The AAPA Category 1 CME approval logo and language let PAs know the activity is appropriate for the PA learner and will count toward their CME requirements for national certification and state licensure.
Requesting AAPA Category 1 CME credit is a great way to add value to your PA activities!
Many CME providers announce an upcoming conference long before CME approval is granted. You may not publish final approval language and you may not use AAPA CME logos until you have received approval notification from AAPA. Doing so may result in denial of credit. However, you may publish the following three sentences before receiving approval of Category 1 CME credit.
"This program is not yet approved for CME credit. Conference organizers plan to request ____ AAPA Category 1 CME credits from the Physician Assistant Review Panel. Total number of approved credits yet to be determined."
You may not use the above statement prior to approval of AAPA Category 1 Self-assessment credit or AAPA Category 1 Performance Improvement credit.
Organizations that award Category 1 or Prescribed CME credit for physicians have several options for announcing their programs to PAs.
1. Proceed as usual to use your standard accreditation language in your promotional materials. PAs generally know that programs carrying these three types of credit are acceptable towards the PA Category 1 CME requirement.
2. Publish one of the following statements:
If your program is already designated for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
AAPA accepts certificates of participation for educational activities certified for AMAPRA Category 1 Credit™ from organizations accredited by ACCME or a recognized state medical society. PAs may receive a maximum of XX Category 1 credits for completing this activity.
If your program is already designated for AOA Category 1A Credit
AAPA accepts certificates of participation for educational activities certified for AOA Category 1A Credit. PAs may receive a maximum of XX Category 1 credits for completing this activity.
If your program is already designated for AAFP Prescribed Credit
AAPA accepts certificates of participation for educational activities certified for AAFP Prescribed Credit. PAs may receive a maximum of XX Category 1 credits for completing this activity.
Fees for the most common request types are found here:
AAPA provides the option of rush processing of CME accreditation requests. Rush fees apply to any CME application submitted 21 days or less in advance of the activity start date.
AAPA Constituent Organizations are independent organizations that are officially chartered or recognized by AAPA. Constituent Organizations, including the following, are eligible for Tier 1 fees:
· PA state chapters
· PA specialty organizations
· PA caucuses
· PA special interest groups
· Regional CME groups who have signed affiliation agreements with a PA state chapter or specialty organization.
PA programs are accredited by the independent Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA). Only ARC-PA accredited PA programs are eligible for Tier 2 fees.
Duty of Care organizations are defined as those organizations whose staff are responsible for the provision of care to the public or their employees. It is assumed that these organizations provide education in an attempt to increase the skills and knowledge of their employees or members and not primarily to make a financial profit. Organizations qualifying for tier 3 fees include:
All other organizations that do not fit the descriptions in tiers 1-3 will be subject to tier 4 fees. Tier 4 organizations include:
· Medical Education Companies
· Communications Companies
· Other organizations who do not qualify for tiers 1-3
are completed entirely online in four easy steps: