As a Physical Therapist or Physical Therapist Assistant in Montana, you must complete 30 continuing education hours every two years by April 1st in odd-numbered years. Keep reading for more information on Montana Physical Therapy Continuing Education.
Although they allow an unlimited number of online CEUs, the Montana Physical Therapy Licensing Board requires that at least 15 be “certified” as Category A. I’ll explain more about that later.
At a glance:
|Montana – 30 PT CEU hours every 2 years by March 31st of odd years|
Montana Physical Therapy CEU Requirements
From the Montana Physical Therapy Practice Act Website:
“Each licensee shall obtain 30 hours/credits of continuing education in each 24-month period prior to the renewal date in odd-numbered years.
“There is no limit to the number of online CE hours/credits that a licensee may report during a 2 year reporting cycle as long as 15 hours/credits of the online courses… are considered to be certified.”
What CEU Courses are Allowed in Montana?
The Montana Board of Physical Therapy Examiners does not pre-approve CEU activities, but it does acknowledge two kinds of CEU courses: ones that are “certified” (Category A) and ones that are not (Category B).
To certify as Category A, each course must be approved or offered by one of the following:
- A national/state board or association for medicine, PT or healthcare
- An accredited education program in medical, PT or healthcare
- A national/state specialty society for medicine, PT or healthcare
In addition, coursework from a PT clinical specialty, residency or PT graduate class may qualify as Category A continuing education. Whatever the format, you must complete at least 15 hours of Category A coursework.
Category B continuing education, on the other hand, comprises other “meaningful activities” beyond traditional classroom instruction. Examples include serving on a board or committee, publishing, teaching or lecturing, serving as a mentor or clinical instructor, and completing coursework that does not meet the criteria of a Category A course.
If you’re unsure whether a course or activity qualifies for either category, contact the Board.
Can I Use MedBridge in Montana?
Yes, you can use an online CEU company like MedBridge Education to complete CEUs for your Montana Physical Therapy continuing education. A quick check on the MedBridge website shows hundreds of approved courses for Montana PTs looking to renew their license.
Whether you’re a PT or PTA, with MedBridge you’ll be able to complete all your CEUs in one place, for one price. Use the MedBridge promo code PTProgress to save 40% on unlimited CEUs.
May I carry over any completed CEUs?
No. The Montana Board of Physical Therapy Examiners will not allow any CEUs to be carried over to a future renewal period.
Do I need to submit proof of my completed CEUs?
Every approved CEU provider, including MedBridge, will give you a certificate of completion when you finish a CEU course or activity. The Montana Board of Physical Therapy does not require that you submit this document or any other proof of your CEU completion with your license renewal.
Instead, you will simply report the CEU information on your application and retain the records for a few years after your license renewal period ends. Be sure to store these documents safely in case the board selects you for a continuing competency audit.
How much is the renewal fee?
It costs $60 to renew a Montana PT or PTA license.
When does my Montana Physical Therapy license expire?
All Physical Therapy licenses expire biennially on March 31st of odd-numbered years.
How long does it take to renew a Montana Physical Therapy license?
For many states, it can take 4–8 weeks to process your request, so start the process early!
Compare Physical Therapy CEUs by State
How does your state compare? Take a look at all of the state-by-state CEU requirements in this comprehensive article.