Continuing Education Requirements by State | Registered Nurses

If you are unsure of your state’s Continuing Education requirements, please refer to the website of the state in which you are currently licensed to practice.

Please note that the requirements listed below may not include all necessary or updated information regarding Continuing Education credits for your state. Please utilize this table as a guideline and not a comprehensive list.

State CE Requirements State Board Website
Alabama 24 contact hours every 2 years. 12 contact hours allowed through independent study. Alabama Board of Nursing Website
Alaska Every 2 years, complete 2 of the following:

  • 30 contact hours
  • 30 hours professional nursing activities
  • 320 hours nursing employment
Alaska Board of Nursing Website
Arizona CE not required. Arizona Board of Nursing Website
Arkansas Every 2 years, complete 1 of the following:

  • 15 contact hours
  • Certification/recertification during renewal period by a national certifying body.
  • Completion of a recognized academic course in nursing or related field.
Arkansas Board of Nursing Website
California 30 contact hours every 2 years. California Board of Nursing Website
Colorado CE not required. Colorado Board of Nursing Website
Connecticut CE not required. Connecticut Board of Nursing Website
Delaware 30 contact hours every 2 years. Delaware Board of Nursing Website
District of Columbia (D.C.) 24 contact hours every 2 years. District of Columbia Board of Nursing Website
Florida 24 contact hours during 24 month renewal period:

  • One (1) contact hour is required for each calendar month for the licensure cycle, including two (2) hours on prevention of medical errors.
  • HIV/AIDS is now a one-time, 1 hour CE requirement to be completed prior to first renewal.
  • Domestic violence CE is now a 2-hour requirement every third renewal.
Florida Board of Nursing Website
Georgia CE not required. Georgia Board of Nursing Website
Hawaii CE not required. Hawaii Board of Nursing Website
Idaho CE not required. Idaho Board of Nursing Website
Illinois 20 contact hours every 2 years. Illinois Board of Nursing Website
Indiana CE not required. Indiana Board of Nursing Website
Iowa
  • 36 contact hours for renewal of three year license.
  • 24 contact hours for renewal of a license issued for less than three years.
  • 12 contact hours that are not more than 12 months old for reactivation from inactive status.
  • 24 contact hours or 2.4 CEUs for renewal of a license that has been issued for less than three years.
Iowa Board of Nursing Website
Kansas 30 contact hours every 2 years.

  • No maximum on number of independent study hours.
Kansas Board of Nursing Website
Kentucky Nurses must complete one of the following:

  • 14 approved contact hours
  • National certification or recertification related to the nurse’s practice role.
  • Completion of a nursing research project as principal investigator, co-investigator, or project director.
  • Publication of a nursing related article.
  • A professional nursing education presentation (see nursing board website for more details).
  • Participation as a preceptor for at least one nursing student or new employee undergoing orientation (see nursing board website for more details).
  • Proof of earning 7 approved contact hours, PLUS a nursing employment evaluation that is satisfactory for continued employment, and cover at least 6 months of the earning period (see nursing board website for more details).
Kentucky Board of Nursing Website
Louisiana Continuing Education requirement is based on employment:

  • 5 contact hours (full-time nursing practice)
  • 10 contact hours (part-time nursing practice)
  • 15 contact hours (not employed or worked less than 160 hours)
Louisiana Board of Nursing Website
Maine CE not required. Maine Board of Nursing Website
Maryland CE not required, but an approved refresher course is needed. Maryland Board of Nursing Website
Massachusetts 15 contact hours every 2 years. Massachusetts Board of Nursing Website
Michigan 25 hours of board approved continuing education, with at least 1 hour in pain and symptom management, within the two years immediately preceding expiration date of their license. Michigan Board of Nursing Website
Minnesota 24 contact hours every 2 years. Minnesota Board of Nursing Website
Mississippi CE not required. Mississippi Board of Nursing Website
Missouri CE not required. Missouri Board of Nursing Website
Montana CE not required. Montana Board of Nursing Website
Nebraska 20 contact hours within the last renewal period:

  • Must be related to practice of nursing.
  • At least 10-20 hours must be formally peer reviewed and approved CE.
  • Up to 4 hours may by CPR or BLS courses.
Nebraska Board of Nursing Website
Nevada 30 hours of nursing-related CE in the previous 24 months for relicensure:

