Category 1 and 2 CME

Here we explain the various types of Category 1 CME and Category 2 CME.

Category 1 CME: Regular

Category 1 CME has been reviewed against and deemed to meet criteria established by organizations that serve as sponsors or accreditors of CME activities. NCCPA accepts for Category 1 CME credit activities designated for Category 1 credit by the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA), AMA PRA Category 1 Credit from organizations accredited by ACCME or a recognized state medical society, AOA Category 1A Credit by the AOACCME, European Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (EACCME), AAFP Prescribed Credit by the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), Royal College MOC credits by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, Mainpro C or Mainpro-M1 CPD credits  by the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC), or Mainpro C or Mainpro-M1 CPD credits by the Physician Assistant Certification Council of Canada (PACCC). Other activities that satisfy NCCPA’s definitions for self-assessment CME or PI-CME are also considered by NCCPA to be Category 1 CME.

Category 1 CME: Certification Programs

Certification Programs: These activities include certification and recertification programs that are preapproved (sponsored) by the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) for a maximum number of Category 1 credits regardless of who presents the programs or where they are presented. Completion of any program is necessary to log the credits toward the CME requirement. You may earn and apply CME credits for the same certification program once in a calendar year and no more than twice per logging cycle.

NCCPA does not require these certification programs.

Click here for a list: Preapproved Certification Programs - Category 1 CME credits

Category 1 CME: Performance Improvement (PI-CME)

PI-CME is a systematic approach to planning, implementing, and assessing quality improvement in the clinical practice setting. PI-CME is intended primarily to address the competencies of practice-based learning and improvement and systems-based practice. NCCPA accepts for PI-CME credit activities designated for AAPA Category 1 PI-CME credit by AAPA, any activity accepted for Part 4 MOC credit by an ABMS-member board including but not limited to ABMS Multispecialty Portfolio Program activities, or any activity accepted for Component 4 OCC credit by the American Osteopathic Association.

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In recognition of the value of this active and improvement-focused approach to learning, NCCPA doubles the first 20 PI-CME credits earned for each PA per CME logging cycle.

Category 1 CME: Self-Assessment

Self-assessment is the process of conducting a systematic review of one’s own performance, knowledge base or skill set to improve future performance, expand knowledge or hone skills.  Self-Assessment CME is intended primarily to address PA competencies related to knowledge, patient care, and practice-based learning and improvement. NCCPA accepts for Self-Assessment CME credit activities designated for AAPA Category 1 Self-Assessment Credit by AAPA.

In recognition of the value of this active approach to learning, NCCPA applies a multiplication factor of 1.5 to Self-Assessment CME credits

Click here for a list: PI and Self-Assessment - Category 1 CME credits

Category 2 CME

NCCPA accepts for Category 2 credit any educational activity that relates to medicine, patient care or the role of the PA that has not been designated for Category 1 credit.

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