CME Requirements by State – CME Resource Guide for all 50 States

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State Board CME Requirements Guide and State CME Resources

CME requirements by state

Find your detailed state CME requirements below and discover how you can easily meet those requirements every year**.

Your state medical board, state licensing board & health agencies have established specific state-required Continuing Medical Education (CME) Credit requirements, and they may make changes to those requirements.

**Some states are beginning to require that CME in certain subjects be earned only through specific Board-approved training programs. Clinicians should verify all information regarding licensure requirements with their state licensing board(s) to ensure that Med-Challenger or any other CME activity is approved for state required CME credit fulfillment.

State CME Requirements

Select your state on the map or explore the list below to view individual state CME requirements.

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Alabama

Alabama Board of Medical Examiners and Medical Licensure Commission of Alabama CME Requirements
25 total hours every 1 year
✔ 25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits

Every physician licensed to practice medicine in Alabama who resides or practices in the state must earn in each calendar year, on or before December 31, not less than twenty-five (25) AMA PRA Category I Credits™ or equivalent as defined in this rule of continuing medical education. For the purpose of compliance with the continuing medical education (CME) basic requirement stated in paragraph (a) for only the 2010 calendar year, credits earned in the 2009 calendar year which are not used to meet the 2009 calendar year CME requirement may be carried forward and used to meet the 2010 calendar year requirement. Carrying forward credits shall not be allowed thereafter.


Alaska

Alaska State Medical Board CME Requirements
50 total hours every 2 years
✔ 50 Credits approved by the AMA or AOA

Physicians must complete an average of 25 hours of continuing medical education (CME) during each year of the previous licensing period. Licenses are renewed biennially, so physicians must have earned 50 credit hours during the concluding licensing period in order to qualify for renewal. Courses must be Category 1 of AMA-approved education, or Category 1 or 2 of AOA-approved education.

There is a new legislative requirement for a minimum of two hours of education in pain management and opioid use and addiction (unless you do not hold a valid DEA registration). For license renewals, at least two of the total hours of CME that are required to qualify for renewal must be specific to pain management and opioid use and addiction. Courses must be category 1 of AMA-approved education, or Category 1 or 2 of AOA-approved education. For a podiatrist, it may instead be earned in a continuing medical education program from a provider that is approved by the Council on Podiatric Medical Education (CPME).

To fully document compliance with the opioid education requirement, the title/description of the program on your Certificate of Completion should specifically reference all three areas of the required subject matter: pain management, opioid use, addiction.

Physician assistants must maintain a current active NCCPA certification to qualify for renewal.


Arizona

Arizona Medical Board CME Requirements
40 total hours every 2 years

A physician holding an active license to practice medicine in Arizona shall complete 40 credit hours of the continuing medical education (CME) required by A.R.S. § 32-1434 during the two calendar years preceding biennial registration.

  1. The physician shall ensure at least one of the credit hours of continuing medical education is certified as Category 1, as described in subsection (B)(4), and addresses the effective and safe prescribing of opioids;
  2. One hour of credit is allowed for each clock hour of participation in continuing medical education activities, unless otherwise designated in subsection (B); and
  3. The physician may not carry excess hours of continuing medical education over to another two-year cycle.

Arkansas

Arkansas State Medical Board CME Requirements
20 total hours every 1 year
✔ 10 Category 1 Credits in Primary Area of Practice.

20 hours per renewal period. Reference Regulation 17 in the Arkansas Medical Practices Acts & Regulations. CME hours must be from birth month of previous year through birth month of current year. Starting January 1, 2013, 50% of CME hours must be Category 1 and in the physician’s primary area of practice. Random audits are performed monthly. If audited, certificates of CME completion are required to be submitted.


California

Medical Board of California CME Requirements
50 total hours every 2 years
✔ 12 CME hours on Pain Management And Appropriate Treatment of the Terminally Ill (One-time requirement).
✔ 10 hours of Geriatric Care are required for General Internists and physicians with 25% or more of patients over the age of 65.

Medical Board CME Requirements
Under California law, physicians and surgeons must complete at least 50 hours of approved CME during each biennial renewal cycle.

Required CME on Pain Management and the Appropriate Treatment of the Terminally Ill
Most California-licensed physicians are required to take, as a one-time requirement, 12 hours of CME on pain management and the appropriate care and treatment of the terminally ill. Pathologists and radiologists are exempted from this requirement. The courses or programs must be presented by an organization accredited to provide CME by the ACCME, the AMA, the IMQ/CMA, or the AAFP. In addition to accrediting CME providers, AMA, IMQ/CMA, and AAFP may also present CME programs that will be accepted.

The 12 units may be divided in any way that is relevant to the physician’s specialty and practice setting. Acceptable courses may address either topic individually or both topics together. For example, one physician might take three hours of “pain management education” and nine hours of “the appropriate care and treatment of the terminally ill;” a second physician might opt to take six hours of “pain management” and six hours of “the appropriate care and treatment of the terminally ill;” a third physician might opt to take one 12-hour course that includes both topics. The Medical Board will accept any combination of the two topics totaling 12 hours.

Physicians must complete the mandated hours by their second license renewal date or within four years, whichever comes first.

The 12 required hours would count toward the 50 hours of approved CME each physician is required to complete during each biennial renewal cycle.

