Washington State Department of Health

CE Requirements:

Physical therapists and physical therapist assistants must provide evidence of continuing competency in the form of continuing education and employment related to physical therapy every two years. Licenses expire every year on the practitioners' birthdate; CE must be obtained during the preceding two years. Licensed physical therapists and physical therapist assistants must complete 40 hours of continuing education every two years.

  • Physical therapists and physical therapist assistants are required to complete a one-time training in suicide assessment that includes screening and referral elements appropriate for this profession. The training must be at least three hours in length and must meet the requirements for training per WAC 246-915-086.
  • Acceptable continuing education must specifically relate to the practice of physical therapy.
  • A physical therapist with a spinal manipulation endorsement must complete at least ten (10) hours of continuing education per continuing competency reporting period directly related to spinal manipulation. At least five (5) hours of the training must be related to procedural technique and application of spinal manipulation.
  • In addition to the required continuing education hours, physical therapists and physical therapist assistants must complete 200 hours involving the application of physical therapy knowledge and skills. WAC 246-915-085.

There is a one-time requirement of seven hours of AIDS education and training is required for physical therapy licensure in Washington State.

For more information visit the Washington State Department of Health