The Balance & Fall Prevention Professional credential will provide a national, uniform indicator that a physical therapist possesses specialized, advanced knowledge, skills and competence in the practice of balance and fall prevention in community dwelling older adults. This interactive credential course series is designed for experienced physical therapists pursuing advanced expertise.
Credentialed Balance & Fall Prevention Professionals will demonstrate current and comprehensive knowledge, expert analysis and clinical reasoning, mastery of psychomotor skills, and the capacity to advocate for fall prevention.
The two-course series provides a solid foundation through a series of educational components that must be successfully completed in sequence over a twelve-month period.
Click here for a full list of the requirements to become credentialed as a Balance and Fall Prevention Professional.
All participants are strongly encouraged to take the two courses in one location.
APTA Geriatrics Member cost is $1100
APTA or nonmember costs is $1300
For attainment of the Balance & Fall Prevention Credential completion of the Otago Exercise Program online training is required as part of a portfolio before course 2. This separate training costs $50 and awards 3.0 contact hours. Individuals who have already completed the training may elect to present their certificate in lieu of re-training.
The registration cost includes:
Individuals seeking the Balance & Fall Prevention Professional Credential must complete a portfolio between courses 1 and 2. The portfolio includes: 1) development of a comprehensive case study based on a current patient/client, 2) a community asset and gap analysis for evidence-based programs, physical activity programs, and other fall prevention resources and services, and 3) completion of the online Otago Exercise Program training.