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Differences Between Category 2 and Category 1 CME Credits

Mackenzie Thompson

by Mackenzie

Life Saver, NHCPS

posted on Oct 2, 2016 at 5:26 pm

AS A PHYSICIAN, you are required to maintain licensure in the state where you practice. In order to maintain licensure, you must meet various requirements. One requirement all physicians must meet involves participating in various continuing medical education, or CME, activities. CME is also required for certification from various authorities in the field, as well as for membership in certain professional organizations.

What is CME?

Continuing medical education experiences are designed to encourage you to keep up with the latest developments in your field and to improve your skills over time. CME credits are divided into two categories: CME Category 1 Credits and CME Category 2 Credits.

female nurse sitting chair using latopCategory 1 Credits

An American Medical Association Physician’s Recognition Award Category 1 Credit is one of the metrics used to verify that you have participated in continuing medical education activities, as required by various licensing, credentialing and professional organizations. Some of the organizations that require continuing education include the American College of Obstetricians, the American Osteopathic Association and the American Academy of Family Physicians. These credits are also required by 46 state licensing boards.

To earn AMA PRA Category 1 Credit, you must typically participate in activities that have been certified or approved for this purpose.

Category 2 Credits

Category 2 credits are credits that you can document on your own. These credits are earned for activities that are not certified for Category 1 Credit. Although these credits may be of value to some licensing, credentialing or professional organizations, earning them is not typically required. In addition, these credits will not satisfy Category 1 Credit requirements.

Some Exciting News from NHCPS!

We want to help you accelerate your career in the most convenient way possible. We are so thrilled to announce that here at NHCPS, we have just been approved to provide health care professionals who complete ACLS, PALS and BLS certification with CME Category 1 Credit. This credit can be used to meet the CME requirements of various state licensing boards, as well as other organizations.

Our certification programs are conducted entirely online, allowing you to complete the requirements without disrupting your busy schedule or compromising your ability to meet all of the demands of your job.

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About Mackenzie

Mackenzie is a lover of world travel, photography, design, style and Chinese cooking. She is passionate about working towards a purpose, recently graduated from Indiana University with a degree in Media and Marketing, and is currently residing in Manhattan.

Contact Mackenzie at mackenzie.thompson@savealife.com

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  1. Amal Edaa says:

    What does it mean that I have earned 6 category 2 cme credits?

    1. Manuel says:

      Hello Amal, thank you for your inquiry. This means that you have gained 6 continuing medical education credits that you can use to fulfill either a job or educational requirement. Category 2 credits are credits that you can document on your own. These credits are earned for activities that are not certified for Category 1 Credit. Although these credits may be of value to some licensing, credentialing or professional organizations, earning them is not typically required. In addition, these credits will not satisfy Category 1 Credit requirements. To reduce confusion, please verify your organization’s current policy for certification acceptance with human resources or your nurse educator. For any other concerns or inquiries, please reach us at customerservice@nhcps.com. Keep saving lives!

  2. OYETK says:

    HOW TO I GET THE CATEGORY 2 POINTS, TELL ME IN BRIEFLY

    1. Greta Kviklyte says:

      Hello Oyetk,

      Thank you for your inquiry.

      We give out Category 2 CME credits to those who pass the CPR AED and First Aid and the BBP Course. For CPR they will get 6 category 2 CME credits while for BBP it would be 3 CME category 2 credits. It would be shown on the certificate.

      Hope this information helped. Please reach out to our customer service at customerservice@nhcps.com if you need further assistance!

  3. mae ann says:

    Is webinar eith topics related to covid and approved by DOH considered category 1 CME?

    1. Greta Kviklyte says:

      Our webinar topics are related to our certification courses. You may checkout our covid-19 algorithms here: https://nhcps.com/algorithms/covid-19/.

      For the CME Category 1, yes we do offer CME Category 1 credits for ACLS, PALS and BLS courses.

      Our certifications are accepted abroad, including the Philippines, depending on your organization’s individual requirements. However, 98% of health care organizations accept our certification, including major organizations and hospitals. To reduce confusion, please verify your organization’s current policy for certification acceptance with human resources or your nurse educator.

      Hope this information helped. If you have any other questions, you may send us an email to customerservice@nhcps.com

  4. Natali says:

    Is UpToDate including as category 1

    1. Greta Kviklyte says:

      Unfortunately, we cannot assist with your request. We strongly recommend contacting UpToDate. If you have any other questions, you may send us an email to customerservice@nhcps.com

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