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An advanced program for Physical Therapists in the Home Health setting


Advanced Competency LogoThe Home Health Section’s Advanced Competency in Home Health program synthesizes current evidence-based practice and tailors it to the unique physical therapy setting of home health. This program enables home health agencies, outpatient practices that provide home care physical therapy, and individual physical therapists to enhance efficacy and efficiency of treatment of their home health patients and clients.

For therapists entirely new to home care: This program will prepare you for the unique characteristics of practicing in the home care setting. This includes an in-depth orientation to performing clinical assessments of patients in their homes, recommended tests and measures to assess patient performance, and instruction in the regulatory requirements specific to home care. The program also will give you needed supplementary education in pharmacology to prepare you for medication review with home care patients, and will provide advanced tools for managing some of the most common treatment scenarios encountered in home care.

For therapists already practicing in home care: This program will allow you to increase and test your expertise in home health. The program will also bring you up-to-date on regulatory requirements and best practice in the home care setting. Most important, success in this program distinguishes you as an advanced clinician in home health.

For agencies and practices providing home care physical therapy services: This program enables you to ensure that the physical therapists you employ are adequately trained to work autonomously in the home health field. Whether you send new hires or existing staff through the advanced competency program, it’s an important investment in your peace of mind.

PTs in the House: Solving the Problems Posed by a Unique Practice Environment

The Advanced Competency in Home Health program provides the comprehensive orientation needed to launch more physical therapists into the unique home care setting and better prepares these professionals for success.

Few physical therapy schools offer internships in the home care environment, and providing mentorship for physical therapists new to home care poses numerous staffing difficulties. As a result, most physical therapists learn to work in the home care setting on the job or at great expense to their employers. Due to a lack of comprehensive home care orientation programs, many newly graduated physical therapists or those interested in transitioning from other practice environments don’t even consider employment opportunities in home care. Combined with increasing demands for home care physical therapist services, we’re faced with a shortage of physical therapists in home care.

For more information about the Advanced Competency in Home Health (ACHH) program, read the Frequently Asked Questions.


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Course Availability: All online modules for this program will be offered through the American Physical Therapy Association's Learning Center. Core module courses are available in the APTA Learning Center now. Elective modules will become available in the Fall of 2017 and the Home Health Section will add elective courses over time. NOTE: Participants are not required to be enrolled in the Advanced Competency in Home Health program in order to take any of the affiliated online courses.


Dates & Locations - Weekend Course

  • September 23-24, 2017, Chatham University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania - tentative; watch our website Calendar for updates
  • February 20 & 21, 2018, New Orleans, Louisiana (Combined Sections Meeting)
  • January 22 & 23, 2019, Washington, DC (Combined Sections Meeting)

The Home Health Section intends to increase offerings of the weekend course on demand, as the number of eligible program participants increases. Current course dates will be listed on the Home Health Section website. If you are not already a Home Health Section member, register as a user on our website for regular email updates about course availability.

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