Required CME on Geriatrics for General Internists and Family Physicians
In order to ensure that physicians have the requisite knowledge and skills to competently treat California’s older population, California law requires that general internists and family physicians who have a patient population of which over 25 percent are 65 years of age or older, are required to complete at least 20 percent of their mandatory CME in the field of geriatric medicine.

All other physicians are encouraged to take a course in geriatric medicine, including geriatric pharmacology, as part of their mandatory CME.

Osteopathic Medical Board CME Requirements
100 total hours every 2 years
✔ 40 Minimum of forty (40) hours must be AOA Category 1A or B

You will be required to submit documentation of the 100 hours in the two (2) years preceding your license renewal year.

The Board will waive 50 hours for each year of the CME period you spent in a residency or fellowship. You will need to provide a copy of your diploma from the residency or fellowship (if completed) or a letter from your program director (if you are still attending the program) in order to claim this waiver. Any years not spent in training during the CME cycle negates your ability to claim CME for that year.

You may receive .5 units of category 2 CME for each individual journal read. You may self-report journal readings by listing the name of the journal, number of issues you read that year, and the number of years you read that journal.

Pain Management/Palliative Care CME is not necessarily AOA category 1A/B as it is usually non-osteopathic. The Board must accept CME as it is reported on the certificate. If it is listed as AMA, it will count as AOA category 2. In addition, some AOA conferences and activities held in California do have Pain Management/Palliative Care to specifically meet California CME requirements. If you attend such an activity, the CME will count as both AOA 1 A/B and Pain Management/Palliative Care.


Colorado

Colorado Medical Board CME Requirements

Colorado has no continuing education requirements for physicians
For physician assistants:
✔ 25 Category 1 CME (PA only; within 12 months of renewal)
✔ 100 CME (Any; PA only)

A physician assistant must submit “… proof of 100 hours of continuing medical education within the past two years, including 25 hours of category 1 continuing medical education in the past twelve months …”


Connecticut

Connecticut Department of Public Health CME Requirements
50 total hours every 2 years
✔ 50 Hours in Area of Practice.
✔ 1 Credit In Various Subjects (see full description) during first renewal and every 6 years (3rd renewal period) after.

Number of Hours
A licensed physician applying for renewal shall earn a minimum of fifty contact hours of qualifying continuing medical education within the preceding twenty-four month period. One contact hour means a minimum of fifty minutes of continuing education activity.

Qualifying CMEs
Continuing medical education shall be in an area of the physician’s practice, reflect the professional needs of the licensee in order to meet the health care needs of the public and during the first renewal period in which continuing medical education is required and not less than once every six years thereafter, include at least one contact hour of training or education in each of the following topics: (A) Infectious diseases, including, but not limited to, acquired immune deficiency syndrome and human immunodeficiency virus, (B) risk management, including, but not limited to, for registration periods beginning on or after October 1, 2015, prescribing controlled substances and pain management, (C) sexual assault, (D) domestic violence, (E) cultural competency, and (F) behavioral health, provided further that on and after January 1, 2016, such behavioral health continuing medical education may include, but not be limited to, at least two contact hours of training or education during the first renewal period in which continuing education is required and not less than once every six years thereafter, on the topic of mental health conditions common to veterans and family members of veterans, including (i) determining whether a patient is a veteran or family member of a veteran, (ii) screening for conditions such as post-traumatic stress disorder, risk of suicide, depression and grief, and (iii) suicide prevention training.


Delaware

Delaware Board of Medical Licensure and Discipline CME Requirements
40 total hours every 2 years
✔ 40 Category 1 Credits (approved by the AMA or AOA)

Prior to renewal of registrations to practice medicine in this State a physician must be prepared to supply the Board with proof that he has completed forty (40) hours per registration period of continuing medical education in Category 1 courses approved by the American Medical Association (AMA) or equivalent courses approved by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) since the time of the physician’s last renewal of his registration. Individuals enrolled in approved medical or osteopathic resident or fellowship training programs may be requested to submit proof of satisfactory participation in lieu of approved continuing medical education credits. Certification by the Medical Society of Delaware that a physician has completed such continuing medical education since the time of his last renewal of his registration shall be acceptable proof of completion of these requirements.

A physician who is renewing his registration for the first time and who has been licensed to practice medicine in Delaware for more than one year shall be prepared to supply the Board with proof that he has completed twenty hours of continuing medical education in Category I courses approved by the AMA or equivalent courses approved by the AOA. A physician who is renewing his registration for the first time and who has been licensed to practice medicine in Delaware for less than one year shall not be required to meet any continuing medical education requirements until the time of the next subsequent renewal of his registration.


District of Columbia (DC)

District of Columbia Board of Medicine CME Requirements
50 total hours every 2 years
✔ 50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits
✔ 3 HIV/AIDS credits
✔ 2 LGBTQ cultural competency credits
✔ 1 Pharmacology Credits

Physicians (MD/DO) – Fifty (50) hours of CE every two (2) years, which includes three (3) hours in the subject of HIV/AIDS, two (2) hours in the subject of LGBTQ cultural competency, and at least one (1) course in the subject of pharmacology.


Florida

Florida Board of Medicine CME Requirements

MD
40 total hours every 2 years
✔ 40 AMA Approved Credits.
✔ 2 Medical Error (must include information regarding the 5 most mis-diagnosed conditions, in accordance with Rule 64B8-13.005, F.A.C.).
✔ 2 Domestic Violence (Every 3rd Renewal Period).
✔ 1 First-time renewers must also complete (1) hour of HIV/AIDS.

