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Florida PT Continuing Education

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

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

PTAs 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 year of the reporting period are exempt from this continuing education requirement for their first renewal.

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.

Ten (10) contact hours, also referred to as CE Hours (CEH), constitute one (1) continuing education unit (CEU).

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.

Up to three (3) contact hours in HIV/AIDS education may be included in the twenty-four (24) contact hours.

Up to three (3) contact hours in prevention of medical errors education  may be included in the twenty-four (24) contact hours.

For the biennium ending November 2021 all twenty-four (24) contact hours of continuing education may be obtained online or through home study.

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.


Hour Calculation


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.

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.

DOH form DH-MQA 1144, “Final Order/Continuing Education Credit Florida Laws and Rules Application”

Take and pass the Florida laws and rules examination shall receive two (2) hours of continuing education per biennium.

Two (2) hours per biennium.

What type of approval is needed for the courses?

Courses sponsored by a program in physical therapy at a college or university which provides a curriculum for training PTs or PTAs, 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 to fifteen (15) contact hours.

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?


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.


Fla. Stat. 486.109

FAC 64B17-9.001

FAC 64B17-8.003

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