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For Want of an Hour

Published August 27, 2013 12:48 PM by Toni Patt

One of the PTAs I work with didn't meet her CEU requirement for license renewal. She found out Friday. A one-hour course she listed wasn't approved for credit in the state of Texas. She now has to pay a fine and do community service. Her initial response was denial. Then she blamed the company who provided the CEU. Now she has accepted it.

There's plenty of blame to go around here. She admits she should have checked the certificate to make sure it was approved. There is an approval number on it. Where it should say "the state of Texas," it says Rehabilitation Council of America. Her mistake is easy to understand. To superficial inspection it looks correct.

The course was provided by a DME vendor. Apparently once a year they make the rounds of various facilities presenting an "in-service" on their products and services. I attended my first one last week. The first thing the presenter said was the course was approved for CEUs. Given what happened to the PTA, I think it's safe to say that statement is misleading. I'm sure the point of the CEUs is to encourage staff attendance.

I'm familiar with that company. I've had bad experiences with it in the past. The so-called in-service was simply a presentation of various AFOs and braces available. It was so pathetic I didn't bother to engage the presenter in a debate about the proper AFO for extensor tone with equus deformity. He wouldn't have known. To me, the question is whether the company realizes the CEU statement is incorrect, doesn't know the difference or doesn't care.

It's unfortunate this happened to the PTA. She submitted the course in good faith. I believe she got the same penalty as someone who didn't even make the effort. She was wrong but the punishment doesn't fit the crime. To simplify things, there's probably one punishment for each offense. That said, I think the company should at least get a slap on the wrist for misrepresenting the CEU approval. I wouldn't be surprised if she isn't the only victim. For simplicity's sake, how about they don't mention CEU approval?

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2 comments

Nothing to be sorry about. Empathy might be a better gword.  Texas has specific guidelines on CEU approvals. The Alabama board just posted a letter on ensuring your CEUs are approved by the board, because so many people do not remember reading the Practice Act in regards to getting CEUs approved. Each board has a list of approved CEUs. We all know the rule about assuming it was approved. She had two years to get her CEUs completed. Hopefully, it's a hard lesson learned. She can get a sense of satisfaction, knowing that this blog may remind others to keep up with their state practice acts.

Don Meadows September 3, 2013 12:15 AM

If you look at each states PT board website, they list their "offenders" and what they did wrong. Along with that goes what they will have to do to make amends. It seems like Texas has "stepped up" their audits of CEU's for both PT and OT. Some of the situations seem just like the ones you mentioned. Actually most sound just like that. The OT board in your state makes them split between "Type 1 and Type 2" Not enough of one or the other and you are in trouble. The punishments also seem at times too much for the mistake. Not sure what a real solution would be other than not allowing companies to claim that they "give CEU's" for their in-services. Maybe punish the company somehow by making the claims.

In any case, I am truly sorry to hear about what happened to your co-worker.

Katarinah Melody, PT August 27, 2013 4:14 PM
FL

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