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TITLE 22EXAMINING BOARDS
PART 16TEXAS BOARD OF PHYSICAL THERAPY EXAMINERS
CHAPTER 341LICENSE RENEWAL
RULE §341.3Qualifying Continuing Competence Activities

Licensees may select from a variety of activities to fulfill the requirements for continuing competence. These activities include the following:

  (1) Continuing education (CE).

    (A) Program content structure must be approved by the board-approved organization, or be offered by a provider accredited by that organization. Programs must meet the following criteria:

      (i) Program content must be easily recognizable as pertinent to the physical therapy profession and in the areas of ethics, professional responsibility, clinical application, clinical management, behavioral science, science, or risk management.

      (ii) The content must be identified by instructional level, i.e., basic, intermediate, advanced. Program objectives must be clearly written to identify the knowledge and skills the participants should acquire and be consistent with the stated instructional level.

      (iii) The instructional methods related to the objectives must be identified and be consistent with the stated objectives.

      (iv) Programs must be presented by a licensed health care provider, or by a person with appropriate credentials and/or specialized training in the field.

      (v) Program providers are prohibited from self-promotion of programs, products, and/or services during the presentation of the program.

      (vi) The participants must evaluate the program. A summary of these evaluations must be made available to the board-approved organization upon request.

      (vii) Records of each licensee who participates in the program must be maintained for four years by the CE sponsor/provider and must be made available to the board-approved organization upon request.

    (B) CE programs subject to this subsection include the following:

      (i) Live programs.

        (I) One contact hour equals 1 continuing competence unit (CCU).

        (II) Documentation must include the name and license number of the licensee; the title, sponsor/provider, date(s), and location of the course; the number of CCUs awarded, the signature of an authorized signer, and the accredited provider or program approval number.

        (III) If selected for audit, the licensee must submit the specified documentation.

      (ii) Self-study programs - Structured, self-paced programs or courses offered through electronic media (for example, via the internet or on DVD) or on paper (for example, a booklet) completed without direct supervision or attendance in a class.

        (I) One contact hour equals 1 CCU.

        (II) Documentation must include the name and license number of the licensee; the title, sponsor/provider, date(s), and instructional format of the course; the number of CCUs awarded, the signature of an authorized signer, and the accredited provider or program approval number.

        (III) If selected for audit, the licensee must submit the specified documentation.

      (iii) Regular inservice-type programs over a one-year period where individual sessions are granted 2 CCUs or less.

        (I) One contact hour equals 1 CCU.

        (II) Documentation must include the name and license number of the licensee; the title, sponsor/provider, date(s), and location of the inservice; the signature of an authorized signer, and the accredited provider or program approval number with the maximum CCUs granted and the CCU value of each session or group of sessions specified and justified.

        (III) Additionally, proof of attendance to any or all inservice sessions must be provided so that individual CCUs earned can be calculated by the program sponsor/provider for submission to the board-approved organization.

        (IV) If selected for audit, the licensee must submit the specified documentation.

      (iv) Large conferences with concurrent programming.

        (I) One contact hour equals 1 CCU.

        (II) Documentation must include the licensee's name and license number; title, sponsor/provider, date(s); and location of the conference; the number of CCUs awarded, the signature of an authorized signer, and the accredited provider or course approval number.

        (III) If selected for audit, the licensee must submit the specified documentation and proof of attendance.

  (2) College or university courses.

    (A) Courses at regionally accredited US colleges or universities easily recognizable as pertinent to the physical therapy profession and in the areas of ethics, professional responsibility, clinical application, clinical management, behavioral science, science, or risk management.

      (i) The course must be at the appropriate educational level for the PT or the PTA.

      (ii) All courses in this paragraph are subject to the following:

        (I) One satisfactorily completed credit hour (grade of C or equivalent, or higher) equals 10 CCUs.

        (II) Documentation required for consideration is the course syllabus for each course and a transcript indicating successful completion of the course.

        (III) If selected for audit, the licensee must submit the approval letter from the board-approved organization.

    (B) College or university sponsored CE programs (no grade, no official transcript) must comply with paragraph (1)(A) of this section.

    (C) College or university courses that are part of a post-professional physical therapy degree program, or are part of a CAPTE-accredited program bridging from PTA to PT, are automatically approved and are assigned a standard approval number by the board-approved organization. If selected for audit, the licensee must submit a transcript indicating successful completion of the course.

  (3) Scholarship.

    (A) Publications. Publication(s) pertinent to physical therapy and in the areas of ethics, professional responsibility, clinical practice, clinical management, behavioral science, science, or risk management written for the professional or lay audience. The author(s) are prohibited from self-promotion of programs, products, and/or services in the publication.

      (i) The publication must be published within the 24 months prior to the license expiration date.

      (ii) CCU values for types of original publications are as follows:

        (I) A newspaper article (excluding editorials and opinion pieces) may be valued up to 3 CCUs.

        (II) A regional/national magazine article (excluding editorials and opinion pieces) may be valued up to 10 CCUs.

        (III) A case study in a peer reviewed publication, monograph, or book chapter(s) is valued at 20 CCUs.

