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  1. 1. Can Florida OTs and OTAs take all 26 hours of their continuing education on Cheapceus.com?
  2. 2. Does Cheapceus.com report Florida licensees' course completion information to CEBroker?
  3. 3. I am a Texas licensed physical therapist/physical therapist assistant and I am filling out my CC Activities Report in order to renew my license. The report requires me to provide the course approval number. What number do I provide on the report?
  4. 4. Is Innovative Educational Services (Cheapceus.com) an AOTA Approved Provider of Continuing Education?
  5. 5. I am a California licensed physical therapist/physical therapist assistant. What is the approval number for the CE courses I take on Cheapceus.com?
  6. 6. I am a California licensed occupational therapist/occupational therapist assistant. What is the approval number for the CE courses I take on Cheapceus.com?
  7. 7. What limitations exist for Georgia licensed PTs & PTAs taking courses on Cheapceus.com?
  8. 8. Are the courses offered on Cheapceus.com approved for Alabama licensed PTs & PTAs?
  9. 9. I work in a SNF in Florida, and I am required to complete an Alzheimer's course approved by the Florida Department of Elder Affairs. Is the Alzheimer's Disease course available on Cheapceus.com the correct course that I need to take?
  10. 10. I am an Athletic Trainer. Do the courses on Cheapceus.com qualify for BOC credit?
  11. 11. I am an Illinois licensed OT/OTA. Can I take all of my continuing education on Cheapceus.com?
  12. 12. I viewed one receipt/certificate and now I am trying to view a second receipt/certificate, but nothing is happening. How can I view the second receipt/certificate?
  13. 13. I clicked "Certificate" and/or "Order receipt" and the document does not open. What can I do to get my certificate/receipt?
  14. 14. Is there a limit to the number of CE hours that I can take online?
  15. 15. Am I required to take a certain amount of my continuing education in a "live" format? If so, how many hours must I take live? Do the live interactive webinars on Cheapceus.com qualify as "live" continuing education in my state?
  16. 16. Can you tell me more about the LIVE WEBINARS?
  17. 17. What are the new Tennessee Physical Therapy CE rules, and when do they go into effect?
  18. 18. I am a Texas licensed OT/OTA. May I take all of my CE on Cheapceus.com?
  19. 19. Why are the live webinars for athletic trainers listed as BOC Category A and the Medical Errors home study course is listed as BOC Category D?
  20. 20. I am a Michigan licensed PT/PTA. Is there a limit on the number of Activity Code 1 PDR activities that I can take?
  21. 21. I am an Alabama licensed PT/PTA, do the courses meet the CE requirements of the Alabama Board of Physical Therapy?
1. Can Florida OTs and OTAs take all 26 hours of their continuing education on Cheapceus.com?

YES! However, the Florida OT CE Rules have changed. Please read the following:

The Following Rule Changes Regarding LIVE Courses Went Into Effect on March 1, 2015.

Occupational Therapy Board Rule 64B11-5.001, F.A.C., Requirements for License Renewal of an Active License; Continuing Education.

Interactive real-time courses - At least fourteen (14) of the required hours per biennium must be in person or from interactive, real-time courses. An interactive, real-time course may be a web-based, satellite transmitted, telephone or video conference, or online instruction program that allows or requires the licensee to interact in real time, including live chat, with the instructor during the presentation of the program. Taking a computerized exam at the end of the study, or being able to email the instructor with a question, does not qualify home study as a live or interactive course. 

Home Study – A licensee may receive continuing education credit for no more than twelve (12) hours of home study education per biennium. Courses that allow a licensee to contact the presenter via email are homestudy courses, not live courses.

What can Florida OT & OTA licensees do to satisfy the new "live" CE requirements?
Cheapceus.com now offers Florida OT Board approved LIVE INTERACTIVE WEBINARS for Florida OTs & OTAs to obtain their 14 hours of "live" continuing education.

If you have any questions about the new rule, please contact the Board directly via email at mqa.occupationaltherapy@flhealth.gov or by calling 850-245-4373.

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2. Does Cheapceus.com report Florida licensees' course completion information to CEBroker?

Yes.  Cheapceus.com automatically sends Florida licensees' course completion information to CEBroker at 1:00 AM each day.
Florida licensees MUST do the following to ensure that their information is posted correctly to CEBroker:
1. Select "Florida" as their state of licensure
2. Provide us with their correct Florida license number which includes the profession's alpha pre-fix.

(Examples: PT1234, PTA2345, OT3456, OTA5678, MA6789, AL6789 (Do not use spaces, periods, or hyphens).

