201 KAR 22:045. Continued competency requirements and procedures

Link to law: http://www.lrc.ky.gov/kar/201/022/045.htm
Published: 2015

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      201 KAR 22:045. Continued competency requirements and procedures.

 

      RELATES TO: KRS 12.355, 327.010(1), (2), 327.070

      STATUTORY AUTHORITY: KRS 327.040(10)

      NECESSITY, FUNCTION, AND CONFORMITY: KRS

327.040(10) authorizes the board to promulgate administrative regulations

establishing a measure of continued competency as a condition of license

renewal. This administrative regulation establishes continued competency

requirements and procedures.

 

      Section 1. Definitions. (1) "Contact

hour" means a credit earned based on sixty (60) minutes of participation

in a physical therapy-related activity.

      (2) "Continued competency"

means a planned learning experience relating to the scope of "physical

therapy" practice as defined by KRS 327.010(1) if the subject is intervention,

examination, research, documentation, education, or management of a health care

delivery system.

      (3) "Jurisprudence Examination"

means an open book tutorial provided by the board on KRS Chapter 327 and 201

KAR Chapter 22.

 

      Section 2. (1) A credential holder

applying for renewal shall have completed the continued competency requirements

established in subsections (2) and (3) of this section during the preceding

renewal period. Continued competency shall be based on contact hours awarded.

      (a) For a physical therapist, the board

shall require thirty (30) contact hours as a condition of licensure renewal.

These hours shall be obtained as established in subparagraphs 1. through 3. of

this paragraph.

      1. Two (2) hours shall be awarded for the

successful completion of the Jurisprudence Examination per biennium.

      2. At least eighteen (18) hours shall be

earned from Category 1 as established in subsection (2) of this section.

      3. Hours may be earned from Category 2.

If hours are earned from Category 2, hours shall be as established in

subsection (3) of this section. Hours earned from Category 2 over ten (10)

hours shall not be awarded.

      (b) For a physical therapist assistant,

the board shall require twenty (20) contact hours as a condition of renewal.

These hours shall be obtained as established in subparagraphs 1. through 3. of

this paragraph.

      1. Two (2) hours shall be awarded for the

successful completion of the Jurisprudence Examination per biennium.

      2. At least ten (10) hours shall be

earned from Category 1 as established in subsection (2) of this section.

      3. Hours may be earned from Category 2.

If hours are earned from Category 2, hours shall be as established in

subsection (3) of this section. Hours earned from Category 2 over eight (8)

hours shall not be awarded.

      (c) A participant shall not be awarded

contact hours for a course that is repeated more than once in the same biennium.

      (2) Category 1 continued competency shall

be:

      (a) Completion of courses, seminars,

workshops, symposia, or home study courses consisting of at least three (3)

contact hours that have been approved by the board, the board's designee, Federation

of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBPT), the American Physical Therapy

Association (APTA) or its components, or another physical therapy licensing

agency;

      (b) Completion of courses, seminars,

workshops, symposia, or home study courses consisting of less than three (3)

contact hours that have been produced and developed

by the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) or its state

chapters and sections;

      (c) Completion or auditing of an

accredited postsecondary educational institution credit course meeting

continued competency as defined by Section 1(2) of this

administrative regulation.

      1. Twelve (12) contact hours shall be awarded

for each semester credit hour completed; and

      2. Eight (8) contact hours shall be

awarded for each quarter credit hour completed;

      (d) Presentation of a continued competency

course, workshop, seminar, or symposium that has been approved by the board or

its designee. Contact hours shall be awarded equal to contact hours awarded to

a participant with a maximum of two (2) events of the same course per biennium;

      (e) Authorship of a research article,

manuscript, or scientific paper, published in the biennium and related to

physical therapy. Fifteen (15) contact hours shall be awarded per event with a

maximum of two (2) events per biennium;

      (f) A presented scientific poster or

scientific platform presentation related to physical therapy. Ten (10) contact hours

shall be awarded per event with a maximum of two (2) events per biennium;

      (g) Teaching part of a physical therapy

or physical therapist assistant credit course if that teaching is not the

primary employment of the credential holder. A maximum of twenty (20) contact

hours per biennium shall be awarded;

      (h) American Board of Physical Therapy

Specialties (ABPTS) certification. Twenty-eight (28) contact hours shall be

awarded per biennium;

      (i) ABPTS recertification or other

certifications and recertifications within the scope of physical therapy

practice. A maximum of twenty-eight (28) contact hours per biennium shall be

awarded;

      (j) Completion of a clinical residency

program or clinical fellowship program. Not more than five (5) contact hours

shall be awarded for each week of residency with a maximum of twenty-eight (28)

contact hours per program per biennium;

      (k) Engaging in the practice of "physical

therapy" as defined by KRS 327.010(1) at least 1,000 hours per biennium.

