Continuing Education Information

Understanding Continued Competency Requirements in Virginia 
Updated 4/11/14

 

  • For each physical therapist and physical therapist assistant license renewal is biennial meaning it happens every two years.
  • Renewal must happen by December 31 in each even-numbered year, for example the next renewal will be December 31, 2014.
  • The need for continuing education hours start at the beginning of the new cycle, for example, January 1, 2015 December 31, 2016. ONLY EXCEPTION:  For the first biennial renewal for persons newly licensed by exam (new graduates only), the continuing education requirement is waived (you are not required to have any continuing education hours).
  • The continuing education requirements have been changed slightly, effective as of July 17, 2013
    • Physical Therapists must complete at least 30 hours a minimum of 20 contact hours must be type 1 and no more than 10 contact hours type 2.
    • Physical Therapist Assistants must complete 30 hours-a minimum of 15 contact hours must be type 1 and no more than 15 contact hours type 2. 
  • Use the Virginia Board of Physical Therapy Continued Competency Activity and Assessment Form to keep your information.  The form is found at: http://www.dhp.virginia.gov/PhysicalTherapy/physther_forms.htm.
  • Keep the above form in a safe place for a period of at least 4 years from the end of the renewal period covered by the form.
  • It is possible that the Board audits you after the renewal and requests a copy of the form. You would be required to have this form on file and submit it to the Board if audited.
  • Failure to comply with these requirements may subject you to disciplinary action by the board.

 

What makes a course Type 1?

  • Type 1 continuing education courses are any organized program of study, classroom experience or similar experience such as online coursework, webinars, podcasts, face to face workshop etc.
  • Type 1 course MUST relate  directly to your clinical practice of physical therapy such as
    • (i) the need to promote ethical practice, (ii) an appropriate standard of care, (iii) patient safety, (iv) application of new medical technology, (v) appropriate communication with patients, and (vi) knowledge of the changing health care system.
  • Type 1 courses have been approved or provided by one of the following organizations or its component
    • The Virginia Physical Therapy Association
    • The American Physical Therapy Association
    • Local, state or federal government agencies
    • Regionally accredited colleges or universities
    • Health care organizations accredited by a national accrediting organization granted authority by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to assure compliance with Medicare conditions of participation
    • The American Medical Association- Category 1 Continuing Medical Education course
    • The National Athletic Trainers Association
    • The Federal of State Boards for Physical Therapy (FSBPT)

 

NOTE:  The components of the American Physical Therapy Association are the individual states and individual sections.  This means that if you take a course approved by any state section of the APTA (i.e. North Carolina) then it will count for Type I in Virginia. It is not necessary that every course carry the approval of the Virginia Physical Therapy Association to allow you to claim it as Type I.

 

NOTE:  You want to find good quality courses to meet this requirement.  Always look for (1) learner objectives and (2) up to date references including research studies used as evidence for the coursework offered.

 

What are Type 2 credits?

  • Course or activities which may or may not be offered by an approved organization, but relate to clinical practice such as in-service presentations
  • May include but not be limited to consultation with colleagues, independent study, and research or writing on subjects related to practice.

IF THERE IS ANY QUESTION ABOUT WHETHER A COURSE IS QUALIFIED AS TYPE 1 OR 2 THE VIRGINIA BOARD OF PHYSICAL THERAPY HAS THE FINAL SAY IF YOU ARE AUDITED.
 

That's really all there is to it! There will be many courses and other learning opportunities that will allow for each of us to meet this requirement and to improve our practice in the same effort.

 

Any questions can of course be addressed to the members of the Virginia Board of Physical Therapy or to the Virginia Physical Therapy Association's Continuing Education Approval Committee.  I would be happy to try an address your concerns-see my email and phone number below.

 

The Committee is responsible for reviewing courses whose sponsors apply for approval in Virginia however they are not responsible for reviewing continuing learning activities by individual practitioners applying for re-licensure; that responsibility will be held solely by the Virginia Board of Physical Therapy. Any concerns regarding the acceptability of a particular learning activity should be addressed to the Virginia Board of Physical Therapy.

