Pennsylvania Nursing CE Requirements

Total Hours Required: RN / LPN 30 | Renewal Cycle: 2 Years

Under Penn Code Title 49, Ch. 21, Section 131, nurses are required to complete 30 contact hours of continuing education every two years as part of their renewal requirement.

Required Continuing Education | RN / LPN / CRNP | Effective January 1, 2015, under (CPSL) Act 23 P.S. §  6311, all health-related licensees are required to complete training in "Child Abuse Recognition and Reporting Requirements" as a condition of licensure. For initial license application a 3 hour DHS approved course is required and for  each renewal of a license a 2 hour Board approved course is required. Additional information can be found at FAQs Act 31 of 2014 - Child Abuse Recognition and Reporting Requirements. CE Providers are required to report your completion of this course to the DHS. Note: Both of these child abuse courses are currently not available from MedCEC.

License Expiration Dates | Licenses expire April 30th and October 31st of EVEN numbered years and October 31st of ODD numbered years | CE will need to be completed in the two year period prior to your expiration date.

CE Audit Information | Retain your CE certificates for at least 5 years. Do not send your course completion certificates to the Pennsylvania Board of Nursing unless you are randomly selected for an audit and instructions will be provided to you at that time. Additional information can be found at FAQs on Mandatory Continuing Education (CE) for Registered Nurses.

Additional requirements for CRNP's

Required CRNP | Effective July 1, 2017, CRNP's seeking prescriptive authority approval or renewal must complete at least 4 hours of Board approved education consisting of 2 hours in pain management or the identification of addiction and 2 hours in the the practices of prescribing or dispensing opioids. Additional information can be found at Opioid Education for CRNP Prescriptive Authority Applications and Renewals Submitted Note: This course is not currently available from MedCEC

MedCEC makes every effort to ensure the accuracy of CE requirement information for each state however information is subject to change without notice. This is a summary of CE requirements, please verify current CE requirements by visiting the Pennsylvania Board of Nursing.