+ Alabama

State Website

Term (Years): 2 Registered Nurses (Number of contact hours): 24 Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (Number of contact hours) 24 plus:

  1. Certified Registered Nurse Practitioners (CRNP) and Certified Nurse Midwives (CNM) with prescriptive authority shall earn six contact hours of pharmacology content specific to prescriptive practice in the approved area for collaborative practice.
  2. Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNA) shall earn six contact hours of pharmacology.
  3. A registered nurse or licensed practical nurse licensed by examination during the earning period shall, for the first license renewal, earn four (4) contact hours of Board provided continuing education related to Board functions, the Nurse Practice Act, regulations, professional conduct, and accountability and one contact hour for each calendar month remaining in the earning period up to a maximum of 24 contact hours including the mandatory class.

+ Alaska

State Website

Term (Years): 2 Registered Nurses (Number of contact hours): Registered and practical nurse licensees must complete two of the following methods for maintaining continuing competency (Article 6 of 12 AAC).

  • 30 contact hours of continuing education prescribed under 12 AAC 44.610.
  • 30 hours of participation in professional activities prescribed under 12 AAC 44.620.
  • 320 hours of employment prescribed under 12 AAC 44.630 In lieu of meeting the above requirements, licensees may qualify for alternative methods of continuing competency pursuant 12 AAC 44.640.

Registered Nurses (Number of contact hours)

  • National Certification

+ Arizona

State Website

Term (Years): 4 Registered Nurses (Number of contact hours): 0 Renewal applicants must meet one of the following practice requirements:

  • Practiced as a nurse for 960 hours or more in the past 5 years OR
  • Graduated from a nursing program and obtained a degree within past 5 years OR
  • Completed an Arizona Board approved refresher course in the past 5 years OR
  • Obtained an advanced nursing degree in the past 5 years (i.e. LPN to RN, RN to BSN, masters, or doctorate).

Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (Number of contact hours)

  • National Certification

+ Arkansas

State Website

Term (Years): 2 Registered Nurses (Number of contact hours) Active LPNs, RNs and APNs must complete the continuing education requirement by one of these methods:

  • 15 contact hours of appropriately accredited practice-focused activities, OR
  • Hold a current nationally recognized certification /recertification, OR
  • Completed a minimum of 1 college credit hour course in nursing with a grade of C or better during licensure period.

Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (Number of contact hours)

  • National certification

+ California

State Website

Term (Years): 2 Registered Nurses (Number of contact hours)

  • 30 hours of continuing education for license renewal. The continuing education course(s) must be taken through a continuing education provider recognized by the Board of Registered Nursing.

Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (Number of contact hours)

  • Continuing education is not required (over the 30 hours required for RN renewal) for renewal of advanced practice certificates. The board accepts ANCC accredited activities and AMA PRA Category 1™ activities.

+ Colorado

State Website

Term (Years): 2 Registered Nurses (Number of contact hours)

  • None Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (Number of contact hours)
  • National Certification

+ Connecticut

State Website

Term (Years): 1 Registered Nurses (Number of contact hours)

  • None

Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (Number of contact hours)

  • National Certification

+ Delaware

State Website

Term (Years): 2 Registered Nurses (Number of contact hours)

  • 30 contact hours (RNs) / 24 contact hours (LPNs)
  • 3 of the contact hours must be in the area of substance abuse PLUS
  • and have practiced nursing at least 1000 hours in the past 5 years or 400 hours in the past 2 years

Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (Number of contact hours)

IF national certification for your specialty is available, THEN you must be certified and meet 1 of these requirements:

  • Practice of 1500 hours over the past 5 years in the specialty for which you are applying, or
  • Practice of 600 hours over the past 2 years in the specialty for which you are applying, or
  • Graduation from the specialty program within the past 2 years.

IF national certificate is unavailable, THEN you must meet 1 of these requirements:

  • Practice of 1000 hours over the past 2 years in the specialty for which you are applying, or
  • Completion of a period of at least 1000 hours of supervised practice.

In addition, APNs who have prescriptive authority must attest to completing 10 hours of continuing education (CE) in pharmacology/pharmacotherapeutics in the past 2 years.

+ District of Columbia

State Website

Term (Years): 2 Registered Nurses (Number of contact hours)

  • The completion of 24 contact hours of continuing education in the licensee's current area of practice is required.

Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (Number of contact hours)

  • The completion of 24 contact hours of continuing education is required. Fifteen of the 24 contact hours must include a pharmacology component. Nine of the 24 contact hours must be relevant to the practice of your APRN specialty.

