Continuing Education Credits
In support of improving patient care, the Institute for Healthcare Improvement is accredited by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), and the National Association for Healthcare Quality (NAHQ) to provide continuing education for the health care team.
IHI Open School online courses offer more than 35 continuing education credits for nurses, physicians (AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™), and pharmacists; Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Part 2 for select medical specialty Boards; CPHQ CE credit from the National Association for Healthcare Quality (NAHQ); and Certified Professional in Patient Safety (CPPS) Recertification credits. Look for course-specific accreditation information within our curriculum overview.
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As a Jointly Accredited Organization, the Institute for Healthcare Improvement is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved under this program. Regulatory boards are the final authority on courses accepted for continuing education credit.
For the purpose of recertification, the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Board accepts AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ issued by organizations accredited by the ACCME (Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education). We would also suggest that learners check with their state licensing board to ensure they accept reciprocity with AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ for re-licensure.
The National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) states that AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ are acceptable for continuing medical education requirements for recertification. We would also suggest that learners check with their state licensing board to ensure they accept reciprocity with AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ for re-licensure.
Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada
The Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada have collaborated to enable Royal College Fellows to earn Section 3 credits by participating in accredited CME that counts for MOC. Royal College Fellows will be able to report participation in accredited CME activities that are available on or after November 1, 2019.
The American Medical Association (AMA) has an agreement of mutual recognition of continuing medical education (CME) credit with the European Union of Medical Specialties (UEMS). Additional information regarding this agreement may be found here.
ABIM CME + MOC
How to claim this credit type: Select "ABIM US Physician CME/MOC" when you claim your credits.
The ACCME and the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) have collaborated to simplify the integration of MOC-accredited CME. Successful completion of the CME activity, which includes participation in the evaluation component, enables the participant to earn MOC points (and patient safety MOC credit) in the ABIM MOC program.
Participants will earn MOC points equivalent to the amount of CME credits claimed for the activity. It is the CME activity provider's responsibility to submit participant completion information to ACCME for the purpose of granting ABIM MOC credit.
ABMS Maintenance of Certification
How to claim this credit type: For individual courses, select "US Physician Internet Enduring Activity" when you claim your credits and submit the downloadable certificate to the Member Board. For a group of courses, select "MOC Part 2 CME" or "MOC Part 2 Self-Assessment" when you claim your credits and submit the downloadable certificate to the Member Board.
By completing select Open School courses (detailed by ABMS and below), diplomates of several American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) Member Boards may earn MOC activity points in the following categories: Lifelong Learning (MOC Part 2 CME), Self-Assessment (MOC Part 2 SA), and Patient Safety. Note that some Boards (ABPed and ABFM) require completion of the full "activity" — i.e., the grouping of six or seven courses listed below — while most Boards provide credit for individual courses.
For Boards not listed below, courses may count toward the ABMS general CME requirement. Please refer to your Member Board or the ABMS Continuing Certification Directory.
ABMS Approved Activities
Through the American Board of Medical Specialties' ("ABMS") ongoing commitment to increase access to practice-relevant Maintenance of Certification ("MOC") Activities through the ABMS Continuing Certification Directory, these activities have met the requirements for a MOC Part II CME Activity (applying toward general CME requirement) and a MOC Part II Self-Assessment Activity as noted above for the ABMS Member Boards.