Demystifying CEUs (Continuing Education Units) for physical therapists: State Requirements

Did you know that the APTA does not have an approval process for CEUs for continuing education courses? What this means is that it is up to each Board of Registration in Physical Therapy to set (and sometimes administer) its own requirements for re-licensure. At last count, while 12 states have no CEU requirements for re-licensure, 38 others were left to figure out whether or not they needed a pre-approval process for their CEU requirements. In addition, some states have chosen to require “continuing competency”, and thus they include giving credit for writing and publishing research quality papers, giving in-services, and the like.

Education Resources keeps up with each state’s requirements and any changes. We apply for approval to either the Board or to the state chapter of the APTA for pre-approval in the state where our live courses are being held. In addition, we are pre-approved in certain states (Texas, New York, California, North Carolina) and some other states will accept another state’s approval, (Rhode Island, South Carolina and Virginia).

What does this mean?

If you are licensed in: TX, NY, CA, NC, RI, SC or VA you may take any of our courses no matter where they are, and receive CEU credits.

Stay tuned for more specifics about each state and how to tell if the course you are taking will provide you with the CEUs you need for re-licensure. As always, feel free to call us (508-359-6533) or blog with any questions you may have about CEUs and we will try to answer them.