Education Academy

Learning on your terms.


The Mary Free Bed Education Academy offers a wealth of opportunities for health care professionals, students, caregivers and community members to fuel their knowledge and enhance their abilities.

A division of Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital, the Academy’s breadth of educational offerings reflects our mission: restoring hope and freedom through rehabilitation.

You choose what best meets your schedule and learning needs. Attend a hands-on conference or workshop, engage in a live presentation, or take part in an on-demand webinar.

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Professional Development

Our catalog of education options serves multiple disciplines, including physicians, nurses, therapists, psychologists, care managers, social workers, administrators, athletic trainers, dietitians and students.

Offerings are presented by individuals and teams of experts in their field, so you’ll learn the latest, evidence-based information, best practices and clinical skills on a range of topics.

To help you meet changing needs and competencies in caregiving, we provide online access to a variety of educational offerings, such as:

  • Virtual Interprofessional Grand Rounds
  • In-person or virtual conferences, symposiums, workshops
  • Online courses available 24/7.


Experts deliver the latest clinical information and news on a wide variety of educational topics with new topics added regularly.

Credits offered may include CME, Nursing, APTA, NASW, AOTA, ASHA, CCMC and others as applicable. See the event flyer for complete information.

Participants can earn continuing education credits or contact hours by engaging in in-person, virtual or online education.

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Dr. Cooper at Education Academy presentation

Continuing Education Credit Information

Opportunities for continuing education focus on professional responsibilities related to patient safety and advocacy, new technologies, research, health care policy, ethics and compliance.

Our goals:

  • Increase awareness of new techniques, technologies and therapeutic modalities and how their applications impact patient care in a rehabilitation setting
  • Provide an update on diseases affecting the rehabilitation process
  • Discuss rehabilitation treatments and approaches
  • Identify areas of liability for self, peers and other health care professionals
  • Sharpen the skills and expertise of professional staff by reinforcing the principles of examination, assessment and evaluation
  • Increase practitioners’ awareness of health policy issues and the effects on patient care
  • Discuss practice management topics

Accreditation and credits
Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital is accredited by the Michigan State Medical Society to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Wisconsin Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. Approval number: WNA 0581

Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital is an approved provider with the Michigan Social Work Continuing Education Collaborative. Approved Provider Number: MICEC-0039

Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital is an American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) Michigan CEU Provider.

Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital is a Full Status Approved Provider of Continuing Education Units by the American Occupational Therapy Association. Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital (BOC AP# P10176) is approved by the Board of Certification, Inc. to provide continuing education to athletic trainers.

Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital also submits individual courses to The Commission for Case Manager Certification for approval to provide continuing education to board-certified case managers.

Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital submits individual courses to the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR).

Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital submits individual courses to the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification (NCTRC).

Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital submits individual courses to the American Board for Certification in Orthotics, Prosthetic and Pedorthics (ABC).

Please see details for each individual event for more information on the types of credits offered.

Visit our Education Academy website to view upcoming conferences, workshops and interprofessional Grand Rounds opportunities.

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Business and Operational Seminars

The Mary Free Bed Advisory Group, a division of Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital that extends industry expertise to organizations across the country, offers a variety of strategic partnerships ranging from inpatient rehabilitation consultation services to professional service agreements. We currently collaborate with more than 35 rehabilitation providers, sharing our expertise in patient access, program growth and development, strategic planning and more.

Call 616.840.8258, or email

Community/Caregiver Education

These educational opportunities are customized for the non-clinician who wants to learn about health and wellness information on a wide variety of topics.

Email us your education requests: