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Approval of Courses for State License Renewal for Physical Therapists 

Continuing education requirements are regulated by the state boards of physical therapy. Each state licensing board has its own policies and procedures related to continuing education of its licensees. State boards of physical therapy place the responsibility on licensees to follow rules and regulations related to the practice of physical therapy and maintenance of licensure in their states.  

IMPORTANT:  Licensees should verify acceptance of continuing education courses with their state licensing board by reviewing the relevant state practice act and/or administrative code.

As a CAPTE accredited institution, the University of Pittsburgh is a pre-approved provider of continuing education units (CEU) for Physical Therapists.  University of Pittsburgh CEU's are accepted by most physical therapy state boards without a pre-approval process.  A small number of states require pre-approval directly with the state board, including Pennsylvania.   

CEU Requests 

In support of partnership with UPMC Rehabilitation Institute (formerly UPMC Centers for Rehab Services) and other clinical partners, the Department of Physical Therapy is willing to co-sponsor and/or approve continuing education units in accordance with the State Board of Physical Therapy.   

If you are an employee of UPMC Rehabilitation Institute and/or pre-approved clinical partner, submit the required documents to complete your request:

The online submission now includes space to upload all required supportive documentation:

  • Course Outline or Agenda
    • You must include the specific time allocated to each activity in minutes (30 min, 60 minutes, etc.)
    • For any submission greater than 2 hours, use this excel template
  • Course Description
  • Learning Objectives
  • Brief Resume/CV/Biosketch for each instructor.  (Maximum 2 pages per instructor)
  • Sample Certificate

Click here for detailed instructions regarding your submissions.  Please note, if you do not provide the required documentation, your request will be denied and returned to you for re-submission.  

If you are not pre-approved by the University of Pittsburgh, Department of Physical Therapy to request CEU approval, you must email before proceeding with your request.