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Rhode Island PT Continuing Education
How many continuing education hours are required during a reporting period?
Physical Therapists: PTs licensed in Rhode Island must complete twenty-four (24) hours of continuing education every two (2) years.
New Licensees: Physical therapists initially licensed by examination after the May 1st renewal date shall be exempt from the continuing education requirements stated in this Part until the date of the next renewal cycle, i.e., April 30th of the next even-numbered year.
Physical Therapy Assistants: PTAs licensed in Rhode Island must complete twenty-four (24) hours of continuing education every two (2) years.
How is contact hour defined?
Can CE credits be carried over into the next reporting period?
Are there any specific courses that must be taken?
What types of activities can be used for the continuing education requirements?
Scope of practice-specific offerings that may include, but not be limited to: formal presentations, conferences, coursework from a regionally accredited college/university and/or self-study courses, such as on-line courses, one (1) continuing education hour awarded for each hour completed.
Teaching and/or clinical supervision of student affiliates by licensed physical therapists in APTA approved programs shall be approved for a maximum of three (3) hours per licensure cycle.
What type of courses or activities are not allowed?
What type of approval is needed for the courses?
Continuing education programs or offerings sponsored or approved by the following organizations are deemed to be approved by the Board:
What are the reporting requirements?
It shall be the sole responsibility of the physical therapist to obtain documentation, e.g., course descriptions, proof of attendance, from the sponsoring organization, agency, or institution of his/her participation in a continuing education program and/or activity.
How long must continuing education records be retained?
Documents shall be retained by each licensee for no less than four (4) years and are subject to random audit by the Department.
The Department may extend for only one six (6) month period these educational requirements if the Department is satisfied that the applicant has suffered hardship, which prevented meeting the educational requirements.