        (IV) A research article in a peer reviewed publication, or an entire book is valued at 30 CCUs.

      (iii) Documentation required for consideration is:

        (I) For newspaper articles, a copy of the article and the newspaper banner, indicating the publication date;

        (II) For magazine articles and publications in peer reviewed journals, a copy of the article and the Table of Contents page of the publication showing the author's name and the name and date of the publication.

        (III) For monographs or single book chapters, a copy of the first page of the monograph or chapter, and the Table of Contents page of the publication showing the author's name and the name and date of the publication.

        (IV) For an entire book or multiple chapters in a book, the author must submit the following: title page, copyright page, entire table of contents, preface or forward if present, and one book chapter authored by the licensee.

      (iv) If selected for audit, the licensee must submit the approval letter from the board-approved organization.

    (B) Manuscript review. Reviews of manuscripts for peer-reviewed publications pertinent to physical therapy and in the areas of ethics, professional responsibility, clinical practice, clinical management, behavioral science, science, or risk management. The Board will maintain and make available a list of peer-reviewed publications that are automatically approved for manuscript review and assigned a standard approval number by the board-approved organization.

      (i) The review must be completed within the 24 months prior to the license expiration date.

      (ii) One manuscript review is valued at 3 CCUs.

      (iii) For each renewal:

        (I) PTs may submit no more than 3 manuscript reviews (9 CCUs).

        (II) PTAs may submit no more than 2 manuscript reviews (6 CCUs).

      (iv) If selected for audit, the licensee must submit a copy of the letter or certificate from the publisher confirming completion of manuscript review.

      (v) A peer-reviewed publication not on the list of recognized publications for manuscript review but pertinent to the physical therapy profession may be submitted to the board-approved organization for consideration. Documentation required for consideration includes the following:

        (I) The name of the peer-reviewed journal;

        (II) The name of the manuscript; and

        (III) A description of the journal's relevance to the physical therapy profession.

    (C) Grant proposal submission. Submission of grant proposals by principal investigators or co-principal investigators for research that is pertinent to physical therapy and in the areas of ethics, professional responsibility, clinical practice, clinical management, behavioral science, science, or risk management.

      (i) The grant proposal must be submitted to the funding entity within the 24 months prior to the license expiration date.

      (ii) One grant proposal is valued at 10 CCUs.

      (iii) Licensees may submit a maximum of 1 grant proposal (10 CCUs).

      (iv) Documentation required for consideration is a copy of the grant and letter submitted to the grant-provider.

      (v) If selected for audit, the licensee must submit the approval letter from the board-approved organization.

    (D) Grant review for research pertinent to healthcare. The Board will maintain and make available a list of grant-issuing entities that are automatically approved for grant review and assigned a standard approval number by the board-approved organization.

      (i) The review must be completed within the 24 months prior to the license expiration date.

      (ii) One grant review is valued at 3 CCUs.

      (iii) Licensees may submit a maximum of 2 grant reviews (6 CCUs).

      (iv) If selected for audit, the licensee must submit a letter or certificate confirming grant review from the grant provider.

      (v) A grant-issuing entity not on the list of recognized entities for grant review but pertinent to the physical therapy profession may be submitted to the board-approved organization for consideration. Documentation required for consideration includes the following:

        (I) The name of the grant-issuing entity;

        (II) The name of the grant; and

        (III) A description of the grant's relevance to the physical therapy profession.

  (4) Teaching and Presentation Activities.

    (A) First-time development or coordination of course(s) in a CAPTE-accredited PT or PTA program, or a post-professional physical therapy degree program, or a CAPTE accredited program bridging from PTA to PT. This activity type is automatically approved and is assigned a standard approval number by the board-approved organization.

      (i) The course must be offered for the first time within the 24 months prior to the license expiration date.

      (ii) One student contact hour equals 4 CCUs.

      (iii) Licensees are limited to the following number of CCUs:

        (I) PTs may submit a maximum of 10 CCUs for this activity.

        (II) PTAs may submit a maximum of 8 CCUs for this activity.

      (iv) If selected for audit, the licensee must submit a copy of the course syllabus indicating the licensee as course coordinator or primary instructor.

    (B) First-time development or coordination of course(s) in a regionally accredited U.S. college or university program for other health professions.

      (i) The course must be offered for the first time within the 24 months prior to the license expiration date.

      (ii) One student contact hour equals 4 CCUs.

      (iii) Licensees are limited to the following number of CCUs:

        (I) PTs may submit a maximum of 10 CCUs for this activity.

        (II) PTAs may submit a maximum of 8 CCUs for this activity.

      (iv) Documentation required for consideration is a copy of the course syllabus indicating the licensee as course coordinator or primary instructor.

      (v) If selected for audit, the licensee must submit the approval letter from the board-approved organization.

    (C) Presentation or instruction as a guest lecturer in a CAPTE-accredited PT or PTA program, or a post-professional physical therapy degree program, or a CAPTE-accredited program bridging from PTA to PT. This activity type is automatically approved and is assigned a standard approval number by the board-approved organization.

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