CME Guide

Lifelong Learning

Explore basic guidelines for meeting AOA CME requirements

If you're AOA board-certified, you'll need to follow your specialty board's CME requirements to maintain certification. Here's how.

NOTICE: The Executive Committee of the Bureau of Osteopathic Specialists (BOS) approved a proposal allowing a grace period through May 31, 2019, for the 2016-18 CME cycle. 

AOA board-certified diplomates will have the option to fulfill 2016-18 CME requirements by either:

  • Submitting CME credits earned between Jan. 1, 2016 and Dec, 31, 2018 that have not yet been reported for that cycle.
  • Applying CME credits earned in the current CME cycle (2019-2021) toward the previous AOA CME requirement. To elect this option, complete an Authorization Release Form and return it to the AOA Department of Client and Member Services.

Any credit applied to the previous CME cycle cannot be applied to the current CME cycle.

2019-2021 Guide

The 2019-2021 AOA CME guide outlines processes and requirements for earning CME during the current reporting cycle.

The Bureau of Osteopathic Specialists of the American Osteopathic Association (BOS) maintains the right to update the guide as needed. The BOS reserves the right to evaluate all programs and activities on an individual basis to determine if and the amount of credit granted at its discretion.

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Guide Sections:

CME Requirements

Types of CME Credit

Reporting CME

CME Proration


2016-2018 Guide

The 2016-18 AOA CME guide outlines processes and requirements for earning CME during the last reporting cycle, which concluded Dec. 31, 2018.

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