As a prerequisite for physician assistant registration, practitioners are required to complete continuing medical education.
As of December 2018 Physician Assistant Registration/Renewal will begin the process of renewing biennially (every 2 years).
In order to stagger the roll out of the biennial renewals, all licensed Physician Assistants are being separated out into 2 groups. Licenses ending with an odd number will register for two years in 2019. Licenses ending with an even number will register for one year in 2019 and then register for two years in 2020. Once the roll out is complete, even license numbers will continue to renew in even years, and odd license numbers will renew in odd years.
Please note: There is no increase in the number of continuing medical education credits required prior to renewal as part of the new biennial renewal system. Moving forward physician assistants will need to complete at least 40 credits of continuing medical education every 24 months.
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.
** New CME Requirements – Rules pending**
New Opioid CME Requirements
During the 86th legislative session, in an effort to combat the opioid crisis in Texas, there were multiple bills passed requiring physicians, physician assistants and other licensees to complete certain specific opioid related continuing medical education. These new CME requirements related to opioids will be part of the Opioid Workgroup being formed by TMB to address the on-going public health crisis in a comprehensive, multi-faceted approach. Please read the TMB's initial guidance regarding opioid-related CME:
New Human Trafficking Prevention CME Requirement
HB 2059 requires a new CME Human Trafficking Prevention course to be approved by the Health and Human Services Commission. Specific requirements, including implementation and deadlines, for this new course are being reviewed. Please note the new Human Trafficking Prevention CME requirement is NOT required on 9/1/2019.
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For PA CME course listings contact:
Texas Academy of Physician Assistants: (512) 370-1537