Alabama Requirements

Licensed Practical Nurses

  • LPNs are required to complete 24 contact hours of continuing education every 2 years.
    • 4 of the 24 contact hours must be on The Nurse Practice Act. (one-time requirement)
      • This is provided by the Alabama Board of Nursing and can be found here.

 

Registered Nurses

  • RNs are required to complete 24 contact hours of Continuing Education every 2 years.
    • 4 of the 24 contact hours must be on The Nurse Practice Act. (one-time requirement)
      • This is provided by the Alabama Board of Nursing and can be found here.

 

Advanced Practice Registered Nurses

  • APRNs are required to complete 24 contact hours of general Continuing Education every 2 years.
    • APRNs in Collaborative Practice must complete 3.5 contact hours provided by ABN on collaborative practice, approval process and protocols in the state of Alabama.
      • These 3 courses are provided by the Alabama Board of Nursing and can be found here
    • APRNs renewing a Qualified Alabama Controlled Substances Certificate (QACSC) must complete 4 AMA PRA Category 1 board-approved contact hours on prescribing controlled substances every 2 years.
      • List of approved courses can be found here
    • 6 of the contact hours must be in pharmacology
    • 4 of the 24 contact hours must be on The Nurse Practice Act. (one-time requirement)
      • This is provided by the Alabama Board of Nursing and can be found here.

https://www.abn.alabama.gov/licensing/renewal/

Alaska Requirements

Licensed Practical Nurses

  1. LPNs must compete 2 out of the 4 following methods below every 2 years.
    1. 320 hours of nursing employment
    2. 30 hours continuing education
    3. 30 hours of professional nursing activities
    4. Alternative Methods (nursing refresher course, degree or certificate in nursing or NCLEX)

 

Registered Nurses

  1. RNs must compete 2 out of the 4 following methods below every 2 years.
    1. 320 hours of nursing employment
    2. 30 hours continuing education
    3. 30 hours of professional nursing activities
    4. Alternative Methods (nursing refresher course, degree or certificate in nursing or NCLEX)

 

Advanced Practice Registered Nurses

  1. APRNs must hold active RN License in good standing and comply with the following:
    1. Complete 30 contact hours
    2. 15 of those contact hours must be on advanced pharmacology and clinical management of drug therapy (For initial application prescriptive authority or if they were to add prescriptive authority and did not have it with their initial licensure)
    3. Current National Certification
    4. 2 Contact Hours in Pain Management and Opioid use and addiction (if current DEA registration and controlled substance authority).

 

https://www.commerce.alaska.gov/web/cbpl/ProfessionalLicensing/BoardofNursing/ApplicantInformation/ContinuedCompetencyInformation.aspx

Arizona Requirements

 

The Arizona Board of Nursing does not require continuing education for LPNs or RNs at this time.

 

Advanced Practice Registered Nurses

  • APRNs who hold an active DEA license and are authorized to prescribe Schedule II controlled substances MUST complete:

 

https://www.azbn.gov/licenses-and-certifications/renew-your-license

Arkansas Requirements

Licensed Practical Nurses

  • LPNs are required to complete one of the following methods to renew their license every 2 years.
    • 15 contact hours of continuing education
    • Certification or recertification by a national certifying body
    • Completion of a recognized academic course in nursing or a related field

 

Registered Nurses

  • RNs are required to complete one of the following methods to renew their license every 2 years.
    • 15 contact hours of continuing education
    • Certification or recertification by a national certifying body
    • Completion of a recognized academic course in nursing or a related field

 

Advanced Practice Registered Nurses

  • APRNs are required to complete one of the following methods to renew their license every 2 years.
    • 15 contact hours of general continuing education + 5 contact hours on pharmacotherapeutics related to their specialty
    • 2 of the 5 contact hours of pharmacotherapeutics must be on maintaining
      professional boundaries and the prescribing rules, regulations, and laws
      that apply to APRNs in Arkansas.

      • This mandatory course is provided by the ASBN and can be found here.
    • 1 additional contact hour must be on prescription use and abuse for those with prescriptive authority. (one-time requirement)
      • This mandatory course is provided by the ASBN and can be found here.
  • Certification or recertification by a national certifying body
  • Completion of a recognized academic course in nursing or a related field

 

https://www.healthy.arkansas.gov/programs-services/topics/arsbn-continuing-education

California Requirements

Licensed Vocational Nurses

  • LVNs are required to complete 30 contact hours of continuing education every 2 years.

“Active Licensure: If you desire an “active” license, you must complete thirty (30) hours of CE. The course(s) must have been completed within two (2) years prior to the date of renewal of your license. “

“First Renewal: If this is your first renewal following the issuance of your license, you are not required to complete thirty (30) hours of CE.”

 

Registered Nurses

  • RNs are required to complete 30 contact hours of continuing education every 2 years.
  • *NEW* As of January 2023 – Newly Licensed RNs are exempt from the 30 contact hour requirement with the exception of the 1 contact hour implicit bias training that is to be completed within their first two years of licensure per Bill AB1407 Chapter 445

 

Advanced Practice Registered Nurses

 

  • APRNs are required to complete 30 contact hours of continuing education every 2 years.
  • APRNs with prescriptive authority are required to complete 3 contact hours on Schedule II controlled substances, and the risks of addiction
  • Certified Nurse Midwives are required to complete 2 contact hours on Schedule II controlled substances and neonatal abstinence syndrome
  • *New* As of January 2023 – Newly Licensed APRNs are exempt from the 30 contact hour requirement with the exception of the 1 contact hour implicit bias training that is to be completed within their first two years of licensure per Bill AB1407 Chapter 445

Colorado Requirements

Licensed Practical Nurses

The Colorado Board of Nursing does not require continuing education for LPNs at this time.

 

Registered Nurses

The Colorado Board of Nursing does not require continuing education for RNs at this time.

 

Advanced Practice Registered Nurses

APRNs with prescriptive authority must complete 2 contact hours in Substance Use Prevention with every renewal.

 

https://dpo.colorado.gov/Nursing

Connecticut Requirements

Licensed Practical Nurses

  • The Connecticut Department of Public Health requires all licensed practical nurses actively practicing in Connecticut to complete 2 contact hours on screening for PTSD, risk of suicide, depression and grief, and suicide prevention training every 6 years.

 

Registered Nurses

  • The Connecticut Department of Public Health requires all registered nurses actively practicing in Connecticut to complete 2 contact hours on screening for PTSD, risk of suicide, depression and grief, and suicide prevention training every 6 years.

