State Requirements for CE

Do you practice in a state with specific 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.
 
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Explore available CE offerings that will assist you in meeting your state’s Continuing Education license renewal requirements. For suggestions on CE activities to meet your topical requirements, simply click “Meet your state requirements,” where applicable, in the table below.

  Alabama   Georgia   Maryland   New Jersey   South Carolina
  Alaska   Hawaii   Massachusetts   New Mexico   South Dakota
  Arizona   Idaho   Michigan   New York   Tennessee
  Arkansas   Illinois   Minnesota   North Carolina   Texas
  California   Indiana   Mississippi   North Dakota   Utah
  Colorado   Iowa   Missouri   Ohio   Virginia
  Connecticut   Kansas   Montana   Oklahoma   Washington
  Delaware   Kentucky   Nebraska   Oregon   West Virginia
  Washington, DC   Louisiana   Nevada   Pennsylvania   Wisconsin
  Florida   Maine   New Hampshire   Rhode Island   Wyoming

 
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.
 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
 
 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
 California California Board of Registered Nursing 30 hours Every 2 years
 Colorado Colorado Board of Nursing None; National Certification for APN Every 2 years
 Connecticut Connecticut Board of Examiners for Nursing None; National Certification for APN Every year
 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 (15 of those in pharmacology for APN); 18 hours for LPN Every 2 years
 Florida Florida State Board of Nursing 24 hours or National Certification Every 2 years 2 hours related to medical error prevention each renewal. Also, for initial renewal, one hour related to HIV/AIDS, and for each third renewal period, 2 hours related to domestic violence. Beginning with the biennium ending in 2015, a 2-hour course on the laws and rules that govern the practice of nursing in Florida will also be required.
 
 Georgia Georgia Board of Nursing 30 contact hours for RN beginning with license renewals January 31, 2016 Every 2 years
 Hawaii Hawaii Board of Nursing None Every 2 years
 Idaho Idaho Board of Nursing None Every 2 years
 Illinois Illinois Board of Nursing 20 hours for RN and LPN; 50 hours for APN Every 2 years
 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 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.
 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.
 Kansas Kansas State Board of Nursing 30 hours Every 2 years
 Kentucky Kentucky Board of Nursing 14 hours Every year
2 hours related to HIV/AIDs (once every 10 years), 3 hours on domestic violence (one-time requirement), and 1.5 hours on pediatric abusive head trauma (one-time 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 6 hours related to pharmacology for APRN
Maine  Maine State Board of Nursing None for RN and LPN; 75 contact hours for APN Every 2 years
Maryland  Maryland Board of Nursing None; National Certification for APN Every 2 years
Massachusetts  Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing 15 hours for RN and LPN; National Certification for APN Every 2 years
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

Minnesota  Minnesota Board of Nursing 24 hours for RN; 12 hours for LPN; National Certification for APN Every 2 years
Mississippi  Mississippi Board of Nursing None for RN and LPN; 40 hours for APN Every 2 years 2 hours related to prescribing controlled substances (APN)
Missouri  Missouri State Board of Nursing None for RN and LPN; National Certification or 60 hours for APN Every 2 years
Montana  Montana Board of Nursing 24 hours for RN, LPN and APN Every 2 years 12 years related to pharmacology for APN (no more than 2 of which can be related to complementary or herbal therapies)
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 APN Every 2 years 10 hours related to pharmacology for APN
Nevada  Nevada State Board of Nursing 30 hours  for RN and LPN; 30 hours for APN plus 15 additional hours related to specialty (pharmacology if CRNA) Every 2 years 4 hours related to bioterrorism (one time requirement)
New Hampshire  New Hampshire Board of Nursing 30 hours for RN and LPN; 30 additional hours related to specialty for APN, 5 of which must be related to pharmacology. (For APN, current certification in specialty will meet requirements for 30 continuing education hours for RN licensure) Every 2 years 5 hours related to pharmacology for APN
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 by 5/31/14
 
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New Mexico  New Mexico Board of Nursing 30 hours for RN and LPN; 50 hours for APN Every 2 years 5 hours related to specialty and 15 hours related to pharmacology for APN; for APN with DEA registration and prescriptive authority, 5 of 15 pharmacology hours must be related to management of non-cancer or chronic pain
New York  New York State Board of Nursing See specific requirements for RN and LPN; National Certification for APN  
3  hours related to infection control every 4 years (RN and LPN); 2  hours child abuse (one time requirement for initial RN license)
 
Meet your state CE requirements
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
North Dakota  North Dakota Board of Nursing 12 hours for RN, LPN, and APN (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 APN with prescriptive authority (fulfills the 12 hour renewal requirement)
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
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 prescriptive authority; at least 8 contact hours related to administration of anesthesia for CRNA
Oregon  Oregon State Board of Nursing 100 contact hours for nurse practitioners (national certification may count for up to 50 hours); 40 contact hours for CNS (national certification may count for up to 20 hours); 40 contact hours of continuing education approved by the AANA for CRNA Every 2 years One-time requirement of 7 hours related to pain management for RN, LPN, and APN (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.)

Pennsylvania  Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing 30 hours for RN, CNS, and CRNP Every 2 years 16 hours related to pharmacology for CRNP Prescriptive Authority
Rhode Island  Rhode Island Board of Nurse Registration and Nursing Education 10 contact hours for RN and LPN; National Certification for APN Every 2 years 30 hours related to pharmacology for APN prescriptive privileges
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
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 1 contact hour 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.
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
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
Washington  Washington State Nursing Commission 45 contact hours and 531 practice hours for RN and LPN; National Certification, 30 contact hours, and 250 independed clinical practice hours for ARNP Every 3 years 15 additional contact hours for ARNP with prescriptive authority
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
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

Meet your state CE requirements
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