Category: CE Requirements

OCT
14

OT Continuing Education (New Mexico Edition)

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NM OT OTA

New Mexico Occupational Therapists and OT Assistants have an approaching CE deadline of September 30th. According to the New Mexico Regulation and Licensing twenty (20) hours of OT continuing education must be completed during the annual renewal period. Practitioners may carry over up to sixteen (16) hours into the next renewal period beginning October 1st. Ten (10) hours may be completed with online CE courses.

As an AOTA Approved Provider (7487), Milestone CE is approved to provide continuing education courses for New Mexico OTs and OTAs. Start preparing to fulfill your annual CE requirement by reviewing our extensive course catalog, featuring over 690 hours of online or mail order courses under categories like: Movement System Impairment Syndromes, Imaging in Rehabilitation, Geriatric Rehabilitation, and Orthopedic Physical Therapy. Additionally, all Milestone CE courses are designed with the most recent information available in your field. You'll never find a stale subject here!

At Milestone CE, we know that the occupational therapy motto is "Living Life to Its Fullest," and we believe that not only includes your patients, but you as well! We also know that completing your OT continuing education requirements take precious time out of your already busy schedule, so we pride ourselves in providing our hardworking OTs and OTAs with affordable, top of the line CEUs that deliver the information and training to hone your practicing skills, and enhance your career. Our continuing education is designed to help OTs and OTAs to:

• Function efficiently in their work environment

• Improve overall knowledge of the latest studies and practice methods in the OT realm

• Develop and hone OT training skills and techniques

• Add to their arsenal of effective therapeutic approaches

Your 20 hours of occupational therapist or occupational therapy assistant continuing education requirement will be due before you know it! With the remaining time you have to complete your CEUs, we hope you will consider Milestone your number one source for OT continuing education. Milestone CE is on the way to becoming a top provider of occupational therapy CE in the continuing education industry, and has developed online course work to help you achieve the training goals you need to meet for recertification. At Milestone, you can complete your CE requirement with one easy purchase,, and eliminate the stress and expense of attending occupational therapy seminars!

AOTA Approved Provider

Contact us and talk with our knowledgeable CE Specialists to find out how you can benefit from our courses. To learn more about what it means to be an AOTA Approved provider of occupational therapy continuing education, please visit the American Occupational Therapy Association website.


OCT
10

October CE Deadline Roundup

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We're running a little late on our deadline reviews for the month of October, and just in case you're running a little late purchasing CEU courses for the renewal period, click on your state and it will take you directly to the Course Catalog (or if you don't see your state and profession below, click on the Course Catalog link!). Opt for online CE, select your course titles, and get started immediately with this easy downloadable option. What are you waiting for? Time is ticking away!

Approved Provider LogosPTs: Colorado

OTs: Kentucky, Oklahoma

LMTs: Georgia, Maryland,New Mexico


And of course, we can't forget about those license number or birthday-based deadlines. You know who you are... And if you want to get to know us better, check out our FAQ Section or give us a call at 1-800-709-8820.


SEP
26

Maryland Message Therapy CE

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NCBTMB Massage Therapy Continuing Education CoursesThe Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene updated the continuing education requirements for massage therapists back in January 2014. This post will review those changes and summarize the CE requirements for current and new licensees. For comprehensive rules and regulations for massage therapy continuing education, please visit the Maryland Board website: www.MDmassage.org. If you are a new licensee to the profession (in practice for less than one year), you are exempt for the CE course requirement portion of the renewal process, although you will still be required to complete the other steps related to license renewal outside of getting your CEU credits.

The previously mentioned changes to the continuing education requirements will apply during this upcoming biennial renewal period, ending on October 31, 2014. However, please note that all continuing education courses must be completed no later than October 30th! Licensees who have been in practice for a year or more will be required to complete a total of 24 hours of continuing education which the Board has broken up into the following specifications: 3 hours of ethics and jurisprudence; 3 hours of communicable disease (HIV/AIDS) education; 1 hour from cultural/diversity competency; and the remaining 17 hours from Board-approved CE courses focused on topics related directly to the practice of massage therapy.

Your CE credits can be obtained by attending live seminars or opting for home study and/or online courses. The only limitation related to the format of your CE courses pertains to local, regional or national conferences. Only up to 12 hours can be obtained from those events during the biennial renewal period. Board accepted CE companies are accredited (considered pre-approved by the MD Board) if they are also approved to offer LMT CE courses by organizations like the American Massage Therapy Association, Commission on Massage Therapy Accreditation, or the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork. If you opt to take CE courses at a state accredited university or college, or receive credit from the U.S. Military Commands, these are also accepted by the Maryland Board and will count toward your overall CE requirement.

