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Texas Physical Therapy Continuing Education

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

Physical Therapists: Thirty (30) CCUs.

Physical Therapy Assistants: Twenty (20) CCUs.

How is credit hour defined?

One (1) contact hour equals one (1) continuing competence unit (CCU).

How long is the reporting period?

Biennial.

Due Date

End of licensee’s birth month.  On license renewal.

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

No. Continuing competence activities utilized to fulfill renewal requirements must be completed within the twenty-four (24) months prior to the license expiration date.

Are there any specific requirements for continuing education?

All licensees must complete a board-approved jurisprudence assessment module as part of their total continuing competence requirement. The jurisprudence assessment module shall be assigned a CCU value and standard approval number by the board and shall include at a minimum the following components.

    • The theoretical basis for ethical decision-making;
    • APTA's Code of Ethics for the Physical Therapist and Guide for Professional Conduct, and the Guide for Conduct of the Physical Therapist Assistant and Standards of Ethical Conduct for the Physical Therapist Assistant;
    • Legal standards of behavior (including but not limited to the Act and Rules of the board); and
    • Application of content to real and/or hypothetical situations.

All licensees must complete two (2) CCUs in board-approved programs in ethics and professional responsibility as part of their total continuing competence requirement.

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

Activity

Documentation

Hours Earned

Maximum

Live programs.

Documentation must include the name and license number of the licensee; the title, sponsor/provider, date(s), and location of the course; the number of CCUs awarded, the signature of an authorized signer, and the accredited provider or program approval number.

If selected for audit, the licensee must submit the specified documentation.

One (1) contact hour equals one (1) continuing competence unit.

N/A

Self-study programs.

Documentation must include the name and license number of the licensee; the title, sponsor/provider, date(s), and instructional format of the course; the number of CCUs awarded, the signature of an authorized signer, and the accredited provider or program approval number.

If selected for audit, the licensee must submit the specified documentation.

One (1) contact hour equals one (1) CCU.

N/A

Regular in-service-type programs over a one-year period where individual sessions are granted two (2) CCUs or less.

Documentation must include the name and license number of the licensee; the title, sponsor/provider, date(s), and location of the inservice; the signature of an authorized signer, and the accredited provider or program approval number with the maximum CCUs granted and the CCU value of each session or group of sessions specified and justified.

Additionally, proof of attendance to any or all in-service sessions must be provided so that individual CCUs earned can be calculated by the program sponsor/provider for submission to the board-approved organization.

If selected for audit, the licensee must submit the specified documentation.

One (1) contact hour equals one (1) CCU.

N/A

Large conferences with concurrent programming.

Documentation must include the licensee's name and license number; title, sponsor/provider, date(s); and location of the conference; the number of CCUs awarded, the signature of an authorized signer, and the accredited provider or course approval number.

If selected for audit, the licensee must submit the specified documentation and proof of attendance.

One (1) contact hour equals one (1) CCU.

N/A

College or university courses.  Courses at regionally accredited US colleges or universities easily recognizable as pertinent to the physical therapy profession and in the areas of ethics, professional responsibility, clinical application, clinical management, behavioral science, science, or risk management.

Documentation required for consideration is the course syllabus for each course and an official transcript.

If selected for audit, the licensee must submit the approval letter from the board-approved organization.

One satisfactorily completed credit hour (grade of C or equivalent, or higher) equals ten (10) CCUs.

N/A

Scholarship.  The publication must be published within the twenty-four (24) months prior to the license expiration date.

Documentation required for consideration is:

For newspaper articles, a copy of the article and the newspaper banner, indicating the publication date;

For magazine articles and publications in peer reviewed journals, a copy of the article and the Table of Contents page of the publication showing the author’s name and the name and date of the publication.

For monographs or single book chapters, a copy of the first page of the monograph or chapter, and the Table of Contents page of the publication showing the author’s name and the name and date of the publication.

For an entire book or multiple chapters in a book, the author must submit the following: title page, copyright page, entire table of contents, preface or forward if present, and one book chapter authored by the licensee.

If selected for audit, the licensee must submit the approval letter from the board-approved organization.

A newspaper article (excluding editorials and opinion pieces) may be valued up to three (3) CCUs.

