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Ohio Physical Therapy Continuing Education

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

Physical Therapists: Twenty-four (24) units.

New Licensees: Not required for the first license period.

Physical Therapy Assistants: Twelve (12) units.

How long is the reporting period?

Two (2) years.

When are CE requirements due?

Physical Therapists

All individuals licensed as a physical therapist shall renew their license by the thirty-first day of January in each even-numbered year.

When a license to practice as a physical therapist is issued by the board on or after October first of an odd-numbered year, that license shall be valid through the thirty-first day of January of the second even numbered year.

Physical Therapy Assistants

All individuals licensed as a physical therapist assistant shall renew their license by the thirty-first day of January in each odd-numbered year.

When a license to practice as a physical therapist assistant is issued by the board on or after October first of an even-numbered year, that license shall be valid through the thirty-first day of January of the second odd-numbered year

How is credit hour defined?

A “unit” is one (1) clock hour spent in a continuing education activity.

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

No. Accumulated CEU’s may not be carried over from one renewal period to another.

Are there any specific courses that must be taken?

Effective for renewal in 2022, PT license holders shall complete at least two hours of ethics through a renewal jurisprudence module as determined by the physical therapy section.

Effective for renewal in 2023, PTA license holders shall complete at least two hours of ethics through a renewal jurisprudence module as determined by the physical therapy section.

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

Description

Hours Awarded

Limitations

Documentation

Specialty examinations administered by the American board of physical therapy specialties (ABPTS).

Twenty-four (24) contact hours of continuing education in the year the examination is taken.

N/A

N/A

Renewal of certification of a specialty through ABPTS.

Six (6) contact hours of continuing education in the year it is given.

The hand therapy certification commission (HTCC) certification examination.

Twenty-four (24) contact hours of continuing education in the year the examination is taken.

N/A

N/A

Completion of an American physical therapy association credentialed residency or fellowship program.

Twenty-four (24) contact hours of continuing education in the year the residency or fellowship is completed.

N/A

N/A

Completion of a practice review tool of the federation of state boards of physical therapy pertaining to continued competence.

Twelve (12) contact hours of continuing education will be awarded for completion of a practice review tool.

Licensees may use a practice review tool no more than every other renewal period.

N/A

Coursework completed at a commission on accreditation in physical therapy education accredited entry-level physical therapist education program or a post-professional transition clinical doctorate program

N/A

N/A

N/A

Serving as a clinical instructor

To be eligible for continuing education credit in accordance with this paragraph, a physical therapist must be an APTA certified level I or level II clinical instructor and a physical therapist assistant must be an APTA certified level I clinical instructor.

One (1) contact hour for each eighty (80) hours of clinical instruction.

A physical therapist may earn up to twelve (12) contact hours per renewal cycle by serving as a clinical instructor.

A physical therapist assistant may earn up to six (6) contact hours per renewal cycle by serving as a clinical instructor.

Proof of clinical instruction is a certificate from the student’s school documenting the number of hours of clinical supervision completed.

Serving as a mentor in an APTA accredited clinical residency or fellowship program.

One (1) contact hour for each three (3) hours of mentorship.

A physical therapist may earn up to twelve (12) contact hours per renewal cycle by serving as a mentor.

Proof of mentorship is a certificate from the director of the clinical residency or fellowship documenting the number of hours of mentorship completed.

Approved continuing education course, program, or activity.

One (1) unit for each hour of instruction received.

For teaching as a faculty member of an institution of higher education a course that is part of the curriculum of the institution.

One-half (0.5) unit for each semester hour of the course, or an equivalent portion of a unit, as determined by the section, for each quarter or trimester hour of the course.

The physical therapy section shall grant no more than twelve (12) units of continuing education for teaching during a biennial renewal period.

For teaching an approved course that is part of the curriculum of an institution of higher education other than as a faculty member.

One (1) unit for each hour of teaching the course.

The physical therapy section shall grant no more than twelve (12) units of continuing education for teaching during a biennial renewal period.

For teaching an approved course, program, or activity, other than a course that is part of the curriculum of an institution of higher education.

Three (3) units for each hour of teaching the course, program, or activity the first time and one-half (0.5) unit for each hour of teaching the course, program, or activity any time after the first time.

The physical therapy section shall grant no more than twelve (12) units of continuing education for teaching during a biennial renewal period.

For authoring a published article or book.

Up to ten (10) units as determined by the physical therapy section.

Volunteer services to indigent and uninsured persons.

Be provided at a free clinic or other non-profit organization that offers health care services based on eligibility screenings identifying the client as an "indigent and uninsured person" as that term is defined in division (A)(7) of section 2305.234 of the Revised Code.

Be credited as one (1) hour of CE for each sixty (60) minutes spent providing services as a volunteer.

Not to exceed six (6) hours for physical therapists and three (3) hours for physical therapist assistants of the total biennial CE requirement.

Be documented in writing in the form of a certificate or a written statement on letterhead from an administrative official at the organization where services were rendered, specifying at a minimum the license holder's name, license number, date(s) of qualifying volunteer services, number of hours of services, and describing the services that were rendered.

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

See Table.

What type of approval is needed for the courses?

OPTA Approval.

The OPTA shall accept, review, approve, or deny proposals for professional workshops, seminars, and/or conferences for continuing education units or for other continuing education activities reported by physical therapists and physical therapist assistants who qualify under section 4755.53 of the Revised Code.

What type of courses or activities are not allowed?

N/A

What are the reporting requirements?

Completed continuing education activities shall have a current Ohio approval number.

How long must continuing education records be retained?

Not stated.

Can I get a waiver for my CE requirements?

The physical therapy section of the Ohio occupational therapy, physical therapy and athletic trainer board may grant a waiver of the continuing education requirements in the case of illness, disability or undue hardship. A request for waiver form, as provided by the physical therapy section, must be completed in full. In the case of illness or disability, a physician’s statement is required. All completed forms must be received by the section for consideration no later than the first day of October of the year preceding the renewal date. A waiver may be granted for any period of time not to exceed one renewal cycle.

In the event that the illness, disability or hardship continues to the next renewal cycle, then a new waiver request is required. Should a waiver be granted due to disability or illness, the section may require the individual to provide appropriate documentation from a physician or another qualified and appropriate practitioner to verify the individual’s competency and ability to practice physical therapy in the state of Ohio prior to the return to active practice of physical therapy in Ohio.

What happens if I am audit?

Licensees chosen for the audit shall submit to the board by the date specified by the board copies of all records and documentation of proof of completion of the continuing education activities used to meet the continuing education requirements of this rule.

References

Ohio Rev. Code § 4755.51

Ohio Admin. Code § 4755-23-08

Ohio Admin. Code § 4755-23-06



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