What does Reciprocity or an Easy Petition Mean?
Figuring out the state practice acts and what’s approved for continuing education credit can be confusing! It’s not any less confusing for us as providers. 😅 I’ve written out all the states and looked up the practice acts to make sure they specify the words “approved by other state APTA chapters”. Since the course is approved through several state APTA chapters, this gets us reciprocity with other states. Please see below for a video on how to look at your state practice act. Then, some states have no real rules of approval at all. I’ve listed those as well.
The course is 34hrs. Now, keep in mind that this list below is simply approval. If you scroll down, you'll see the hours for the pre-approved states. You’ll need to check with your state to see how many hours you need for each approval period and how many of those you’re allowed to get from online coursework. A few states require different amounts of in-person CEU hours.
-States that do not require any evaluation process for continuing education credit according to the Federation of State Boards for Physical Therapy. Basically, anything goes! Here’s a link to the page.
- New Hampshire
- South Carolina
- South Dakota
- Virgin Islands
-States where the board has established standards but no evaluation/verification is required of standards being met.
-States that are approved through reciprocity. Meaning, they accept courses pre-approved by other state level APTA chapters. (Please scroll down to see a video walking you through the topic and how to look it up on your state practice act.)
- North Carolina
- North Dakota
- Rhode Island
-States we have petitioned, paid and gained approval through:
- AR- 34 Hours
- CA- 3.4 CEUs
- FL- 40 Hours
- IL- 34 ss CE hours *Subject to self study limitations for IL license renewal
- LA- 34 Clinical Hours
- MD- 34 Hours
- MN- 34 CE Hours
- NJ- 34 CECs *NJ allows 10 Hours from distance learning, 20 Hours from live webinars
- NM- 34 Hours
- NV- 34 Clinical Hours
- NY- 40.8 CEUs
- OH- 34.75 Hours
- OK- 34 Hours Category B
- TN- 3.475 CEUs/ 34.75 contact hours of Class 1 Continuing Education
- TX- 34 CCUs
- WV- 34 Hours
Many certifying bodies allow for course credit by petition. Here is a list of many organizations that will accept the PCES 2.0 course by petition.
ACE, CSEP, ACSM, IFPA, NFPT, NETA, AFPTE, CCO (Ontario Chiropractors), DONA International, YogaAlliance, and many more.
This is a screenshot from the ACSM recertification form. Since this course is pre-approved by NASM, you can list the PCES 2.0 course in the Non-ACSM Programs category.
Many of the Training, Yoga and Pilates certifications allow for course credit by petition. Please check with your certifying organization directly to see if this is an option. If it is not allowed and you don’t see your certifying body on our list, please let us know and we’ll see if we can get the course approved for you.
About half the states in the US offer reciprocity for Physical Therapists seeking CEU credit. This means that they will accept courses that are pre-approved by another state’s APTA chapter.
Let’s take a look at North Carolina together. Here is a screenshot from their State Practice Act, and you can see how “State Chapters of APTA” are listed as approved providers. The PCES 2.0 course is pre-approved through many state APTAs, so this means the course is approved in North Carolina by reciprocity. (One example: it is pre-approved through APTA TN with approval number 2021-044)
Many other states simply require the PT to show that the course will benefit their learning, and it doesn’t have to be pre-approved by any APTA chapters.
Here’s an example from Washington state. No further pre-approval is required by other boards, you simply need to keep track of your Certificate of Completion.
Some states do require pre-approval. Here is a list of the states where the PCES 2.0 course is pre-approved.
Arkansas, California, Florida, Illinois, Louisiana, Minnesota, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, West Virginia
The last thing to keep in mind is that some states do not allow all required credit hours to be gained from online learning, and they may require live course attendance for at least some of the hours. So please be sure to check with your state to see what’s allowed before making your course purchase.
Here’s a quick video on how to find and understand your State Practice Act. You can also click here to find your state practice act as the FSBPT has created a convenient page with a link for every states practice act.