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Indiana Physical Therapy Continuing Education

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

Physical Therapists: PTs licensed in Indiana must complete twenty-two (22) hours of continuing education every two (2) years.

New Licensees: If a license or certification is valid for less than twelve (12) months, no continuing competency activity is required for renewal. If the license or certification is valid for twelve (12) to twenty-three (23) months, twelve (12) hours of continuing competency activities are required for renewal.

Physical Therapy Assistants: PTAs licensed in Indiana must complete twenty-two (22) hours of continuing education every two (2) years.

How long is the reporting period?

Two (2) years

Due Date

June 30th of even-numbered years.

How is credit hour defined?

"Contact hour" means a unit of measure for a continuing competency activity. One (1) contact hour equals at least fifty (50) minutes in a learning activity.

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

No.  Continuing competency hours:

    • Must be obtained within the biennial renewal period; and
    • May not be carried over from one (1) renewal period to another.

Are there any specific courses that must be taken?

At least ten (10) hours must be in category I courses.

Two (2) hours of an ethics and Indiana jurisprudence course as it relates to the practice of physical therapy.

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

A PT or PTA may not earn more than ten (10) category II credit hours towards the requirements under this section.

Category I Activities

Category I continuing competency activities includes the following and must be at least one (1) contact hour in length and be relevant to the practice of physical therapy:

    • Formally organized courses.
    • Workshops.
    • Seminars.
    • Symposia.
    • Home study programs, including approved computer, audio, and video instructional programs, designed by committee approved organizations and subject to committee verification and approval procedures.

The following conversion will be used for category I continuing competency credit:

    • One (1) semester hour equals fifteen (15) contact hours.
    • One (1) quarter hour equals ten (10) contact hours.
    • One (1) trimester hour equals twelve and one-half (12.5) hours.

Category II Courses




Publication of scientific papers, abstracts, or review articles in peer-reviewed and other professional journals; publication of textbook chapters; and poster or platform presentations at conferences sponsored by any approved entity

Maximum of ten (10) hours per biennium

Refereed Article

Ten (10) hours

Nonrefereed article, abstract of published literature or book review

Three (3) hours

Published textbook chapter

Eight (8) hours

Poster or platform presentation or review article

Five (5) hours

Teaching as an adjunct responsibility at an accredited PT or PTA program

Two (2) hours of credit for each academic credit hour awarded by the accredited PT or PTA program for the first time the course

Maximum of ten (10) hours per biennium

Participation as a presenter in an approved workshop, continuing education course, seminar, or symposium

Two (2) contact hours for each one (1) hour of presentation for first event

Maximum of ten (10) hours per biennium

Supervision of physical therapist students or physical therapist's assistant students from accredited programs in full-time clinical internships or residency programs

One (1) contact hour for every forty (40) hours of supervision

Maximum of ten (10) contact hours per biennium

In-house or in-service seminars related to the practice of physical therapy.

Documentation shall consist of a description of the topic, date, duration, and the name of the presenter.

One (1) credit hour for each hour of in-service

Maximum of four (4) hours per biennium

Actively participating with professional organizations related to the practice of physical therapy

One (1) credit hour

for each six (6) months service as an officer, delegate, or committee member

Maximum of six (6) hours per biennium

Certification of clinical specialization by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties (ABPTS) or another

organization approved by the Indiana physical therapy committee

Ten (10) hours maximum per biennium

Certificate of Advanced Proficiency for the PTA by the APTA

Five (5) hours maximum per biennium to be awarded.

Attendance at INAPTA state or district meetings that are at least one (1) hour in length

A maximum of one (1) hour per meeting, for a maximum of four (4) hours per biennium

Other scholarly or educational, or both, activities related to the practice or management of physical therapy and not

described above

What type of approval is needed for the courses?

Approved Organizations:

    • American Physical Therapy Association (APTA).
    • American Physical Therapy Association Indiana Chapter (INAPTA).
    • Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBPT).
    • United States Department of Education.
    • Council on Postsecondary Education.
    • Joint Commission on Accreditation of Hospitals.
    • Joint Commission on Health Care Organizations.
    • Federal, state, and local governmental agencies.
    • A national, state, district, or local organization that operates as an affiliated entity under the approval of any organization listed above.
    • A college or other teaching institution accredited by the United States Department of Education or the Council on Postsecondary Education or a regional accreditation association.

What type of courses or activities are not allowed?


What are the reporting requirements?

Certify completion of continuing competency activities required by this rule at the time of license or certification renewal.

Present proof of completion of continuing competency activities required at the request of the committee in a format that is verifiable by the committee.

How long must continuing education records be retained?

Retain verification of completion of continuing competency activities required by this rule for three (3) years after the last renewal date.


Audits for compliance with continuing competency requirements and actions regarding noncompliance will be conducted as provided for in IC 25-1-4.


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