District of Columbia Physician Assistants CE Requirements, Accreditations & Approvals

Dist. Columbia 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 District of Columbia Board of Medicine accepts courses from any provider who is ACCME-accredited and awards AMA PRA Category 1 Credit ™.

Continuing Education Requirement

PAs are required 100 hours every two years, 40 of which must be AMA PRA Category 1 Credit ™, including 2 hours in cultural competency focusing on patients who identify as LGBTQ, and 10 hours in current public health priorities. NCCPA certification may be substituted for the 100 hours, however, 2 hours in LGBTQ cultural competency and 10 hrs in public health priorities are still required for renewal.

Beginning with DEA initial registrations or renewals starting June 27, 2023, all DEA-registered practitioners (with the exception of DVM-only license holders) are required 8 hours on treating and managing patients with opioid or other substance use disorders, including the appropriate clinical use of all FDA-approved drugs for the treatment of a substance use disorder, one-time only.

Effective January 1, 2021, licensees must complete at least 10 of the 100 required hours for renewal on a topic designated by the Director of the DOH as a public health priority. Current topics include:

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Please contact the District of Columbia Board of Medicine at (877) 672-2174, or refer to https://dchealth.dc.gov/node/120612 for additional information regarding your continuing education.