New York Physical Therapy Continuing Education Requirements

New York Physical Therapy Continuing Education requirements

If you’re a PT or PTA in New York, your license registration will expire every three years. To keep it current, you’ll need to complete 36 hours of continuing education. Read on for more details on the specific requirements for New York physical therapy continuing education! 

At a glance:

New York – 36 CEU hours every 3 years by issuance date.

Technically, a single Continuing Education Unit equals 10 contact hours, and one contact hour is equivalent to “50 minutes of an organized learning activity.” In this post, I refer to CEUs primarily by their contact hour value.

Also, licenses in New York don’t expire—they’re good for life! But in order to practice, you must register your license with the New York State Board for Physical Therapy. Your registration, not your license, is what expires every three years.

New York Physical Therapy CEU Requirements

From the New York Physical Therapy Practice Act Website: (NY source):

“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.

“The awarding of continuing education hours is based on a contact hour which is equivalent to 50 minutes of an organized learning activity.” 

“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.

“There is no restriction as to the number of hours that can be achieved on-line or in person.”

Types of New York Continuing Education Activity

As a New York PT or PTA, there are many ways to meet your continuing education requirements, from teaching a CEU course or publishing research to completing a clinical residency or passing a certification exam. See the table below for more examples of acceptable CEU activity and its equivalent in CEU hours.

ActivityContinuing Education Credit Hours
Successful completion of a credit-bearing course at a higher education institution15 CEU hours per course credit hour
Teaching a credit-bearing course in a higher education institution2 CEU hours per in-class contact hour
Presenting a continuing education course for an approved provider2 CEU hours per in-class contact hour
Authoring an article published in a peer-reviewed journal15 CEU hours
Authoring a chapter in a published book15 CEU hours per chapter
Editing a multiple-author published book15 CEU hours
Professional specialty certification or recertification, that culminates in passing the certification examination10 CEU hours for initial certification; 5 for recertification
Supervision of a student (clinical instructor).5 CEU hours per two-week period of supervision per student, 10 hours max
Passing the Jurisprudence Test2 CEU hours
Completing a clinical residency/fellowship36 CEU hours for 12 months duration
A peer-reviewed poster or platform research presentation5 CEU hours
Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)2 CEU hours

What CEU Courses are Allowed in New York?

The most common way to complete continuing education in New York is to take CEU courses. If you go this route, make sure each course is administered by a provider that is approved by The New York State Board for Physical Therapy. You can check the list of approved providers here. In general, the board approves courses that are sponsored or approved by the following providers:

Additionally, the Board requires that all CEU subject matter be relevant to physical therapy, whether it’s clinical intervention and patient communication or issues of law and ethics. 

When it comes to the format of your CEU courses, New York doesn’t have any restrictions for online or self-study coursework. That means you could complete all 36 of your requisite hours online if you prefer.

For more information, or to check course approval, contact the Board.

Can I Use MedBridge in New York?

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Yes, you can use an online CEU company like MedBridge Education to complete your New York Physical Therapy continuing education. A quick check on the MedBridge website shows hundreds of courses for New York PTs looking to renew their license.

At MedBridge you’ll discover a wide range of topics for your continuing education. From patient adherence and pain management to documentation and telehealth, there’s no shortage of subjects to keep you engaged. Best of all, MedBridge is pre-approved for New York PT continuing education.  

Whether you prefer self-guided study or a live experience, MedBridge offers both formats all year long. An annual subscription grants you unlimited access to their vast library of CEU courses and a front-row seat to their live, interactive webinars. 

PTs and PTAs alike will love the convenience and quality of a MedBridge continuing education. Use the MedBridge promo code PTProgress to save 40% on unlimited CEUs.

Do I need to submit proof of my completed CEUs?

Every legitimate CEU provider, including MedBridge, will give you a certificate of completion when you finish a CEU course or activity. The New York State Board for Physical Therapy does not require this document with your renewal. However, you should store it, along with any other proof of continuing education, for at least 6 years after your renewal in case you are selected for a formal audit.

May I carry over any excess CEUs?

Unfortunately, you won’t be able to carry over any CEUs from one renewal period to the other. All CEUs must be earned within the applicable three-year renewal period. 

How much is the renewal fee?

In New York, you’ll pay two fees: one for registration and one for continuing education. See the table below:

Physical TherapistPhysical Therapist Assistant
Registration Fee$179$58
Continuing Education Fee$45$45

You can expect an additional 15% surcharge on your registration fee. 

When does my New York Physical Therapy license expire?

Your license doesn’t expire, but your registration is due every three years on the issuance date. Check your license for the exact day and year of your next registration deadline. 

How long does it take to renew a New York 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.

Tim Fraticelli, DPT Physical Therapist

Tim Fraticelli is a Physical Therapist, Certified Financial Planner™ and founder of He loves to teach PTs and OTs ways to save time and money in and out of the clinic, especially when it comes to documentation or continuing education. Follow him on YouTube for weekly videos on ways to improve your financial health.