A regional/national magazine article (excluding editorials and opinion pieces) may be valued up to ten (10) CCUs.

A case study in a peer reviewed publication, monograph, or book chapter(s) is valued at twenty (20) CCUs.

A research article in a peer reviewed publication, or an entire book is valued at thirty (30) CCUs.

N/A

Manuscript review.  Reviews of manuscripts for peer-reviewed publications pertinent to physical therapy and in the areas of ethics, professional responsibility, clinical practice, clinical management, behavioral science, science, or risk management. The Board will maintain and make available a list of peer-reviewed publications that are automatically approved for manuscript review and assigned a standard approval number by the board-approved organization.

Documentation required for consideration includes the following:

  • The name of the peer-reviewed journal;
  • The name of the manuscript; and
  • A description of the journal’s relevance to the physical therapy profession.

The review must be completed within the twenty-four (24) months prior to the license expiration date.

If selected for audit, the licensee must submit a copy of the letter or certificate from the publisher confirming completion of manuscript review.

One (1) manuscript review is valued at three (3) CCUs.

For each renewal:

PTs may submit no more than three (3) manuscript reviews (nine (9) CCUs).

PTAs may submit no more than two (2) manuscript reviews (six (6) CCUs).

Grant proposal submission.  Submission of grant proposals by principal investigators or co-principal investigators for research that is pertinent to physical therapy and in the areas of ethics, professional responsibility, clinical practice, clinical management, behavioral science, science, or risk management.

Documentation required for consideration is a copy of the grant and letter submitted to the grant-provider.  The grant proposal must be submitted to the funding entity within the 24 months prior to the license expiration date.

If selected for audit, the licensee must submit the approval letter from the board-approved organization.

One (1) grant proposal is valued at ten (10) CCUs.

Licensees may submit a maximum of one (1) grant proposal (ten (10) CCUs).

Grant review for research pertinent to healthcare.  The Board will maintain and make available a list of grant-issuing entities that are automatically approved for grant review and assigned a standard approval number by the board-approved organization. 

Documentation required for consideration includes the following:

  • The name of the grant-issuing entity;
  • The name of the grant; and
  • A description of the grant’s relevance to the physical therapy profession. 

The review must be completed within the twenty-four (24) months prior to the license expiration date.

If selected for audit, the licensee must submit a letter or certificate confirming grant review from the grant provider.

One (1) grant review is valued at three (3) CCUs.

Licensees may submit a maximum of two (2) grant reviews (six (6) CCUs).

Teaching and Presentation Activities.  First-time development or coordination of course(s) in a CAPTE-accredited PT or PTA program, a post-professional physical therapy degree program, or a CAPTE accredited program bridging from PTA to PT. This activity type is automatically approved and is assigned a standard approval number by the board-approved organization.

Documentation required for consideration is a copy of the course syllabus indicating the licensee as course coordinator or primary instructor.  The course must be offered for the first time within the twenty-four (24) months prior to the license expiration date.

If selected for audit, the licensee must submit a copy of the course syllabus indicating the licensee as course coordinator or primary instructor.

One (1) student contact hour equals four (4) CCUs.

Licensees are limited to the following number of CCUs:

PTs may submit a maximum of ten (10) CCUs for this activity.

PTAs may submit a maximum of eight (8) CCUs for this activity.

First-time development or coordination of course(s) in a regionally accredited U.S. college or university program for other health professions.

Documentation required for consideration is a copy of the course syllabus indicating the licensee as course coordinator or primary instructor.  The course must be offered for the first time within the twenty-four (24) months prior to the license expiration date.

If selected for audit, the licensee must submit the approval letter from the board-approved organization.

One (1) student contact hour equals four (4) CCUs.

Licensees are limited to the following number of CCUs:

 PTs may submit a maximum of ten (10) CCUs for this activity.

PTAs may submit a maximum of eight (8) CCUs for this activity.

Presentation or instruction as a guest lecturer in a CAPTE-accredited PT or PTA program, or a post-professional physical therapy degree program, or a CAPTE accredited program bridging from PTA to PT.

If selected for audit, the licensee must submit a copy of the course syllabus indicating the licensee as course presenter or instructor.

