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Professional Development

Part of being a professional is a commitment to continued study, in other words, a commitment to "lifelong learning.”

This means that as a professional, you are always learning. You are learning while you work, you are learning through continuing education, you might continue learning through an advanced degree or specialization, but you are always engaged in the study of physical therapy; the knowledge, skills and abilities that will make you a better practitioner.

The Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBPT) define continuing competence as, "Ongoing application of professional knowledge, skills and abilities which relate to occupational performance objectives in the range of possible encounters that is defined by that individual's scope of practice and practice setting.” If we subscribe to this definition, each individual physical therapist and physical therapist assistant will have unique objectives relating to their particular scope of practice and practice setting. This means that you are in charge of designing your own professional development experience.

With the proliferation of new ways to learn, you can build your own learning program by taking an accredited course or professional development seminar, attending a conference or meeting, joining a professional organization, subscribing to a physical therapy journal, taking an online course or teleconference. The possibilities for continued learning are expanding every day.

CE Rules in Illinois

The Rules for the Administration of the Physical Therapy Act include specific requirements for continuing education.

Physical Therapists (PT) must complete 40 CE hours each license cycle (renew in even years). Physical Therapist Assistants (PTA) must complete 20 CE hours each license cycle (renew in odd years).

  • 3 hours of Ethics CE is mandatory for both PTs and PTAs: This is part of your 40 PT or 20 PTA hour requirement.
  • A new law passed in 2019 now requires all Illinois PT and PTA licensees to also complete 1 CE hour of sexual harassment prevention training.

Not all programs count towards license renewal: The Illinois Department of Financial & Professional Regulation has a fact sheet to help explain the rules for calculating your CE.

You can now track your CE through your membership profile! To track your CE, follow these instructions:

  1. Log in to your profile on the IPTA website here.
  2. Click 'Manage Profile' on the right hand menu.
  3. Under “Content & Features” click on “Professional Development.”
  4. Here you will find all of the CE certificates awarded to your profile. The default view is the “Journal Entries” tab, which allows you to print an overview of your CEs. To the left of the Journal Entries tab - Click on “Certifications/Programs” tab to view the actual certificates.
  5. Enter your CE and start tracking!

To print any certificates of achievements, use the icon with the red paperclip next to the program title.

If you have taken any IPTA hosted CE through District events, #THIRDTHURSDAY, Spotlight on Research, or REVITALIZE, these hours will be automatically loaded into the CE tracker of your IPTA member profile.

iMAP
inspire, mentor and participate!

IPTA offers the iMAP mentoring program to all of its members.

Are you a recent DPT grad? iMAP pairs seasoned PT professionals with students and early career members (less than five years’ experience) for a professional mentoring relationship.

Have you been practicing for 10 years, but have recently decided to start a private practice? You can be paired with another member who has already headed down the private practice trail before you.

Are you ready to be a mentor? iMAP mentoring relationships are based on experience, so anyone can take part in this great opportunity. Mentors and protégés focus on professional growth, development, and participation in the association.

Learn more about iMAP and Apply!

#THIRDTHURSDAY
Network and Earn FREE CE

On the third Thursday of the month, the IPTA holds open house events at the Chapter Office in Naperville from 6:00-8 pm. Participants may also attend virtually!

These monthly casual events are a great opportunity for members and non-members in the community to meet, network, and hang out. Light refreshments are provided. Due to the growing popularity of these monthly meet-ups, be sure to RSVP and reserve your spot. Space is limited.

Featured presentations announced monthly: Events differ from month to month and include educational presentations and discussion around topics relevant to the practice of PT in Illinois.

Members and non-members are welcome at all #THIRDTHURSDAY events: Members can attend any/all events and earn FREE CE.  Non-members may attend as many as they like but are limited to earning a maximum of 4 FREE CE.

Can't attend in person?: You can also attend VIRTUALLY! (If attending virtually, please indicate when you RSVP.) Instructions for viewing the presentation virtually through Zoom are emailed to all who have RSVP'd the morning of the presentation.

Did you miss a #THIRDTHURSDAY event or hear about one you wish you attended?

Check out our VIRTUAL LIBRARY

Spotlight on Research
Earn FREE CE from Home

The Illinois Physical Therapy Foundation (IPTF) offers free monthly virtual learning courses called “Spotlight on Research.” 

