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The Oregon Board of Physical Therapy has continuing competency (CC) requirements in order to renew your PT or PTA license.
All required continuing competency must be completed within the current certification period. The current Certification Period runs from April 1, 2022 - March 31, 2024.
Continuing Competence activities are required to be reported to the Board as part of the renewal process. You will be asked to enter details about your 2022-2024 CC courses and activities and upload copies of your certificates as part of your renewal application.
The Board has created a new PDF guide to help explain Continuing Competency Requirements in Oregon. Click below to view the guide.
How many units of CC you need to complete depends on the effective date of your current license. This date is printed on your license, or you can look up your record via the license lookup tool. Then, just determine where your effective date falls in the table below to determine how many units you will need to complete.
There are two mandatory continuing competency courses.
Pain Management. This is a requirement made by the legislature in 2021. Licensees MUST take the Oregon Pain Management Commission's Pain Management Module at every renewal. Click here to take the free course.
Cultural Competence. Licensees MUST take a course in cultural competency. Licensees may choose from a variety of courses. The course must be a minimum of one hour. Additional details can be found on our Cultural Competency Page.
The Oregon Pain Management Commission's Pain Management Module is required to be taken at every renewal. The course is free and worth 1.5 CC.
Click here to take the course.
This is a requirement for most health professions beginning in 2021 with the passage of HB 2078. With this bill, the legislature modified the requirements related to the Oregon Pain Management Commission's Pain Management Module.
Previously, this module was only required at initial licensure, but is now required for every renewal.
PLEASE NOTE: If your initial licensure date was on or after April 1st, 2023, completion of the pain management module at initial licensure will count toward this renewal requirement; you do not need to complete the module again at renewal. You WILL need to add a continuing competency activity during renewal and upload the course certificate, as it will not transfer from your application automatically.
The Board maintains a list of courses that are either approved by the Oregon Health Authority or have already been reviewed by Board staff. Click here to view the list and additional information on the Cultural Competency Requirements.
Please note, this is not an exhaustive list- other courses not on the list MAY meet the cultural competency requirement if the course content meets OHA's criteria for approval. Click here to review OHA's criteria for approval.
Courses must be a minimum of half an hour to qualify for CC credit. Courses less than 0.5 CC cannot be accepted.
In order to show that you have taken sufficient CC, you will be asked to upload certificates for all of your required CC during the renewal process.
At a minimum, course certificates must show:
Additional details on required documentation can be found in OAR 848-035-0040.
Yes, and it's a great way to refresh your knowledge of Oregon laws regarding the practice of Physical Therapy!
Once per certification period, licensees may take the Oregon Jurisprudence Assessment Model (OR-JAM). The OR-JAM is a 50 question law exam based on the content of the Oregon Revised Statutes (ORS) and Oregon Administrative Rules (OAR). It is a computer-based, open-book exam that you can take from your home computer. The cost to take the OR-JAM is $48.00 and passing it will count for 3 hours of continuing competence.
We've discovered several tips that can make the process of documenting your continuing competency easier.
All CC courses taken within the current certification period may count towards your continuing competency requirements.
For example, if you were licensed in a different state and took a course in June to meet the other state's CC requirements, and then you became licensed in Oregon in September of the same year, the course taken in June may count towards your next renewal only since the course was taken during the 2 years prior to the license expiring.
Courses taken as part of a CAPTE-Accredited PT or PTA education program may not count towards your requirements.
The Board does not approve Continuing Competency courses, but does require that courses have
been sponsored, certified, or approved by another established and recognized health related
organization, professional association, or state.
Essentially- if the course says that they have been
approved by any other state or by any other health related Oregon Board, the course is
approved for credit with the Oregon Board of Physical Therapy as well.
The Board has created two instructional videos showing how to provide proof of Continuing Competency Activities in the Licensee Portal.
These videos show the Licensee Portal on a Windows Desktop and on an iPhone, however, the Licensee Portal is also compatible with Mac computers and Android Smartphones. All steps should look similar, with the exception that the Upload File button may give you different upload options specific to your device.
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