Mission Statement

Continuing Medical Education at the Noorda College of Osteopathic Medicine is committed to educate physicians and medical professionals on their continuous journey of acquiring new knowledge and content, transforming understanding into new strategies and increased competence, ultimately improving patient outcomes through the delivery of better healthcare.


  • Improve health and patient care through quality evidence-based educational activities which are planned and implemented in accordance with the Accreditation requirements and policies of ACCME.
  • Advance physician competence as clinicians, educators and researchers
  • Enable physicians to earn all or most Category 1 credits needed to meet CME requirements for certification and licensure to improve competence, performance and patient outcomes
  • Facilitate the discovery and application of new knowledge to clinical practice employing needs assessment data and identified professional education gaps
  • Collaborate with appropriate entities to implement CME activities aimed at improving patient safety
  • Enable physicians to develop and maintain defined core competencies according to ACGME (The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education) from undergraduate medical education, during residency, and throughout their professional careers.

Standards and Values

Noorda-COM is dedicated to meeting the highest standards of academic excellence through compliance to ACCME’s Standards for Integrity and Independence in Accredited Continuing Education including Standards for Commercial Support.

Content Areas

The majority of CME activities will center upon Patient Care, Medical Knowledge, Practice-based Learning and Improvement, Ethics and Professionalism, Research, Interpersonal and Communication Skills, and Systems-based Medicine.

Target Audience

Noorda-COM educational activities are primarily for osteopathic physicians, but also focus on topics related to clinical care, research, healthcare administration, executive leadership, teaching, and other areas of medicine and healthcare.

Types of Activities

Conferences focusing on a particular topic, agenda or identified problem
Grand rounds and other regularly scheduled activities
Case-based programs, and quality improvement (QI) activities
Research conferences
Educational interventions conducted as part of quality improvement activities
Faculty development programs
Performance improvement activities
Interdisciplinary programs
Professional skill-building activities
Enduring materials

Expected Results

Educational activities sponsored by the Noorda College of Osteopathic Medicine are planned and implemented using needs assessment data and identified education gaps to determine the content and education method appropriate for the audience and subject matter.  It is expected that participants in CME activities sponsored through Noorda-COM will integrate what they learn into their practice to improve their competence and performance in areas of patient care, patient safety and professional practice.  Education providers are expected to design their educational activities to meet the current or potential scope of professional activities for their participants.

The office of CME at Noorda College of Osteopathic Medicine measures its effectiveness on two levels: participant and institutional.  Both quantitative and qualitative data are utilized to assess participants’ modification concerning knowledge levels, attitudes, perceived self-efficacy, skill levels and the impact on performance.  Also assessed is the provider’s ability to sustain the mission of the CME office.  Finally, data is collected and used to assess faculty, planner and participant satisfaction with the quality and efficiency of CME services.

Utah Licensure

Renewing a License in Utah

  • Osteopathic licenses expire on May 31 of even years.
  • At least 60 days prior to the expiration date of a license, DOPL will mail a renewal notice to the licensee’s address of record as provided to DOPL by the individual licensee. (Failure to notify DOPL of an address change could prevent a licensee from timely receiving renewal notification and other important correspondence from DOPL.)

In order to renew your license, you must:
(A) Complete the required hours of CE as indicated in Utah Code §58-37-6.5 and R156-68-304.
(B) Complete at least ONE of the following online suicide prevention trainings (these qualify for CE credit):

R156-68-304.  Qualified Continuing Professional Education.

(1) In accordance with Subsection 58-68-304(1), the qualified continuing professional education requirements shall consist of 40 hours during each two-year licensure cycle as follows:
          (a) A minimum of 34 of the required hours shall be in category 1 offerings as established by the AOA or ACCME.
          (b) A maximum of 6 hours of continuing education may come from the Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing.
          (c) Up to 15% of the required hours may come from providing volunteer health care services within the scope of the licensee’s license at a qualified location, in accordance with Section 58-13-3 concerning charity health care.  One hour of continuing education credit may be earned for every four documented hours of volunteer services.
          (d) Participation in a residency program approved by the AOA or the ACCME shall meet the continuing education requirement in a pro-rata amount equal to any part of the two-year period.

(2) Continuing education under this section shall:
          (a) be relevant to the licensee’s professional practice;
          (b) be prepared and presented by individuals who are qualified by education, training and experience to provide medical continuing education; and
          (c) have a method of verification of attendance and completion which may include a “CME Self Reporting Log”.

(3) Credit for continuing education shall be recognized in 50-minute hour blocks of time for education completed in formally established classroom courses, seminars, lectures, conferences or training sessions which meet the criteria listed in Subsection (2) above.

(4) A licensee must be able to document completion of the continuing professional education upon the request of the Division.  Such documentation shall be retained until the next renewal cycle.

Effective 3/17/2021

58-37-6.5.  Continuing education for controlled substance prescribers.

