Physical Therapy Continuing Education Course Standards

The Federation of State Board of Physical Therapy has adopted the following standards and criteria for purposes of evaluating physical therapy continuing education courses or continuing competence activities (including Physical Therapist continuing education courses, symposium/conferences, workshops, seminar, degree coursework, examinations, assessments, residencies, fellowships, certificate courses, online courses, and DVDs/videos.) The North American Sports Medicine Institute meets all criteria established by the FSBPT for a quality PT continuing education course experience.

FSBPT STANDARD: ADMINISTRATION

The physical therapy continuing education provider has established processes for developing, administering and documenting the activity.

  • The Physical Therapy continuing education provider identifies and provides a supportive learning environment, the physical, material, and technological resources necessary to support the activity.
  • Physical Therapy continuing education documentation is maintained of the processes used to develop, administer, deliver, conduct, and assess the activity and participants.
  • The Physical Therapy continuing education provider maintains cumulative records with appropriate security for a period of five years.

CRITERIA – REQUIRED

  • The PT continuing education provider maintains information on the development, administration and documentation of the activity.
    • The Physical Therapy continuing education course provider identifies and provides a supportive learning environment, the physical, material, and technological resources necessary to support the activity.
    • Physical Therapy continuing education documentation is maintained of the processes used to develop, administer, deliver, conduct, and assess the activity and participants.
    • The Physical Therapy continuing education course provider maintains cumulative records with appropriate security for a period of five years.

    The North American Sports Medicine Institute has been a leader in the provision of Physical Therapist continuing education courses for over 30 years. The Physical Therapy continuing education courses offered are modeled to meet the needs of the practicing physical therapist in a changing healthcare environment. NASMI continues to develop new and innovative Physical Therapy continuing education courses as it is the company belief that the pursuit of professional excellence encompasses a lifetime of continued learning integrated into clinical practice. Course offerings are initially developed from the solicitation of ideas from the profession and refined through consensus group panels made up from clinicians who are recognized as experts within their respective disciplines.

    FSBPT STANDARD: APPROPRIATE LANGUAGE

    The physical therapy continuing provider uses language that does not show bias or cultural insensitivity.

    CRITERIA – REQUIRED

    • The Physical Therapy continuing education provider certifies the use of current terminology within the activity that does not show bias or cultural insensitivity.

    The North American Sports Medicine Institute offering of PT continuing education courses are fully compliant with this standard. NASMI course materials are reviewed annually to ensure the language used does not show bias or cultural insensitivity.

    FSBPT STANDARD: NON-DISCRIMINATORY

    The physical therapy continuing education activity is available to all appropriate participants without unlawful discrimination.

    CRITERIA – REQUIRED

    • The Physical Therapy continuing education provider certifies that the activity is available to all appropriate participants without unlawful discrimination.

    The North American Sports Medicine Institute offering of Physical Therapy continuing education courses are fully compliant with this standard.

    FSBPT STANDARD: COPYRIGHT AND DISCLOSURE

    Each physical therapy continuing education course activity provides copyright and disclosure information.

    • Copyright permissions of materials developed by others are identified on all audio-visual and activity materials.
    • Copyrights of materials that are authored by the developers or instructors are identified on all audio-visual and course materials.
    • Disclosure information regarding potential conflicts of interest and financial gain is identified and supplied to potential participants.

    CRITERIA – REQUIRED

    • The Physical Therapy continuing education provider must certify that appropriate permissions of copyright materials have been obtained, all copyright materials have been identified, and disclosures have been made.

    The North American Sports Medicine Institute offering of PT continuing education courses are fully compliant with this standard. All copyrights are fully disclosed on all of the NASMI material.

    FSBPT STANDARD: CONTENT

    The content within the physical therapy continuing education course activity is relevant to the physical therapy profession and the designated audience(s).

    CRITERIA – REQUIRED

    • Content of the Physical Therapy continuing education course activity must relate to the scope of practice of physical therapy as defined by the FSBPT Standards of Competence, NPTE Content Outline, American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) Guide to Physical Therapist Practice, PT and PTA Normative Models for Education, American Physical Therapy Association Ethics Core Documents, descriptions of Specialty practice, state practice acts and regulations, The Model Practice Act and/or other relevant regulatory documents or other generally accepted professional standards.
    • Content within the Physical Therapy continuing education course activity is relevant to the targeted audience(s).

