VA Requirements

Q:  How many hours are required for license renewal?

A:  For each two year period PTs and PTAs must have a total of 30 continuing education contact hours.  PTs must have a minimum of 20 Type I hours and PTAs must have a minimum of 15 Type I hours.  All required hours may be Type I.

 

Q:  What is the difference between Type I and Type II contact hours?

A:  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 2 continuing education are courses 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.

 

Q:  Who can approve a Type I course?

A:  Courses approved by any of the following organizations will be accepted:

    1. The Virginia Physical Therapy Association
    2. The American Physical Therapy Association and any of its components (If a course is approved by another state chapter it will be recognized in Virginia)
    3. Local, state or federal government agencies
    4. Regionally accredited colleges or universities
    5. Health care organizations accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO)
    6. The American Medical Association- Category 1 Continuing Medical Education course
    7. The National Athletic Trainers Association
    8. The Federation 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.

 

Q:  What documentation does the Board of Physical Therapy require?

A:  You must record your courses on the Continued Competency Activity and Assessment Form and keep the certificates of completion for courses attended.

 

Licensing



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VA Requirements

Q:  How many hours are required for license renewal?

A:  For each two year period PTs and PTAs must have a total of 30 continuing education contact hours.  PTs must have a minimum of 20 Type I hours and PTAs must have a minimum of 15 Type I hours.  All required hours may be Type I.

 

Q:  What is the difference between Type I and Type II contact hours?

A:  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 2 continuing education are courses 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.

 

Q:  Who can approve a Type I course?

A:  Courses approved by any of the following organizations will be accepted:

    1. The Virginia Physical Therapy Association
    2. The American Physical Therapy Association and any of its components (If a course is approved by another state chapter it will be recognized in Virginia)
    3. Local, state or federal government agencies
    4. Regionally accredited colleges or universities
    5. Health care organizations accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO)
    6. The American Medical Association- Category 1 Continuing Medical Education course
    7. The National Athletic Trainers Association
    8. The Federation 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.

 

Q:  What documentation does the Board of Physical Therapy require?

A:  You must record your courses on the Continued Competency Activity and Assessment Form and keep the certificates of completion for courses attended.

 

Licensing