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CEU Requirements Around the US – Fulfilling Your Physical Therapy Ethics Requirement in NJ

Satisfy Your Physical Therapy Ethics Requirement in NJ in an Innovative Manner!

Ari Ginsberg, PT, DPT, MSIOP

Most physical and occupational therapists in America have continuing education requirements. The goal of continuing education is to ensure that physical and occupational therapists maintain their skillset as well as develop as the profession evolves. A physical or occupational therapist who graduated 20 years ago was definitely not trained in utilizing modern technology in patient care. For example, new technologies that have been introduced in physical and occupational therapy treatment include virtual reality and telehealth. The purpose of continuing education is not only practical so that physical and occupational therapists can keep their state professional license, but it is also an ethical obligation as discussed in Let’s Get Ethical: Ethical Boundaries or PTs/OTs which also fulfills the physical therapy ethics requirement in NJ. Principle #6 of The APTA Code of Ethics addresses continuing education and states:

  • 6A. Physical therapists shall achieve and maintain professional competence.
  • 6B. Physical therapists shall take responsibility for their professional development based on critical self-assessment and reflection on changes in physical therapist practice, education, health care delivery, and technology.
  • 6C. Physical therapists shall evaluate the strength of evidence and applicability of content presented during professional development activities before integrating the content or techniques into practice.
  • 6D. Physical therapists shall cultivate practice environments that support professional development, lifelong learning, and excellence.

Fulfilling the Physical Therapy Ethics Requirement in NJ

In Let’s Get Ethical: Ethical Boundaries for PTs/OTs, we explore the grey areas that emerge in the APTA Code of Ethics. It is a fun and engaging way to fulfill the physical therapy ethics requirement in NJ. Instead of lecturing the audience, the webinar creates debate and discussion on ethical intuition in grey areas of PT practice. You can fulfill your physical therapy ethics requirement through the live virtual webinar. Another way to satisfy your physical therapy ethics requirement in NJ is to complete the on-demand webinar.

Most states have specific requirements as to how many live or home study courses you can take to fulfill your CEU requirements. To find out what your requirements are, check out your state board of physical or occupational therapy. Here are a couple of examples:

  • New Jersey Board of Physical Therapy: 2.5 hours required to satisfy the physical therapy ethics requirement

A maximum of 10 of the mandatory 30 continuing education credits from any or all of the following:

  1. Videotape, audiotape, computer media, Internet, journal, or correspondence courses, programs or seminars: a maximum of 10 credits per course, program or seminar. The course, program or seminar shall include an examination at its end.
  2. Programs or seminars consisting of hands-on demonstrations of instrumentation when accompanied by didactic lectures: one-half credit for each hour of attendance.
  3. Preparation and presentation of a Board-approved continuing education course, program or seminar: two credits for each hour of new presentation up to a maximum of 10 credits. For purposes of this subsection, ‘new’ means a course, program or seminar that the licensee has not taught previously in any educational setting. One credit for each hour of a presentation shall be given for subsequent sessions involving substantially identical subject matter up to a maximum of 10 credits, provided the original material has been updated and subject to the credit limits of N.J.A.C. 13:39A-9.3.
  4. Preparation of an educational or scientific article authored and published in a professional refereed journal: three credits per article as approved by the Board.
  5. Courses, programs or seminars in physical therapy practice management: one credit for each hour of attendance.-

New York Physical Therapy Board:

  • Am I required to take continuing education?
  • Yes. Every physical therapist and physical therapist assistant practicing with his/her New York license must take continuing education. As a practicing physical therapist or physical therapist assistant, you are required to complete 36 hours of approved continuing education during each three-year registration period. However, during the initial phase-in period, the number of hours necessary is pro-rated at a one-half hour per month. Also, if you are newly licensed, you will not have to complete continuing education coursework in the first three-year registration period; and if you have been inactive or have been practicing in another jurisdiction, the coursework required is pro-rated.
  • Can I take all my courses online?
  • Yes. There isn’t any limit to how many courses you may take on-line through an approved provider.
  • Florida Occupational Therapy Board:
  • Have the live CE requirements been waived this renewal due to the COVID-19 pandemic or is there a licensure deadline extension?
  • There have been no CE Rule changes regarding waiving or changing the requirement for 26 hours, to include 14 hours of “live” CE to renew.  NOTE: “live” hours do not require “physical attendance”, hours may be completed by taking online “live/interactive”, “in real time” courses.

