Professional Development

Continuing Professional Education

AOTA logoThe University of Minnesota's Program in Occupational Therapy offers a variety of opportunities to advance your career with continuing professional education in a welcoming, supportive environment.

New for 2018!! Free CEU with every first refresher course series enrollment!

Beginning January 1, 2018, your first registration for a course in the OT Refresher series will include the free CE course 'Foundations of OT".  This course provides an up- to- date look at the OT Practice Framework;  an overview of contemporary OT theory; the new AOTA Occupational Profile and other up to date information about health care and the profession.  

Note: this course may only be taken once, and must be completed within 30 days of completion of the initial refresher course to which it is attached.  Once completed, participants will earn 3 additional contact hours.


School-Based OT Practice

school based setting3 week online course
Contact hours: 16
AOTA Continuing Education Units (CEUs): 1.6
NBCOT Professional Developmenty Units (PDUs): 20
On-going, open registration - REGISTER NOW!

Pediatric Medical-Based Practice

medical based image3 week online course
Contact hours: 16
AOTA Continuing Education Units (CEUs): 1.6
NBCOT Professional Developmenty Units (PDUs): 20
On-going, open registration - REGISTER NOW!


Introduction to Hybrid Course Design and Teaching in Health Professional Education

laptopJanuary 8-12, 2018 onsite at the University of Minnesota
Contact hours: 30
AOTA Continuing Education Units (CEUs): 3.0

5TH Annual State of OT Forum: Success Stories: The Power of OT

Saturday March 24, 2018
Riverview Gallery, Weisman Art Museum
4:00 - 9:00 pm
Contact hours: 2

Join us for this annual conversation facilitated by a panel of local clinicians from a variety of practice areas. This year’s topic is ‘Success Stories: The Power of OT”. Come hear stories of innovation, problem solving and OT at its best across a variety of practice areas. You will have opportunities to listen and share ideas with others in your area of practice, plus get an update of what’s going on locally and nationally in the profession.

Event Schedule:

4:00 Check-in and Social Hour
6:30 Dinner
7:00 Discussion
8:00 - 9:00 Networking

Early-bird price:
(before February 28, 2018) - $55 per person
Regular price: $65 per person (registration deadline is March 16, 2018)
Did you take a Level II fieldwork student in 2017? If so, you can register at the early-bird price of $55/person!
Cost includes three-course dinner and 2.0 AOTA-approved continuing education contact hours



NEW! Upper Extremity Strength Evaluation and Intervention Refresher Course

hand therapy
3 week online course
Contact hours: 4
AOTA Continuing Education Units (CEUs): 0.4

Autism: An Overview for Parents and Professionals

This course was designed as a means to provide an online review to both parents and professionals about the current status of autism spectrum disorders. This course is co-facilitated by Dr. Leann Shore, Assistant Professor, Autism Specialist and Hunter Melius, Medical Student, AUA Medical School, and young man diagnosed with ASD in early childhood. Hunter is currently 26 years old. The course will address definitions of autism, risks, potential causes, and prevalence. A historical discussion is provided including timelines of the first indicators of ASD. Trends in screening, diagnosis, and intervention are reviewed.

Through completion of this course, the learner will be have a foundation of ASD and be able to...

  • understand the neurologic cornerstone 
  • describe the potential causes 
  • recognize the current prevalence 
  • explain potential risk factors 
  • identify historical timelines
  • differentiate child find, surveillance, screening, & case-finding
  • discuss signs and symptoms of autism
  • compare and contrast the difference between medical diagnosis and school labels
  • critique evidence-based intervention methods

Registration open 2018.

Hybrid Refresher Course for Occupational Therapists - Newly revised and new format! 

people at computersThis 'introductory-level' course is designed for occupational therapists who want to:

  • Return to practice,
  • Change their area of practice,
  • Further develop their practice skills,
  • Earn contact hours/NBCOT Professional Development Units(PDU), 1 contact hour = 1.25 PDU,
  • Reinstate their Minnesota License when lapsed for 4 years or more

Course Outcomes: 

  • Gain confidence in knowing the basics of occupational therapy.
  • Gain confidence in performing skills needed for occupational therapy interventions.
  • Develop a network of resources to further their practice in occupational therapy (faculty, colleagues, texts, internet).
  • Gain confidence in re-entering the workforce or changing an area of practice.

Additional Info: 

Participants will begin the course May 1, 2018 in a highly structured and mentored online learning experience of weekly modules. Each module will provide an overview of current OT practice topics. After completion of the modules, participants will come to campus for 4 "face to face" days where hands on skills will be practiced. The course will conclude with 2 more online modules to be completed after the on campus experience.


Course dates: May 1, 2018-July 31, 2018

Course fee: $1229.95
Course fee does not include lodging. Nearby hotels and dormatory rooms are available. Please contact Linda Maleitzke at if you have questions about housing. Participants will be given access to the online portion of the course beginning May 1, 2018  with will need to complete the coursework by July 8. The on campus days will be Thur July 12-Sunday July 15th. The course will then continue for two additional weeks online  and will be fully completed by July 31, 2018.

Dormitory housing is available for the face to face portion of the course.



Click to view our Continuing Education presentation to learn more about the benefits of our interactive online courses.