Date:               July 1, 2022

To:                   All NC Licensed Podiatrists

From:               NC Board of Podiatry Examiners

Re:                   Coronavirus (COVID-19) impacts upon CME

The current pandemic continues to impact the availability of CME, raises health concerns, and generally imposes a hardship upon practitioners.

Accordingly, the Board has voted to extend the waiver clause set forth in Administrative Rule 21 NCAC 52 .0208 (e) based upon the existence of “Certified Illness, Medical Conditions, Natural Disaster or Undue Hardship.” For renewals due June 30, 2023 a NC licensed podiatrist may utilize online continuing education to satisfy 100% of the CME requirements for license renewal.  All of sections of the CME policy remain in effect and will be enforced. 

Twenty-five (25) hours are required annually, including one hour of controlled substances prescribing practices. A minimum of twenty (20) hours must be CPME or APMA approved courses (Please see below for links).  The remaining five (5) hours can still fall into the Category 2 hours from the CME Policy.  Any proposed credits outside of the above guidance must be approved by the Board’s staff in advance. 

This waiver does not apply for renewals due after June 30, 2023.

CPME Approved Providers:

The renewal fee remains unchanged and documentation requirements will remain in place.