How to Use Medbridge Education in OT

Medbridge education

In this blog post, we’re covering how to use Medbridge Education to support your professional licensure needs, and how to support clients using Medbridge as a tool and resource.

Occupational therapy providers (and for the PTs and SLT who read this site!) we know that continuing education is a must for keeping licensure up to date. That’s why we wanted to highlight a tool that supports continuing education for professional therapy providers with more options and benefits than your typical weekend conferences has to offer!

Medbridge education

For occupational therapy providers looking for support in their continuing education needs, MedBridge is a dynamic online platform that has rapidly become a cornerstone resource in the healthcare industry. Renowned for consistently producing top-quality educational content, MedBridge is on a mission to enhance the lives of both patients and caregivers…and the therapy providers that use the services.

So, what exactly is MedBridge, and who can benefit from it? In this blog post, we’re hoping to provide in-depth insights into MedBridge, its diverse components, available subscription plans, pricing details, and what sets MedBridge apart as an exceptional tool for healthcare practitioners, patients, and organizations.

What is MedBridge?

MedBridge Education is a comprehensive online platform that specializes in providing continuing education and professional development resources for healthcare and therapy professionals.

It offers a wide range of educational content, tools, and resources to help healthcare practitioners (OT, PT, ST, AT…and more) to stay up-to-date with the latest industry knowledge, improve their clinical skills, and meet their continuing education requirements.

How does MedBridge work?

There is a lot to get to know about using Medbridge Education as a resource.

You can access courses, videos, and other resources on specific topics or area of intervention (school-based therapy, outpatient, inpatient) or in regards to specific diagnoses or functional needs.

MedBridge is an online platform designed to provide healthcare and therapy professionals with access to a wide range of continuing education resources, tools, and features.

Let’s go over how MedBridge works

  1. Subscription Access: Healthcare practitioners, subscribe to MedBridge to gain access to its extensive library of educational content and resources. Subscriptions can be tailored to individual needs or organizational requirements. Click here for subscription fee info.
  2. Registration and Account Creation: New Medbridge users start by registering for a MedBridge account, which typically requires providing basic information and selecting a subscription plan based on their professional goals and interests.
  3. Dashboard: Once logged in, users are greeted by a personalized dashboard. This dashboard serves as a central hub for accessing all the features and resources available on MedBridge. There, you’ll find course options, upcoming webinars, and more.
  4. Course Selection: Users can browse MedBridge’s vast course library, which includes over 2,000 accredited courses covering a wide range of healthcare disciplines, specialties, and topics. These courses are designed to meet continuing education requirements and enhance clinical knowledge. The course selections offer resources for occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech-language pathology, nursing, and more.
  5. Course Completion: Healthcare professionals can select and enroll in courses of interest. Courses often include video lectures, written materials, quizzes, and assessments. Users can progress through courses at their own pace and complete them as required.
  6. CEU Credits: Many of MedBridge’s courses are eligible for Continuing Education Units (CEUs), which are essential for maintaining professional licenses and certifications. Users can earn CEUs upon successful course completion.
  7. Live Webinars: MedBridge offers live webinars conducted by experts in the field. Users can participate in real-time, ask questions, and interact with presenters during these webinars.
  8. Home Exercise Program (HEP) Builder: Clinicians can use MedBridge’s HEP Builder to create customized home exercise programs for their patients. The platform includes a library of over 8,000 exercise videos that can be integrated into customized exercise programs based on the needs of the individual clients.
  9. Patient-Oriented App (MedBridge GO): MedBridge GO is an app designed specifically for patients. Clinicians can prescribe exercises and educational content to their patients through this app, allowing for improved patient engagement and compliance. The patients can then access their prescribed exercises and educational content that their therapy provider has selected for them.
  10. Certification Programs: Occupational therapy providers (and other professionals) who are interested in advancing their expertise can pursue certification programs offered by MedBridge. These programs typically involve comprehensive training and assessments and allows them to demonstrate advanced expertise in their chosen areas.
  11. Progress Tracking: Users can track their course progress, CEU completion, and overall professional development through their MedBridge accounts. The platform often provides certificates of completion for courses and certifications.
  12. Support and Resources: MedBridge offers customer support to assist users with any questions or technical issues. The platform also provides supplementary resources, such as compliance training, non-accredited courses, and patient feedback systems.
  13. Accessibility: MedBridge is accessible online through web browsers and also provides dedicated apps for smartphones and tablets, catering to the convenience and mobility needs of users.

Medbridge Education Subscription Levels

Because there is so much in the way of tools and resources available on Medbridge education, the service offers three subscription levels tailored to users’ specific needs:

  1. Education Plan: Geared towards clinicians seeking CEUs, certifications, and access to reference materials.
  2. Premium Plan: Designed for clinicians who desire all the benefits of the Education plan along with the capability to create home exercise programs for their patients and provide access to educational videos.
  3. Enterprise Plan: Intended for larger therapy organizations seeking the features of the Premium plan, plus additional customization, branding, patient feedback systems, patient outcome tracking, and ongoing staff training. The Enterprise package is not typically suited for individuals.

