Accreditation Services

Our professional staff will consult with you to ensure your activity meets all the necessary requirements for accreditation.  Please contact the CE office early in the planning process. To avoid a rush fee, submit applications for credit at least 45 days before the activity. Accreditation compliance reviews take time and therefore, the OCE must receive the application no less than 30 days before the activity to be considered for approval.  You can contact our office at (501) 661-7962.

To get started, you should establish a planning team based on the need (area of focus or concern) you want to address.  Interprofessional education is a priority at UAMS and the accreditation for CE is an interprofessional accreditation, therefore, it is recommended for your activity to have an interprofessional planning committee that represents each member of the targeted audience, if possible. At least two professions should be represented. For example: a nurse and a physician or other professional combinations.

The UAMS OCE will accredit uniprofessional activities, those designed for one profession’s scope of practice. However, it is strongly recommended that activities be designed and delivered for an interprofessional target audience.

You can find our online application here.  For additional information, check out our Planners Guide, Tools and Resources, and Application Tips.

Types of Activities

The Office of Continuing Education offers a broad spectrum of educational activities using a range of instructional methods including:

  • Didactic lectures
  • Symposia
  • Demonstrations
  • Interactive workshops
  • Case-based conferences
  • Simulation-based education
  • Interactive video conferences
  • Self-directed learning (i.e., enduring materials such as web-based activities, instructional videotapes, CDs, and printed documents).

All CE Activities must:

  • Be designed to change one or more of the following:
    • Competence
    • Performance
    • Patient Outcomes
  • Address professional practice gaps of the target audience. The practice gap is the difference between current and best practice.
  • Use needs assessment data to plan the activity.
  • Have content that:
    • Matches the intended learners’ current or potential scope of practice;
    • Is developed in the context of desirable physician, nursing, and/or pharmacy attributes, and objectives;
    • and delivered using educational formats appropriate for the setting and desired results of the activity.
  • Be in compliance with the ACCME’s Standards for Commercial Support.
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of the learning intervention in meeting the objectives.

To learn more,  contact the OCE staff at 501-661-7962.