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SA and PI CME Credit Updates

Monday, August 15, 2016   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Missy Machkhashvili

Based on the information made available by NCCPA in its announcement on August 11, The AAPA has summarized the following:

  • Previous and future participation in AAPA-accredited self-assessment activities will now be recognized by NCCPA with an additional 50% extra Category 1 CME credits.
  • Previous and future completion of a PA's first 20 AAPA-accredited PI-CME credits will now be doubled when logged with NCCPA.
  • All PAs, including those who have not yet transitioned to the 10-year testing cycle, are eligible to participate in self-assessment and PI-CME activities and receive the extra credit weighting as indicated.
  • Changes to the NCCPA certification dashboard and logging system will take several months to reflect this change, and PAs should continue to log activities as usual during this transition.
  • NCCPA will automatically apply the extra credit weighting within their logging system.
  • Credits accumulated in excess of the 2-year 100 credit requirement as a result of this change for the 2014–2016 and 2015–2017 cycles will automatically be applied toward the next 2-year CME cycle.

Based on this information, PAs should log self-assessment and PI-CME credits exactly as they are reflected on their CME certificates, and CME providers should award credits exactly as indicated in their approval agreements. Constituent organizations and PAs need to remember that the extra credit for SA and PI-CME is only relevant to NCCPA certification. CME hours required by states for license renewal are not doubled for SA and PI-CME and must be stated as approved and claimed as awarded on the CME certificate.

AAPA will continue to accredit and provide high quality self-assessment and PI-CME activities to support PAs in their efforts to enhance patient health.

To learn more about NCCPA’s decision to “relax the self-assessment and PI-CME requirements,” PAs should visit

Contributor: Daniel Pace, CHCP
Chief Strategy Officer/VP, Education and Research

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