requires each licensed podiatrist to complete fifteen (15) clock hours of
continuing education each calendar year (January 1 - December 31).
(a) Twelve (12) hours of the fifteen (15)
clock hour requirement shall be clinical, scientific, or related to patient
care. If the licensee is performing ankle surgery pursuant to T.C.A. §
ten (10) of these twelve (12) hours shall pertain to the ankle
(b) Unless exempt under
T.C.A. 63-1-402(c), all podiatrists holding a current Tennessee license shall
complete a minimum of two (2) hours of continuing education biennially related
to controlled substance prescribing, which must include instruction in the
Department's treatment guidelines on opioids, benzodiazepines, barbiturates,
and carisoprodol and may include topics such as medicine addiction, risk
management tools, and other topics approved by the Board.
(c) Ten (10) hours of the fifteen (15) clock
hour requirement must be completed in the traditional "lecture / classroom"
Five (5) hours of the
fifteen (15) clock hour requirement may be completed in any of the following
1. The Internet
2. Closed circuit television
3. Satellite broadcasts
4. Correspondence courses
10. Distance learning
(2) Acceptable continuing
education shall consist of courses provided or sponsored by the APMA, APMA
approved colleges of podiatric medicine, state, regional (zone), national and
affiliated specialty groups, the U.S. federal government, or other education
programs approved by the Board.
Courses to be offered for
credit toward the required continuing education hours must, unless otherwise
provided pursuant to 1155-02-.12(2)
receive prior approval from the Board.
Prior approval of a course may be
obtained by submitting the following information to the Board's administrative
office at least forty-five (45) days prior to the scheduled date of the course.
1. A course description or outline;
2. Names of all lecturers;
3. Brief resume of all lecturers;
4. Number of hours of educational credit
5. Date of
6. How certification of
attendance is to be documented.
(a) Each licensee must retain proof of
attendance and completion of all continuing education requirements. This
documentation must be retained for a period of four years from the end of the
calendar year in which the continuing education was acquired. This
documentation must be produced for inspection and verification, if requested in
writing by the Board during its verification process.
Each licensee must, within thirty (30)
days of a request from the Board, provide evidence of continuing education
requirements. Such evidence must be by submission of one or more of the
1. Certificates verifying the
licensee's attendance at continuing education program(s). The certificate must
include the following: continuing education program's sponsor, date, clock
hours awarded (continuing education units must be converted to clock hours),
program title, licensee's name, license number and social security
2. An original letter on
official stationery from the continuing education program's sponsor indicating,
date, clock hours awarded (CE units must be converted to clock hours), program
title, licensee's name, license number and social security number.
(c) If a person submits
documentation for training that is not clearly identifiable as appropriate
continuing education, the Board will request a written description of the
training and how it applies to the practice of podiatry. If the Board
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 period.
(5) Persons who are full-time residents in a
graduate training program approved by the Council on Podiatric Medical
Education and individuals who have been students of a Podiatry College during
the year they obtain their Tennessee license shall be exempt from the CME
requirements during that calendar year.
Continuing education credit will not be
allowed for the following:
(a) Regular work
activities, administrative staff meetings, case staffing/reporting,
(b) Membership in, holding
office in, or participation on boards or committees, business meetings of
professional organizations, or banquet speeches.
Revocation of license for non-compliance
with continuing education:
(a) If the
continuing education requirement is not met, a letter is issued to the last
known address of the individual requiring him to show cause why his license
should not be revoked for failure to comply with the continuing education
(b) The licensee has
30 days from the date of notification to respond to the show cause letter and
prepare for any hearing on the matter
Continuing Education for Reactivation of
Retired or Revoked License.
of Retired Licensure
1. An individual whose
license has been retired for less than one year will be required to fulfill
continuing education requirements as outlined in this rule as a prerequisite to
reinstatement. Those hours will be considered replacement hours and can not be
counted toward meeting the calendar year end requirement.
2. Any individual requesting reactivation of
a license which has been retired for one or more years must submit, along with
the reactivation request, verification which indicates the attendance and
completion of fifteen (15) hours of continuing education for each year in which
the license was retired or the equivalent of this state's requirement
multiplied by the number of years in retirement. The continuing education hours
must have been begun and successfully completed before the date of
Reactivation of Revoked License.
1. No person
whose license has been revoked for failure to comply with continuing education
may have his license reinstated without complying with all the requirements.
The required clock hours of continuing education must have been begun and
completed before the date of reinstatement.
(a) Any licensee who falsely certifies
attendance and completion of the required hours of continuing education
requirements may be subject to disciplinary action.
(b) Any licensee who fails to show compliance
with the required continuing education hours in response to the notice
contemplated by subparagraph (7) (a) above may be subject to disciplinary
(a) The Board may grant a
waiver of the need to attend and complete the required hours of continuing
education if it can be shown to the Board that the failure to comply was not
attributed to or was beyond the physical capabilities of the person seeking the
Waivers will be
considered only on an individual basis and may be requested by submitting the
following items to the Board's administrative office:
1. A written request for a waiver which
specifies what requirements are sought to be waived and a written and signed
explanation of the reason for the request.
2. Any documentation which supports the
reason for the waiver requested or which is subsequently requested by the
(c) A waiver
approved by the Board is effective only for the calendar year for which the
waiver is sought.
Tenn. Comp. R. & Regs.
filed November 10, 1998; effective January 14, 1999. Amendment filed August 23,
2001; effective November 6, 2001. Amendment filed July 22, 2002; effective
October 5, 2002. Amendment filed April 26, 2006; effective July 10, 2006.
Amendment filed March 23, 2007; effective June 6, 2007. Amendment filed August
9, 2007; effective October 23, 2007. Amendment filed January 20, 2012;
effective April 19, 2012. Amendments filed January 31, 2017; effective
Authority: T.C.A. §§
63-1-402, 63-3-101, 63-3-106,
63-3-109, 63-3-115, 63-3-116, and 63-3-119.