CME CME Guide CME Proration

CME Proration

2019-21 CME GUIDE

CME Guide outlines prorated requirements for initial and reactivated certification

Newly board certified or reactivated physicians will have their CME requirement prorated only for the current AOA CME cycle.

CME Policy Updates

The new standards eliminate the requirement for specialty-specific CME. Each individual certifying board has set its own CME standards for osteopathic continuous certification. In addition, 120 hours of CME per cycle is now required for diplomates holding non-time-limited certification.

Also, changes were made to the types of CME credit awarded for specific activities. CME will now be awarded for:

  • Residency and fellowship
  • Exams taken for the purpose of initial board certification
  • Unlimited hours of standardized life support classes

From the CME Guide:

If it’s your first time being board certified, your CME requirement will be prorated based on the date of certification for the current AOA CME cycle only as follows:

Initial certification proration
Entry date Prorated requirement
Jan. 1, 2019 to June 30, 2019 83%
July 1, 2019 to Dec. 31, 2019 67%
Jan. 1, 2020 to June 30, 2020 50%
July 1, 2020 to Dec. 31, 2020 33%
Jan. 1, 2021 to June 30, 2021 17%
July 1, 2021 to Dec. 31, 2021 No requirement until the 2022-2024 CME cycle

If you reactivated an expired or inactive certification, your CME requirement will be prorated based on the amount of time the certification was inactive, as follows:

Reactivated certification proration
Length of inactivity Prorated requirement
1–180 days 83%
181–360 days 67%
361–540 days 50%
541–720 days 33%
721–900 days 17%
901–1,096 days No requirement until the 2022-2024 CME cycle


Note in cases where the prorated amount does not equal a whole number or number ending in .5, the amount will be rounded down to the nearest half point. Prorations apply to each CME requirement, such as total and category-specific.

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