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Continuing professional competency was created to help licensees assess their professional work, identify areas of growth and stay current with the profession. A detailed explanation of continuing professional competency can be accessed in the Continuing Competency Manual found in the Resources section below. Pursuant to section 12-41-114.6, C.R.S., all physical therapists in Active status shall maintain and demonstrate continuing professional competency in order to renew, reinstate, or reactivate a license to practice physical therapy in the state of Colorado. Physical therapist assistants are not required to participate in continuing professional competency.
Effective after the 2014 renewal of a license, or upon the completion of the first renewal of a license thereafter, physical therapists must demonstrate continuing professional competency in order renew a license by:
Audits of compliance will be conducted after a renewal period ends.
The following updates are effective on 11/1/2016.
The AKS is no longer required; however, you may receive credit for completing an approved AKS, once every ten years. The following AKS is approved by the Board:
oPTion is a self-assessment tool created by the FSBPT to allow physical therapists to compare their knowledge, skills, and abilities to current entry-level general physical therapy practice. It is also an opportunity to review PT fundamentals. oPTion is available online and on demand from your personal computer.
The PDA List can be found online at www.colorado.gov/dora/Physical_Therapy_CPC_Forms.
Access the RSAT, Program Manual, PDA List, Learning Plan, and other helpful resources.
If you still need assistance after reviewing the questions below, please contact the program at 303-894-2363 or email@example.com.
A: Pursuant to section 12-41-114.6(3), C.R.S, “continuing professional competency” is defined as “the ongoing ability of a physical therapist to learn, integrate, and apply the knowledge, skill, and judgment to practice as a physical therapist according to generally accepted standards and professional ethical standards.”
A: Effective after the 2014 license renewal, or upon the completion of the first renewal of a license thereafter, all Colorado licensed physical therapists must satisfy continuing professional competency requirements in order to renew, reinstate, or reactivate a license to practice physical therapy. Physical therapist assistants (PTA) are not required to participate.
A: Senate Bill 11-69 was passed into law in the 2011 legislative session and requires a Colorado licensed physical therapist to demonstrate his/her continuing competency (CC) in order to renew, reinstate or reactivate a license.
A: Pursuant to Rule 213.B(1), continuing professional competency (CC) requirements for Colorado physical therapists became effective after the 2014 renewal, or upon the completion of the first renewal of a license thereafter.
A: No, any records or documentation regarding the continuing competency program can only be used to determine if a physical therapist is maintaining continuing competency as required. Pursuant to section 12-41-114.6(2), C.R.S., “Records of assessments or other documentation developed or submitted in connection with the continuing professional competency program are confidential and not subject to inspection by the public or discovery in connection with a civil action against a licensed physical therapist. A person or the board shall not use the records or documents unless used by the board to determine whether a licensed physical therapist is maintaining continuing professional competency to engage in the profession.”
A: There are 3 ways to comply with the Colorado physical therapist continuing competency requirements:
A: Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is the State Physical Therapy Board program through which a licensee can satisfy the continuing professional competency requirements in order to renew, reinstate, or reactivate a license. For each renewal period, the CPD program consists of the following elements:
A: Professional Development Activities are learning activities undertaken to increase the licensee’s knowledge and skill or hone existing knowledge and skill for the purpose of continuing professional development.
A: The Board does not preapprove specific courses or providers. A licensee shall determine which activities and topics will meet his/her Learning Plan and goals and select an appropriate provider. PDA must be relevant to the licensee’s practice as a physical therapist and pertinent to his/her Learning Plan and goals. All PDA must be completed during the licensee’s renewal period and will only count for one 2-year renewal period.
A: A Reflective Self-Assessment Tool is a reflective practice tool in which a licensee can reflect upon his/her knowledge and skills pertaining to the foundational areas of physical therapy practice taking into account the licensee’s current level and area of practice.
A: An Assessment of Knowledge and Skills is an objective third-party assessment that compares a licensee’s knowledge, skills, and abilities to the standards for entry-level practice. Beginning with the November 2016 renewal cycle an AKS is no longer required, but may be completed for points once every 10 years.
