ArticleDoes Requiring Continuing Education Units for Professional Licensing Renewal Assure Quality Patient Care?Vaughn, H. Todd PT, MS, MTC; Rogers, Janet L. PhD; Freeman, Julie K. MPTAuthor Information From the Physical Therapy Department (Mr Vaughn), School of Allied Health (Mr Vaughn, Dr Rogers, Ms Freeman), Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, Ill. Corresponding author: Janet L. Rogers, PhD, Clinical Center 4602, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL 62901 (e-mail: [email protected]). H. Todd Vaughn developed the manuscript's conception and design, completed literature review, performed critical revision of the manuscript, and made final approval of the version to be published. Janet L. Rogers and Julie K. Freeman assisted with the literature review, drafted the manuscript, made critical revisions, and made final approval of the version to be published. The Health Care Manager: January 2006 - Volume 25 - Issue 1 - p 78-84 Buy Abstract Although most states in the United States require health care professionals to complete continuing education units (CEUs) for licensure renewal, little evidence to date has established a relationship between completing CEUs and clinical competency. Considering the high cost of health care delivery and services, it would be prudent for both managers and consumers of health care to review the costs and benefits of requiring CEUs for professional licensing renewal. This study features an extensive review of the literature to analyze the supportive as well as the opposing views of mandatory CEUs for professional license renewal. Most of the studies reviewed reported almost no relationship between participation in traditional continuing education courses and improved patient outcomes. Several recommendations evolved out of this study for improving patient outcomes following the attendance of continuing education courses. © 2006 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.