CME Requirements for Physicians and Physician Assistants

The CME requirement for physicians and physician assistants is twenty-five (25) AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ or equivalent annually (calendar year).  Credits must be earned between January 1 and December 31 of each year (grace period eliminated May 2012).  In addition, credits cannot be carried over from one year to the next.  Licensees are responsible for being familiar with and reading the Board rules concerning CME.

Alabama Controlled Substances Certificate (MDs and DOs)
ACSC holders must receive two (2) AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ in controlled substances prescribing every two years.  These credits can count towards the 25 credits required for license renewal in the year they are earned.  You can earn one credit one year and one the next, two in one year and none the next, etc.  See the controlled substances prescribing CME page for more information.

Qualified Alabama Controlled Substances Certificate (CRNPs/CNMs/PAs)
The 12-hour Prescribing and Pharmacology of Controlled Drugs course is required for PAs, CRNPs and CNMs to obtain a QACSC.  To renew a QACSC, PAs, CRNPs and CNMs must attend four hours of the twelve-hour Prescribing course, or any other Board-approved prescribing controlled substances course listed at, every two years.


The licensure CME requirement was waived for all licensees for 2020. Licensees are expected to obtain the annual requirement of 25 AMA PRA Category 1 or equivalent credits during 2021.  For further information click on the link below.

The ACSC CME requirement was waived for all licensees for 2020. The two-year period to obtain two credits is extended by one year. If your two-year period was 2018-2020, it is now 2018-2021, 2019-2021 is now 2019-2022, and so forth. The two-year period for QACSC holders to obtain four CME credits is likewise extended. For further information click on the links below.