Continuing Education - Physician Assistants

Physician assistants must complete all required CME in advance of renewal.  The term “reporting period” means the two-year period preceding the renewal deadline for a license issued by the Board. For licenses scheduled to expire on March 31, 2019, the reporting period is April 1, 2017 through the 2019 renewal application submission date.

 

Mandatory Controlled Substance CME for all Licensees

Physician assistants who have prescribed, administered, or dispensed any controlled substance pursuant to a West Virginia license in the two-year reporting period preceding renewal are required to complete 3- hours of Board-approved CME in drug diversion training and best practice prescribing of controlled substances training. This is not a one-time only requirement. It is mandatory for each reporting period.  For 2019 license renewal applicants, this course must be completed during the reporting period of April 1, 2017 through the date a renewal application is submitted. The Board maintains a list of all 3-hour courses that have been approved by the Board and which were available for completion during the reporting period for physician assistants renewing in 2019.  To review a list of Board approved courses which satisfy this CME requirement, as well as the available online courses, click on the link below.

List of Board-approved CME courses which satisfy the three-hour Drug Diversion Training and Best Practice Prescribing of Controlled Substances Training requirement for physician assistant licensees who will be renewing on or before March 29, 2019.

A physician assistant who has not prescribed, administered, or dispensed any controlled substances whatsoever pursuant to a West Virginia license during the reporting period may seek a waiver of this requirement by attesting on the renewal application that he or she has not prescribed, administered or dispensed any controlled substances pursuant to his or her West Virginia license since April 1, 2017.    

In addition to the mandatory drug diversion training and best practice prescribing of controlled substances training course, there are three pathways to satisfy the biennial CME obligation.   

 

Option 1 Classic CME

Complete 100 hours of CME designated as Category I or Category II by the American Medical Association (AMA), American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA), or the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) with the following requirements:

-              A minimum of 50 hours of your CME must be Category I.  

-              A maximum of 50 hours of your CME may be Category II. 

-              Your 3-hour Board-approved drug diversion training and best practice prescribing of controlled substances training CME satisfies 3 of your 50 Category I CME hours.

 

Option 2 Passing a NCCPA Recertification Examination

You may satisfy all of your CME requirements except your 3-hour Board-approved drug diversion training and best practice prescribing of controlled substances training requirement if you pass a recertification examination administered by the NCCPA during the reporting period of April 1, 2017 through the date you submit your renewal application. 

 

Option 3 Limited Exception for New Licensees with Master’s Degrees

For the 2019 renewal cycle, you may satisfy all of your CME requirements except your 3-hour Board-approved drug diversion training and best practice prescribing of controlled substances training CME if your original license was issued after April 1, 2017 and you have received a master’s degree after April 1, 2018.