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Life Support Courses

2016-18 CME GUIDE

CME credit for standardized life support courses

Up to 8 Category 1-A CME credit may be earned through life support courses per each three-year CME cycle.

NOTE: The following CME Policy Updates were placed in effect following publication of the 2016-18 AOA CME Guide.

  • The requirement that physicians earn 120 general CME credits per three-year CME cycle to maintain membership is no longer being enforced per a vote from the AOA Board of Trustees on July 21, 2016. The change was made to lessen the burden of required CME reporting for physicians.
  • If you’re AOA board certified, you must follow your specialty board’s CME requirements in order to maintain your board certification. Currently, AOA certification boards require physicians to earn 120-150 credits per CME cycle, with at least 50 of those credits in your specialty area. For details on requirements in your specialty, check with your certification board.
  • In the upcoming 2019-2021 CME cycle, physicians will be required to earn at least 60 specialty CME credits from AOA- or ACGME-accredited sponsors. Individual AOA certifying boards may implement additional requirements, including osteopathic-specific CME requirements. The AOA Board of Osteopathic Specialists is determining how this change will be implemented. Check with your certifying board for details on requirements in your specialty. Learn more in the Board of Trustees Resolution on CME for Osteopathic Continuous Certification, passed in March 2017.

From the CME Guide:

The following standardized life support courses including provider, refresher and instructor levels will be awarded AOA Category 1-A CME credit up to a maximum of eight (8) credits per CME cycle. The remainder of the credits for the standardized courses will be awarded Category 1-B CME credit up to the limits as indicated in the table below. Online standardized courses will be awarded CME credit for the practical part only.

Standardized Life Support Courses
Course Name Provider Course Refresher Course Instructor Course
Advanced Trauma Life Support 17 8 11
Advanced Cardiac Life Support 12 6 8
Basic Life Support (health care provider) 4 2 8
Pediatric Advanced Life Support (AHA) 14 8 9
Advanced Pediatric Life Support  (AAP) 14 8 9
Neonatal Advanced Life Support 8 4 6
Advanced Life Support in Obstetrics 17 8 9
Adult Fundamentals of Critical Care Support (AFCCS) 13 8 13
Pediatric Fundamentals of Critical Care Life Support (PFCCS) 13 8 13
Advanced HAZMAT Life Support (AHLS)  24  24 31
Advanced Burn Life Support (ABLS)  7  7  4.5
Basic Disaster Life Support (BDLS)  7.5  7.5 7.5
Advanced Disaster  Life Support (ADLS) 15.5 15.5  4
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