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Online: Professionalism Module 10: Continuing Competence and Lifelong Learning
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Author(s): Tara Pearce, PT, DHS

Price: $67.20 Member | $96 Nonmember (price subject to change)
CEU: 0.4 CEUs (4.0 contact hours/CCUs) will be awarded upon successful completion of a multiple choice test. You must complete the online posttest with at least 70% accuracy in order to claim CEU credit.
Publication Date: April 2013
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This course consists of a narrated PowerPoint® presentation, interactive knowledge checks, and a posttest.


Overview | Objectives | Presenters Bios | CEU Information | System Requirements

Welcome to Module 10 of the Professionalism series. The purpose of this module is to help you apply critical continuing competence and lifelong learning concepts to your professional development and licensure requirements. We’ll explore what the profession expects from you in these areas, define the importance of continuing competence on individual, professional, and societal levels, and describe strategies for developing a plan for individual lifelong learning. The rules you must follow will change over time, and only ongoing openness to these concepts will keep you current.

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After completing this module, you will be able to:

    • Recognize the importance of continuing competence to the public, the profession, and yourself as a professional.
    • Identify the challenges associated with demonstrating continuing competence in physical therapy.
    • Recall learning activities that may fulfill continuing competence requirements for licensure renewal in some states.
    • Define the concept of lifelong learning.
    • Apply the principles of a SWOT analysis for self-reflection.
    • Identify the components of a portfolio or plan for your lifelong learning

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Presenter(s) Bios

Tara Pearce, PT, DHS

Pearce earned a BS in physical therapy from Bradley University in 1997, a MHS from University of Indianapolis in 2004, and is currently enrolled as a DHS student at the University of Indianapolis. She is currently an Assistant Professor and Academic Coordinator of Clinical Education in the UAB Department of Physical Therapy where she instructs students in coursework related to professionalism and clinical education. Pearce continues clinical practice per diem in an acute care setting. Her interests include vestibular rehabilitation, fall prevention, clinical education, and topics related to professionalism. Her dissertation is focused on self-management techniques for vertigo as they relate to health literacy and adherence and rates of recurrence.

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CEU Information

On successful completion of the examination, 0.4 CEUs (4.0 contact hours/CCUs) and a certificate of completion will be awarded. The American Physical Therapy Association has been approved as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET), 1760 Old Meadow Road, Suite 500, McLean, VA 22102. Provider (#380). You must complete the online posttest with at least 70% accuracy in order to claim CEU credit.

Many state agencies recognize APTA as a recognized or approved provider for continuing education. The following state agencies have granted prior approval for this continuing education offering:

  • California Physical Therapy Association: CPTA2014-2015
  • Nevada Board of Physical Therapy Examiners: Denied
  • Ohio State Board of Physical Therapy: 15S0167
  • Oklahoma Board of Medical Licensure & Supervision: 4 Category B Hours
  • Pennsylvania: Denied
  • Texas Physical Therapy Association: 1609016TX

Please note: Licensees should verify with their state licensing board for acceptance of continuing education units by reviewing the relevant state practice act and/or administrative code.

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