Iowa Physicians CE Requirements, Accreditations & Approvals

Iowa Physicians

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.

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

Continuing Education Requirement

MDs and DOs are required 40 hours of AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ every two years. Mandates include:

  • All licensees who are mandatory reporters are required 2 hours in identifying and reporting abuse of children and/or 2 hours in identifying and reporting abuse of dependent adults, unless exempt. For all subsequent renewals, licensees are required 1 hour of recertification training every three years.*
  • A minimum of 2 hours is required in end-of-life care every five years.
  • Licensees who prescribe opioids are required 2 hours regarding the CDC Guidelines for prescribing opioids for chronic pain every five years.

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.

* The initial 2 hours must be completed within the first six months of employment/self-employment, and the 1-hour recertification course will be available in 2022. All mandatory reporter training may only be completed through the Iowa Department of Health and Human Services. See training here:

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Please contact the Iowa State Board of Medicine at (515) 281-5171, or refer to and for additional information regarding your continuing education.