Continuing Education Insight
October is a popular month for bringing awareness to many worthy causes and topics. In addition to being Breast Cancer Awareness Month, October is also declared National Physical Therapy Month by the APTA. National Physical Therapy Month (NPTM) is now recognized on the National Health Observances Calendar, and the purpose of NPTM is to bring awareness to the public about the advantages and benefits of opting for physical therapy treatment. Additionally, each year a specific topic within the physical therapy realm is focused on. For 2013, the theme is "...sports injury prevention across the lifespan" according to APTA President, Dr. R. Scott Ward, PT, Ph.D (read his letter addressing NPTM 2013 here).
This post is for all New York PTs and PTAs. The New York State Office of the Professions states that PTs and PTAs must complete 36 hours of approved physical therapy continuing education courses in order to qualify for license renewal. Licensees have a three-year registration period in which to complete this requirement. Please be advised that an hour of PT CEUs is considered to equal 50 minutes of "organized learning activity" according to the board, and that there is no limit on physical therapy online continuing education.
If you are a licensed PT or PTA in the state of New York, but you have not yet been in practice for three or more years, the CE requirements differ for you. If you are a brand new licensee, you are not required to complete any physical therapist continuing education courses during the initial three-year registration period. The board website supplies a convenient chart that lines up the renewal date with the amount of PT or PTA continuing education you are required to obtain. Click here to view that chart and double-check your requirement and check out other details about New York's CE requirements for physical therapists and physical therapy assistants.This post was provided by Lindsey Tatum from Milestone Continuing Education.
Milestone Continuing Education is an approved provider of physical therapist and physical therapy assistant continuing education by the New York Physical Therapy Board. Look for our discount on the homepage of RehabEdge.com.
Disclaimer: It is ultimately the responsibility of the practitioner to be aware of changes to their continuing education requirements. Check your state board’s website to insure you are up to date on your requirements, as they frequently change.