Utah Physical Therapy Continuing Education Requirements

Utah physical therapy continuing education requirements

As a Physical Therapist in Utah, you must complete 40 continuing education hours every two years by May 31st in odd-numbered years. Physical Therapy Assistants must complete 20 CE hours. In this article, we’ll cover CEU specifics, deadlines, and fees – all you need to know about Utah Physical Therapy continuing education.

The Utah Physical Therapy Licensing Board requires that no more than half of your CEUs be earned online. So if you’re a PT, you can complete up to 20 CEUs online; if you’re a PTA, then up to 10.

Finally, at least two of your continuing education hours must be directly related to Ethics.

At a glance:

Utah – 40 PT or 20PTA CEU hours every 2 years by May 31st in odd years.

Utah Physical Therapy CEU Requirements

From the Utah Physical Therapy Practice Act Website:

During each two year renewal cycle commencing on June 1 of each odd numbered year:

  1. A physical therapist shall be required to complete not fewer than 40 contact hours of continuing education of which a minimum of two contact hours must be completed in ethics/law.
  2. A physical therapist assistant shall be required to complete not fewer than 20 contact hours of continuing education of which a minimum of two contact hours must be completed in ethics/law.”

What CEU Courses are Allowed in Utah?

The Utah Physical Therapy Licensing Board does not pre-approve courses. Instead, they ask that all courses be related to physical therapy and issued by one of the following:

  • a recognized accredited college or university;
  • a state or federal agency;
  • a professional association, organization, or facility involved in the practice of physical therapy; or
  • a commercial continuing education provider providing a course related to the practice of physical therapy.

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

Can I Use MedBridge in Utah?

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

The Medbridge library of courses includes several that meet Utah’s ethics requirement. For instance, “Ethics in Physical Therapy” by Sheila Nicholson is worth 2 hours of continuing education. 

Whether you’re a PT or a 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 approved CEU provider, including MedBridge, will give you a certificate of completion when you finish a CEU course or activity. The Utah Physical Therapy Licensing Board 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 3 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.

How much is the renewal fee?

It costs $47 to renew a Utah PT or PTA license.

When does my Utah Physical Therapy license expire?

All Physical Therapy licenses expire biennially on May 31st of odd-numbered years.

How long does it take to renew a Utah 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, 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.