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.
    • 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.

APRNs are also required to complete 6 contact hours of pharmacology continuing education every 2 years.

https://www.abn.alabama.gov/faq/are-there-content-requirements-for-continuing-education/

Alaska Requirements

Licensed Practical Nurses

  • LPNs must compete 2 out of the 3 following methods below every 2 years.
    • 320 hours of nursing employment
    • 30 hours continuing education
    • 30 hours of professional nursing activities

Registered Nurses

  • RNs must compete 2 out of the 3 following methods below every 2 years.
    • 320 hours of nursing employment
    • 30 hours continuing education
    • 30 hours of professional nursing activities

Advanced Practice Registered Nurses

  • APRNs must compete 2 out of the 3 following methods every 2 years.
    • 320 hours of nursing employment
    • 30 hours continuing education, including 15 contact hours on advanced pharmacology and clinical management of drug therapy
    • 30 hours of professional nursing activities

For those holding a current DEA registration, 2 contact hours of continuing education on pain management and opioid use and addiction is required upon renewal. 

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

Arizona Requirements

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. 

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. 

https://www.rn.ca.gov/licensees/lic-renewal.shtml#requirements

Colorado Requirements

Colorado Board of Nursing does not require continuing education for LPNs, RNs, nor APRNs at this time. 

https://dpo.colorado.gov/Nursing

Connecticut Requirements

Licensed Practical Nurses

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

Registered Nurses

  • Connecticut 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.
    • 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.

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 complete 30 contact hours of continuing education every 2 years.

  • 3 of the 30 contact hours must be on substance abuse 
  • 10 of the 30 contact hours must cover pharmacology or pharmacotherapeutics

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

Florida Requirements

Licensed Practical Nurses

  • LPNs are required to complete 24 contact hours of continuing education every 2 years. 
    • 16 of the 24 contact hours are to be general hours on any nursing topic 
    • 2 of the 24 contact hours must be on prevention of medical errors 
    • 2 of the 24 contact hours must be on Florida laws & regulations 
    • 2 of the 24 contact hours must be on recognizing impairment in the workplace – required every 4 years (2 renewals)
    • 2 of the 24 contact hours must be on human trafficking
  • 2 additional contact hours must be on domestic violence every 6 years (3 renewals)
  • 1 additional contact hour must be on HIV/AIDS prior to first renewal (one-time requirement)

Registered Nurses

  • RNs are required to complete 24 contact hours of continuing education every 2 years. 
    • 16 of the 24 contact hours are to be general hours on any nursing topic 
    • 2 of the 24 contact hours must be on prevention of medical errors 
    • 2 of the 24 contact hours must be on Florida laws & regulations 
    • 2 of the 24 contact hours must be on recognizing impairment in the workplace – required every 4 years (2 renewals) 
    • 2 of the 24 contact hours must be on human trafficking 
  • 2 additional contact hours must be on domestic violence every 6 years (3 renewals) 
  • 1 additional contact hour must be on HIV/AIDS prior to first renewal (one-time requirement) 

Advanced Practice Registered Nurses

  • APRNs are required to complete 27 contact hours of continuing education every 2 years. 
    • 16 of the 27 contact hours are to be general hours on any nursing topic 
    • 2 of the 27 contact hours must be on prevention of medical errors 
    • 2 of the 27 contact hours must be on Florida laws & regulations 
    • 2 of the 27 contact hours must be on recognizing impairment in the workplace – required every 4 years (2 renewals) 
    • 2 of the 27 contact hours must be on human trafficking 
    • 3 of the 27 contact hours must be on safe and effective prescription of Controlled Substances 
  • 2 additional contact hours must be on domestic violence every 6 years (3 renewals) 
  • 1 additional 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 are required to complete 20 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. 

https://sos.ga.gov/index.php/licensing/plb/45/continuing_education_requirements

Hawaii Requirements

Licensed Practical Nurses

Registered Nurses

Advanced Practice Registered Nurses

  • APRNs are required to complete 1 of 10 learning options every 2 years. 
    • 1 option is 30 contact hours of continuing education 
    • 8 of the 30 contact hours must be on pharmacology for those with prescriptive authority 
    • 22 of the 30 contact hours must be related to your practice specialty 

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

Idaho Requirements

Licensed Practical Nurses

  • LPNs are required to complete 15 contact hours of continuing education every 2 years.