 

Advanced Practice Registered Nurses

  • APRNs are required to complete 50 contact hours of continuing education every 2 years.
    • 5 of the 50 contact hours must be on pharmacotherapeutics
    • 1 of the 50 contact hours must be on each of the following topics:
      • 1 hour on diseases, including but not limited to: acquired immune deficiency syndrome and human immunodeficiency virus
      • 1 hour on risk management
      • 1 hour on sexual assault
      • 1 hour on domestic violence
      • 1 hour on cultural competency
      • 1 hour on substance abuse, including but not limited to: prescribing controlled substances and pain management
    • 2 of the 50 contact hours must be on the topic of mental health conditions common to veterans and family members of veterans.
      • This requirement must be completed no less than once every 6 years (3 renewals).
      • This includes determining whether a patient is a veteran or family
        member of a veteran, screening for post-traumatic stress disorder, risk
        of suicide, depression and grief, and suicide prevention training.
    • 2 of the 50 contact hours must be on diagnosing and treating cognitive or mental health conditions, including, but not limited to, Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, delirium, related cognitive impairments and geriatric depression. (required once every 6 years).

 

https://portal.ct.gov/DPH/Practitioner-Licensing–Investigations/APRN/Continuing-Education

Delaware Requirements

Licensed Practical Nurses

LPNs are required to complete 24 contact hours of continuing education every 2 years.

  • 3 of the 24 contact hours must be on substance abuse

 

Registered Nurses

RNs are required to complete 30 contact hours of continuing education every 2 years.

  • 3 of the 30 contact hours must be on substance abuse

 

Advanced Practice Registered Nurses

  • APRNs are required to maintain their national certification and to meet qualifications to renew their RN license.
  • APRNs with prescriptive authority fulfill their CSR requirement by completing
    the 3 hour substance abuse requirement for their RN license.

 

https://dpr.delaware.gov/boards/nursing/continuing-education-and-audit-information/

Florida Requirements

Licensed Practical Nurses

  • LPNs can choose to complete 24 contact hours of continuing education every 2 years OR achieve, renew or maintain national certification in their area of specialty. There are however mandatory requirements they must complete:
    • 2 contact hours must be on prevention of medical errors
    • 2 contact hours must be on Florida laws & regulations
    • 2 contact hours must be on recognizing impairment in the workplace – required every 4 years (2 renewals)
    • 2 contact hours must be on human trafficking
  • 2 contact hours must be on domestic violence every 6 years (3 renewals)
  • 1 contact hour must be on HIV/AIDS prior to first renewal (one-time requirement)

 

Registered Nurses

  • RNs can choose to complete 24 contact hours of continuing education every 2 years OR achieve, renew or maintain national certification in their area of specialty. There are however mandatory requirements they must complete:
    • 2 contact hours must be on prevention of medical errors
    • 2 contact hours must be on Florida laws & regulations
    • 2 contact hours must be on recognizing impairment in the workplace – required every 4 years (2 renewals)
    • 2 contact hours must be on human trafficking
  • 2 contact hours must be on domestic violence every 6 years (3 renewals)
  • 1 contact hour must be on HIV/AIDS prior to first renewal (one-time requirement)

 

Advanced Practice Registered Nurses

  • APRNs can choose to complete 27 contact hours of continuing education every 2 years OR achieve, renew or maintain national certification in their area of specialty. There are however mandatory requirements they must complete:
    • 2 contact hours must be on prevention of medical errors
    • 2 contact hours must be on Florida laws & regulations
    • 2 contact hours must be on recognizing impairment in the workplace – required every 4 years (2 renewals)
    • 2 contact hours must be on human trafficking
    • 3 contact hours must be on safe and effective prescription of Controlled Substances
  • 2 contact hours must be on domestic violence every 6 years (3 renewals)
  • 1 contact hour must be on HIV/AIDS prior to first renewal (one-time requirement)

 

https://floridasnursing.gov/continuing-education-faqs/

Georgia Requirements

Licensed Practical Nurses

  • LPNs have 2 options for their biennial renewal:
    • Complete 20 contact hours OR completion of an accredited academic program of study in registered professional nursing, as recognized by the board.

 

Registered Nurses

  • RNs must complete one of 5 options for their biennial renewal:
    • Completion of 30 contact hours
    • Maintenance or recertification of a nationally board recognized certification in their area of specialty.
    • Completion of an accredited academic program of study in nursing or a related field as recognized by the Board
    • (500) hours practiced as evidenced by employer certification on a form approved by the Board.
    • Completion of a Board approved reentry program or graduation from a nursing education program.

 

Advanced Practice Registered Nurses

  • APRNs are required to meet the continuing competency requirements for RN renewal AND maintain certification in their area of specialty.
  • APRNs under a Nurse Protocol Agreement must complete pharmacology related continuing education annually as required by their delegating physician.

 

https://sos.ga.gov/page/nursing-continuing-education

Hawaii Requirements

Licensed Practical Nurses

 

Registered Nurses

 

Advanced Practice Registered Nurses

  • APRNs are required to maintain their national certification in their area of specialty.
  • APRNs with prescriptive authority must complete 30 contact hours for renewal.
    • 22 of the contact hours must be in their area of specialty
    • 8 of the contact hours must be in pharmacology

 

https://cca.hawaii.gov/pvl/boards/nursing/

Idaho Requirements

Licensed Practical Nurses

The Idaho Board of Nursing does not require continuing education for LPNs at this time.

 

Registered Nurses

The Idaho Board of Nursing does not require continuing education for RNs at this time.

 

Advanced Practice Registered Nurses

  • APRNs must maintain active RN license and their national certification
  • APRNs are also required to complete 30 contact hours of continuing education every 2 years.
    • 10 of the 30 contact hours must be on pharmacology for those with prescriptive authority
  • To view all requirements, please visit Idaho Renewal FAQs page

 

https://ibn.idaho.gov/licensure/licensure-application-types/

Illinois Requirements

Licensed Practical Nurses

LPNs are required to complete 20 contact hours of continuing education every 2 years.

  • 1 of the 20 contact hours must be on sexual harassment
  • 1 of the 20 contact hours must be an evidence-based implicit bias in healthcare training
  • 1 of the 20 contact hours must be in diagnosis, treatment and care of Alzheimer’s disease, along with other dementia types (for LPNs that care for patients aged 26 or older).
  • LPNs working with children must complete mandated reporter training every 6 years. Training is located here

 

Registered Nurses

  • RNs are required to complete 20 contact hours of continuing education every 2 years.
    • 1 of the 20 contact hours must be on sexual harassment
    • 1 of the 20 contact hours must be an evidence-based implicit bias in healthcare training
    • 1 of the 20 contact hours must be in diagnosis, treatment and care of Alzheimer’s disease, along with other dementia types (for RNs that care for patients aged 26 or older).
    • RNs working with children must complete mandated reporter training every 6 years. Training is located here

 

Advanced Practice Registered Nurses

  • APRNs are required to complete 80 contact hours of continuing education every 2 years.
    • 1 of the 80 contact hours must be on sexual harassment
    • 1 of the 20 contact hours must be an evidence-based implicit bias in healthcare training
    • 20 of the 80 contact hours must be on pharmacotherapeutics
    • 10 of the 20 pharmacotherapeutic contact hours must be on opioid prescribing or substance abuse
    • 3 of the 80 contact hours must be on safe opioid prescribing practices if wishing to renew controlled substances registration
    • 1 of the 80 contact hours must be in diagnosis, treatment and care of Alzheimer’s disease, along with other dementia types (for APRNs that care for patients aged 26 or older).
    • APRNs working with children must complete mandated reporter training every 6 years. Training is located here

 

https://nursing.illinois.gov/nursing-licensure/continuing-education.html

Indiana Requirements

Licensed Practical Nurses

  • The Indiana Board of Nursing does not require continuing education for LPNs at this time.

