Pennsylvania Physicians CE Requirements, Accreditations & Approvals

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

The Pennsylvania State Board of Osteopathic Medicine accepts courses that are AOA Category 2-B. NetCE courses are considered Category 2-B.

Continuing Education Requirement

Attention Pennsylvania Physicians: The BPOA has received many questions from licensed professionals about what happens to licensing waivers if the COVID-19 emergency disaster declaration is ended. With the governor's signing of HB 854 (now Act 21 of 2021), licensing waivers will remain active until September 30, 2021, unless ended sooner. Additional updates will be provided as more information becomes available. For more information, please visit https://www.dos.pa.gov/Professional-Licensing/Boards-Commissions/Medicine/Pages/default.aspx.

Additionally, emergency temporary licenses and reactivated Board of Medicine licenses have also been granted an extension. For these deadlines and more information, please visit https://www.dos.pa.gov/Pages/2020-12-21-waiver-medicine-board-deadline-retired-out-of-state.aspx.

MDs are required 100 hours every two years, 20 of which must be AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™, and 12 of which must be in activities related to patient safety and risk management.

In accordance with Act 31 of 2014, MDs must complete 2 hours of approved child abuse recognition and reporting training every renewal.* Licensees with prescriptive authority, as a condition of license renewal, are required 2 hours in pain management, the identification of addiction, or the practices of prescribing or dispensing of opioids.

DOs are required 100 hours every two years, 20 of which must be AOA Category 1-A, and the remaining 80 hours may be AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™.** A minimum of 12 hours must be in activities related to patient safety and risk management, which may be completed in Category 1 or 2.

In accordance with Act 31 of 2014, DOs must complete 2 hours of approved child abuse recognition and reporting training every renewal.* Licensees with prescriptive authority, as a condition of license renewal, are required 2 hours in pain management, the identification of addiction, or the practices of prescribing or dispensing of opioids.

As a one-time requirement for initial licensure, and in accordance with Act 31 of 2014, all MDs and DOs must complete 3 hours of approved child abuse recognition and reporting training.*

Within one year of issuance of prescriptive authority all MDs and DOs have a one-time requirement of 4 hours: 2 of which must be in pain management or addiction, and 2 in the practices of prescribing or dispensing opioids.

*NetCE's course on child abuse recognition and reporting training is approved for both initial licensure and renewal of license.

** NetCE courses are considered AOA Category 2-B.

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For More Information

Please contact the Pennsylvania State Board of Medicine at (717) 783-1400 or the Pennsylvania State Board of Osteopathic Medicine at (717) 783-4858 or
https://www.dos.pa.gov/ProfessionalLicensing/BoardsCommissions/Medicine/Pages/CME-Requirements.aspx - MDs or https://www.dos.pa.gov/ProfessionalLicensing/BoardsCommissions/OsteopathicMedicine/Pages/Continuing-Education-Information.aspx - DOs for additional information regarding your continuing education.

Please visit https://www.dos.pa.gov/ProfessionalLicensing/BoardsCommissions/Pages/Act-31.aspx for additional information regarding child abuse recognition and reporting training.