PAs are "physician's assistants." In some states, PAs are a few credits and/or schooling years shy of becoming doctors. Yet, PAs choose not to become doctors for various reasons.
If you are training to become a PA, you might be surprised to learn that your education does not end once you have achieved your degree/certification. On the contrary, if you expect to continue working as a PA, you have to log several more hours of continuing education and submit a fee each year. If you do not, you lose your credentials and your job. Here are some options to help you snag all of those physician CME classes, online or otherwise.
The Online Classes
You work almost as hard as the doctors you work with. That said, you hardly have time to complete your annual CME requirements, but you do not have a choice. It is either complete the required number of credits, or go through the education and training process to be a PA all over again. The latter is definitely not fun.
Online courses are the clear-cut option here. You can start the courses and finish them whenever you want, so long as you finish them in time. Be sure to check with your state requirements, too. Some states, such as California, expect you to complete at least fifty percent of your required continuing medical education hours using category one courses. (Courses are listed as "category one" or "category two.")
Take Weekend Courses
No, it is not the best option, given that most PAs would rather spend their weekends off with family or friends, or doing nothing at all. However, if you are coming down to the state deadline, you need to scramble and find whatever courses on a weekend you can to fill the CME hours you still need. Expect some long weekends "off" if you are really far behind. You can find weekend courses at nursing colleges, vocational and technical colleges.
Check the Deadlines for Completion
As you are racing to find courses that are accepted and acceptable for your CME requirements, be sure to check the deadlines for your coursework and fees. Some states require both fees and proof of credits be submitted together. Others expect the fees first, but allow you to finish the credits later IF you are really close to completion. Still, you should do your best to plan ahead, and submit everything together.