California Physician Assistants CE Requirements, Accreditations & Approvals

California Physician Assistants

In support of improving patient care, NetCE is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

As a jointly accredited provider, NetCE is authorized to award Category 1 CME Credit to physician assistants certified through the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA).

The Medical Board of California accepts courses from any provider who is ACCME-accredited and awards AMA PRA Category 1 Credit ™.

Continuing Education Requirement

Attention California Health and Mental Health Professionals:
Due to the Governor’s Executive Order N-39-20, there have been changes to licensing requirements. For those licensed by a board under the California Department of Consumer Affairs, the Director will temporarily waive continuing education requirements for licenses due to expire between March 31, 2020, and December 31, 2020. These temporary waivers do not relieve such individuals from timely complying with any other renewal requirements, including completing and submitting the required renewal forms to the governing licensing agency. Additionally, continuing education and any associated fees for those seeking to reactivate or restore a license will be temporarily waived. Licensees must satisfy any waived renewal requirements within six months of this order, unless further extended, and activated or restored licenses pursuant to this waiver will be valid for six months, or until the State of Emergency is terminated, whichever is sooner. For more information, please visit https://www.dca.ca.gov/licensees/dca_20_69.pdf.

As part of California’s Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response, on March 30, 2020, Governor Newsom announced the state is preparing for an increase in the number of people who urgently need health care in California during the COVID-19 outbreak. To meet this moment, the state is opening additional health care sites to treat people affected by COVID-19 and to relieve the pressure on our health care system by providing care for non-COVID-19 cases. To ensure adequate staff for health care sites throughout California, Newsom is calling on healthcare providers, behavioral health professionals, and health care administrators to register today. For more information, please visit https://covid19.ca.gov/healthcorps/.

NetCE is also closely monitoring board notices regarding continuing education requirements. Please check our website regularly for updates.

PAs are required 50 hours of AMA PRA Category 1 Credit ™ every two years, or must show evidence of certification through the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA). Licensees authorized to prescribe controlled substances have a one-time requirement of 6 hours of controlled substance education that includes 3 hours specific to Schedule II substances. Effective January 1, 2019, controlled substance education must include the risks of addiction associated with the use of Schedule II controlled substances.

Effective January 1, 2020, physician assistants who hold a fluoroscopy permit are required 10 hours regarding the application of x-ray to the human body, 4 of which must be in radiation safety for the clinical use of Fluoroscopy.

Attention Physician Assistants Holding a PA Fluoroscopy Permit: Effective June 19, 2020, the exemption from compliance with the CE requirements for renewal of Radiologic Technology (RT) certificates and permits is now extended to apply to certificates with an expiration date on or between March 30, 2020 and December 31, 2020. This exemption applies to Certified Radiologic Technologists, Limited Permit X-ray Technicians, Physician Assistants (PA) holding a PA Fluoroscopy Permit, and Certified Supervisors and Operators. For more information, please visit https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CEH/DRSEM/Pages/RHB-Certification/XRayNucMed-Covid.aspx.

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Please contact the Medical Board of California at (800) 633-2322 or https://www.pab.ca.gov/licensees/renewals.shtml for additional information regarding your continuing education.

For additional information regarding NCCPA's continuing education requirement please access their website at http://www.nccpa.net/continuingmedicaleducation.