As a prerequisite for annual physician assistant registration, practitioners are required to complete continuing medical education.
Physician assistants need to complete at least 40 credits of continuing medical education every 12 months (12 month timeline is in relation to the annual registration period, not the calendar year). At least half of these credits must be formal Category I credit provided by a CME sponsor that has been approved by the American Academy of Physician Assistants. The remaining hours may be from Category II, composed of informal self-study, attendance at hospital lectures, grand rounds, or case conferences and shall be recorded in a manner that can be easily transmitted to the board upon request. Completion of required CME is reported during annual registration. If an excess of the 40 hours are completed prior to annual registration, the excess hours may be applied to the following years' requirements.
There is a maximum of 80 total excess credit hours that may be carried forward and a limit of two years from the date of the annual registration following the period during which the hours were earned. Excess hours are applied/reported according to their Category. See Board Rule 185.6 for additional information.
Documentation of CE courses shall be made available to the Board upon request, but should not be submitted with the registration. Random audits will be made to assure compliance.
If you have any questions regarding continuing education requirements, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org .
For PA CME course listings contact:
Texas Academy of Physician Assistants: (512) 370-1537