|Once I complete either the stem cell program or one of the subspecialty courses will I be able to conduct stem cell treatments in my practice?
The purpose of ASTEP is to fill the gap in your education on stem cells, current and future treatments. Your
ability to conduct stem cell treatments is determined by a number of factors. These include your specialty, the
type of treatment to be conducted and state and federal regulations concerning the particular treatment or
procedure you would like to perform.
Other programs claim that their training programs will teach attendees the skill and knowledge to treat patients immediately upon returning to their practices in short seminars, why doesn’t ASTEP make these claims?
The fact is that the top stem cell physicians in the world didn’t become stem cell specialist or experts in a
weekend. In order to achieve this expertise, physicians require extensive training over several years to treat
patients safely. Our course director designed our comprehensive program to be longer then the weekend
CME courses to cover the topics where medical schools and residency programs left off. We are not claiming
that you will not become an expert or a stem cell specialist by completing one of our courses. To be proficient
in any treatment or procedure requires education, training, and supervision in the desired area. Stem cell
treatments are not different to any other type of medical training. Our participants will become a well informed
healthcare professional who have been given (through evidence-based lectures) both the pros and
cons of stem cell treatments and can now use this information as a basis for research, and/or improving the
way they practice medicine.
Will any of the lectures included in ASTEP cover the regulation regarding the use of stem cells as a therapeutic treatment method?
ASTEP is a comprehensive educational program and all of our courses include lectures that address in the
regulatory aspect of stem cell treatments. Our lecturers included regulatory attorneys, physicians who work
closely with the FDA and former FDA field investigators. New regulations are created every day, so we advise
all participants to check with local, state, and federal guidelines and seek appropriate legal advice concerning
the use of stem cells in their area of practice.
How long will I have access to the online content once I begin my studies and how many times will I be able view each lecture?
For the complete stem cell program (STF-1101) online access is granted typically for 9 months; however access can be extended if needed. The subspecialty courses such as SCP-1102, STI-1103, and SCC-6001 etc. the allotted time is 2 months; most learners complete their studies within the allowed time period. There is no
limitation on reviewing previous lectures during your studies.
Do I have to hold a degree such as an MD, DO, PhD to enroll in ASTEP’s programs or courses?
We encourage any healthcare professionals with an interest in stem cell research and regenerative medicine to
enroll in one of our courses. In addition, those who work in the field of regenerative medicine, (office workers,
vendors, stem cell lab techs, & pharmacist) who hold at least a bachelor’s degree in biology related field are
eligible to enroll. However, currently only physicians (MDs, DOs or those with equivalent degrees earned
outside the U.S.) who complete a course through ASTEP will receive CME credits.
Who is eligible to receive the AMA PRA Credits?
Physicians (MDs, DOs or those with equivalent degrees earned outside the U.S.) may apply for the AMA PRA if
they hold a valid and current license issued by either one of the U.S., Canadian or Mexican licensing
jurisdictions or are engaged in residency training in an Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education
(ACGME) accredited program. Non-physician health professionals are not eligible for this award.
If I have finished the complete stem cell program (STF-1101) can I enroll in one of the subspecialty courses?
There is no need to enroll in a subspecialty course once you have completed the stem cell program (STF-
1101), since all the content from the subspecialty courses is included in STF-1101 We have created the Stem
Cell Practical for those who have completed the stem cell program and wish to continue their studies with
ASTEP. The practical course gives a unique perspective on the current applications of stem cell therapies in
What are the requirements for successful completion of either the stem cell program or a
For successful completion of the comprehensive stem cell program (STF-1101) participants must complete all
recap quizzes within each learning module and an Exit Exam with a score of 80%. For the subspecialty course,
topic quizzes and an exit exam must be completed again with a score of 80% or higher.
What are the technical system requirements for viewing ASTEP’s online content?
ASTEP recommends using a wired Internet connection. Even though wireless Internet is the most convenient
way to get online, it's not the fastest. For maximum download and streaming speeds in one of our online
course use a wired connection.
o Windows 8, 7, Vista, XP
o Internet Explorer 7 or higher (configured to the minimum requirements for the Blackboard platform)
o 4 MB of permanent space on the hard drive
o 128 MB RAM
o OS X 10.5 or higher
o Safari browser (configured to the minimum requirements for the Blackboard platform)
o 2 MB of permanent hard drive space
o 512 MB RAM
If I have a question, whom should I contact?
When you enroll with ASTEP, you're online but never alone. An answer to your question - whether it's about your studies in general, a lecture in particular or how you can incorporate certain therapies into your practice- we are only a phone call or email away.
For enrollment and registration requirements contact: The Advanced Stem Cell Education Program’s
Education Coordinator at (561)-752-5522 or education@BMSCTI.org