States and professions vary in their CEU requirements. States, in general, consider live virtual webinars as live credits. Psychology for the Body offers live virtual webinars. Instead of having to leave your house, you can fulfill your live CEU requirements from the comfort of your on home. Many states have a specific requirement to take ethics courses as part of their CEU requirements. For example, there is a physical therapy ethics requirement in NJ for PTs and PTAs. Let’s Get Ethical Boundaries for PTs/OTs satisfies the 2.5-hour physical therapy ethics requirement in NJ. Here are some other examples of PT or OT boards that require ethics courses.

  • Utah Board of Physical Therapy:
  • Each PT or PTA is required to have 2 hours of “ethics” training, which can usually be earned at the Spring and Fall APTA Utah conferences, on-line through the APTA’s Learning Center, or through other means.
  • South Carolina Physical Therapy Board:
  • (2) A PT or PTA must complete three (3) contact hours of study in ethics, professionalism, and/or South Carolina jurisprudence per biennium as part of his/her CEU requirements. This requirement shall be obtained by participation in a Certified Activity and will count towards the licensee’s required Certified Activity hours.
  • Ohio Occupational Therapy Board:
  • OTs and OTAs in OH need 20 credits every two years. The license renewal cycle ends June 30th, odd years for OTs and even years for OTAs. 1 credit of ethics is required.
  • Pennsylvania Board of Physical Therapy:
  • 30 contact hours of acceptable continuing education, including at least 3 contact hours in ethics, 1 contact hour in suicide prevention, and 2 hours in child abuse recognition and reporting, is required for renewal.

Not only does Let’s Get Ethical: Ethical Boundaries for PTs/OTs satisfy the physical therapy ethics requirement in NJ but it also fulfills the ethics requirement in the above mentioned states. It is approved for CEUs by the AOTA, NJ Board of PT, and Ohio Physical Therapy Association. Most states recognize AOTA approval, another state board of PT’s approval, or the approval of a state chapter of the APTA for CEU recognition.

I am a licensed physical therapist in NJ and NY. For many years I took ethics courses to fulfill the physical therapy ethics requirement in NJ. I also found them boring and dull. That is why I designed Let’s Get Ethical: Ethical Boundaries for PTs/OTs. It is a fun and engaging way to satisfy your physical therapy ethics requirement in NJ.

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Let's Get Ethical: Ethical Boundaries for PTs/OTs

A 2.5 hour webinar approved for CEUs by the

AOTA – # 02517 

NY Board of Physical Therapy

The Ohio Physical Therapy Association # 21S2571

The NJ Board of PT # 2110-14

Meets Requirements for PTs/PTAs in:

AL, AR, AZ, CO, CT, DE, FL, GA, ID, IA, IL, KS, KY, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MS,

MT, NC, ND, NH, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, UT, VA, VT, WA, WI, WV, WY

due to recognition of approval from another state chapter of the APTA (Ohio PTA)

or another state board of PT (NY, NJ)

Objectives to facilitate clinician ethical practice

 

1. Define ethics and the Code of Ethics of the APTA/AOTA to practice in an ethical manner

2. Analyze the boundaries of ethical priniciples for PTs/OTs to solve ethical dilemmas

3. Apply APTA ethical principles to professional practice through case studies

4. Apply AOTA ethical principles to professional practice through case studies

A posttest/survey will be give after live and on-demand webinars. After purchasing an on-demand webinar you will be redirected to a webpage with the webinar and posttest links. A CE certificate will be emailed following posttest completion

Optimizing the Patient Experience

A 1 hour webinar approved for CEUs by the

AOTA – #02034

NY Board of Physical Therapy

Pending Approval by the NJ Board of PT – 2022 – 2024

Meets Requirements for PTs/PTAs in:

AL, AR, AZ CO, GA, IA, IL, KS, NC, NE, NH, ND, NM, OR, SC, WA, WI

Objectives related to professional development

1) Identify the components of bedside manner/ patient satisfaction and their link to healthcare outcomes

2) Apply strategies using social psychology to optimize the patient experience

3) Implement an organizational approach to improve patient satisfaction scores

A posttest/survey will be given following live and on-demand webinars. After purchasing the on-demand webinar you will be redirected to a webpage with the webinar and posttest links A CE certificate will be emailed following posttest completion

Improving Patient Adherence to Home Exercise Programs

 1 hour webinar approved for CEUs by the

AOTA – #02036

NY Board of Physical Therapy

The NJ Board of PT # 2111-80

Meets Requirements for PTs/PTAs in:

AL, AR, AZ CO, GA, IA, IL, KS, NC, NE, NH, ND, NM, OR, SC, UT, WA, WI

Objectives to facilitate patient/client goal achievement

1. Identify the benefits of home exercise programs

2) Define differing theories of motivation/influence

3) Apply social psychology to HEP prescription/plan

A posttest/survey will be given following live and on-demand webinars. After purchasing an on-demand webinar you will be redirected to a webpage with the webinar and posttest links. A CE certificate will be emailed following posttest completion

The Science of Bedside Manner and Patient Satisfaction

A 2 hour webinar approved for CEUs by the

AOTA – #02037

NY Board of Physical Therapy

Ohio Physical Therapy Association # 21S2565

The NJ Board of PT # 2110-15

Meets Requirements for PTs/PTAs in:

AL, AR, AZ, CO, CT, DE, FL, GA, ID, IA, IL, KS, KY, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MS,

MT, NC, ND, NH, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, UT, VA, VT, WA, WI, WV, WY

due to recognition of approval from another state chapter of the APTA (Ohio PTA)

or another state board of PT (NJ, NY)

Objectives to facilitate patient/client goal achievement

1. Develop and improve empathy skills

2. Identify the link between bedside manner/patient satisfaction and health outcomes

3. Measure patient satisfaction in a valid/reliable manner

4. Apply social psychology techniques to improve patient satisfaction

5) Integrate organizational strategies to improve patient satisfaction scores

A posttest/survey will be give after live and on-demand webinars. After purchasing an on-demand webinar you will be redirected to a webpage with the webinar and posttest links. A CE certificate will be emailed following posttest completion

Effective Leadership and Communication in Rehab

A 1 hour webinar approved for CEUs by the

AOTA – #02299

NY Board of Physical Therapy

Meets Requirements for PTs/PTAs in:

AL, AR, AZ CO, GA, IA, IL, KS, NC, NE, NH, ND, NM, OR, SC, WA, WI

Objectives related to professional development

 

1. Define leadership and various leadership styles

2. Identify successful leadership styles in healthcare/rehab

3. Implement effective leadership communication strategies in rehab

A posttest/survey will be given after live and on-demand webinars. After purchasing an on-demand webinar you will be redirected to a webpage with the webinar and posttest links. A CE certificate will be emailed following posttest completion

The New World of Rehab: Addressing Burnout

A 1-hour webinar approved for CEUs by the

AOTA – #02035

NY Board of Physical Therapy

Meets Requirements for PTs/PTAs in:

AL, AR, AZ, CO, CT, DE, FL, GA, ID, IA, IL, KS, KY, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MS,

MT, NC, ND, NH, OR, RI, SC, SD, UT, VA, VT, WA, WI, WV, WY

due to recognition by another state board of PT (NY)

Objectives related to professional development

 

1. Identify the causes of rehab burnout

2. Recognize the signs of rehab burnout

3. Apply strategies to prevent/reduce rehab burnout

A posttest/survey will be given after live and on-demand webinars. After on-demand purchase you will be redirected to a webpage with the video link/posttest link. A CEU certificate will be emailed following post-test completion