Accreditation

On December 7, 2020, the Stanford Center for Continuing Medical Education received notice that the governing bodies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Accreditation Program (ANCC) had completed their review of our application for Joint Accreditation as a provider of continuing education for the healthcare team and granted Stanford Medicine Joint Accreditation for 6 years through November 2026.

Joint Accreditation for Interprofessional Continuing Education™ offers organizations the opportunity to be simultaneously accredited to provide continuing education activities for multiple professions through a single, unified application process, fee structure, and set of accreditation standards. Jointly accredited providers may choose to award single profession or interprofessional continuing education credit (IPCE) to athletic trainers, dentists, dietitians, nurses, optometrists, PAs, pharmacists, physicians, psychologists, and social workers without needing to obtain separate accreditations. Joint Accreditation for Interprofessional Continuing Education™ is the first and only process in the world offering this benefit.

Stanford Medicine is now able to award credit for the professions below:

  • Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME)
  • Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE)
  • American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC)
  • American Academy of PAs (AAPA)
  • American Psychological Association (APA)
  • Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB)

Thank you for your patience as we work to update our credit management system and processes to accommodate these new professions. We anticipate being able to award credit beyond CME starting May 1, 2021 but will be rolling out new opportunities slowly in order to provide the best service possible.

What is Interprofessional Continuing Education?

Interprofessional continuing education (IPCE) is when members from two or more professions learn with, from, and about each other to enable effective collaboration and improve health outcomes (ACCME, ACPE, ANCC 2015).

Continuing Education Planned by the Team for the Team

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), interprofessional education (IPE) is an action that “occurs when students from two or more professions learn about, from, and with each other to enable effective collaboration and improve health outcomes” (WHO, 2010). IPE is designed to address the professional practice gaps of the healthcare team using an educational planning process that reflects input from the professionals who make up the team. The education is designed to change the skills/strategy, performance, or patient outcomes of the healthcare team.

Joint Accreditation enables IPE by aligning the accrediting systems of three global leaders so organizations that choose to develop education for the healthcare team can satisfy all accreditation requirements via a single, unified application process, eligibility criteria, and fee structure.

Planning Team for Interprofessional Activities

Joint Accreditation criteria require that Interprofessional Continuing Education activities are planned by and for the healthcare team. For activities that are focused on multiple professions, the planning team should reflect the professions and credit types being targeted by the activity.

Rigorous Standards for Educational Quality & Independence

Jointly accredited continuing education providers must meet rigorous standards for educational quality and independence – including the Standards for Integrity and Independence in Accredited Continuing Education. With the joint accreditation initiative, we seek to assure the public that healthcare teams receive education that is designed to be independent, free from commercial bias, based on valid content, and effective in improving the quality and safety of care delivered by the team.

You can learn more about Joint Accreditation by visiting their website.

Currently Awarding Credit


In support of improving patient care, Stanford Medicine is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credential Center (ANCC) to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.


Through Joint Accreditation Stanford Medicine is able to provide AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ to physicians at its activities via Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME).



Through Joint Accreditation Stanford Medicine is able to provide American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) nursing credit to nurses at its activities.
For nurses in California see note about BRN below.



Through Joint Accreditation Stanford Medicine is able to provide Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) credit to pharmacists at its activities.



Through Joint Accreditation Stanford Medicine is able to provide American Academy of PAs (AAPA) credit to physician assistants at its activities.



Through Joint Accreditation Stanford Medicine is able to provide American Psychological Association (APA) credit to psychologists at its activities.



Through Joint Accreditation Stanford Medicine is able to provide Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) credit to social workers at its activities.


Through Joint Accreditation Stanford Medicine is able to provide American Dental Association’s Continuing Education Recognition Program (ADA CERP) credit at its activities.  

Not Awarding Credit at this Time


Stanford CME is not accredited by the California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN). However, the California Board of Registered Nursing recognizes that Continuing Medical Education (CME) is acceptable for meeting RN continuing education requirements as long as the course is certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credits (rn.ca.gov).  Nurses will receive a Certificate of Participation following our activities that may be used for license renewal.



Through Joint Accreditation Stanford Medicine is able to provide Association of Regulatory Boards of Optometry’s Council on Optometric Practitioner Education (ARBO/COPE) credit at its activities. However, Stanford CME has opted not to do this at this time. Stanford entities needing such credit should consult with Stanford CME to discuss the possibility of adding this credit type. As the demand for this credit type increases we will consider adding it.



Through Joint Accreditation Stanford Medicine is able to provide Board of Certification for the Athletic Trainer (BOC) credit at its activities. However, Stanford CME has opted not to do this at this time. Stanford entities needing such credit should consult with Stanford CME to discuss the possibility of adding this credit type. As the demand for this credit type increases we will consider adding it.



Through Joint Accreditation Stanford Medicine is able to provide Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) credit at its activities. However, Stanford CME has opted not to do this at this time. Stanford entities needing such credit should consult with Stanford CME to discuss the possibility of adding this credit type. As the demand for this credit type increases we will consider adding it.

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