So, you’ve finished school—and graduated with your degree in your rehab specialty. But, that doesn’t mean your learning days are over. Far from it. Whether it’s learning informally from your peers, brushing up on the latest research in academic journals, or attending formal lectures or clinicals, a therapist’s learning is never done. It can’t be. Otherwise, how would you stay current on this constantly changing industry? To make sure all licensed therapists are doing just that—staying current, that is—state governing boards mandate the completion of continuing education units (CEUs) as a condition of retaining licensure. But with so many CEU courses to choose from, how do you find the right ones for you and your practice? Well, you research, research, research—starting with your state requirements. Then, you use the top resources around—you know, resources like the APTA (which has APTA-approved CEU courses), MedBridge, and the absolute best online CEU solution available, WebPT CEU. Without further ado, let’s dive in.
CEU requirements vary by state, so be sure to check with your licensing board before you plan your curriculum. In Arizona, for example, a PT “must complete 20 contact hours of continuing competences during each two (2) year licensure period.” Because of the “variety of conversions” organizations use to determine continuing education units (CEUs), the “rules require ‘contact hours’ rather than ‘CEUs’ as the measurement of continuing competence activities.” (Sixty minutes of instruction is equal to one contact hour.) Arizona PTs must obtain at least ten of the 20 required contact hours from classroom-based, on-line, or home study activities that have been approved by:
- An accredited medical, PT, or healthcare education program;
- A national or state medical, PT, or healthcare association (or a component of that association); or
- A national medical, PT, or healthcare specialty society.
To learn more about the specific requirements for physical therapy continuing competence in Arizona—including where to obtain the remaining 10 hours—check out this Arizona State Board of Physical Therapy page. To learn about requirements in other states, click the corresponding link on this APTA page to access that state’s PT practice act and licensing requirements. For information relevant to occupational therapists, check out this chart, which outlines the OT continuing education requirements by state. And if you’re a speech-language pathologist, click the link that corresponds to your state on this ASHA page. Then, select “Licensing requirements for audiologists and speech-language pathologists” and scroll down to the Continuing Education section to see requirements by state.
The International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET) approved the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) as an authorized provider of continuing education units. Click here to find APTA-approved continuing education opportunities and national conferences by topic. Or, take a look at the APTA Learning Center, which allows you to search for courses by topic, audience, delivery method, or—if you’re an APTA member—free courses.
On the Learning Center homepage, you can enter a keyword or phrase into the search bar at the top right of the page or select “Catalog” in the top left of the menu bar to browse courses by topic. When you select a topic, you’ll see a summary of available courses (including information about fees for members and non-members), a brief overview of the course, the course delivery method, and presenter information. You can also click on “More Info” to, well, get more info about each course (e.g., system requirements, course level, and learning objectives).
For even more course options, check in with your local APTA chapter to see what’s available in your area.
With an ever-growing online library of over 500 courses with more than 1,000 hours of premium on-demand content from industry experts and thought leaders across the country, WebPT CEU provides an efficient way for physical therapists, occupational therapists, and speech language pathologists to maintain their licensure and acquire new knowledge and skills—all on their time and at their convenience.
As a WebPT CEU user, you’ll be able to easily find available courses by state and profession, which means you’ll keep current with changing industry demands while also staying up to date with continuing competency requirements. Plus, you’ll be able to track your progress—as well as your employees’—on an easy-to-read transcript. That way, you’ll be totally prepared if you ever need to demonstrate course completion during an audit. Other WebPT CEU benefits include:
- Automatic grading and certificate generation
- Progress tracking
- Up-to-date license requirements by state and speciality
- Forever access to completed coursework
- Assessment PRO Specialty Tests access
What are you waiting for? Check out WebPT CEU today.
Ultimately, the right CEUs are the ones that help you develop the very best clinical skills, industry knowledge, and business acumen. And depending on the subject matter—as well as your state requirements—you may even be able to complete some of your CEUs from the comfort of your office (or living room). To learn more about the pros and cons of online CEUs, check out this post.