The courses are live, virtual platform presentations about current research happening in Illinois. 

Members and non-members are welcome to participate: Participants may earn 1 CE credit by registering, participating in the presentation via ZOOM platform, and completing a brief evaluation following the program.

Advanced registration is required in order to receive the ZOOM instructions, program handouts, and the evaluation link: First time participants will need to download the free zoom platform to a PC, MAC, IOS or Android PRIOR to the start of the program. 

Programs are not recorded and are only available on the date offered.

Questions? Contact IPTA staff at ipta@ipta.org or 630.904.0101.

Interested in submitting a proposal to present on your research? Contact Sharon Meyerhoff at smeyerhoff@ipta.org.

Interested in research? The IPTF also offers online research resources accessible through their website.

VISIT IPTFGIVES.org

updated 05.01.2020

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Dry Needling: Implementing a Specialized Approach to Pain and Dysfunction - Course One
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Dry Needling: Implementing a Specialized Approach to Pain and Dysfunction - Course Two
Friday, July 24, 2020
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Friday, July 24, 2020
Assessment and Treatment of Complex Feeding Disorders - LIVE Webinar (2 Days)
Saturday, July 25, 2020
EXTRA CREDITS: "Incorporating Blood Flow Restriction into Clinical Practice"
Tuesday, July 28, 2020
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Wednesday, July 29, 2020
The Shoulder: Complex doesn’t have to be Complicated
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Wednesday, August 5, 2020
EXTRA CREDITS: "Geriatric Syndromes: Identification, Clinical Management, and the Role of the PT"
Wednesday, August 5, 2020
Active Release Techniques (ART) Lower Extremity Level 2
Thursday, August 6, 2020
Active Release Techniques Lower Extremity Level 2
Thursday, August 6, 2020
Vestibular Rehabilitation Certification Workshop
Friday, August 7, 2020
Hip and Knee: Advancements in Joint Replacement (Self Study)
Friday, August 7, 2020
Dry Needling 1: Foundations 1
Friday, August 7, 2020
EXTRA CREDITS: "Connecting the Dots: How to Conduct an Audit"
Monday, August 10, 2020
Spotlight on Research: A Pilot Survey of Pediatric PT Practice & Mobile Application Interpretation..
Thursday, August 13, 2020
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Dry Needling 2: Foundations II
Friday, August 14, 2020
Dry Needling 2: Foundations II
Friday, August 14, 2020
Lumbar Spine Management
Saturday, August 15, 2020
EXTRA CREDITS: "Screening and Clinical Management of Osteoporosis in the Older Adult"
Tuesday, August 18, 2020
#THIRDTHURSDAY: Nurturing Touch and Infant Massage – As a Complementary Intervention
Thursday, August 20, 2020
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EXTRA CREDITS: "Negotiating Clinical Education in Today’s Healthcare Systems"
Wednesday, August 26, 2020
Dry Needling 1: Foundations 1
Friday, August 28, 2020
Online Certified Posture Specialist Program (Self Study)
Saturday, September 5, 2020
Online LSVT BIG Renewal Course (Self Study)
Sunday, September 6, 2020
Hip and Knee: Advancements in Joint Replacement (Self Study)
Monday, September 7, 2020
Functional Fascia Therapeutics
Thursday, September 10, 2020
Spotlight on Research: TWO Research presentations!
Thursday, September 10, 2020
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EXTRA CREDITS: "Treating the Person; Not the Body Part"
Tuesday, September 15, 2020
Vestibular Rehabilitation & Concussion Certification Workshop
Wednesday, September 16, 2020
#THIRDTHURSDAY: Sports Concussions
Thursday, September 17, 2020
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FM I: Functional Mobilization I
Friday, September 18, 2020
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Friday, September 18, 2020
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Friday, September 18, 2020
Dry Needling 3: Advanced
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Torticollis and Plagiocephaly: Assessment & Treatment of Infants and Children
Friday, September 25, 2020
Midwest Pain Society’s 44th Scientific Virtual Meeting
Friday, September 25, 2020
Dry Needling 2: Foundations II
Friday, September 25, 2020
Dry Needling 3: Advanced
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Treating and Training the Female Runner
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Vestibular Rehabilitation & Concussion Certification Workshop
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