Acceptable Continuing Education for PT Licensure Renewal
In order to issue acceptable continuing education credits to licensed PTs or PTAs, continuing education providers must meet the standards set forth by those state licensure boards. Some state licensure boards identify pre-approved providers of acceptable continuing education in their rules, regulations or administrative code. A number of state licensure boards only outline the continuing education standards that must be met – lacking any pre-approval process or system.
APTA, Sections, Chapters, or a combination of these organizations may be defined as approved providers in state regulations; or they may meet the definitions of acceptable providers of continuing education in the state regulations. Sections may align their courses with APTA’s standards of quality for continuing education in order to ensure acceptance to the broadest audience.
All continuing education content must pertain to the practice of physical therapy. Some states have content restrictions such as Pennsylvania, which does not accept anything related to practice management, payment policy, practice building, or dry-needling. Further information from the licensure boards can be accessed starting from the FSBPT website.
APTA Sections are either deemed approved providers in the following states or may follow the state requirements without a need to apply for pre-approval:
18. New Hampshire
19. North Carolina
20. North Dakota
23. Rhode Island
24. South Carolina
29. Washington state
States that currently do not require continuing education for licensure renewal:
3. South Dakota
Please note: The information provided is offered for general informational purposes only. It is not offered or intended, nor should it be relied upon, as legal advice. Legal doctrines, statutes, and case law vary from state to state. You should consult with your own attorney for specific legal advice on particular legal issues. State regulations may change. APTA does not guarantee acceptance of courses. This document serves as a guide.
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It is recommended that if you have any questions about SPTS course status approval for your state that you contact your state PT association. In the remaining states, in most cases one can gain an individual approval for a course to use toward your PT requirements in your state. SPTS does not obtain specific state by state approvals in most cases.