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  • Otago Exercise Program Now Available in Online Course

    The Otago Exercise Program: Training for Physical Therapists is an online course that aims to train physical therapists to integrate the Otago Exercise Program as part of their practice. It is intended to be used in combination with the Otago Exercise Program Manual available as an attachment in this course.  

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention was a key stakeholder whose efforts led to the development of the program manual and this online training format. APTA member Terry Shea, PT, GCS, NCS, has led the effort to translate Otago for use in the United States. She was instrumental in providing content and expertise for creating this online manual and training.

    "Fall Risk in Community-Dwelling Elders," a clinical summary in PTNow authored by APTA member Tiffany Shubert, PT, PhD, cites the Otago Exercise Program and links to the program's manual. APTA members also can find a reference to the Otago Exercise Program in PTNow's clinical case on a 70-year-old woman who was referred to a physical therapist for her knee pain and expresses concern about falling. PTNow, APTA's clinician website portal developed in collaboration with sections, moved out of beta in January.  

    The course is approximately 3 hours and can be started and stopped at the user's convenience. The cost is $25. Completers get 3 contact hours.


    • Good morning, I am an OT in Australia. I am very interested in the Otago exercise program and use it in my practice. However, up to now no one has provided any training for this program in Australia. I would like to sign up for your online course. Is this possible?

      Posted by Bettina Schmidt on 4/29/2013 8:26 PM

    • Hi, I am an Exercise Physiologist in Australia, same situation and query as that of the previous post.

      Posted by Pieter van der Gaag on 5/31/2013 9:04 AM

    • Hi how do I fill in my exercise class planner on line.

      Posted by laura mccarthy on 6/10/2013 4:02 PM

    • I am trying to access the Otago Online training program and keep getting the message that the page cannot be displayed ... is this training still available. Thank you.

      Posted by Beth Harrington on 2/24/2014 11:14 AM

    • I want to take this course but not sure if I could use it in MA? Is Otago Billable in mA outpatient setting? Thanks! Li Li, DPT, PT

      Posted by Li Li on 8/18/2014 11:40 PM

    • I am an OT in Sasaktchewan, Canada and interested in this online course.

      Posted by Deb Kennett Russill on 9/9/2014 3:55 PM

    • Interested in this online course In British Columbia

      Posted by Donna Franz on 11/7/2014 3:18 PM

    • Hi, how can I obtain the tri-fold OTAGO exercise program booklets to provide my patients? These are handy and helpful for patients? thank you

      Posted by Eileen on 11/20/2014 10:54 AM

    • Hi i am going over this program as a group with my team mates.Our company will be rolling out this program.Very useful within my cliental however most of my patients are LTC how can i carry this on for reinbursment

      Posted by Lenora Assing on 11/25/2014 8:39 AM

    • Hi, How do I register for the online course of the otago exercise programme?

      Posted by Aileen Connelly on 2/9/2015 12:56 PM

    • Hi, Can an OT also become certified in and practice the Otago Exercise Program? Or must it be a PT? Thank you Patricia

      Posted by Patricia Osage on 2/12/2015 2:44 PM

    • I am interested in your online course. Please send information. Thanks.

      Posted by Jill Kordonowy on 3/5/2015 11:19 AM

    • I am interested in your online course, is this only for PT's?

      Posted by Donna Bilz on 5/1/2015 2:38 PM

    • Hello, I am interested in the online OTAGO course, thank you.

      Posted by Marie on 5/13/2015 11:36 AM

    • Hello: As above, also interested in this program and am a DC. I know of a Personal Trainer interested in the same. Is this open for others with similar qualifications?

      Posted by Matthew Bulman on 6/10/2015 1:46 AM

    • The course listed in this story, is sponsored by North Carolina AHE Connect. You can contact them via their website at http://www.aheconnect.com/.

      Posted by APTA Staff on 6/10/2015 8:15 AM

    • Hi. I am a RN working with an Aged Care Assessment Team in Mt Isa, Queensland, Australia. The nurse previously employed in my position had been trained as an instructor for the Otago Exercise Programme. Unfortunately due to funding cuts, I am not able to access training from a Master trainer and am very keen to do the online training in order to continue to be able to offer the Otago Exercise Programme. Please advise if I can do the online training. Thanks

      Posted by Kate Salmons on 7/28/2015 1:29 AM

    • I completed the online Otago Training and printed the certificate. Is Texas the only state approving this course? I would like to use it as part of my CEU's for my upcoming license renewal in Florida. Thank you

      Posted by Lori Faiers on 8/4/2015 9:58 PM

    • I am an Executive Director of Deaconess Faith Community Nurse Ministries that has nurses who work with frail elderly in their homes with fall prevention and STEADI and wanted to know if the nurses can use the online training of OTAGO? We are part of network of providers who work with fall prevention in St Louis. Please advise.