Most clinicians find the MedBridge Premium plan to be an ideal choice, given its robust Home Exercise Program (HEP) Builder, particularly beneficial for outpatient therapists.

The comprehensive exercise video library serves as a valuable reference tool, even for those who may not frequently create home exercise programs.

Medbridge Coupon

I have exciting news…if you would like to access thousands of educational resources to meet your professional development needs, Medbridge is the source for you.

And, you can use a special Medbridge coupon code, just for readers of The OT Toolbox.

Use the Medbridge coupon code: THEOTTOOLBOX to save $150 off all individual subscriptions.

This means that the discounted prices for a subscription to Medbridge Education are:

  1. $225 for Education (access to our entire course library)
  2. $275 for Premium (Education, plus access to the HEP and patient education library and builder) 
  3. $120 for SLP Education (SLP courses only)
  4. $170 for SLP Premium (SLP Education, plus access to the SLP HEP and patient education library and builder) 

Thinking about joining? Click here for more information on joining Medbridge for continuing education needs!

Colleen Beck, OTR/L has been an occupational therapist since 2000, working in school-based, hand therapy, outpatient peds, EI, and SNF. Colleen created The OT Toolbox to inspire therapists, teachers, and parents with easy and fun tools to help children thrive. Read her story about going from an OT making $3/hour (after paying for kids’ childcare) to a full-time OT resource creator for millions of readers. Want to collaborate? Send an email to

Therapy Bags

beige tote bag with the words "occupational therapy bags"

Whether you are returning to a new school year, or working on your therapy tools, it is time to revisit the therapy bag. Depending on your work environment, caseload, and setting, your therapy bags may look different. For the therapy provider just getting started in the school setting, or for new grad OTs, the question comes up quite often: What is the best therapy bag to get?! In this post we will start by looking at different types of therapy bags people are using, then dive into the kinds of items therapists put in their “toolbox”. You may even want to consider a therapy bag as an occupational therapy gift for the OT or OTA in your life!

therapy bags

These therapy supply bags might even be a great gift for the occupational therapy provider in your life!

The Best therapy bags

The best therapy bag for you depends on your work space, the number of schools you might visit in a day, or the therapy setting (clinic, home setting, early intervention, etc.). Consider these questions to find the therapy bag that best meets your needs…

  • What kind of therapy bag do you like best?  Are you a backpack kind of therapist or a rolling cart therapy provider? 
  • Do you work out of the trunk of your car grabbing a handful of stuff as you go? A therapy backpack or pull cart might work for you.
  • Do you feel like you need to carry your entire office everywhere you go?  A rolling suitcase or therapy cart might work.
  • Are you fortunate enough to have everything at your fingertips, needing only a couple of things in your pockets? A therapy tote bag might best suit your needs.

Let’s take a look at the various types of therapy bags and the pros and cons of each. (Amazon affiliate links are included below.)

the Therapy Backpack

A backpack is the go-to bag for many therapy providers. It is easy to carry, ergonomically designed to carry the weight of the bag and contents, and comes with lots of pockets for storing your tools.

There are thousands to choose from, starting with the classic Swiss Army brand, the Jansport with its great warranties, Lands End and LLBean for their level of quality and more.

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  • In the past I bought fancy trendy backpacks that were pretty, but not practical. Bags like this Vera Bradley design (commissions earned) were irresistible.  That was until my pens leaked into them, I sat them on the dirty floor, they were covered in who knows what, and the mysterious sticky stuff showed up at the bottom of the bag.  While these are washable, they are not practical. 
  • Now my preferred therapy backpack (commissions earned) is more practical, but less showy. It has over 89,000 positive reviews on Amazon.  It has lots of pockets for storing tools and toys. It is missing the chest strap, but generally my bag is not overloaded unless I am taking it on vacation. 
  • This Lovelook backpack (commissions earned) is very popular as a therapy backpack. It boasts many pockets and is trendy looking, however it does not open very wide, meaning all your stuff is going to end up at the bottom somewhere. It looks awkward to carry, especially if you have a heavy load or wear it frequently.
  • This great therapy bag from Coowoz (commissions earned) has a lot of space in it. It opens flat so you can see what is in the bag. The shoe compartment can hold baggies of stuff, or your lunch and snacks. It comes in a couple of different sizes. This therapy backpack is a cross between a piece of luggage and a backpack.
  • The Army Style backpack, (commissions earned) while looking very utilitarian, is functional and sturdy. Check out all the pockets!  It is also designed to be ergonomically correct with the chest and waist straps. I love that this one is called the Assault Pack. (commissions earned) Sometimes it feels like therapists are fighting a battle every day.

