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Continuing Medical Education (CME) Requirements

Continuing Medical Education Requirements

There are requirements for CME in two areas: state licensure and board certification.

State Licensure - Effective July 3, 2015

Under A.R.S. 32-1825(B), a licensee is required to obtain 40 hours of Board-approved CME during the two (2) years preceding license renewal. The Board shall approve the CME of a licensee if the CME complies with the following: 

  1. At least 24 hours are obtained biennially by completing CME classified by the AOA as Category 1A; and

  2. The remaining balance may consist of any category of CME, including CME activities sponsored by an accredited AMA or ACCME provider and certified by the accredited provider as AMA PRA Category 1 credit.  

This requirement is part of the Arizona Rules for D.O.s, found in R4-22-207. Continuing Medical Education; Waiver; Extension of Time to Complete.

A licensee may fulfill 20 hours of the CME requirement for a particular year by participating in an approved residency, internship, fellowship, or preceptorship during that year.

If you are unable to complete these requirements in a given calendar year, you may request an extension from the licensing board. More information is available on their website,

Download the extension form here

AOA Membership and Board Certification

Members of the American Osteopathic Association are required to meet the following CME Requirements in order to maintain their membership in good standing:

  • 120 total credits over the course of the three year CME cycle (current cycle runs from January 1, 2016 - December 31, 2018)

  • 30 out of 120 credits must be AOA Category 1-A

  • The remaining 90 credits may be Category 1-A, 1-B, 2-A, or 2-B credits

Please see your specialty certification board for their CME requirements. Additionally, you are required to attain the 120 credits as noted above as well as 10 Category 1-A credits in your certified specialty (per three year cycle).

Specific information about the AOA requirements can be found in the AOA CME Guide or visit