    The North American Sports Medicine Institute fully complies with this standard and has been providing quality relevant PT continuing education for over 30 years. Physical therapy course content is directly related to the practice of physical therapy as defined by the FSBPT standards of competence and APTA Guide to Physical Therapy Practice. The prestigious and knowledgeable NASMI faculty brings real world solutions to the various orthopedic and sports-related patients commonly found in clinical practice.

    FSBPT STANDARD: CONTENT ANALYSIS

    One goal of the physical therapy continuing education certification program is to create a reproducible, objective system of evaluating content that is comparable for all activity types. Content is scored based on the topics covered by the activity, the level of coverage, the emphasis given to each of the categories of learning demand (reflective of the depth of the material), and the total time involved in the activity.

    The North American Sports Medicine Institute offering of PT continuing education courses are fully compliant with this standard.

    FSBPT STANDARD: INSTRUCTOR/DEVELOPER/STAFF QUALIFICATIONS

    The developers and deliverers of the physical therapy continuing education course activity have documented experience, education, and training to allow attendees to meet the activity objectives.

    CRITERIA – REQUIRED

    • The Physical Therapy continuing education developers and deliverers of the activity have documented experience, education, and training to allow attendees to meet the activity objectives.

    The North American Sports Medicine Institute offering of PT continuing education courses are fully compliant with this standard. NASMI is proud to provide a faculty that is unparalleled in qualifications. Dedicate to lifelong learning, the diverse faculty of the NASMI are internationally recognized and have over 170 years of experience among them. Most of the faculty holds advanced degrees and clinical board certification in their respective areas of expertise. This knowledgeable cadre of instructors will provide the latest information in functional foundations and progressions for the most common orthopedic and sports pathologies.


    Among the members of this prestigious clinically-based faculty, they have published over 130 articles, chapters, and books and have literally lectured all over the world as invited or keynote speakers on various basic science and clinically oriented topics. On a professional basis, the faculty has held numerous APTA component offices, continue to participate on the editorial boards of over 10 peer-reviewed journals, manage physical therapy business, and participate in physical therapy education on a regular basis. The faculty has memberships in supporting organizations such as: APTA, NATA, ACSM, AOSSM, NSCA, FIMS, IFSP, ISAKOS, and the International cartilage repair society.

    FSBPT STANDARD: INFORMATION AND MATERIALS

    The physical therapy continuing education course provider furnishes clear, complete information to potential learners about the activity format and content, biography of the activity deliverer/presenter, and participant requirements.

    CRITERIA – REQUIRED

    • The Physical Therapy continuing education provider supplies sufficient information to allow prospective participants to judge the value and appropriateness of the activity.

    The North American Sports Medicine Institute offering of PT continuing education courses are fully compliant with this standard. Complete information including course descriptions, objectives, course outlines can be found on our website for each course that is offered. Complete biographies for all of the NASMI instructors are also posted on the NASMI website.

    FSBPT STANDARD: ENGAGEMENT

    The physical therapy continuing education course activity fosters the participant’s learning and professional engagement through reflection, interaction, participation, and/or contribution to the profession and its body of knowledge.

    CRITERIA – REQUIRED

    Required to have one of the criteria below; any others will be value added to the CCU score:

    • Physical Therapy continuing education activity includes structured opportunities for self-reflection and identification of growth opportunities.
    • Physical Therapy continuing education activity offers informal opportunities for interaction and/or feedback from other professionals.
    • Physical Therapy continuing education activity includes opportunities for participation through structured interactive opportunities (labs, discussion groups, etc.).
    • Physical Therapy continuing education activity provides opportunities to contribute to the profession and its body of knowledge.

    CRITERIA – VALUE ADDED

    Any additional criteria met beyond the required element above:

    • Physical Therapy continuing education activity includes structured opportunities for self-reflection and identification of growth opportunities.
    • Physical Therapy continuing education activity offers informal opportunities for interaction and/or feedback from other professionals.
    • Physical Therapy continuing education activity includes opportunities for participation through structured interactive opportunities (labs, discussion groups, etc.).
    • Physical Therapy continuing education activity provides opportunities to contribute to the profession and its body of knowledge.

    The North American Sports Medicine Institute offering of PT continuing education courses are fully compliant with this standard. The objectives of the course offerings are to provide practicing clinicians a means of upgrading their clinical skills through a quality physical therapy continuing education courses.

    FSBPT STANDARD: EVIDENCE-BASED PRACTICE

    The physical therapy continuing education course activity incorporates, reflects, and promotes the use of evidence-based practice or incorporates current or proposed regulation of practice.

