CME for Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants
All NPs and PAs are required to complete a minimum amount of continuing medical education (CME) credits during each licensing cycle. Each certifying board has it’s own requirements, and this can make things a little confusing.
The AAPA requires that physician assistants earn at least 100 CME credits every two years, including at least 50 category 1 credits. The AAPA classifies credit types into two categories.
Category 1 includes essentially any CME activity that has either been approved by the AAPA as category 1, or has received its accreditation from the American Osteopathic Association, the American Academy of Family Physicians, The Accreditation Council on Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, the College of Family Physicians of Canada, the Physician Assistant Certification Council of Canada, and the European Union of Medical Specialists / European Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education.
Category 2, on the other hand, is any activity related to medicine, patient care, or other professional issues. This includes reading medical journals or texts, attending meetings provided by pharmaceutical companies that are promotional, and clinical research on the internet.
The AANP requires that nurse practitioners earn at least 100 CME credits every five years, 25 of which must be in the area of pharmacology. The AANP does allow up to 25 of the non-pharmacology hours to be claimed for precepting students.
The ANCC requires that nurse practitioners earn at least 75 CME credits, 25 of which must be in the area of pharmacology. The ANCC also has developed seven categories, other than CME, that nurse practitioners may choose from in order to meet certification renewal requirements. See the above link for more details on this.
Where Can Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants Find the Best CME
The Online Suture Course is, as this wholly biased statement proves, the best place to start (or continue) your accrual of quality CME credits.
The Online Suture Course: Elements of Suturing offers 9.5 CME credits, including 1 credit in the area of pharmacology.
With all sincerity, we fully believe that our suture training course will knock your socks off and, both figuratively and literally, help you put the pieces together when it comes to laceration closure and comprehensive care of the wounded patient.
There is no other course like ours available. Where else can you learn about:
When and when not to close a wound
Suture line and needle choice
A.C.E. F.A.S.T. Closure® method
Analgesia including local infiltration, field block, and digital block
Dealing with foreign bodies
Antibiotic appropriateness, including when and when not to prescribe
When to seek surgical consultation
Closure methods including:
- Knot tying
- Simple interrupted technique
- Simple continuous technique
- Running locking technique
- Interrupted cruciate technique
- Horizontal mattress technique
- Vertical mattress technique
- Corner stitch technique
- Multi-layer closure
- Dog-ear deformity correction
Laceration types and their treatment including:
- Buccal space
- Nailbed, including non-laceration injuries
- Joint capsule
Chainsaw and other “hot” lacerations
Animal bite treatment
Lacerations in the anticoagulated patient
Poorly healing lacerations
Appropriate follow-up and discharge instructions
Medicolegal defensive charting
Where else can you learn through ultra-sharp 1080p crystal clear video that takes you right to the heart of the laceration and shows you step-by-step when and how to close?
Where else can you engage in 10 exciting real-to-life case studies (with some added humor) aimed at driving home approach considerations, treatment techniques, and medicolegal nuggets?
Where else can you dive into 11 hands-on practice modules that allow you to hone your new skills to a fine edge?
Where else are you going to be taught 11 closure techniques by an experienced, practicing NP?
ONLY at The Online Suture Course.
This activity is approved for 9.5 contact hour(s) of continuing education (which includes 1.0 hours of pharmacology) by the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. Activity ID 18033095. This activity was planned in accordance with AANP CE Standards and Policies.