Louisiana Physical Therapy Board

CEs Made Easy

Continuing education doesn't have to be confusing.  Just follow these easy steps!
APPROVE → ATTEND → AUDIT → AFFIRM

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! 

IS YOUR COURSE NOT BOARD-APPROVED?

  • You may submit an Individual Course Approval Application for your course to be reviewed. The application is accessible via your licensee dashboard.
  • 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 CATEGORIESwhat a course will teach

  • 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)
  • Administrative - addresses billing or management issues; includes self-help courses such as dealing with stress, anger, etc.
  • Clinical - teaches about a diagnosis, treatment techniques or evaluation methods

The remaining 26 hours may be Clinical or Administrative.

COURSE TYPEShow a course is offered

  • Online/Home Study - not instructed in live time; may be through a DVD, website or selected readings
    • No maximum or minimum
  • Traditional/Onsite - a lecture and/or lab based course in which the instructor is physically present
    • No maximum or minimum
  • 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
    • No maximum or minimum


OTHER options to earn CEs (Rule §195)

 

CE EXEMPTIONS are available for those who qualify (Rule §198)

  • 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

 


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 yearsUpload 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

 

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