Washington Physicians CE Requirements, Accreditations & Approvals

Washington 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 Washington State Department of Public Health: Medical Quality Assurance Commission accepts courses from any provider who is ACCME-accredited and awards AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™.

Continuing Education Requirement

MDs are required 200 hours every four years, 120 of which must be AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™.* There is a one-time requirement of 6 hours in suicide assessment, treatment, and management at initial licensure. Beginning January 1, 2019, licensees authorized to prescribe opioids have a one-time requirement of 1 hour in opioid prescribing. All prescribers of long-acting opioids or methadone have a one-time requirement of 4 hours on this topic. Alternatives to continuing medical education for meeting MD renewal requirements include:

  • Participating in a fellowship program or ACGME-accredited residency program fulfills 50 hours of Category 1 CME per each year of training during the four years preceding renewal; or
  • Obtaining a current AMA Physician's Recognition Award (PRA) in at least two of the four years preceding renewal fulfills 200 hours; or
  • Obtaining certification by a member board of the ABMS in the four years preceding renewal fulfills 200 hours; or
  • Obtaining recertification by a member board of the ABMS at time of renewal fulfills 200 hours.

DOs are required 150 hours every three years, 60 of which must be Category 1 credit.* There is a one-time requirement of 6 hours in suicide assessment, treatment, and management at initial licensure. Beginning January 1, 2019, licensees authorized to prescribe opioids have a one-time requirement of 1 hour in opioid prescribing. All prescribers of long-acting opioids or methadone have a one-time requirement of 4 hours on this topic. Alternatives to continuing medical education for meeting DO renewal requirements include:

  • Obtaining certification or recertification with the ABOMS or ABMS within the last six years; or
  • Holding a current AOA certificate of excellence in CME; or
  • Holding a current AMA Physician's Recognition Award (PRA).

*Category 1 refers to AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ or AOA Category 1-A. All hours may be completed through NetCE, as we award AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™.

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For More Information

Please contact the Washington State Department of Public Health: Medical Quality Assurance Commission at (360) 236-2750 - MDs; or the Board of Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery at (360) 236-4700 - DOs. For additional information regarding your continuing education, please refer to https://wmc.wa.gov/education/continuing-medical-education-cme-requirements - MDs, or http://www.doh.wa.gov/LicensesPermitsandCertificates/Professions-NewReneworUpdate/OsteopathicPhysician - DOs.
Suicide Assessment training - https://www.doh.wa.gov/ForPublicHealthandHealthcareProviders/HealthcareProfessionsandFacilities-/SuicidePrevention/TrainingPrograms/ModelList.