The Board has approved an AKS called "oPTion" as administered by the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBPT) for 10 Category I points. You can register to take "oPTion" at www.fsbpt.org/oPTion.
A: No, certificates of completion and other documentation should be kept by the licensee, unless or until, he/she is requested by the Board to submit it. Do not send certificates of completion and other documentation unless you receive a letter from the Board specifically requesting this information. Certificates of completion and other documentation sent to the Board will not be returned to the licensee and will not be kept by the Division of Professions and Occupations (DPO) or the State Physical Therapy Board.
A: Documentation of PDA must be kept for 2 renewal cycles (4 years), see the Board’s Professional Development Activities (PDA) List for a complete list of the documentation required for each PDA.
Listed below are 5 different scenarios and an example of a learning goal and Learning Plan for each scenario. Remember, the Reflective Self-Assessment Tool (RSAT) must be completed before creating learning goals and Learning Plans.
A private practice has begun to receive a bolus of patients from a local pediatric orthopedist. The PT chiefly receiving these referrals is a skilled manual therapist, however, he/she has little background in pediatric populations. A first patient she has is a Down’s Syndrome 10-year old child with acute neck pain. He/she reviews literature and finds evidence of a high frequency of upper cervical instability in this population, and treats the patient successfully with a careful, measured approach.
The population raises questions and concerns related to growth plates, hormone changes, fitness levels etc.
Learning Goal: Develop knowledge and skills applicable to pediatric populations, including sequelae of neurological and other disorders (e.g. cerebral palsy, Down’s syndrome).
Learning Plan: Take course work and readings over the next 2 years to focus on addressing the needs of the neuromusculoskeletal considerations of the pediatric population.
A new graduate seeking employment is offered a job in a clinic closely associated with a local orthopedic surgeon’s office. The job is enticing: From the salary, to patient population and the opportunity to learn orthopedics side-by-side with the surgeon. The PT has questions about the relationship of the PT clinic to the orthopedic surgeon office, the State of Colorado PT Practice Act, the AOA position stand on POPTS and the APTA Code of Ethics & white paper on POPTS.
Learning Goal: Develop a perspective and professional/personal ethical position related to this employment option.
Learning Plan: Take an online course in ethics with APTA, complete readings on the topic (including position stands by the various associations), complete online courses on APTA professional ethics and attend state and national APTA conferences.
The PT is a mother of a 2 year old child. She is returning to practice after a 2-year hiatus. She has kept her license current and as well as membership in the APTA. She accepts a position at a skilled nursing facility (SNF), which offers her a more flexible schedule, competitive wages and steady employment. She has no experience with a geriatric population, and is concerned about working with medically fragile and complex patients.
Learning Goal: Learn skills and knowledge necessary to successfully work with the geriatric population in SNF.
Learning Plan: Take continuing education courses in geriatrics, with a focus on balance disorders in the elderly. If the professional setting is a ‘fit’, she may consider a ABPTS certification in geriatrics.
A new graduate PT is working in a busy outpatient orthopedic PT clinic in a mountain resort town. She has a set of manual therapy skills from her DPT program and is confident that she can work well with most spinal disorders. She has a patient arrive after a mountain bike accident the day before involving a ‘header’ over the handle bars. The patient has marked loss of neck ROM and moderate to severe pain. The patient visited the ER at the local hospital and radiographs were negative for fractures. During questioning the patient has an episode of mild confusion, or so it might appear. The PT continues the examination without incidence, but later realizes that she didn’t clear ligament instability (upper cervical instability), or VBI testing, and questions her own knowledge of concussions.
Objective: She sets about working on implementing full screening of cervical patients, including concussion screening, which the PT director and hospital administrators have implemented the first stages of a concussion program aimed at ski racers.
Learning Goal: Engage in the process of development of concussion screening, looking at all populations of trauma patients AND fully implement ‘Red Flag’ Screening in trauma patients.
A PT was just promoted to a supervisor position in a hospital. A duty that will be performed is a yearly budget prospectus. The PT has no experience with budget development.