+ Florida

State Website

Term (Years): 2 Registered Nurses (Number of contact hours)

  • A nurse who is certified by a health care specialty program accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies or the Accreditation Board for Specialty Nursing Certification is exempt from continuing education requirements.
  • Otherwise, Completion of 18 hours of General CE, 2 hours Prevention of Medical Errors, 2 hours Florida Laws & Rules, 2 Recognizing Impairment in the Workplace, 2 hours Human Trafficking, 2 hours Domestic Violence, 1 hour HIV/AIDS

Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (Number of contact hours)

  • A nurse who is certified by a health care specialty program accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies or the Accreditation Board for Specialty Nursing Certification is exempt from continuing education requirements.
  • Otherwise, Completion of 18 hours of General CE, 2 hours Prevention of Medical Errors, 2 hours Florida Laws & Rules, 2 Recognizing Impairment in the Workplace, 2 hours Human Trafficking, 3 hours Safe and Effective Prescription of Controlled Subsatances, 2 hours Domestic Violence, 1 hour HIV/AIDS

+ Georgia

State Website

Term (Years): 2 Registered Nurses (Number of contact hours)

  • Effective January 2016, 1 of these 5 options must be completed for license renewal: 30 hours of continuing education; Maintenance of certification or recertification; Completion of accredited academic program in nursing; Verification of competency by healthcare facility; Completion of board approved reentry program or graduation from nursing education program.
  • Effective March 2017, LPNs will be required to complete 20 hours of continuing education.

Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (Number of contact hours)

  • National Certification

+ Hawaii

State Website

Term (Years): 2 Registered Nurses (Number of contact hours)

  • Complete one of the learning activity options listed below to meet the continuing competency requirement. You must complete at least one (1) of the learning activity options listed.
  • Continuing Education (CE): thirty (30) hours
  • LEARNING ACTIVITY: A refresher course shall consist of at least sixty (60) hours of didactic and sixty (60) hours of clinical practice by an approved provider and designed for the practical nurse or registered nurse who is returning to practice after more than five years of absence from nursing practice.
  • LEARNING ACTIVITY: Completion of a minimum of two semester credits of post-licensure academic education related to nursing practice from an accredited nursing program
  • Act as a preceptor for at least one nursing student or employee transitioning into new clinical practice areas for at least one hundred twenty (120) hours, in a one-to-one relationship as part of an organized preceptorship program
  • Role must be principal or co-principal investigator for a nursing research study or lead or co-lead for an EBP project completed within the biennium
  • Authored or coauthored a peer reviewed published nursing or health-related article, book or book chapter that was published within the biennium
  • Developing and Conducting a Nursing Education Presentation or Presentations Totaling a Minimum of Five (5) Contact Hours of Actual Instruction that Qualifies as Continuing Education
  • Completion of a board-recognized nurse residency program.
  • Similar Type of Learning Activity Option Recognized by the Board - The Board recommends preapproval for any learning activity option that does not fall under any of the previously mentioned activities

Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (Number of contact hours)

  • National Certification
  • thirty (30) contact hours, of which eight (8) hours are in pharmacology related to your clinical practice specialty area and approved by a board-recognized certifying body

+ Idaho

State Website

Term (Years): 2 Registered Nurses (Number of contact hours)

  • None

Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (Number of contact hours)

  • thirty (30) contact hours

+ Illinois

State Website

Term (Years): 2 Registered Nurses (Number of contact hours)

  • RNs and LPNs are required to complete 20 contact hours every 2 years.

Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (Number of contact hours)

  • 50 contact hours

+ Indiana

State Website

Term (Years): 2 Registered Nurses (Number of contact hours)

  • None

Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (Number of contact hours)

  • Advanced practice nurses with prescriptive authority must obtain at least 30 hours of continuing education, at least 8 hours of which must be in pharmacology.

+ Iowa

State Website

Term (Years): 2 Registered Nurses (Number of contact hours)

  • For renewal of a three year license, the requirement is 36 contact hours or 3.6 CEUs. For renewal of a license that has been issued for less than three years, the requirement is 24 contact hours or 2.4 CEUs. A license issued for less than three years is granted for two years, plus the number of months to the birth month. Thereafter, the license must be renewed every three years. A licensee (ARNP, RN, LPN) who regularly examines, attends, counsels or treats children or adults in Iowa is required to complete training related to the identification and reporting of child/dependent adult abuse. The licensee is required to complete at least two hours of training every five years.

Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (Number of contact hours)

  • An advanced registered nurse practitioner (ARNP) holding current certification in his/her specialty is deemed to be in compliance with Iowa continuing education (CE) requirements. There are no extra CE credits required for the RN renewal and ARNP registration. The ARNP is required to meet the CE requirements that are recognized by the credentialing body that offers certification in the nurse's specialty area of practice. Current certification is required to be maintained.

+ Kansas

State Website

Term (Years): 2 Registered Nurses (Number of contact hours)

  • 30 contact hours of approved CNE during the most recent licensing period.
  • NOT required to complete 30 CNE contact hours if license expires within 30 months following initial licensure examination or for renewal of license that expires within the first 9 months following licensure reinstatement or endorsement.

Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (Number of contact hours)

  • Same as for RN; education must be related to the practice specialty.

+ Kentucky

State Website

Term (Years): 1 Registered Nurses (Number of contact hours)

  • 14 contact hours/year OR national certification (see state site for additional substitutions for CE hours).

Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (Number of contact hours)

  • 14 contact hours/year OR national certification. 5 credits must be in the area of pharmacology
  • APRNs with a CAPA-CS are required to earn one and a half (1.5) approved CE contact hours on the use of KASPER, pain management, or addiction disorders.

+ Lousiana

State Website

Term (Years): 1 Registered Nurses (Number of contact hours)

  • Practiced nursing 1600 hours (or more): Minimum of 5 contact hours
  • Practiced nursing at least 160 hours, but less than 1600 hours: Minimum of 10 contact hours
  • Practiced nursing less than 160 hours: Minimum of 15 contact hours

Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (Number of contact hours)

  • APRN whose role and population focus does not provide for certification/recertification (commensurate requirements) shall submit proof of the following:
  • a minimum of 300 practice hours in advanced practice registered nursing as defined in R.S. 37:913.3.a. within a twelve (12) month period [verified by clinical manager] - and -
  • a minimum of 2 college credit hours per year of relevance to the advanced practice role; - or -
  • a minimum of 30 continuing education (C.E.) nursing contact [credit] hours approved by the Board each year. Continuing Medical Education Units (CME)s may be approved by the board to meet this requirement.

+ Maine

State Website

Term (Years): 2 Registered Nurses (Number of contact hours)

  • None

Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (Number of contact hours)

  • An APRN seeking renewal of license(s) to practice must have completed during the 2-year period a minimum of 75 CEUs in nursing, medicine, or allied health in the area of practice for which the individual has been licensed as an APRN.

+ Maryland

State Website

Term (Years): 2

Registered Nurses (Number of contact hours)

  • None

Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (Number of contact hours)

  • National certification

+ Massachusetts

State Website

Term (Years): 2 Registered Nurses (Number of contact hours)

  • 15 contact hours/every two years

Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (Number of contact hours)

  • National certification

+ Michigan

State Website

Term (Years): 2 Registered Nurses (Number of contact hours)

  • at least 25 hours of continuing education, with at least two (2) hours in pain and symptom management

Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (Number of contact hours)

  • National certification

+ Minnesota

State Website

Term (Years): 2 Registered Nurses (Number of contact hours)

  • 24 contact hours of continuing education during a 24 month period of registration (for RNs). LPN must participate in 12 contact hours.

Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (Number of contact hours)

  • National certification

+ Mississippi

State Website

Term (Years): 2 Registered Nurses (Number of contact hours)

  • None

Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (Number of contact hours)

  • National certification
  • All APRNs must have 40 continuing education units with two of these CEUs related to the prescribing of controlled substances.

+ Missouri

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

Term (Years): 2 Registered Nurses (Number of contact hours)

  • None

Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (Number of contact hours)

  • National certification

+ Montana

State Website

Term (Years): 2 Registered Nurses (Number of contact hours)

  • Nurses must complete a minimum of 24 contact hours during the two-year renewal period

Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (Number of contact hours)

  • A total of 24 contact hours and if they hold prescriptive authority 12 of those contact hours must be in the area of pharmacotherapeutics

+ Nebraska

State Website

Term (Years): 2 Registered Nurses (Number of contact hours)

  • At least 20 contact hours of acceptable continuing education/in-service education within the past 2 years. Of the 20 hours attested to, no more than 4 hours may be from CPR or BLS, and at least 10 hours must be peer reviewed.

Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (Number of contact hours)

  • 40 contact hours of continuing education in appropriate clinical specialty area within the 2 years proceeding the renewal period. 10 of the 40 contact hours must be in pharmacotherapeutics.

+ Nevada

State Website

Term (Years): 2 Registered Nurses (Number of contact hours)

  • 45 hours of nursing-related continuing education in the previous 24 months.

Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (Number of contact hours)

  • APNs must meet the CE requirement for RNs. Additionally, APNs must take an additional 15 CEUs directly related to their specialties.

+ New Hampshire

State Website

Term (Years): 2 Registered Nurses (Number of contact hours)

  • 30 contact hours in 2 years immediately preceding license application

Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (Number of contact hours)

  • 30 of the 60 required contact hours and an additional 30 hours should include 5 hours of 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.

+ New Jersey

State Website

Term (Years): 2 Registered Nurses (Number of contact hours)

  • 30 hours of continuing education.

Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (Number of contact hours)

  • National certification

+ New Mexico

State Website

Term (Years): 2 Registered Nurses (Number of contact hours)

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

Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (Number of contact hours)

  • None

+ New York

State Website

Term (Years): 3

Registered Nurses (Number of contact hours)

  • None

Advanced Practice Registered nurses (number of contact hours)

  • National certification

+ North Carolina

State Website

Term (Years): 2

Registered Nurses (Number of contact hours)

(One of the following will be required)

  • 15 Contact Hours of continued education and 640 hours of active practice within previous 2 years
  • National Certification or Re-certification by a National Credentialing Body recognized by the Board
  • 30 Contact Hours of continued education
  • Completion of a Board-Approved Refresher Course
  • Completion of a minimum of two (2) 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 to include statement of problem, project objectives, methods, date of completion and summary of findings
  • 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, including program brochure or course syllabi, objectives, date and location of presentation, and approximate number of attendees

Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (Number of contact hours)

  • Attest to completion of a self assessment of their practice, development of a learning plan, and completion of one of the approved learning activity options during the preceding renewal cycle or prior to reinstatement of license

+ North Dakota

State Website

Term (Years): 2 Registered Nurses (Number of contact hours)

  • 12 contact hours per 24 month renewal period.
  • If you received your first license in North Dakota by endorsement from another state in the year you are renewing, you must complete 6 contact hours for renewal of your nursing license.

Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (Number of contact hours)

  • National certification. Advanced Practice Registered Nurse with Prescriptive Authority must complete 15 contact hours of CE related to pharmacology. These 15 contact hours may fulfill the RN/APRN renewal contact hour requirements of 12 CE.

+ Ohio

State Website

Term (Years): 2 Registered Nurses (Number of contact hours)

  • 24 hours/2 year renewal period, 1 hour of which must be in Ohio nursing law Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (Number of contact hours)
  • National certification and must also meet RN requirements

+ Oklahoma

State Website

Term (Years): 2 Registered Nurses (Number of contact hours) One of the following will be required:

  • Must meet 1 of 5 options for license renewal. One option is 24 contact hours of continuing education.
  • Employment in a position that requires a registered nurse/practical nurse license with verification of at least 520 work hours; or
  • Completion of at least twenty-four (24) contact hours of continuing education applicable to nursing practice; or
  • Current certification in a nursing specialty area; or
  • Completion of a Board-approved refresher course; or
  • Completion of at least six (6) academic semester credit hours of nursing coursework at the licensee's current level of licensure or higher.

Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (Number of contact hours)

  • National certification

+ Oregon

State Website

Term (Years): 2 Registered Nurses (Number of contact hours) Meet the practice requirement in one of these ways:

  • Practice nursing for a minimum of 960 hours during the previous five years.
  • Successfully complete an approved re-entry program within the two years preceding renewal.
  • Graduate from an OSBN-approved nursing program within the past five years.
  • Attest to completing the one-time only, mandatory requirement of seven hours of pain management continuing education.

Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (Number of contact hours)

  • With prescriptive authority: National certification OR at least 45 structured contact hours of CEs, with 15 of those hours focused in APRN-level pharmacotherapeutic content.
  • Without prescriptive authority: CRNA: National certification CNS: at least 40 contact hours of CEs in the two years prior to license expiration. 50% of those hours must be completed as a structured activity; valid CNS national certification may be used in lieu of completion of the 50% structured hours.

+ Pennsylvania

State Website

Term (Years): 2

Registered Nurses (Number of contact hours)

  • 30 hours of continuing education approved by the Board during the biennial period immediately preceding the application for renewal.

Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (Number of contact hours)

  • 30 hours of continuing education in the two years preceding the renewal. CRNPs with prescriptive authority approval must complete at least 16 of the 30 hours in the area of pharmacology. Click here for more detailed information.

