New CE Requirements
Additional continuing education is required for almost all licensees to renew a license for 2021 going forward because of new laws passed in 2019. The table below summarizes these requirements and the change to the 12 D/T hour requirement. Scroll down for information on the two year license renewal and continuing education requirements for the two year license renewal.
- Opioid Course: The list of approved courses on the Board’s website has a separate category for Opioid Courses.
- The Board has proposed amendments regarding these changes in Rule 275.2.
- Detailed information on each requirement may be accessed on the CE Topics page of the website.
- To receive credit for these courses, licensees must submit certificates of completion to the Board.
CPR Course Tracking
The license renewal procedure for 2021 and future license renewals will contain a check box asking if the licensee has completed a recognized CPR course during the past two years. Licensees may receive two hours live D/T credit for live participation in CPR courses. The most common recommendation for health care professionals is the Basic Life Support CPR course. Once that is obtained, a doctor can complete the Advanced Cardiac Life Support course. A Heartsaver First Aid & CPR course is available for those outside of the health care professions. The Board staff takes this course on a regular basis, in part to be familiar with the operation of the AED in the Board’s office.
Two Year License Renewal
Licenses are now on a two-year renewal schedule. At the end of a licensee’s first two-year license, they will need to have taken 32 hours of Board-approved continuing education. This should include 24 hours of D/T credit, 2 hours Professional Responsibility, and 1 hour Human Trafficking (plus 2 Opioids CE if the doctor prescribes opioids). 32 hours will be needed for every license renewal thereafter.
- The Board has adopted changes (after publishing the rules for comments) to Rules 273.4, 273.8, 273.14, 275.1, and 275.2. These rules are available on the Board’s website.
- State law imposes very expensive penalties for failing to renew on time and for failing to obtain the required Board approved continuing education on time.