CEU Requirements by State

Alabama

CE Requirements for RNs

  • 24 CE hours every 2 years for RNs. 12 CE hours allowed through independent study.

 

CE Requirements for LPNs

  • 24 CE hours every 2 years for LPNs. 12 CE hours allowed through independent study.

Alaska

CE Requirements for RNs

  • Two of the following three are required for license renewal: 30 CE hours, OR 30 CE hours professional nursing activities, OR 320 CE hours nursing employment

CE Requirements for LPNs

  • Two of the following three are required for license renewal: 30 CE hours, OR 30 CE hours professional nursing activities, OR 320 CE hours nursing employment.

Arizona

CE not required.

Arkansas

CE Requirements for RNs

  • 15 CE hours every two years, or certification or recertification during the renewal period by a national certifying body, or completion of a recognized academic course in nursing or a related field.

 

CE Requirements for LPNs

  • 15 CE hours every two years, or certification or recertification during the renewal period by a national certifying body, or completion of a recognized academic course in nursing or a related field.

California

CE Requirements for RNs

  • All RNs in the State of California who wish to maintain an active license are required to complete 30 CE hours of continuing education for license renewal.

 

CE Requirements for LPNs

  • LVNs must complete 30 CE hours of Continuing Education every two years in order to renew their license with an active status

Colorado

CE not required.

Connecticut

CE not required.

Delaware

CE Requirements for RNs

  • RNs are required to complete 30 CE hours every 2 years.

 

CE Requirements for LPNs

  • LPNs are required to complete 24 CE hours every 2 years.

District of Columbia

CE Requirements for RNs

  • 24 CE hours every 2 years.

 

CE Requirements for LPNs

  • CE not required.

Florida

CE Requirements for RNs

  • All Florida-licensed RNs are now in a 24-month renewal cycle and must complete 24 CE hours of appropriate continuing education during each renewal period. One (1) hour is required for each calendar month of the licensure cycle, including two (2) CE hours on Prevention of Medical Errors. HIV/AIDS is now a one-time, 1-hour CE requirement to be completed prior to the first renewal. Domestic Violence CE is now a 2-hour requirement every third renewal. There is a NEW 2-HOUR CE course requirement for the Recognizing Impairment in the Workplace that becomes effective August 1, 2017, then every other biennium thereafter. Registered Nursing Group 1 will be the first group required to have the new CE for the renewal period ending April 30, 2018.

 

CE Requirements for LPNs

  • All Florida-licensed LPNs are now in a 24-month renewal cycle and must complete 24 CE hours of appropriate continuing education during each renewal period. One (1) hour is required for each calendar month of the licensure cycle, including two (2) CE hours on Prevention of Medical Errors. HIV/AIDS is now a one-time, 1-hour CE requirement to be completed prior to the first renewal. Domestic Violence CE is now a 2-hour requirement every third renewal. For example, if you renew your license on January 31, 2007, you are required to complete the Domestic Violence CE before the January 31, 2011 renewal.

Georgia

CE Requirements for RNs

  • 30 CE hours every 2 years

 

CE Requirements for LPNs

  • 30 CE hours every 2 years

Hawaii

CE Requirements for RNs

  • Beginning July 1, 2017, for every 2 year renewal period RNs must complete one of the following: 30 CE hours of continuing education, completion of a board approved refresher course, completion of a minimum of two semester credits of post-licensure academic education related to nursing practice from an accredited nursing program.

 

CE Requirements for LPNs

  • Beginning July 1, 2017, for every 2 year renewal period LPNs must complete one of the following: 30 CE hours of continuing education, completion of a board approved refresher course, completion of a minimum of two semester credits of post-licensure academic education related to nursing practice from an accredited nursing program.

Idaho

CE Requirements for RNs

  • New Continuing Competency Requirements (effective with the 2019 renewal) In order to renew, a licensee shall complete or comply with at least two of any of the learning activities listed below within the two year renewal period. a. Practice: i. Current nursing specialty certification as defined in Section 402; ii. One hundred (100) CE hours of practice or simulation practice b. Education, Continuing Education, E-learning, and In-service: i. Fifteen (15) CE hours of continuing education; ii. Completion of a minimum of one (1) semester credit hour of post-licensure academic education; iii. Completion of a Board-recognized refresher course; See additional options on Idaho BON website

 

CE Requirements for LPNs

  • New Continuing Competency Requirements (effective with the 2018 renewal) In order to renew, a licensee shall complete or comply with at least two (2) of any of the learning activities listed in the RN requirements within the two (2) year renewal period.

Illinois

CE Requirements for RNs

  • RNs are required to complete 20 CE hours every two years.

 

CE Requirements for LPNs

  • LPNs are required to complete 20 CE hours every two years.

Indiana

CE not required.

