Illinois Physician Assistants CE Requirements, Accreditations & Approvals

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

Continuing Education Requirement

Attention Illinois Physician Assistants: Licensees are not required to complete continuing education for the 2020 physician assistant license renewal. However, licensees must complete 50 hours of continuing education for the 2022 license renewal. The hours must be obtained between March 2, 2020, and March 1, 2022. A minimum of 1 hour must be completed in sexual harassment prevention training. Additionally, if a licensee holds a controlled substance license, a minimum of 3 hours must be completed on safe opioid prescribing practices, and a minimum of 10 hours must be completed on pharmacology. For more information, please visit https://www.idfpr.com/FAQ/DPR/PA%202020%20renewal%20FAQ.pdf.

PAs are required 50 hours every two years, and effective August 25, 2017, are no longer required to provide proof of certification through the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) for renewal. Additionally, licensees who prescribe controlled substances must complete 3 hours of safe opioid prescribing practices every two years. Licensees with Schedule II controlled substances prescriptive authority are required 10 hours of pharmacology every two years.

NEW Beginning January 1, 2023, a health care professional who has continuing education requirements for license registration or renewal must complete at least one hour of training on implicit bias awareness per renewal period. A health care professional may count this one hour toward meeting the minimum credit hours required for continuing education.

NEW Beginning January 1, 2023, a health care professional who has continuing education requirements for license registration or renewal who provides health care services to patients 26 years of age and older, is required at least 1 hour in the diagnosis, treatment, and care of individuals with Alzheimer disease and other dementias every renewal period. A health care professional may count this 1 hour toward meeting the minimum credit hours required for continuing education. This requirement begins for physician assistants renewing in 2024.

Beginning January 1, 2020, all licensees are required to complete 1 hour of continuing education specific to sexual harassment prevention every renewal.

Beginning January 1, 2021, all licensees who are considered mandated reporters of child abuse and neglect are required to complete training on the subject within 3 months of engagement in a professional or official capacity as a mandated reporter. Physician assistants must complete the training at least every 6 years thereafter. The training will count toward meeting a licensee's required continuing education, and is provided by the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS).

*All hours may be AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™.

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Please contact the Illinois Division of Professional Regulation Board of Medical Examiners at (800) 560-6420, or refer to http://www.idfpr.com/profs/PhysicianAssistant.asp 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.

Licensees may complete the DCFS mandated reporter training online at https://www.dcfstraining.org/vtc/home/home.action.