Note:  Although Innovative Educational Services reports Florida licensees' course completion information at 1:00 am each day, it may take CEBroker 2-3 days to post the course completion information to their database.

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3. I am a Texas licensed physical therapist/physical therapist assistant and I am filling out my CC Activities Report in order to renew my license. The report requires me to provide the course approval number. What number do I provide on the report?

Innovative Educational Services is a Texas Physical Therapy Association (TPTA) Continuing Competency Accredited Provider (APS#1902006).
By Texas statute, the Texas Board of Physical Therapy Examiners automatically approves and accepts all courses offered by Accredited Providers.  

1902006 
This is the number you should provide for ALL courses completed on Cheapceus.com.

To verify our Accredited Provider #1902006, please do the following:
Go to: www.tpta.org/?page=Accredited
Read the information at the top of the page.
Scroll down to Innovative Educational Services

Note:  
Beginning June 1, 2017, individuals applying for a physical therapy license either by examination or endorsement, and licensees who are renewing their physical therapy license, are required to take the PT Board's newTexas Jurisprudence Assessment Module (TX JAM), which will replace both the JP Exam and the ethics/professional responsibility requirement.  

Visit the following link for additional important information:
http://www.ptot.texas.gov/page/PT-JAM

 

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4. Is Innovative Educational Services (Cheapceus.com) an AOTA Approved Provider of Continuing Education?

Yes. This means that all of the courses offered on Cheapceus.com are automatically accepted by the NBCOT and the OT Boards of the following states: AK, AR, DE, DC, IL, IN, KY, LA, MD, MS, MN, MO, MT, NV, NH, NC, NY, OH, OR, OK, PA, RI, SC, TN, TX, VT, VA. (Why is Florida not listed? Because Florida requires its own specific Board approval.)

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5. I am a California licensed physical therapist/physical therapist assistant. What is the approval number for the CE courses I take on Cheapceus.com?

Innovative Educational Services (www.cheapceus.com) is a California Continuing Competency Approval Agency.  This means we are recognized by the Physical Therapy Board of California (PTBC) as an Approved Provider of Continuing Competency courses.  (The PTBC does not use a numbering system to identify Approved Providers)  To verify that our company, Innovative Educational Services is an Approved Agency, please visit the PTBC website: http://www.ptbc.ca.gov/licensees/cc_agency.shtml

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6. I am a California licensed occupational therapist/occupational therapist assistant. What is the approval number for the CE courses I take on Cheapceus.com?

There is no mechanism in the California Board of Occupational Therapy Practice Act to approve CE courses. (Therefore, no CE provider can claim that their courses are "Approved" for California OT licensees.) The California OT Regulations state:
(b) Professional development activities acceptable to the board include, but are not limited to, programs or activities sponsored by the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) or the Occupational Therapy Association of California; post-professional coursework completed through any approved or accredited educational institution that is not part of a course of study leading to an academic degree; or otherwise meet all of the following criteria:
(1) The program or activity contributes directly to professional knowledge, skill, and ability;
(2) The program or activity relates directly to the practice of occupational therapy; and
(3) The program or activity must be objectively measurable in terms of the hours involved.

Innovative Educational Services (www.cheapceus.com) is an AOTA Approved Provider of Continuing Education; and all of our courses comply with California Occupational Therapy Continuing Competency Standards (California Code of Regulations, Title 16, Division 39, Article 7, Section 4161); and meet the regulatory requirements for issuance of California Occupational Therapy Professional Development Units (PDUs).

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7. What limitations exist for Georgia licensed PTs & PTAs taking courses on Cheapceus.com?

Innovative Educational Services strongly encourages all Georgia licensed PTs & PTAs to read Georgia PT Board Rule 490-4-.02 and Georgia PT Board Policy #7.

Georgia PT Board Policy #7         Rule 490-4-.02

Please note that all of the courses offered on Cheapceus.com are introductory level programs.  Georgia licensees should carefully review course instructional materials to ensure that the course they have chosen has content that extends beyond their present level of knowledge and competence as required by PT Board Rule 490-4-.02

The courses offered on Cheapceus.com are acceptable for:
1. Physical therapist assistants
2. Physical therapists with baccalaureate degrees
3. Physical therapists returning to practice after an extended period away from clinical care.
4. Physical therapists practicing in a new clinical environment
5. Physical therapists seeking information on topics that fall outside of their normal routine clinical experiences.

Introductory courses are NOT recommended for Georgia licensed physical therapists that have an advanced academic degree, clinical specialist certification, or substantial clinical experience in a setting that directly relates to a specific course topic.

The 4 hour Georgia Physical Therapy Ethics & Jurisprudence course offered on Cheapceus.com may be taken by ALL physical therapists and physical therapist assistants regardless of the licensee’s present level of knowledge and competence.