      Posted by Donna Pupillo on 8/24/2015 8:27 PM

    • Hello- I am a Pilates and Fitness trainer in SF with elderly clients. I am interested in your online course. Thank you

      Posted by Jonathan Roberts on 12/9/2015 1:07 PM

    • Thank You. I found this course very beneficial

      Posted by Kc Sandstrom on 1/7/2016 1:41 PM

    • Hello, I am a PTA and I was wondering if this program was within the scope of practice of a PTA in Pa? Thank in advance for any information! Ashley

      Posted by Ashley on 3/6/2016 2:03 PM

    • I am a PT in Louisiana. I am interested in purchasing the otago exercise program for the elderly online. Please send info. Thanks

      Posted by Ashley Wascom on 3/22/2016 5:08 PM

    • Is the on-line study option still available? I reside in rural Victoria, Australia. Thanks!

      Posted by Tracey Heeps on 3/31/2016 1:18 AM

    • I am interested in getting certified in the Otago program. If you could send information that would be great. Thank you.

      Posted by blake kretzman on 4/29/2016 4:28 PM

    • I teach a wide variety of fitness programs, as well as personal training at a 55+ retirement community and would like to implement this program. Can I take the online course and get certified? Thank you!

      Posted by Lucille Young on 6/25/2016 5:37 PM

    • Hi I'm a PT in Ontario, Canada interested in taking this course could you please let me know if this is possible and if so, how? Thanks!

      Posted by Patrick on 8/31/2016 4:05 PM

    • Hoping to sign up in 2017! Please advise if this is still available.

      Posted by Mary Lou kelpe on 12/27/2016 6:54 PM

    • i am a neuro physiotherapist from india, as in india yet till now this intervention is not in practise as of, and i am interested to carry forward this and make community more aware about these forms of exercises, pls let me know is this online course is still available , and if yes how i am suppose to attend that and what are the criteria, and if no can we being physical therapist are able to use this exercises in our clinical practise by using the leaflet of exercise protocal you all have provided , is that legal ?

      Posted by Toral bhanushali on 1/6/2017 4:02 AM

    • Can you tell me how I sign up to take the Otago training?

      Posted by Dana on 1/26/2017 10:34 PM

    • The course listed in this story, is sponsored by North Carolina AHE Connect. You can contact them via their website at http://www.aheconnect.com/. The course listings can be found at http://www.aheconnect.com/newahec/courses.asp

      Posted by APTA Staff on 1/27/2017 9:41 AM

    • I have a small PT studio in a small country town in Australian focusing on older adults and falls prevention. Am I able to do this course?

      Posted by C Bolte on 3/19/2017 5:51 PM

    • I would like to know more about this balance program

      Posted by Dr. Soneka Lee on 6/29/2017 11:41 PM

    • Interested in Ortega balance exercises

      Posted by Joan dellacamera on 10/14/2017 12:02 PM

    • Please send me some info on this program. I am wearing foot drop braces use a cane or walker and am on Coumadin and Insulin.

      Posted by Jim Evans on 10/14/2017 12:55 PM

    • how do I get a copy of the manuel?

      Posted by harry faust on 10/19/2017 10:19 AM

    • I have Ataxia, is this program helpful with my condition? I would much appreciate a reply.

      Posted by john banks on 10/19/2017 1:29 PM

    • I am a certified PT and Group ex instructor in Rhode Island. I am interested in the otago exercise program for the older adults in my retirement community . Please send info. Thanks

      Posted by susan vartian on 10/20/2017 12:39 PM

    • Interested in completing your online certification of the OTAGO program. Would you please send me information on this program?

      Posted by Deb Rentmeester on 2/26/2018 11:54 AM

    • How do I sign up for the course?

      Posted by jacqueline Berke on 3/27/2018 11:58 AM

    • This isn't a training on the Otago exercises, it's a training on implementing the otago exercises for frail elders who can't do the otago exercises in a class. It's a waste of your money.

      Posted by Rachel Sandage on 4/20/2018 3:48 PM

    • enrollment details, please MJ

      Posted by Morton Jaffe on 11/11/2019 12:57 PM

    • Is this course approved for Ohio PT CEU credit

      Posted by Julie Mast on 11/11/2019 10:12 PM

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