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Application Content FAQs

Q. What is the definition of a Course Provider?

A. The provider is defined as the organization which will be granting the CEU credit. The course provider handles registration, marketing, course evaluations, consent forms and waivers, issues CEU certificates, and maintains course records for at least seven years.

Q. We are hosting a conference or a series of courses with multiple sessions. Do we need to submit separate applications for each course?
A. Unless the participant is required to take all courses or sessions offered in order to obtain CEUs, each course or session must be submitted as its own application so it can be evaluated independently. This includes concurrent sessions during a conference or symposium.
Q. What is the difference between a web-based (webinar) course and a self study course?
A. A self study course may be done at the participant’s own pace, whereas a web-based (webinar) course is presented live via the computer.

Q. What is the standard format for writing learning objectives?
A. Learning objectives should be written from the following verbiage:
     "Upon completion of this course, the participant will be able to:"
  • Begin each objective with one verb that describes the performance of the learner.  "Apply, describe, discuss, analyze, evaluate, assess, choose, and demonstrate" are examples of verbs which illustrate performance.


Another tool for writing learning objectives can be found here.


Q. What constitutes an acceptable bibliography?
A. The bibliography MUST provide sufficient evidence to support the course content. These will typically be the sources and references that were used when developing or updating the course. The bibliography MUST include a minimum of five (5) current references that have been published within the last five (5) years. The current references should include peer-reviewed articles.


The bibliography should not solely be limited to:
  • Text book citations
  • Handouts from other courses
  • Web sites (if using a website, list article name, author, date published, and date retrieved)
Q. What is a peer-reviewed article?
A. An article which appears in a professional, scientific journal that puts each manuscript through a process by which it is reviewed by peers (professional colleague with expertise in research and/or the content area related to the manuscript). These people read the manuscript carefully for content including research design, methodology (how the research was conducted), comparison to related literature, relevance to the profession and science, clarity, etc. The article must be approved by these people before it is accepted for publication.
Q. What should be included in the presenter qualifications?
A. Along with educational background, degree(s) held, and professional licenses, experience which demonstrates the speaker has developed and established expertise on the course topic, consisting of the following:
  • Practice history
  • Continuing education
  • Specialized certifications
  • Past teaching experience on the course topic
  • Peer-reviewed publications


For each labassistant, along with education background, degree(s) held, and professional licenses, a level of developing expertise must also be demonstrated.


Please note: If applying for a self study course, the author(s) of the course must demonstrate expertise in the topic and content of the course.

Q. We have a lot speakers and/or lab assistants that are set to instruct our course. Do we have to list all of them on the application?

A. Yes! All speakers (or authors if a self-study course) MUST be listed under the "speaker section" on the first page of the application. All lab assistants MUST be listed under the "lab assistant section" on the second page of the application. A CV/Resume or Statement of Qualifications MUST be submitted for each person(s) listed on the application.


Q. How is the number of CEUs determined?
A. The formula for determining CEUs is:
Q. Does the 16:1 student-to-faculty ratio apply to lecture courses?
A. No. This ratio applies ONLY to courses which will be presenting a hands-on/technique lab component. Should the lab be only observational, this ratio does not apply.
Q. What should be included in the course brochure/announcement?
A. The following information MUST be included on the printed brochure/announcement:
  • Course description
  • Type of instructional method(s). Examples: Lecture, lecture/lab, lecture/demonstration
  • Learning outcomes/objectives. These must be relevant to physical therapy and should be clearly written to identify the knowledge and skills the participants should acquire during the course
  • Faculty names, titles and qualifications
  • Student-to-faculty ratio (ONLY if the course contains a hands-on/technique lab)
  • Level of instruction (basic, intermediate, or advanced)
  • Course schedule, including all scheduled breaks, meal times, and registration 


Please note: If the method of advertisement is a website, screenshots of these required elements must be submitted.



**Alteration of brochure/course announcement that was submitted in the approval process may result in your approval being revoked if the required elements are removed.


Q. What are the requirements for using clients, patients, or attendees for demonstration during the presentation?

A. Any speaker or lab assistant providing a treatment intervention or evaluation technique as part of a demonstration to a patient/client/attendee must hold an active license in their field, and the treatment must be within their scope of practice.


In accordance with the California Physical Therapy Practice Act, the physical therapist who will be demonstrating on the patients/clients/attendees MUST possess a valid PT license. To view the California PT Practice Act, click here.


Also mandatory is an Informed Consent/Liability Form. The consent form must state that the client/patient/attendee has the option to cease participation at any time during the presentation as well as state the name of the faculty member who will be providing the treatement. Click here for a sample Consent Form.

Q. What must be included in the Participant Evaluation form?
A. A participant evaluation form must be included with the CPTA CEU Course Approval Application. The following questions MUST be present on the form (for a sample, click here).
  • Were the course objectives met?
  • Was evidence provided to substantiate material presented?
  • Were personal experience and observation the primary source of information?
  • Was a commercial product promoted?
  • If yes, do you feel that product promotion was the sole purpose of the course?


Alteration of the Participant Evaluation Form that was submitted in the approval process may result in your approval being revoked if required elements are removed.

Q. I am a speaker and I would like my course to be approved and I will be presenting the course for different organizations/facilities, each of which will be responsible for facilitating the course. Can I submit one application and have all of these offerings covered under the approval number?
A. No. If the different facilities are the course providers, each provider must submit an application for approval.
Q. How do I complete the Summary of Evaluations following the course?
A. You must send your summary of the participants’ evaluation forms within 60 days of completion of the course, including out-of-state offerings. Please do not send each participant’s evaluation form to CPTA. Your summary should be an aggregate score of what all participants answered. Please do not average, summarize or provide percentage breakdowns on your summary. All answers to open ended questions/comments should also be submitted Click here for an example of a summary of evaluations as filled out correctly.
Q. What must be included in the Certificate of Completion or Proof of Attendance?
A. The following items must be present:
  • Course title
  • Course provider name
  • Course date(s)
  • Number of CEUs earned
  • CPTA’s CEU approval number


For general questions about the application and process, please visit our General Application FAQs


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