Every physician licensed pursuant to Chapter 458, F.S., shall be required to complete 40 hours of continuing medical education courses approved by the Board in the 24 months preceding each biennial renewal period as established by the Department.

As part of every third biennial renewal licensure period, all licensees shall complete two (2) hours of training in domestic violence.

Upon a licensee’s first renewal of licensure, the licensee must document the completion of one (1) hour of Category I American Medical Association Continuing Medical Education which includes the topics of Human Immunodeficiency Virus and Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome.

Completion of two hours of continuing medical education relating to prevention of medical errors which includes a study of root cause analysis, error reduction and prevention, and patient safety.

The law from the new controlled substance bill requires the completion of a mandatory ce/cme course by January 31, 2019. The controlled substance prescribing course is separate and apart from the licensure renewal requirements under Florida Statutes 456.

First Biennium Renewal: If you are renewing your license for the first time you are exempt from the general continuing medical education requirements and are only required to complete 2 hours of Medical Error and 1 hour of HIV/AIDS.

DO
All first time renewals whose license was issued subsequent to July 1, of the second year of the biennium:
40 total hours every 2 years
✔ 20 AOA Category 1-A Credits
✔ 40 AMA Approved Credits
✔ 1 hour Florida Laws and Rules/Professional and Medical Ethics
✔ 2 hours Prevention of Medical Errors
✔ 2 On every third biennium renewal, 2 hours on Domestic Violence

All first time renewals whose license was issued prior to July 1, of the second year of the biennium:
40 total hours every 2 years
✔ 20 AOA Category 1-A Credits
✔ 40 AMA Approved Credits
✔ 1 hour Florida Laws and Rules/Professional and Medical Ethics
✔ 2 hours Prevention of Medical Errors
✔ 2 hours Prescribing Controlled Substances (This requirement applies only to licensees registered with the DEA and authorized to prescribe controlled substances)
✔ 1 hour of HIV/AIDS
✔ 2 On every third biennium renewal, 2 hours on Domestic Violence

Requirements for subsequent renewals:
40 total hours every 2 years
✔ 20 AOA Category 1-A Credits
✔ 40 AMA Approved Credits
✔ 1 hour Florida Laws and Rules/Professional and Medical Ethics
✔ 2 hours Prevention of Medical Errors
✔ 2 hours Prescribing Controlled Substances (This requirement applies only to licensees registered with the DEA and authorized to prescribe controlled substances)
✔ 2 Every third biennium renewal, 2 hours on Domestic Violence

You may only complete 8 total home-study hours to satisfy renewal requirements

No more than 6 hours of CME credit can be used per biennium for attendance at a board meeting.

The law from the new controlled substance bill requires the completion of a mandatory ce/cme course by January 31, 2019. The controlled substance prescribing course is separate and apart from the licensure renewal requirements under Florida Statutes 456.

(1)(a) Every person licensed pursuant to chapter 459, F.S., except those licensed as physician assistants pursuant to section 459.022, F.S., shall be required to complete forty (40) hours of continuing medical education courses approved by the Board in the twenty-four (24) months preceding each biennial renewal period as established by the Department.
(b) A licensee shall not be required to complete continuing medical education if the initial license is issued subsequent to July 1 of the second year of the biennium, except as found in paragraph 64B15-13.001(1)(a), F.A.C.
(c) A licensee shall complete a two (2) hour Domestic Violence Course as part of every third biennial renewal of licensure.
(d) A licensee shall complete a one (1) hour HIV/AIDS course no later than upon first biennial renewal of licensure.

(2) At least twenty (20) of the forty (40) hours of the continuing medical education required under this rule shall be American Osteopathic Association approved Category I-A continuing education related to the practice of osteopathic medicine or under osteopathic auspices.


Georgia

Georgia Composite Medical Board (GCMB) CME Requirements
40 total hours every 2 years
✔ 40 CME (any)

Georgia physicians are required to complete twenty hours per year of Continuing Medical Education (CME) Units, or 40 hours over the two year validation period of the license.

“Effective January 1, 2018, every physician not subject to Rule 360-15-.01(3) who maintains an active DEA certificate and prescribes controlled substances, except those holding a residency training permit, shall complete at least one time three or more hours of AMA/AOA PRA Category 1 CME that is designed specifically to address controlled substance prescribing practices. The controlled substance prescribing CME shall include instruction on controlled substance prescribing guidelines, recognizing signs of the abuse or misuse of controlled substances, and controlled substance prescribing for chronic pain management. Any controlled substances prescribing guidelines coursework taken within two years of [the physician’s] last renewal will count toward this requirement. Completion of this requirement may count as three hours toward the CME requirement for license renewal.”


Hawaii

Hawaii Medical Board CME Requirements
40 total hours every 2 years
✔ 40 Category 1 or 1-A.
✔ 20 Category 1 or 1-A.

40 category 1 or 1A CME hours if you initially received your license in Hawaii prior to 2/1/16; or

20 category 1 or 1A CME hours if you initially received your license in Hawaii between 2/1/16 – 1/31/17. Only 20 hours are required for the initial renewal. Beginning with the 2020 renewal and thereafter, 40 hours will be required.


Idaho

Idaho Board of Medicine CME Requirements
40 total hours every 2 years
✔ 40 Category 1 CME (Practice Relevant).

