Balance and Fall Prevention in Community Dwelling Older Adults: An APTA Geriatrics Credentialing Course Series


Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, all APTA Geriatrics regional courses have been postponed for the remainder of 2020. This includes Certified Exercise Experts for Aging Adults (CEEAA(r)), Advanced Credentialed Exercise Expert for Aging Adults, Advances in Exercise for the Older Adult, and Balance and Fall Prevention in Community-Dwelling Older Adults. We look forward to bringing you all of these programs in Spring 2021. Please watch for new dates as they are confirmed.


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.

  1. Course one (2 days, with preparatory work and an onsite skills check)
  2. Portfolio completion
  3. Course two (2 days, with practical and written exams)

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.

Course Objectives

Upon completion of this series the participant will be able to:

  1. Utilize current epidemiologic and economic data to advocate for evidence-based fall prevention programs and clinical and community services.
  2. Analyze multi-factorial screening results to determine relative fall risk level and appropriate follow-up care in primary, secondary, and tertiary prevention situations.
  3. Select, administer, and interpret clinically meaningful objective measures of fall risk, balance, and gait based on individual client presentation and goals.
  4. Develop and implement population-based and individualized preventative and rehabilitative strategies to reduce fall risk.
  5. Monitor treatment outcomes with appropriate objective measures and modify the care plan as indicated.
  6. Design and improve interprofessional practice strategies; including communication, collaboration, and referral.
  7. Demonstrate the capacity to act as an effective fall prevention clinical expert, educator, facilitator, and advocate in their community, region, and state.


Course Dates & Locations


Course Instructors

  • Leslie Allison, PT, PhD
  • Judy Dewane, PT, DSc
  • Diane Huss, PT, DPT
  • Jennifer Nash, PT, DPT
  • Emma Phillips, PT, DPT
  • Lori Schrodt, PT, MS, PhD
  • Mike Studer, PT, MHS
  • Mariana Wingood, PT, DPT


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