Iowa

RNs and LPNs: For renewal of a three year license, the requirement is 36 CE hours; For renewal of a license that has been issued for less than three years, the requirement is 24 CE hours. For reactivation from an inactive status, the requirement is 12 CE hours that are not more than 12 months old at the time the credit is submitted for reactivation For renewal of a license that has been issued for less than three years, the requirement is 24 CE hours or 2.4 CEUs. It is also required that RNs and LPNs who regularly examine, attend, counsel or treat dependent adults or children in Iowa complete training related to the identification and reporting of child/dependent adult abuse. The licensee is required to complete at least two CE hours of training every five years.

Kansas

CE Requirements for RNs

  • RNs are required to complete 30 CE hours every 2 years. There is no maximum on the number of independent study CE hours that can be obtained.

 

CE Requirements for LPNs

  • LPNs are required to complete 30 CE hours every 2 years. There is no maximum on the number of independent study CE hours that can be obtained.

Maine

CE not required.

Maryland

CE not required.

Massachusetts

CE Requirements for RNs

  • RNs are required to complete 15 CE hours every 2 years.

 

CE Requirements for LPNs

  • LPNs are required to complete 15 CE hours every 2 years.

Kentucky

CE Requirements for RNs

  • RNs must have proof of earning 14 approved CE hours or one of the other competency options stated by the Kentucky BON (see website link). Other required courses: Course: Pediatric Abusive Head Trauma, also known as “Shaken Baby Syndrome.” 1.5 CE hours. This is a one-time CE requirement covering the recognition and prevention of pediatric abusive head trauma. Nurses licensed as of July 15, 2010 have until December 31, 2013 to complete the course. Nurses licensed after that date have three years from the date of licensure to complete the course. Course: HIV/AIDs- All nurses are required to earn two CE hours of approved HIV/AIDS CE within the appropriate ten-year period.

 

CE Requirements for LPNs

  • LPNs must have proof of earning 14 approved CE hours or one of the other competency options stated by the Kentucky BON

Louisiana

RNs and LPNs: The annual continuing education requirement is based on employment: 5 CE hours (full-time nursing practice), 10 CE hours (part-time nursing practice), or 15 CE hours (not employed or worked less than 160 CE hours).

Michigan

All Michigan licensed nurses must complete 25 CE hours of board approved continuing education, with at least one hour in pain and symptom management, within the two years immediately preceding the expiration date of their license.

Minnesota

CE Requirements for RNs

  • RNs must complete 24 CE hours every 2 years.

 

CE Requirements for LPNs

  • LPNs must complete 12 CE hours every 2 years.

Mississippi

CE not required.

Missouri

CE not required.

Montana

CE not required.

Nevada

For relicensure, RNs and LPNs must have completed 30 CE hours of nursing-related continuing education in the previous 24 months, and must have completed the state-required bioterrorism course.

Nebraska

Renewal requirements for RNs and LPNs: Must be 20 CE hours within the last renewal period. Must be related to the practice of nursing. At least 10 of the 20 CE hours must be formally peer reviewed* and approved continuing education. Up to 4 CE hours may be CPR or BLS courses.

New Hampshire

RNs and LPNs:

  • 30 CE hours in 2 years immediately preceding license application including workshops, conferences, lectures or other education offerings designed to enhance nursing knowledge, judgment, and skills. There is no limit to the number of CE hours that can be completed through independent study.

New Jersey

RNs and LPNs:

  • 30 CE hours every two years

New Mexico

RNs and LPNs:

  • Complete 30 CE hours of approved CE within the 24 months immediately preceding expiration of license.

New York

CE Requirements for RNs

  • RNs are required to complete 3 CE hours infection control every 4 years; 2 CE hours child abuse (one time requirement for initial license); Programs must be from an approved provider.

 

CE Requirements for LPNs

  • LPNs are required to complete 3 CE hours infection control every 4 years; Program must be from an approved provider.

North Carolina

RNs & LPNs: For reinstatement or relicensure, a plans for continued competence and completion of one of the following is required.

  • National certification or re-certification by a national credentialing body recognized by the Board
  • 30 CE hours of continued education 30 CE hours of continued education
  • Completion of a Board approved refresher course Completion of a Board approved refresher course
  • Completion of a minimum of two semester CE hours of post-licensure academic education related to nursing practice
  • 15 CE hours of continued education and completion of a nursing project as principal investigator or co-investigator to include statement of problem, project objectives, methods, date of completion and summary of findings
  • 15 CE hours of continued education and authoring or co-authoring a nursing related article, paper, book or book chapter
  • 15 CE hours of continued education and developing and conducting a nursing continuing education presentation or presentations totaling a minimum of five CE hours, including program brochure or course syllabi, objectives, date and location of presentation, and approximate number of attendees 15 CE hours of continued education and developing and conducting a nursing continuing education presentation or presentations totaling a minimum of five CE hours, including program brochure or course syllabi, objectives, date and location of presentation, and approximate number of attendees.
  • 15 CE hours of continued education and 640 CE hours of active practice within previous 2 years .