The purpose of practice relevant CME is to enhance competence, performance, understanding of current standards of care, and patient outcomes. Each person licensed to practice medicine and surgery or osteopathic medicine or surgery in Idaho is required to complete no less than 40 hours of practice relevant, Category 1, CME every two (2) years.


Illinois

Illinois Department of Financial & Professional Regulation (IDFPR) CME Requirements
150 total hours every 3 years
✔ 60 Category 1 CME.

For the July 31, 2014 renewal, a licensee shall be required to complete 150 hours of continuing medical education per prerenewal period in order to renew a license.

A minimum of 60 hours of required CME shall be obtained in Formal Category I CME programs


Indiana

Medical Licensing Board of Indiana CME Requirements
0 total hours every year
✔ 0 CME.

The Medical Licensing Board of Indiana does not require any CME hours.


Iowa

Iowa Board of Medicine CME Requirements
40 total hours every 2 years
✔ 40 Category 1 Credits
✔ 2 Category 1 Credits of Chronic Pain Management, Every 5 Years, for Primary Care Physicians
✔ 2 Category 1 Credits of End-Of-Life Care, Every 5 Years, for Primary Care Physicians

The Iowa Board of Medicine requires 40 Category 1 CME hours over a 2 year renewal period. If more than 40 hours are accumulated, up to 20 may be carried over. The number of required Category 1 credits is pro-rated for anyone who holds a permanent or administrative medicine license that was issued for fewer than two full years.

Physicians who provide primary care to patients are additionally required to complete 2 hours of Category 1 activities for chronic pain management and 2 hours of Category 1 activities for end-of-life care every five years.


Kansas

Kansas State Board of Healing Arts (KSBHA) CME Requirements
50 total hours every 1 year
✔ 20 Category 1 Credits

The Kansas State Board of Healing Arts required 50 hours with a minimum of 20 hours of Category I and a maximum of 30 hours of Category II.


Kentucky

Kentucky Board of Medical Licensure CME Requirements
60 total hours every 3 years
✔ 30 AMA or AOA Approved Category 1 Credits

In accordance with Board regulation 201 KAR 9:310, as of January 1, 1994, all physicians who maintain an active Kentucky medical or osteopathic license are required to complete 60 hours of CME every three years, with 30 hours being certified in AMA or AOA Category 1 by an organization accredited by the Accreditation Council on Continuing Medical Education or the AOA Council on Continuing Medical Education. Licenses must be renewed annually.



Louisiana

Louisiana State Board of Medical Examiners CME Requirements
20 total hours every 1 year
✔ 20 Category 1 CME

20 Contact Hours of Category 1 CME must be obtained annually. Regardless of birth month hours must be obtained from January- December in the year prior to renewal. Licenses must be renewed annually.


Maine

Maine Board of Licensure in Medicine CME Requirements

MD
100 total hours every 2 years
✔40 Category 1 Credits

To successfully renew a license in active status, MD and PA applicants must have completed the following Continuing Medical Education (CME) during the preceding licensure period:

A minimum of 40 hours in Category 1. Physicians must complete 3 hours of Category 1 credit CME every two years on the prescribing of opioid medication as required by Board Rule Chapter 21 “Use of Controlled Substances for Treatment of Pain.” All applicants must attest that they have completed the necessary CME on their renewal applications.

DO
100 total hours every 2 years
✔ 40 Osteopathy-related Activity Credits

Each licensee applying for the renewal of the osteopathic physician’s license shall furnish to the board satisfactory evidence that the osteopathic physician has attended in the 2 preceding years at least 100 hours of educational programs devoted to continuing medical education approved by the board. The required education must be obtained from formalized programs of continuing medical education sponsored by recognized associations, colleges or universities, hospitals, institutes or groups approved by the board. A copy of the current approved list must be available in the office of the secretary-treasurer of the board. At least 40% of these credit hours must be osteopathic medical education approved in the rules established by the board.


Maryland

Maryland Board of Physicians CME Requirements
50 total hours every 2 years
✔ 50 Category 1 Credits

Physicians applying for renewal of the license must earn at least 50 Category 1 CME credits in the two-year period preceding the license expiration date. Physicians should not send CME documents to the Board unless selected for audit.


Massachusetts

Massachusetts Board of Registration in Medicine CME Requirements
100 total hours every 2 years
✔ 40 AMA or AAPA Category 1 Credits

To renew your physician assistant license, you must attest, under penalty of perjury, to comply with board laws and regulations, as defined in 263 CMR 3.05 including completion of 100 contact hours with a minimum of 40 in Category 1 of continuing education for the current registration period.


Michigan

Michigan Board of Medicine CME Requirements

MD
150 total hours every 3 years
✔ 75 Category 1 CME
✔ 1 Medical Ethics CME
✔ 3 Pain and Symptom Management CME

The continuing education requirements apply to every physician renewing a Michigan medical license who has been licensed in the 3-year period immediately preceding the application for renewal. The requirements apply whether or not the physician is actively engaged in the practice of medicine. No one, including medical school faculty and resident physicians, is exempt from this requirement.

