CEU Course: Direct Access in Action (102d)


This course will introduce physical therapists to the latest delivery models of practice and provide the underlying rational for recent and pending evolutionary changes effecting physical therapy practice. The APTA’s Guide to Physical Therapy Practice will be presented and discussed as related to current aspects of “best practice”. The necessary philosophy of the expanded role as an interdependently collaborative medical screener and diagnostician representing physical therapy’s unique body of knowledge and the marketing strategies required to promote and advocate for the autonomous model of care will be discussed. The peer reviewed and published clinical competencies that define primary contact physical therapy and how these skills will help to provide health care consumers’ safe and effective medical screening and management of neuromusculoskeletal impairments and functional limitations will be presented. This course will emphasize the critical analysis and discussion of peer reviewed literature that provides essential evidence supporting the role of physical therapists as autonomous direct access, primary contact practitioners.

Course Details

Instructor:  Bob Duvall, PT, DPT, DSc, OCS, SCS, FAAOMPT

[email protected]

Target Audience: Physical Therapists

Course Details: This is an online course.   All users will gain access to the course for 1-month within LMS 365.  Users must complete the course within that time.   If the course is not complete, a monthly fee of $20 is charged for continued access.

Continuing Education Units: This course has been accredited by ABPTRFE/APTA within both Orthopedic Residency and Fellowship curriculum.   This course has been ProCert approved. This course awards 6.5 CEUs upon completion.

Certification Credit:  Completion of this course can be used as credit towards the Direct Access Certification.   Pro-rated access to the certification is granted to all individuals who complete this course.


Multi-Site Accreditation has been granted for the incorporation of this curriculum into our Fellowship in Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy and Orthopedic Residency programs.