One (1) student contact hour equals two (2) CCUs.

Licensees are limited to the following number of CCUs:

PTs may submit a maximum of ten (10) CCUs for this activity. PTAs may submit a maximum of eight (8) CCUs for this activity.

Presentation or instruction as a guest lecturer in a regionally accredited U.S. college or university program for other health professions.

Documentation required for consideration is a copy of the course syllabus indicating the licensee as course coordinator or primary instructor.

If selected for audit, the licensee must submit the approval letter from the board-approved organization.

One (1) student contact hour equals two (2) CCUs.

Licensees are limited to the following number of CCUs:

(I) PTs may submit a maximum of ten (10) CCUs for this activity.

PTAs may submit a maximum of eight (8) CCUs for this activity.

First-time development, presentation or co-presentation at state, national or international workshops, seminars, or professional conferences, or at a board-approved continuing education course.

Documentation required for consideration includes one of the following: a copy of a brochure for the presentation indicating the licensee as a presenter; or, a copy of the cover from the program and page(s) indicating the licensee as a presenter. The course must be offered for the first time within the 24 months prior to the license expiration date.

If selected for audit, the licensee must submit the approval letter from the board-approved organization.

One (1) contact hour equals four (4) CCUs.

Licensees are limited to the following number of CCUs:

PTs may submit no more than ten (10) CCUs for this activity.

PTAs may submit no more than eight (8) CCUs for this activity.

Service as a clinical instructor for full-time, entry-level PT or PTA students enrolled in accredited education. This activity type is automatically approved and is assigned a standard approval number by the board-approved organization.

The instructorship must be completed within the twenty-four (24) months prior to the license expiration date.

If selected for audit, the licensee must submit a letter or certificate from the coordinator of clinical education confirming clinical supervision and the number of weeks supervised from the education program.

Valuation of clinical instruction is as follows:

(Supervision of full-time PT or PTA students for five (5) – eleven (11) weeks is valued at five (5) CCUs.

Supervision of full-time PT or PTA students for twelve (12) weeks or longer is valued at ten (10) CCUs.

Licensees are limited to the following number of CCUs:

PTs may submit a maximum of ten (10) CCUs for this activity. PTAs may submit a maximum of eight (8) CCUs for this activity.

Specialty Examinations Successful completion of a recognized specialty examination (initial or recertification) is automatically approved and assigned a standard approval number by the board-approved organization.

The specialty examination must be successfully completed within the twenty-four (24) months prior to the license expiration date.

Documentation required for consideration includes the following:

Identification and description of the sponsoring organization and its authority to grant a specialization to PTs or PTAs;

A complete description of the requirements for specialization;

A copy of the letter notifying the licensee of completion of the specialty from the certifying body, and a copy of the certificate of specialization.

If selected for audit, the licensee must submit a copy of the letter from the certifying body notifying the licensee of completion of the specialty from the credentialing body, and a copy of the certificate of specialization.

Each recognized specialty examination is valued at thirty (30) CCUs.

N/A

APTA Certification for Advanced Proficiency for the PTA.

The certification must be successfully completed within the twenty-four (24) months prior to the license expiration date.

If selected for audit, the licensee must submit a copy of the letter notifying the licensee of completion of the advanced proficiency, and a copy of the certificate of proficiency.

Completion of specialty certification is valued at twenty (20) CCUs.

N/A

Residency or fellowship relevant to physical therapy.

The residency or fellowship must be successfully completed within the twenty-four (24) months prior to the license expiration date.

If selected for audit, the licensee must submit a copy of the letter notifying the licensee of completion of the fellowship, and a copy of the fellowship certificate.

Completion of the residency or fellowship is valued at thirty (30) CCUs

N/A

Supervision or mentorship of a resident or fellow in an American Board of Physical Therapy Residency and Fellowship Education (ABPTRFE) credentialed residency or fellowship program.

If selected for audit, the licensee must submit a copy of a letter from the credentialed residency or fellowship program confirming participation as a clinical mentor, with the length of time served as a clinical mentor.

