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Colorado Continuing Education Requirements

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Colorado Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)

ANCC
Approved Provider
#P0274
ANCC
Approved Provider #P0274
Last Updated: Monday, May 13, 2019
CEs not required.
A nurse aide must attest that she/he has received monetary compensation for performing at least
eight (8) hours of nursing care activities during the twenty-four (24) months prior to the renewal or
reinstatement application date. This attestation serves as proof of this requirement.
Colorado Board of Nursing
Phone: 303-894-2430 Website: Visit Site Email: Contact Address: 1560 Broadway
Suite 1350
Denver  80202

Colorado Home Health Aid (HHA)

ANCC
Approved Provider
#P0274
ANCC
Approved Provider #P0274
Last Updated: Thursday, July 19, 2018
CEs not required.
No CE required.
Colorado Board of Nursing
Phone: 303-894-2430 Website: Visit Site Email: Contact Address: 1560 Broadway
Suite 1350
Denver  80202

Colorado Registered Nurse (RN)

ANCC
Approved Provider
#P0274
ANCC
Approved Provider #P0274
Last Updated: Thursday, July 19, 2018
CEs not required.
Colorado Board of Nursing
Phone: 303-894-2430 Fax: 303-894-2821 Website: Visit Site Email: Contact Address: 1560 Broadway, Suite 1350
Denver  80202

Colorado Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner (ARNP)

ANCC
Approved Provider
#P0274
ANCC
Approved Provider #P0274
Last Updated: Thursday, July 19, 2018
CEs not required.
Colorado Board of Nursing
Phone: 303-894-2430 Fax: 303-894-2821 Website: Visit Site Email: Contact Address: 1560 Broadway, Suite 1350
Denver  80202

Colorado Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)

ANCC
Approved Provider
#P0274
ANCC
Approved Provider #P0274
Last Updated: Thursday, July 19, 2018
CEs not required.
Colorado Board of Nursing
Phone: 303-894-2430 Fax: 303-894-2821 Website: Visit Site Email: Contact Address: 1560 Broadway, Suite 1350
Denver  80202

Colorado Physical Therapist (PT)

Colorado Requires
30 Hours
Every two years
ANCC
Approved Provider
#P0274
Colorado requires
30 hours Every two years
ANCC
Approved Provider #P0274
Last Updated: Friday, August 17, 2018
Effective after completing a first license renewal, physical therapists must demonstrate continuing professional competency in order to renew a license by one of the following three methods:
  1. Participation in the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Progam:
    • Complete the Reflective Self-Assessment
    • Establish learning goals and create a learning plan to accomplish the learning goals.
    • Accrue 30 professional development activity (PDA) points in line with your learning plan and retain documentation of the completed activities. 
Special Requirements
Continuing Professional Development Program
1. The Continuing Professional Development (CPD) program entails the following:
a. The licensee shall complete the Reflective Self-Assessment Tool (RSAT) once per 2-
year renewal period. A licensee shall use the Board approved form.
i. The execution of a Learning Plan once per 2-year renewal period that is based
upon the licensee’s Reflective Self-Assessment Tool (RSAT) or
Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (AKS). A licensee shall use the
Board approved form.
ii. Accrual of 30 points of Professional Development Activities (PDA) per 2-year
renewal period.

2. Professional Development Activities (PDA)
a. Professional Development Activities must be relevant to the licensee’s practice as a
physical therapist and pertinent to his/her Learning Plan. The Board will not pre-
approve specific courses or providers. The licensee shall determine which
activities and topics will meet his/her Learning Plan, and select an appropriate
provider.
b. Professional Development Activities are separated into Category I, Category II, and
Category III activities and each category has a corresponding point value. Points
are used in lieu of continuing education units (CEU) or contact hours to allow
credit for non-continuing education type activities.
c. Points will be accepted if the activity is included in the Board’s Professional
Development Activities List. The Board may accept or reject activities submitted
for consideration that are not identified on its list.
d. A minimum of 15 of the required 30 points must be Category I activities.
e. Professional Development Activities will only apply for one 2-year renewal period.

3. The completion of an Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (AKS) will not be accepted more
than once every 10 years.
a. An AKS must meet the following criteria:
i. Be drafted and validated by qualified physical therapists and psychometricians;
ii. Be comprised of evidence based practice;
iii. Be maintained for relevancy and advancements in and affecting the
profession; and
iv. Provide feedback to the participant/licensee regarding his/her performance
and suggested learning opportunities to enhance his/her knowledge and
skills.
b. Administrative Approval. The Board finds the following AKSs to have met the criteria
established in section C(3)(a) of this rule, and are administratively approved by
the Board:
i. The online continuing competence learning and assessment tool (oPTion)
administered by the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy
(FSBPT).
ii. If the AKS is not listed as administratively approved by the Board in this rule,
then additional documentation demonstrating the AKS satisfies the
Board criteria will be required prior to registering and completing the
AKS.
c. The licensee may count the completion of an AKS as a Category I activity toward a
mandatory 30 PDA points for the corresponding 2-year renewal period in
compliance with the State Physical Therapy Board’s Professional Development
Activities List for assigned point values.

4. Audit of Compliance. The following documentation is required for an audit of compliance of a
licensee’s Continuing Professional Development:
a. The Learning Plan that is signed and executed which contains the licensee’s goals in
the form and manner as approved by the Board.
b. A certificate of completion or other report issued by the AKS provider indicating the
name of the licensee, AKS title, content, and the licensee’s date of completion.
c. Documentation of 30 points of Professional Development Activities in compliance with
the State Physical Therapy Board’s Professional Development Activities List for
documentation requirements for PDAs.
d. The Board may accept or reject Professional Development Activities (PDA) that do not
meet the criteria established by the Board for PDA or standards of quality as
defined in the State Physical Therapy Board’s Professional Development
Activities List, Standards of Quality for Category I Continuing Education
Activities, and this rule.
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State Physical Therapy Board
Phone: 303-894-7800 Fax: 303-894-776 Website: Visit Site Address: 1560 Broadway, Suite 1350
Denver  80202

Colorado Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA)

ANCC
Approved Provider
#P0274
ANCC
Approved Provider #P0274
Last Updated: Thursday, August 9, 2018
CEs not required.
State Physical Therapy Board
Phone: 303-894-7800 Fax: 303-894-776 Website: Visit Site Address: 1560 Broadway, Suite 1350
Denver  80202

Colorado Occupational Therapist (OT)

Colorado Requires
24 Hours
Every two years
ANCC
Approved Provider
#P0274
Colorado requires
24 hours Every two years
ANCC
Approved Provider #P0274
Last Updated: Tuesday, March 5, 2019
For each renewal period, the CPD program will consist of the following elements:
  1. A reflective Self-Assessment Tool (RSAT) and establishment of learning goals;
  2. Execution of a learning Plan; AND
  3. Accrual and documentation of 24 Professional Development Activites (PDA).  Retain documentation in the event of an audit of compliance
Special Requirements
Professional Development Activities
a. PDA must be relevant to the licensee’s practice of occupational therapy and
pertinent to his/her learning plan. The Director will not pre-approve specific
courses or providers. The licensee shall determine which activities and topics will
meet his/her Learning Plan and select appropriate courses and providers.
b. PDA are organized into the following eight (8) categories. One (1) PDA is granted
per one (1) clock hour of qualifying activity with the exception of the category
“presentations” in which two (2) PDA are credited for every one (1) hour of
presentation delivered. This 2:1 ratio acknowledges the preparation of the
presentation. PDAs are credited only once per presentation.
i. Volunteer service
ii. Fieldwork supervision
iii. Mentoring
iv. Presentations
v. Publishing
vi. Coursework
vii. Independent learning
viii. Group study
c. PDA must be earned through a minimum of two (2) categories with no more than
twelve (12) hours in any one category.
d. PDA will be accepted if the activity is included in the current program manual.
The manual will be available to all licensees through the program and will set
forth accepted PDA within each category. The Director has sole discretion to
accept or reject PDA that are not identified in the current manual.
e. The total required PDA must be earned within the same renewal period in which
credit is requested. PDA will be credited toward only one (1) renewal period.
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Office of Occupational Therapy
Phone: 303-894-7800 Fax: 303-894-2310 Website: Visit Site Email: Contact Address: 1560 Broadway, Suite 1350
Denver  80202

Colorado Occupational Therapist Assistant (OTA)

Colorado Requires
24 Hours
Every two years
ANCC
Approved Provider
#P0274
Colorado requires
24 hours Every two years
ANCC
Approved Provider #P0274
Last Updated: Tuesday, March 5, 2019
For each renewal period, the CPD program will consist of the following elements:
  1. A reflective Self-Assessment Tool (RSAT) and establishment of learning goals;
  2. Execution of a learning Plan; AND
  3. Accrual and documentation of 24 Professional Development Activites (PDA).  Retain documentation in the event of an audit of compliance
Special Requirements
Professional Development Activities
a. PDA must be relevant to the licensee’s practice of occupational therapy and
pertinent to his/her learning plan. The Director will not pre-approve specific
courses or providers. The licensee shall determine which activities and topics will
meet his/her Learning Plan and select appropriate courses and providers.
b. PDA are organized into the following eight (8) categories. One (1) PDA is granted
per one (1) clock hour of qualifying activity with the exception of the category
“presentations” in which two (2) PDA are credited for every one (1) hour of
presentation delivered. This 2:1 ratio acknowledges the preparation of the
presentation. PDAs are credited only once per presentation.
i. Volunteer service
ii. Fieldwork supervision
iii. Mentoring
iv. Presentations
v. Publishing
vi. Coursework
vii. Independent learning
viii. Group study
c. PDA must be earned through a minimum of two (2) categories with no more than
twelve (12) hours in any one category.
d. PDA will be accepted if the activity is included in the current program manual.
The manual will be available to all licensees through the program and will set
forth accepted PDA within each category. The Director has sole discretion to
accept or reject PDA that are not identified in the current manual.
e. The total required PDA must be earned within the same renewal period in which
credit is requested. PDA will be credited toward only one (1) renewal period.
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Office of Occupational Therapy
Phone: 303-894-7800 Fax: 303-894-2310 Website: Visit Site Email: Contact Address: 1560 Broadway, Suite 1350
Denver  80202

Colorado Athletic Trainer (AT/AL)

Colorado Requires
50 Hours
Every two years
ANCC
Approved Provider
#P0274
Colorado requires
50 hours Every two years
ANCC
Approved Provider #P0274
Last Updated: Tuesday, March 5, 2019
Athletic Training licenses expire on 11/30 of odd-numbered years.  Must maintain your BOC.  You will need to provide verification of your BOC when applying.

Active Practice: You must attest that you have actively practiced as an athletic trainer for a minimum of 400 hours per year for two years immediately preceding submission of your application: OR

Continuing Education: You must attest that you have maintained competency as an athletic trainer by completing at least 48 hours of athletic training continuing education courses within two years immediately preceding submission of your application. 
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Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies: Office of Athletic Trainer Registration
Phone: 303-894-7800 Fax: 303-894-7764 Website: Visit Site Email: Contact Address: 1560 Broadway
Ste 1350
Denver  80202

Colorado Respiratory Therapist (RT)

ANCC
Approved Provider
#P0274
ANCC
Approved Provider #P0274
Last Updated: Wednesday, August 28, 2019
CEs not required.
All Respiratory Therapist licenses expire on August 31 of even-numbered years.
Special Requirements
Continuing education is not a requirement for renewal of license.  
office of Respiratory Therapy Licensure
Phone: 303-894-7800 Fax: 303-894-7764 Email: Contact Address: 1560 Broadway, Suite 1350
Denver  80202