Learning Goal: Learn business planning and budgeting for a busy outpatient clinic in a hospital.
Learning Plan: Take MBA courses at a local college. Consider Private Practice Section courses in business management.
A: Starting November 1, 2016, only specialty certifications and recertification offered by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties (ABPTS) will be accepted. The specialty certification and/or recertification must be earned during the current renewal cycle to accrue points. See the PDA list to categorize activities completed for non-ABPTS specialties.
After review of the certification process, the Board has discontinued the specialist certification petition. Petitions will no longer be accepted after October 31, 2016.
A: Deemed Status is one way to comply with continuing professional competency requirements. It is incumbent on the licensee to determine if he/she qualifies. The intent of Deemed Status is to eliminate the duplication of regulatory requirements within the State of Colorado. It is not an exemption; rather, it is another way to meet continuing professional competency requirements. Licensees claiming Deemed Status will successfully complete their State Department's continuing professional competency program, or formalized requirements, in lieu of the Board's Continuing Professional Development (CPD) program.
A: If you are employed by a Colorado state department (or work for a provider with a contractual agreement with a State of Colorado department) and that department has a continuing professional competency program, or formalized requirements that must be met as a condition of employment, then you may be able to claim Deemed Status. To qualify, you must have been employed by (or contracted with) that state department for the entire DORA 2-year renewal period (November 1 through October 31 of even years).
A: At the time that you renew your DORA license, you will be required to attest to how you met continuing competency requirements during the 2-year license renewal period. If you attest to Deemed Status, you must ensure that you are in compliance with that department's requirements. This doesn't mean that you must complete those requirements within the DORA 2-year renewal period, but that you must be in compliance with those requirements at the time you renew your DORA license.
You likely qualify for Deemed Status if you can answer "yes" to the following four questions:
A: Yes, you may qualify for Deemed Status. If you hold an Active license with CDE and you are employed by a school district for the entire DORA renewal period (November 1 through October 31 of even years), you will qualify for Deemed Status and will not be required to also participate in the Board's Continuing Professional Development (CPD) program, including periodic completion of an Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (AKS). Instead, you may participate in and must successfully complete CDE's continuing professional competency program requirements.
DORA's renewal period is 2 years while CDE's renewal period is 5 years. At the time that you renew your DORA license, you will be required to attest to how you met continuing competency requirements during the 2-year license renewal period. If you attest to Deemed Status, you must ensure that you are in compliance with CDE's continuing competency program requirements, which means you must be licensed by CDE and participating fully in its continuing professional competency program from November 1 through October 31 (even years) without any break in employment and CDE license status. Otherwise, you will be required to comply with the Board's CPD Program.
A: Yes, licensees claiming Deemed Status can be audited by the Board.
A: If you receive an Audit of Compliance letter and you claimed Deemed Status for that renewal period, you must submit all of the following:
A: Pursuant to section 12-70-102, C.R.S., licensees who have been called to federally funded active duty for more than 120 days for the purpose of serving in a war, emergency or contingency may request an exemption from the continuing professional competency requirements for the renewal, reinstatement, or reactivation of his/her license for the 2-year renewal period that falls within the period of service or within six months following the completion of service.
A: You must keep documentation demonstrating your compliance with continuing competency requirements (CPD, Deemed Status and Military Exemption) for 4 years.
A: If you are selected to participate in an Audit of Compliance, you will receive a letter with instructions on how to send your documentation for review. It is important that you provide the documentation requested within the deadline given. Be sure your contact information in your Online Services account is current.
A: Licensees may keep their documentation electronically or by paper. A resource available to licensees is the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy's (FSBPT) aPTitude. It is a free, online Continuing Competency and Continuing Education (CC/CE) system that can be used to store your documentation. Visit www.fsbpt.org/aPTitude to access FSBPT's CC/CE system.
A: Refer to the Professional Development Activities (PDA) List to view a short version of documentation requirements. Detailed explanations of documentation requirements can be found in the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Manual.
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