Continuing Medical Education
Not sure how much CME you need to earn, or even what qualifies as CME? Check out the following video on Continuing Medical Education! It will take you through the ins and outs of earning and logging CME. After watching the video, read more on CME requirements below.
Earning continuing medical education (CME) credits is an integral component of NCCPA certification. Every two years, (years two, four and six of the certification maintenance cycle), all certified PAs must log their 100 CME credits online and submit the $130 certification maintenance fee.
Of the 100 CME credits you must earn and log, at least 50 must be Category 1 CME. The remaining 50 credits can be Category 1, Category 2 or a combination of both. CME can be classified as a Certification Program, Category 1 or Category 2.
Your CME earning and logging window is May 1 of the year your current certification was issued through December 31 of the certification expiration year. (For example, PA-C designees whose certifications expire in 2013 must have earned their CME between May 1, 2011 and December 31, 2013.)
Want to save $50? Pay only $80 for certification maintenance if you earn and log your 100 CME credits and pay by June 30 of your certification expiration year - that's $50 off the regular $130 certification maintenance fee! (Discount will be reflected on payment screen after 100 CME credits have been logged and the 2011-2013 cycle is the last cycle the discount will be available.)
*Please note that any refund requests must be submitted within 30 days of submitting payment.
Special Guidelines for New Certification Holders
If this is the first time you've logged CME since passing PANCE, you may log any CME earned as of the date your certification was issued. Also for newly certified PAs whose certification was issued after June 30, you can continue earning and logging your CME credits through your certification expiration date and still pay the discounted $80 certification maintenance fee. (The 2011-2013 cycle is the last cycle the discount will be available.)
CME consists of clinical and professional education activities that maintain, develop or increase the knowledge, skills, and professional performance and relationships that a physician assistant uses to provide services for patients, the public and the profession.
CME: Preapproved Category 1 credits
- American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP)
- American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA)
- American Medical Association (AMA)
- American Osteopathic Association (AOA)
Need help logging your CME credits online? Click here for step-by-step instructions.
Ready to log your CME credits? Click here to sign in to your record.
**You should keep your Category 1 CME documentation for your current CME cycle and your last CME cycle. For example, if you are currently on a 2011-2013 CME cycle you would need to keep that documentation and the 2009-2011 CME cycle documentation. We do not audit Category 2 CME. This is the policy for NCCPA, not the state medical boards. You will need to check with your state medical board regarding their auditing requirements.
If you have lost your certification, click here to read about your options for regaining it.