New Mexico Physician Assistants CE Requirements, Accreditations & Approvals

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

Continuing Education Requirement

Attention New Mexico Osteopathic Physician Assistants: Due to the public health emergency declared in Executive Order 2020-004, the Board of Osteopathic Medicine and the Regulation and Licensing Department Boards and Commissions Staff will process renewals without proof of CE credits required for renewal, during the pendency of the emergency, if all other license renewal requirements are met. However, licensees submitting renewals without the sufficient CE credits will be required to give notice to the board or commission through the notice procedures established by the Public Email Notice on March 17, 2020. When the public health emergency is lifted, Boards and Commissions staff will send out a notice to licensees stating that the licensee has 6 months, depending on the board or commission, to submit their proof of CE. For more information, please visit http://www.rld.state.nm.us/uploads/files/Ostepahtic%20Medicine%20-%20Public%20Notice.pdf.

PAs must show evidence of certification through the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) every two years. Licensees who hold a federal DEA registration and a New Mexico controlled substance registration are required 3 hours in pain management and the prescribing of controlled substances every renewal.

Licensees who hold a federal DEA registration and a New Mexico controlled substance registration are required 5 hours in pain management and the prescribing of controlled substances during the first year of licensure.

OPAs are required 50 hours every two years, 34 of which must be AOA Category 1-A, and 30 of which must be within the licensee's scope of practice, or maintain certification through the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA). Licensees who hold a federal DEA registration and a license to prescribe opioids are required 6 hours in non-cancer pain management that includes a review of 16.17.4 NMAC every renewal.

The New Mexico Department of Health encourages certifying practitioners to complete at least 2 CME hours related to the medicinal use of cannabis each year.

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For More Information

Please contact the New Mexico Medical Board at (505) 476-7220 or http://www.nmmb.state.nm.us/cme.html- PAs or http://www.rld.state.nm.us/boards/OsteopathicMedicine_Requirements_and_Continuing_Education.aspx - OPAs 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.