Pennsylvania Physical Therapy Continuing Education Requirements

Pennsylvania Physical Therapy Continuing Education RequirementTo renew your license as a Physical Therapist in Pennsylvania, you must complete 30 continuing education hours every two years by December 31st in even-numbered years. Physical Therapist Assistants in Pennsylvania must take 30 continuing education hours every two years as well. The Pennsylvania Physical Therapy continuing education requirements are listed in detail below.

At least 10 of the 30 hours need to be “in appropriate evaluative procedures to treat an individual without a referral.” You will not receive any credit for courses related to office management or building a PT practice.

As part of your biennial renewal, you must also complete 2 hours of an approved course on Ethics or Jurisprudence, and 2 hours on Child Abuse Recognition and Reporting. Both of these would count towards your overall 30 hours.

Pennsylvania Physical Therapy CEU Requirements

From the Pennsylvania Physical Therapy Practice Act Website:

For each license renewal, a licensee shall complete within the immediately preceding two-year period at least 30 hours of continuing physical therapy education as approved by the board. The licensee shall provide the board with evidence of the completion of the continuing education.

What CEU Courses are Allowed in Pennsylvania?

Each continuing education course must be approved by the PPTA in order to be eligible for the 30 CEU requirement. They’ve provided a list of approved courses here. If you are in PA, the CEU course should make it clear that it has been approved by the PPTA. However, it’s ok to contact the PPTA to confirm approval if you are unsure. If you’d like to conduct a CEU course in Pennsylvania, you must complete the Physical Therapy Continuing Education Sponsorship Application.

Can I Use MedBridge in Pennsylvania?

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

In fact, you can use MedBridge to complete the required education on Child Abuse Recognition and Reporting in Pennsylvania. 

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How much is a Physical Therapy License in Pennsylvania?

Typically, it costs $90 to renew your PT license. However, in 2020 the PT license renewal fees were waived due to an excess in budget.

When does my Pennsylvania Physical Therapy license expire?

All Physical Therapy licenses expire on December 31st every 2 years.

How long does it take to renew a Pennsylvania Physical Therapy license?

It can take 30-60 days to process your request, so be sure to start the process early!

Do I need malpractice insurance as a Physical Therapist in Pennsylvania?

Yes. As part of licensure, you must maintain professional liability insurance coverage in the minimum amount of $1,000,000 per occurrence or claims made. This coverage could be through your employer’s liability insurance, a self-insurance policy, or a personally-purchased professional liability insurance. Check out the Physical Therapy malpractice insurance article to learn more about this essential coverage.

Compare CEUs by State

Take a look at all of the requirements for CEUs based onyour state in this comprehensive article.

Physical Therapy Continuing Education Requirement by State

Tim Fraticelli DPT, MBA, CFP®

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.