Component 2: Lifelong Learning/CME (COLA Modules)


Component 2 of the Osteopathic Continuous Certification process requires recertifying physicians to pursue lifelong learning through continuing medical education.

Emergency Medicine

To complete component 2 requirements in the primary specialty of Emergency Medicine, a physician must earn 150 CME credits per AOA CME cycle. AOA specialty certifying boards will not require diplomates to obtain specialty-specific CME during the 2019-2021 CME cycle. The 2019-2021 CME guide is available online.

COLA Modules

Physicians must also complete at least 8 COLA modules per 10-year OCC cycle by reading assigned articles from emergency medicine literature and completing an online exam about them. COLA modules cover key content areas from the Emergency Medicine OCC Cognitive Exam, as well as physician communication and interpersonal skills, cultural competency, and system-based-practice.

  • If your certification expires in 2019 or earlier, you must take 8 COLA modules and pass at least 6.
  • If your certification expires in 2020 or after, you must take and pass 8 COLA modules.

COLA modules cost $105 when they’re first posted, with one new module posted every year. Once a COLA module has been posted for three years, the price doubles to $210. This is to encourage diplomates to take COLA modules frequently and complete them promptly. If you are unsuccessful in passing a COLA module after 3 attempts, you may pay the module fee again to receive another 3 opportunities to pass the module. Physicians receive 8 AOA 1-B CME credits for each COLA module they complete successfully. For each module you complete, the AOA will submit documentation on your behalf and note the CME credits you’ve earned.

Preparing to Take COLA Modules

Before taking your selected COLA modules, you can get familiar with the material by reading an outline of the topics covered in each module. You can also view the journal articles and other references used to develop each COLA module below:

COLA modules 2009 and older will count towards your requirement, but the content is no longer available. Once you’re ready to get started, complete the COLA Exam Application below. On the next business day, you’ll receive an email with the login credentials you’ll use to access the COLA modules.

COLA 2015-2019

These modules are available only on the AOA Online Learning Platform. All COLA modules before 2015 can be found in the COLA Exam Application below. All COLA modules will be transitioned to this platform in early 2019. AOBEM will send out an email once this transition is complete. The Online Learning Platform’s benefits include:

  • Immediate access to your COLA module. After purchasing online you can start taking the COLA right away.
  • CME posting within 24 business hours. After passing the COLA with a score of 75 or above, the CME will be posted on your report within 24 business hours. A certificate of completion will be available immediately for print or download.
  • Activity posts on the AOA Physician Portal within 24 hours. After passing the module your physician portal will be updated within 24 business hours.

COLA Module Results

You can view your status for all OCC components, including Component 2, by logging into the AOA Physician Portal.