Georgia PT Board Policy #7 states that licensees may not exceed 10 credit hours per calendar day.

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8. Are the courses offered on Cheapceus.com approved for Alabama licensed PTs & PTAs?

On May 19, 2015 the Alabama Board of Physical Therapy changed the rules regarding continung education approval.
As per rule 700-X-2-.09, the AL PT Board no longer requires or offers CE course approval.
Licensees are now required to use their own professional judgement when selecting CE programs.

"Effective October 1, 2014, the Board does not pre-approve continuing education providers, sponsors or individual programs.
It is the licensee’s responsibility, using her/his professional judgment, to determine if the continuing education activities they complete are applicable, appropriate, and meet the requirements of the Board.
All continuing education offerings, regardless of source will be accepted provided that it is directly related to the licensee’s practice of physical therapy and meets the following general guidelines." 

All of the courses offered on Cheapceus.com meet the continuing education requirements listed under Alabama Adminstrative Code 700-X-2-.09(4)(a)

To read the new Alabama physical therapy CE rules in their entirety, please go to:
http://pt.alabama.gov/pdf/newsletters/700-X-2-.09RenewalofLicense.pdf 

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9. I work in a SNF in Florida, and I am required to complete an Alzheimer's course approved by the Florida Department of Elder Affairs. Is the Alzheimer's Disease course available on Cheapceus.com the correct course that I need to take?

No. The Alzheimer's Disease course on Cheapceus.com is not intended to satisfy the Florida DOEA's Alzheimer's training requirement; and it should not be taken for this purpose.
To learn more about the Alzheimer's training that is required by the Florida Department of Elder Affairs, please go to: http://usfweb3.usf.edu/trainingonAging/default.aspx

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10. I am an Athletic Trainer. Do the courses on Cheapceus.com qualify for BOC credit?

Yes, Innovative Educational Services (Cheapceus.com) is a BOC Approved Provider of Category A Continuing Education.  

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11. I am an Illinois licensed OT/OTA. Can I take all of my continuing education on Cheapceus.com?

Yes. Illinois OTs & OTAs may take all of their continuing education on Cheapceus.com.
Our company, Innovative Educational Services, is an Illinois Approved OT CE Sponsor.  The courses are NOT considered independent study (as defined by Illnois Administrative Code Section 1315.145b1) and the 4 hour maximum for independent study is NOT applicable to our courses.

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12. I viewed one receipt/certificate and now I am trying to view a second receipt/certificate, but nothing is happening. How can I view the second receipt/certificate?

Each of our certificates/receipts opens in the same browser window.  Please be sure to close the the first certificate/receipt before clicking to view the second certificate/receipt.

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13. I clicked "Certificate" and/or "Order receipt" and the document does not open. What can I do to get my certificate/receipt?

Both the Certificate and Receipt open in the same window.  If you are clicking on either the Certificate or the Order Receipt button, and nothing is happening, it is because you already have the window open and it is now behind the page you are viewing.  Please minimize the window in the front of the screen; you will then be able to view the document you are seeking.

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14. Is there a limit to the number of CE hours that I can take online?

The rules regarding continuing education are different for every profession in every state. The following is a list of some of the states' online CE limitations:
Arkansas PT - 50% maximum online
Illinois PT - 50% maximum self-study online
Louisiana PT - 50% maximum online
Maryland OT - 10 hours maximum online
Mississippi OT - 7 hours maximum online
Utah PT - 50% maximum online 
(If you do not see your state listed, you should review your state's current rules and regulations regarding this issue.)

All of the courses offered on Cheapceus.com (both the text-based and live webinars) are classified as "online" and are subject to the limitations listed above.

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15. Am I required to take a certain amount of my continuing education in a "live" format? If so, how many hours must I take live? Do the live interactive webinars on Cheapceus.com qualify as "live" continuing education in my state?

Below is a listing of the states that require licensees to take some portion of their mandatory CE via live presentation.

Florida PT - at least 12 hours live each licensure period
Florida OT - at least 14 hours live each licensure period
Florida Athletic Trainers - at least 14 hours live each licensure period
New York OT - at least 1/3 of total hours must be from non-self study activities
Oklahoma PT - at least 20 hours of Category A - Synchronous (Live) each licensure period
Oklahoma PTA - at least 15 hours of Category A - Synchronous (Live) each licensure period

All of the webinars on Cheapceus.com are approved as live interactive for Florida PT, OT & Athletic Trainers; Category A (synchronous) for Oklahoma PT; and non-self study (interactive live) for New York OT licensees.

