A while back, WebPT co-founder and chief clinical officer Heidi Jannenga, PT, DPT, ATC, published an article discussing the discrepancies between continuing education unit (CEU) requirements from state to state—as well as the importance of standardizing physical therapist CEU requirements (and developing better CEU delivery platforms) to move the entire industry forward. Well, we decided to dig deeper into the differences in physical therapy CEU requirements by state. And it turns out that some states require a whopping 40 hours of PT contact hours every two years while others don’t require any at all. To see where your state falls in this mix, click the appropriate link in the alphabetized link bank below:

Alabama to Hawaii

Idaho to Mississippi

Missouri to Pennsylvania

Rhode Island to Wyoming

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Alabama to Hawaii

  • Alabama: 10 PT contact hours every year with a renewal date of September 30.
  • Alaska: 24 PT contact hours every two years with a renewal date of June 30 (in even-numbered years).
  • Arizona: 20 PT contact hours (2 CEUs) every two years with a renewal date of August 31 (in even-numbered years).
  • Arkansas: 20 PT contact hours every two years with a renewal date of December 31 (in even-numbered years).
  • California: 30 PT contact hours (3 CEUs) every two years with a renewal date that falls on the last day of the licensee’s birth month, beginning two years post-issuance.
  • Colorado: 30 PT contact hours (30 points) every two years with a renewal date of October 31 (in even-numbered years).
  • Connecticut: 20 PT contact hours every year with a renewal date that falls on the last day of the licensee’s birth month.
  • Delaware: 30 PT contact hours (3 CEUs) every two years with a renewal date of January 31 (in odd-numbered years).
  • District of Columbia: 40 PT contact hours (4 CEUs) every two years with a renewal date of January 31 (in odd-numbered years).
  • Florida: 24 PT contact hours every two years with a renewal date of November 30 (in odd-numbered years).
  • Georgia: 30 PT contact hours every two years with a renewal date of December 31 (in odd-numbered years).
  • Hawaii: 30 contact hours (30 CCUs) every two years with a renewal date of December 31 (in even-numbered years).

Idaho to Mississippi

  • Idaho: 16 PT contact hours every year with a renewal date that falls on the last day of the licensee’s birth month.
  • Illinois: 40 PT contact hours every two years with a renewal date of September 30 (in even-numbered years).
  • Indiana: 22 PT contact hours every two years with a renewal date of June 30 (in even-numbered years).
  • Iowa: 40 PT contact hours every two years with a renewal date that falls on the 15th day of the licensee’s birthday month.
  • Kansas: 40 PT contact hours every two years with a renewal date of December 31 (in even-numbered years, but reported in odd-numbered years).
  • Kentucky: 30 PT contact hours every two years with a renewal date of March 31 (in odd-numbered years).
  • Louisiana: 30 PT contact hours every two years with a renewal date of March 31 (in odd- or even-numbered years based on the licensee’s birth year).
  • Maine: There are no continuing education requirements in Maine; licenses renew March 31 (in even-numbered years).
  • Maryland: 30 PT contact hours every two years (CEUs must be completed by March 31; licenses renew May 31 in odd- or even-numbered years based on the license ID number).
  • Massachusetts: There are no continuing education requirements in Massachusetts; licenses renew on the licensee’s birthday.
  • Michigan: 24 professional development requirements (PDR) credits every two years with a renewal date of July 31 based on original licensure date (PDRs aren’t required for the first renewal).
  • Minnesota: 20 PT contact hours every two years with a renewal date of Dec 31 annually (CEUs are due every two years based on the license issue date).
  • Mississippi: 30 PT contact hours every two years with a renewal date of June 30 (last names beginning with A-L renew in odd-numbered years; last names beginning with M-Z renew in even-numbered years).

Missouri to Pennsylvania

  • Missouri: 30 PT contact hours every two years (CEUs are due December 31 in odd-numbered years prior to license renewal).
  • Montana: 30 PT contact hours every two years with a license renewal date of April 1 annually (CEUs are due in odd-numbered years).
  • Nebraska: 20 PT contact hours every two years with a renewal date of November 1 (in odd-numbered years).
  • Nevada: 15 PT contact hours (1.5 CEUs) every year with a renewal date of July 31.
  • New Hampshire: 24 PT contact hours every two years with a renewal date of December 31 (in even-numbered years)
  • New Jersey: 30 PT contact hours every two years with a renewal date of January 31 (in even-numbered years).
  • New Mexico: 30 PT contact hours every two years with a renewal date of January 31 (even-numbered licenses renew in even-numbered years; odd-numbered licenses renew in odd-numbered years).
  • New York: 36 PT contact hours every three years (CEUs are due on the last day of the licensee’s birth month beginning three years after the license issue date).
  • North Carolina: 30 PT contact hours every two years, with a renewal date based on licensure date.
  • North Dakota: 25 PT contact hours every two years with a renewal date of January 31.
  • Ohio: 24 PT contact hours every two years with a renewal date of January 31 (in even-numbered years).
  • Oklahoma: 40 PT contact hours every two years with an annual license renewal date of January 31 (CEUs are due December 31 in odd-numbered years).
  • Oregon: 24 PT contact hours every two years with a renewal date of March 31 (in even-numbered years).
  • Pennsylvania: 30 PT contact hours (10 of which must be approved for direct access) every two years with a renewal date of December 31 (in even-numbered years).

Rhode Island to Wyoming

  • Rhode Island: 24 PT contact hours every two years with a renewal date of March 31 (in even-numbered years).
  • South Carolina: 30 PT contact hours every two years with a renewal date of December 31 (in even-numbered years).
  • South Dakota: 15 PT contact hours every year with a renewal date of January 1.
  • Tennessee: 30 PT contact hours every two years with a renewal date based on the licensee’s birth date (CEUs are due by the last day of the month prior to the birth month).
  • Texas: 30 PT contact hours every two years with a renewal date that falls on the last day of the licensee’s birth month.
  • Utah: 40 PT contact hours every two years with a renewal date of May 31 (in odd-numbered years).
  • Vermont: 24 PT contact hours (24 CCUs) every two years with a renewal date of September 30 (in even-numbered years).
  • Virginia: 30 PT contact hours every two years with a renewal date of December 31 (in even-numbered years).
  • Washington: 40 PT contact hours every two years with an annual renewal date that falls on the licensee’s birthday.
  • West Virginia: 24 PT contact hours (24 units) every two years with a renewal date of December 31.
  • Wisconsin: 30 PT contact hours every two years with a renewal date of February 28 (in odd-numbered years).
  • Wyoming: 30 PT contact hours (beginning in 2018) every two years with an annual license renewal date of October 1.

While this list should get you started, it’s still a good idea to check in with your state’s licensing board to ensure you know the most up-to-date and comprehensive rules for license renewal in your region. Many states also have specific requirements regarding the number of credit hours providers can obtain in certain course categories (e.g., online). For the easiest way to complete your CEUs—on-time, every time—check out WebPT CEU. With WebPT CEU, providers can access a plethora of industry-specific and state-approved courses, which makes it easy to stay current with not only continuing competency requirements, but also evolving industry demands. WebPT CEU also providers users with:

 

  • Automatic grading and certificate generation
  • Progress tracking
  • Up-to-date license requirements by state and specialty
  • Forever access to completed coursework
  • Assessment PRO Specialty Tests access