All orthopedic physician assistants must comply with the
following continuing education rules as a prerequisite to licensure
Continuing Education -
(a) All orthopedic physician
assistants must biennially complete sixty (60) hours of continuing medical
education in courses approved by the A.M.A., N.B.C.O.P.A., or other
associations approved by the Committee and Board.
(b) The Committee approves a course for only
the number of hours contained in the course. The approved hours of any
individual course will not be counted more than once in a calendar year toward
the required hourly total regardless of the number of times the course is
attended or completed by any individual.
(c) The committee may waive or otherwise
modify the requirements of this rule in cases where there is retirement or an
illness, disability or other undue hardship which prevents an orthopedic
physician assistant from obtaining the requisite number of continuing education
hours required for renewal. Requests for waivers or modification must be sent
in writing to the Committee prior to the expiration of the renewal period in
which the continuing education is due.
Continuing Education - Proof of
(a) The due date for completion of
the required continuing education is the expiration date of the orthopedic
physician assistant's licensure renewal.
(b) All orthopedic physician assistants must,
on the licensure renewal form, enter a signature which indicates completion of
the required continuing education hours and that such hours were obtained
during the calendar years of report.
All orthopedic physician assistants must
retain independent documentation of completion of all continuing education
hours. This documentation must be retained for a period of four (4) years from
the end of the renewal period in which the continuing education was acquired.
This documentation must be produced for inspection and verification, if
requested in writing by the Committee during its verification process. This
documentation must consist of one or more of the following:
1. Certificates verifying the licensed
individual's completion of the continuing education program(s). The
certificates must include the following: Continuing education program's
sponsor, date, length in minutes awarded (continuing education units must be
converted to clock hours), program title, licensed individual's name, license
number and social security number.
2. An original letter on official stationery
from the continuing education program's sponsor indicating date, length in
minutes awarded (continuing education units must be converted to clock hours),
program title, licensed individual's name, license number and social security
(d) If a person
submits documentation for training that is not clearly identifiable as
appropriate continuing education, the Committee will request a written
description of the training and how it applies to the practice as an orthopedic
physician assistant. If the Committee determines that the training cannot be
considered appropriate continuing education, the individual will be given
ninety (90) days to replace the hours not allowed. Those hours will be
considered replacement hours and cannot be counted during the next renewal
continuing education - To be utilized for satisfaction of the continuing
education requirements of this rule, the continuing education program must be
approved in content, structure and format by either the A.M.A., N.B.C.O.P.A.,
or other associations approved by the Committee and Board.
(a) Any orthopedic physician assistant who
falsely attests to completion of the required hours of continuing education may
be subject to disciplinary action pursuant to Rule 0880-10-.15.
(b) Any orthopedic physician assistant who
fails to obtain the required continuing education hours may be subject to
disciplinary action pursuant to Rule 0880-10-.15 and may not be allowed to
hours obtained as a result of compliance with the terms of a Committee or Board
order in any disciplinary action shall not be credited toward the continuing
education hours required to be obtained in any renewal period.
Tenn. Comp. R. & Regs.
Original Rule filed July
10, 1997; effective September 23, 1997. Amendment filed June 10, 1998;
effective October 28, 1998. Amendment filed June 25, 1998; effective October
30, 1998. Amendment filed July 31, 2000; effective October 14,
Authority: T.C.A. §§
4-5-204, 63-1-107, 63-19-104, and