CME AOA Joint Providership

AOA Joint Providership

Continuing Medical Education

Apply for the AOA Joint Providership Program

The AOA now offers AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ for CME provided directly or through joint providership.

The AOA is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to certify education and issue CME credit to physicians. The AOA’s Division of Physician Education and CME is charged with ensuring that CME programming delivered by the AOA is evidence-based, relevant to clinicians’ needs and independent of commercial influence.

In addition to AOA Category 1A, 1B, 2A and 2B credit, the AOA now offers AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ for CME provided directly or through joint providership with its constituencies. ACCME defines joint providership as the offering of a CME activity by one or more accredited and one or more non-accredited organizations. All joint providership CME activities must be consistent with the AOA’s CME mission and comply with ACCME standards.

CME mission statement

To serve the needs of osteopathic physicians by continually striving to offer educational programs that explore the latest clinical advances and developments in medicine, refine physician skills, deepen physicians’ understanding of the osteopathic medical profession, meet ongoing certification requirements and improve patient care.

Application process

Select an option below to learn more about the AOA Joint Providership Program and its requirements. To ensure you have the most current information and documents, we recommend you visit this page each time you apply for joint providership of a program. Please review the Education Plan Guidebook in its entirety prior to submitting your online application.

Joint Providership Updates

Jan. 25, 2021 – View this memo on AOA Joint Providership Program Changes to Accommodate the Standards for Integrity and Independence in Accredited Continuing Education

Application process overview

Follow the steps below to submit your application for joint providership:

  1. Review the Education Plan Guidebook and download all required forms.
  2. Submit your Education Plan application online, along with all supporting documentation (all information is outlined in the Education Plan Guidebook).
  3. Within 10 business days, you will receive an invoice and update on your application status.
  4. No less than 14 calendar days before the first day of the scheduled activity, you will be required to complete online submission of interim program materials. Automatic email reminders will be sent to the applicant’s email.
  5. Within 90 days following conclusion of the activity, you will be required to complete online submission of final post-program materials. Automatic email reminders will be sent to the applicant’s email.

Your organization is responsible for meeting all deadlines and submitting required materials. Automatic email reminders are a courtesy provided by the AOA. Late fees may be assessed for documents that are not submitted on time.


In order to be considered for joint providership with the AOA, the interested organization must meet all of the following requirements:

  • Not be an ACCME-accredited provider
  • Have a mission statement and purpose or function that aligns with AOA’s purpose and CME mission
  • Submit the AOA Joint Providership Educational Plan application at least 45 days before the first day of the CME activity

NOTE: ACCME does not permit ineligible entities to be joint providers. ACCME defines an ineligible entity as any entity producing, marketing, re-selling, or distributing health care goods or services consumed by or used on patients. Providers of clinical service directly to patients are not considered to be ineligible entities, unless the provider of clinical service is owned or controlled by an ACCME-defined ineligible entity. Further information is provided on the ACCME website.

Eligible activity types

The following CME activities are eligible for joint providership:

  • Live activity (e.g., course, symposium, workshop, conference, live webcast)
  • Enduring activity (e.g., print, audio, video and internet materials, such as monographs, podcasts, archived webinars, etc.)
  • Journal-based CME

Mandatory templates

The following mandatory templates must be used to submit information for the Joint Providership Program application.

Certificate templates

Conflict of Interest (COI) Disclosure

Educational Grant/Commercial Support Received

Evaluation Question Template

Final Roster Template

Gap Analysis & Educational Format

Credit Grid Template

Optional templates

Optional templates may be used for your reference, as a guide or sample, or may be used verbatim.

Additional resources

The following resources provide additional information to support the application process:

Apply now

To apply, please complete the online application. You will need to create a new account if you do not already have one.

Once logged in, click Apply and select the “AOA Joint Providership Education Plan Application.”

For more details, please review the Application Instructions.

Submit payment

Please use the online payment processor to submit your Joint Provider fees:

You will need to provide:
  • Your invoice number and amount
  • Your name
  • Activity name

You will receive an emailed receipt once payment is processed.

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