Advanced Competency in Home Health Courses

The ACHH Core Courses lay the groundwork for the Advanced Competency program. There are five core courses in each bundle track (PT or PTA). The assessment course is different for the Physical Therapist and Physical Therapist Assistant tracks, but the other 4 courses are the same.

Core Courses

  • Home Health Clinical Assessment (4.5 hours)
    • PT track ONLY
  • Cardiopulmonary Assessment for the Home Health Physical Therapist Assistant (1.25 hours)
    • PTA track ONLY
  • Pharmacology for the Home Health Physical Therapist (4.25 hours)
    • PT & PTA
  • Home Health Regulation & Documentation (1.25 hours)
    • PT & PTA
  • Staying Upright, Pt. 1 (1.5 hours) & Staying Upright, Pt. 2 (1.0 hour)
    • PT & PTA
  • Ethical Considerations for Physical Therapists Practicing in the Home Health Setting (1.0 hours)
    • PT & PTA


The above core courses are available in discounted bundles in the APTA Home Health Learning Center for each track.

Live or Virtual Seminar

The Advanced Competency in Home Health live or virtual seminar is offered several times each year by the Home Health Academy. When available, details and registration may be accessed through our Calendar of Events. The seminar is also offered as a pre-conference course at the Combined Sections Meeting (CSM) each winter in collaboration with APTA. Registration for CSM typically opens in September of each year and you must register for CSM through APTA. Registration for the live or virtual seminar must be purchased separately and is NOT included in the PT or PTA Course Bundle.

  • You’ll be required to complete and pass (70% or higher) an online post-test for the seminar.
  • Individual employers or organizations interested in sponsoring this seminar for their staff should contact APTA Home Health. Note that we require a minimum of 30 attendees for live in-person seminars.

Online Course Electives

Advanced Competency Physical Therapist participants must successfully complete a minimum of 4 credit hours of elective coursework to be eligible for the certificate. PTAs are not required to complete electives. The electives may be completed at any time during the 18-month period of certificate eligibility. This list is updated as elective courses are added. You must pass the online quiz for each elective course you choose with a 70% or higher. A CEU certificate will be emailed to you once you complete the elective course. Click here to browse all elective courses. 

To learn more about a specific course, click on the title of the elective course below. If you decide to complete the course, you must complete the purchase form on the specific course page and you will be emailed instructions on how to access the course. 

**Please note that these elective courses must be purchased separately and are NOT included in the PT or PTA Core Course Bundles. Some elective courses are worth more than 4 credit hours, in which PTs would only need to complete 1 elective course. If the course you wish to take is only worth 2 credit hours, you must complete 2 elective courses. 

*PTAs enrolled in the Advanced Competency program are not required to complete elective courses for the initial certificate.
*Online elective course registrants are not required to participate in the Advanced Competency program to complete and receive credit for these courses.