Implicit Bias Training

Implicit Bias Training is Required for New Licensees
and License Renewal

Currently, the only approved implicit bias training course that earns continuing education (CE) hours for licensure renewal with the Maryland Board of Physical Therapy Examiners is the APTA Maryland Implicit Bias Training for three contact hours (.3 CEUs). 


This course meets the new implicit bias mandate for license renewal for all health occupations in Maryland. The content was created for our PT/PTA members but is appropriate for all. 

For a complete listing of the approved implicit bias training courses, please click on this link.  See the course overview and learning objectives & Access the On Demand Webinar.

Fees (
All sales are final)

  • Members: $25 
  • Non-Members: $50 
  • Open to all health professionals
  • If you join APTAMD within 90 days of purchasing the course, email us proof of membership and we will refund you $25
Enacted under Article II, § 17(c) of the Maryland Constitution, May 30, 2021

The law requires all health care practitioners in Maryland to attest that they have completed an implicit bias training program on their license renewal application.

What does this mean for you?

When you complete your 2022 license renewal application, you will need to have completed one of the implicit bias training courses approved by the Office of Minority Health and Health Disparities.

At the time of your license renewal, you will attest to the completion of the training by checking the appropriate box in your renewal application. You are only required to attest to the completion of the training once. You will not need to repeat this attestation during subsequent renewals. 

  • Continuing Education Requirements
    PTs: 30 hours (3 CEUs) | PTAs: 20 hours (2 CEUs).
For courses that do not produce a certificate of completion

The Office of Minority Health and Health Disparities has recommended that in the absence of a certificate of completion from one of the State-approved courses posted on our website you keep your proof of registration in the course or take a screenshot of the final completion screen in the event a situation arises that calls for verification of completion.  

APTA Maryland Implicit Bias Course

Implicit Bias – Cognitive Gaps in Physical Therapy Practice

This course will explore racial and ethnic disparities in health status, health care, and physical therapy. It will also review social vulnerabilities from these inequities including substance use disorders to treat acute and chronic pain.

This course was developed to meet the new implicit bias training requirement for Maryland health professionals. The goal was to develop a training for clinicians. Though the content was developed for physical therapy professionals, it is appropriate for any health occupation. This course was developed to fulfill the new requirement.

Learning Objectives:

  • Discuss racial bias and discrimination as it relates to inequities in pain experiences and pain care for black and brown communities
  • Recognize the impact of implicit or explicit bias in the management of patients with opioid use disorder
  • Discuss how the language we use stigmatizes patients with opioid use disorder
  • Identify one’s own implicit biases.


Roy J. Film, PT, MPT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT is an assistant professor and Director for Residency & Fellowship Education at the UMSOM Department of Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Science (PTRS) where he teaches primarily in the areas of orthopedic PT, manual therapy, chronic pain, and evidence-based practice. Roy’s interests focus on the conservative management of musculoskeletal conditions and helping to elevate clinical practice by teaching throughout the full spectrum of the field by teaching doctoral students, practicing clinicians, residents, and fellows. His personal mission is to help minimize the burden of the opioid crisis via promoting the use of evidence-based nonpharmaceutical pain management approaches such as physical therapy.

He is also the Director of the UMSOM Fellowship in Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy as well as the Academic Director for the University of Maryland Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Residency. He has been a recipient of the PTRS Faculty of the Year Award three times and the Adjunct Faculty of the Year Award twice. Roy was the 2017 recipient of the Distinguished Service Award from the American Physical Therapy Association of Maryland. He is the current Vice President of the APTA of Maryland and serves on accreditation bodies for PT residency and fellowship programs both nationally and internationally.

Dr. Film has served as the national taskforce leader for increasing access to non-pharmacological pain management through US Army Medical Command (MEDCOM) for the National Opioid Crisis Community Summit. He works with the United Nations World Health Organization Peer Review Group for Musculoskeletal Conditions as a reviewer for recommendations on the management of Low Back Pain, Osteoarthritis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, and Fractures.

On campus, he has served on the UMB Faculty Senate and the SOM Diversity Advisory Committee in addition to the many departmental service roles he has played in PTRS over the years.

Michael Ukoha, PT, DPT is a Physical Therapist at FOX Rehabilitation in Maryland and Washington DC. He currently serves as the Chair of the APTA Maryland DEI Committee and created the Live and Grow Mentorship organization to help diversify the field of physical therapy through the development of a support system for pre-PT students applying to DPT programs. He currently serves as a PT Moves Me Ambassador for APTA Maryland to further educate pre-pt students on the profession, career pathways within it, and expectations of practice in various clinical settings. Michael was presented with the APTA Maryland Student Leadership Award in 2016 for his contributions to the chapter as a student delegate for House of Delegates (HoD) and co-founder of the student special interest group (SSIG). Michael was awarded the Geriatrics and Gerontology Education and Research (GGEAR) award by the GGEAR program of University of Maryland Baltimore in 2017 for his graduating class. He was awarded Twenty Tigers in Their Twenties award by the Towson University Alumni Association in 2018 recognizing his consistent achievements and contributions that have positively impacted the Towson community and university. He is the 2021 Recipient of the Steven M. Levine Award from the APTA Maryland recognizing his current leadership at the state and national level, advocacy for the profession, and a role model for