Kentucky Advanced Practice Registered Nurses CE Requirements, Accreditations & Approvals

Kentucky Nurses

In support of improving patient care, NetCE is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

The Kentucky Board of Nursing accepts courses from any provider who is ANCC accredited.

In addition to our ANCC accreditation, NetCE is an approved provider through the Kentucky Board of Nursing, Provider #7-0054 through 12/31/2025.

Continuing Education Requirement

NetCE is an approved provider through the Kentucky Board of Nursing, Provider #7-0054 through 12/31/2025.

NetCE is an approved provider through CE Broker, Provider #50-2405.

NetCE will electronically report successful course completion to CE Broker.

RNs, LPNs, and APRNs are required 14 contact hours each year, including a minimum of 7 hours from a Board-approved provider. Those seeking licensure by endorsement or licensure by examination from another state must complete 3 contact hours in domestic violence, elder abuse, neglect, and exploitation; 2 contact hours in suicide prevention; and 1.5 contact hours in pediatric abusive head trauma continuing education, within 3 years of licensure.

APRNs are required 5 contact hours in pharmacology each year.

APRNs with an active DEA registration and PDMP account must dedicate 3 of the 5 required pharmacology hours to the subjects of pain management or addiction disorders each year. This updated requirement begins with the renewal period ending 10/31/2024.

Beginning with DEA initial registrations or renewals starting June 27, 2023, all DEA-registered practitioners (with the exception of DVM-only license holders) are required 8 hours on treating and managing patients with opioid or other substance use disorders, including the appropriate clinical use of all FDA-approved drugs for the treatment of a substance use disorder, one-time only.

All SANE credential holders are required 5 contact hours in sexual assault continuing education each renewal. Any domestic violence or forensic nursing course(s) will meet this mandate. Hours may count toward the 14 hours of continuing education required for renewal.

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For More Information

Please contact the Kentucky Board of Nursing at (502) 429-3300 or (800) 305-2042, or visit their website at

Additional information regarding your continuing education requirements may be found at: - KBN Laws and Regulations. - All Licensees (201 KAR 20:215 Continuing competency requirements, eff. 3/21/2024).