Each medical doctor is required to complete 150 hours of continuing education in courses or programs approved by the board of which a minimum 75 hours of the required 150 hours must be earned in courses or programs designated as Category 1 programs. A minimum of 1 hour of continuing education must be earned in the area of medical ethics. A minimum of 3 hours of continuing education must be earned in the area of pain and symptom management

DO
150 total hours every 3 years
✔ 60 Category 1 CME
✔ 3 Pain and Symptom Management CME

The continuing education requirements apply to every physician renewing a Michigan osteopathic medicine license who has been licensed in the 3-year period immediately preceding the application for renewal. The requirements apply whether or not the physician is actively engaged in the practice of osteopathic medicine. No one, including medical school faculty and resident physicians, is exempt from this requirement.

Each osteopathic physician is required to accumulate 150 hours of continuing education in activities approved by the board during the 3 years immediately preceding the application for renewal of which a minimum of 60 hours of the required 150 hours must be earned through Category 1 programs. Beginning December 20, 2017 a minimum of 3 hours of continuing education must be earned in the area of pain and symptom management.

Every osteopathic physician who is renewing his/her license should retain records documenting the completion of continuing education. Those documents must be retained for 4 years from the date of applying for license renewal.


Minnesota

Minnesota Board of Medical Practice CME Requirements
75 total hours every 3 years
✔ 75 Category 1 CME

Each licensed physician must obtain 75 hours of continuing medical education (CME) category 1 credit every three years as a condition of licensure renewal. The Board accepts (re)certification or current Maintenance of Competency issued by ABMS, RCPSC or AOA in lieu of CME. Newly licensed physicians commence their three year cycle on their birth month following the initial date of licensure. Physicians under Emeritus registration and licensees in full-time residency or fellowship training at a professionally accredited facility are exempt from the continuing medical education requirement. Licenses must be completed every two years.


Mississippi

Mississippi State Board of Medical Licensure CME Requirements
40 total hours every 2 years
✔ 40 Category 1 Credits

The Mississippi State Board of Medicine requires 40 Category 1 CME hours every 2 years. Licenses must be completed every two years.


Missouri

Missouri Board of Registration for the Healing Arts CME Requirements
50 total hours every 2 years
✔ 50 AOA Category 1-A or 2-A, AMA Category 1, or AAFP prescribed Credits

50 hours of CME must be completed every two years. The board shall not issue a renewal of a licensee’s certificate of registration unless the licensee demonstrates completion of fifty hours of continuing medical education accredited by the AOA as Category 1-A or 2-a, by the AMA as Category I or by the American Academy of Family Practice Prescribed Credit, in the two immediately preceding reporting periods.

Licenses must be renewed every two years. The period for completion of the continuing medical education requirements shall be the 24-month period beginning January 1 of each even-numbered year and ending December 31 of each odd-numbered year.


Montana

Montana Board of Medical Examiners CME Requirements
0 total hours every year
✔ 0 CME.

The Montana Board of Medical Examiners does not require any CME hours.


Nebraska

Nebraska Department of Health & Human Services CME Requirements
50 total hours every 2 years
✔ 50 AMA Category 1 Credits

To renew a license you must have earned 50 hours of Category 1 AMA approved continuing education.


Nevada

Nevada State Board of Medical Examiners CME Requirements

MD
40 total hours every 2 years
✔ 40 AMA Category 1 Credits
✔ 2 Medical Ethics, Pain Management, or Addiction Care
✔ 20 Physician’s Primary Area of Practice
✔ 2 Suicide Prevention & Awareness (only if specialty is Psychiatry)

40 Contact Hours must be completed if licensed during the first six months of the biennial period of registration. 30 Hours if licensed during the second six months of the biennial period of registration. 20 Hours if licensed during the third six months of the biennial period of registration. And 10 Hours if licensed during the fourth six months of the biennial period of registration. 2 hours of Medical Ethics, 4 hours of Bioterrorism/WMD. Courses required to be AMA PRA category 1. CMEs must be AMA Category I, classified by the AAPA as Category I (for PAs) of NSBME Board approved. Licenses must be renewed every two years.

DO
35 total hours every 1 year
✔ 35 CME (Any)

Required 35 hour each annual licensing period, including a minimum of 10 hours Category 1-A.* All hours may be Category 1-A. In even years only, 2 hours must be in ethics, pain management, or addiction care, and 2 hours of clinically-based suicide prevention and awareness. Effective January 1, 2018, licensees registered to dispense controlled substances, as a condition of license renewal, are required 2 hours in the misuse and abuse of controlled substances, the prescribing of opioids, or addiction.


New Hampshire

New Hampshire Medical Society (NHMS) CME Requirements
100 total hours every 2 years
✔ 40 AMA PRA or ACCME Category 1 Credits
✔ 3 Opioid CME (Physicians with NDE-DEA License)

The state requires 100 credits over the two-year period: 40 credits must be Category 1 and the remaining 60 can be either Category 1 or Category 2. Residents/fellows who are required to register with the NH PDMP must also complete the 3-credit opioid related CME requirement.


New Jersey

Medical Society of New Jersey CME Requirements
100 total hours every 2 years
✔ 40 AMA Category 1 Credits

Licensed physicians are required by law to earn credits in continuing medical education in order to maintain their medical licenses. For license renewal, physicians must complete 100 credits of continuing medical education (CME) during each renewal period, forty (40) of which must be Category 1 Credit, the remaining sixty (60) can be Category 1 Credit or 2. MSNJ can help members sort through the regulatory requirements.

Two (2) of the required Category 1 Credits need to be in End-of-Life-Care.

One (1) of the required Category 1 Credits needs to be in topics concerning prescription opioid drugs, including responsible prescribing practices, alternatives to opioids for managing and treating pain, and the risks and signs of opioid abuse, addiction and diversion.


