It'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!
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