Clinical supervision of a resident for a minimum of 1500 hours or a fellow for a minimum of 1000 hours is valued at ten (10) CCUs. The Board will consider partial credit for those mentors who provide mentorship for only a portion of the residency or fellowship.

Licensees may submit a maximum of twenty (20) CCUs for this activity.

The self-assessment tool oPTion of the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBPT).

If selected for audit, the licensee must submit a copy of the FSBPT certificate of completion.

Completion of oPTion is valued at three (3) CCUs.

N/A

Professional Membership and Service.

Applies to all below

Licensees must demonstrate membership or participation in service activities for a minimum of one (1) year during the renewal period to receive credit.

PT – fifteen (15) CCUs.

PTAs – ten (10) CCUs

Applies to all below

Membership in the APTA.

If selected for audit, the licensee must submit a copy of the current membership card.

One (1) year of membership is valued at one (1) CCU.

Service on a board, committee, or taskforce for the Texas Board of Physical Therapy Examiners, the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) (or an APTA component), or the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBPT).

If selected for audit, the licensee must submit a copy of a letter on official organization letterhead or certificate confirming completion of service.

One (1) year of service is valued at three (3) CCUs.

Licensees are limited to the following number of CCUs per renewal:

PTs may submit a maximum of nine (9) CCUs for this activity.

PTAs may submit a maximum of six (6) CCUs for this activity.

Service as a TPTA Continuing Competence Approval Program reviewer.

If selected for audit, the licensee must submit a copy of a letter or certificate confirming completion of service on official organization letterhead.

One (1) year of service is valued at three (3) CCUs.

Licensees are limited to the following number of CCUs per renewal:

 PTs may submit a maximum of six (6) CCUs for this activity.

PTAs may submit a maximum of six (6) CCUs for this activity

Service as an item writer for the national PT or PTA exam or an American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties (ABPTS) exam.

If selected for audit, the licensee must submit a copy of a letter or certificate confirming completion of service on official organization letterhead.

One (1) year of service is valued at five (5) CCUs.

Licensees are limited to the following number of CCUs per renewal:

PTs may submit a maximum of ten (10) CCUs for this activity.

PTAs may submit a maximum of ten (10) CCUs for this activity.

What type of approval is needed for the courses?

The Texas Physical Therapy Association (TPTA) was removed as the sole course approval agency in January 2019.

What type of courses or activities are not allowed?

N/A

What are the reporting requirements?

A completed renewal application documenting completion of board-approved continuing competence activities.

Records that must be Maintained

Documentations specified in the above table.

How long must continuing education records be retained?

Four (4) years.

Waiver

CCUs required for renewal of a license may be waived by the board because of hardship for health and medical problems that prevent a licensee from obtaining the CCUs. Waiver requests must be submitted prior to license expiration. The license cannot be renewed until the waiver has been approved by the Board.

Audit

The executive council will conduct an audit of a random sample of licensees at least quarterly to determine compliance with continuing competence requirements. Failure to maintain accurate documentation, or failure to respond to a request to submit documentation for an audit within thirty (30) days of the date on the request, may result in disciplinary action by the board.

    • Licensees who are more than ninety (90) days late in renewing a license are not included in the audit, and must submit documentation of continuing competence activities at time of renewal.
    • The board or its committees may request proof of completion of continuing competence activities claimed for renewal purposes at any time from any licensee.

CE Requirements for License Restoration

Licenses in Good Standing in Another State

The requirements for restoration are:

    • A completed restoration application form;
    • A passing score on the jurisprudence examination;
    • Verification of Licensure from all states in which the applicant holds or has held a license; and
    • The restoration fee.

Currently Not Licensed

Competency may be demonstrated in one of the following ways:

    • Reexamination with a passing score on the national physical therapy exam;
    • Completion of an advanced degree in physical therapy within the last five years;
    • Supervised clinical practice (SCP) completed over a continuous twelve (12) month period and board approved continuing competence activities. For PTs, the requirement is 480 hours of SCP and thirty (30) CCUs. For PTAs, the requirement is 320 hours of SCP and twenty (20) CCUs.

Citations

3 Tex. Admin. Code § 341.2

3 Tex. Admin. Code § 341.3

3 Tex. Admin. Code § 341.4


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