 

Registered Nurses

  • The Indiana Board of Nursing does not require continuing education for RNs at this time.

 

Advanced Practice Registered Nurses

  • APRNs with prescriptive authority are required to complete 30 contact hours of continuing education every 2 years.
    • 8 of the 30 contact hours must be on pharmacology
    • 2 of the 30 contact hours must be on opioid prescribing and opioid abuse

 

https://iga.in.gov/legislative/laws/2019/ic/titles/025#25-23

Iowa Requirements

Licensed Practical Nurses

  • LPNs are required to complete 36 contact hours of continuing education every 3 years.
    • 2 of the 36 contact hours must be on Identification and Reporting of
      Child and Dependent Adult Abuse if you regularly examine, attend,
      counsel, or treat children or dependent adults.
    • This Mandatory Reporter Course is offered by the Iowa Department of Human Services and can be found here.

 

Registered Nurses

  • RNs are required to complete 36 contact hours of continuing education every 3 years.
    • 2 of the 36 contact hours must be on Identification and Reporting of
      Child and Dependent Adult Abuse if you regularly examine, attend,
      counsel, or treat children or dependent adults.
    • This Mandatory Reporter Course is offered by the Iowa Department of Human Services and can be found here.

 

Advanced Practice Registered Nurses

  • APRNs are required to maintain their certification.
  • APRNs
    are required to complete a course on Identification and Reporting of
    Child and Dependent Adult Abuse if you regularly examine, attend,
    counsel, or treat children or dependent adults.

    • This Mandatory Reporter Course is offered by the Iowa Department of Human Services and can be found here.
    • APRNs with prescriptive authority are required to complete 2 contact hours each renewal cycle on opioid prescribing.
    • APRNs that supervise fluoroscopy procedures must complete annual training

 

https://nursing.iowa.gov/continuing-education/continuing-ed-licensees/ce-basic-requirements

Kansas Requirements

Licensed /Practical Nurses

  • LPNs are required to complete 30 contact hours of continuing education every 2 years.

 

Registered Nurses

  • RNs are required to complete 30 contact hours of continuing education every 2 years.

 

Advanced Practice Registered Nurses

  • APRNs are required to complete 30 contact hours of continuing education every 2 years.
    • All 30 contact hours must be related to the Advanced Practice Nurse role

 

https://ksbn.kansas.gov/cnes/

Kentucky Requirements

Licensed Practical Nurses

  • LPNs have the option to complete 14 contact hours of continuing education
    every year or meet one of the other continuing competency options listed
    here in Section 3.
  • Mandatory CE requirements:
    • 3 of the 14 contact hours must be on Domestic Violence (one-time requirement)
    • 1.5 of the 14 contact hours must be on Pediatric Abusive Head Trauma (one-time requirement)
    • 2 of the 14 contact hours must be on Suicide Prevention (one-time requirement)
      • 1 contact hour in suicide prevention generally; and
      • 1 contact hour that addresses:
        • Chronic toxic stress and secondary traumatic stress potentially increasing the incidence of suicide amongst nurses;
        • A confidential and standardized pathway to care for nurses that addresses
          screening, assessing, safety planning, referrals, and follow-up for
          nurses at risk for suicide;
        • Systems of care, evidence-informed approaches, and best practices to reduce suicide rates; and
        • Ethical legal considerations for caring for patients and nurses who are suicidal.
    • 1.5 of the 14 contact hours must be on Implicit Bias (one-time requirement) that addresses:
      • The impact of historical racism and other forms of invidious discrimination on the provision of healthcare;
      • Methods of evaluating the presence and extent of implicit bias; and
      • Measures that may be taken to reduce implicit bias.

 

Registered Nurses

  • RNs have the option to complete 14 contact hours of continuing education every year or meet one of the other continuing competency options listed here in Section 3.
  • Mandatory CE requirements:
    • 3 of the 14 contact hours must be on Domestic Violence (one-time requirement)
    • 1.5 of the 14 contact hours must be on Pediatric Abusive Head Trauma (one-time requirement)
    • 2 of the 14 contact hours must be on Suicide Prevention (one-time requirement)
      • 1 contact hour in suicide prevention generally; and
      • 1 contact hour that addresses:
        • Chronic toxic stress and secondary traumatic stress potentially increasing the incidence of suicide amongst nurses;
        • A confidential and standardized pathway to care for nurses that addresses
          screening, assessing, safety planning, referrals, and follow-up for
          nurses at risk for suicide;
        • Systems of care, evidence-informed approaches, and best practices to reduce suicide rates; and
        • Ethical legal considerations for caring for patients and nurses who are suicidal.
    • 1.5 of the 14 contact hours must be on Implicit Bias (one-time requirement) that addresses:
      • The impact of historical racism and other forms of invidious discrimination on the provision of healthcare;
      • Methods of evaluating the presence and extent of implicit bias; and
      • Measures that may be taken to reduce implicit bias.
    • 5 of the 14 contact hours must be on Sexual Assault, Forensic Medicine,
      or Domestic Violence if you are a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE)

 

Advanced Practice Registered Nurses

  • APRNs have the option to complete 14 contact hours of general continuing education every year or maintain their national certification.
  • Mandatory CE requirements:
    • 3 of the 14 contact hours must be on Domestic Violence (one-time requirement)
    • 1.5 of the 14 contact hours must be on Pediatric Abusive Head Trauma (one-time requirement)
    • 2 contact hours must be on Suicide Prevention (one-time requirement) in addition to annual CE requirements
    • 1.5 contact hours must be on Implicit Bias (one-time requirement) in addition to annual CE requirements
    • 5 of the 14 contact hours must be on Sexual Assault, Forensic Medicine,
      or Domestic Violence if you are a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE)
    • APRNs may use their board certification to satisfy the 14 contact hours needed for RN license renewal as long as
      • certification was initially attained during the licensure period, OR
      • certification has been in effect during the entire licensure period, OR
      • certification has been renewed during the licensure period.
    • APRNs are required to complete 5 contact hours of continuing education on pharmacology every year.
        • APRNs with prescriptive authority are required to complete 5 contact hours of continuing education on pharmacology every year.
          • 1.5 of the 5 contact hours must be in the dual subject of pharmacology
            and addiction disorders AND 2.5 contact hours on addiction disorders
            for APRNs with CAPA-CS who have a waiver and registration issued by the
            DEA.
          • 1.5 of the 5 contact hours must be in the dual subject of pharmacology and addiction disorders for APRNs with CAPA-CS who do not have a waiver and registration issued by the DEA.

