State acceptance in Washington
Physicians: We are accepted by the WA Board of Medicine because we are accredited by AMA (category 1)
Click on Physician (MD) Continuing Medical Education (CME) Requirements (PDF) Categories of creditable continuing medical education activities The following are categories of creditable continuing medical education activities approved by the commission: Category I Continuing medical education activities with accredited sponsorship
Nurses: We are accepted by the WA Board of Nursing because we are ANCC accredited
Registered nurses (RN) and licensed practical nurses (LPN) are required to keep documentation showing at least 531 hours of active practice and 45 clock hours of continuing education within a three-year cycle. The Nursing Commission does not have the authority to accredit or approve continuing education courses. Many professional organizations approve these activities. An example is the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and the Washington State Nurses Association. You can count activities relevant to nursing practice, including: Certification/recertification in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS), Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS), and Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS)
Dentists: We are accepted by the WA Board of Dentistry because we are accredited by ADA CERP
WAC 246-817-440 (3) Requirements. Licensed dentists must complete twenty-one clock hours of continuing education, each year (4) Acceptable continuing education - Qualification of courses for continuing education credit. types of continuing education courses may include, but are not limited to: (a) The American Dental Association, Academy of General Dentistry, National Dental Association, American Dental Hygienists’ Association, National Dental Hygienists’ Association, American Dental Association specialty organizations, including the constituent and component/branch societies. (b) Basic first aid, CPR, BLS, ACLS, OSHA/WISHA, or emergency related training; such as courses offered or authorized by the American Heart Association or the American Cancer Society; or any other organizations or agencies
Pharmacists: We are accepted by the WA Board of Pharmacy because we are ACPE accredited
Renewal Requirements Pharmacists must renew their license annually on or before their birthday. Licensee must submit a fee and a signed statement indicating 15 credit hours of pharmacy related continuing education has been earned during the previous year.
WAC 246-861-040 Applications for approval of continuing education program—Post-approval of continuing education program. (4) All programs approved by the American Council on Pharmaceutical Education or the board, are accepted for continuing education credit and do not require that an individual provider approval be obtained in each case.
(11) Family home licensees, center directors, assistant directors, program supervisors, lead teachers, assistant teachers, and any other early learning providers counted in staff-to-child ratio, or who could potentially be counted in ratio, must be trained in first-aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). (a) Proof of training can be shown with a certification card, certificate, or instructor letter. (b) The first-aid and CPR training and certification must: (i) Be delivered in person and include a hands-on component for first aid and CPR demonstrated in front of an instructor certified by the American Red Cross, American Heart Association, American Safety and Health Institute, or other nationally recognized certification program; (ii) Include child and adult first-aid and CPR; and (iii) Infant first-aid and CPR, if applicable. CPR Training Acceptance The following must apply to ensure that the CPR training meets the requirement outlined in WAC 110-300-0106 (11): Training is completed by an instructor certified by one of these organizations: American Red Cross American Heart Association American Safety and Health Institute The training must include a hands-on component and demonstration in front of a certified instructor. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, DCYF implemented temporary modifications to training requirements to ensure access and ability to meet requirements during this time. CPR training modifications can be found here. Follow the steps below to ensure your CPR training is verified. Self-enter the training on your professional record in MERIT under Health and Safety trainings. Provide one of the following items to your licensor or employer in order to have the completion of your training verified: Certification card Certificate Instructor letter
If you prefer sit-down, in-person training for ACLS, we have you covered.
NW Regional Training Center / 511606 NE 66th St. Suite 103 Vancouver, WA 98662-5480
Emergency Medical Training Center / 53403 Steamboat Is Rd NW #464 olympia, WA 98502
Healthcare Certifications — Bellingham / 54220 Meridian Street Ste. 104 Bellingham, WA 98226
South Sound CPR Training / 5719 Sleater-Kinney Rd. SE, Suite 200 Lacey, WA 98503
Total number of locations: 52.
To schedule a session, please see our in-person scheduling page.