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PAs may earn CME credit for national certification maintenance beginning with the issuance date on their NCCPA
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Category 1 CME consists of educational activities which serve to maintain,
develop or increase the knowledge or skills that a PA uses to provide services
for patients, the public or the profession.
The content of Category 1 CME is the body of knowledge and skills generally
recognized and accepted by the profession as within the basic medical sciences,
the discipline of clinical medicine and the provision of health care to the
For NCCPA national certification maintenance, there are 3 different types of Category 1 CME for PAs: Regular Category 1 CME, Category 1 Self-Assessment CME, and Category 1 Performance Improvement CME (PI-CME).
Regular Category 1 CME activities must be reviewed and approved by one of the following organizations for the corresponding type of credit:
Sponsor (organization approving CME
American Academy of Physician Assistants
AAPA Category 1 CME credit
American Osteopathic Association
American Academy of Family Physicians
Organizations accredited by the Accreditation Council on
Continuing Medical Education.
(The American Medical Association
is part of this group.)
AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
Category 1 Self-Assessment CME activities must be reviewed and approved by the following organization for the corresponding type of credit:
Sponsor (organization approving CME credit)
AAPA Category 1 Self-Assessment CME credit
In recognition of the value of self-assessment and its role in continuous professional development, NCCPA is now offering an additional incentive to encourage PA participation in self-assessment activities. For all activities approved for AAPA Category 1 Self-assessment CME credit, NCCPA will now apply an additional 50% weighting when those self-assessment credits are logged for NCCPA certification maintenance purposes. In other words, if a PA logs 20 AAPA Category 1 Self-assessment CME credits with NCCPA, they will count as 30 of their total 100 credit requirement for that 2 year CME cycle.
PAs should be aware that the extra weighting for self-assessment activities is only relevant to NCCPA certification. States that require CME for license renewal purposes do not apply any additional weighting for self-assessment and PAs must claim those credits exactly as awarded on their CME certificates.
Category 1 PI-CME activities must be reviewed and approved by the following organization for the corresponding type of credit:
AAPA Category 1 PI-CME credit
Acknowledging the evidence detailing PI-CME’s positive impact on outcomes, NCCPA has announced a new incentive for completing PI-CME activities: The first 20 PI-CME credits logged during every two-year cycle will now be doubled when logged with NCCPA.
PAs should be aware that the extra weighting for PI-CME activities is only relevant to NCCPA certification. States that require CME for license renewal purposes do not apply any additional weighting for PI-CME and PAs must claim those credits exactly as awarded on their CME certificates.
Every PA should receive a certificate of completion or letter of participation upon completion of a Category 1 CME program.
Please note that acceptable credit types for individual state licensing boards may vary. You can access the State Laws and Regulations webpage for individual state requirements. Back to top
Category 2 credit is elective and must be related to medicine, patient care
or other professional issues such as reimbursement and CPT coding.
Yes, as long as the post-tests have not expired and you complete them after
the issuance date on your NCCPA certificate. (JAAPA post-tests may be submitted
for up to one year from publication date.)
For national certification maintenance, you must log your CME credit hours with NCCPA. Be sure to have the following information available:
a list of sponsors that PAs may use for Category 1 CME credit for certification maintenance with NCCPA.
If you are logging for your state license only, please contact your state licensing board for
Not initially, but be sure to keep documentation of all your Category 1 CME
activities for 7 years in case you are audited by NCCPA. Check with your state licensingboard regarding their individual auditing and documentation requirements.
Yes. Refer to this listing of national certification programs that are approved for AAPA Category 1 CME credit (PDF).
Visit Learning Central and go to "My Transcript"; it will include post-tests you have taken through AAPA. You will be able to view and print a certificate for post-tests completed successfully. You can also add activities and upload documentation completed with other CME providers. Use "My Transcript" to keep track of all of your CME in one place.
If you received less than 70 percent correct on a post-test, you will have the
option to retake that test.
Look in the promotional brochure or advertisement for the accreditation
statement, which will indicate what type of credit can be earned at the
conference. Then refer to this complete list of acceptable sponsors (PDF) for Category 1 CME for NCCPA certification maintenance. Programs approved for nursing credit only should
be logged as a Category 2 (elective) activity.
Please note that acceptable credit types for individual state licensing boards may vary. You can access the State Laws and Regulations webpage for individual state requirements.
No. Only the provider of the CME program may apply to AAPA for Category 1
CME approval. If the program has not received AAPA CME approval you may still
claim the activity as Category 2 CME. Refer to the AAPA CME approval process.
Credits earned between May and December of the year your certification expires
(the second year of your two year cycle) may apply toward either your current NCCPA two-year cycle, or the next cycle two-year cycle.
Although AAPA does not endorse or guarantee any of these courses or materials, AAPA does maintain a list of review materials and courses for the PANCE/PANRE exam.
JAAPA publishes a recertification refresher series every month and archived articles are available.
Download complete instructions and forms. Specific questions can be emailed to email@example.com.
While most states accept current NCCPA certification as a proxy for satisfying CME requirements, individual requirements vary by state. Please refer to Statutory and Regulatory Requirements for Licensure and License Renewal (PDF) for specific state requirements.
Email AAPA or call
703-836-2272 and ask to speak with a member of the Education team.