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16. Can you tell me more about the LIVE WEBINARS?

What do I need to do to attend a webinar?
Register for the webinar at www.cheapceus.com. You will then instantly receive a confirmation email from us that includes a link for accessing the webinar.

What should I do if I can’t find the confirmation email?
Go to back to the course listing on www.cheapceus.com
Click on the "Register Now" button
You will see the following:
"If you have already registered and can’t locate your registration confirmation email click here."

Do I need any special equipment or software?
No. Our broadcast platform works on almost all desktops, laptops, or tablets without any additional or special equipment or software. (Apple IPad and IPhone users will automatically be directed to download an App)

What should I do if I have problems with the sound or video, or if I can’t log onto the site successfully?
Call our technical support line at 954-663-4101 or 954-305-4814. It is always our pleasure to assist you.

Is the instructor presenting the course live?
Yes. You are always watching and listening to a live presentation. The instructor is presenting the course live, in real time, as you are seeing and hearing it.

What will I see and hear on my electronic device during the webinar?
On your screen, you will see several distinct areas. In the first area you will see and hear the instructor. The second area shows the instructor’s Powerpoint presentation. The third area contains the live chat board.

How can I interact with the instructor?
A live chat board is continuously open and visible to the instructor and all participants throughout the presentation. You may ask questions or make comments at any time.

Can the instructor or my fellow attendees see or hear me?
No. Neither the instructor nor the other attendees can see or hear you. (So feel free to put your feet up on your desk and watch in your pajamas.)

Is this course approved by my state’s professional Board?
To review a listing of all course approval, please go to: http://cheapceus.com/user/numbers

I am licensed in a state that requires live continuing education credits. Are the live interactive webinars on Cheapceus.com approved by my state as live continuing education?
Yes. All of the webinars offered by Cheapceus.com are approved as live interactive continuing education for Florida PT/PTA & OT/OTA; Oklahoma PT/PTA (Category A - synchronous); and for New York OT/OTA (nonself-study interactive live).

How can you verify my attendance at the course?
We are able to verify individual participant attendance using software that identifies the presence of your specific electronic device on our broadcast platform. We monitor and record the exact times that each participant enters and leaves the webinar.

Do I need to attend the entire webinar to receive credit?
Yes. Participants who miss more than 20 minutes of the webinar are not eligible for CE credits.

Where do I get the course notes?
The course notes are available on the cheapceus.com website.
Go to: cheapceus.com
Click on: “Continuing Education Courses”
Click on your profession.
Scroll down to the course title.
Click on: “pdf” button (to the right of the course title)

What do I need to do to get continuing education credits for this course?
1. Register for the course
2. Attend the entire course
3. Complete and pass the interactive post-test
4. Pay for the course before 11:59 PM the same day the course is presented

Where do I find the interactive post-test?
The interactive post-test will be available on cheapceus.com immediately after the course ends.
Go to: www.cheapceus.com
Click on: “Continuing Education Courses”
Click on your profession.
Scroll down to the specific course
Click on: “Take Course Post-Test” (to the right of course title)

How and when do I pay for the course?
After you pass the interactive post-test on Cheapceus.com, the website will progress you to the page where you will provide payment information. You may pay with Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, or PayPal.
YOU MUST PASS THE POST-TEST AND COMPLETE YOUR PURCHASE OF THE COURSE BEFORE 11:59 PM ON THE SAME DAY THE COURSE IS PRESENTED.

Are the website and payment system secure?
Yes. We use the most up-to-date encryption software to ensure the security of your information. We NEVER store or share your payment information. You will note that every time you make a purchase on Cheapceus.com it is necessary for you to re-type in your credit card number. This is because we do not save or store your credit card information anywhere in our system.

How do I get my certificate of completion?
Immediately after you click to submit your payment, you will see two buttons on your screen. One says “Click here for Certificate”. The other says “Click here for Receipt”. Your certificate and receipt are always available to you. All you ever have to do to retrieve them is to go to www.cheapceus.com and then click on the “Certificates & Receipts” button on the left side of the screen.

Does Cheapceus.com automatically report Florida licensees’ CE credits to CEBroker?
We automatically report all Florida licensees’ CE credits to CEBroker at 1:00 AM the day after the course.

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17. What are the new Tennessee Physical Therapy CE rules, and when do they go into effect?

The Tennessee Board of Physical Therapy published new CE Rules in June 2016. The new rules can be accessed by going to: http://share.tn.gov/sos/rules/1150/1150-01.20160629.pdf (pages 22-27). Licensees should be aware of three significant changes:

  1. Effective July 1, 2016 – Licensees must complete 4 hours of Ethics & Jurisprudence education every renewal cycle. (Previously, licensees only needed to take Ethics & Jurisprudence every other renewal period.)
  2. Effective July 1, 2017 – Licensees (PTs & PTAs) may take no more than 10 hours of continuing education online each licensure period.
  3. Effective July 1, 2017 – Physical therapist assistants must complete 30 hours of continuing education each renewal period. (Previously, PTAs were required to take only 20 hours of continuing education.)

Important Information: Please note that the limitations relating to online continuing education and the increase in CE hours for PTAs do not go into effect until July 1, 2017.

To learn more about the TN PT CE Rule changes, please read the Board’s Policy Statement: https://www.tn.gov/assets/entities/health/attachments/PT_Policy_Statement_on_2016_CE_Transition.pdf

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18. I am a Texas licensed OT/OTA. May I take all of my CE on Cheapceus.com?

Yes! Texas licensed OTs & OTAs may take all of their continuing education on Cheapceus.com.

The following Rules went into effect 7-1-16:

367.1. Continuing Education
(d) Definition of Continuing Education. Continuing education in this chapter is defined as professional development activities that are directly relevant to the profession of occupational therapy.
(f)  Educational activities that meet the criteria for continuing education as per this chapter that are approved or offered by the American Occupational Therapy Association or the Texas
       Occupational  Therapy Association are pre-approved by the Board.

367.2. Categories of Education
(a)(4)  Home study courses, educational teleconferences, Internet-based courses, and video instruction, no maximum.
          (A) These courses must have:
                (i) Specified learning objectives;
                (ii) A post-test; and
                (iii) A certificate of completion.
         (B) Educational teleconferences or Internet courses must reflect a pre-determined number of contact  hours.

Link to new TX OT Rules:
http://www.ptot.texas.gov/idl/BD6AC6EF-709B-41D2-C892-49D784FF5022

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19. Why are the live webinars for athletic trainers listed as BOC Category A and the Medical Errors home study course is listed as BOC Category D?

Innovative Educational Services is a BOC Approved Provider of Continuing Education (#P8858) and the live webinars we offer qualify as BOC Category A under that approval. The Medical Errors home study course is specifically designed to meet the Florida Athletic Training regulatory requirements and has been approved by the Florida Board of Athletic Training based on their designated criteria. The production of the Medical Errors course and the FL AT Board approval preceded our company’s acceptance as a BOC CE Provider and it is for this reason we designate the Course as BOC Category D.

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20. I am a Michigan licensed PT/PTA. Is there a limit on the number of Activity Code 1 PDR activities that I can take?

Michigan PT/PTA licensees may take a maximum of 20 pdr credits via Activity Code 1 activities each licensure period. Michigan PT Rule 338.7163(1)(a) also states that licensees may not take more than 12 hours in any one 24 hour period.

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21. I am an Alabama licensed PT/PTA, do the courses meet the CE requirements of the Alabama Board of Physical Therapy?

Yes, the courses offered on Cheapceus.com meet the requirements of Alabama Administrative Code 700-X-2-08, which states:  "The Board does not pre-approve continuing education providers, sponsors or individual programs. It is the licensee’s responsibility, using her/his professional judgment, to determine if the continuing education activities they complete are applicable, appropriate, and meet the requirements of the Board. All continuing education offerings, regardless of source will be accepted provided that it is directly related to the licensee’s practice of physical therapy and meets the following general guidelines."
(a) GeneralGuidelines
1. Maintain, improve or expand skills or knowledge of the practice of physical therapy.
2. Contribute to the professional competency of the licensee by means of an organized activity with clearly described or outlined course content, dates or timelines for completion, and times of instruction or activity engagement expectations
3. Pertain to common subjects related to the practice of physical therapy and are based upon referenced scientific evidence; practice-based evidence; case studies; clearly identified anecdotal experience; current or proposed regulation of practice; accepted professional guidelines; policy documents; or best practices
4. Conducted by experts in the subject matter - individuals with special education, training, and experience,
5. Include stated program goals/objectives.
6. Identify target audience or describes prerequisite levels of experience
7.m Describe requirements for successful progression or completion when using self- directed methods of learning (i.e., self-study, online, video, audio, teleconference, etc.). Self-directed methods of instruction may utilize a post-test but cannot result in a pass/fail grade.
8. Include a certificate or other sufficient proof of completion. For a concurrent session conference that does not provide documentation of individual session(s) completed, each individual course attended must be verified by having a conference official or course instructor sign or stamp the session description in the conference program if the conference does not use an automated format that allows for individual course verification.
Verification of this information can be found at: http://pt.alabama.gov/PDF/AdminCode_July2017.pdf 

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