 

Special Conditions

  • If you graduated in Kentucky after 1998 the domestic violence course was included in your curriculum. Your one-time requirement has been met.
  • If you graduated in Kentucky after 2011 the pediatric abusive head trauma course was included in your curriculum. Your one-time requirement has been met.

 

https://kbn.ky.gov/Education/Pages/Continuing-Education-Competency.aspx

Louisiana Requirements

Licensed Practical Nurses

  • Louisiana State Board of Practical Nurse Examiners does not require continuing education for LPNs at this time.

 

Registered Nurses

  • RNs can choose to complete 30 contact hours of continuing education every 2 years to meet their competency requirements.
  • In addition, there are other ways to meet the competency requirements for renewal; those may be found here.

 

Advanced Practice Registered Nurses

  • APRNs are required to complete 30 contact hours of general continuing education every 2 years.
    • *APRNs who are nationally board certified meet the provisions for RN renewal by holding an approved certification*
  • APRNs
    with prescriptive authority are required to complete 12 contact hours of
    continuing education in pharmacotherapeutics in their advanced nursing
    role and population foci.

 

https://www.lsbn.state.la.us/wp-content/uploads/credentialing/CEBrochure.pdf

Maine Requirements

Licensed Practical Nurses

  • Maine Board of Nursing does not require continuing education for LPNs at this time.

 

Registered Nurses

  • Maine Board of Nursing does not require continuing education for RNs at this time.

 

Advanced Practice Registered Nurses

  • APRNs are required to complete 50 contact hours of continuing education every 2 years.
    • At least 3 of the 50 contact hours must be on The Prescribing of Opioid Medication for those with prescriptive authority

 

https://www.maine.gov/boardofnursing/laws-rules/Chapter%208%20Regulations%20Relating%20Advanced%20Practice%20%20Registered%20Nursing%20final%20rule.pdf

Maryland Requirements

Licensed Practical Nurses

  • LPNs can satisfy renewal requirements by demonstrating either of the items below:
  • (a) 1,000 hours of active nursing practice within the 5 years immediately preceding the date of the renewal application;(b) Satisfactory completion of all requirements for a diploma or degree from a Board-approved nursing education program within the 5 years immediately preceding the date of the renewal application;
    or(c) Completion of 30 continuing education units (CEUs) within the 2 years immediately preceding the date of the renewal application.

 

Registered Nurses

  • RNs can satisfy renewal requirements by demonstrating either of the items below:
  • (a) 1,000 hours of active nursing practice within the 5 years immediately preceding the date of the renewal application;(b) Satisfactory completion of all requirements for a diploma or degree from a Board-approved nursing education program withinthe 5 years immediately preceding the date of the renewal application;
    or(c) Completion of 30 continuing education units (CEUs)
    within the 2 years immediately preceding the date of the renewal
    application.

 

Advanced Practice Registered Nurses

  • There are no continuing education requirements for APRNs at this time, however, providers must maintain current and provide proof of national certification for license renewal.

 

https://dsd.maryland.gov/regulations/Pages/10.27.01.13.aspx

Massachusetts Requirements

Licensed Practical Nurses

  • LPNs are required to complete 15 contact hours of continuing education every 2 years. Additionally, there are mandated one-time requirements:
    • Domestic and Sexual Violence Training. You can access this training here

 

Registered Nurses

  • RNs are required to complete 15 contact hours of continuing education every 2 years. Additionally, there are mandated one-time requirements:
    • Domestic and Sexual Violence Training. You can access this training here

 

Advanced Practice Registered Nurses

  • APRNs are required to complete 15 contact hours of continuing education every 2 years. Additionally, there are mandated one-time requirements:
    • Domestic and Sexual Violence Training. You can access this training here
  • APRNs with prescriptive authority must complete training in the following subjects with each renewal:
    • Effective Pain Management
    • The risks of abuse and addiction associated with opioid medication
    • Identification of patients at risk for substance use disorders
    • Counseling patients about the side effects, addictive nature and proper storage and disposal of prescription medications
    • Appropriate prescription quantities for prescription medications that have an increased risk of abuse
    • Opioid antagonists, overdose prevention treatments and instances in
      which a patient may be advised on both the use of and ways to access
      opioid antagonists and overdose prevention treatments

 

https://www.mass.gov/service-details/mandatory-continuing-education-for-nurses

Michigan Requirements

Licensed Practical Nurses

  • LPNs are required to complete 25 contact hours of continuing education every 2 years.
    • 2 of the 25 contact hours must be on pain and symptom management
    • 1 of the 25 contact hours must be on human trafficking (one-time requirement)
  • Beginning
    June 1, 2022, nurses must complete 1 additional contact hour of
    implicit bias training for each year of their license or registration
    cycle; for every two year renewal,nurses will need 2 contact hours of
    implicit bias training.
  • No more than 12 credit hours may be earned during a 24-hour period.

 

Registered Nurses

  • RNs are required to complete 25 contact hours of continuing education every 2 years.
    • 2 of the 25 contact hours must be on pain and symptom management
    • 1 of the 25 contact hours must be on human trafficking (one-time requirement)
  • Beginning
    June 1, 2022, nurses must complete 1 additional contact hour of
    implicit bias training for each year of their license or registration
    cycle; for every two year renewal,nurses will need 2 contact hours of
    implicit bias training.
  • No more than 12 credit hours may be earned during a 24-hour period.

 

Advanced Practice Registered Nurses

  • APRNs are required to complete 25 contact hours of continuing education every 2 years.
    • CRNAs with controlled substance license must complete an opioids and controlled substance awareness course (one-time requirement)
    • 2 of the 25 contact hours must be on pain and symptom management
    • 1 of the 25 contact hours must be on human trafficking (one-time requirement)
  • Beginning
    June 1, 2022, nurses must complete 1 additional contact hour of
    implicit bias training for each year of their license or registration
    cycle; for every two year renewal,nurses will need 2 contact hours of
    implicit bias training.
  • No more than 12 credit hours may be earned during a 24-hour period.

 

https://www.michigan.gov/documents/lara/Nursing_FAQs_updated_579848_7.pdf and https://www.michigan.gov/documents/lara/Implicit_Bias_FAQs_FINAL_7.22.2021_731300_7.pdf

Minnesota Requirements

Licensed /Practical Nurses

  • LPNs are required to complete 12 contact hours of continuing education every 2 years.

 

Registered Nurses

  • RNs are required to complete 24 contact hours of continuing education every 2 years.

 

Advanced Practice Registered Nurses

  • APRNs who are certified by a national professional nursing or medical
    organization meets the requirements for RN renewal by holding an
    approved and current certification.

 

https://mn.gov/boards/assets/Nwsltr_Fall_2020_tcm21-449204.pdf and https://mn.gov/boards/nursing/licensure/continuing-ed/

Mississippi Requirements

Licensed Practical Nurses

  • LPNs are only required to complete 20 contact hours of continuing education if they have been out of practice for 5 years or more.