    CRITERIA – REQUIRED

    • The Physical Therapy continuing education activity is developed from the base of available evidence or current regulations; participants are provided references when appropriate.

    CRITERIA – VALUE ADDED

    • Participants are presented with case studies and the Physical Therapy continuing education provider includes a discussion of this type of evidence and its applicability.
    • Participants present a case study relevant to the content of the Physical Therapy continuing education activity and include a critical evaluation of whether the case study demonstrates a defensible approach, has broader applicability, or would benefit from additional research.
    • Physical Therapy continuing education activity requires participants to review current scientific evidence published in peer-reviewed resources (applicable to the activity) or to review current regulatory documents.
    • Physical Therapy continuing education activity requires participants to critically analyze different types of evidence, questioning the accuracy and relevance of each type, and the completeness of the body of evidence.
    • The Physical Therapy continuing education provider has documentation to support that there is a linkage between participation in the activity and the increased use of evidence-based practice by participants.

    The North American Sports Medicine Institute offering of PT continuing education courses are fully compliant with this standard. Not only are evidence-based materials provided at the time of the PT continuing education coursesc, case examples and class discussions are utilized to convey the newly presented material. In addition to the comprehensive course materials provided, additional evidence-based reference materials are made available online to supplement the learning of the course participant.

    FSBPT STANDARD: BEHAVIORAL OBJECTIVES

    The physical therapy continuing education course activity includes behavioral objectives which reflect the full extent of the activity content.

    CRITERIA – REQUIRED

    • Objectives of the Physical Therapy continuing education activity sufficiently reflect the focus of the activity and the critical elements of the content.
    • Objectives of the Physical Therapy continuing education activity are behavioral and at an appropriate level for the target participant.

    CRITERIA – VALUE ADDED

    • Greater than ½ of the total number of Physical Therapy continuing education activity objectives meet both required criteria above.
    • The Physical Therapy continuing education activity objectives focus on higher levels of learning.

    The North American Sports Medicine Institute offering of PT continuing education courses are fully compliant with this standard.

    FSBPT STANDARD: ACTIVITY DESIGN

    The physical therapy continuing education course activity is designed to support the achievement of the objectives.

    • The Physical Therapy continuing education provider is responsible for documenting how the activity enables the participant to achieve the stated objectives.

    CRITERIA – VALUE ADDED

    • The documentation clearly describes how the Physical Therapy continuing education activity is designed to support the achievement of the objectives.

    The North American Sports Medicine Institute offering of PT continuing education courses are fully compliant with this standard. All of the NASMI lab activities are fully designed to support the information presented.

    FSBPT STANDARD: ASSESSMENT

    Each physical therapy continuing education course activity includes methods to assess the participant’s attainment of the specified activity outcomes.

    • The assessment methodology for the Physical Therapy continuing education course is appropriate for the stated objectives.
    • An achievement standard has been developed for the assessment to determine which participants have successfully attained the Physical Therapy continuing education course outcomes.

    CRITERIA – VALUE ADDED

    • Physical Therapy continuing education course outcome scoring is standardized.
      • For subjectively scored assessments, reliability evidence is provided.
      • For objectively scored assessments, reliability evidence is provided.
    • A proficiency standard has been established, and participants who meet or exceed that standard are awarded credit.
    • The Physical Therapy continuing education course assessment results are compared to other sources of evidence to evaluate how well the activity meets its objectives.

    The North American Sports Medicine Institute offering of PT continuing education courses are fully compliant with this standard. Each of the NASMI courses has lab sessions where the instructors watch and evaluate the participants knowledge and usage of the information being presented and make corrections where needed. There Q & A sessions will all of the courses to clarify information presented.

    FSBPT STANDARD: REVIEW AND EVALUATION

    Mechanisms exist for review and evaluation of the quality and the effectiveness of the physical therapy continuing education course. Subsequent offerings incorporate modifications based on information gained from the review and evaluation.

    CRITERIA – VALUE ADDED

    • Recommendations for improvements of the Physical Therapy continuing education course are solicited from participants.
    • The developer/deliverer collects data regarding the quality and effectiveness of the Physical Therapy continuing education course outside of collecting participant feedback.
    • The developer/provider has documented methods for analyzing data and incorporating results into future versions of the Physical Therapy continuing education course.

    The North American Sports Medicine Institute offering of PT continuing education courses are fully compliant with this standard. Course evaluation forms are given to each participant. They are reviewed and evaluated for each course to continually improve NASMI courses as well as the speakers presenting.