Provider’s CEU Approval




The Virginia Chapter is the premier approver for CEU providers. 

 

CEU Provider Info

Submitting Guidelines:Please use CEU Locker to submit 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 APTA Virginia Logo.

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 APTA Virginia Continuing Education Approval Committee reviews all courses to see if they mee this requirement.

All of the Type I hours must be earned in face-to-face settings, interactive courses or other interaction with peers.

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


ALL Documents MUST be uploaded in PDF format. If not in PDF, your application will be rejected.

The APTA Virginia 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 APTA Virginia electronically via CEU Locker: https://ptceulocker.com

Application fees:

1-4 contact hours $195
5-12 contact hours $255
13-20 contact hours $315
21+ contact hours $415
Additional 2+ speaker fees are $30 each.

 

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Application fees:

1-4 contact hours $195
5-12 contact hours $255
13-20 contact hours $315
21+ contact hours $415
Additional 2+ speaker fees are $30 each.

 

  • 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:

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.

 

  • 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.

 

  • 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.

APTA Virgina does NOT approve type 2 education.

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.

The license or lack of license of the person does not matter. When it comes to a speaker and a course the following must be identified:

1. The speaker has the credentials to speak on the topic. A speaker must provide a biosketch/CV that demonstrates to the reviewer that the speaker knows the topic and can discuss its application to physical therapy.

2. The course has objectives, content and references/research that address the needs of physical therapist/physical therapist assistant CEU needs "In choosing continuing learning activities or courses, the licensee shall consider the following: (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."

 


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