CEs Made Easy
Step #1. COURSE APPROVAL (§193)
ALL COURSES MUST BE PRE-APPROVED!
- Only CURRENT courses are listed on the public side of the board website (search for CEUs by going to www.laptboard.org/CourseSearch). PREVIOUS courses available for renewals are only found through your online Dashboard.
- Courses and activities sponsored by the APTA, LPTA, and CAPTE are automatically approved by the Board! Although the review charge is waived for these courses, you MUST submit an Attendee Course Prior Approval Application.
IS YOUR COURSE NOT BOARD-APPROVED?
- You may submit an ATTENDEE COURSE PRIOR APPROVAL APPLICATION for your course to be reviewed.
- Individual courses will not be reviewed during the last 60 days of the requestor’s license term. Make sure to allow an adequate amount of time for your course to be approved.
- Applications and fees are per course, per licensee.
Step #2. COURSE REQUIREMENTS (§194)
You need 30 HOURS of continuing education to renew your 2 YEAR license (unless exempt per Rule §198). Below is a breakdown of the required course categories and course types.
COURSE CATEGORIES - what a course will teach
- Administrative - addresses billing or management issues; includes self-help courses such as dealing with stress, anger, etc.
- NOT mandatory; maximum of 8 hours
- Clinical - teaches about a diagnosis, treatment techniques or evaluation methods
- MANDATORY; at least 18 hours (hours can be either live and/or online)
- Ethics - covers issues of ethics or professionalism
- MANDATORY; 2 hours
- Jurisprudence - attend a live seminar hosted by the Louisiana Physical Therapy Board or pass the online Jurisprudence Exam
- MANDATORY; 2 hours (taking the online exam does NOT count as online hours)
COURSE TYPES - how a course is offered
- Online/Home Study - not instructed in live time; may be through a DVD, website or selected readings
- NOT mandatory; maximum 15 hours; (in combination with webinar/live stream)
- Traditional/Onsite - a lecture and/or lab based course in which the instructor is physically present
- MANDATORY; minimum 15 hours
- Webinar/Live Stream - given in real time by an instructor who is not physically present; usually given via website, closed circuit TV, or phone-in method
- NOT mandatory; maximum 15 hours (in combination with online/home study)
OTHER options to earn CEs (Rule §195)
- Go back to school
- Serve as the primary Clinical Instructor for PT/PTA students or provisional licensees
- Mentor PTs in residency and fellowship programs
- Serve in an elected position of a PT organization
- Teach an approved clinical or preventive course or activity
- Write an article
- New Graduates, Reciprocity, or Reinstatement
- If you are exempt because you are a new graduate, or if you were licensed through Reciprocity or Reinstatement and received a one year license, you do NOT need to submit a request to the board. Click here for more information.
- Military Service or Personal Hardship
- Exemption requests for military service and personal hardship MUST be submitted to the board. Click here for more information.
Step #3. CE AUDIT (§197)
CE AUDITS are conducted ANNUALLY after the close of Renewals.
- All licensees who renew in April will be audited. A random selection of licensees who renewed in February and March will also be audited.
- Keep all records for 4 years. Upload your certificates to your Dashboard for easy access.
- If contacted by the board, supply dated copies of documentation showing continuing education completion.
- View the CEU Audit Policy
Step #4. NON-COMPLIANCE (§199)
NON-COMPLIANCE INCLUDES, but is not limited to:
- Incomplete records
- Unsigned reports
- Unsigned verification course completion
- Failure to report sufficient hours
- Use of CE for more than one renewal period
The Board will provide written NOTICE OF NON-COMPLIANCE and you must provide the following within 30 DAYS
- Written explanation of deficiency
- Documentary proof of compliance with CEU requirements or setting forth reasons for failure to comply