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Athletic Training: Lifelong Resources

Lifelong Learning

Learning is a life-long activity. After finishing your degree program at USM, you may want or need access to resources that will assist you with continuing education or professional development. The resources on this page are available to the public and have up-to-date information on topics related to Health and Wellness.

Local Library Resources

The following local public libraries provide access to research databases in the health field. You may be required to sign up for a library card, which is typically free of charge, and you may be able to receive reciprocal benefits between the library systems.

Johnson County Library Health and Wellness Research Resources
This public library system has 14 locations in southwest Kansas City.

Kansas City Public Library Health Resources
KCPL has a central library and 9 branches located primarily in downtown Kansas City.

Mid-Continent Public Library Health and Medicine Resources
Mid-Continent has 32 locations throughout the Kansas City region.

Kansas State Library Health Databases
The Kansas State Library resources are available through any local Kansas public library.

Continuing Education

Continuing Education (CE) is extremely important in the health and allied health profession. CE courses allow professionals remain up-to-date on the latest practices, technologies, and trends. In most fields, CE units are necessary to maintain certification. Listed below are resources for CE courses.

AAA- Teaching and Training Tools

APTA- Courses and Conferences

Online courses that are approved by several states and organizations (PPTA, WCPT, etc)

Evidence In Motion

FSBPT- Continuing Competence Initative

GSO- Great Seminars Online
CE for physical and occupational therapists

PPTA- Sponsored Courses and Regional Seminars

Search within the Physical Therapy discipline for CE courses by different categories (topic, location, format, provider, etc)

WCPT- Continuing education offerings
List of WCPT workshops and CE courses via Great Seminars Online or Encarta

Professional Organizations

Becoming an member of a professional organization is important for connecting with other professionals in the field, continuing education, and finding jobs or internships. Several organizations have annual conferences and provide scholarship opportunities for student members. Many also have a social media presence or maintain a forum or listserv.

AAPT- American Academy of Physical Therapy

AAA- American Association of Anatomists
AAA on Facebook

AACA- American Association of Clinical Anatomists
AACA Listserv

APTA- American Physical Therapy Association
APTA on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter. APTA Community (membership required)

PPTA- Pennsylvania Physical Therapy Association
PPTA on Facebook, PPTA Forum

FSBPT- Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy
FSBPT Message Boards (login required)

WCPT- World Confederation for Physical Therapy
WCPT on Facebook, WCPT Forum