 

Karen Kott
Continuing Education Approval, VPTA
email:
kkott@odu.edu



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Continuing Education Information

Understanding Continued Competency Requirements in Virginia 
Updated 4/11/14

 

  • For each physical therapist and physical therapist assistant license renewal is biennial meaning it happens every two years.
  • Renewal must happen by December 31 in each even-numbered year, for example the next renewal will be December 31, 2014.
  • The need for continuing education hours start at the beginning of the new cycle, for example, January 1, 2015 December 31, 2016. ONLY EXCEPTION:  For the first biennial renewal for persons newly licensed by exam (new graduates only), the continuing education requirement is waived (you are not required to have any continuing education hours).
  • The continuing education requirements have been changed slightly, effective as of July 17, 2013
    • Physical Therapists must complete at least 30 hours a minimum of 20 contact hours must be type 1 and no more than 10 contact hours type 2.
    • Physical Therapist Assistants must complete 30 hours-a minimum of 15 contact hours must be type 1 and no more than 15 contact hours type 2. 
  • Use the Virginia Board of Physical Therapy Continued Competency Activity and Assessment Form to keep your information.  The form is found at: http://www.dhp.virginia.gov/PhysicalTherapy/physther_forms.htm.
  • Keep the above form in a safe place for a period of at least 4 years from the end of the renewal period covered by the form.
  • It is possible that the Board audits you after the renewal and requests a copy of the form. You would be required to have this form on file and submit it to the Board if audited.
  • Failure to comply with these requirements may subject you to disciplinary action by the board.

 

What makes a course Type 1?

  • Type 1 continuing education courses are any organized program of study, classroom experience or similar experience such as online coursework, webinars, podcasts, face to face workshop etc.
  • Type 1 course MUST relate  directly to your clinical practice of physical therapy such as
    • (i) the need to promote ethical practice, (ii) an appropriate standard of care, (iii) patient safety, (iv) application of new medical technology, (v) appropriate communication with patients, and (vi) knowledge of the changing health care system.
  • Type 1 courses have been approved or provided by one of the following organizations or its component
    • The Virginia Physical Therapy Association
    • The American Physical Therapy Association
    • Local, state or federal government agencies
    • Regionally accredited colleges or universities
    • Health care organizations accredited by a national accrediting organization granted authority by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to assure compliance with Medicare conditions of participation
    • The American Medical Association- Category 1 Continuing Medical Education course
    • The National Athletic Trainers Association
    • The Federal of State Boards for Physical Therapy (FSBPT)

 

NOTE:  The components of the American Physical Therapy Association are the individual states and individual sections.  This means that if you take a course approved by any state section of the APTA (i.e. North Carolina) then it will count for Type I in Virginia. It is not necessary that every course carry the approval of the Virginia Physical Therapy Association to allow you to claim it as Type I.

 

NOTE:  You want to find good quality courses to meet this requirement.  Always look for (1) learner objectives and (2) up to date references including research studies used as evidence for the coursework offered.

 

What are Type 2 credits?

  • Course or activities which may or may not be offered by an approved organization, but relate to clinical practice such as in-service presentations
  • May include but not be limited to consultation with colleagues, independent study, and research or writing on subjects related to practice.

IF THERE IS ANY QUESTION ABOUT WHETHER A COURSE IS QUALIFIED AS TYPE 1 OR 2 THE VIRGINIA BOARD OF PHYSICAL THERAPY HAS THE FINAL SAY IF YOU ARE AUDITED.
 

That's really all there is to it! There will be many courses and other learning opportunities that will allow for each of us to meet this requirement and to improve our practice in the same effort.

 

Any questions can of course be addressed to the members of the Virginia Board of Physical Therapy or to the Virginia Physical Therapy Association's Continuing Education Approval Committee.  I would be happy to try an address your concerns-see my email and phone number below.

 

The Committee is responsible for reviewing courses whose sponsors apply for approval in Virginia however they are not responsible for reviewing continuing learning activities by individual practitioners applying for re-licensure; that responsibility will be held solely by the Virginia Board of Physical Therapy. Any concerns regarding the acceptability of a particular learning activity should be addressed to the Virginia Board of Physical Therapy.

 

Karen Kott
Continuing Education Approval, VPTA
email:
kkott@odu.edu