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.
Within this statute, 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.
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Florida Board of Physical Therapy revised rule 64B17-9.001(4) at the August 28, 2020 meeting. Until the end of the November 2021 biennium, licensees will be allowed to complete all 24 contact hours of continuing education via home study or online delivery.
Role of the FPTA
The FPTA approves continuing education courses for course providers and individuals seeking approval of courses not already approved.
The FPTA's only role in the license renewal process is approving courses for individuals and/or providers in accordance with Florida Statute 486.109, so that they may receive or give Continuing Education credit towards their Florida License requirements.
The current licensure period ends November 30, 2021. This means that the 24 required continuing education hours per biennium of licensure must be met by November 30, 2021. If you are licensed in the second half of the biennium you are only required to complete a two (2) hour medical errors course and one (1) hour of HIV.
Florida Board of Physical Therapy
The Florida Board of Physical Therapy is responsible for PT and PTA license renewal in Florida. Visit their website to learn about obtaining and renewing a license as well as other practice-related questions or you can reach them by phone at 850-245-4373. www.floridasphysicaltherapy.gov
PT for Pain
PT for Pain is a project of the Florida Physical Therapy Association (FPTA), dedicated to improving the health, wellness and quality of life of people in Florida by advancing the practice of physical therapy.