CME Requirements for Physicians by State

Posted on: July 15, 2021

written by

Teresa Otto, MD

You’ve landed a choice assignment in a dream location - the spot you’ve always wished for. In fact, the state’s been on your bucket list since you started at Barton Associates.

In order to obtain a state license, you’ll need to have not only enough continuing medical education (CME) hours, but also the right courses.

Here’s a rundown of the number of CMEs needed for licensure for each state. Some requirements may be waived if you’re applying for a temporary license in states where that’s an option. If you click on the state you can read the specifics on types of CMEs that are acceptable (AMA Category 1, AOA Category 1 or 2, etc.). Additional information including the requirement to have CMEs in special topics (opiate prescribing, infectious disease, end-of-life care, etc.) can also be found. Remember, many states offer online courses on these topics or provide links to courses on their websites.

Ready to learn more? The information is displayed in order of state, hours, and special topics needed.

CME Requirements by State

Alabama - 25/year - Yes

Alaska - 25/year - Yes

Arizona (see page 6) - 40/2 years - Yes

Arkansas - 20/year - Yes

California - 50/2 years - Yes

Colorado has no CME requirements for physicians.

Connecticut - 50/2 years - Yes

Delaware (see section 12.0) - 40/2 years - Yes

District of Columbia - 50/2 years - Yes

Florida - 40/2 years - Yes

Georgia (see number 17) - 40/2 years - No

Hawaii - 40/2 years - No

Idaho - 40/2 years - No

Illinois - 150/3 years - No

Indiana - 2/2 years - Yes

Iowa - 40/2 years - Yes

Kansas - 50/year - No

Kentucky - 60/3 years - Yes

Louisiana - 20/year - Yes

Maine - 100/2 years - Yes

Maryland - 50/2 years - Yes

Massachusetts - 50/2 years - Yes

Michigan - 150/3 years - Yes

Minnesota - 75/3 year - No

Mississippi (see page 25/138) - 40/2 years - Yes

Missouri (see page 13/26) - 50/2 years - Yes

Montana has no CME requirements for physicians.

Nebraska - 50/2 years - No

Nevada - 40/2 years - Yes

New Hampshire - 100/2 years - Yes

New Jersey - 100/2 years - Yes

New Mexico - 75/3 years - No

New York has no CME requirement, but physicians must attend mandated training on infection control every four years.

North Carolina - 60/3 years - Yes

North Dakota - 60/3 years - No

Ohio - 100/2 years - Yes

Oklahoma - 60/3 years - No

Oregon - 60/2 years - Yes

Pennsylvania - 100/2 years - Yes

Rhode Island - 40/2 years - Yes

South Carolina - 40/2 years - Yes

South Dakota has CME requirements for physicians

Tennessee - 40/2 years - Yes

Texas - 48/2 years - Yes

Utah - 40/2 years - Yes

Vermont - 30/2 years - Yes

Virginia - 60/2 years - Yes

Washington - 200/4 years - Yes

West Virginia - 50/2 years - Yes

Wisconsin - 30/2 years - No

Wyoming - 60/3 years - No

If you need additional general CME credits to satisfy licensure requirements for your next locum tenens assignment, you just need to decide whether online or live CME meetings are best for you.

Weighing your options:

Online classes offer many benefits including:

Convenience:

- As an anesthesiologist, I chose the online route because I could complete a course during down time waiting for an operating room case to start. And for anyone with a commute, similar to listening to a podcast, you can listen to a class to fill the time.

- Gone are the days of using precious vacation days to clock in hours at expensive work-related conferences.

Cost-Saving:

- Online classes tend to be less than in-person.
- Conferences are extremely expensive when you factor in the cost of hotels, airfare, meals, and the tuition for attending an in-person conference.

Attending in-person conferences are a great option too. You can:

Network - Despite the higher cost, it allows for networking, learning from colleagues, and the opportunity to speak with the presenters and experts in your field. This exchange of information isn’t possible with an online course.

Attend workshops - Some in-person courses have workshops to practice skills. While you can watch a video to learn a new technique, nothing beats a hands-on experience with an instructor to guide you through the procedure.

Remove yourself from distractions - Many conferences are held at nice resorts. You can focus all your attention while attending the conference, step outside at the end of the lectures, and enjoy the hotel’s amenities.

Catch up with peers - A final bonus to attending conferences is the chance to catch up with colleagues you’ve met in your travels. As a locum tenens physician, you will have made many friends along the way.


Obtaining a new state license can be a long, tedious task. Understanding the CME requirements for the state you are getting licensed in is a great way to be proactive and hopefully help you get your license sooner. 

For more state-level information, be sure to check out the Barton Associates State Travel Guide pages!

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About Teresa Otto, MD

Teresa Otto, MD, is an anesthesiologist who has traveled extensively as a military physician and more recently as a locum tenens anesthesia provider. Her travels have taken her to 44 states and 50 countries and all 7 continents.

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