 

Registered Nurses

  • RNs are only required to complete 20 contact hours of continuing education if they have been out of practice for 5 years or more.

 

Advanced Practice Registered Nurses

  • 5 continuing education directly related to controlled substances regardless of prescriptive authority AND maintain national certification.
  • APRNs with lapsed licenses must complete 40 continuing education hours for licensure reinstatement.

 

https://www.msbn.ms.gov/sites/default/files/CE%20Notice.pdf

Missouri Requirements

Licensed Practical Nurses

The Missouri Board of Nursing does not require continuing education for LPNs at this time.

 

Registered Nurses

The Missouri Board of Nursing does not require continuing education for RNs at this time.

 

APRNs with controlled substance prescriptive authority

  • To maintain prescriptive authority – comply with DEA and BNDD requirements as well as maintain national certification.

 

https://pr.mo.gov/nursing-renewal.asp

Montana Requirements

The Montana BON announced on 11/17/2023 that they will no longer require CE hours for renewal for LPNS, RNs or APRNs.

https://rules.mt.gov/gateway/ruleno.asp?RN=24%2E159%2E2102

Nebraska Requirements

Licensed Practical Nurses

  • LPNs have the option to complete 20 contact hours of continuing education every 2 years. This is one of the continued competency requirements. You can view the list of other approved requirements here.
    • No more than 4 of the 20 contact hours may be from CPR or BLS certifications.

 

Registered Nurses

  • RNs have the option to complete 20 contact hours of continuing education every 2 years. This is one of the continued competency requirements. You can view the list of other approved requirements here.
    • No more than 4 of the 20 contact hours may be from CPR or BLS certifications.

 

Advanced Practice Registered Nurses

  • APRNs fulfill the competency requirement for renewal by maintaing their national board certification
    • APRNs with prescriptive authority must complete 3 hours of continuing education (CE) in opiate prescribing

 

https://dhhs.ne.gov/licensure/Pages/Nurse-Licensing-Renewal-and-Continuing-Education.aspx

Nevada Requirements

Licensed Practical Nurses

  • LPNs are required to complete 30 contact hours of continuing education every 2 years.
    • 4 of the 30 contact hours must be a Nevada BON-approved cultural competency training. A list of approved providers can be found here.
    • 4 of the 30 contact hours must be on bioterrorism (one-time requirement)
    • 2 of the contact hours must be on the stigma, discrimination and bias towards those with HIV

 

Registered Nurses

  • RNs are required to complete 30 contact hours of continuing education every 2 years.
    • 4 of the 30 contact hours must be a Nevada BON-approved cultural competency training. A list of approved providers can be found here.
    • 4 of the 30 contact hours must be on bioterrorism (one-time requirement)
    • 2 of the contact hours must be on the stigma, discrimination and bias towards those with HIV

 

Advanced Practice Registered Nurses

  • APRNs are required to complete 45 contact hours of continuing education every 2 years.
    • 4 of the 30 contact hours must be a Nevada BON-approved cultural competency training. A list of approved providers can be found here.
    • 4 of the 45 contact hours must be on bioterrorism (one-time requirement)
    • 15 of the 45 contact hours are to be on their specialty area
    • 2 of the 45 contact hours must be on Substance Use and Abuse
    • 2 of the 45 contact hours must be on suicide prevention – required every 4 years (2 renewals)
    • 2 of the contact hours must be on the stigma, discrimination and bias towards those with HIV

New Hampshire Requirements

Licensed Practical Nurses

  • 30 contact hours of continuing education every 2 years.

 

Registered Nurses

  • 30 contact hours of continuing education every 2 years.

 

Advanced Practice Registered Nurses

  • 60 contact hours of continuing education every 2 years.
    • 30 of the 60 hours must be related to specialty.
    • 5 hours should cover pharmacology.
    • For licensees with an active DEA # for prescribing in New Hampshire, 3 of
      the 5 hours must address opioid prescribing, pain management, or
      substance abuse disorder.

 

https://www.oplc.nh.gov/board-nurses-education-and-training

New Jersey Requirements

Licensed Practical Nurses

  • LPNs are required to complete 30 contact hours of continuing education every 2 years.
    • 1 of the 30 contact hours must be on prescription opioid drugs

 

Registered Nurses

  • RNs are required to complete 30 contact hours of continuing education every 2 years.
    • 1 of the 30 contact hours must be on prescription opioid drugs

 

Advanced Practice Registered Nurses

  • APRNs are required to complete 30 contact hours of continuing education every 2 years.
    • 1 of the 30 contact hours must be on prescription opioid drugs
    • 2 of the 30 contact hours must be on end-of-life care
  • APRNs with prescriptive authority must complete 6 contact hours related to controlled substances.

 

https://www.njconsumeraffairs.gov/nur/pages/continuing-education-faq.aspx

New Mexico Requirements

Licensed Practical Nurses

  • LPNs are required to complete 30 contact hours of continuing education every 2 years.

 

Registered Nurses

  • RNs are required to complete 30 contact hours of continuing education every 2 years.

 

Advanced Practice Registered Nurses

  • APRNs must maintain national certification in their area of specialty.
  • APRNs with DEA registration are required to complete 5 contact hours of non cancer pain management.
  • Certified Nurse Midwives must complete 30 contact hours; 10 of which must be in pharmacology.

 

https://www.bon.nm.gov/ceu/

New York Requirements

Licensed Practical Nurses

  • LPNs are required to complete coursework in infection control and barrier precautions every 4 years.
    • There are no set hours for this requirement as long as the course has the minimum seven core elements and is approved by NYSED.
    • Prior to being issued a license, nurses who did not graduate from a nursing
      education program registered by NYSED after 09/01/1990 will need to
      complete a 2-hour course on child abuse reporting (one time requirement)

 

Registered Nurses

RNs are required to complete coursework in infection control and barrier precautions every 4 years.

    • There are no set hours for this requirement as long as the course has the minimum seven core elements and is approved by NYSED.
  • Prior to being issued a license, nurses who did not graduate from a nursing
    education program registered by NYSED after 09/01/1990 will need to
    complete a 2-hour course on child abuse reporting (one time
    requirement).

 

Advanced Practice Registered Nurses

  • APRNs with DEA registration are required to complete at least 3 contact hours of continuing education every 3 years.
    • These 3 contact hours must cover all of the following topics:
    • New York State and federal requirements for prescribing controlled substances
    • Pain management
    • Appropriate prescribing
    • Managing acute pain
    • Palliative medicine
    • Prevention, screening, and signs of addiction
    • Responses to abuse and addiction
    • End-of-life care
  • APRNs without DEA registration have no specified continuing education requirements at this time.

