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Continuing Competence Points

Sources of information for earning continuing competence points that are approved by the NCBPTE are posted for your reference.  This is not intended to be an exhaustive list but a place to start.  This page will be updated as information comes available.

Continuing Education

New Continuing Competence Activity offered by FSBPT (NCBPTE pre-approved provider)

Interested in earning 3 units of continuing competence credit for your North Carolina PT license? Explore oPTion at www.fsbpt.org/oPTion


The PT self-assessment tool available online and on-demand from your personal computer!

NCBPTE Pre-Approved Providers
  • North Carolina AHEC’s
  • CAPTE Accredited PT and PTA Schools
  • State PT licensure Boards in the US and Canada
  • APTA State Chapters, Sections, credentialed residencies and fellowships
  • NC Department of Public Instruction
  • NC Division of Public Health
  • Federation for State Boards of Physical Therapy
  • The International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET)
  • Other NCBPTE Approved Courses, www.ncptboard.org, Approved Provider and Course listing
  • NCPTA Approved Providers, www.ncpt.org
  • Use Websites, Periodicals and Private PT continuing education vendors to broaden your search for appropriate education sources. 

 

Advanced Training:


Practice Review Tool

FSBPT will retire the Practice Review Tool on November 30, 2016.
The last day to register is October 31, 2016.
Please visit the oPTion page to learn about their new self-directed assessment tool.

PRT is a Unique Continuing Competence Tool

The PRT (Practice Review Tool) is a whole new kind of tool. It's a scenario-based, computerized, multiple-choice assessment that focuses on clinical application of knowledge skills and abilities. This is different than anything that has been available to PTs in the past. If licensees are interested in an objective measure of their knowledge, skills, and abilities as compared to current entry-level practice, then the PRT is for them. The PRT is not an axam and is not a requirement for licensure renewal. It is one choice in the large world of continuing competence/continuing education options.

https://www.fsbpt.org/ForCandidatesAndLicensees/ContinuingCompetence/PracticeReviewTools/

Complete the Practice Review Tool to help you meet your North Carolina continuing competence requirements - Posted 10-22-2012

Are you a North Carolina PT who needs to complete continuing education points? Complete the FSBPT Practice Review Tool (PRT) and receive 10 points for meeting the standard or 5 points for proof of completion toward your 30 points required for North Carolina PT licensure renewal!

How can the PRT help me?

  • It is a resource created by the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBPT) to assist you in assessing your ongoing competence as a physical therapist. 
  • It is an objective tool that can serve as the first step in developing a relevant and high-quality plan for your future continuing education and continuing competence activities.
  • It offers guidance in selecting your future continuing competence and continuing education courses and activities.
  • It helps you identify your practice strengths, review physical therapy practice fundamentals, and enhance your awareness of where you have opportunities for improvement.
  • It provides you with immediate feedback in the form of a written report upon its completion.

What exactly is the PRT?

  • It is a scenario-based, multiple-choice assessment of 125 questions emphasizing clinical application of content knowledge. Realistic case scenarios that describe clinical situations are presented for which you answer a series of related questions. Scenarios include the age, gender and presenting problem/current condition of a patient and may also include past medical history, physical therapy examination results, physical therapy interventions and other information. For an example of a PRT item, click here.
  • It is a confidential scored assessment where the score is released directly and only to you. 
  • Scores are NOT sent to any state physical therapy licensing board.
  • Two versions of the PRT are available: General Practice and Orthopedics.
  • The PRT is only available to PTs and not to PTAs at this time.

How do I complete the PRT?

  • To schedule the PRT go to http://securereg3.prometric.com/landing.aspx?prg=fsbp3.The fee to complete the PRT is only $250. You are allotted 2 1/2 hours to complete the PRT.
  • Once you’ve registered and paid for the PRT, you can schedule to take the PRT on any day and at any Prometric Center in the U.S. that is most convenient for you.

How do I receive credit towards my license renewal?

