Advanced Credentialed Exercise Expert for Aging Adults 


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 Advanced CEEAA course will provide clinicians the opportunity to further develop clinical reasoning skills related to aging adults with various levels of complexity and across the continuum of care.

The purpose of the Advanced Credential as an Exercise Expert for Aging Adults course is to develop advanced clinical decision making skills by integrating and analyzing data collected during the physical therapy examination; the history (including consideration of Social Determinants of Health (SDOH), Review of Systems, Systems Review, and Tests and Measures). The movement system will be used to problem solve and critically think about movement in areas of musculoskeletal, cardiopulmonary, neuromuscular, and integumentary practices. This data is analyzed in order to synthesize the findings into an evaluation that includes the diagnosis, prognosis, interventions, goals, and outcomes.

Participants must have completed the entire CEEAA course series (all 3 courses) prior to attending the advanced course. The designation of Advanced Credential will ONLY be granted to participants that have successfully completed the CEEAA (pre/post tests and practical) and Advanced (pre/post tests) course requirements.

Certificates of Completion will be granted to all attendees. Participants will engage in evaluation of tests and measures, rationalize appropriate use of tests and measures, and develop a patient specific exercise prescription for presentation that discusses the appropriate tests and measures across a variety of rehabilitation settings.

At the end of this course participants will be able to:

  • Prioritize tests and measures.
  • Integrate functional movement analysis into the development of problem lists and goals.
  • Describe implications of the various tests and measures into the plan of care.
  • Evaluate findings to prioritize problems within the context of the ICF framework utilizing social determinants of health.
  • Synthesize findings to develop a plan of care in the context of frailty, sleep, nutrition, and other issues of aging.
  • Demonstrate the ability to document skilled services.
  • Educate patients and caregivers.

Course Dates & Locations

Advanced Course (Tentative Locations)

Check back often for finalized dates and registration as these courses fill up FAST!


Two Instructors for Each Course

  • Laurel Daniels Abbruzzese, PT, EdD
  • Brad Abrams, PT, DPT
  • Richard Bohannon, PT, PhD
  • Kathy Brewer, PT
  • Linda Eargle, PT, DPT
  • Tamara N. Gravano, PT, EdD, DPT
  • Greg Hartley, PT, DPT, MS
  • Jill Heitzman, PT, DPT, PhD
  • Larry Hochreiter, PT
  • Lucy Jones, PT, DPT, MHA
  • Kenneth L Miller, PT, DPT
  • Myla Quiben, DPT, PhD
  • Robin Schroeder, PT, DPT
  • William H. Staples, PT, DPT, DHS
  • Sue Wenker, PT, PhD


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