Louisiana Physical Therapy Board

Renewal Information for 2020

Instructions:

Read all information below in its entirety before proceeding with your renewal.

 

Live Coursework is waived for 2020 renewals ONLY 

To comply with state and federal recommendations in response to COVID-19, the Louisiana Physical Therapy Board is allowing online courses to substitute for live courses during the 2020 renewal period. Biennial requirements in Rule 194 (LAC 46: LIV 194) still applies, with the exception that online coursework may substitute the live coursework requirement.

Rule 194: Biennial Requirements

The four types of approved courses or activities and requirement for each are: 

(1)   jurisprudence: a minimum of 2 contact hours; 

(2)   ethics or professionalism: a minimum of 2 contact hours;  

(3)   clinical/preventive: a minimum of 18 contact hours, up to 6 of which may be earned by completion of a board approved self-assessment tool 

(4)   administrative: a maximum of 8 contact hours may be applied during each renewal period. Additional clinical/preventive hours may be substituted for administrative.


 How to renew without 15 hours of board-approved live coursework in 2020 

 

Follow these steps to renew without 15 hours of traditional/on-site coursework:

  1.  Login to your  online account

  2.  From your Dashboard, select the “Add a Course” button

  3.  Select the Sponsor, "Louisiana Physical Therapy Board"

  4.  Select the correct Course Title:

       ›  Renewal 2020 (Board resolution) 15 traditional/on-site hours(2020)

  5.  Enter the month and year  - 03/2020

  6.  Select “Submit”

 

**Late Fees Waived**

The 2-year renewal fee is still $280 ($140/year for 2 year renewal). The late fee has been waived for the months of April and May.


Deadline for Renewing: May 30, 2020 

Even-year license terms are extended to May 30, 2020. Licenses not renewed shall automatically expire at the end of its term, after which the licensee shall not practice in Louisiana. 


EXEMPTIONS FOR NEW GRADUATES AND RECENTLY ISSUED LICENSES

***** See the following Additional Exemptions and follow all instructions in order to renew your license**** 


 2019 GRADUATE

PTs and PTAs are exempt from CE requirements in the calendar year in which they graduate from an accredited physical therapy education program. If you graduated in 2019 and renew your license in 2020, you do NOT need to report ANY CEU’s for renewal(Rule §198)   

You are still required to renew online.  The system requires a total of 30 Hours for Current Courses to proceed with the online renewal application.

Follow these steps to add the required 30 hours to your Current Course list.
 
 1.  Login or create an online account
  2.  From your Dashboard, select the “Add a Course” button
  3.  Select the Sponsor, "Louisiana Physical Therapy Board"
  4.  Select the Course Title, "New Graduate 2019"
  5.  Enter the month and year of your graduation for “Award Month/Year”
  6.  Select “Submit”

Follow these steps to add the required 2  hours of Ethics Requirement  to your Current Course list.
 
 1.  Login or create an online account
  2.  From your Dashboard, select the “Add a Course” button
  3.  Select the Sponsor, "Louisiana Physical Therapy Board"
  4.  Select the Course Title, "New Graduate 2019" Renewing in 2020 – Ethics Course 
  5.  Enter the month and year of your graduation for “Award Month/Year”
  6.  Select “Submit” 


 2018 GRADUATE

PTs and PTAs are exempt from CE requirements in the calendar year in which they graduate from an accredited physical therapy education program. For the second year of the licensee’s renewal period, 15 contact hours must be completed and reported. If you graduated in 2018, and renew your license in 2020, you only need 15 hours of CEUs.  (Rule §198)  

Course Category & Type Guidelines (15 hrs)
 
›  2 hours of Jurisprudence 
         (Online Exam or Live Seminar)
  ›  2 hours of Ethics or Professionalism
  ›  11 hours of Clinical/Preventative (Clinical hours can be LIVE and/or ONLINE)
         (max 4 Administrative hrs can be substituted for Clinical)
  ›  All hours may be Online

The system requires a total of 30 Hours for Current Courses to proceed with the online renewal application. 

Follow these steps to add the required 15 hours to your Current Course list.
 
 1.  Login or create an online account
  2.  From your Dashboard, select the “Add a Course” button
  3.  Select the Sponsor, "Louisiana Physical Therapy Board"
  4.  Select the Course Title, "New Graduate 2018"
  5.  Enter the month and year of your graduation for “Award Month/Year”
  6.  Select “Submit” 


2019 Issued RECIPROCITY or REINSTATEMENT Licenses


If you received your license through RECIPROCITY or REINSTATEMENT in 2019 and received a one-year license, you are only required to report 15 hours of CEUs.  

Course Category & Type Guidelines (15 hrs)
 
›  2 hours of Jurisprudence 
         (Online Exam or Live Seminar)
  ›  2 hours of Ethics or Professionalism
  ›  11 hours of Clinical/Preventative (Clinical hours can be LIVE and/or ONLINE)
         (max 4 Administrative hrs can be substituted for Clinical)
  ›  All hours may be Online

The system requires a total of 30 Hours for Current Courses to proceed with the online renewal application. 
Follow these steps to add the required 15 hours to your Current Course list.
 
 1.  Login or create an online account
  2.  From your Dashboard, select the “Add a Course” button
  3.  Select the Sponsor, "Louisiana Physical Therapy Board"
  4.  Select the correct Course Title, depending on your license type
       ›  "Licensed through Reciprocity in 2019 (Renewing 2020)"
       ›  "Licensed through Reinstatement in 2019 (Renewing 2020)"
  5.  Enter the month and year that you were licensed for “Award Month/Year”
  6.  Select “Submit”

IMPORTANT REMINDER:

Please be advised if you were licensed through reciprocity or reinstatement in 2019 and are due to renew your license in 2020, you cannot submit courses on your renewal application that were used on your application for reinstatement or reciprocity

 


FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

 

  • When can I begin taking CEUs for my 2022 renewal?
    Licensees who renewed in February 2020 and March 2020 may use coursework taken April 1, 2020 - March 31, 2022 for the 2022 renewal. Licensees who renewed in April 2020 or May 2020 may use coursework taken beginning the day after they renew their license through March 31, 2022 for the 2022 renewal. Licensees may not use any coursesused to renew in 2020 for the 2022 renewal.

 

  • How can I verify that my license was successfully renewed?
    You may verify that the expiration date on your license is 04/30/2022 on the Verify a License tool on our homepage here: www.laptboard.org

 

  • My question wasn’t answered here in this FAQ. How do I get in touch with the Board office during this time?
    Until further notice, the Board office staff are working remotely. However, they are all available via email and ready to answer any questions you may have. To get in touch, please visit our contact page here.