Registered Nurses

  • RNs are required to complete 15 contact hours of continuing education every 2 years. 

Advanced Practice Registered Nurses

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 

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 

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 

https://www.ilga.gov/commission/jcar/admincode/068/068013000a01300r.html

Indiana Requirements

Licensed Practical Nurses

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

Registered Nurses

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

Advanced Practice Registered Nurses

  • APRNs are required to complete 30 contact hours of continuing education every 2 years.
    • 8 of the 30 contact hours must be on pharmacology 

https://www.in.gov/pla/professions/indiana-state-board-of-nursing/continuing-education-requirements/

Iowa Requirements

Licensed Practical Nurses

  • LPNs are required to complete 36 contact hours of continuing education every 3 years. 
    • 1 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. 
    • 1 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 complete 36 contact hours of continuing education every 3 years. 
    • 1 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. 

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/ 

Kentucky Requirements

Licensed Practical Nurses

  • LPNs are required to complete 14 contact hours of continuing education every year.
    • 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 are required to complete 14 contact hours of continuing education every year. 
    • 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 are required to complete 14 contact hours of general continuing education every year. 
    • 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. 
      • 1.5 of the 5 contact hours must be on The Use of KASPER, pain management, or addiction disorders if you are an APRN with CAPA-CS 

 

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. 

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 are required to complete 30 contact hours of continuing education every 2 years. 
  • There are other ways to meet the continuing education 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 are required to complete 6 contact hours of continuing education in pharmacotherapeutics in their advanced nursing role and population foci.  

http://www.lsbn.state.la.us/Portals/1/Documents/Audit/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

  • Completion of 30 contact hours within the 2 years immediately preceding the date of the renewal application. 

Registered Nurses

Completion of 30 contact hours 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. 

http://www.dsd.state.md.us/comar/comarhtml/10/10.27.01.13.htm and http://www.dsd.state.md.us/comar/comarhtml/10/10.27.12.07.htm 

Massachusetts Requirements

Licensed Practical Nurses

  • LPNs are required to complete 15 contact hours of continuing education every 2 years. 

Registered Nurses

  • RNs are required to complete 15 contact hours of continuing education every 2 years. 

Advanced Practice Registered Nurses

  • APRNs are required to complete 15 contact hours of continuing education every 2 years. 

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 one hour of implicit bias training for each year of their license or registration cycle.  

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 one hour of implicit bias training for each year of their license or registration cycle. 

Advanced Practice Registered Nurses

  • APRNs 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 one hour of implicit bias training for each year of their license or registration cycle. 

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 with prescriptive authority must complete 2 contact hours of: 
    • best practices in prescribing opioids and controlled substances; and 
    • non-pharmacological and implantable device alternatives for the treatment of pain and ongoing pain. 
    • 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/nursing/practice/opioid-practice-resources/opioid-ce-requirement.jsp and https://mn.gov/boards/nursing/licensure/continuing-ed/  

Mississippi Requirements

Licensed Practical Nurses

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

Registered Nurses

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

Advanced Practice Registered Nurses

  • APRNs are required to complete 40 contact hours of continuing education every 2 years. 
    • 10 of the 40 contact hours must be on controlled substances 

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

Missouri Requirements

Missouri Board of Nursing does not require continuing education for LPNs, RNs, nor APRNs at this time. 

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

Montana Requirements

Licensed Practical Nurses

  • LPNs are required to complete 24 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 are required to complete 24 contact hours of continuing education every 2 years. 
    • 12 of the 24 contact hours must be on pharmacology for those with prescriptive authority 

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

Nebraska Requirements

Licensed Practical Nurses

  • LPNs are required to complete 20 contact hours of continuing education every 2 years. 
    • 10 of the 20 contact hours must be peer-reviewed. 
    • No more than 4 of the 20 contact hours may be from CPR or BLS certifications. 

Registered Nurses

  • RNs are required to complete 20 contact hours of continuing education every 2 years. 
    • 10 of the 20 contact hours must be peer-reviewed. 
    • No more than 4 of the 20 contact hours may be from CPR or BLS certifications. 

Advanced Practice Registered Nurses

  • APRNs are required to complete 40 contact hours of continuing education in clinical specialty area every 2 years. 
    • 10 of the 40 contact hours must be on pharmacology for those with prescriptive authority.

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. 
    • 2 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) 

Registered Nurses

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

Advanced Practice Registered Nurses

  • APRNs are required to complete 45 contact hours of continuing education every 2 years. 
    • 2 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) 

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 

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 with DEA registration are required to complete 50 contact hours of continuing education every 2 years.
    • 5 of the 50 contact hours must be on their specialty area
    • 10 of the 50 contact hours must be on pharmacology related to their specialty area
    • 5 of the 50 contact hours must be on management of non-cancer pain
  • APRNs without DEA registration are required to complete 50 contact hours of continuing education every 2 years.
    • 10 of the 50 contact hours must be on their specialty area
    • 10 of the 50 contact hours must be on pharmacology related to their specialty area

https://nmbon.sks.com/licensed-practical-nurses-and-registered-nurses.aspx

New York Requirements

Licensed Practical Nurses

  • LPNs are required to complete 3 contact hours of continuing education every 4 years. 
    • These 3 contact hours must be on infection control and barrier precautions and the course must be NYSED approved. 
    • LPNs are required to complete 2 contact hours on the identification and reporting of child abuse (one-time requirement). 
    • This course is provided by the NY Mandated Reporter Resource Center and can be found here. 

Registered Nurses

  • RNs are required to complete 3 contact hours of continuing education every 4 years. 
    • These 3 contact hours must be on infection control and barrier precautions and the course must be NYSED approved. 
    • RNs are required to complete 2 contact hours on the identification and reporting of child abuse (one-time requirement). 
    • This course is provided by the NY Mandated Reporter Resource Center and can be found here. 

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 following methods to renew their license every 1 year. 
  • 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. 
  • 20 contact hours of continuing education + 30 contact hours of any of the activities found here. 
    • 1 of the 20 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. 

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

  • APRNs 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.
    • 1 of the 24 contact hours must be on the Ohio Nurse Practice Act (Category A) 

Registered Nurses

  • RNs are required to complete 24 contact hours of continuing education every 2 years. 
    • 1 of the 24 contact hours must be on the Ohio Nurse Practice Act (Category A) 

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/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/CEs-RNs-LPNs-DTs-CHWsMed-Aides-June-2021.pdf and https://nursing.ohio.gov/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/CE-FAQs-APRN-updated-June-2021.pdf 

Oklahoma Requirements

Licensed Practical Nurses

  • LPNs are required to complete 24 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 are required to complete 24 contact hours of continuing education every 2 years. 
    • 15 of the 24 contact hours must be 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 of the 24 contact hours must be on pain management OR opioid use and addiction (for CNPs, CNSs, and CNMs) 

https://nursing.ok.gov/cqlicenserenewal.pdf and https://nursing.ok.gov/paCEU.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. 

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. 

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. 

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

Pennsylvania Requirements

Licensed Practical Nurses

  • LVNs are required to complete 2 hours of child abuse recognition and reporting continuing education every 2 years. 
    • This is provided by the Pennsylvania Child Welfare Resource Center and can be found here. 

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
      • This is provided by the Pennsylvania Child Welfare Resource Center and can be found here.

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.
      • This is provided by the Pennsylvania Child Welfare Resource Center and can be found here. 
    • 2 of the 30 hours must be on pain management, identification of addiction, or 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) 

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

South Carolina 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. 
  • APRNs with prescriptive authority are required to complete 20 additional 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. 

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 complete 1 of 15 learning options every 2 years. 
    • 1 option is 5 contact hours of continuing education 
    • The other options can be found on this page 
  • 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 are required to complete 20 contact hours of continuing education every 2 years. 
    • 2 of the 20 contact hours must be on geriatric care for those working with the geriatric population 
    • 2 of the 20 contact hours must be on medical forensics for those working in the ER setting (one-time requirement) 
    • 2 of the 20 contact hours must be 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 are required to complete 20 contact hours of continuing education every 2 years. 
    • 2 of the 20 contact hours must be on geriatric care for those working with the geriatric population 
    • 2 of the 20 contact hours must be on medical forensics for those working in the ER setting (one-time requirement) 
    • 2 of the 20 contact hours must be 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 are required to complete 20 contact hours of Continuing Education every 2 years.
    • 2 of the 20 contact hours must be on Geriatric Care for those working with the geriatric population
    • 2 of the 20 contact hours must be on Safe and Effective Pain Management related to Prescription of Controlled Substances for those with prescriptive authority – required annually
    • 1 of the 20 contact hours 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 of the 20 contact hours must be on Approved Procedures of Prescribing and Monitoring Controlled Substances (one-time requirement)
    • 2 of the 20 contact hours must be on Medical Forensics for those working in the ER setting (one-time requirement)
    • 2 of the 20 contact hours must be on Nursing Jurisprudence and Ethics – required every 6 years (3 renewals)
  • 5 additional contact hours must be on pharmacotherapeutics
  • 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

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 
  • LVNs 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

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

https://sos.vermont.gov/nursing/ 

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 are required to complete 1 of 2 learning options every 2 years. 
    • 1 option is 40 contact hours of continuing education in area of specialty practice 
    • The other options can be found on this page 
    • 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/ 

Washington Requirements

Licensed Practical Nurses

  • LPNs are required to complete 45 contact hours of Continuing Education every 3 years.
  • 6 additional contact hours must be on Suicide Prevention 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 YEARLY. 
  • 6 additional contact hours must be on suicide prevention training (one-time requirement) 

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 15 contact hours of continuing education on pharmacology every 2 years. 
  • 6 additional contact hours must be on suicide prevention training (one-time requirement) 

https://www.doh.wa.gov/LicensesPermitsandCertificates/NursingCommission/NurseLicensing/ReneworReactivateaLicense#ARNP and https://www.doh.wa.gov/ForPublicHealthandHealthcareProviders/HealthcareProfessionsandFacilities/SuicidePrevention/TrainingRequirements 

Washington D.C. Requirements

Licensed Vocational/Practical Nurses

  • LVN/LPNs are required to complete 18 contact hours of continuing education every two years.
    • 3 of the 18 contact hours must be on HIV/AIDs 
    • 2 of the 18 contact hours must be on LGBTQ topics 

Registered Nurses

  • RNs are required to complete 24 contact hours of continuing education every two years. 
    • 3 of the 24 contact hours must be on HIV/AIDs 
    • 2 of the 24 contact hours must be on LGBTQ topics 

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 
    • 3 of the 24 contact hours must be on HIV/AIDs 
    • 2 of the 24 contact hours must be on LGBTQ topics

https://help.cebroker.com/en/articles/1465088-district-of-columbia-board-of-nursing-ce-requirements

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 year. 
    • 2 of the 12 contact hours must be on mental health conditions common to veterans and their families 
    • 1 of the 12 contact hours must be on drug diversion (3 contact hours are required for first renewal) 

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 
    • 2 of the 12 contact hours must be on Mental Health Conditions Common to Veterans and Their Families 
    • 1 of the 12 contact hours must be on Drug Diversion (3 contact hours are required for first renewal) 

https://wvrnboard.wv.gov/education/pages/default.aspx#:~:text=Pursuant%20to%20the%20West%20Virginia,Rule%20WV%2019%20CSR%2011%3A&text=registered%20nurses%20are%20required%20to,education%20during%20each%20renewal%20period and http://www.lpnboard.state.wv.us/ 

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 are required to complete one of the following:
    • 400 hours of practice
    • 200 hours and 15 hours of continuing education every 2 years or 
    • 30 hours of continuing education every 2 years

Registered Nurses

  • RNs are required to complete one of the following:
    • 400 hours of practice
    • 200 hours and 15 hours of continuing education every 2 years or 
    • 30 hours of continuing education every 2 years

Advanced Practice Registered Nurses

 

  • APRNs must compete 1 out of the 2 following methods every 2 years: 
    • Current national certification as an APRN in the recognized role and population focus area 
    • 60 contact hours of Continuing Education and 400 hours of practice 
  • APRNs with prescriptive authority are required to complete 3 contact hours of continuing education related to the responsible prescribing of controlled substances or treatment of substance use disorder. 

https://wsbn.wyo.gov/licensing

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 February 8, 2022, these state requirements have been fact-checked and updated.