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PHYSICAL THERAPIST LICENSING BOARD

 

DIVISION 35

CONTINUING COMPETENCE

848-035-0010

Purpose

The 2005 Oregon Legislation gave new authority to the Physical Therapist Licensing Board, effective January 1, 2006, to adopt rules establishing minimum continuing competence requirements for all licensees. The following rules set out the requirements.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 688.160
Stats. Implemented: ORS 688.160(6)(g)
Hist.: PTLB 1-2006, f. & cert. ef. 4-14-06; PTLB 1-2014, f. 2-21-14, cert. ef. 4-1-14

848-035-0015

Definitions

As used in this Division:

(1) “Continuing Competence” means continuing education course work or other professional activities as provided in OAR 848-035-0030(1).

(2) "Certification period" means a 24 month continuing competence certification period which runs from April 1st of each even numbered year, through March 31st of the next even numbered year, i.e. April 1, 2012 through March 31, 2014.

(3) "Initial Certification Period" means January 1, 2006 through March 31, 2008.

(4) "Hours" means contact hours.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 688.160
Stats. Implemented: ORS 688.160(6)(g)
Hist.: PTLB 1-2006, f. & cert. ef. 4-14-06; PTLB 1-2014, f. 2-21-14, cert. ef. 4-1-14

848-035-0020

Required Hours and Period for Completion

(1) All licensed physical therapists and physical therapist assistants are required within each certification period to complete 24 hours of continuing competence relating to the delivery or provision of physical therapy services.

(2) Notwithstanding the provisions of subsection (1) of this rule, any person who is first issued an Oregon physical therapist or physical therapist assistant license through examination pursuant to OAR 848-010-0015, or through endorsement pursuant to 848-010-0020, anytime during the first year of a certification period (April 1st of an even numbered year through March 31st of an odd numbered year), must complete the full 24 hours of continuing competence required for that certification period. A person who is first issued an Oregon physical therapist or physical therapist assistant license anytime during the second year of a certification period (April 1st of an odd numbered year through March 31st of an even numbered year), must complete one-half (12 hours) of the continuing competence required for that certification period. Thereafter, such licensees must complete the same continuing competence requirements as other licensees.

(3) Notwithstanding the provisions of subsection (1) of this rule, a physical therapist or physical therapist assistant, whose Oregon license has lapsed pursuant to OAR 848-010-0033(1), and who subsequently renews the lapsed license pursuant to 848-010-0035, anytime during the first year of a new certification period (April 1st of an even numbered year through March 31st of an odd numbered year), must complete the full 24 hours of continuing competence required for that certification period. A person whose lapsed physical therapist or physical therapist assistant license is renewed anytime during the second year of a certification period (April 1st of an odd numbered year through March 31st of an even numbered year), must complete one-half (12 hours) of the continuing competence required for that certification period.

(4) Any licensee whose license lapses on April 1st of an even numbered year, regardless of the reason, and who subsequently renews the lapsed license during the first 12 months of a new certification period, shall provide documentation of completion of the continuing competence requirements for the immediately prior certification period before the license will be renewed.

(5) For purposes of determining whether a licensee has satisfied the continuing competence requirement under section (2), (3) or (4) of this rule, the Licensing Board will accept all qualifying continuing competence hours completed from the beginning date of the 24 month certification period in which the license was issued or renewed, regardless of the specific date the license was issued or renewed. For example, a person whose license is issued or renewed on June 15, 2013 will receive credit for all qualifying continuing competence hours completed at any time during the certification period of April 1, 2012 to March 31, 2014. This includes continuing competence taken by student physical therapists or student physical therapist assistants, outside their program requirements, while they are enrolled in a physical therapy program.

(6) Each twenty-four month period for completion of the required hours shall be April 1st of the even numbered year through March 31st of the next even numbered year. For example, the current twenty-four month period will be from April 1, 2012, through March 31, 2014.

(7) Failure to complete the required continuing competence by March 31st of an even-numbered year shall constitute a violation of this Division 35.

(8) Notwithstanding the provisions of this rule and OAR 848-010-0033(6), a physical therapist or physical therapist assistant who is renewing a license during an even numbered year and who was first licensed in Oregon between January 1st to and including March 31st of that even numbered year, is not required to complete continuing competence for the current certification period. Thereafter such licensees shall be subject to the continuing competence requirement for all subsequent continuing competence certification periods.

(9) The Board may, in individual cases involving physical disability or illness, undue hardship, or active military duty, grant waivers of the continuing competency requirements or extensions of time to fulfill the requirement. Applications for waiver shall be made to the Board in writing at least two months prior to license expiration.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 688.160
Stats. Implemented: ORS 688.160(6)(g)
Hist.: PTLB 1-2006, f. & cert. ef. 4-14-06; PTLB 1-2008(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 2-19-08 thru 4-2-08; Administrative correction 4-23-08; PTLB 2-2008, f. 12-16-08, cert. ef. 1-2-09; PTLB 1-2010, f. 2-16-10, cert. ef. 3-1-10; PTLB 1-2014, f. 2-21-14, cert. ef. 4-1-14

848-035-0030

Continuing Education Requirements and Restrictions

(1) The continuing competence requirements of this Division 35 may be satisfied through the following, which may include but are not limited to:

(a) Courses, seminars, activities, and workshops sponsored, certified, or approved by an established and recognized medical or dental health-related organization or professional association recognized by the Board;

(b) Courses or activities, directly related to the delivery or provision of physical therapy services and approved for continuing education or competency by other states which require continuing education or competency for physical therapists or physical therapist assistants;

(c) Courses or activities related to professional conduct and ethics;

(d) Courses provided by an accredited institution of higher education, which may include but are not limited to, courses leading to an advanced degree in physical therapy or other courses that advance the licensee’s physical therapy competence. For purposes of this rule, one college credit is equal to 10 (ten) contact hours;

