Louisiana Advanced Practice Registered Nurses CE Requirements, Accreditations & Approvals

Louisiana 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 Louisiana State Board of Nursing and the Louisiana State Board of Practical Nurse Examiners accept courses from any provider who is ANCC accredited.

Continuing Education Requirement

RNs and APRNs Louisiana Registered Nurse (RN) and Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) licenses are calendar year licenses which must be renewed every fall for the next year.  Online renewal season begins on October 1st after 1:00 pm (Central Standard Time) and closes at midnight December 31st.  However, an additional late fee is charged for all renewals submitted/paid online at midnight December 31st and throughout the month of January.

All Louisiana RNs must have already completed ANCC or U.S. Board of Nursing accredited nursing continuing education (CEs) each year which meet LSBN rules prior to annual online renewal. For RNs with employer verified nursing practice of 1,600 hours or more for the current year (10 full months at 40 hours per week), a minimum of 5 contact hours of nursing CEs are required each year to renew. For an RN with employer verified nursing practice for the year was 159 hours or less - or - the nurse was either unemployed or self-employed for the current year, a minimum of 15 contact hours is required. For RNs with employer verified nursing practice was between 160 hours to 1,599 hours for the current calendar year, the RN will need a minimum of 10 contact hours to qualify for annual renewal.

Louisiana APRNs with national certification must have a minimum of 6 contact hours of advanced level pharmacology specific continuing education applicable to their licensed AP population foci annually to qualify for license renewal.

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For More Information

Please contact the Louisiana State Board of Nursing (LSBN) at (225) 755-7500 or http://www.lsbn.state.la.us/Portals/1/Documents/Forms/CEReq.pdf.

LPNs: No continuing education required at this time. Please contact the Louisiana State Board of Practical Nurse Examiners (LSBPNE) at (504) 838-5791 and website http://www.lsbpne.com regarding your renewal requirements.