Physical Therapist Assistant Graduates | Southwestern Illinois College

Physical Therapy Special Interest Group

The PT SIG is co-sponsored by SWIC PTA Program and Memorial Rehabilitation Services. The SIG provides Illinois approved continuing education courses for PT, PTA, OT and COTA. Courses are held at Memorial Rehabilitation Services in Belleville.

Each course will award 3 IL approved contact hours of face to face CEU.

A goal of the SIG is to provide a 3 hour Ethics course, every other year, so that PT’s and PTA’s can utilize this for IL licensure renewal requirements.

Upcoming Course Dates

TBD, once COVID restrictions are lifted.

Advanced registration is required. Registrants are on a first-come, first-serve basis. Registration fees are $25. For more info, contact Deborah.Schneider3@bjc.org.

Applying for a License in Another State

See www.FSBPT.org for info and links to individual state applications.

If the state you are applying to requires verification and dates in which you were enrolled and/or graduated from the PTA Program, you need to contact Enrollment Services at 618-235-2700, ext. 5455. Most states require a school seal to be affixed to application along with transcripts.

Licensure Renewals

IL PTA Licenses:  Due Sept. 30, every odd year.

Required to have 20 contact hours of CEU’s within 2 year renewal period. A portion of CEUs can be taken on line.  For current guidelines, see below for info from April 2021.  Three Contact hours of Ethics training and one contact hour of Sexual Harassment training are required, each renewal period. For greater details and the most current info, see www.idfpr.com. (SWIC’s PTA program provides this information as a courtesy to its graduates and is not held liable for its content.  Licensees are solely responsible for checking with the state licensing boards if there are questions.)

Licensees are required to sign a statement each renewal attesting to the fact that the appropriate number of hours of CEU were attained. Audits of licensees occur at random, whereby the licensee is required to show proof of hours in the form of CEU certificates.

All CEU hours in IL must be IL approved to qualify. SWIC’s SIG meetings, So District IPTA meetings, State and National APTA sponsored courses are all IL approved. Check course pamphlets to determine if IL approval has been attained before taking CEU courses.

Note for new grads licensed in IL: The first renewal period following graduation, new grads are exempt from attaining CEUs.

APRIL of 2021:

The Joint Committee on Administrative Rules (JCAR) has approved IDFPR’s recommendations for increasing the amount of self-study CE allowed for license renewal.

PTs and PTAs are now allowed to have 75% of their total CE required for license renewal be self-study. This ruling is now in effect and is part of the Illinois PT rules and regulations.

Section 1340.61  Continuing Education
3)   CE may also be earned from the following activities:

E.)  Self-study

i)     An applicant may obtain 75% of his or her total CE credit by taking correspondence or web-based courses, including pre-recorded professional presentations and pre-recorded webinars, from an approved CE sponsor.  These courses shall include a test that must be passed in order to obtain credit.
ii)      An applicant can receive 50% of his or her total CE credit for completion of published tests/quizzes based on APTA publications.  The applicant will be responsible for verifying successful completion.  (These publication-based tests/quizzes, typically offered for less than 1 hour of CE credit, are the only exception to the requirement that all approved CE activities must be at least 1 hour.)

It is also important to note that back in 2018, the IPTA helped to clarify that live presentations, provided the participant is able to communicate in real time with the speaker and other participants, may count as traditional or “in person” CE. These include IPTA programs such as our “THIRDTHURSDAYs”; “Spotlight on Research”; virtual REVITALIZE Conference; and EXTRA CREDIT courses.

Recorded programs, such as those found in our #THIRDTHURSDAY Virtual Library, still count as “self-study”.

MO PTA Licenses: Due Jan. 31, every even year.

Required to have 30 contact hours of CEUs within 2 calendar years (Jan. 1-Dec. 31).  For greater details and the most current info, see www.pr.mo.gov.(SWIC’s PTA program provides this information as a courtesy to its graduates and is not held liable for its content. Licensees are solely responsible for checking with the state licensing boards if there are questions.)

Licensees are required to sign a statement each renewal attesting to the fact that the appropriate number of hours of CEU were attained. Audits of licensees occur at random, whereby the licensee is required to show proof of hours in the form of CEU certificates.

Certificates of attendance at CEU events must provide proof of numerous items to qualify for MO approved hours (ie. course descriptor, course instructor bio, number of hours, course objectives, etc.)

Note for new grads licensed in MO: The first renewal period following graduation, new grads are exempt from ½ of the CEUs required.

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