Kawaii Therapy Backpack

If you are set on fun over function, a Kawaii therapy backpack is a fun style. Check them out here. (commissions earned) The Kawaii backpacks are sweet and practical. 

Kids will love to see the therapy tools they may use that day peeking through the windows of the backpack.

Roller Therapy backpacks

In recent years as I age, and my therapy supplies enlarge, I am leaning more toward a therapy bag on wheels. These are especially helpful if you travel on foot between schools, across a large campus, or throughout a big hospital or facility. 

These types of therapy supply packs can vary from a roller backpack to a carry-on suitcase. For the therapy provider that works in school hallways or even supply closets, this can be a great bag to carry all of the therapy supplies from space to space.

  • The Rockland Rolling Backpack (commissions earned) is most cost effective. You might be able to replace this one every year if needed. I like that it still has handles for carrying up and down stairs or in tight spaces. Not sure how rugged and sturdy it is, and it only boasts a couple of pockets.
  • This J World New York style (commissions earned) is a little more costly but looks sturdier.  It comes in tons of fun designs and colors. It has a few pockets and nice big wheels for traveling.
  • Check out the giant wheels on this one! (commissions earned) If you travel in rough terrain, this bag might be for you.
  • Matein makes a roller bag (commissions earned) that is functional. It is high in price, but looks sturdy.  It has tons of pockets for all your tools and can be converted to a regular backpack.

Alternative rolling therapy bags

There are other options beyond your basic luggage rolling bag, too. These therapy bags are nice for the added features.

  • Rolling Duffle bags (commissions earned) have always been popular. They are not as sleek as other bags, but have lots of room and pockets. The added space means you can tote around extra supplies like wiggle cushions, alternative seating options, self-regulation tools, etc.
  • If you do not have a lot of things to carry in your therapy bag, a rolling laptop case (commissions earned) might be the way to go. They are more professional looking than a backpack or duffle bag if that matters where you work. This design has many pockets for storing items. It comes with carry handles and is not going to be as easy to tote as a backpack.

the Rolling Suitcase

In the past year I have switched over to a rolling suitcase.  I like that it is sturdy and big.  What I do not like is the lack of pockets. I find myself adding baggies of similar items into my case and searching for items. 

Another benefit of the rolling suitcase therapy bag is that it’s easier on the back to pull, and the wheels are designed for someone who needs to walk through busy airports, or from school building to school building!

  • Us Traveler (commissions earned) has a basic budget friendly design. It comes with an additional bag for fidgets, manipulatives, snacks, or a grab and go bag. It does have some pockets and a large opening for your bigger tools.
  • Pediatric therapists (commissions earned) will love these cute bags!  They are not huge, but will be a big hit with your kids.
  • Scooter ride on case (commissions earned) – while I am not sure if these come in my size, I would love one!  Imagine scooting all over your work place. Plus, it doubles as a sensory therapy tool, too!
therapy tote bags

Therapy Tote Bags

There are many therapy tote bags on the market, too. I love the fun advertisement for occupational therapy, physical therapy, or speech therapy that some of these offer!

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  • A Utility tote is a nice compact bag with many pockets. If you do not have a long distance to carry it, and it is not too heavy, it is a practical therapy bag. This “Nurses bag” has 21 pockets!!  The trouble with too many pockets is remembering which one it is in!
  • If you are looking for something personal and crafty, there are tons of therapy bags listed. They come in all different shapes and sizes, can be personalized, and are fun to use.  While not as practical as a rolling tote, they are great for carrying a few items back and forth.

Therapy Crate

A rolling therapy crate or therapy box is nice because you can cart around paper, worksheets, and various therapy tools and materials.

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  • The collapsible crate is becoming more popular. These are great for toting large items, or lots of toys at once.  No pockets, so stuff might get jumbled in there. FYI it does not fit in the trunk of a Mini Cooper, so it was out for me.
  • This hardshell bag is a functional sturdy bag. It does not have wheels and must be hand carried. This looks professional and has a large pocket for big items.  Not many pockets on this one.
What's in my therapy bag? Occupational therapy supplies in a therapy bag

The occupational therapy supplies in my therapy bag are geared toward younger elementary, preschool, and high school OT students.

What is in your therapy bag?

Now that you have selected the best bag for you (I am seriously eyeing a new roller backpack), you have to fill it with occupational therapy tools, and other stuff.  I love the “other stuff” because I am always amazed at what I find I have stuffed in my OT bag.

There are many items that may make up your occupational therapy equipment list because therapy interventions depend so much on the needs of each individual. That’s why switching out items in your therapy bag (whatever the type) is so essential.