  • Must have completed the state-required bioterrorism course
Nevada Board of Nursing Website
New Hampshire 30 contact hours in 2 years immediately preceding license application. Contact hours may include:

  • Workshops
  • Conferences
  • Lectures
  • Other education offerings designed to enhance nursing knowledge, judgement and skills.
New Hampshire Board of Nursing Website
New Jersey 30 contact hours every 2 years. New Jersey Board of Nursing Website
New Mexico 30 hours of approved CE within the 24 months immediately preceding expiration of license. New Mexico Board of Nursing Website
New York  Nurses are required to complete 3 contact hours infection control every 4 years and 2 contact hours from child abuse (one time requirement for license):

  • Programs must be from an approved provider.
New York Board of Nursing Website
North Carolina For reinstatement or relicensure, one of the following is required:

  • National certification or re-certification by a national credentialing body recognized by the Board.
  • 30 contact hours of CE.
  • 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 CE and completion of a nursing project as principal investigator or co-investigator (see nursing board website for more details).
  • 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 (see nursing board website for more details).
  • 15 contact hours of continued education and 640 hours of active practice within previous 2 years.
North Carolina Board of Nursing Website
North Dakota 12 contact hours of CE for license renewal. All required CE may be obtained online. North Dakota Board of Nursing Website
Ohio 24 contact hours every 2 years. At least 1 contact hour must be related to Chapters 4723,1-23 of the Ohio nurse practice code and rules (see nursing board website for more details). Ohio Board of Nursing Website
Oklahoma CE not required. Oklahoma Board of Nursing Website
Oregon One-time requirement for 7 hours of pain management-related CE. One hour must be provided by Oregon Pain Management Commission. Remaining six hours can be your choice of pain management topics. Once requirement is fulfilled, no additional CE is required. Oregon Board of Nursing Website
Pennsylvania 30 contact hours every 2 years. Pennsylvania Board of Nursing Website
Rhode Island 10 contact hours every 2 years. Online courses are acceptable. Rhode Island Board of Nursing Website
South Carolina Renewal of an active license biennially requires documented evidence of at least one of the following requirements during the licensure period:

  • Completion of 30 contact hours from a CE provider recognized by the board.
  • Maintenance of certification or re-certification by a national certifying body recognized by the board.
  • Completion of a academic program of study in nursing or a related field recognized by the board.
  • Verification of competency and the number of hours practiced as evidenced by employer certification on a form approved by the Board.
South Carolina Board of Nursing Website
South Dakota CE not required. South Dakota Board of Nursing Website
Tennessee CE for relicensure is not mandatory. However mandatory continuing competency is required.

  • To maintain continued competence, the board requires nurse to have practiced in nursing in the last 5 years and additionally, the Board sets out standards of competence and requirements to maintain competence.
Tennessee Board of Nursing Website
Texas 20 contact hours every 2 years. There is also a targeted 1-time, 2-contact hours CE requirement for any RN practicing in an emergency room setting for Forensic Evidence Collection. Texas Board of Nursing Website
Utah Renewal of an RN license requires one of the following every two years:

  • 30 contact hours
  • 200 practice hours and 15 contact hours
  • 400 practice hours
Utah Board of Nursing Website
Vermont CE not required. Vermont Board of Nursing Website
Virginia CE not required. Virginia Board of Nursing Website
Washington CE not required. Washington Board of Nursing Website
West Virginia Completion of 12 contact hours of CE required for RN relicensure may be accomplished by:

  • Completing 12 contact hours of CE from an approved provider
  • Completing 6 contact hours of CE from an approved provider, which may include 2 contact hours of self-study and one of the following completed during 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 120 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. G. Completion of an approved nursing refresher or re-entry course.
West Virginia Board of Nursing Website
Wisconsin CE not required. Wisconsin Board of Nursing Website
Wyoming 20 contact hours in the last 2 years or:

  • A combination of nursing practice and contact hours.
  • Minimum 1600 hours in nursing practice in the last 5 years.
  • Minimum 500 hours in nursing practice in the last 2 years.
  • Passing NCLEX within the last 5 years.
  • National certification in specialty area in last 5 years.
  • Completion of a refresher/orientation program in the last 5 years.
Wyoming Board of Nursing Website