+ Rhode Island

State Website

Term (Years): 2 Registered Nurses (Number of contact hours)

  • 10 contact hours/2 year licensing period

Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (Number of contact hours)

  • National certification

+ South Carolina

State Website

Term (Years): 2 Registered Nurses (Number of contact hours) At least ONE of the following requirements during the licensure period:

  • Completion of thirty contact hours from a continuing education provider recognized by the board; OR
  • Maintenance of certification or re-certification by a national certifying body recognized by the board; OR
  • Completion of an academic program of study in nursing or a related field recognized by the board; OR
  • Verification of competency and the number of hours practiced as evidenced by employer certification on a form approved by the Board.

Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (Number of contact hours)

  • National certification plus 45 hours in the area of pharmacotherapeutics at initial licensure (15 of which must be in controlled substance pharmacology for NPs wishing to prescribe these drugs)

+ South Dakota

State Website

Term (Years): 2 Registered Nurses (Number of contact hours)

  • None

Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (Number of contact hours)

  • National certification

+ Tennessee

State Website

Term (Years): 2 Registered Nurses (Number of contact hours)

  • None

Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (Number of contact hours)

  • National certification. APNs with certificate of fitness to prescribe must complete a minimum 2 hours in controlled substance prescribing practices.

+ Texas

State Website

Term (Years): 2

Registered Nurses (Number of contact hours)

  • Nurses must obtain 20 hours of CE credit every 2 years.
  • All nurses practicing in emergency room settings must take 2 hours related to forensic evidence collection (one time requirement); 2 hours related to geriatric population (for those working with this population); content related to tick-borne diseases (for those working with this population); 2 hours relating to nursing laws and ethics.

Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (Number of contact hours)

  • 20 contact hours every two years OR National Certification. Advance Practice Nurses (APNs) are required to complete CE within their advanced specialty area and role recognized by the BON. APNs with limited prescriptive authority must also complete an additional five contact hours in pharmacotherapeutics. APRNs that have prescriptive authority and prescribe controlled substances must complete at least three additional contact hours of continuing education related to prescribing controlled substances.

+ Utah

State Website

Term (Years): 2

Registered Nurses (Number of contact hours)

  • 30 contact hours CE every two years or 200 practice hours and 15 contact hours CE or 400 practice hours.

Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (Number of contact hours)

  • National certification

+ Vermont

State Website

Term (Years): 2

Registered Nurses (Number of contact hours)

  • None

Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (Number of contact hours)

  • National certification

+ Virginia

State Website

Term (Years): 2

Registered Nurses (Number of contact hours)

  • National Certification or 15 contact hours of continuing education relevant to practice of nursing and 640 hours of active practice as a nurse or 30 hours of continuing education relevant to the practice of nursing.

Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (Number of contact hours)

  • National certification. If you were licensed as a Nurse Practitioner PRIOR to May 8, 2002, you must hold current professional certification OR have completed at least 40 hours of continuing education in the area of specialty practice If you were licensed as a Nurse Practitioner AFTER May 8, 2002, you must hold current professional certification in the area of specialty practice. If you have prescriptive authority, you must also have eight hours of continuing education in pharmacology or pharmacotherapeutics for each biennium.

+ Washington

State Website

Term (Years): 3

Registered Nurses (Number of contact hours)

  • RNs must document 531 hours of active nursing practice within previous 36 month review period; 45 hours of continuing education.

Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (Number of contact hours)

  • 30 hours every two years in area of specialty; additional 15 hours in pharmacotherapeutics if prescriptive authority

+ West Virginia

State Website

Term (Years): 1

Registered Nurses (Number of contact hours)

  • 12 hours every year. RNs must complete 2 hours on mental health conditions common to veterans and their families, 3 hours initially and 1 hour thereafter in drug diversion training and best practice prescribing of controlled substances if they prescribe, administer, or dispense controlled substances. LPNs must complete 3 hours in substance abuse.

Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (Number of contact hours)

  • National certification

+ Wisconsin

State Website

Term (Years): 2

Registered Nurses (Number of contact hours)

  • None

Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (Number of contact hours)

  • 16 contact hours in clinical pharmacology or therapeutics relevant to the advanced practice nurse prescriber's area of practice, including at least 2 contact hours in responsible prescribing of controlled substances.

+ Wyoming

State Website

Term (Years): 2

Registered Nurses (Number of contact hours) No CE requirement if worked 400 hours in the past 2 years

  • If the practice requirement is not met, may renew if 15 hours of CE.

Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (Number of contact hours)

  • Must meet the RN requirements and (1) National Certification OR (2) 60 contact hours of CE in practice area and 400 hours of employment. If Rx authority: 15 contact hours in pharmacology and clinical management of drug therapy or pharmacotherapeutics.