Joint Accreditation

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

Target Audience Statement

This activity was planned by and for a healthcare team that consisted of physicians, nurses, and PAs. The activity is designated for learners in the following ways:

(Note: Each course lists the eligible number of credits in the course description information. All eligible credits are listed in the individual completion certificate. This information applies to all of the following designations.)

Designation Statements

Important: Please check with the accrediting body for your profession to confirm accepted credit types. Click to expand.

Physician Designation Statement:

The University of Virginia School of Medicine and School of Nursing designates this enduring material for a maximum of 59.25 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Nurse Designation Statement:

The University of Virginia School of Medicine and School of Nursing awards 59.25 contact hours for nurses who participate in this educational activity and complete the post activity evaluation.

Physician Assistant Designation Statement:

University of Virginia School of Medicine and School of Nursing has been authorized by the American Academy of PAs (AAPA) to award AAPA Category 1 CME credit for activities planned in accordance with AAPA CME Criteria. This activity is designated for 59.25 AAPA Category 1 CME credits. Approval is valid until November 30, 2024. PAs should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation.

IPCE Credit:

This activity was planned by and for the healthcare team, and learners will receive up to 59.25 Interprofessional Continuing Education (IPCE) credit for learning and change.

MOC Approval Statement:

MOC Part II (ABMS) is awarded up to 1 Self-Assessment Credit (transcript awards both MOC and AMA) per learning activity within. Through the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) and Association of American Medical Colleges’ (AAMC) joint initiative to create a wide array of Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Activities. CardioVillage has met the MOC requirements as a MOC Part II CME activity by the following ABMS Member Boards:

  • American Board of Anesthesiology
  • American Board of Emergency Medicine
  • American Board of Family Medicine
  • American Board of Internal Medicine
  • American Board of Nuclear Medicine
  • American Board of Pediatrics
  • American Board of Radiology
  • American Board of Surgery
  • American Board of Thoracic Surgery

Important: It is the CME activity provider’s responsibility to submit learner completion information to ACCME for the purpose of granting ABA, ABP, ABS, and ABIM MOC. Other learners wishing to receive credit through one of the participating boards above will need to provide that board with a copy of the CME certificate that they receive at the completion of the activity in order for the MOC Part II Self-Assessment or MOC Part II CME Activity credits to apply towards their board certification requirements. If a Member Board has not deemed this activity for MOC approval as an accredited CME activity, this activity may count toward an ABMS Member Board’s general CME requirement (only). Please refer directly to your Member Board’s MOC Part II Lifelong Learning and Self-Assessment Program Requirements.

Pharmacology Credits:

Learners must submit pharmacology credits for this course directly to their boards. The following units qualify for pharmacology credit and receive 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM each:

No pharmacology units have been identified as of yet. When identified, a list of those applicable courses will be listed here.

Hours of Participation:

The University of Virginia School of Medicine and School of Nursing awards 59.25 hours of participation (consistent with the designated number of AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM or ANCC contact hours) to a participant who successfully completes this educational activity. The University of Virginia School of Medicine and School of Nursing maintains a record of participation for six (6) years.

ARDMS Acceptance:

American Medical Association (AMA) Physicians Recognition Award, Category I CME meets the requirements of the ARDMS Accepted Continuing Education Evaluation Model System (AACEEMS). You may submit your CME credits to ARDMS; we are listed on their site here.

ARDMS Credentials:

  • RDMS® Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographer®
  • RDCS® Registered Diagnostic Cardiac Sonographer®
  • RVT® Registered Vascular Technologist®
  • RPVI® Registered Physicians Vascular Interpretation®

CCI Acceptance:

These CE activities meet the requirements of the Cardiovascular Credentialing International (CCI) credential maintenance acceptance policy. You may submit your CE credits to CCI. We are listed on their site here.

CCI Credentials:

  • RCIS: Registered Cardiovascular Invasive Specialist
  • RCS: Registered Cardiac Sonographer
  • RVS: Registered Vascular Specialist
  • CCT: Certified Cardiographic Technician

Canadian Accreditation:

The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada recognizes conferences and workshops held outside of Canada that are developed by a university, academy, hospital, specialty society or college as accredited group learning activities.

Canadian Medical Association Provisions for US/Canadian reciprocal credits – Bilateral reciprocal accreditation agreements exist between the Canadian Medical Association and the American Medical Association and the American Academy of Family Physicians.

