American Academy of Physician Assistants

Featured CME Programs

A list of CME programs available through AAPA and its partners.

How to care for your patients working against the clock

Examine the diagnostic criteria for shift work disorder and explore approaches to patient assessment, including the components of a comprehensive sleep history and practical clinical interviewing techniques. Management recommendations will address good sleep hygiene, behavioral modifications, and pharmacotherapy that targets residual excessive sleepiness, insomnia, and other clinical signs and symptoms of shift work disorder with Practical Approaches to the Management of Shift Work Disorder: Overcoming Barriers to Improve Patient Outcomes. Approved for a maximum 1.0 AAPA Category 1 CME credit.  

Prevention workshop for California-area PAs in primary care

Together with your practice’s healthcare team, build a strategy for delivering preventive services for some of the most deadly diseases using recommendations from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF). Earn up to 5 AAPA Category 1 CME credits at one of three Saturday workshops this fall sponsored by AAPA and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). LEARN MORE.

Knock out 20 PI-CME credits with 1 METRIC module

AAPA and the American Academy of Family Physicians have collaborated to bring you METRIC — online activities that integrate performance measures and improvement strategies.  METRIC is accredited by AAPA to meet the NCCPA PI-CME requirement for those transitioning to the new 10-year cycle. LEARN MORE.

Become a better diabetes care provider

AAPA and SiMCare have teamed up to bring you SiMCare Diabetes — an online program that lets you manage 18 simulated type 1 and type 2 diabetes patients who are based on real and challenging cases.EXPLORE MOREand earn up to 18 AAPA Category 1 Self-Assessment CME credits.

Collaborative approach key to treating MS

AAPA and the Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centers (CMSC) have joined forces to bring you an interactive activity entitled "Distinguishing Between Primary Care Needs and the Symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis: A Collaborative Approach to Appropriate Referrals." This case-based activity is designed to help primary care providers distinguish between routine primary care needs and specific symptoms of multiple sclerosis that may require referral to an MS specialist.

Participants will be presented with clinically valid case studies related to medication choices, life style issues and MS symptom management that will illustrate the importance of communication and collaboration among healthcare providers. Approved for a maximum 1.0 AAPA Category 1 CME credit.

Free CMEs on opioid prescribing and pain management

Pain_ImageSupported by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), and live on Learning Central, Safe Prescribing for Pain and Managing Pain Patients who Abuse Rx Drugs provide practical guidance about screening patients with pain for substance use disorder risk factors before prescribing, and learning how to identify patients who are abusing their medications. The activities use video vignettes that model effective patient-provider communication strategies for discussing sensitive issues.

Visit Learning Central to enhance your clinical skills with these modules and visit NIDA’s NIDAMED page for a host of resources for you and your patients about drug abuse and addiction. Approved for a maximum 1.25 and 1.75 AAPA Category 1 CME credits.


Bad ad — Truthful prescription drug advertising and promotion

The Food and Drug Administration has launched an e-learning course and case studies designed to increase awareness of misleading drug advertising and promotion while providing CME. The goal of the Bad Ad program is to educate healthcare professionals about the role they can play to ensure that prescription drug advertising and promotion is truthful and not misleading. Approved for a maximum of 1.0 AAPA Category 1 CME credit.


Effective healthcare program: Helping you make better treatment choices

AAPA is pleased to announce its partnership with the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). AHRQ's CME on comparative effectiveness research (CER) is now available to physician assistants nationwide. The online activities address a variety of therapeutic and disease areas encountered in everyday practice. Earn up to 14.25 AAPA Category 1 CME credits.


COOL – Clinical otolaryngology online

COOL cases are interactive, case-based CME activities from AAO-HNS and AAPA, developed by leaders in the field of otolaryngology specifically for the nonotolaryngologist. Earn up to 9.75 AAPA Category 1 CME credits.


The core content review of family medicine

This home study, CME and board preparation program is available in print, CD and online. It covers more than 45 different topic categories to help you study and pass PANCE/PANRE. Guaranteed or your money back! 60 hours of AAFP-prescribed CME (NCCPA accepts AAFP-prescribed CME to fulfill Category 1 requirements).

Other resources

HCV PACT — Patient advocacy checklist for therapy for hepatitis C virus management 

AHCV PACT Cover point-of-care guide (PDF) that will help you care for and effectively communicate with your patients from screening to diagnosis to treatment recommendations and management. This guide was written with a patient-centered approach with easy-to-access reference charts, patient check-off lists that can be printed to review with patients, and recommendations at all treatment milestones for HCV patients. This book is for PAs working in primary care, GI/hepatology or infectious disease.