Physical Therapy CEU Requirements by the State 

 

CEU stands for continuing education unit, also called continuing education credit or CEC, and is used for recording the non-credit educational experiences of an individual. CEUs are standard measures of continuing education programs and are commonly used by people who aim to maintain their professional license. Each CEU signifies 10 hours of an education program. CEUs also enable the training providers to assess the quality of educational programs and indicate compliance with international standards. As opposed to college credits, CEUs are used by individuals who have already obtained a degree and looking forward to continuing their education and training. CEUs are formulated to achieve the following goals. [1]

  1. CEUs serve as standard measuring units for continued education and training.
  2. CEUs quantify the continued education and training. 
  3. CEUs demonstrate different training providers and activities in adult continued education and training. 

CEU Requirements for Renewing Physical Therapy License 

CEUs are used by physical therapists for renewing their licenses. The duration of education programs and training may vary depending on whether the license is expired or not. CEUs associated with the American Physical Therapy Association is validated by most licensure boards across the country. [2]

ASTR Continue Education Online Courses for Physical Therapists

The ASTR (Advanced Soft Tissue Release) institute equips healthcare providers including massage therapists, physical therapists, and chiropractors with skills and tools to cure pain at its primary source. The courses offered by ASTR are up to date with the current research and technology. ASTR offers two types of online courses – the Express Course and the Full Course. Express Course includes three hours of online lecture videos, downloadable PowerPoint presentations, instructional videos teaching maneuvers and use of ASTR tools, and one year of access to the online course material. The Express Course offers 5 CEUs to the physical therapists which is equivalent to 50 hours of continued education and training. 

The Full Course offered by ASTR institute includes up to 14 hours of lecture videos, downloadable PowerPoint presentations, instructional videos teaching maneuvers and use of ASTR tools, and protocol summary for clinical practice. This course also offers one year of access to the online course material. The Full Course provides 18.5-27 CEUs that are equivalent to 185-270 hours of continued education and training in physical therapy. The CEUs receive approval from the Physical Therapy Board of California. The ASTR courses are open to everyone, however, one should fulfill the following requirements to become an ASTR certified physical therapist. [3]

  1. One shall complete the entire course
  2. One shall pass all the online tests included in this course 
  3. One shall acquire an ASTR toolset and MagnaHeal devices 
  4. Once shall complete the entire training session over Zoom 

CEU Requirements for Physical Therapists by the State 

Each state across the US has a distinct set of CEU requirements for renewal of licenses and continued education and training of physical therapists. These requirements are stated in the given table. [4]