Five (5) contact hours shall be awarded per biennium;

      (l) Engaging in the instruction in a

CAPTE-accredited physical therapy or physical therapist assistant program at

least 1,000 hours per biennium. Five (5) contact hours shall be awarded per

biennium;

      (m) Appointment to the Kentucky Board of

Physical Therapy. Four (4) contact hours shall be awarded per biennium;

      (n) Election or appointment to a position

of the Kentucky Physical Therapy Association, APTA, or FSBPT as an officer or

committee chair. Four (4) contact hours shall be awarded per biennium; or

      (o) Member of a committee or task force

for one (1) of the organizations in paragraph (m) or (n) of this subsection.

One (1) contact hour shall be awarded per biennium.

      (3) Category 2 continued competency shall

be:

      (a) Self-instruction from reading

professional literature. One (1) contact hour shall be awarded per biennium;

      (b) Attendance at a scientific poster

session, lecture, panel, or symposium. One (1) contact hour shall be awarded

for each hour of activity. A maximum of two (2) contact hours shall be awarded

per biennium;

      (c) Clinical instructor for a

CAPTE-approved educational program or an APTA credentialed residency or

fellowship program. Continued competency shall be one (1) contact hour per

sixteen (16) hours of student supervision;

      (d) Participation in a physical therapy

in-service or study group consisting of two (2) or more physical therapists or

physical therapist assistants. A maximum of two (2) contact hours shall be

awarded per biennium;

      (e) Completion of other unapproved applicable

courses. One (1) contact hour for each hour of credit shall be awarded up to a

maximum of three (3) hours per course;

      (f) Participation in community service

related to health care. One (1) contact hour for each hour of participation

shall be awarded up to a maximum of two (2) hours per biennium;

      (g) Member of the APTA. One (1) contact

hour shall be awarded per year and a maximum of two (2) contact hours per

biennium;

      (h) Completion of cardiopulmonary

resuscitation initial certification or re-certification. A maximum of two (2)

contact hours shall be awarded per biennium; or

      (i) Completion of a HIV/AIDS course. A

maximum of two (2) contact hours shall be awarded per biennium.

      (4) Documentation of compliance.

      (a) Each licensee shall retain

independently verifiable documentation of completion of all continued

competency requirements of this administrative regulation for a period of at

least three (3) years from the end of the biennium.

      (b) The licensee shall, within thirty

(30) days of a written request from the board, provide evidence of continued

competency activities to the board.

      (c) A licensee who fails to provide

evidence of the continued competency activities or who falsely certifies

completion of continued competency activities shall be subject to disciplinary

action pursuant to KRS 327.070.

      (5) Exemption and extension.

      (a) A licensee shall be granted a

temporary hardship extension for an extension of time, not to exceed one (1)

renewal cycle, if the licensee:

      1. Files a completed Exemption or Extension

for Completion of Continued Competency Form, including a plan describing how

the required credits will be met; and

      2. Submits documentation showing evidence

of undue hardship by reason of the licensee’s:

      a. Age;

      b. Disability;

      c. Medical condition;

      d. Financial condition; or

      e. Other clearly mitigating circumstance.

      (b) A licensee shall be granted a

temporary nonhardship extension of time if the licensee cannot show undue

hardship and if the licensee:

      1. Files a completed Exemption or Extension

for Completion of Continued Competency Form, including a plan describing how

the required credits will be met, by March 31 of the odd-numbered year in the

renewal cycle for which the extension is sought;

      2. Pays a fee of $250;

      3. Has not received a temporary

nonhardship extension of time in the prior renewal cycle; and

      4. Files proof of compliance with the

continued competency requirements by the following July 1.

      (c) A licensee on active military duty

shall be granted an exemption from continued competency requirements as established

in KRS 12.355.

 

      Section 3. Incorporation by Reference.

(1) "Exemption or Extension for Completion of Continued Competency

Form", June 2012, is incorporated by reference.

      (2) This material may be inspected,

copied, or obtained, subject to applicable law, at the Kentucky Board of

Physical Therapy, 312 Whittington Parkway, Suite 102, Louisville, Kentucky

40222, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (31 Ky.R. 890; Am. 1064; eff.

1-4-2005; 1437; eff. 4-22-2005; 32 Ky.R. 2069; 33 Ky.R. 384; eff. 9-1-2006; 34

Ky.R. 1105; 1710; eff. 2-1-2008; 35 Ky.R. 2485; 36 Ky.R. 29; eff. 7-31-2009;

2209; 37 Ky.R. 34; eff. 7-21-2010; 38 Ky.R. 89; 10-19-2011; 38 Ky.R. 1638;

1840; eff. 6-1-2012; 39 Ky.R. 79; 459; eff. 9-19-2012; 40 Ky.R. 110; 531; eff.

9-18-2013.)