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Board of Osteopathic Examination

Continuing Education

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Continuing Education FAQs

Failure to comply with continuing education requirements may result in disciplinary action against the licensee or registrant. The disciplinary action will be reported on the Department of Health license verification web site.

The Tennessee Board of Osteopathic Examination has adopted the Category Quality Standards that are set by the American Osteopathic Association.

This category contains formal educational programs sponsored by the American Osteopathic Association accredited institutions, organizations, and their affiliates must meet the quality standards defined by the American Osteopathic Association.

Category 1-A Quality Standards

The sponsors agree to apply quality standards as defined below:

  1. The sponsor shall provide that at least 50% of the presenters shall be Doctors of Osteopathy or staff members of osteopathic institutions.
  2. The sponsor must provide evidence of integrating osteopathic principles and practice into the program.
  3. The sponsor shall identify and use presenters who will teach in a planned program. The suggested criteria for presented selection include:
    • Appropriate Credentials
    • Competence as a teacher
    • Knowledge of content area
    • Qualification by experience
  4. The sponsor must provide the American Osteopathic Association with the name and telephone number of the chairperson responsible for administration of Category 1-A continuing education activities.
  5. Involved faculty must have credentials appropriate to expertise required.
  6. Advertising and promotion of CME activities must be carried out in a responsible fashion, clearly showing the educational objectives for the activity; the nature of the audience that may benefit from the activity; the cost of the activity to the participant and the items covered by the cost; the amount of CME credit that can be earned in compliance with the American Osteopathic Association Continuing Education Guide; and the credentials of the facility.
  7. Maintenance and availability of records of participation in continuing education activities should be adequate to serve the needs of participants and others requiring this information.
  8. The participants must be provided with a certificate or some other document attesting to the satisfactory completion of the continuing education activity.
  9. The sponsor must have a written policy dealing with procedures for the management of grievances and fee refunds.
  10. The sponsor should assure that a sound financial base is established for the planned continuing education programs and activities. Budget planning for continuing education should be clearly projected. The program should not be presented for the sole purpose of profit.
  11. An appropriate number of qualified faculty for each activity shall be secured by the sponsor.
  12. Adequate supportive personnel to assist with administrative matters and technical assistance shall be available.
  13. The sponsor provides a means for adequately monitoring the quality of faculty presentations.
  14. The sponsor must ensure adequate program participant evaluation as suggested in the quality standards.
  15. American Osteopathic Association accredited continuing education sponsors shall comply with the Uniform Guidelines for Accrediting Agencies of Continuing Education as adopted by the American Osteopathic Association.

NOTE: Moderators will not be considered faculty if they simply introduce speakers and their topics. To fulfill the definition of faculty, they must actively participate in the educational program.

Some formal educational programs co-sponsored by accredited osteopathic institutions and organizations may be eligible for Category 1-A credit, depending on individual circumstances.

CATEGORY 2-A

This category contains formal educational programs sponsored by accredited institutions, organizations, and agencies are eligible for Category 2-A credit. This category is intended to allow osteopathic physicians the widest possible freedom of choice to attend formal educational programs of all sponsors recognized by the Board.

Examples of recognized sponsors include, but are not limited to:

Accredited medical schools and hospitals.
Medical societies and specialty practice organizations.
Continuing medical education institutes.
Governmental health agencies and institutions.

NOTE: Formal educational programs sponsored by accredited osteopathic institutions, organizations, and their affiliates which do not meet the criteria under Category 1-A may be granted credit under Category 2-A.

By Board Rule, all licensees are required to complete forty (40) hours of continuing medical education courses during the two (2) calendar years (January 1 – December 31) preceding their licensure renewal year.   At least one (1) of the forty (40) required hours shall be a course specifically designed to address prescribing practices.

Effective July 1, 2014, all prescribers who hold a current federal drug enforcement administration (DEA) license and who prescribe controlled substances shall be required to complete a minimum of two (2) hours of continuing education related to controlled substance prescribing.   Accordingly, these licensees who are scheduled to renew in 2015 must complete two (2) hours of continuing medical education in controlled substance prescribing by December 31, 2014.  Some exceptions apply.

Failure to comply with continuing education requirements may result in disciplinary action against the licensee or registrant. The disciplinary action will be reported on the Department of Health license verification web site.

By signing the renewal application form, licensees affirm that they have met this requirement.  The Department of Health will be auditing licensees to determine and confirm compliance.


  Tenn. Comp. R. & Regs. 0880-02-.19 (1).

  Tenn. Code Ann. § 63-1-402.

Tenn. Code Ann. § 63-1-402(c).