  • By completing the PRT you earn 10 points for meeting the standard, or 5 points for proof of completion toward your 30 points required for North Carolina licensure renewal (click here for more information).
  • Currently 16 other jurisdictions also accept completion of the PRT: Arizona, California, District of Columbia, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia. Additionally Oklahoma and South Carolina will also accept it if pre-approved or on a case-by-case basis. For detailed descriptions of these and all other states’ continuing education and continuing competence requirements, register your physical therapy licenses with aPTitude – our FREE online continuing education and continuing competence recording and management system.
  • You are issued your Completion Certificate immediately after completing the PRT; if you are audited or otherwise required to demonstrate proof of completing continuing education or continuing competence activities, this certificate can then be submitted to the North Carolina Board of Physical Therapy and to the boards for the states listed above (verify first with Oklahoma and South Carolina).

For more information about the PRT, go to www.fsbpt.org/prt or contact us!

Clinical Education

Credentialed Clinical Instructor, Credentialed Clinical Instructor Trainer and Advanced Credentialed Clinical Instructor Courses:
http://www.apta.org/CCIP/
Forms used to document Clinical Instruction for NCBPTE Continuing Competence Requirements
https://www.ncptboard.org/ContinuingCompetence/CCForms.shtml

Clinical Practice:

Clinical Practice Certification Forms for documenting clinical hours worked go to:
http://www.ncptboard.org/ContinuingCompetence/CCForms.shtml (scroll to the bottom of the page for "Physical Therapy licensee Clincal Practice Certification Form")

Self-Assessment and Reflective Practice Exercise:

For NCBPTE approved self assessment resources and Reflective Practice Exercise tools go to:
https://www.ncptboard.org/ContinuingCompetence/CCSelfAssessment.shtml

Workplace Education:

Contact local PT employers

Professional Service

www.fsbpt.org
www.apta.org
www.ncpt.org

Jurisprudence Exercises

https://www.ncptboard.org/OnlineServices/Secure/login.php?cookies=true

Easily Accessible or Low Cost options

Jurisprudence Exercises- available at www.ncptboard.org, Jurisprudence Exercises, each exercise qualifies for one point, any or all may be taken during a reporting period and count toward the requirement.  Free.  (3 points maximum)

Continuing Competence Self-Assessment- available at www.ncptboard.org, Continuing Competence Self-Assessment, is a 5 part activity.  Completing all 5 parts will earn 5 points.  Free.  (5 points)

Electronic Media, Continuing Education – some websites including NCBPTE and APTA offer free PT continuing education.  To qualify in this category they need to be offered by approved providers and have an assessment component.  These activities are meant to be completed completely via electronic means.  Google options under “free PT CE” Free or low cost.  (10 point maximum)

Specific Activities: Free

NCBPTE Website, www.ncptboard.org:

Video: "PTA Scope of Work and Supervision Requirements in NC" , updated June, 2013 - 1 point

Video:"NCBPTE Continuing Competence 2.0" - 2 points

APTA
Online Educational Activity through APTA: http://learningcenter.apta.org/default.aspx - 2 points

Courses for Free at the APTA Learning Center: Free for members; Free and low cost for non-members :
http://learningcenter.apta.org/default.aspx

Home Study – activities designed to advance the knowledge and skill of the participant in the practice of PT qualify under this category.  There are 2 types:
-Self-designed studies earn a maximum of 5 points where 3 hours = 1 point. 
-Home Study courses are also available from CE providers.  Free or low cost options available.  (10 point maximum where 1 hour = 1 point)

Electronic Media, Continuing Education – some websites including NCBPTE and APTA offer free PT continuing education.  To qualify in this category they need to be offered by approved providers and have an assessment component.  These activities are meant to be completed completely via electronic means.  Google options under “free PT CE” Free or low cost.  (10 point maximum)

Home Study – activities designed to advance the knowledge and skill of the participant in the practice of PT qualify under this category.  Self-designed studies earn a maximum of 5 points where 3 hours = 1 point.  Home Study courses are also available from CE providers.  Free or low cost options available.  (5 point maximum)

Study Group – Join or start one that meets the rules requirement.  Free or low cost.  2 hours of activity = 1 point up to 10 points. 

Workplace Education – employer based in-services relating either to safety or governmental regulatory requirements OR clinical practice of PT may earn points 2 hours of activity = 1 point up to a maximum of 1 (safety) or 5 (clinical practice).

Clinical Practice – earn up to 6 points during the reporting period for clinical practice hours worked. Earn 3 points per year for 1750 hours, 2 points for 1000 hours and 1 point for over 200 hours.  Free.
Professional Service – service to PT related organizations or volunteerism earns a varying number of points depending on activity.  Free.

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