 

http://www.op.nysed.gov/prof/nurse/

North Carolina Requirements

Licensed Practical Nurses

  • LPNs are required to complete one of the following methods to renew their license every 2 years.
    • 30 contact hours of continuing education
    • 15 contact hours of continuing education AND one of the following
      • 640 hours of practice within the last 2 years (prior to renewal)
      • Completion of a nursing project
      • Authoring or co-authoring a nursing-related article, paper, book, or book chapter
      • Developing and conducting a nursing CE project that is at least 5 hours
  • Certification or recertification by a national certifying body recognized by the NCBON
  • More options can be found here.

 

Registered Nurses

  • RNs are required to complete one of the following methods to renew their license every 2 years.
    • 30 contact hours of continuing education
    • 15 contact hours of continuing education AND one of the following
      • 640 hours of practice within the last 2 years (prior to renewal)
      • Completion of a nursing project
      • Authoring or co-authoring a nursing-related article, paper, book, or book chapter
      • Developing and conducting a nursing CE project that is at least 5 hours
  • Certification or recertification by a national certifying body recognized by the NCBON
  • More options can be found here.

 

Advanced Practice Registered Nurses

  • APRNs are required to complete one of the two requirements below to renew their license every 2 years.
  • 50 contact hours of continuing education
    • 1 of the 50 contact hours must be on controlled substance prescribing
      practices, including signs of abuse or misuse of controlled substances
      and controlled substance prescribing for chronic pain management.
    • A minimum of 20 hours of the required 50 hours must be in the advanced practice nursing population focus of the NP role
  • APRNs that possess a national certification are deemed to be compliant with the CE requirement
  • APRNs with prescriptive authority
    • 1 contact hour on controlled substance prescribing
      practices, including signs of abuse or misuse of controlled substances
      and controlled substance prescribing for chronic pain management.

 

https://www.ncbon.com/licensure-listing-continuing-competence

North Dakota Requirements

Licensed Practical Nurses

  • LPNs are required to complete 12 contact hours of continuing education every 2 years. 

 

Registered Nurses

  • RNs are required to complete 12 contact hours of continuing education every 2 years. 

 

Advanced Practice Registered Nurses

  • Initial APRN applicants must complete 30 contact hours
  • APRNs are required to maintain their national certifcation and their RN license which requires 12 CEs.
  • APRNs with prescriptive authority are required to complete 15 contact hours of continuing education every 2 years.
    • These 15 contact hours must be on pharmacology related to scope of practice
    • These contact hours will fulfill the RN CE requirements for renewal

 

https://www.ndbon.org/FAQ/RenewalRequirements.asp

Ohio Requirements

Licensed Practical Nurses

  • LPNs are required to complete 24 contact hours of continuing education every 2 years.
  • Newly Licensed LPNs do not need to complete contact hours for their FIRST renewal
    • 1 of the 24 contact hours must be related to the Ohio Nurse Practice Act (Category A)
    • Licensure by endorsement applicants must complete 2 Category A contact hours

 

Registered Nurses

  • RNs are required to complete 24 contact hours of continuing education every 2 years.
  • Newly Licensed RNs do not need to complete contact hours for their FIRST renewal
    • 1 of the 24 contact hours must be related to the Ohio Nurse Practice Act (Category A)
    • Licensure by endorsement applicants must complete 2 Category A contact hours

 

Advanced Practice Registered Nurses

  • APRNs are required to complete 24 contact hours of continuing education every 2 years. (Per APRN license)
    • 12 of the 24 contact hours must be on advanced pharmacology (for CNPs, CNSs, and CNMs)
    • Please
      note: The 24 contact hours required to renew each APRN license are in
      addition to the 24 hours required to renew the RN license.

 

https://nursing.ohio.gov/continuing-education-and-pre-licensure/continuing-education/ce-requirements…

Oklahoma Requirements

Licensed Practical Nurses

  • LPNs have the option to complete 24 contact hours of continuing education every 2 years to comply with their competency requirements. There are also 4 other options to satisfy this requirement located here.

 

Registered Nurses

  • RNs have the option to complete 24 contact hours of continuing education every 2 years to comply with their competency requirements. There are also 4 other options to satisfy this requirement located here.

 

Advanced Practice Registered Nurses

  • APRNs are required to maintain national certification.
  • APRNs with prescriptive authority must comply with the following each renewal period:
    • 15 contact hours on pharmacotherapeutics, clinical application, and use of pharmacological agents in the prevention of illness, and in the restoration and maintenance of health (for CNPs, CNSs, and CNMs)
    • 2 contact hours on pain management OR opioid use and addiction (for CNPs, CNSs, and CNMs)

 

https://oklahoma.gov/content/dam/ok/en/nursing/documents/cqlicenserenewal.pdf

Oregon Requirements

Licensed Practical Nurses

  • LPNs are required to complete one hour of pain management continuing education every renewal period.
    • The Oregon Pain Management Commission (OPMC) offers a pain module that meets this requirement. It can be found here.
    • LPNs are also required to complete a two hour cultural competency module each renewal cycle.

 

Registered Nurses

  • RNs are required to complete one hour of pain management continuing education every renewal period.
    • The Oregon Pain Management Commission (OPMC) offers a pain module that meets this requirement. It can be found here.
    • RNs are also required to complete a two hour cultural competency module each renewal cycle.

 

Advanced Practice Registered Nurses

  • APRNs are required to complete one hour of pain management continuing education every renewal period.
    • The Oregon Pain Management Commission (OPMC) offers a pain module that meets this requirement. It can be found here.
    • APRNs are also required to complete a two hour cultural competency module each renewal cycle
    • APRNs with a fluoroscopy supervision permit must complete 4 hours in fluoroscopy every year

 

https://www.oregon.gov/osbn/Pages/pain-management.aspx and https://www.oregon.gov/osbn/Pages/Cultural-Competency.aspx

Pennsylvania Requirements

Licensed Practical Nurses

  • LPNs are required to complete 2 hours of child abuse recognition and reporting continuing education every 2 years.

 

Registered Nurses

  • RNs are required to complete 30 contact hours of Continuing Education every 2 years.
    • 2 of the 30 contact hours must be on child abuse recognition and reporting

 

Certified Registered Nurse Practitioners

  • CRNPs are required to complete 30 contact hours of continuing education every 2 years.
    • 2 of the 30 hours must be on child abuse recognition and reporting.
    • 2 of the 30 hours must be on pain management and identification of addiction
    • 2 of the 30 hours must be in the practice of prescribing or dispensing opioids.
    • 16 of the 30 contact hours must be on pharmacology for those with prescriptive authority

 

https://www.dos.pa.gov/ProfessionalLicensing/BoardsCommissions/Nursing/Pages/Renewal%20Information.aspx and https://www.pacodeandbulletin.gov/Display/pacode?file=/secure/pacode/data/049/chapter21/s21.331.html

Rhode Island Requirements

Licensed Practical Nurses

  • LPNs are required to complete 10 contact hours of continuing education every 2 years.
    • 2 of the 10 contact hours must be on substance abuse
  • 1 additional contact hour must be on Alzheimer’s disease (one-time requirement)

 

Registered Nurses

  • RNs are required to complete 10 contact hours of continuing education every 2 years.
    • 2 of the 10 contact hours must be on substance abuse
  • 1 additional contact hour must be on Alzheimer’s disease (one-time requirement)

 

Advanced Practice Registered Nurses

  • APRNs are required to complete 10 contact hours of continuing education every 2 years.
    • 2 of the 10 contact hours must be on substance abuse
  • 1 additional contact hour must be on Alzheimer’s disease (one-time requirement)
  • APRNs with prescriptive authority that prescribe schedule II opioids must complete eight (8) hours of Category 1 Continuing Medical Education

 

https://health.ri.gov/licenses/detail.php?id=231

South Carolina Requirements

Licensed Practical Nurses

  • LPNs have the option to complete 30 contact hours of continuing education every 2 years to comply with their continued competency requirements. This is one of 4 options, you can view a complete list here.

