In Texas, Continuing Medical Education (CME) is a vital component of healthcare professionals' commitment to ongoing education and the delivery of quality patient care. The state's CME requirements mandate practitioners, including physicians, to accrue a specified number of credits within designated timeframes for licensure maintenance. These requirements emphasize a dedication to staying abreast of medical advancements and maintaining the highest standards of practice. Healthcare providers in Texas engage in a variety of CME activities, such as conferences and online courses, aligning with the state's medical requirements. Physicians, as essential contributors to the healthcare landscape, have specific CME obligations, highlighting their commitment to continuous professional development. Texas's state CME requirements collectively ensure that healthcare practitioners remain well-informed, proficient, and contribute to the provision of quality healthcare services in the Lone Star State.


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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