Continuing Education

CEU Providers

Applications & Course Management

Beginning in 2017, all CEU Providers (of courses) in Virginia will utilize our new CEU Locker system for making course approval applications, maintaining list of credits and submitting payments for all aspects of this process.

The new CEU Locker system is a shared system for many Physical Therapy Components that provides a fast, convenient centralized location to get approvals in several states by completing and storing your paperwork requirements only one time.

You can get started by creating a CEU Provider account here  .

CEU Holders

CEU Storage & Management for PT/PTA Licensees

Brought to you by the VPTA, the CEU Locker provides secure, long term storage for your continuing education needs. Helping keep you organized and your practice protected, we hope you find our new system eases and streamlines the management and record-keeping required for VA state licensing requirements.

You can get started in this system by creating a free CEU Holder account on this page  .

Looking for VPTA Approved Courses?

Look for this seal on any CEU course you are considering attending.

Continuing Education Information for CEU Holders

Understanding Continued Competency Requirements in Virginia

  • 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, 2018.
  • The need for continuing education hours start at the beginning of the new cycle, for example, January 1, 2017 - December 31, 2018. 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 for the current cycle).
  • Effective July 17, 2013, the continuing education requirements are:
    • Physical Therapists must complete at least 30 hours total - a minimum of 20 contact hours must be type 1 and no more than 10 contact hours can be type 2.
    • Physical Therapist Assistants must complete 30 hours total - a minimum of 15 contact hours must be type 1 and no more than 15 contact hours can be type 2.
  • Professionals can manually track their credits by using the Virginia Board of Physical Therapy Continued Competency Activity and Assessment Form to keep your information. The form is found at this website.
  • Alternatively, Virginia physical therapists and physical therapist assistants may use the CEU Locker system, provided as a service of the VPTA.  Click Here for more details.

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.
 

How many hours are required for license renewal?

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.

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

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 may include but not be limited to consultation with colleagues, independent study, and research or writing on subjects related to practice.

Who can approve a Type I course?

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 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.

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.

What documentation does the Board of Physical Therapy require?

You must record your courses and keep the certificates of completion for courses attended.

Brought to you by the VPTA, CEU Locker provides secure, long-term storage for your continuing education needs. We hope you find that our new system eases and streamlines the management and record-keeping requirements for licensing in our state, ultimately helping to keep you organized and your practice protected.

GET STARTED: You can get started in this system by creating a free CEU Holder account.

Licensing

  • Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy Exam and Practice Exam information for Candidates Continuing Competence and Regulatory information for Licensees
  • Virginia Laws and Regulations
  • Virginia Applications and Forms
  • Licensure by Examination or Endorsement (already licensed in another state)
  • Continued Competency Activity and Assessment Form Direct Access Certification
  • Virginia Board of Physical Therapy Home Page

What if I have more questions?

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.

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

CEU Providers: Apply for Approval

All Applications Are Processed Through CEU Locker

Submitting Guidelines:  Please use CEU Locker to sumbit your course application and all necessary attachments and paper work.   Additionally, we recommend applications be received ONE (1) month in advance of the first course date.  You will enter your course details into your CEU Provider Dashboard on CEU Locker.  Once all of your course details and attachments are ready, you can choose to "Submit Application"  and choose the PT Chapter(s) you'd like to submit to.  Look for the VPTA Logo.

Applicant:  We are including this cover page to assist you with completing your application.  The application is based on the law passed in 2001 in the state of Virginia regarding continued competency of practitioners licensed by the Board of Physical Therapy.

The Law: The Virginia Board of Physical Therapy must address in its regulations continuing education, testing and/or any other requirement concentrate on the following:  a) the need to promote ethical practice, b) an appropriate standard of care, c) patient safety, d) application of new medical technology, e) appropriate communication with patients and f) knowledge of the changing health care system.

THE VPTA CONTINUING EDUCATION APPROVAL COMMITTEE REVIEWS ALL COURSES TO SEE IF THEY MEET THIS REQUIREMENT.

Content of the Regulation: In order to renew a license biennially the practitioner must complete a Continued Competency Activity and Assessment Form (supplied by the Virginia Board of Physical Therapy ) This form must indicate completion of at least 30 hours of continuing learning activities for physical therapists and 30 hours of continuing learning for physical therapist assistants.  The total hours must be made up of two types:

Type I continuing learning activities are those documented by an approved organization to designate learning activities for credit or other value.  Approving organizations must be one of the following:

  • The Virginia Physical Therapy Association
  • The American Physical Therapy Association or any of its components
  • Local, State or federal government agencies
  • Regionally accredited colleges or universities
  • Health care organizations accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation for Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO)
  • The American Medical Association- Category I Continuing Medical Education course
  • The National Athletic Trainers Association

All of the Type I hours must be earned in face-to-face settings, interactive courses or other interaction with peers.  Physical Therapists are required to obtain at least 15 hours of Type I and Physical Therapist Assistants must obtain at least 10 hours of Type I.  All required hours may be Type I.

The remainder of the required hours may be Type II continuing learning activities which may or may not be approved for credit by an approved organization but which shall be related to the practice of physical therapy.  Physical therapists and physical therapist assistants shall document their own participation in Type II learning activities.

Purpose of this Application: This application is to be used for the approval of Type I courses only.  Courses that do not meet the requirements set forth on this application may qualify for Type II consideration under the terms of the law by evaluation of the Virginia State Board of Physical Therapy.

Required Documentation:  The following items must be attached to your completed application for processing.  Failure to provide these items will result in the application being incomplete and the process will be delayed or application rejected.  Application fees are assessed from the date the fully completed application is received.

  • Outline of program content including course objectives.  Course objectives should be behaviors that are meaningful to the participant, achievable in the time available for the course, and measurable by the presenter.  (Consider use of Bloom's Taxonomy for key words to use in the development of meaningful objectives, found here.)
  • Program schedule, including all scheduled breaks for an accurate count of credit hours.
  • Attach a minimum of 5 primary source references.  References must be the most current evidence-based citations available. Peer- reviewed journal publications are preferred. References are required to offer evidence to support the course material (theory or application) and may identify the lack of evidence in the literature on application.  This will allow for course participants to adequately evaluate their continued learning experiences.
  • Presenter(s) biosketch outlining qualifications.  Please limit to 2 pages per presenter.
  • Sample certificate of completion
  • Sample course evaluation form

The VPTA supports the use of the APTA's Guide to Physical Therapist Practice.  Please consider this when developing your course materials and attempt to use Guide terminology whenever possible.

All materials are submitted to VPTA electronically via CEU Locker:

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