have rescheduled our PTPD courses during this time as appropriate. We are sorry, but we must abide by the university and State policies as dictated. We will notify attendees ASAP via email of any changes in the program. Please be sure to check your email often as we discuss and make decisions often.

Thank you for your cooperation as we go through these uncertain times. If you have any questions, please email our office at or call us at (616) 331-7180.

Courses that have been delayed/postponed

SCREENING, TESTING AND PERFORMANCE ENHANCEMENT IN THE TERMINAL PHASES OF REHABILITATION - View Flyer This course has been postponed due to COVID-19 concerns. A rescheduled date has not yet been determined. Notifications have been emailed to all participants. 

MANUAL LYMPHATIC TECHNIQUES FOR ORTHOPEDICS - UPPER QUADRANT - View Flyer  This course has been postponed due to COVID-19 concerns. A rescheduled date has not yet been determined. Notifications have been emailed to all participants. 


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 email

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Past Programs

APR 13 & 14, 2018: Modern Pain Science for the Physical Therapist

JUL 13, 2018: 2018: DPT Research Day

OCT 26-27, 2018: Handling Intensive for Children with Sensory Motor Impairments via NDT

AUG 8, 2019 - Byproducts of Lumbar Disc Degeneration: Oscillatory Manual and Exercise Intervention  

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.

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