The Washington State Department of Health Requirements

CE: 200 Hours of CME must be completed every four years by licensed Physicians. 80 must be Category 1; 80 may be Category 2; 80 may be Category 3; 80 may be Category 4; 80 may be Category 5. Physician Assistants must complete 100 hours of CME every two years. Osteopathic Physicians must complete 150 hours of CME every three years and Osteopathic Physician Assistants are required to complete 50 hours of CME annually.

Licenses must be renewed every four years (for MDs); every two years (for PAs); Osteopathic Physicians and Osteopathic Physician Assistants must renew annually on or before their birthday.

One-Time Requirements:

  • Prior to licensure the four-hour licensing requirement must cover topic areas 1, 2, 5 and 6 (Etiology and Epidemiology of HIV; Transmission and Infection Control, Legal and Ethical Issues; Psychosocial Issues).
  • If the practitioner prescribes opioids in Washington they must complete a continuing medical education course. The course is one-time for at least one-hour. It must be completed by the end of your first full CME reporting period after January 1, 2019. Or, it may be reported during your first full CME reporting period after getting your license.
  • There is also a one-time, 6 hour course on suicie prevention that must be taken before the first renweal.

For more information visit The Washington State Department of Health Medical Commission.