European Accreditation:

Through an agreement between the American Medical Association and the European Union of Medical Specialists, physicians may convert AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM to an equivalent number of European CME Credits® (ECMEC®s). Information on the process of converting AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM to ECMEC®s can be found at:
The following Countries and Regions have reciprocity with the ACCME:

  • Bulgarian Union of Scientific Medical Societies (Bulgaria)
  • Federation of Royal Colleges of Physicians (UK)
  • French National Medical Council (France)
  • Italian Federation of Scientific Medical Societies (Italy)
  • National CME Commission of the Italian Ministry of Health (Italy)
  • Spanish Accreditation Council for CME (Spain)
  • Bavarian Chamber of Physicians (Germany)

CE Facts At a Glance:

Available number of credits on CardioVillage: Your annual subscription grants you access to all courses available on the website as well as any additional courses added throughout your one-year subscription period. The number of credits currently available is 59.25; of these, 22.25 are echocardiography-related.

Earning continuing education credits on CardioVillage: Credits are earned with course completion. When you complete a course, you will be asked to complete a short evaluation and then you will be allowed to select the type of credit you wish to claim, download, and print your certificate.

Credit selection for sonographers: When submitting your course evaluation, you should select “Hours of Participation” as the type of credit you wish to claim.

Submission of credits: It is the participant’s responsibility to submit certificates and transcriptions to the governing accrediting agency. However, CardioVillage does submit participant completion information quarterly to ACCME for the purpose of granting ABA, ABIM, and ABP MOC II Points. (Learners must have complete board name and number, legal name as registered with the board, and birthdate listed in their profile to have MOC Points reported on their behalf.)

Accessing certificate for completed courses: On your My Courses page, you will see a list of all courses; those you have completed will have a red “Access Certificates” button. Alternatively, you can change the filter on the left from “All Active” to “Completed” to display only those courses you have finished. Click the “Access Certificates” button to begin the certificate process by completing a short survey on your learning experience. When you submit the survey, you can print your certificate immediately. Additionally, you can click that button to reprint your certificate at any time, if needed. Note that the date that will appear on your certificate will be the date you claimed the certificate, not necessarily the date you completed your course content. (Note: If you see “Certificate Unavailable”, please confirm that you have completed all elements of the course.)

Printing single certificate for all completed courses: The ability to print one certificate for all courses is not an option on CardioVillage. Each course is its own accredited activity, and due to the rules of accreditation, each activity must have its own certificate. In addition, a single certificate of completion would be be outdated quickly, as courses can be completed at any time during the one-year subscription period.

Financial disclosure information: The University of Virginia School of Medicine and School of Nursing as a Joint Accreditation Provider adhere to the ACCME Standards for Integrity and Independence in Accredited Continuing Education, released in December 2020, as well as Commonwealth of Virginia statutes, University of Virginia policies and procedures, and associated federal and private regulations and guidelines. As the accredited provider for this CE/IPCE activity, we are responsible for ensuring that healthcare professionals have access to professional development activities that are based on best practices and scientific integrity that ultimately supports the care of patients and the public.

All individuals involved in the development and delivery of content for an accredited CE/IPCE activity are expected to disclose relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies occurring within the past 24 months (such as grants or research support, employee, consultant, stock holder, member of speakers bureau, etc.). The University of Virginia School of Medicine and School of Nursing employ appropriate mechanisms to resolve potential conflicts of interest and ensure the educational design reflects content validity, scientific rigor and balance for participants. Questions about specific strategies can be directed to the University of Virginia School of Medicine and School of Nursing of the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia.

The faculty, staff and planning committee engaged in the development of this CE/IPCE activity in the Joint Accreditation CE Office of the School of Medicine and School of Nursing have no financial affiliations to disclose.

Disclosures note: See individual course for author disclosures. Project Team disclosures are found on our About page.

Disclosure of non-FDA approved uses for pharmaceutical products and/or medical devices: As a Joint Accreditation provider, the University of Virginia School of Medicine and School of Nursing, requires that all faculty presenters identify and disclose any off-label or experimental uses for pharmaceutical and medical device products. It is recommended that each clinician fully review all the available data on new products or procedures prior to clinical use.

Disclaimer information: CE activities accredited by University of Virginia School of Medicine and School of Nursing are offered solely for educational purposes and do not constitute any form of certification of competency. Practitioners should always consult additional sources of information and exercise their best professional judgment before making clinical decisions of any kind.