State acceptance in Arkansas
Physicians: We are accepted by the AR Board of Medicine because we are accredited by AMA (category 1)
How many CME hours are required for MD/DO renewal? 20 hours per year. CME hours must be from birth month of previous year through birth month of current year. Starting January 1, 2013, 50% of CME hours must be Category 1 and in the physician’s primary area of practice.
Unacceptable Continuing Education: Cardiopulmonary resuscitation, for initial certification or renewal
Verification link: https://www.armedicalboard.org/Professionals/faq.aspx
- https://www.armedicalboard.org/default.aspx Click on Guidelines for Acceptable Continuing Education
Nurses: We are accepted by the AR Board of Nursing because we are ANCC accredited
When considering a continuing education activity, the brochure or information about the activity should list the organization that is the accrediting organization/approval body. On the certificate of participation, the accreditation statement must stand alone and be similar to: “This continuing nursing education activity was approved by (this is where the accrediting organization/approved body is found), an accredited approver by…”
Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) American Nurses Credentialing Center – Commission on Accreditation (ANCC)Dentists: We are accepted by the AK Board of Dentistry because we are accredited by ADA CERP
Verification link: http://www.arsbn.arkansas.gov/education/Pages/AccreditingOrganizations.aspx
Pharmacists: We are accepted by the AR Board of Pharmacy because we are ACPE accredited
02-06-0003—IMPLEMENTATION OF PHARMACY CONTINUING EDUCATION (3) A minimum of twelve (12) continuing education hours of the thirty (30) required hours, must be accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education.
Pharmacy Regulations - Regulation 9 Patient Counseling 09-00-0002—PRESCRIPTION ORDERS TO ADMINISTER MEDICATION AND/OR IMMUNIZATIONS (D)obtain and maintain current certification in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) or Basic Cardiac Life Support (BCLS), these certification courses must be accredited by the American Heart Association and must contain a live component where proficiency is tested; and (E) successful completion of the above described course of study may be accomplished by: (i) successfully completing the Board-approved course of study in a College of Pharmacy curriculum; or (ii) successfully completing an American Council of Pharmaceutical Education (ACPE) Certificate Program of not less than twelve (12) hours on the course of study described in paragraph (b)(5)(B) above.
Verification link: https://www.pharmacyboard.arkansas.gov/Websites/pharmacy/images/rules/Regulation2.pdf
Also see https://www.pharmacyboard.arkansas.gov/pharmacy-lawbook
EMS Workers: Our courses count in AR as acceptable CME
Click on EMS Rules & Regulations SECTION IX. EDUCATION, TESTING AND LICENSURE OF PERSONNEL
- All individuals applying for renewal of a license shall submit the following to the Department: c. Copy of a current signed Healthcare Provider CPR card (Must follow current American Heart Association Guidelines and require a hands on skills component) documenting completion of a CPR course designed specifically for healthcare providers
Verification link: https://aremslicense.adh.arkansas.gov/lookup/
Tattoo artists: Our bloodborne pathogen course is acceptable in AR
ARKANSAS STATE BOARD OF HEALTH SECTION 4. ARTIST LICENSURE RULES AND REGULATIONS PERTAINING TO BODY ART ESTABLISHMENTS 4.3. The following requirements must be completed before any individual shall receive a body art license: 4.3.1. Prior to applying for a body art license, the applicant must complete blood-borne pathogens training which meets the requirements of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and is approved by the Department. 4.3.2. Artists in training pursuing licensure for scarification shall also complete basic first aid and CPR training, which is approved by the Department.
Verification link: http://www.healthy.arkansas.gov/programsServices/environmentalHealth/tattoBodyArt/Documents/Body%20Art%20Rules%20and%20Regulations.pdf
If you prefer sit-down, in-person training for ACLS, we have you covered.
American First Response / 8735 Sheltie Dr Ste F Maumelle, AR 72113-6793
Cintas First Aid & Safety, Springdale / 580 N. Monitor Rd. Springdale, AR 72113
Lifesaver Associates / 5407 Stagecoach Road (previously Highway 5 North); Suite 16 Bryant, AR 72022
Total number of locations: 20. These locations CAN provide American Heart Association-branded provider cards if needed.
To schedule a session, please see our in-person scheduling page.
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