Washington CME Requirements

Washington CME Requirements

Meet Your Washington CME Requirements On-Demand

Washington requires 100 hours of CME for physicians every 2 years, with a 1-hour, 1-time requirement in the area of controlled substances for authorized prescribers.

Earn valuable CME credits required for renewing your Washington medical license through our expert-designed, on-demand courses. Tailored for busy healthcare professionals, these offerings provide a convenient way to stay updated and compliant with Washington's regulations, accessible from anywhere.

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Controlled Substances CME Courses

Controlled Substance Prescribing



Controlled Substance Prescribing

Learn about key principles of managing controlled substances, including legislation and regulation of medical practice and controlled substances, DEA licensure requirements and responsibilities, required elements of controlled substance prescribing, and the importance of prescription drug monitoring programs and risk mitigation.

1 Hour
Text Module

Credits Include: 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit

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Target Audience: This activity is intended for all healthcare professionals authorized to dispense controlled substances by the state in which they practice.

Learning Objectives:

  • Explain DEA licensure requirements and responsibilities
  • Discuss required elements of controlled substance prescribing
  • Explain the rationale for risk mitigation strategies for controlled substance prescribing
  • Review indications, mechanisms, pharmacology, and forms of opioid therapy
  • Discuss opioid precautions, adverse events, and contraindications
  • Perform risk assessment, risk mitigation, and monitoring of opioid therapy

Background: This course was adapted from sections of the Clinical Care Options “Controlled Substance Prescribing and Substance Use Disorders—Comprehensive Education to Improve Quality of Care” program by Timothy Atkinson, PharmD, BCPS, CPE.

Release Date: Apr 1, 2024 | Expiration: Apr 1, 2027

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DEA MATE Act 8-Hour Training

DEA Course



DEA Course: Controlled Substance Prescribing and Substance Use Disorders - Comprehensive Education to Improve Quality of Care

Join us for a series of nine interactive modules led by experts on controlled substances, substance use disorders, pain management, and opioid therapies. Opt for video or text formats to learn at your own pace, in your preferred style. This program fulfills the DEA MATE Act's 8-hour training requirement on opioids, other substance use disorders, and pain management.

8 Hours
Video & Text Modules

Credits Include: Up to 8.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit, AANP, AAPA, AAFP, COPE CE, ADA CERP, MOC, and MIPS

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Target Audience: All Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)-registered practitioners including physicians, podiatrists, dentists, nurse practitioners, nurse midwives, nurse anesthetists, clinical nurse specialists and physician assistants/physician associates who are authorized to dispense controlled substances by the state in which they practice.

Program Agenda:

  • Principles of Controlled Substance Prescribing
  • Risk Mitigation Strategies for Controlled Substances
  • Basics of Pain Management
  • Managing Opioid Therapy
  • Substance Use Disorders
  • Opioid Use Disorder
  • Alcohol Use Disorder
  • Tobacco and Cannabis Use Disorder
  • Stimulant and Sedative Use Disorder
  • Reimbursement Codes for SUD Intervention

Release Date: May 31, 2023 | Expiration: May 30, 2026

New to the DEA MATE Act 8-hour requirement? Learn more at the DEA Resource Center.

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What are the Washington Medical License CME Requirements?

Washington Medical License CME Requirements

WAC 246-919-875 Continuing education requirements for opioid prescribing. (1) To prescribe an opioid in Washington state, a physician licensed to prescribe opioids shall complete a one-time continuing education requirement regarding best practices in the prescribing of opioids or the opioid prescribing rules in this chapter. The continuing education must be at least one hour in length.

(2) The physician shall complete the one-time continuing education requirement described in subsection (1) of this section by the end of the physician's first full continuing education reporting period after January 1, 2019, or during the first full continuing education reporting period after initial licensure, whichever is later.

(3) The hours spent completing training in prescribing of opioids count toward meeting applicable continuing education requirements in the same category specified in WAC 246-919-460.

This information is in accordance with the Washington Medical Commission. Please note that CME requirements are subject to change. We continue to make updates as we become aware of them. However, healthcare professionals should confirm the most current requirements with their state Board of Medicine for accuracy.