New Mexico

New Mexico Medical Board CME Requirements

MD
75 total hours every 3 years
✔ 75 CME (Any)

Seventy-five hours of continuing medical education are required for each licensed physician during each triennial renewal cycle. CME may be earned at any time during the licensees three year renewal period, July 1 through June 30, immediately preceding the triennial renewal date.

DO
75 total hours every 3 years
✔ 75 Category 1 CME

The New Mexico board of osteopathic medical examiners will require seventy-five (75) hours of continuing education every three years in required education, category I. These may be distributed over the three year period, or they may all be obtained in one year. The board accepts one (1) credit hour for every clock hour of participation in a CME activity.


New York

New York State Education Department CME Requirements
0 total hours every year
✔ 0 CME.

Every applicant for licensure as a physician or limited permit to practice medicine must complete approved coursework or training appropriate to the professional’s practice in infection control and barrier precautions, including engineering and work practice controls, to prevent the transmission of the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and the hepatitis B virus (HBV) in the course of professional practice.

In addition to the professional education requirement, every applicant for licensure as a physician or limited permit to practice medicine must complete coursework or training in the identification and reporting of child abuse in accordance with Section 6507(3)(a) of the Education Law.


North Carolina

North Carolina Medical Board CME Requirements
60 total hours every 3 years
✔ 60 Category 1 Credits in Area of Practice
✔ 3 Controlled Substances

Each person licensed to practice medicine in the State of North Carolina, except those holding a residency training license, shall complete at least 60 hours of Category 1 CME relevant to the physician’s current or intended specialty or area of practice every three years.

Beginning on July 1, 2017, every physician who prescribes controlled substances, except those holding a residency training license, shall complete at least three hours of CME, from the required 60 hours of Category 1 CME, that is designed specifically to address controlled substance prescribing practices. The controlled substance prescribing CME shall include instruction on controlled substance prescribing practices, recognizing signs of the abuse or misuse of controlled substances, and controlled substance prescribing for chronic pain management.


North Dakota

North Dakota Board of Medicine CME Requirements
60 total hours every 3 years
✔60 Category 1 Credits

Physicians are required by North Dakota law to complete 60 AMA Category 1 hours of continuing medical education every three years.


Ohio

State Medical Board of Ohio CME Requirements
100 total hours every 2 years
✔ 40 Category 1 Credits

To be eligible for renewal, you must have completed 100 CME hours. The CME program consists of two categories, Category 1 and Category 2. A minimum of 40 hours must be earned in Category 1 and a maximum of 60 hours may be earned in Category 2. You may earn all 100 CME hours in Category 1.


Oklahoma

Oklahoma Board of Medical Licensure and Supervision CME Requirements

MD
60 total hours every 3 years
✔ 60 AMA Category 1 Credits

  • Each applicant for re-registration (renewal) of licensure shall certify every three years
    that he/she has completed the requisite hours of continuing medical education (C.M.E.).
  • Requisite hours of C.M.E. shall be sixty (60) hours of Category I obtained during the
    preceding three (3) years as defined by the American Medical Association/Oklahoma State
    Medical Association/American Academy of Family Physicians or other certifying
    organization recognized by the Board.
  • Newly licensed physicians will be required to begin reporting three years from the date
    licensure was granted.

DO
16 total hours every 1 year
✔ 1 Proper Prescribing CME
✔ 16 AOA Category 1 CME

  • All licenses must be renewed each year prior to July 1st and you must obtain sixteen (16) hours of AOA
    approved 1-A or 1-B Continuing Medical Education credit hours each licensure year. Every other year and if
    practicing in Oklahoma, one hour of CME must be on the proper prescribing of drugs; the course must be
    approved by this Board.
  • You may request a DEA application approximately six (6) weeks before licensure.
    (Drug Enforcement Administration – Telephone 405/475-7500)
  • You may request an application after you have an Oklahoma License Number, from OBNDDC.
    (Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs Control – 405/521-2885)
  • When requesting license verifications from states where you are or have been licensed, request through
    Veridoc for each participating board.

Oregon

Oregon Medical Board CME Requirements
60 total hours every 2 years
✔ 60 AMA, AOA, APMA or AAPA Category 1 Credits
✔ 6 Pain Management And/Or Treatment of the Terminally Ill

60 hours of continuing medical education (CME) per two years relevant to the licensee’s current medical practice, or 30 hours of CME if licensed during the second year of the biennium. Any six hours of CME AMA PRA Category I on pain management or end-of-life care are required as well. Licenses must be renewed every two years.

ATTENTION
Some states are beginning to require that CME in certain subjects be earned only through specific Board-approved training programs. Clinicians should verify all information regarding licensure requirements with their state licensing board(s) to ensure that this activity is approved for state required CME credit.

Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania State Board of Medicine CME Requirements

MD
100 total hours every 2 years
✔ 20 AMA PRA Category 1
✔ 12 Patient Safety and/or Risk Management
✔ 2 Child Abuse Recognition and Reporting

Approved activities in the area of patient safety and risk management may include the following topics:

  • Improving medical records and recordkeeping
  • Professional conduct and ethics
  • Improving communications
  • Preventative medicine
  • Healthcare quality improvement

EFFECTIVE JANUARY 1, 2015, all persons applying for issuance of an initial license is required to complete three (3) hours of DPW-approved training in child abuse recognition and reporting requirements as a condition of licensure.

EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2017, Individuals applying for an initial license or certification issued by the licensing board, which license or certification authorizes the licensee or certificate holder to be a dispenser or prescriber, to submit, no later than 12 months after obtaining an initial license or certification, documentation acceptable to the licensing board of the completion of at least two (2) hours of education in pain management or identification of addiction and at least two (2) hours of education in the practices of prescribing or dispensing of opioids.

DO
100 total hours every 2 years
✔ 20 AOA Category 1-A
✔ 12 Category 1 or Category 2 on Patient Safety and/or Risk Management

In order to renew a license, completion of 100 credit hours of continuing medical education in the preceding biennial period, which runs from November 1 of an even year through October 31 of the next even year, will be required for osteopathic physicians.


Rhode Island

Rhode Island Board of Medical Licensure and Discipline CME Requirements
40 total hours every 2 years
✔ 4 Public Health Needs CME
✔ 40 AMA Category 1 CME or AOA Category 1-A CME

Every physician licensed to practice allopathic or osteopathic medicine in Rhode Island under the provisions of the Act and this Part, shall on or before the first (1st) day of June of every even-numbered year, on a biennial basis, earn a minimum of forty (40) hours of AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™/AOA Category 1a continuing medical education credits and shall document this to the Board.

At least 4 hours of continuing medical education shall be earned on topics of current concern as determined by the director of the Rhode Island Department of Health. Current topics include: Ethics, Risk Management, Opioid pain management / chronic pain management, End of life / palliative care, Antimicrobial Stewardship.


South Carolina

South Carolina Board of Medical Examiners CME Requirements
40 total hours every 2 years
✔ 40 AMA or AOA Category 1 CME
✔ 2 Approved Procedures of Prescribing and Monitoring Controlled Substances
✔ 30 Practice-Relevant CME

For renewal of an active permanent license biennially, the South Carolina Board of Medical Examiners requires 40 AMA, AOA, or other board-approved organization Category 1 hours. Of these hours, a minimum of 30 must be on a subject directly related to the licensee’s practice area, and a minimum of 2 hours must be on the subject of approved procedures of prescribing and monitoring controlled substances.


Tennessee

Tennessee Board of Medical Examiners CME Requirements

MD
40 total hours every 2 years
✔ 40 AMA Category 1 Credits
✔ 2 Controlled Substance Prescribing

40 Hours of continuing medical education courses must be completed during the two calendar years (January 1 – December 31) that precede the licensure renewal year. At least two of the forty required hours shall be a course designed specifically to address prescribing practices (controlled substances). AMA PRA Category I courses acceptable.

DO
40 total hours every 2 years
✔ 2 Substance Prescribing (DEA registrants only)
✔ 2 Prescribing Practices (Non DEA registrants only).
✔ 40 CME (Any).

If you are a prescriber with a DEA registration, at least 2 of those hours must relate to controlled substance prescribing, which must include instruction in the Department’s treatment guidelines on opioids, benzodiazepines, barbiturates and carisoprodol and may include instruction on topics such as medicine addiction, risk management tools and other topics approved by the Board.

If you do not have a DEA registration, at least 2 of the required hours must be in a course or courses designated specifically to address prescribing practices. These 2 hours requirements are not necessary for doctors certified by the ABMS, AOA, or the American Board of Physician Specialties in one or more of the following specialties: pain management, anesthesiology, physical medicine and rehabilitation, neurology, and rheumatology.


Texas

Texas Medical Board CME Requirements
48 total hours every 2 years
✔ 2 Medical Ethics and/or Professional Responsibility
✔ 24 AMA, AOA and/or AAFP Category 1 Credits
✔ 24 Informal Hours

The Texas Medical Board requires physicians to complete at least 48 credits of Continuing Medical Education (CME) every 24 months (24 month timeline is in relation to the biennial registration period, not the calendar year). At least half of these hours must be in formal, category 1 or 1A courses. A TX physician must report during registration if she, he, or they have completed the required CME. However, newly licensed physicians are exempt from the CME requirement the first time they register.


Utah

Utah Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing CME Requirements
40 total hours every 2 years
✔ 34 Category 1 Credits
✔ 4 Substance Prescribing (Controlled Substance Licensees Only).

The qualified continuing professional education requirements shall consist of 40 hours during each two-year licensure cycle:
(a) A minimum of 34 of the required hours shall be in category 1 offerings as established by the ACCME.
(b) A maximum of six hours of continuing education may come from the Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing.
(c) Up to 15% of the required hours may come from providing volunteer health care services within the scope of the licensee’s license at a qualified location, in accordance with Section 58-13-3 concerning charity health care. One hour of continuing education credit may be earned for every four documented hours of volunteer services.
(d) Participation in a residency program approved by the AOA or the ACCME shall meet the continuing education requirement in a pro-rata amount equal to any part of the two-year period.


