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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.
Effective July 1, 2019, in accordance with Florida Statute 456 all Florida licensed PTAs/PTs must complete a 1 hour course on human trafficking by January 1, 2021.
Role of the FPTA
The FPTA approves continuing education courses for course providers and individuals seeking approval of courses not already approved.
The Board of Physical Therapy has defined, by rule, specific areas 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 related to physical therapy, basic sciences,risk management, HIV/AIDS.
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 Call 850-245-4373
The current licensure period ends November 30, 2019. This means that the 24 required continuing education hours per biennium of licensure must be met by November 30, 2019. 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.
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.