Nursing License Renewal CE Requirements for Every State

Do you practice in a state with specific license renewal requirements for continuing education (CE) credits? Many states in the U.S. require a certain number of contact hours for license renewal and some have specific requirements related to particular clinical topics. Explore the state requirements below as well as our CE offerings that will assist you in meeting your state’s continuing education license renewal requirements.
 
  Alabama   Kentucky   North Dakota
  Alaska   Louisiana   Ohio
  Arizona   Maine   Oklahoma
  Arkansas   Maryland   Oregon
  California   Massachusetts   Pennsylvania
  Colorado   Michigan   Rhode Island
  Connecticut   Minnesota   South Carolina
  Delaware   Mississippi   South Dakota
  District of Columbia   Missouri   Tennessee
  Florida   Montana   Texas
  Georgia   Nebraska   Utah
  Hawaii   Nevada   Virginia
  Idaho   New Hampshire   Washington
  Illinois   New Jersey   West Virginia
  Indiana   New Mexico   Wisconsin
  Iowa   New York   Wyoming
  Kansas   North Carolina  

To assist you in meeting your state’s continuing education requirements, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins also offers an exclusive CESaver Collection of award-winning, peer-reviewed nursing journals. You will find current, authoritative, evidence-based resources to help you in your practice and to meet your license renewal requirements. Take as many continuing education courses in the collection as you want, for only $39.95 a year or $59.95 for two years.
 
 
STATE /
BOARD OF NURSING
CONTACT HOURS
REQUIRED
RENEWAL
SPECIFIC REQUIREMENTS
 
 Alabama

Alabama Board of Nursing
24 hours for RN, NP, and APN license renewal Every 2 years 4 contact hours of Alabama Board-provided continuing education related to Board functions, the Nurse Practice Act, regulations, professional conduct, and accountability is required for first renewal; CRNP, CNM and CRNA need additional 6 contact hours of pharmacology CE for APN renewal.
 

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 Alaska

Alaska Board of Nursing
 
Must complete 2 of the following:
  • 30 contact hours
  • 30 hours professional nursing activities
  • 320 hours nursing employment
Every 2 years
 
For advanced nurse practitioner with prescriptive authority or certified registered nurse anesthetist, 12 contact hours in advanced pharmacotherapeutics and 12 hours in clinical management of patients. 

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 Arizona

Arizona State Board of Nursing
 
None Every 4 years
 Arkansas

Arkansas State Board of Nursing
 
15 contact hours, national certification/recertification, or completion of one college credit hour course in nursing with grade C or better Every 2 years Additional 5 pharmacology hours related to certification for APN
 

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 California

California Board of Registered Nursing
 
30 hours Every 2 years

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 Colorado

Colorado Board of Nursing
 
None; National Certification for APN Every 2 years
 Connecticut

Connecticut Board of Examiners for Nursing
 
None; 50 contact hours for APRN Every year; every 2 years for APRN

 
For APRNs, 50 contact hours related to area of practice, including at least five contact hours of training or education in pharmacotherapeutics, as well as at least one contact hour in each of the following topics: diseases, including, but not limited to, acquired immune deficiency syndrome and  human immunodeficiency virus; risk management; sexual assault;  domestic violence; cultural competency; and substance abuse. Also, at least two contact hours on the topic of mental health conditions common to veterans and family members of veterans must be completed not less than once every six years. 
 

APRNs:  Meet your
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 Delaware

Delaware Board of Nursing
 
30 hours for RN; 24 hours for LPN; National Certification plus 10 pharmacology hours for APN Every 2 years 3 hours related to substance abuse
 District of Columbia

District of Columbia Board of Nursing
 
24 hours in current area of practice for RN and APN (including pharmacology for APN); 18 hours for LPN Every 2 years

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 Florida

Florida State Board of Nursing
 
24 hours or National Certification Every 2 years 2 hours related to medical error prevention each renewal; 2 hours on the laws and rules that govern the practice of nursing in Florida. Also, for initial renewal, one hour related to HIV/AIDS, and for each third renewal period, 2 hours related to domestic violence. 

NEW! All ARNPs must now complete at least three hours of continuing education on the safe and effective prescription of controlled substances for each biennial renewal. 

*RN & ARNP: effective August 1, 2017 (and then every 4 years thereafter): 2 hours related to recognizing impairment in the workplace

*LPN: effective July 31, 2019 (and then every 4 years thereafter): 2 hours related to recognizing impairment in the workplace
 

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 Georgia

Georgia Board of Nursing
 
30 contact hours for RN beginning with license renewals January 31, 2016; 20 contact hours for LPN beginning with license renewals March 31, 2017  Every 2 years

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 Hawaii

Hawaii Board of Nursing
 
30 hours (starting July 1, 2017 for renewal due June 30, 2019) Every 2 years  For APRN with prescriptive authority, eight contact hours in pharmacology
 

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 Idaho

Idaho Board of Nursing
 
30 hours for APPNs Every 2 years  For APPN with prescriptive authority, ten contact hours in pharmacology.  
 

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 Illinois

Illinois Center for Nursing
 
20 hours for RN and LPN; 50 hours for APN Every 2 years APN with Schedule II included in Controlled Substances Registration, annual requirement of five contact hours in pharmacology.

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 Indiana

Indiana State Board of Nursing
 
If license expired more than 3 years but less than 10 years ago and not licensed in another jurisdiction, then 24 hours are requred for renewal of RN and LPN licenses; APNs with prescriptive authority must obtain at least 30 hours, with at least 8 of those hours in pharmacology. Every 2 years If CE hours must be obtained, 6 hours must be related to the following subject areas: documentation, pharmacology, and legal/ethics.
 

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 Iowa

Iowa Board of Nursing
 
36 hours for renewal of a three year RN or LPN license; 24 hours for the first renewal after initial Iowa licensure by examination, initial Iowa licensure by endorsement from another state, or reactivation from an inactive status. National certification required for APN. Every 3 years For RN, LPN, and APN who regularly examine, attend, counsel or treat dependent adults or children in Iowa: 2 hours every 5 years related to the identification and reporting of child/dependent adult abuse.
 

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 Kansas

Kansas State Board of Nursing
 
30 hours Every 2 years

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 Kentucky

Kentucky Board of Nursing
 
14 hours Every
year
3 hours related to domestic violence (one-time requirement), and 1.5 hours on pediatric abusive head trauma (one-time requirement); 5 hours related to pharmacology for APRN; for Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANE) credentialed nurses, 5 contact hours of approved sexual assault CE each licensure period (forensic medicine or domestic violence CE will meet this requirement).
Louisiana

Louisiana State Board of Nursing
 
RN and APN: 5 hours if employed full-time; 10 hours if employed part-time; 15 hours if unemployed or employed less than part-time.  No requirements for LPN. Every
year
For APRN whose role and population focus does not provide for certification/recertification, 30 contact hours related to advanced practice nursing. For APRN with prescriptive authority, six contact hours in pharmacotherapeutics.
 

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Maine

Maine State Board of Nursing
 
None for RN and LPN; 75 contact hours for APRN Every 2 years

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Maryland

Maryland Board of Nursing
 
None; National Certification for APRN Every 2 years  
Massachusetts

Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing
 
15 hours for RN and LPN; National Certification for APRN Every 2 years

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Michigan

Michigan Board of Nursing
 
25 hours every 2 years for RN and LPN. National Certification for nurse anesthetist, nurse midwife, and nurse practitioner. Or, if initially certified after 1996 as a midwife, then continued competency assessment or 20 contact hours in the specialty field. Or, if certified as a nurse practitioner before 1991, then 40 contact hours in the specialty field.  Every 2 years At least 1 hour in pain and pain symptom management
 

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Minnesota

Minnesota Board of Nursing
 
24 hours for RN; 12 hours for LPN; National Certification for APRN Every 2 years

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Mississippi

Mississippi Board of Nursing
 
None for RN and LPN; 10 hours for the LPN certified in IV therapy and/or hemodialysis; 40 hours for APRN Every 2 years 2 hours related to prescribing controlled substances (APRN)

APRNs:  Meet your
Mississippi CE requirements >

Missouri

Missouri State Board of Nursing
 
None for RN and LPN; National Certification for APRN Every 2 years
Montana

Montana Board of Nursing
 
24 hours for RN, LPN and APRN Every 2 years 12 hours related to pharmacology for APRN (no more than 2 of which can be related to complementary or herbal therapies)
 

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Nebraska

Nebraska Nursing Board
 
20 hours for RN and LPN (10 must be formally peer reviewed, up to 4 can be CPR or BLS classes); 40 hours for APRN-NP Every 2 years 10 hours related to pharmacology for APRN-NP
 

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Nevada

Nevada State Board of Nursing
 
30 hours  for RN and LPN; 15 additional hours hours related to role or population of focus for APN (related to pharmacology if CRNA) Every 2 years 4 hours related to bioterrorism (one time requirement)
 

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New Hampshire

 New Hampshire Board of Nursing
 
30 hours for RN and LPN; 30 additional hours related to specialty for APRN, 5 of which must be related to pharmacology; for licensees with an active DEA # for prescribing: 3 of the 5 hours must address opioid prescribing, pain management, or substance abuse disorder. (For APRN, current certification in specialty will meet requirements for 30 continuing education hours for RN licensure) Every 2 years 5 hours related to pharmacology for APRN
 

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New Jersey

New Jersey Board of Nursing
 
30 hours for RN and LPN; National Certification for APN Every 2 years
1 hour related to organ and tissue donation and recovery was due by 5/31/15.
 

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New Mexico

New Mexico Board of Nursing
 
30 hours for RN and LPN; 50 hours for APRN Every 2 years 5 hours related to specialty and 15 hours related to pharmacology for APRN; for APRN with DEA registration and prescriptive authority, 5 of 15 pharmacology hours must be related to management of non-cancer or chronic pain
 

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New York

New York State Board of Nursing
 
See specific requirements for RN and LPN; National Certification for APN  
contact hours related to infection control every 4 years (RN and LPN); 2  hours child abuse (one time requirement for initial RN license)
 

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North Carolina

North Carolina Board of Nursing
 
For RN and LPN, one of the following:
  • 15 contact hours and 640 hours of active practice
  • National certification or re-certification
  • 30 contact hours
  • Completion of a Board-approved refresher course
  • Completion of a minimum of two semester hours of post-licensure academic education related to nursing practice
  • 15 contact hours of continued education and completion of a nursing project as principal investigator or co-investigator
  • 15 contact hours of continued education and authoring or co-authoring a nursing-related article, paper, book or book chapter
  • 15 contact hours of continued education and developing and conducting a nursing continuing education presentation or presentations totaling a minimum of five contact hours
Nurse Practitioners must earn 50 contact hours of continuing education each year, with at least 20 of those hours for which approval has been granted by the ANCC or ACCME, or other national credentialing bodies, or practice relevant courses in an institution of higher learning. Nurse practitioners may choose to obtain formal continuing education credits from the above bodies for the full 50 hours, or they may choose to complete the following activities for all or any part of the 30 hours that do not have to meet the formal criteria.
  • 5 hours – Clinical Presentations – Designing, developing and conducting an educational presentation or presentations for health professionals totaling a minimum of 5 contact hours
  • Preceptor hours – with validation from educational program – up to 30 hours
  • 5 hours – author on a journal article or book chapter published during renewal year
  • 15 hours – primary or secondary author of a book published during renewal year
  • 10 hours – Completion of an Institutional Review Board (IRB) approved research project related to your certification specialty
  • 5 hours – Professional volunteer service during renewal year with an international, national, state or local health care related organization in which your NP or certification specialty expertise is required. 
Every 2 years for RN and LPN; Every year for APN

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North Dakota

North Dakota Board of Nursing
 
12 hours for RN, LPN, and APRN (6 hours if first license in North Dakota by endorsement from another state in the renewal year) Every 2 years 15 hours related to pharmacology for APRN with prescriptive authority (fulfills the 12 hour renewal requirement)
 

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Ohio

Ohio Board of Nursing
 
24 hours for RN and LPN; national certification or 12 additional contact hours in the nurse’s area of practice or in relevant programs from other health care disciplines for CNS;  12 additional hours in advanced pharmacology for those authorized to prescribe if the certificate to prescribe (CTP) has been held for a full renewal period or 6 contact hours if the CTP has been held for less than a full renewal period.  Every 2 years 1 hour related to Ohio Nurse Practice Act and the rules of the Ohio Board of Nursing

 

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Oklahoma

Oklahoma Board of Nursing
 
One or more of the following for RN and LPN:
  • 24 contact hours, employment in a position that requires an RN or LPN with verification of at least 520 work hours
  • current certification
  • completion of a Board-approved refresher course
  • completion of at least 6 academic semester credit hours of nursing coursework at the licensee’s current level of licensure or higher
National certification required for APRN
Every 2 years 15 contact hours or 1 academic credit hour related to pharmacology for CNP, CNM, CNS with prescriptive authority; at least 8 contact hours related to administration of anesthesia for CRNA

 

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Oregon

Oregon State Board of Nursing
 
National certification for APRN. If not certified, then 45 contact hours, with 15 of those hours focused in APRN-level pharmacotherapeutic content; for CNS who isn't certified, 40 contact hours.  Every 2 years One-time requirement of 7 hours related to pain management for RN, LPN, and APRN (1 hour must be a course to be provided by the Oregon Pain Management Commission. The remaining six hours can be nurse's choice of pain management topics.)
 

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Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing
 
30 hours for RN, CNS, and CRNP Every 2 years Effective January 1, 2015, initial licensees must complete 3 hours of Department of Human Services approved training in child abuse recognition and reporting requirements; those applying for the renewal of a license are required to complete at least 2 hours of approved CE. Approved courses can be found here. 

16 hours related to pharmacology for CRNP with Prescriptive Authority

 

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Rhode Island

 Rhode Island Board of Nurse Registration and Nursing Education
 
10 contact hours for RN and LPN; National Certification for APRN Every 2 years 30 hours related to pharmacology for APRN prescriptive privileges

 

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South Carolina

 South Carolina Board of Nursing
 
At least one of the following for RN:
  • 30 contact hours
  • national certification
  • completion of an academic program of study in nursing or a related field
  • verification of competency and the number of hours practiced as evidenced by employer certification 
National Certification for APRN
Every 2 years APRNs need 45 contact hours in pharmacology (15 hours related to controlled substances) for initial app for prescriptive privileges

 

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South Dakota

South Dakota Board of Nursing
 
National certification for APN Every 2 years
Tennessee

Tennessee Board of Nursing
 
National certification for APN Every 2 years 2 contact hours addressing controlled substance prescribing practices for APN that is holder of a Certificate of Fitness
 
Texas

Texas Board of Nursing
 
20 contact hours related to area of practice for RN, LPN, and APN or national certification Every 2 years 2 two contact hours in nursing jurisprudence and ethics prior to the end of every 3rd licensure renewal cycle (The content must include information about the Texas Nursing Practice Act; the Texas Board of Nursing (BON) rules, including Board Rule 217.11; Standards of Nursing Practice; the Texas BON Position Statements; principles of nursing ethics; and professional boundaries.);  2 contact hours related to the older adult or geriatric care every licensure renewal cycle (must include information about elder abuse, age related memory changes and disease processes, including chronic conditions, and end of life issues (information related to health maintenance and health promotion of the older adult or geriatric populations, may be included) for  all nurses who provide nursing care to this population; 2 contact hour (one-time requirement) related to forensic evidence collection for all nurses practicing in an ED setting; CE related to tick-borne diseases for this population; 5 additional contact hours related to pharmacotherapeutics for APRN with prescriptive authority; 5 additional contact hours related to pharmacotherapeutics for APRN with prescriptive authority; 3 additional hours  related to prescribing controlled substances for APRNs that have prescriptive authority and prescribe controlled substances (this totals 28 contact hours for the APRN with prescriptive authority who prescribes controlled substances).
Utah

Utah Board of Nursing
 
30 contact hours, 15 contact hours and 200 practice hours, or 400 practice hours for RN and LPN; national certification for APRN, or if licensed as an APRN prior to July 1, 1992, 400 practice hours in the past 2 years and 30 contact hours Every 2 years For APRN with controlled substance license, complete at least 4 contact hours per licensing period (3.5 in controlled substance class and 0.5 hour in the DOPL tutorial).

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Vermont

Vermont Board of Nursing
 
None; National Certification for APN  
Virginia

Virginia Board of Nursing
 
Beginning with August 2015 renewal: 15 contact hours and 640 practice hours or 30 contact hours for RN and LPN; National certification for Nurse Practitioner licensed after 5/8/02 (if licensed as a Nurse Practitioner before 5/8/02, certification or 40 contact hours related to specialty area is required) Every 2 years 8 contact hours related to pharmacology for nurse practitioner with prescriptive authority

 

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Washington

Washington State Nursing Commission
 
531 practice hours and 45 contact hours (every three years) for RN and LPN; National Certification, 30 contact hours, and 250 independed clinical practice hours for ARNP Every year 15 additional contact hours for ARNP with prescriptive authority

 

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West Virginia

West Virginia RN Board
 
12 hours for RN; 24 contact hours and 400 practice hours for LPN; National Certification for APRN
Every year for RN; every 2 years for LPN
2 contact hours related to mental health conditions common to veterans and family members of veterans and 1 contact hour related to drug diversion and safe prescribing practices; LPNs need 2 contact hours in end-of-life care (one-time requirement) and 3 hours in substance abuse with each renewal; APRNs need contact hours related to pharmacotherapeutics
 

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Wisconsin

Wisconsin Board of Nursing
 
    8 contact hours related to pharmacology through national certifying body for APN prescriber

 
Wyoming

Wyoming State Board of Nursing
 
20 contact hours for RN and LPN, or no CE requirement if worked 500 hours in the past 2 years or 1600 hours in the past 5 years, passed NCLEX withing the last 5 years, national certification in specialty area in last 5 years, or completion of a refresher/orientation program in the last 5 years; National Certification for APRN (if licensed as APRN prior to 7/1/05, then 60 contact hours practice area and 400 hours of employment) Every 2 years 15 contact hours related to pharmacology for APRN with prescriptive authority

 

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