Practice Guidelines

Law, rules and regulations, not Guidelines, specify the requirements for practice and violating them constitutes professional misconduct. Not adhering to this Guideline may be interpreted as professional misconduct only if the conduct also violates pertinent law, rules and regulations, some citations of which are listed at the end of this Guideline.

Guideline 8: Maintaining Continuing Professional Competence

8.1
Assess and renew your competence throughout your career through self-evaluation, supervision and consultation.
8.2
Beginning September 1, 2009, you are required to complete and document at least 36 hours of continuing education during each three-year registration period. (See this page for more information.)
8.3
Expand your knowledge and skills during your career through continuing education and training (many specialty credentials have specific continuing education requirements). Be sure to document all activities.
8.4
Before using a modality, procedure, or technique within the scope of practice of physical therapy or physical therapist assistant which was not included in your professional training, enroll in and successfully complete programs of study in recognized institutions and/or with recognized authorities to ensure competency.
8.5
Physical therapists licensed in other states may teach courses involving clinical demonstrations (interpreted to mean treatment on patients) in connection with a program of basic clinical education, graduate education, or post-graduate education in an approved school of physical therapy or in its affiliated clinical facility or health care agency, or before a group of licensed physical therapists who are members of a professional society.
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Citations of Pertinent Law, Rules or Regulations:
Education Law, Section 6509(2) - "incompetence and negligence"
Education Law, Section 6509(9) - "unprofessional conduct"
Education Law, Section 6742-a - "mandatory continuing education"
Regents Rule, Part 29.1(b)(9) - "practicing beyond competency"
Commissioner's Regulation, Subpart 77.10 - "Continuing education for physical therapists and physical therapist assistants"
Last Updated: October 29, 2010