How do physical therapists keep up with the latest in rehab, research, and treatment techniques?
In order for a physical therapist to maintain licensure, he or she must complete a certain number of continuing educational units, or “CEUs,” per licensing period. In the District of Columbia for example, every licensed physical therapist must complete forty hours of CEU credit every two years. Each state or territory that grants physical therapy licenses has different criteria for license renewal, but nearly all require continuing education.
CEUs come in several forms. Physical therapists can choose to attend live classes that address a huge spectrum of rehabilitation topics. Hands-on techniques can be learned in this setting as live courses often incorporate laboratory time that involves practicing techniques on other participants.
Online courses for CEU credit are becoming increasingly popular. Although this format does not allow for hands-on learning, vast amounts of information are available involving every facet of the profession.
Physical therapists can also obtain CEU credit through attendance at professional conferences and meetings. National and regional meetings will often have speakers that present original research on cutting edge topics in rehabilitation.
Some jurisdictions will also allow therapists to submit research article reviews for CEU credit.