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Florida PT Continuing Education

How many continuing education hours are required during a reporting period?

Physical Therapists: PTs licensed in Florida are required to obtain twenty-four (24) contact hours every two (2) years.

New Licensees: With the exception of the required courses in the prevention of medical errors and HIV/AIDS, applicants who become licensed in the second half of the biennium are exempt from this continuing education requirement for their first renewal.

Physical Therapy Assistants: PTAs licensed in Florida are required to obtain twenty-four (24) contact hours every two (2) years.

How is contact hour defined?

A contact hour shall consist of fifty (50) clock minutes. One half contact hour shall consist of twenty-five (25) clock minutes.

How long is the reporting period?

Two (2) years.

Due date for CE requirements

November 30st.

Can CE credits be carried over into the next reporting period?

Not Specified.

Are there any specific requirements for continuing education?

One (1) contact hour in HIV/AIDS education.

Two (2) contact hours in prevention of medical errors education.

Human Trafficking

Each licensee, licensed by January 1, 2021, must complete at least one (1) hour of Human Trafficking education through an approved course no later than January 1, 2021.

To receive approval, courses on human trafficking shall be at least one (1) hour and include all of the following subject areas:

    • Sex trafficking,
    • Labor trafficking,
    • How to identify individuals who may be victims of human trafficking,
    • How to report cases of human trafficking
    • Resources available to victims, and
    • Signage posting requirements.

The course may be included in the home study continuing education credit hours.

Human Trafficking education courses approved by any Board within the Division of Medical Quality Assurance of the Department of Health in accordance with Section 456.0341, F.S., are approved by this Board.

Are there any specific limitations on course subjects?

No more than five (5) contact hours of courses in risk management shall be accepted within a two (2) year period.

The Board will accept up to twelve (12) contact hours for home study during each two (2) year period.

What types of activities can be used for the continuing education requirements?

Acceptable subject areas for physical therapy continuing education include professional ethics, clinical education, clinical practice, clinical research, clinical management, clinical science, Florida law relating to physical therapy, basic sciences, risk management, and HIV/AIDS.

Are there limitations on the types of courses that can be taken?

Description

Hour Calculation

Maximum

Home Study.

N/A

Twelve (12) hours per biennium.

Course Instruction.

One (1) hour of presentation = one (1) contact hour.

Six (6) hours per biennium.

Clinical Instruction.

One hundred and sixty (160) hours of clinical internship = One (1) contact hour.

Six (6) hours per biennium.

Attendance at a Florida Physical Therapy Board meetings on disciplinary cases.

One (1) hour of attendance = One (1) contact hour in risk management.

Five (5) hours per biennium (considered risk management).

Service on the Board’s Probable Cause Panel.

Five (5) contact hours of risk managements.

Five (5) hours per biennium.

What type of approval is needed for the courses?

The Board approves for continuing education credit:

    • Courses sponsored by a program in physical therapy at a college or university which provides a curriculum for training physical therapists or physical therapist assistants, when approved by the physical therapy or physical therapy assistants program, which is accredited by, or has status with an accrediting agency approved by the United States Department of Education. One (1) credit hour is the equivalent of one (1) contact hour.
    • Courses sponsored or approved by the American Physical Therapy Association.
    • Courses sponsored or approved by the Florida Physical Therapy Association

What type of courses or activities are not allowed?

N/A

What are the reporting requirements?

The licensee must retain such receipts, vouchers, certificates, or other papers as may be necessary to document completion of the appropriate continuing education offerings listed on the renewal form.

All courses successfully submitted to your CE Broker account. For more information please visit www.CEAtRenewal.com

How long must continuing education records be retained?

Four (4) years.

Can I have my CE requirements waived?

The Board will make exceptions for licensees from the continuing education requirements including waiver of all or a portion of these requirements or the granting of an extension of time in which to complete these requirements upon a finding of good cause by majority vote of the Board at a public meeting following receipt of a written request for exception based upon emergency or hardship. Emergency or hardship cases are those:

    • Involving long term personal illness or illness involving a close relative or person for whom the licensee has care-giving responsibilities;
    • Where the licensee can demonstrate that the required course(s) are not reasonably available; and
    • Other demonstrated economic, technological or legal hardships that substantially relate to the ability to perform or complete the continuing education requirements.

Reference

Fla. Stat. 486.109

FAC 64B17-9.001

FAC 64B17-8.003

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