Vermont

Vermont Board of Medical Practice CME Requirements

MD
30 total hours every 2 years
✔ 30 AMA PRA Category 1.
✔ 1 Hospice, Palliative Care, or Pain Management
✔ 2 Safe and Effective Prescribing of Controlled Substances (Only physicians that prescribe substances)

The Vermont Board of Medical Practice’s rules implementing the law require physicians to take 30 hours of AMA Physicians Recognition Award Category 1 Credit (AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™) during the period December 1 – November 30 each two-year licensing period (e.g. Dec. 1, 2014- Nov. 30, 2016; Dec. 1, 2016-Nov. 30, 2018). There are some exceptions to the 30-hour requirement for new licensees and active or deployed members of the military – see the Board rules for details. Physicians must certify to the Board that the required hours have been completed over the past two years when submitting their renewal application. Physicians are not required to submit verification to the Board of CME courses completed, but must retain documentation of the courses for four years from the time the physician certifies the courses have been completed. The CME chosen should be designed to ensure that the licensee has updated his or her knowledge in his own field and kept abreast of advances in other fields for which patient referrals may be appropriate.

Of the 30 hours, the Board’s rules also require physician to take two content-specific CME courses: 1 hour addressing palliative care, hospice care OR pain management AND 1 hour addressing prescribing controlled substances for physicians with DEA registrations. These two subject-specific activities count toward the 30-hour requirement. Due to the passage of Act 173, beginning with license renewals due Nov. 2018, all physicians with a DEA number, pending application for a DEA number, or who dispense controlled substances will be required to show they have completed a total of at least 2 hours over the course of the previous 2-year licensing cycle – rather than the current one hour – of continuing education on the topic of prescribing controlled substances. Physicians can request that the VBMP pre-approve courses as satisfying the content-specific requirements if they wish, but pre-approval is not required.

DO
30 total hours every 2 years
✔ 12 Osteopathic-Related Subjects
✔ 30 CME (Any)

Licensee shall complete a minimum of 30 hours of continuing medical education, approved by the Board by rule, during the preceding two-year period. At least 40 percent of these hours must be osteopathic medical education.


Virginia

Virginia Board of Medicine CME Requirements
60 total hours every 2 years
✔ 30 Category 1 Credits
✔ 2 Controlled Substances

In order to renew an active license biennially, the practitioner must complete the Continued Competency Activity and Assessment Form, which is provided by the Board and must indicate completion of at least 60 hours of continuing learning activities.

30 hours shall be Type 1 continuing learning activities as documented by an accredited sponsor or organization sanctioned by the profession to designate learning activities for credit or other value. Remaining hours may be gained through self-study or other Type I activities.

The Board also requires at least 2 hours of Controlled Substances CME that may be part of the Category 1 requirement.


Washington

Washington State Department of Health CME Requirements

MD
200 total hours every 4 years
✔ Maximum of 80 Category 2 Credits.
✔ Maximum of 80 Category 3 Credits.
✔ Maximum of 80 Category 4 Credits.

Licensed physicians must complete two hundred hours of continuing education every four years. The credits must be earned in the forty-eight-month period preceding application for renewal of licensure.

DO
150 total hours every 3 years
✔ 60 Category 1-A CME

Licensed osteopathic physicians and surgeons must complete one hundred fifty hours of continuing education every three years.

Certification of compliance with the requirement for continuing medical education of the American Osteopathic Association, or receipt of the AMA physicians recognitions award or a current certification of continuing medical education from medical practice academies shall be deemed sufficient to satisfy the requirements of these regulations.

Original certification or recertification within the previous six years by a specialty board will be considered as evidence of equivalent compliance with these continuing professional education requirements.


West Virginia

West Virginia Board of Medicine CME Requirements

MD
50 total hours every 2 years
✔ 50 Category 1 Credits
✔ 3 Best Practices Prescribing of Controlled Substances and Drug Diversion Training
✔ 30 Hours in Area of Specialty.

The West Virginia Board of Medicine requires 50 Category 1 CME hours every two years. Of these hours, a minimum of 30 must relate to the physician’s specialty, and a minimum of 3 hours in board approved hours on the subject of best practices prescribing of controlled substances and drug diversion training.

DO
32 total hours every 2 years
✔ 16 AOA Category 1-A or 1-B Credits (Osteopathic)
✔ 3 Board Approved Courses (Licensees that prescribes, administers or dispenses controlled substances only).

The West Virginia Board of Osteopathy requires 32 CME hours every two years. Of these hours, 16 must be either AOA-approved Category 1-A or 1-B. Additionally, licensees are required to complete drug diversion training and best practice prescribing of controlled substances training. For licensees that prescribes, administers or dispenses controlled substances, 3 of the 32 hours must be earned through a board-approved course.

ATTENTION
Some states are beginning to require that CME in certain subjects be earned only through specific Board-approved training programs. Clinicians should verify all information regarding licensure requirements with their state licensing board(s) to ensure that this activity is approved for state required CME credit.

Wisconsin

State of Wisconsin Medical Examining Board CME Requirements

30 total hours every 2 years
✔ 30 AMA, AOA, and/or ACCME Category 1 Credits

CME Change for Upcoming Renewals: For the next two renewals for both MD and DO physicians, each license holder will be required to take two of the required 30 hours via a Board-approved course on responsible opioid prescription. Physicians who do not hold a U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration number to prescribe controlled substances are exempted under the rules.


Wyoming

Wyoming Board of Medicine CME Requirements

60 total hours every 3 years
✔ 60 AMA Category 1 or 2 Credits, AOA Credits, or SA Activities

To renew, reinstate or reactivate a license to practice medicine in Wyoming a physician shall verify satisfactory completion of not less than sixty (60) hours of continuing medical education (CME) earned in any combination of the following during the previous three (3) years: AMA-approved Category 1 or Category 2 credits, AOA credits, and verifiable self-assessment activities.


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