New CE Requirements
Additional continuing education is required for almost all licensees to renew a license for 2021 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 license renewal 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
Beginning with license renewals for 2021, the Board’s database will divide licensees into two groups in order to stagger license renewals. Group 1 will receive a two year license. Group 2 will renew for a one year 2021 license and then for two years the following year.
Group 1 Example: Doctor A is informed that she will need to renew her license for two years. Fee: Her license renewal fee due 12/31/2020 will be double the normal fee. She will not need to renew for 2022, but will need to renew before 12/31/22. CE: Doctor A will need to take the normal 16 hours before 12/31/2020, including 12 hours D/T, 1 PR, 1 Human Trafficking, and 1 Opioid (if prescribing opioids). During the period 1/1/2021 through 12/31/22, she will need to take 32 hours of CE, of which 24 hours must be D/T, 2 hours Professional Responsibility, 2 hours Controlled Substances Course (if she is TG), and 1 hour Human Trafficking (plus 2 Opioids CE if the doctor prescribes opioids).
Group 2 Example: Doctor B is informed that he will renew his license for the one year, 2021. Fee: His license renewal fee due 12/31/2020 will be the normal fee. He will need to renew for 2022-2023 before 12/31/21, and that will be a two year renewal with double the normal fee. CE: Doctor B will need to take the normal 16 hours before 12/31/2020, including 12 hours D/T, 1 PR, 1 Human Trafficking, and 1 Opioid (if prescribing opioids). During the period 1/1/2021 through 12/31/21, he will also need to take 16 hours of CE, including 12 hours D/T, 1 PR, 1 Human Trafficking, 2 hours Controlled Substances Course (if TG), and 1 Opioid (if prescribing opioids). Once he has a two year license, he will need to take (during the period 1/1/2022 through 12/31/23) 32 hours of CE, of which 24 hours must be D/T, 2 hours Professional Responsibility, and 1 hour Human Trafficking (plus 2 Opioids CE if the doctor prescribes opioids).
This table summarizes the license renewal dates and the CE required for renewal. Licensees will be notified in October regarding their group number. The two year renewal will not affect CE requirements for 2021 renewal.
- 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.