State CEU Requirements Link 
Alabama 
  • 10 CEU hours per year 
  • Complete the training by September 30th 
http://pt.alabama.gov/ licensing.aspx
Alaska 
  • 24 CEU hours per two years 
  • Complete the training by June 30th of even years 
https://www.commerce.alaska.gov /web/portals/5/pub/PT-OTStatutes.pdf#AAC54400 
Arizona 
  • 20 CEU hours per two years 
  • Complete the training by August 31st of even years
https://ptboard.az.gov/sites /default/files/documents/files/ ContCompOverview.pdf 
Arkansas 
  • 20 CEU hours per two years 
  • Complete the training by December 31st of even years
http://www.arptb.org/ education/index.html 
California 
  • 30 CEU hours per two years 
  • Complete the training by the last day of the physical therapist’s birth month 
https://www.ptbc.ca.gov /licensees/cont_comp.shtml 
Colorado 
  • 30 CEU hours per two years
  • Complete the training by October 31st of even years
https://dpo.colorado.gov /PhysicalTherapy/Laws 
Connecticut 
  • 20 CEU hours per one year 
  • Complete the training by last of physical therapist’s birth month
https://portal.ct.gov/DPH/ Practitioner-Licensing–Investigations /Physicaltherapist/Physical-Therapist-Continuing-Education 
Delaware 
  • 30 CEU hours per two years
  • Complete the training by January 31st of odd years 
https://regulations.delaware.gov/ AdminCode/title24/2600.shtml 
Florida 
  • 24 CEU hours per two years
  • Complete the training by November 30th of odd years 
https://floridasphysicaltherapy .gov/renewals/#tab-ce 
Georgia 
  • 30 CEU hours per two years
  • Complete the training by December 31st of odd years 
http://rules.sos.ga.gov/gac/490-4?urlRedirected =yes&data=admin& lookingfor=490-4 
Hawaii 
  • 30 CEU hours per two years
  • Complete the training by December 31st of even years
https://cca.hawaii.gov /pvl/files/2015/03/Important AnnouncementRegardingPTCCUs-rev.pdf 
Idaho 
  • 16 CEU hours per one year 
  • Complete the training by physical therapist’s birth date 
https://ibol.idaho.gov/IBOL /BoardAdditional.aspx?Bureau=PHT &BureauLinkID=130 
Illinois 
  • 40 CEU hours per two years
  • Complete the training by September 30th of even years 
http://www.ilga.gov/commission /jcar/admincode/068/ 068013400000610R.html 
Indiana 
  • 22 CEU hours per two years
  • Complete the training by June 30th of even years 
https://www.in.gov/pla/3547.htm 
Iowa 
  • 40 CEU hours per two years
  • Complete the training by the 15th day of the physical therapist’s birth month 
https://www.legis.iowa.gov/docs/ ACO/chapter/645.203.pdf 
Kansas 
  • 40 CEU hours per two years
  • Complete the training by December 31st of even years
https://kpta.com/pdfs/CE%20 Regulations%20and%20 Supervision.pdf 
Kentucky 
  • 30 CEU hours per two years
  • Complete the training by December 31st of odd years
https://pt.ky.gov/Continued Competency/Pages/default.aspx 
Louisiana 
  • 30 CEU hours per two years
  • Complete the training by March 31st of odd/even years 
https://www.laptboard.org/index .cfm/rules/rulesandregs#49 
Maine 
  • No CEUs required 
  • License renewal by March 31st of even years 
https://www.maine.gov/pfr/ professionallicensing/professions/board-physical-therapy/frequently-asked-questions 
Maryland 
  • 30 CEUs per two year
  • Complete the training by March 31st of odd/even years 
https://health.maryland.gov/ bphte/Pages/education.aspx 
Massachusetts 
  • No CEUs required 
  • License renewal by physical therapist’s birth date 
https://www.mass.gov/service-details/frequently-asked-questions-about-physical-therapistsphysical-therapist-assistants#pt06 
Michigan 
  • 24 CEU hours per two years 
  • Complete the training by July 31st 
https://aptami.org/continuing-education/Summary%20of %20PT%20PTA%20re-licensure.pdf 
Minnesota 
  • 20 CEU hours per two years 
  • Complete the training by December 31st 
https://mn.gov/boards/physical-therapy/continuingeducation/ 
Mississippi 
  • 30 CEU hours per two years  
  • Complete the training by June 30th of odd/even years 
https://www.msbpt.ms.gov/ secure/continuingeducation.asp 
Missouri 
  • 30 CEU hours per two years 
  • Complete the training by December 31st in even years  
https://www.sos.mo.gov/cmsimages /adrules/csr/current/20csr/20c2150-3.pdf 
Montana 
  • 30 CEU hours per two years 
  • Complete the training by April 1st of odd years 
https://boards.bsd.dli.mt.gov/physical-therapy-examiners/license-information/ 
Nebraska 
  • 20 CEU hours per two years 
  • Complete the training by November 1st of odd years 
https://www.nebraska.gov/rules-and-regs/regsearch/Rules/Health_and_ Human_Services_System/Title-172/Chapter-137.pdf 
Nevada 
