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MTPA Requirements

The Michigan Board of Physical Therapy rules regarding re-licensure requirements for physical therapists and physical therapist assistants were on finalized 9/15/15.

Each physical therapist and physical therapist assistant will need to complete 24 Professional Development Requirements, or PDRs, from July 2017 to July 2019 when they apply for re-licensure for the first time in July 2019, and every year following 2019.

PT and PTA licensees will need to accumulate 24 PDR credits within 2 years immediately proceeding renewal.

PDRs are required for licensure renewal; not for the initial PT/PTA license.

PDR Details

  • No more than 12 PDR credits shall be earned for approved online continuing education programs or activities during one 24-hour period.
  • No PDR credits for substantially identical programs and activities during the same renewal period.
  • 1 PDR must be earned in the area of pain and symptom management.
  • 1 PDR must be earned in the area of identification of human trafficking victims. Due to new Michigan law that requires this of all licensed health professions (Public Act 343 of 2014 was signed into law on 10/15/14, with an effective date of 1/14/15. Applies to all except veterinarian professionals.)

19 activities and options that meet PDR requirements

  • Continuing Education Units (CEU’s): Maximum of 20 PDR’s; 1 CEU = 1 PDR
  • Post graduate academic courses: Max of 20
  • Reading and evaluating professional PT articles: Max of 6; 1 PDR for each article
  • Viewing and evaluating professional PT media: Max of 6; 1 hour = 1 PDR
  • Presenting approved CEU course: Max of 12; 1 hour = 1 PDR
  • Presenting scientific exhibit/paper at conference: Max of 12; Each presentation = 2 PDRs
  • Writing professional article that is published: Max of 12; 1 article = 6 PDRs
  • Writing professional chapter published in book: Max of 12; 1 chapter = 6 PDRs
  • Completing American Board of PT Specialties: Max of 23
  • Participating a minimum of 1,000 hours in post graduate clinical training: Max of 12 PDRs
  • Participating in health care organization’s committees related to physical therapy: Max of 6; 1 hour = 1 PDR
  • Serving as a guest lecturer: Max of 6; 1 hour = 2 PDR’s
  • Serving as a Clinical Instructor or Supervisor: Max of 12; 40 hrs = 3 PDRs
  • Identifying, researching, addressing a PT issue: Max of 6; 1 PDR for each event
  • Participating in task force, board, council related PT: Max of 12; each event = 4 PDRs
  • Participating as a surveyor for external agency – PT: Max of 12; 1 hour = 1 PDR
  • Perform volunteer work (without pay) related to PT: Max of 6; 1 hour= 1 PDR
  • Serving as Center Coordinator-Clinical Education: Max of 4; 1 year = 2 PDRs
  • Complete FSBPT practice review tool: Max of 10; each review = 10 PDRs

Multiple optional tracking tools and options will be provided and communicated to physical therapy professionals over the next two years. Records will be subject to audit for up to three years.

Visit the State of Michigan website for more information on the new rules.