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Medical Treatment Guidelines Training

Program for Continuing Education Hours (CEH) for Physical Therapists

This CEH accreditation program for physical therapists has been developed by the Board in cooperation with the New York Physical Therapy Association (NYPTA).

INTENDED AUDIENCE: This module is intended for physical therapists responsible for the treatment and management of patients with work-related injuries of the mid and low back, neck, shoulder, and knee in New York State.

OBJECTIVES: By the end of this course you will be able to:

LENGTH: This online course consists of 5 courses (averaging about 50 "screens" per course).

ESTIMATED STUDY TIME: This course should take approximately 2.5 hours to complete.

CREDITS EARNED: You can earn up to a total of 2.25 credits by completing the courses below. You will receive the appropriate certificates from the NYPTA.


FACULTY: This program was developed by Dr. Elain Sobol Berger, M.D., J.D., Associate Medical Director and Senior Policy Advisor for the Workers' Compensation Board of the State of NY and is based on the 2010 Medical Treatment Guidelines developed by the Workers' Compensation Reform Task Force and its Advisory Committee.

The neck case study was developed by Ellen C. Bodner, P.T., D.P.T., Board Member, Council of Licensed Physiotherapists of New York, Inc.; Jeffrey W. Hathaway, P.T., D.P.T., Co-Chair of the Alliance of Independent Physical Therapists (AIPT); and Matthew R. Hyland, P.T., Ph.D., M.P.A., C.S.C.S., President, New York Physical Therapy Association

FUNDING: Development and ongoing administration of this course is funded entirely by the NYS Workers' Compensation Board.

FAQs: The WCB has developed extensive Frequently Asked Questions, many of which pertain directly to physical therapists.

Please read: Instructions if you have previously taken at least one of these courses.

Course Credits
How to Use this Training ––
Introduction 0.25
General Guideline Principles 0.25
History and Physical Examinations ––
Overview of Forms and Processes    0.5
Neck Guidelines with Case Study for Physical Therapists 1.25

As additional courses are developed, you will be able to earn PT credits for completing them. Until then, it is recommended that you take the following courses designed for CME credit:
Back Guidelines with Case Study Updated 1/13  
Shoulder Guidelines with Case Study Updated 1/13  
Knee Guidelines with Case Study Updated 1/13  
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome with Case Study NEW!  
2013 Medical Treatment Guidelines Update Overview NEW!