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.

2019 Events

MAY 3 & 4, 2019 - Manual Lymphatic Techniques for Orthopedics - Upper Quadrant - View Flyer

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 us.

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Past Programs

JAN 15 & 16, 2016 - Throwing Biomechanics: Assessment and Training

MAY 21 & 22, 2016 - Modern Pain Science for the Physical Therapist

SEPT 23 & 24, 2016: Functional Massage™: Examination/Intervention for Cervical Spine, Upper Extremity Muscles and Soft Tissue

JAN 27 & 28, 2017: Functional Massage™: Examination/Intervention for Lumbar Spine, Lower Extremity Muscles and Soft Tissue

JUL 21, 2017: DPT Research Day

OCT 27 & 28, 2017: Clinical Gait Course: Assessment and Treatment

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

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.

You can donate here.

Page last modified January 15, 2019