Last year it was a random pair of socks, seven chapsticks, enough pens to write a novel, and a couple of valentines. If you are like me, your therapy bag is constantly changing, depending on the day and caseload.

Let’s start with the basic standard occupational therapy tools to fill your therapy bag:

  • Mini zippered pouches (commissions earned) – these are a must have if you use small items. They are great for sorting items for easy retrieval. Fill them with school supplies, one for grippers, prizes, fidgets, snacks, or personal items.  You can also use pencil cases or plastic Ziplock bags for storage
  • Personal items – as noted above, lip balm is in my bag. You can pack items such as bandaids, feminine hygiene products, wipes, hand sanitizer, aspirin, makeup, hair spray, stain remover, ear buds, hair ties, extra reading glasses (had to make a quick Walmart run early one morning), or whatever you feel you might need.  I prepare for work as if I am living on a desert island where nothing is available.
  • Office supplies – pens, pencils, white out strip, paperclips, tape, scissors, envelopes, sharpies, labels, and a stapler. If you have an actual office, you might not need to travel with all these office supplies, but at least have a pen handy
  • Planner (commissions earned) I like this hourly one. Even if you do online scheduling, it is nice to glance at a paper calendar and have a back-up.  This way you have at least two sources to document your visits
  • School supplies – these are the standard supplies you use in therapy: scissors, glue, glue stick, paper, pencils, crayons, dot markers, etc. You can get a shower caddy to carry these or one of the zippered pouches

beyond the basic therapy bag supplies

These items can be used to create your own set of Occupational Therapy Activity Toolkits. Then, you can switch things out to keep the kids on your caseload motivated.

  • Fine motor therapy supplies – in the school system as well as some other settings you need a grab bag selection of pencil grips to try with your kids, different kinds of scissors (loop, self-opening, tiny ones), tongs, pom poms, a dressing board, pennies in a container, putty, beads and string, stickers, shaving cream, pop tubes, play dough, clothespins, and other small items to work on fine motor skills. Not sure what to add to your bag? You can make your own DIY Fine Motor Toolkit.
  • Small sensory items – you never know when a teacher or other professional is going to ask if you have ones they can use at this very moment. It is nice to have them handy. Small fidgets, calm strips, rubber bands, theratubing, a mini sensory bin, and different types of pencil toppers are great
  • Larger therapy items – hopefully you are not carrying too many large items on a daily basis. These might include: a rocker board, wiggle cushion, slant board, wipe off board, weights, headphones, or anything you use consistently. These items might fit best in the collapsible crate
  • Tools – some therapists need goniometers, grip and pinch meters, screwdrivers, and other items to work with their clients
  • Games and puzzles – large games like Connect 4, Candyland, Pop the Pig, Kerplunk and other classic games are great, but take up a lot of room.  There are now mini versions of several popular games. (commissions earned)
  • Snacks – as a therapist you are never ever certain you are going to get a lunch break.  Having snacks like granola bars, trail mix, candy, breakfast bars, and crackers is a good idea to keep on hand. If you motivate your students with candy or food, you will want to put some small items in your bag for them too.
  • Paper activities – while the bag is full of fun stuff, do not forget the fine motor paper tasks. Pack different lined paper, printed activities, color/cut/glue pages, mazes, puzzles, etc. I try and plan the week ahead by adding my printables to the bag that I can use all week.  Each week I rotate printables.  The OT Toolbox has some great themed kits like this A-Z Bug Themed activity set. Search on the site for fine motor kits, or shop in the OT Toolbox store.

Therapy Bag tools change depending on setting

There is not going to be a one sized fits all for the therapy bag.  Whether it is the type of bag you carry, or what you put in it. 

Homebased pediatric therapists might have blocks, teething rings, stacking rings, and other primary toys.  A hand therapist will have tools specific to that trade. The school system therapy bag will vary depending on the age and type of students you work with.

Therapy providers with multiple schools might find they have a different tote for each school. 

One thing that helps with using a therapy bag of any kind, is staying organized and planning.  I can not tell you how many mornings I run around the office grabbing random things to throw into my bag, or dig around the bottom of the bag looking for a red crayon.  It is those weeks that I try and carve out a little time to reorganize the bag and get myself on track for the next week.

All this talk of therapy bags has me wanting to order a new one for this school year!  I have my eye on a roller backpack this year, and am tempted by the scooter one if it fits. 

Victoria Wood, OTR/L is a contributor to The OT Toolbox and has been providing Occupational Therapy treatment in pediatrics for more than 25 years. She has practiced in hospital settings (inpatient, outpatient, NICU, PICU), school systems, and outpatient clinics in several states. She has treated hundreds of children with various sensory processing dysfunction in the areas of behavior, gross/fine motor skills, social skills and self-care. Ms. Wood has also been a featured speaker at seminars, webinars, and school staff development training. She is the author of Seeing your Home and Community with Sensory Eyes.