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”.

Info as of June 2021 Impacting Licensure Renewal

Implicit Bias Training Mandate for Health Care Workers Passes and Signed into Law as Part of Health Care Equity HB 158

HB 158, which was signed into law in April, promotes health care equity for Black, Hispanic and low-income patients through wide-ranging provisions to enhance mental health services, require bias training for health care workers and create a community health worker program. For license or registration renewals occurring on or after January 1, 2022, a health care professional who has continuing education requirements must complete at least a one-hour course in training on implicit bias awareness per renewal period. A health care professional may count this one hour for completion of this course toward meeting the minimum credit hours required for continuing education.  This means that Physical Therapists will be required to complete this training for license renewal in 2022 and Physical Therapist Assistants will need to do so in 2023. 

Dementia Training for Health Care Workers Passes, Awaiting Governor’s Signature

SB 677, passed both Illinois Legislative Houses and is now awaiting Pritzker’s signature.

Beginning with the license renewals and registrations in 2023, all licensed healthcare professionals in Illinois, who have direct patient interaction with adults age 26 and above will be required to complete one hour training on the diagnosis, treatment, and care of individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.

The curriculum for this training shall include the diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, including recognizing the signs and symptoms of dementia; person-centered care; assessment and care planning; and culturally competent health care.

Sexual Harassment Prevention Training Webinar – Now available on-demand!

The IPTA has made a recording of last month’s virtual presentation on “Sexual Harassment in the Workplace: How to Protect Yourself and Your License (1 CE hour)” available for members, and nonmembers, to view and receive CE (self study).

This course meets the 1 hour Sexual Harassment Prevention training required by the State of Illinois for licensure renewal.

How to access this webinar: Similar to how you would access any of our #THIRDTHURSDAY Virtual Library recordings, follow the below steps.

  1. Visit the IPTA store product here.
  2. Purchase the item. FREE for IPTA members (non members pay $25).
  3. After purchase, an email will be sent to you with a link to download a PDF document that will include instructions on how to access the video and quiz in order to receive CE.

Clarification on the Sexual Harassment Prevention Training Requirement: The Workplace Transparency Act requires all healthcare worker licensed in Illinois to complete a 1 hour Sexual harassment prevention training ANNUALLY.  

This means that PTs and PTAs must complete a 1 hour Sexual Harassment Prevention Training EVERY YEAR, but can only count 1 of the hours towards their required hours (40 for PTs, 20 for PTAs) for licensure renewal.

SB 1079 passed both the House and Senate and will make some changes to this requirement; however, PTAs renewal for 2021 will not be impacted and all PTAs should meet the sexual harassment prevention training requirement prior to their license renewal before 9/30/2021.

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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