Texas Physician Continuing Medical Education (CME) Requirements for Licensure Registration

Credit amount:
  • 48 CME hours per licensure cycle, half of which must be Category 1 or Category 1A CME courses 
  • Physicians licensed for the first time in the state of Texas will be assigned an initial licensure period of either 12 or 24 months
AMA/ACOG/AAFP/AOA: 12 (12 AOA 1-A for DOs)
CME/Year: 24
Hours/Year: 24
Licensure cycle: Annual
Equivalent Certificates: AMA PRA, ABMS, GME
Topics: Of 12 Category 1 credits, at least 1 in ethics and/or professional responsibility.

24 of the 48 required credit hours must be earned from courses or programs that are Category 1 or Category 1A CME with the following topical requirements: 2 hours of Category 1 or Category 1A CME on medical ethics and/or professional responsibility; 2 hours of Category 1 or Category 1A CME on alternative pain management treatment options and/or opioid and controlled substance prescribing and monitoring, and completion of a human trafficking prevention course.

Learn about Texas’s governing bodies for CME

The Texas Board of Medical Examiners and the Medical Licensure Commission of Texas are Texas’s governing bodies for CME and medical license requirements. Their mission is to:

“protect and enhance the public's health, safety and welfare by establishing and maintaining standards of excellence used in regulating the practice of medicine and ensuring quality health care for the citizens of Texas through licensure, discipline and education.”

Additional information can be found on their website which includes information pertaining to basic requirements, educational requirements, frequently asked questions, requests for license verification, and more.

All information from Federation of State Medical Boards is subjected to change. It should be verified independently.


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