North Dakota

For RN license renewal, the nurse must meet the continued competence requirements. Included in this requirement is the completion of 12 CE hours of continuing education. All CE required for license renewal may be obtained online.

Ohio

Relicensure requirement: 24 CE hours every 2 years. At least one hour must be related to Chapters 4723,1-23 of the Ohio nurse practice code and rules.

Oklahoma

Beginning 08/27/2015 RNs and LPNs must complete one of the following options within every 2 year renewal period. 1) verify 520 CE hours of employment a year, or 2) complete 24 CE hours of continuing education, or 3) verify current certification in a nursing specialty area, or 4) complete a board approved refresher course, or 5) complete 6 academic semester credits CE hours of coursework at the current level of licensure or higher.

Oregon

One-time requirement for seven CE hours of pain management-related CE. One hour must be a course to be provided by the Oregon Pain Management Commission.The remaining six CE hours can be your choice of pain management topics. Once this requirement is fulfilled, there is no additional CE requirements for renewal.

Pennsylvania

CE Requirements for RNs

  • 30 CE hours every two years for RNs. Beginning in 2014 RNs must complete 2 CE hours of approved child abuse and recognition and report training every renewal (Act 31). See state website for additional information.

 

CE Requirements for LPNs

  • Beginning in 2014 LPNs must complete 2 CE hours of approved child abuse and recognition and report training every renewal (Act 31). See state website for additional information.

Rhode Island

CE Requirements for RNs & LPNs

  • required to complete 10 CE hours every 2 years. Online courses are acceptable.

South Carolina

Demonstration of competency for renewal of an active license biennially requires documented evidence of at least one of the following requirements during the licensure period: – Completion of thirty CE hours from a continuing education provider recognized by the board – Maintenance of certification or re-certification by a national certifying body recognized by the board – Completion of an academic program of study in nursing or a related field recognized by the board – Verification of competency and the number of CE hours practiced as evidenced by employer certification on a form approved by the Board

South Dakota

CE not required.

Tennessee

Continuing Education for relicensure is not mandatory in Tennessee. However, mandatory continuing competency is required in Tennessee. In order to maintain continued competence, the board requires the nurse to have practiced in nursing in the last five (5) years and additionally, the Board sets out standards of competence and requirements to maintain competence.

Texas

Required to complete 20 CE hours every two years. There is also a targeted 1-time, 2-contact hour CE requirement for any RN practicing in an emergency room setting for Forensic Evidence Collection

Utah

Renewal of a license requires one of the following every 2 years: 30 CE hours, OR 200 practice CE hours and 15 CE hours, OR 400 practice CE hours.

Vermont

CE not required.

Virginia

CE not required.

Washington

Registered nurses (RN) and licensed practical nurses (LPN) are required to keep documentation showing at least 531 CE hours of active practice and 45 clock CE hours of continuing education within a three year cycle. The first cycle starts on your first birthday after initial licensure. You must attest every three years to reflect you have met the requirements for both practice and continuing education. Do not send documentation to the Nursing Commission in support of the attestations unless notified of an audit via your renewal notice. The Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission adopted rules in WAC 246-840-200 through 260 for an independent continuing competency program effective January 2011 and recently updated effective January 2016.

West Virginia

CE Requirements for RNs

  • Completion of the 12 CE hours of CE required for RN relicensure may be accomplished by: 1. Completing 12 CE hours of CE from an approved CE provider; or 2. Completing 6 CE hours of CE from an approved CE provider which may include 2 CE hours of self-study and one of the following completed during the reporting period: A. National certification initially earned or in effect the entire reporting period; B. Completion of a nursing research project as principal investigator, co-investigator or project director; C. Published a nursing related article in a national nursing or healthcare journal; D. Developed and presented a professional nursing education presentation; E. Participated as a clinical preceptor for at least one student or one new employee undergoing orientation and have one hundred-twenty CE hours of one-on-one relationship as a clinical preceptor during the reporting period; F. Evidence of satisfactory evaluation of employment that covers at least six months of the reporting period; or G. Completion of an approved nursing refresher or re-entry course.

 

CE Requirements for LPNs

  • LPNs are required to complete 24 CE hours of continuing education and engage in 400 clock CE hours of LPN practice in each 2 year reporting period. Reporting occurs on the even years. There is also a 1-time 2-contact hour requirement for end of life care including pain management.

Wisconsin

CE not required.

Wyoming

Requirement for relicensure: 20 CE hours in the last 2 years OR Combination of Nursing practice and CE hours OR Minimum 1600 CE hours in Nursing practice in the last 5 years OR Minimum 500 CE hours in Nursing practice in the last 2 years OR Passing NCLEX within the last 5 years OR National certification in specialty area in last 5 years OR Completion of a refresher/orientation program in the last 5 years

Guam

30 CE hours every 2 years on 9-30 (odd numbered years)

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