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Wisconsin Physical Therapy Continuing Education

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

Physical Therapists: Thirty (30) hours

New Licensees: During the time between initial licensure and commencement of a full 2−year licensure period new licensees shall not be required to meet continuing education requirements.

Physical Therapy Assistants: Twenty (20) hours

How long is the reporting period?

Biennial.

How is credit hour defined?

“Contact hour” means not less than 50 minutes a licensee spends in actual attendance at or completion of acceptable continuing education.

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

No. Continuing education hours may apply only to the registration period in which the hours are acquired.

Are there any specific courses that must be taken?

PT: Four (4) of the required thirty (30) hours shall be in the area of ethics, jurisprudence, or both.

PTA: Four (4) of the required twenty 20 hours shall be in the area of ethics, jurisprudence, or both.

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

Activity

Hour Limits

Successful completion of relevant academic coursework.

No limit. One semester credit equals 10 contact hours, and one quarter credit equals 6.6 contact hours.

Attendance at seminars, workshops, lectures, symposia, and professional conferences which are sponsored or approved by acceptable health−related or other organizations including the American Physical Therapy Association and the Wisconsin Physical Therapy Association.

No limit.

Successful completion of a self−study course or courses offered via electronic or other means which are sponsored or approved by acceptable health−related or other organizations including the American Physical Therapy Association and the Wisconsin Physical Therapy Association.

No limit

Earning a clinical specialization from the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties or other recognized clinical specialization certifying organizations.

Up to 12 contact hours for initial certification or for recertification.

Authorship of a book about physical therapy or a related professional area.

Up to 12 contact hours for each book.

Authorship of one or more chapters of a book about physical therapy or a related professional area.

Up to 6 contact hours for each chapter

Authorship of a presented scientific poster, scientific platform presentation, or published article.

Up to 6 contact hours for each poster, platform presentation, or refereed article.

Presenting seminars, continuing education courses, workshops, lectures, or symposia which have been approved by recognized health− related organizations including the American Physical Therapy Association and the Wisconsin Physical Therapy Association

No limit for the initial presentation. No additional hours are given for subsequent presentations of the same content. Substantive course revisions may be counted, but are limited to the extent of the revision.

Teaching in an academic course in physical therapy as a guest lecturer.

One semester credit equals 10 contact hours, and one quarter credit equals 6.6 contact hours. No additional hours are given for subsequent presentations of the same content. Substantive course revisions may be counted, but are limited to the extent of the revision.

Teaching in an academic course in physical therapy.

One semester credit equals 10 contact hours, and one quarter credit equals 6.6 contact hours. No additional hours are given for subsequent presentations of the same content. Substantive course revisions may be counted, but are limited to the extent of the revision.

Successful completion in a clinical residency program credentialed by the American Physical Therapy Association or other recognized credentialing organization.

No limit.

Employer−provided continuing education.

Up to 15 contact hours for physical therapists. Up to 10 contact hours for physical therapist assistants

Authoring an article in a non−refereed publication.

Up to 5 contact hours.

Developing alternative media materials, including computer software, programs, and video instructional material.

One contact hour per product. Up to 5 contact hours.

Serving as a clinical instructor for internships with an accredited physical therapist or physical therapist assistant educational program.

Up to 15 contact hours for physical therapists. Up to 10 contact hours for physical therapist assistants.

Serving as a supervisor for students fulfilling clinical observation requirements

One contact hour per contact hour with students, up to 5 contact hours.

Participating in a physical therapy study group of 2 or more physical therapists or physical therapist assistants or in an interdisciplinary study group of members of at least 2 disciplines meeting on a topic relevant to the participants’ work.

Up to 2 contact hours per study group.

Participating as a resident or as a mentor in a formal nonacademic mentorship.

One contact hour per each 8 contact hours for both the resident and mentor, up to 5 contact hours

Attending a scientific poster session, lecture panel, or a symposium.

Up to 2 contact hours

Serving as a delegate to the American Physical Therapy Association House of Delegates or a member of a professional committee, board, or task force.

Up to 5 contact hours.

What type of courses or activities are not allowed?

None of the following activities qualify for continuing education hours:

    • Meetings for the purpose of policy decisions.
    • Non−educational meetings at annual association, chapter or organization meetings.
    • Entertainment or recreational meetings or activities.
    • Visiting exhibits

What type of approval is needed for the courses?

To be approved for credit, a continuing education program shall meet all of the following criteria:

    • The program constitutes an organized program of learning that contributes directly to the licensee’s knowledge, skill, behavior, and abilities related to the practice of physical therapy.
    • The program pertains to subject matters which integrally relate to the practice of the profession.
    • The program is conducted by individuals who have specialized education, training or experience by reason of which the individuals should be considered qualified concerning the subject matter of the activity or program.
    • The program fulfills pre−established goals and objectives.
    • The program provides proof of attendance by licensees.

What are the reporting requirements?

Applicants for renewal shall certify completion of required continuing education hours. The board shall audit any licensee who is under investigation by the board for alleged misconduct.

Waiver

A licensee may apply to the board for a postponement or waiver of the requirements of this section on grounds of prolonged illness or disability, or on other grounds constituting extreme hardship. The board shall consider each application individually on its merits, and the board may grant a postponement, partial waiver or total waiver as deemed appropriate

References

Wis. Admin. Code Trans. PT 9.0

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