Choosing a CE provider can be tricky, even with the long list of accepted pre-approved options. But if you've found your way to this blog post, then you're on the right track! As a NCBTMB Approved Provider (#491), Milestone Continuing Education is the perfect choice for completing your 17 hours of core CE coursework. Currently offering over 85 hours of online CE credits with course titles like "Integrated Sports Massage Therapy" and "Deep Tissue Massage Treatment" among others, our professionally relevant and affordable courses are designed for your convenience and professional development. Choose your courses in mail order format, or for instant access, choose online (PDF) format, download to your tablet device and get started on your requirement immediately after purchase. And don't forget to purchase your course modules in a "Bundle Pack" to save even more! Visit the Course Catalog and get started today!

Have questions? We've got answers! E-mail info@MilestoneCE.com or call 1-800-709-8820 to speak with a friendly CE Specialist today.

AUG
27

PT Continuing Education (Illinois Edition)

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Illinois Physical Therapy Continuing Education CE Courses at MilestoneIt's not only "back to school" time for students, it's also time for Illinois physical therapists to start thinking about their education too - their continuing education, that is! This post will review the key points for the renewal process for physical therapists because Illinois PT assistants are not up for renewal until next year on September 30, 2015. For a quick refresher, physical therapy assistants are expected to complete a total of 20 hours of CE by the renewal deadline, 10 of which may come from online CE courses and 10 that must come from live courses.

For even more specifics and details, review Section 1340.61 (Continuing Education) in the Illinois Administrative Code. And don't worry if you haven't purchased your online courses yet, because Milestone CE has got you covered there!

With an approaching deadline of September 30th, PTs in Illinois will need to complete 40 hours of continuing education in order to qualify for renewal. The state rules allow for 20 of those hours to come from online sources like Milestone Continuing Education, but the remaining 20 hours must come from physical therapy seminars, live courses, conferences, university classes, etc. According to the rules, 50 minutes is the literal clock time for 1 CE hour. After the practitioner completes the first CE hour (remember, that's only 50 minutes by the clock), a full CE credit will be awarded for half hour increments (See Section 1340.61 [a]4).

The rules weigh live courses differently, depending on the activity itself. For example, CE credits coming from a semester's worth of university courses will be weighed as 15 CE credit hours. If the practitioner takes college or university courses for CE credit for a quarter of a semester, then they would receive recognition for 10 completed CE hours. Be sure to review the rules governing credits for live courses so you can calculate your credit hours accurately (yes, I'm talking to you!).

Now about those online courses. If you've finished up the live seminar/PT conference portion of the renewal requirement and want to complete your remaining CE hours with self-paced home study courses, then you've come to the right place. Milestone provides high impact continuing education courses for physical therapists and physical therapy assistants licensed in Illinois and 29 other states - review our State Approvals here. With over 1,000 hours to choose from, and customizable CEU Bundle Packs which allow you to combine modules at a discounted rate, you can be sure you will be receiving the latest information in your field in convenient mail order or downloadable PDF format without sacrificing a variety of course content! Opting for the latter (online courses) allows you to instantly access your course materials on your office, home computer, or tablet device. The choice is yours! Click here to get started today!

Visit our FAQ section to learn more about Milestone, or contact a knowledgeable CE Specialist at 1-800-709-8820 or via e-mail at info@MilestoneCE.com to get your questions answered!


AUG
6

August LMT Deadlines: Montana & Delaware

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It's that time of year again. The stores are filling up school supplies and fall decor, signaling an impending change of seasons. But before summer slips away until next year, there are a few things Delaware and Montana massage therapists have to do. This post will cover the basic CE requirements for massage therapists up for license renewal in these states, but always be sure to reference the state board's website for updates and changes to the requirement.

Let's start with Montana. Licensees here can choose their CEU credits from any provider as long as the continuing education program offers courses that pertain directly to the practice of massage therapy, business administration, or ethics aspects of the field. Continuing education activities from other professional groups or academic disciplines may also be accepted for CE credits by the board if the practitioner can prove that the activity is related to their as a massage therapist.

The renewal period, established back in 2012, ends on August 31st. By that time practitioners are expected to have completed and submitted 12 hours of continuing ed. and submit an "attestation" confirming the completion of the full requirement. It is advised that the practitioner keep track of their records for up to 3 years before discarding them because the board periodically conducts random audits on 2-5% of licensees throughout that time.

Delaware has similar requirements for LMTs, but there are a few key differences. Licensees in this state will need to have completed 24 hours of approved CE by August 31st (the renewal period is biennial - always ending on August 31st of even-numbered years). However unlike in Montana, the total requirement is broken down into specifications: 18 hours of the total 24 hours must come from "core" courses, whose content pertains directly to the practice of massage therapy. The remaining 6 hours are elective, which means the course content may discuss topics outside of the practice of massage therapy and bodywork.

