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
Dentists: We are accepted by the AR Board of Dentistry because we are accredited by ADA CERP
What is Healthcare Provider CPR? Healthcare Provider (HCP) is a course authorized by the American Heart Association. A comparable course is “CPR for the Professional Rescuer/AED”. Other combinations of courses do not equal Healthcare Provider. It consists of the following 6 modules: Adult and child CPR, Pediatric basic life support, Adult and child foreign body and obstructions, Two-man CPR, Barrier devices, Automatic external defibrillator (AED), ACLS and PALS can be substituted for HCP.
Which CE courses are acceptable? According to Article XIV, “only those courses directly related to the provision of services and patient care shall be considered for credit. Any course is acceptable which contributes to updating and maintaining the knowledge and skills of the dentist or dental hygienist in the treatment of the individual patient or the management of the dental practice or clinic.”
Select: Dental Practice Act Article XIV: MINIMUM CONTINUING EDUCATION FOR DENTISTS AND DENTAL HYGIENISTS I. Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation: Each licensed dentist, dental hygienist, and registered dental assistant must take a Basic Life Support level of cardiopulmonary resuscitation course and submit a photocopy of the cardiopulmonary resuscitation card or certificate with the renewal form that confirms that he or she holds at least a current certificate in cardiopulmonary resuscitation of Basic Life Support level, effective January 1, 2003. The hours dedicated to obtaining a Basic Life Support certification can be used toward CEUs.
Verification link: https://www.asbde.org/faqs
Also see https://www.asbde.org/laws-and-regulations
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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