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Florida law requires continuing education as a part of license renewal for physical therapists and physical therapist assistants in the State of Florida. These requirements for physical therapists and physical therapist assistants are defined in the state practice act and in the rules of the Florida Board of Physical Therapy.

In accordance with Florida Statute 486.109, Florida Physical Therapy Association approves courses that are required under this statute to be completed by Florida licensed physical therapists and physical therapist assistants.

Within that law (and rule), the APTA and the FPTA have been given general jurisdiction over all matters pertaining to the approval of Continuing Education courses offered by entities other than CAPTE approved PT and PTA Educational programs.

The Board of Physical Therapy has defined by rule, specific areas as outlined by the law that the FPTA Continuing Education Accreditation Policies and Procedures Committee looks for when accrediting courses, they are: professional ethics, clinical education, clinical management, clinical science, Florida law relating to physical therapy, basic sciences, risk management, and HIV/AIDS. No more than 5 hours may be received in the area of risk management, no more than 3 hours in HIV/AIDS and only 12 total hours may be achieved in home study per biennium. The current biennium began December 1, 2013 and will end November 30, 2015.  For more information on Continuing Education requirements refer to rule 64B17-9.

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Important Licensure Deadline

The current licensure period ends November 30, 2015. This means that the 24 required continuing education hours per biennium of licensure must be met by November 30, 2015.

Individual Course Approval Application

For individuals seeking approval of a course that was not approved for continuing education credit will need to complete and submit the Individual Application Form.

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CE Broker is the Florida system for tracking continuing education hours electronically. FPTA members qualify for a $5 discount when they subscribe to the Professional Account, click here for more information.
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