As for choosing a CE provider, practitioners in Delaware have to either select a board-approved company, choose a CE company approved through the NCBTMB, AMTA, or ABMP, then the courses offered do not have to be directly approved through the board. Be careful when selecting course formats, as the board specifies that only 15 hours may be taken from online course providers (all 6 hours from the elective group and up to 9 from the core group).

Milestone CE is a NCBTMB Approved Provider (#491) and currently offers over 85 hours of online courses for LMTs in Delaware and Montana. Explore titles derived from the most recent content available, make your selections, download them to your computer or tablet and you're ready to get started. It's that simple... Click on the course titles below for detailed descriptions, module information, professional objectives and more!

Milestone CEUs for Massage Therapists

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Want to learn more about Milestone CE? Visit our FAQ Section or give us a call at 1-800-709-8820.




JUL
25

I Spy... a Puzzle Post!

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It's been a while since we've published a puzzle post (wow, say that three times fast!) so we thought we'd send you into the weekend with a little bit of fun! You know what to do: search the puzzle for the continuing education keywords listed below. Good luck!

And by the way, we solve all the puzzles we post just to make sure all of the keywords are in there.

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JUL
18

Chiropractic CE Requirements in Montana

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License Renewal Requirements:

Montana Chiropractor Continuing Education Courses OnlineMontana D.C.s are required to complete the renewal form and submit the fee to the board every two years on penalty of license termination. The deadline for submitting all of the required documents and payment is September 1st, annually. You can receive a new license by following the instructions listed here, as long as you are within 3 years of the date of termination. If you have been inactive in your practice for over three years, then you must reapply using these instructions.

Continuing Education:

In addition to submitting the payment and renewal form, chiropractors licensed in Montana must also include proof of completion of thirteen (13) hours of continuing education. Per board requirements, only two (2) hours may come from course content that focuses on practice management or philosophy. One (1) hour of the total must be from course content focused on ethics or professional boundaries. Outside of the previously mentioned requirements, the remaining hours of the total must come from courses focused on the practice of chiropractics. The board notes that no credits can transfer over to the following renewal period. Random audits (on 10% of licensees) are conducted each renewal period and three (3) month extensions are allowed for practitioners who fail to meet requirements because of an audit.

Approved Forms of CE:

According to the board, D.C.s can obtain their credits from seminars, conferences, board meetings, and online sources like Milestone Continuing Education as long as the provider is approved through a state, regional, or national organization/association, or a state college or university (check the necessary continuing ed. credentials here). Milestone is a PACE recognized provider of online continuing ed. for chiropractors and currently offers over 400 hours of course content focused on the practice of chiropractic medicine. Explore titles like "Musculoskeletal MRI," "Movement System Impairment Syndromes," and "Whiplash" in the Course Catalog and get started today!

If you have questions about our chiropractic continuing education program, please visit our FAQ Section, e-mail (info@MilestoneCE.com) or call and talk with a friendly representative at 1-800-709-8820 who will help you get on the road to license renewal the easy, convenient and affordable way. But don't wait, your deadline is only 46 days away!



JUL
15

Mississippi CE (and a Recipe for OTs)!

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Mississippi occupational therapists are responsible for completing 20 hours (or 2 continuing education units "CEUs") within the biennial renewal period ending on April 30, 2016. As part of the total 20 hour requirement, the board instructs that at least 6 hours (or ".6" CEUs) must come from courses directly related to the practice of occupational therapy. Additionally, these 6 hours must come from live occupational therapy seminars, or "face to face" classroom learning experiences. OTs are allowed to take up to 7 hours of the total requirement online. For more details about the OT continuing education rules and regulations, visit the Mississippi Occupational Therapy Board (specifics about CE are on Page 10 of the linked document).

Turn to Milestone CE, an AOTA Approved Provider (#7487), for your online courses. Start with the Course Catalog and browse through hundreds of hours of online CE courses with detailed course overviews, professional objectives and more just a click away! Select the courses that apply to your area of practice and download them to your computer or tablet device so you can study when it fits your schedule. Completing your CE courses with Milestone is as simple as this: read the material; take the exam; print your certificate! Get started today!

mississippi, mud brownies, and continuing education for occupational therapists

While researching potential themes that would be fitting for a state awesome enough to have two official nicknames (the 'Magnolia State' and the 'Hospitality State') I stumbled upon this decadent recipe that I just couldn't resist sharing with you! I mean, it has Mississippi in the title, that's a close enough connection, right? You be the judge!