(1) For the purposes of this section:
          (a) “Controlled substance prescriber” means an individual, other than a veterinarian, who:
                    (i) is licensed to prescribe a controlled substance under Title 58, Chapter 37, Utah Controlled Substances Act; and
                    (ii) possesses the authority, in accordance with the individual’s scope of practice, to prescribe schedule II controlled substances and schedule III controlled substances that are applicable to opioid narcotics, hypnotic depressants, or psychostimulants.
          (b) “D.O.” means an osteopathic physician and surgeon licensed under Title 58, Chapter 68, Utah Osteopathic Medical Practice Act.
          (c) “FDA” means the United States Food and Drug Administration.
          (d) “M.D.” means a physician and surgeon licensed under Title 58, Chapter 67, Utah Medical Practice Act.
          (e) “SBIRT” means the Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment approach used by the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration or defined by the division, in consultation with the Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health, by administrative rule, in accordance with Title 63G, Chapter 3, Utah Administrative Rulemaking Act.

(2)    (a) Beginning with the licensing period that begins after January 1, 2014, as a condition precedent for license renewal, each controlled substance prescriber shall complete at least 3.5 continuing education hours per licensing period that satisfy the requirements of Subsection (3).
          (b) (i) Beginning with the licensing period that begins after January 1, 2024, as a condition precedent for license renewal, each controlled substance prescriber shall complete at least 3.5 continuing education hours in an SBIRT-training class that satisfies the requirements of Subsection (4).
                 (ii) Completion of the SBIRT-training class, in compliance with Subsection (2)(b)(i), fulfills the continuing education hours requirement in Subsection (3) for the licensing period in which the class was completed.
                 (iii) A controlled substance prescriber:
                    (A) need only take the SBIRT-training class once during the controlled substance prescriber’s licensure in the state; and
                    (B) shall provide a completion record of the SBIRT-training class in order to be reimbursed for SBIRT services to patients, in accordance with Sections 26-18-22 and 49-20-416.

(3) A controlled substance prescriber shall complete at least 3.5 hours of continuing education in one or more controlled substance prescribing classes, except dentists who shall complete at least two hours, that satisfy the requirements of Subsections (4) and (6).

(4) A controlled substance prescribing class shall:
          (a) satisfy the division’s requirements for the continuing education required for the renewal of the controlled substance prescriber’s respective license type;
          (b) be delivered by an accredited or approved continuing education provider recognized by the division as offering continuing education appropriate for the controlled substance prescriber’s respective license type; and
          (c) include a postcourse knowledge assessment.

(5) An M.D. or D.O. completing continuing professional education hours under Subsection (4) shall complete those hours in classes that qualify for the American Medical Association Physician’s Recognition Award Category 1 Credit.

(6) The 3.5 hours of the controlled substance prescribing classes under Subsection (4) shall include educational content covering the following:
          (a) the scope of the controlled substance abuse problem in Utah and the nation;
          (b) all elements of the FDA Blueprint for Prescriber Education under the FDA’s Extended-Release and Long-Acting Opioid Analgesics Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy, as published July 9, 2012, or as it may be subsequently revised;
          (c) the national and Utah-specific resources available to prescribers to assist in appropriate controlled substance and opioid prescribing;
          (d) patient record documentation for controlled substance and opioid prescribing;
          (e) office policies, procedures, and implementation; and
          (f) some training regarding medical cannabis, as that term is defined in Section 26-61a-102.

(7)    (a) The division, in consultation with the Utah Medical Association Foundation, shall determine whether a particular controlled substance prescribing class satisfies the educational content requirements of Subsections (4) and (6) for an M.D. or D.O.
          (b) The division, in consultation with the applicable professional licensing boards, shall determine whether a particular controlled substance prescribing class satisfies the educational content requirements of Subsections (4) and (6) for a controlled substance prescriber other than an M.D. or D.O.
          (c) The division may by rule establish a committee that may audit compliance with the Utah Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy (REMS) Educational Programming Project grant, that satisfies the educational content requirements of Subsections (4) and (6) for a controlled substance prescriber
          (d) The division shall consult with the Department of Health regarding the medical cannabis training described in Subsection (6)(f).

(8) A controlled substance prescribing class required under this section:
          (a) may be held:
                    (i) in conjunction with other continuing professional education programs; and
                    (ii) online; and
          (b) does not increase the total number of state-required continuing professional education hours required for prescriber licensing.

Unlawful Conduct: Your license will automatically expire unless you renew it prior to its expiration date. If your license expires, you may not practice until a new license is issued. Subsection 58-1-501(1)(a) and Section 58-1-502, U.C.A., make it unlawful and punishable as a criminal offense to practice your occupation or profession beyond the expiration of your license.

Utah Osteopathic Medical Practice Act 

Utah Osteopathic Medical Practice Act Rule 

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Reid Barker, Director of CME