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Virginia Physical Therapy Continuing Education
How many continuing education hours are required during a reporting period?
Physical Therapists: PTs license in Virginia must complete thirty (30) contact hours of continuing education every two (2) years.
New Licensees: A licensee shall be exempt from the continuing competency requirements for the first biennial renewal following the date of initial licensure by examination in Virginia.
Physical Therapy Assistants: PTAs license in Virginia must complete thirty (30) contact hours of continuing education every two (2) years.
How long is the reporting period?
December 31st in each even-numbered year.
How is contact hour defined?
"Contact hour" means 60 minutes of time spent in continuing learning activity exclusive of breaks, meals or vendor exhibits.
Can CE credits be carried over into the next reporting period?
Are there any specific courses that must be taken?
A minimum of twenty (20) of the contact hours required for PTs and fifteen (15) of the contact hours required for PTAs shall be in Type 1 courses.
Type 1 Activities
An organized program of study, classroom experience or similar educational experience that is directly related to the clinical practice of physical therapy and approved or provided by one of the following organizations or any of its components:
One (1) credit hour of a college course shall be considered the equivalent of fifteen (15) contact hours of Type 1 continuing education.
Type 2 Activities
No more than ten (10) of the contact hours required for PTs and fifteen (15) of the contact hours required for PTAs may be Type 2 activities or courses.
Type 2 activities may include:
Forty (40) hours of clinical supervision or instruction shall be considered the equivalent of one (1) contact hour of Type 2 activity.
Additional types of activities can be used for the continuing education requirements?
Documentation of specialty certification by the American Physical Therapy Association may be provided as evidence of completion of continuing competency requirements for the biennium in which initial certification or recertification occurs.
Documentation of graduation from a transitional doctor of physical therapy program may be provided as evidence of completion of continuing competency requirements for the biennium in which the physical therapist was awarded the degree.
A physical therapist who can document that he has taken the PRT may receive ten (10) hours of Type 1 credit for the biennium in which the assessment tool was taken. A physical therapist who can document that he has met the standard of the PRT may receive twenty (20) hours of Type 1 credit for the biennium in which the assessment tool was taken.
Are there limitations on the types of courses that can be taken?
No more than ten (10) of the contact hours required for physical therapists and fifteen (15) of the contact hours required for physical therapist assistants may be Type 2 activities or courses.
What type of courses or activities are not allowed?
What type of approval is needed for the courses?
Type 1 courses must be approved by the following:
How long must continuing education records be retained?
The licensee shall retain his records on the completed form with all supporting documentation for a period of four (4) years following the renewal of an active license.
Can I get a waiver of CE requirements?
The board may grant an extension of the deadline for continuing competency requirements for up to one year for good cause shown upon a written request from the licensee prior to the renewal date.
The board may grant an exemption for all or part of the requirements for circumstances beyond the control of the licensee, such as temporary disability, mandatory military service, or officially declared disasters.
What happens if I am audited?
The licensees selected in a random audit conducted by the board shall provide the completed Continued Competency Activity and Assessment Form and all supporting documentation within thirty (30) days of receiving notification of the audit.
18 VAC 112-20-131
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