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American Academy of Physician Assistants


American Academy of Physician Assistants Category 1 CME for Preceptors (# CME-001414)

If you’re interested in becoming a DMU preceptor, contact Jolene Kelly, chair and program director of the Physician Assistant Program, at or 515-271-1685.

Reference to AAPA Category 1 CME


Des Moines University is approved by the American Academy of Physician Assistants to award AAPA Category 1 CME credit to eligible physician assistant preceptors. This approval is valid from 11/21/13 – 5/9/14. This program was planned in accordance with AAPA’s CME Standards. 

Physician assistants may earn a maximum of 10 hours of AAPA Category 1 CME credit for clinical precepting during any single calendar year. 

CME credit calculation

Preceptors may be awarded 0.5 CME credits per 2 weeks of clinical teaching. If the preceptor has more than one student at a time, they may be awarded an additional 0.25 CME credits per student per 2 weeks. 

Credit calculation formula

Total credits awarded = (Number of Weeks) x (0.25 + 0.125 x (Number of additional students))

Awarding CME credit

Individual preceptors may be awarded a maximum of 10 hours of Category 1 CME for clinical teaching per calendar year. PA programs are responsible for having a mechanism in place to document credits awarded.

AAPA CME standards and preceptor disclosure

All AAPA CME Standards must be followed. PA programs must maintain documentation of any disclosures made by preceptors of relevant financial relationships with industry.