 

Registered Nurses

  • RNs have the option to complete 30 contact hours of continuing education every 2 years to comply with their continued competency requirements. This is one of 4 options, you can view a complete list here.

 

Advanced Practice Registered Nurses

  • APRNs are required to maintain their national board certification.
  • APRNs applying for initial prescriptive authority are required to complete 45 contact hours; 15 of which must be in prescribing controlled substances.
  • APRNs
    applying for initial prescriptive authority AND are have prescriptive
    authority in another state are required to complete 20 contact hours; 15 of which must be in prescribing controlled substances.
  • APRNs with prescriptive authority are required to complete 20 contact hours of continuing education on pharmacotherapeutics.
    • 2 of the 20 contact hours must be on prescribing controlled substances

 

https://llr.sc.gov/nurse/ce.aspx

South Dakota Requirements

South Dakota Board of Nursing does not require continuing education for LPNs, RNs, or APRNs at this time.

 

APRNs must maintain national certification in their area of specialty.

 

https://doh.sd.gov/boards/nursing/faq.aspx

Tennessee Requirements

Licensed Practical Nurses

  • LPNs are required to complete 2 of 15 learning options every 2 years.
    • 1 option is 5 contact hours of continuing education
      • If not currently practicing, LPNs must complete 10 hours of continuing education
    • The other options can be found on this page

 

Registered Nurses

  • RNs are required to complete 2 of 15 learning options every 2 years.
    • 1 option is 5 contact hours of continuing education
      • If not currently practicing, RNs must complete 10 hours of continuing education
    • The other options can be found on this page

 

Advanced Practice Registered Nurses

  • APRNs are required to maintain national certification and complete 1 of 15 learning options.
    • Options can be found here
  • APRNs are required to complete 2 contact hours of continuing education every 2 years.

 

https://www.tn.gov/health/health-program-areas/health-professional-boards/nursing-board/nursing-board/continuing-education.html

Texas Requirements

Licensed Vocational Nurses

  • LVNs have the option to complete 20 contact hours of continuing education every 2 years OR achieve, maintain or renew a board-approved national nursing certification in the nurse’s area of practice.
  • Mandatory Continuing Education Requirements:
    • 2 contact hours on geriatric care for those working with the geriatric population
    • 2 contact hours on medical forensics for those working in the ER setting (one-time requirement)
    • 2 contact hours on nursing jurisprudence and ethics – required every 6 years (3 renewals)
  • LVNs are required to complete a course on human trafficking prevention every 2 years.
    • There is no specified contact hour requirement for this course
    • This course must be approved by The Health and Human Services Commission

 

Registered Nurses

  • RNs have the option to complete 20 contact hours of continuing
    education every 2 years OR achieve, maintain or renew a board-approved national nursing certification in the nurse’s area of practice.
  • Mandatory Continuing Education Requirements:
    • 2 contact hours on geriatric care for those working with the geriatric population
    • 2 contact hours on medical forensics for those working in the ER setting (one-time requirement)
    • 2 contact hours on nursing jurisprudence and ethics – required every 6 years (3 renewals)
    • RNs are required to complete a course on human trafficking prevention every 2 years.
      • There is no specified contact hour requirement for this course
      • This course must be approved by The Health and Human Services Commission

 

Advanced Practice Registered Nurses

  • APRNs have the option to complete 20 contact hours of Continuing Education every 2 years OR achieve, maintain or renew a board-approved national nursing certification in the nurse’s area of practice.
  • Mandatory Continuing Education Requirements:
    • 2 contact hours must be on Geriatric Care for those working with the geriatric population
    • 2 contact hours must be on Safe and Effective Pain Management related to Prescription of Controlled Substances for those with prescriptive authority – required annually
    • 1 contact hour must be on Best Practices, Alternative Treatment Options, and Multi-Modal Approaches to Pain Management for those whose practice includes the prescription of opioids – required annually
    • 2 contact hours must be on Approved Procedures of Prescribing and Monitoring Controlled Substances (one-time requirement)
    • 2 contact hours must be on Medical Forensics for those working in the ER setting (one-time requirement)
    • 2 contact hours must be on Nursing Jurisprudence and Ethics – required every 6 years (3 renewals)
  • 5 contact hours must be on pharmacotherapeutics for those with prescriptive authority.
  • APRNs are required to complete a course on Human Trafficking Prevention every 2 years.
    • There is no specified contact hour requirement for this course
    • This course must be approved by The Health and Human Services Commission

All mandatory continuing education hours may be used towards the 20 contact hours option for renewal.

 

For clarification, please see the Texas Administrative Code.

 

https://www.bon.texas.gov/education_continuing_education.asp#D

Utah Requirements

Licensed Practical Nurses

  • LPNs must complete 1 out of the 3 following methods every 2 years:
    • 30 contact hours of continuing education
    • 15 contact hours of continuing education and 200 hours of licensed practice
    • 400 hours of licensed practice
  • LPNs must also complete at least one of the following online suicide prevention trainings listed here.

 

Registered Nurses

  • RNs must complete 1 out of the 3 following methods every 2 years:
    • 30 contact hours of continuing education
    • 15 contact hours of continuing education and 200 hours of licensed practice
    • 400 hours of licensed practice
  • RNs must also complete at least one of the following online suicide prevention trainings listed here.

 

Advanced Practice Registered Nurses

  • APRNs must complete 1 out of the 2 following methods every 2 years:
    • Be currently certified or re-certified in the licensee’s specialty area of practice
    • 30 contact hours of continuing education and 400 hours of practice
      • If you have a license to prescribe controlled substances, at least 4 hours
        of continuing education must be about controlled substance prescribing.

        • 3.5 hours of approved controlled substance education and 0.5 hours from DOPL’s online controlled substance tutorial.
  • APRNs must also complete at least one of the following online suicide prevention trainings listed here.