  • 15 CEU hours per one year 
  • Complete the training by July 31st 
https://ptboard.nv.gov/CE/ 
New Hampshire 
  • 24 CEU hours per two years 
  • Complete the training by December 31st in even years 
http://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/rules/ state_agencies/phy400.html 
New Jersey 
  • 30 CEU hours per two years 
  • Complete the training by January 31st in odd years 
https://www.njconsumeraffairs.gov/pt/ Pages/continuingeducation.aspx 
New Mexico 
  • 30 CEU hours per two years 
  • Complete the training by January 31st in odd/even years  
http://www.rld.state.nm.us/boards/ Physical_Therapy_Requirements_and_ Continuing_Education.aspx 
New York
  • 36 CEU hours per three years 
  • Complete the training by last day of physical therapist’s birth month  
http://www.op.nysed.gov/prof/ pt/ptcenotice.htm 
North Carolina 
  • 30  CEU hours per 25 months 
  • Annual license renewal  
https://www.ncptboard.org/Continuing Competence/CCRules.shtml 
North Dakota 
  • 25 CEU hours per two years 
  • Complete the training by January 31st 
https://www.ndbpt.org/continuing _ed.asp 
Ohio 
  • 24 CEU hours per two years 
  • Complete the training by January 31st 
https://www.ohiopt.org/page/ ContinuingEducation#CEApps 
Oklahoma  
  • 40 CEU hours per two years 
  • Complete the training by December 31st in odd years 
http://www.okmedicalboard.org/ physical_therapists#ce-requirements 
Oregon 
  • 24 CEU hours per two years 
  • Complete the training by March 31st in even years 
https://www.oregon.gov/ptbrd/pages/ index.aspx 
Pennsylvania 
  • 30 CEU hours per two years 
  • Complete the training by December 31st in even years 
https://www.dos.pa.gov/ ProfessionalLicensing/Boards Commissions/ PhysicalTherapy/Pages/default.aspx 
Rhode Island 
  • 24 CEU hours per two years 
  • Complete the training by March 31st in even years 
https://rules.sos.ri.gov/ regulations/part/216-40-05-13 
South Carolina 
  • 30 CEU hours per two years 
  • Complete the training by December 31st in even years 
https://www.llr.sc.gov/pt/ce.aspx 
South Dakota 
  • 15 CEU hours per two years 
  • Complete the training by December 31st 
https://sdlegislature.gov/Rules/ Administrative/39314 
Tennessee 
  • 30 CEU hours per two years 
  • Complete the training by the last day of the month before the physical therapist’s birth date 
https://www.tn.gov/health/health-program-areas/health-professional-boards/pt-board/pt-board/continuing-education.html 
Texas 
  • 30 CEU hours per two years 
  • Complete the training by the last day of the physical therapist’s birth month 
https://www.ptot.texas.gov/page/renew-a-license 
Utah 
  • 40 CEU hours per two years 
  • Complete the training by May 31st in odd years 
https://dopl.utah.gov/pt/ 
Vermont
  • 24 CEU hours per two years 
  • Complete the training by September 30th in even years  
https://sos.vermont.gov/physical-therapists/forms-instructions/ 
Virginia 
  • 30 CEU hours per two years 
  • Complete the training by December 31st in even years 
http://www.dhp.virginia.gov/ physicaltherapy/physther_laws_regs.htm 
Washington 
  • 40 CEU hours per two years 
  • Complete the training by physical therapist’s birth date 
https://www.doh.wa.gov/ 
West Virginia 
  • 24 CEU hours per two years 
  • Complete the training by December 31st 
http://www.wvbopt.com/page.cfm? sectionID=4&pageID=437 
Wisconsin 
  • 30 CEU hours per two years 
  • Complete the training by February 28th in odd years  
https://docs.legis.wisconsin.gov/code/ admin_code/pt/9.pdf 
Wyoming 
  • 30 CEU hours per two years 
  • Complete the training by October 31st 
  • Annual license renewal 
https://physicaltherapy.wyo.gov/rules 

Conclusion

CEUs are used by physical therapists to renew their licenses and record additional educational training in their field. Different states across the US have different CEU  requirements, based on which physical therapists can opt for suitable educational programs and training. The ASTR institute offers two types of training courses to physical therapists & physical therapist assistance, and the course CEUs are approved by the Physical Therapy Board of California.  

References 

  1. https://www.iacet.org/standards/ansi-iacet-2018-1-standard-for-continuing-education-and-training/continuing-education-unit-ceu/about-the-ceu/ 
  2. https://www.ccapta.org/page/ContinuingCompetencyRequirementsRegulations 
  3. https://advancedsofttissuerelease.com/astr-healthcare-provider-course/ 
  4. https://www.ptprogress.com/physical-therapy-continuing-education-requirements-by-state/ 

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