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South Dakota PT Continuing Education

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

Physical Therapists: PTs licensed in South Dakota must complete fifteen (15) continuing education hours every year.

New Licensees: N/A

Physical Therapy Assistants: PTAs licensed in South Dakota must complete fifteen (15) continuing education hours every year.

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?

Activities that qualify for credit toward completion of the continuing education requirement include programs sponsored or approved by the American Physical Therapy Association or other national or state physical therapy association, activities conducted by a hospital or related institution, and programs sponsored by a college or university.

The educational activities must have significant intellectual or practical content dealing primarily with matters directly related to the practice of physical therapy or to the professional responsibility or ethical obligations of the participants.

What are the reporting requirements?

To demonstrate compliance with the continuing education requirements, each PT and PTA shall sign a statement to confirm completion of the required continuing education hours each year on the renewal application, and shall present proof of completion if requested by the board.

How long must continuing education records be retained?



The board may excuse an applicant from the annual continuing education requirements if the applicant submits an affidavit to the board stating that the applicant was prevented from completing the requirements because of illness or undue hardship.




S.D. Admin. R. 20:66:03

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