 

https://dopl.utah.gov/nurse/index.html

Vermont Requirements

Licensed Vocational Nurses

  • LPNs have the option to complete 20 contact hours of continuing education every 2 years OR
  • Achieve, maintain or renew a board-approved national nursing certification in the nurse’s area of practice.
  • Demonstrate they practiced for a minimum of 50 days (400 hours) in the two years preceding application or 120 days (960 hours) in the five years preceding application

 

Registered Nurses

  • RNs have the option to complete 20 contact hours of continuing education every 2 years OR
  • Achieve, maintain or renew a board-approved national nursing certification in the nurse’s area of practice.
  • Demonstrate they practiced for a minimum of 50 days (400 hours) in the two years preceding application or 120 days (960 hours) in the five years preceding application

 

Advanced Practice Registered Nurses

  • APRNs must fulfill RN renewal requirements and maintain current certification by a national APRN certifying organization.

 

For more information https://sos.vermont.gov/media/5dep2imt/nursing-admin-rules_05_11_2023.pdf

Virginia Requirements

Licensed Practical Nurses

  • LPNs are required to complete 1 of 9 learning options every 2 years.
    • 1 option is 15 contact hours of continuing education AND 640 hours of active practice as a nurse
    • 1 option is 30 contact hours of continuing education
    • The other options can be found on this page

 

Registered Nurses

  • RNs are required to complete 1 of 9 learning options every 2 years.
    • 1 option is 15 contact hours of continuing education AND 640 hours of active practice as a nurse
    • 1 option is 30 contact hours of continuing education
    • The other options can be found on this page

 

Advanced Practice Registered Nurses

  • APRNs licensed on or after May 8th 2002 are required to maintain current professional certification in the area of specialty practice OR complete 40 contact hours.
  • APRNs licensed prior to May 8, 2002, have two options for renewal listed here
    • APRNs with prescriptive authority shall obtain 8 hours of continuing
      education in pharmacology or pharmacotherapies each biennium in addition to the minimum nursing requirements.

 

https://www.dhp.virginia.gov/Boards/Nursing/PractitionerResources/ContinuedCompetency/RNLPN/ and https://www.dhp.virginia.gov/Boards/Nursing/PractitionerResources/ContinuedCompetency/NursePractitio…

Washington Requirements

Licensed Practical Nurses

  • LPNs are required to complete 8 contact hours of continuing education annually.
  • 2 of the contact hours must be on health equity
  • 6 additional contact hours must be on Suicide Prevention Training (one-time requirement)
  • LPNs that provide telehealth services must complete telehealth training (one-time requirement)

 

Registered Nurses

  • RNs are required to complete 8 contact hours of continuing education as well as 96 hours of active practice annually.
  • 2 of the contact hours must be on health equity
  • 6 additional contact hours must be on suicide prevention training (one-time requirement)
  • RNs that provide telehealth services must complete telehealth training (one-time requirement).

 

Advanced Practice Registered Nurses

  • APRNs must maintain an active RN license
  • APRNs are required to complete 30 contact hours of continuing education every 2 years.
  • APRNs with prescriptive authority are required to complete an additional 15 contact hours
    of continuing education on pharmacology every 2 years.
  • APRNs
    that are pain management specialists must complete 18 contact hours in
    pain management every 2 years. These hours count towards the 30 total.
  • 2 of the contact hours must be on health equity
  • 6 additional contact hours must be on suicide prevention training (one-time requirement)
  • APRNs that provide telehealth services must complete telehealth training (one-time requirement).

 

https://nursing.wa.gov/licensing/maintain-license/continuing-competency and https://doh.wa.gov/public-health-healthcare-providers/healthcare-professions-and-facilities/suicide-…

Washington D.C. Requirements

Licensed Vocational/Practical Nurses

  • LVN/LPNs are required to complete 18 contact hours of continuing education every two years.
    • 2 of the 18 contact hours must be on LGBTQ topics or cultural awareness
    • 3 of the 18 contact hours must be on Public Health topics listed here

 

Registered Nurses

  • RNs are required to complete 24 contact hours of continuing education every two years.
    • 2 of the 24 contact hours must be on LGBTQ topics
    • 3 of the 24 contact hours must be on Public Health topics listed here

 

Advanced Practice Registered Nurses

  • APRNs are required to complete 24 contact hours of continuing education every two years.
    • 15 of the 24 contact hours must be on pharmacology related to specialty
    • 2 of the 24 contact hours must be on LGBTQ topics o
    • 3 of the 24 contact hours must be on Public Health topics listed here

 

Additionally, LPNs, RNs and APRNs must ensure that 10% of their
continuing education is on relevant public health topics that are listed
here. The Licensing Board shall disseminate the identified subjects to its licensees during the renewal period.

West Virginia Requirements

Licensed Practical Nurses

  • LPNs are required to complete 24 contact hours of continuing education every 2 years.
    • 2 of the 24 contact hours must be on mental health conditions common to veterans and their families
    • 3 of the 24 contact hours must be on substance abuse
    • 2 of the 24 contact hours must be on end-of-life care (one-time requirement)

 

Registered Nurses

  • RNs are required to complete 12 contact hours of continuing education every 2 years.

 

Advanced Practice Registered Nurses

  • APRNs are required to complete 24 contact hours of continuing education every 2 years.
    • 12 of the 24 contact hours must be on pharmacotherapeutics
    • 12 of the 24 contact hours must be on clinical management Practice

 

http://www.lpnboard.state.wv.us/ceinfo98.pdf and https://wvrnboard.wv.gov/education/Pages/default.aspx

Wisconsin Requirements

Licensed Practical Nurses

  • Wisconsin Board of Nursing does not require continuing education for LPNs at this time.

 

Registered Nurses

  • Wisconsin Board of Nursing does not require continuing education for RNs at this time.

 

Advanced Practice Registered Nurses

  • APRNs are required to complete 16 contact hours of continuing education every 2 years.
    • 14 of the 16 contact hours must be on clinical pharmacology or therapeutics relevant to area of practice
    • 2 of the 16 contact hours must be on responsible prescribing of controlled substances

 

https://dsps.wi.gov/Pages/Professions/RN/Default.aspx

Wyoming Requirements

Licensed Practical Nurses

  • LPNs have the option to complete 30 contact hours of continuing education every 2 years OR one of 3 other options listed here

 

Registered Nurses

  • RNs have the option to complete 30 contact hours of continuing education every 2 years OR one of 3 other options listed here

 

Advanced Practice Registered Nurses

  • APRNs must maintain current certification by a national APRN certifying organization.
  • APRN with prescriptive authority shall also submit evidence of 3 hours of continuing education related to the responsible prescribing of controlled substancesor treatment of substance abuse disorders.
  • APRN licensed in the State prior to January 1, 1999 must complete the following:
  • 60 hours of continuing education related to the APRN’s recognized role and population focus area; and 400 hours of active nursing practice as an
    APRN during the last two (2) years.

 

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1hUyYziVhCEfHELDEnIvjYxWztDTcaVHo/view?pli=1

Disclaimer: Nursing CE Central makes no claims of absolute accuracy to any of these requirements. State requirements are nuanced and vary for each individual. Nursing CE Central is not liable for any information or the consequences thereof on this page.

As of June 12, 2024, these state requirements have been fact-checked and updated.