Well Virginians, Dec. 31st will be here before you know it. Oh, the holidays! The time for gifts, mistletoe, and license renewal. Yes, during the hustle and bustle your 30 hours of physical therapy continuing education will be due.
Now bear with me, because here is where CEUs start to become confusing. The Virginia Board of Physical Therapy has designated several physical therapies continuing education courses as Type 1 and others as Type 2. No need to fret I'll break it down for you: The rules, regulations, and limitations with the snooze-level kept to a minimum.
First, lets tackle the differences of Type 1 & Type 2 Physical Therapy CEU Courses and Activities:
|Type 1 Face-to-Face Courses||Type 2 Courses/Activities|
|An organized program of study, classroom experience or similar educational experience that is directly related to the clinical practice of physical therapy . "Face-to-face" means learning activities or courses obtained in a group setting or through interactive, real-time technology. The above excerpt was taken from The Virginia Board of Physical Therapy website. To find additional information, please visit the Boards Rules and Regulations webpage.||May include, but not be limited to, consultation with colleagues, independent study, and research or writing on subjects related to practice. [Courses] shall be related to the clinical practice of physical therapy...and shall be activities considered by the learner to be beneficial to practice or to continuing learning. The above excerpt was taken from The Virginia Board of Physical Therapy website. To find additional information, please visit the Boards Rules and Regulations webpage.|
|Must be approved or provided by one of the following organizations: The Virginia Physical Therapy Association, The American Physical Therapy Association, Local/State/or Federal government agencies, Regionally accredited colleges or universities, Healthcare organizations accredited by the JCAHO, The American Medical Association Category I Continuing Medical Education course, The National Athletic Trainers Association.||May be offered by an approved organization, but does not have to be offered by an approved organization.|
|Example of Type 1 Courses: Webinars (interactive, face-to-face online seminars), Classroom instruction, etc.||Example of Type 2 Courses: Online courses (HomeCEU).|
As a physical therapist or physical therapist assistant in the State of Virginia, you need a total of 30 contact hours. Below you will find the limitations and requirements of Type 1 & Type 2 Courses and Activities, based on whether you are a PT or PTA.
|Guide for PTs||Guide for PTAs|
|Contact Hours Needed: 30 Total
Type 1: A minimum of 15 contact hours are required to be Type 1. All 30 contact hours may be Type 1.
Type 2: Up to, but no more than 15 hours may be Type 2.
|Contact Hours Needed: 30 Total
Type 1: A minimum of 10 contact hours are required to be Type 1. All 30 contact hours may be Type 1.
Type 2: Up to, but no more than 20 hours may be Type 2.
HomeCEU courses are considered Type 2. This means you can take up to 15(PT)/20(PTA) contact hours with us to go towards your requirement. And because we offer a wide variety of courses, we know youll find some that pique your interests. Some of our most popular courses for PTs and PTAs are Orthopedic Physical Assessment, Neurological Rehabilitation, Pharmacology for Rehab Professionals, and Differential Diagnosis. HomeCEU also offers a first-class video course titled Effective Examination and Treatment of the Shoulder Complex that counts for 5 contact hours.
I know what you're thinking, "I want to take all of my courses conveniently online!"
We wish you could as well and it's possible that you may be able to in the future.
HomeCEU is here to help answer any questions you may have regarding physical therapy continuing education courses. I encourage you to call us, toll-free, at 1-800-554-2387 or visit our course catalog when you are ready to purchase any of our quick, quality and user-friendly courses for physical therapists and physical therapist assistants.
As for the holidays? I can't promise that the in-laws and crowded malls won't cause stress. However, I can tell you that fulfilling your PT CEU and PTA CEU requirements in advance will feel like an early gift to yourself and we're here to offer outstanding customer service when you are ready to begin the process.