Where to Find CME Credits for Nurse Practitioners

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The end of the year is fast approaching. If you’re anything like me, you need CME or continuing medical education credits. CME credits are required for your license and certification renewals. It’s always a mad dash to find relevant conferences and accumulate the coveted little buggers.

Great places to look include national and state nurse practitioner organizations, American medical specialty academies like the American Academy of Pediatrics, journal club if your institution has one in place, and your institution’s grand rounds.

Grand rounds and journal club usually provide at least 1 hour of continuing medical education over a lunch hour or brief time throughout the day. Don’t miss out on grand rounds. The talks feature guest speakers that are just phenomenal. Here you’ll find a list of conferences and where to find CME credits for nurse practitioners and healthcare providers.

NP CME Requirements

  • NP CME requirements by state.
  • Be sure to check your national certifying board requirements for renewal as well.
    • AANP currently requires a minimum of 100 contact hours of advanced continuing education of which 25 must be advanced practice pharmacology completed within the 5-year certification period.
    • AANC requires a minimum of 75 continuing education hours with 25 of those hours in pharmacology. Always check the certifying body’s website for the most up to date renewal process, requirement, and procedures.
    • The credits must be board approved and accredited. You can find these details in the fine print when registering for the class.

CME Listings

1. NPACE– Nurse Practitioner Associates for Continuing Education

2. AANP– American Association of Nurse Practitioners, AANPconnect: An Online Conference Experience. This conference is going until December 31, 2020. Additionally, the AANP hosts an annual national conference and other webinars and events. Their national conference for 2021 is set for June 2021. Access AANP’s CE center for a listing of CE opportunities.

3. AANC– American Nurses Credentialing Center

4. CMElist– Search by profession, topic, or specialty. Includes board reviews, online conferences, and courses.

5. MER – Medical Education Resources Primary Care Conferences

6. MyCME – Create a free account.

7. Medscape – Download the Medscape CME and education app.

8. UptoDate– Earn CME credit for the time you already spend researching clinical questions and evidence based practice.

9. NetCE– Nationally accredited online CEU, CE, and CME.

10. PESI Healthcare – Online options available for those in a pinch.

Never get stuck searching for CME again. Take a look at the list and find some useful and quick options. For audible CME options, check out my article on Amazon Alexa skills for healthcare providers. Can you recommend some conferences or CME resources for those in a pinch?


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