MISSISSIPPI MUD BROWNIES

Ingredients:

  • ¾ cup (90 g) all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup (113 g) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • ½ cup (110 g) white sugar
  • ¾ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature
  • ¾ cup (130 g) semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • ½ cup (125 g) crunchy peanut butter
  • 1 teaspoon vegetable oil
  • 2 cups (100 g) miniature marshmallows
  • ½ cup (65 g) chopped and toasted pecans

For the Chocolate Frosting:

  • 1½ cup (180 g) powdered sugar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 4 tablespoons (60g) unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ¼ cup (60 ml) milk
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line an 8-inch square baking pan with parchment paper, and lightly spray with nonstick spray. Set aside.
  2. In a small bowl, combine flour, cocoa powder and salt. Set aside.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, beat together butter, sugar and vanilla extract, until light and fluffy.
  4. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
  5. Stir dry ingredients into batter.
  6. Pour batter into prepared pan and spread evenly. Sprinkle with chocolate chips and bake for about 20-25 minutes.
  7. In a microwave safe bowl, combine peanut butter and oil. Heat for 20 seconds to soften. Pour this mixture all over the warm brownies and spread.
  8. Spread miniature marshmallows over the peanut butter, return to the oven and bake until the marshmallows puff up, about 3 minutes.
  9. Remove from oven, top with the toasted chopped pecans and set aside to cool.
  10. Frosting: In a medium bowl, combine powdered sugar and salt.
  11. In a small pan, melt 4 tablespoons of unsalted butter. Stir in cocoa powder, milk and heat until the mixture begins to boil. Remove from heat and immediately whisk with powdered sugar/salt mixture. Beat in vanilla extract.
  12. Spread frosting evenly over puffed marshmallows and pecans.
  13. Let cool completely (for 1-2 hours) before cutting and serving.

Recipe found on the Yummy Addiction Blog.

JUN
27

New! PT Continuing Ed. in Vermont

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Vermont PT Continuing EducationThere's big news for physical therapists from the Green Mountain State! Keeping in theme with Tuesday's post announcing new CE requirements for Colorado PTs, the following is a review of the newly developed physical therapy continuing education requirements for Vermont PTs and PTAs. If you still have questions, feel free to contact one of our CE Specialists at 1-800-709-8820 or contact the state board.

We encourage all of our Vermont PT practitioners to stay up to date with the latest changes to the board rules by visiting the Vermont Physical Therapy Board. Let's get started!

According to the latest information, physical therapists will be required to complete 12 hours and physical therapy assistants will be required to complete 8 hours of continuing competence units (CCUs) for the October 1, 2012 through September 30, 2014 renewal period. Beginning on September 30, 2014 and moving forward, the requirement will double where PTs will need to complete 24 hours and PTAs will need to complete 16 hours of CCUs. (Check our references here).

Milestone Continuing Education meets the board requirements under (C)(3) to offer online continuing ed. to physical therapists and assistants licensed in Vermont. Practitioners can peruse over 1,000 hours of online continuing competence units in our course catalog, with more courses added all throughout the year! Get started today by logging on to www.MilestoneCE.com or simply click the Home button in the top left corner of your screen. Happy studying!


JUN
24

New CE Requirements for Colorado PTs!

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Colorado Continuing Education for Physical Therapy PractitionersColorado has recently announced that physical therapists will be required to complete continuing education courses, or "professional development activities," in order to qualify for license renewal in 2016. Physical therapy assistants do not have any updated requirements at this time. Helpful links are listed at the end of this post!

Please keep in mind that these new regulations are still in development, and you should periodically check the Department of Regulatory Agencies Division of Professions and Occupations for updates to the rules. As of the date of this post, physical therapists licensed in Colorado will be expected to obtain 30 Professional Development Activity "points" between November 1, 2014 and October 31, 2016.

Similar to continuing education credit hours, PDA points can be gained from university courses, specialist certifications, residency or fellowship completion (APTA program accreditation is required), as well as physical therapy online courses and other board designated activities. These PDAs are considered Category 1, out of which at least 20 of the 30 points must come from during the biennial renewal period. For any activity completed, the practitioner must keep the documentation showing completion for four years in their records.

Milestone Continuing Education meets the board requirements for Category 1 in the state of Colorado for physical therapy continued professional development courses. Browse through our current PT Course Catalog and view over 900 hours of continuing development courses that are sure to meet your professional interests. Visit our website, download your courses and get started today, or contact one of our friendly CE Specialists who will help you get started! 1-800-709-8820 or info@MilestoneCE.com.

Helpful Links to the Colorado PT Board: