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CONTACT HOURS/AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

What is a contact hour?

A contact hour is the official term used by the American Nurses Credential Center’s Commission on Accreditation (ANCC) to define a unit of nursing continuing education, which is sixty minutes of an organized learning activity. Please contact the ANCC for further information.

What is an AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™?

An AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ is the term used by the American Medical Association (AMA) to define continuing education for physicians. Please contact the AMA for further information.

How do I get a contact hour/AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™?

Individuals wishing to receive a contact hour/AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ must complete a post test/evaluation after viewing a live or archived online educational event. Certificates of Attendance and Completion are issued using the contact information provided at registration. Registrant's name and email must match in order to receive a contact hour/AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™, so a professional email address is required. Your name will appear on the certificate exactly as it is entered in registration.

I watched the live event, but didn't see the post test/evaluation. How can I access this test?

If you attended the live webinar, you would have had to keep your web browser open. The post test/evaluation appears in a separate window (or tab) once the meeting has ended. If your web browser closed completely, you will have to wait until the recording is posted.
Archived Continuing Education Programs are posted approximately one week from the date of the live event. At this time, you may skip watching the webinar again, and just choose to take the post test/evaluation. You will be required to complete a one-time website registration to access the archived recordings.

If I watched in a group, can I still receive a contact hour/AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™?

Yes. Individuals wishing to receive a contact hour/AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ after watching in a group may register for the archived version of the event and complete the post test/evaluation. Non-Members must pay a fee of $25.00 to access the archived event and receive a contact hour/AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Archived recordings are available on our website approximately one week after the live event.

When will I receive my contact hour/AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ certificate?

Registrants of both live and archived events will receive their Certificate of Attendance and Completion via email within 14 business days of completion of the post test/evaluation.

What if I missed the live event? Is there a recording available to get a contact hour/AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™?

Yes. All educational Archived Continuing Education Programs are available free for NPIC member hospitals and Military Treatment Facilities. Other interested professionals will be charged a $25.00 fee to access each individual archived event for each individual contact hour/AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ requested. The archived event allows you access to the recorded webinar, the post test and evaluation (which is required for the contact hour/AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™) and handouts (if provided).


How can I get an announcement?

Subscribe to the NPIC Announcement List and you will be notified when our next mailing goes out. Subscription to our announcements is free.

What is event registration?

Event registration through our conferencing provider ReadyTalk secures your place at the live event and provides the login and call in information necessary to participate. Once participants register, confirmation will automatically be sent. Registration opens 4 weeks before a scheduled live event and ends the day BEFORE that live event.

How do I register?

In order to register for a live or archived event, you must login to the NPIC Registered User Site. Not yet a registered user? Register now. Once you are in the site, view "Continuing Education Programs" and choose the live or archived event that interests you. The ReadyTalk registration form will open. Once you fill it out, you must click the green “Register Now” Button to complete the registration.

What if my green "Register Now" button doesn't work?

Perhaps your organization doesn't accept HTML emails. If that is the case, the link behind the "Register Now" button will not activate. Please email to let us know which event you are trying to register for.

Can I register for someone else?

Yes. You are able to register for someone else; however, if a contact hour/AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ is desired, registration must be in that individual’s name and professional email address. If registration information does not meet these criteria, a contact hour/AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ will not be available. Only one contact hour/AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ is available per registrant.

What if I cannot get into the ReadyTalk Meeting Center?

If you have difficulty accessing the ReadyTalk Meeting Center, please view the system requirements necessary for the Meeting Center. You may need to consult with your IT department. If internal IT issues still prevent you from accessing a live education event via ReadyTalk, please note that all of are educational events are archived and available on our website.


How much do the continuing education program webinars cost?

Continuing education program webinars are offered free of charge to staff at our member hospitals and military treatment facilities. There is a $25.00 fee for all others to view our live and archived webinars. If you are not sure your hospital is an NPIC member or MTF, view the links below:

      » View Member Hospitals
      » View Member Military Treatment Facilities

If I pay to watch the live session, will I be able to view the recorded session for free, or will I have to pay again?

Paying participants are able to watch the archived recording for free, but will only receive one contact hour/AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ per payment. If you have paid the fee and wish to view the archived version, please contact

Can I pay for a group?

Yes. One person may pay the fee on behalf of a group viewing; however, if there is a contact hour/AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ desired, each person wanting a contact hour/AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ must request an invitation and register via the invitation. Each person must also complete the post test/evaluation at the end of the webinar. There is only one contact hour/AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ per registrant.


Are handouts available?

Availability of handouts varies on an event-by-event basis. Handouts necessary for live events will be noted and provided with your reminder email from ReadyTalk. Any available handouts will also be posted with the archived event. Please contact if you have any questions.
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