Assign CEUs

The BOC uses the term "continuing education units" (CEUs) to define program credits. CEUs are based on contact hours. A contact hour is the time actually spent in the educational portion of the program. One contact hour equals 1 CEU. The number of CEUs that can be offered for each Category A program will be determined by the BOC Approved Provider using the guidelines below.

Live Events:
Credit may not be given for time spent in registration, breaks, exhibits, business meetings and social activities. Content determined as product or sales oriented must be excluded from CE credit. Round contact hours to the nearest quarter hour. See the example below.

Continuing Education Course Schedule

Contact Hours

CEUs Awarded

8:00-8:30 Registration 0 0
8:30-10:00 Lecture 1.5 1.5
10:00-10:15 Break 0 0
10:15-12:30 Lecture 2.25 2.25
12:15-1:00 Lunch 0 0
1:00-2:00 Exhibits 0 0
2:00-5:00 Lecture 3.0 3.0
Total 6.75 hours 6.75 CEUs

Home Study Programs:
BOC Approved Providers must use the following criteria when determining the number of CEUs for home study programs.

Recorded video, audio, CD-ROM, DVD and web presentations are based on time (1 hour = 1 CEU). Round contact hours to the nearest quarter hour.

Text-based, non-timed courses are based on word count, level of difficulty and the number of assessment questions. Use the Mergener formula below to determine CEUs for written home study programs. Round contact hours to the nearest quarter hour.

The Mergener formula provides an a priori method for assigning credit, based on estimated minutes required to complete the home study materials.

LEVEL OF DIFFICULTY (Essential Level: 2, Advanced Level: 3, Mastery Level: 4)


by Stephen Z. Fadem, MD, FACP, FASN
Mergener Formula: 0.9 * [-22.3+(0.00209*words)+(2.78*questions)+(15.5*level of difficulty)]

Mergener MA. A preliminary study to determine the amount of continuing education credit to award for home study programs. Am J Pharm Educ. 1991;55:263–6.
De Muth, JE, Hanson, AL. Validation of a Formula for Assigning Continuing Education Credit to Printed Home Study Courses,
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