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

Attention Iowa Physicians: On August 21, 2020, Governor Kim Reynolds issued a new Emergency Proclamation due to COVID-19 and extended the duration of provisions until September 20, 2020. All license renewal requirements and deadlines continue to be temporarily suspended during the period of this health emergency. If a licensee had an active Iowa medical license on March 22, 2020, the expiration date will be automatically extended for the duration of this health emergency. Additionally, all requirements for in-person continuing medical education and all deadlines and other requirements for continuing medical education that are unable to be satisfied due to the health emergency, are temporarily suspended during the period of this health emergency. If a licensee is unable to complete the required continuing medical education required for renewal of their Iowa medical license due to the health emergency, they should note that on their next renewal application. For more information, please visit https://medicalboard.iowa.gov/.

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

  • Effective July 1, 2019, all licensees who are mandatory reporters are required 2 hours in identifying and reporting abuse in children, unless exempt. For all subsequent renewals, licensees are required 1 hour of recertification training every three years.*
  • Effective July 1, 2019, all licensees who are mandatory reporters are required 2 hours in identifying and reporting abuse in 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.

*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 Human Services. See training here: https://dhs.iowa.gov/child-welfare/mandatoryreporter.

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Please contact the Iowa State Board of Medicine at (515) 242-5908 or https://medicalboard.iowa.gov/continuing-medical-education for additional information regarding your continuing education.