CME for Non-CME Courses

Non-CME Courses may still qualify for Category 2 CME credit


All of the other courses may qualify for Category 2 CME Credits from both the American Medical Association (AMA) and the American Osteopathic Association (AOA). The pertinent guidelines for each association are described below. A link to the guidelines is included. Each course offers Certificates of Completion which can be printed for documentation.


  • ECG Premium Course – 8 CME credits
  • Arrhythmias Made Simple Course – 2.25 CME credits
  • Point of Care Echo Course – 2 CME credits
  • Practice ECGs Course – Up to 9 CME credits



The American Medical Association (AMA) defines category II as all educational activities not designated category I that:

  1. comply with the AMA definition of CME
  2. comply with AMA ethical opinions on Gifts to Physicians from Industry and on Ethical Issues in CME
  3. provide a worthwhile learning experience related to a physician’s practice

Physician-Designated Category II

Learning experiences that are not designated category I and are not included in the reading requirement can be claimed for category II hours, including:

  1. articles physicians publish in peer-reviewed journals
  2. poster presentations and teaching at conferences approved for category I credit
  3. specialty board certification and recertification
  4. medically related degrees
  5. participation in an ACGME-accredited program
  6. use of non-designated enduring materials
  7. consultation with peers and experts
  8. medical research and study online

How do physicians claim AMA PRA Category 2 Credit™?

The physician should self-claim credit for appropriate AMA PRA Category 2 Credit™ activities and document the activity title or description, subject or content area, date(s) of participation and number of credits claimed. Physicians may not claim AMA PRA Category 2 Credit™ for an activity for which the physician has claimed AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Each physician is responsible for maintaining a record of their AMA PRA Category 2 Credit™.

Documentation of credit earned

How are CME credits tracked for physicians? There is no centralized tracking of AMA PRA credits. Each accredited CME provider is required to keep records of AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ claimed by physicians who participate in their activities for six years from the date of completion of the activity. Because credits may be obtained from a variety of accredited CME providers, physicians should maintain a record of their CME credits from all sources. AMA PRA Category 2 Credit™ is not awarded by accredited CME providers or by the AMA. Physicians self-designate and document participation in activities that may qualify for AMA PRA Category 2 Credit™. Physicians should keep in mind the credit requirements of various entities when deciding how long to keep records of their CME activities. Licensing boards, medical specialty certifying boards, hospital medical staff and other may have different reporting requirements.



Category 2-B credit also shall be awarded for the following:

  1. The preparation and presentation of scientific exhibits at a county, regional, state, or national professional meeting. These presentations and/or preparations are limited to ten (10) credits per scientific exhibit.
  2. Home study courses; viewing non-osteopathic medical video, audio or online CME courses.
  3. Journal type CME on the Internet.
  4. Faculty development; physician administrative training; quality assessment programs; observations at medical centers; and CME courses in medical economics.
  5. Participation in recertification examinations or examinations for certificate(s) of added qualification sponsored by the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS). Credit for this activity is limited to fifteen (15) credit hours per CME cycle.
  6. Five (5) credit hours may be granted for each medical textbook(s) read. To obtain CME credit documentation such as correspondence may be provided to the AOA
    Department of Client and Member Services providing the name of the medical textbook(s) read.
  7. One-half (0.5) hour of CME credit may be granted for each medical journal read.

This form, along with the completion certificate can be mailed, faxed, or emailed to the contact information provided.



Please check with your certifying board regarding Educational Credits.