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Utah PT Continuing Education

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

Physical Therapists: PTs licensed in Utah are required to complete forty (40) contact hours every two (2) years.

New Licensees: The required number of contact hours of continuing education for an individual who first becomes licensed during the two year renewal cycle shall be decreased in a pro-rata amount.

Physical Therapy Assistants: PTAs licensed in Utah are required to complete twenty (20) contact hours every two (2) years.

How long is the reporting period?

Two (2) years.

How is contact hour defined?

Each contact hour of continuing education course credit shall consist of not fewer than 50 minutes of education.

Licensees shall receive one (1) contact hour of continuing education for every two (2) hours of time spent:

    • Lecturing or instructing a course;
    • In a post-professional doctorate or transitional doctorate program; or
    • In a post-professional clinical residency or fellowship approved by the American Physical Therapy Association.

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

Extra Hours of Continuing Education. If a licensee completes more than the required number of contact hours of continuing education during the two-year renewal cycle, up to ten (10) contact hours of the excess may be carried over to the next two year renewal cycle. No education received prior to a license being granted may be carried forward to apply towards the continuing education required after the license is granted.

Are there any specific courses that must be taken?

Two (2) hours in ethics/law.

Examples of subjects to be covered in an ethics/law course for physical therapists and physical therapist assistants include one or more of the following:

    • Patient/physical therapist relationships;
    • Confidentiality;
    • Documentation;
    • Charging and coding;
    • Compliance with state and/or federal laws that impact the practice of physical therapy; and
    • Any subject addressed in the American Physical Therapy Association Code of Ethics or Guide for Professional Conduct.

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

Activity

Maximum Hours

Department In-Service

N/A

Seminar

N/A

Lecture

N/A

Conference

N/A

Training Session

N/A

Webinar

A maximum of half of the number of contact hours required for renewal for online or distance learning courses that include examination and issuance of a completion certificate

Internet Course

A maximum of half of the number of contact hours required for renewal for online or distance learning courses that include examination and issuance of a completion certificate

Distance Learning Course

Maximum of half of the number of contact hours required for renewal for online or distance learning courses that include examination and issuance of a completion certificate

Journal Club

Maximum of ten (10) contact hours for personal or group study of a scholarly peer-reviewed journal article

Authoring of an article or textbook publication

Maximum of six (6) contact hours for authoring a non-peer reviewed article or abstract of published literature or book review

Poster platform presentation

Maximum of six (6) contact hours for authoring a poster or platform presentation

Specialty certification through the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties

Maximum of forty (40) contact hours for initial specialty certification through the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties (ABPTS)

Post-professional clinical residency or fellowship approved by the American Physical Therapy Association

Maximum of forty (40) contact hours for hours spent in a post-professional clinical residency or fellowship approved by the American Physical Therapy Association

Post-professional doctorate from a CAPTE accredited program

Maximum of forty (40) contact hours for hours spent in a post-professional doctorate or transitional doctorate CAPTE accredited program

Lecturing or instructing a continuing education course

Maximum of half of the number of contact hours required for renewal for lecturing or instructing in courses meeting these requirements

Study of a scholarly peer-reviewed journal article

Maximum of ten (10) contact hours for personal or group study of a scholarly peer-reviewed journal article

What type of courses or activities are not allowed?

N/A

What type of approval is needed for the courses?

Provider or Sponsor. The course shall be approved by, conducted by, or under the sponsorship of one of the following:

    • A recognized accredited college or university;
    • A state or federal agency;
    • A professional association, organization, or facility involved in the practice of physical therapy; or
    • A commercial continuing education provider providing a course related to the practice of physical therapy.

What are the reporting requirements?

Each licensee shall maintain adequate documentation as proof of compliance with this Section, such as a certificate of completion, school transcript, course description, or other course materials.

At a minimum, the documentation shall contain the following:

    • The date of the course;
    • The name of the course provider;
    • The name of the instructor;
    • The course title;
    • The number of contact hours of continuing education credit; and
    • The course objectives.

How long must continuing education records be retained?

The licensee shall retain this proof for a period of three (3) years after the end of the renewal cycle for which the continuing education is due.

Waiver

The Division may defer or waive the continuing education requirements as provided in Section R156-1-308d.

Audit

N/A

References

Utah Admin Code r. 156-24b-303b

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