(e) Individual study courses, online courses and webinars, requiring an examination and recognized by an accredited institution or recognized health-related organization or professional association recognized by the Board;

(f) Courses in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) will be limited to one hour of continuing competence credit, regardless of the length of the course;

(g) Courses or lectures which a licensee presents if the course or lecture awards continuing education or competence units or hours to participants and the licensee requests continuing education or competence credit from the Board;

(A) The licensee may receive continuing competence units or hours equivalent to the actual credit hours awarded to participants for that portion of the program which the licensee presents;

(B) The maximum cumulative credit granted for presenting courses or lectures shall be no more than one half of the total continuing competence requirement during any certification period, or 12 hours and;

(C) A licensee may receive credit for presenting a particular course or lecture only one time during any certification period, regardless of how many times the licensee presents that course or lecture;

(h) Publishing an article in a peer review journal,

(A) The maximum credit granted for publishing an article shall be one half of the total continuing competence requirement during any certification period, or 12 hours and;

(B) A licensee may receive credit for publishing an article only one time during any certification period;

(i) Serving as a certified clinical instructor as follows:

(A) A licensee who has completed a Board-approved clinical instructor certification program may receive continuing competence credit equivalent to 1 credit hour for each 40 hours of direct clinical instruction to a physical therapist student or physical therapist assistant student enrolled in a physical therapy or physical therapy assistant program.

(B) The maximum cumulative credit granted for serving as a clinical instructor shall be no more than one-third of the total continuing competence requirement during any certification period, or 8 hours.

(C) The licensee must obtain a letter or certificate from the student’s academic institution verifying that the student has completed the course of clinical instruction;

(j) Completion of a specialty certification through the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialists, which shall qualify for 24 hours of continuing competence during the period in which the specialist certification is awarded;

(k) Completion of the Federation of State Board’s of Physical Therapy’s Practice Review Tool (PRT); which shall qualify for 6 hours of continuing competence for completion or 12 hours of continuing competence for completion with a passing score; and

(l) Courses or activities approved by the Board by special request.

(2) Notwithstanding subsection 1 of this rule, activities which will not satisfy the continuing competence requirement include:

(a) Courses provided by an accredited institution of higher education taken as part of the curriculum requirements of a CAPTE accredited physical therapy program;

(b) In service programs or required workplace orientation, training or competencies;

(c) Professional association meetings for purposes of business or policy decisions making;

(d) Entertainment or recreational meetings; or

(e) Attending meetings, holding office, or representing a professional association as a lobbyist or delegate.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 688.160
Stats. Implemented: ORS 688.160(6)(g)
Hist.: PTLB 1-2006, f. & cert. ef. 4-14-06; PTLB 2-2008, f. 12-16-08, cert. ef. 1-2-09; PTLB 1-2012, f. 2-9-12, cert. ef. 3-1-12; PTLB 1-2014, f. 2-21-14, cert. ef. 4-1-14

848-035-0035

Pain Management Course Requirement for Physical Therapists

(1) Effective January 2, 2008, all Oregon licensed physical therapists must fulfill a one-time only pain management education requirement as defined in ORS 409.500.

(2) Physical Therapists must complete the coursework requirement within a period of 24 months either before or after the first renewal of their physical therapist license.

(3) The requirement is seven hours of pain management education, which includes the completion of a one hour on-line pain management course sponsored and provided by the Oregon Pain Management Commission, plus an additional six hours of continuing education relative to the evaluation, diagnosis or treatment of pain.

(4) Effective November 1, 2012, all physical therapist applicants must provide evidence of completion of the one hour on-line pain management course as part of the initial application process.

(5) The seven hours of pain management education may be used to satisfy part of the physical therapist’s continuing competence requirement under OAR 848-035-0020 for the current period. However, pain management education hours taken in a prior certification period and used to satisfy the pain management requirement cannot be used to satisfy part of the continuing competence requirement for the current certification period.

(6) Physical Therapist Assistants are exempt from the statutory requirement to complete the pain management education requirement but may elect to complete the Oregon Pain Management Commission’s one hour on-line course for credit or complete other hours of education or competency related to the treatment or management of pain.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 688.160
Stats. Implemented: ORS 688.160(6)(g)
Hist.: PTLB 2-2008, f. 12-16-08, cert. ef. 1-2-09; PTLB 1-2014, f. 2-21-14, cert. ef. 4-1-14

848-035-0040

Documentation of Continuing Competence

(1) In order to qualify for credit against the required hours, a continuing competence course or activity must include a completion certificate. The certificate must include the title of the course or activity, the name of the sponsor or speaker, date of completion, number of hours and licensee's name.

(2) The licensee is responsible for obtaining a completion certificate from the sponsor or speaker. The licensee is further responsible for retaining the certificate in the event the Board requires the licensee to produce documentation of completion of the continuing competence requirement. All completion certificates shall be retained for a minimum of four (4) years from the certificate date.

(3) A licensee who is seeking to receive credit for serving as a clinical instructor is responsible for obtaining a letter or certificate of the student’s completion of the course of clinical instruction from the academic institution for which the licensee served as a clinical instructor.

(4) The Board may require all or any percentage of physical therapists and physical therapist assistants who are renewing their licenses in the even numbered year to provide documentation of completion of the continuing competence requirements of this division 35.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 688.160
Stats. Implemented: ORS 688.160(6)(g)
Hist.: PTLB 1-2006, f. & cert. ef. 4-14-06; PTLB 2-2008, f. 12-16-08, cert. ef. 1-2-09; PTLB 1-2012, f. 2-9-12, cert. ef. 3-1-12; PTLB 1-2014, f. 2-21-14, cert. ef. 4-1-14

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