Applicants initially licensed as a physician assistant will be exempt from reporting Continuing Medical Education (CME) credits for the first renewal cycle, thereafter each applicant for renewal must provide evidence that he or she has successfully earned at least twenty (20) hours of Category I CME hours during the preceding calendar year. At least one (1) hour of Category I CME shall be earned each calendar year concerning the topic of substance abuse. Oklahoma does not require logging of Category II hours.
Deadline and how to log CME
CME hours must be logged on the Oklahoma Academy of Physician Assistants (OAPA) website by January 31st. The OAPA will provide a report to the Oklahoma State Board of Medical Licensure and Supervision (OSBMLS) of PAs who have completed the CME requirements.
Logging for OAPA CME Conference
Current Fellow and Chapter OAPA members who attend the annual OAPA Fall CME Conference will have their CME automatically logged on the OAPA website and reported to the OSBMLS. The one hour CME on substance abuse is provided during the conference. PAs who register for the Fall CME and attend less than the approved CME hours must go online to the OAPA website and complete the logging form with the number of hours attended.
Substance Abuse Requirement
Physician Assistants who need the Category I CME credit on the topic of substance abuse can obtain the credit by purchasing and listening to the recorded lecture presented at the OAPA Fall CME Conference. The lecture will be available 7-10 days after the conference and can be purchased through the Store.
Fee for Logging CME
OAPA Fellow and Chapter Members may log their CME hours free of charge since this is a benefit included in their annual membership dues. Non-members must prepay $120.00 for the logging and reporting of CME hours to the OSBMLS.
Any applicant for renewal who does not meet the requirements for continuing education by December 31 of the previous calendar year may not renew until deficient hours are obtained and verified. Additionally, within the next calendar year the licensee will be required to obtain forty (40) hours of Category I CME. Failure to meet these additional requirements will result in further disciplinary action.
Maintenance of Certification Logging
All PAs must self-log their hours with the NCCPA for maintenance of certification at www.NCCPA.net.