Frequently Asked Questions
Does being a clinical instructor for physical therapy students' count towards CEU credits?
Physical therapists or physical therapist assistants are eligible for 1 hour of CEU credit for every 160 hours of full time clinical instruction up to a maximum of 5 hours per reporting period. A written certification from the PT/PTA school is required for proof of credit.
Do clinical certifications count towards CEU credits?
The ND Board of PT allows up to 15 CEU hours for taking and passing a Clinical Certification Program that has been approved by the Board.
Does taking the FSBPT’s Practice Review Tool (PRT) count towards CEU credits?
The ND Board of PT allows 15 CEU hours for taking of the PRT in an outcome neutral mode.
Can physical therapists perform needle electromyography (EMG) and/or nerve conduction studies (NCS)?
The ND Board of PT will allow physical therapists to perform EMG and NCS. However, these can only be performed by physical therapists that are board certified as Electrophysiologic Clinical Specialist (ECS) by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties.
What types of degree designation initials can a physical therapist use?
A physical therapist shall use the letters "PT" in connection with the physical therapist's name or place of business to denote licensure. Other letter designations such as "RPT", "LPT", or academic and professional degrees should not be substituted for the regulatory designation of "PT". "PTA" is the preferred regulatory designation of a physical therapist assistant. The designations "SPT" and "SPTA" should be used for physical therapist students and physical therapist assistant students, respectively, up to the time of graduation.
In order to promote consistent communication of the presentation of credentials and letter designations, the preferred order of credentials should be:
- Highest earned physical therapy-related degree.
- Other earned academic degrees.
- Specialist certification credentials in alphabetical order (specific to the American board of physical therapy specialties).
- Other Credentials External to APTA.
- Other Certification or Professional Honors (eg, FAPTA).