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Nonmembers can access Virtual NEXT for $40, as APTA supports the physical therapy community during COVID-19.

The COVID-19 pandemic forced APTA to cancel the NEXT Conference & Exposition in Phoenix this June, but it isn’t keeping APTA from delivering outstanding continuing education content.

This week APTA unveiled Virtual NEXT, which will launch on June 3 with more than 20 on-demand sessions offering CEUs. Additional live online events will be announced soon, giving the physical therapy community more opportunities to connect and learn in a time when mass gatherings are unsafe.

APTA priced the special event with the challenges of the health crisis in mind: APTA members get access to the Virtual NEXT bundle for $20, and nonmembers pay a similarly low $40. Those who were registered for NEXT in Phoenix at the time of its cancelation are receiving Virtual NEXT for free, as are Life members and members in the first year of the Career Starter Dues program, who were eligible for a free NEXT registration.

Virtual NEXT is made possible through the support of GEICO, HPSO, and Rusk Rehabilitation.

“Virtual NEXT is symbolic of our commitment to supporting the physical therapy community, in good times and bad,” said APTA CEO Justin Moore, PT, DPT. “We are grateful to our sponsors for helping us offer this programming at low prices, and to our speakers who enthusiastically stepped forward to deliver their presentations in a virtual environment.”

Topics for the on-demand sessions include COVID-19, leadership, pain management, disaster management, diversity education, and telehealth.

Special sessions include the John H.P. Maley Lecture by Nicole Stout, PT, DPT, FAPTA, and a townhall with APTA President Sharon Dunn, PT, PhD. Additional special sessions are yet to be announced.

Virtual NEXT is available for purchase through the end of July. Those who purchase Virtual NEXT can begin their online sessions at any time after June 3, 2020, and before the end of the year, and have 90 days to complete any individual course to earn related CEUs.

See the list of sessions at the Virtual NEXT webpage.


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