As a prerequisite for physician assistant registration, practitioners are required to complete continuing medical education.
As of December 2018 Physician Assistant Registrations/Renewals are on a biennial cycle (every 2 years). Even license numbers renew in even years, and odd license numbers renew in odd years.
Please note: There is no increase in the number of continuing medical education credits required prior to renewal as part of the biennial renewal system. Physician assistants will need to complete at least 40 credits of continuing medical education every 24 months. (24 month timeline is in relation to the biennial registration period, not the calendar year).
Documentation of CE courses shall be made available to the Board upon request, but should not be submitted with the registration. Random audits will be made to assure compliance.
Opioid CME Requirements
During the 86th legislative session, in an effort to combat the opioid crisis in Texas, there were multiple bills passed requiring physicians, physician assistants and other licensees to complete certain specific opioid related continuing medical education. At least 2 hours are required and must cover topics outlined in the TMB Initial Guidance on New Opioid Continuing Medical Education (CME) Requirements, as seen below.
Please read the TMB's initial guidance regarding opioid-related CME:
Human Trafficking Prevention Requirement
House Bill 2059 (86th Legislature) requires physicians, physician assistants, and any licensee of the TMB’s advisory boards or committees that provide direct patient care, to complete a human trafficking prevention course approved by the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC). This requirement applies to the renewal of a license on or after September 1, 2020.
HHSC is the approving body for the human trafficking prevention requirement. HB 2059 requires HHSC to approve training courses on human trafficking, including at least one that is free of charge, post a list of approved trainings on its website and update the list of approved trainings as necessary.
HHSC now has an approved course available, which is free of charge, that satisfies the requirements for all licensees impacted by HB 2059.
- See HHSC's Health Care Practitioner Human Trafficking Training page to access the approved courses and for more information about this requirement.
If you have any questions regarding continuing education requirements, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org .
For PA CME course listings contact:
Texas Academy of Physician Assistants: (512) 370-1537