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  • APTA-FSBPT Collaboration: Developing Models of Continuing Competence

    For many years, APTA and the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBPT) have discussed and collaborated on continuing competence. Following the publication of a joint paper in 2010 to generate discussion on continuing competence and to move the conversation forward, members of APTA and FSBPT boards of directors met in early in 2011 to discuss several topics, including continuing competence.

    On Monday, APTA and FSBPT sent a joint communication to members that provided the 2011 discussion topics and outlined APTA's and FSBPT's preferred approach to developing models of continuing competence. The communication also provides information on voluntary tools that FSBPT has developed for state licensing boards.      

    For further information or to ask questions, contact Janet Bezner at janetbezner@apta.org or Susan Layton at slayton@fsbpt.org.


    • Continuing competance has been a discussion point since the middle to late 1990's. Then as now, the discussion became a bit warm when the suggestion was made that PTs might be required to retake the NPTE to continue work. In many cases, niche practices and specialization has focused our knowledge base and has made the entire body of knowledge in Physical Therapy more remote and probably stored in a memory buffer somewhere in our brains. If the FSBPT and the APTA do require that PTs re-test, I am hopeful that it will be a test that allows the PT to test within their area of practice - an orthopedic test for orthopedic PTs, a cardiopulmonary test for cardiopulmonary PTs. Even doing this will be hard becuase so many of us are fairly diverse in our specialization - women's health, wound care, fitness/wellness, and diabetes care, education and treatment to name but a few. So, I hope that a great deal of wisdom will be exercised in the decision to re-test the entire profession. Dave Arnall

      Posted by David Arnall on 1/27/2012 12:47 PM

    • I agree with Mr. Arnall's statement. As a licensed and practicing PT since graduating in 1979 I would be hard pressed to pass a test that included knowledge that I have long since forgotten because of my specialization in OMPT. Let's all hope a great deal of thought and wisdom is exercised...

      Posted by Michael Beauvais on 1/28/2012 11:51 AM

    • I retired at age 65 and worked in the last several years with Cerebral Palsy children, stroke patients,spinal cord injured and other Neuro patients and did keep up by attending any seminars on these subjects. It makes sense that many different tests will have to be contructed and will be a big job. I've known PT's who have not taken any Continuing Education Courses and felt we should have been required to do so.

      Posted by Shirley Nasby on 1/28/2012 3:01 PM

    • Because many or most of us have developed specialty areas of practice, repeating a general test periodically would be counter-productive. I know of no other equivalent profession (e.g. medicine, nursing) that requires this. the current practice of requiring continued competence through approved professional education is sufficient. The change I would like to see is that this approval occur at a national level (as with OT); since it is quite onerous for both the providers & practitioners when approval must be sought in each state.

      Posted by Charles Costello on 1/30/2012 10:43 AM

    • Related to the issue of licensing boards requiring licensees to take an exam as a part of the requirements for re licensure, please read the paper mentioned in the e-mail communication related to continuing competence. You can find it at this link: http://www.apta.org/ContinuingCompetence/ In the paper, pros and cons of different types of assessments are described, starting on page 8, including asking licensees to take an exam. There are no states that currently require PT or PTA licensees to take the board exam for re-licensure. Having said that, licensing boards are stepping up their requirements in terms of asking the licensees to demonstrate that they have maintained their competence. This issue is discussed further in the paper and you may find the information helpful.

      Posted by News Now staff on 1/30/2012 10:53 AM

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