Oklahoma Physical Therapy Continuing Education Requirements

Oklahoma Physical therapy continuing education

As a Physical Therapist in Oklahoma, you must complete 40 continuing education hours every two years by January 31st of even-numbered years. Physical Therapist Assistants must complete 30 hours of Oklahoma physical therapy continuing education.

At least half of these hours must be considered “professional development units” or PDUs that are directly related to the clinical practice of physical therapy. You’ll also have to devote 3 hours specifically to Ethics education. 

At a glance:

Oklahoma – 40 PT CEU hours every 2 years by January 31st of even-numbered years.

Oklahoma Physical Therapy CEU Requirements

From the Oklahoma Physical Therapy Practice Act Website:

If you are a Physical Therapist you must obtain forty (40) hours of approved continuing education every two (2) years. If you are a Physical Therapist Assistant you must obtain thirty (30) hours of approved continuing education every two (2) years.

Please note that the number of hours on your certificate of completion may not match the number of hours approved by the Committee – always check the approved course list.

At least half of the required hours must be professional development coursework…Three of the required hours must contain ethics education that includes the APTA Guide for Professional Conduct and the APTA Code of Ethics.”

What CEU Courses are Allowed in Oklahoma?

There are hundreds of CEUs available to Oklahoma PTs, but only some will count. In order for your continuing education courses to apply to your license renewal, they must satisfy the Oklahoma Physical Therapists Committee. 

Generally, the Committee approves courses that are either provided or approved by the following: 

  • Any agency or board responsible for licensing physical therapists in the US or Canada
  • APTA, including state chapters and any subsidiaries
  • The FSBPT and any accrediting subsidiary
  • An agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education or Council on Postsecondary Accreditation, so long as the CEU is for physical therapy

You can find a rolling list of approved courses through this link. Keep in mind that, if your course does not appear on the current list, it will not qualify as continuing education. However, you can request approval for a new course or activity through CE Broker.

If you’re still unsure whether a course or activity qualifies for continuing education, contact the Board.

Can I Use MedBridge in Oklahoma?

Yes, you can use an online CEU company like MedBridge Education to complete required CEUs for your Oklahoma Physical Therapy license renewal. A quick check on the MedBridge website shows hundreds of approved courses for Oklahoma PTs looking to renew their license.

Because MedBridge is a pre-approved provider, you can complete all 30 or 40 CEUs in one place with peace of mind. There’s no limit on how many of your CEUs can be completed online, so long as half of them are classified as Category A.

Furthermore, you can use MedBridge to complete your Ethics CEUs. One example is the course Ethics for Physical and Occupational Therapy Professionals” by Ron Scott. This 3-hour course covers everything you need to know, including APTA’s Code of Ethics and Guide for Professional Conduct.

Whether you’re a PT or PTA, you can find plenty of eligible courses on MedBridge. 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. But the Oklahoma Physical Therapists Committee does not require 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 at least 4 years after your license renewal period ends. Be sure to store these documents safely in case you are selected by the board for a continuing competency audit.

May I carry over any completed CEUs?

No. The Oklahoma Physical Therapists Committee does not permit any CEUs to be carried over to a future renewal period. 

How much is the renewal fee?

It costs $50 to renew a PT license and $35 to renew a PTA license. 

When does my Oklahoma Physical Therapy license expire?

All Physical Therapy licenses expire biennially on January 31st of even-numbered years.

How long does it take to renew an Oklahoma 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

Take a look at all of the state-specific CEU requirements in this comprehensive article.

Tim Fraticelli, DPT Physical Therapist

Tim Fraticelli is a Physical Therapist, Certified Financial Planner™ and founder of PTProgress.com. 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.