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. The $50 discount is no longer available. The 2011-2013 cycle was the last cycle the discount was available.
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 2014 must have earned their CME between May 1, 2012 and December 31, 2014.)
*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 through December 31 of the year your certification expires (approximately two years later) and submit the $130 certification maintenance fee by December 31 of the year your certification expires.
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)
- Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC)
- The College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC)
- Physician Assistant Certification Council of Canada (PACCC)
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 2012-2014 CME cycle you would need to keep that documentation and the 2010-2012 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.
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