Maryland Advanced Practice Registered Nurses CE Requirements, Accreditations & Approvals

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

Continuing Education Requirement

The Maryland Board of Nursing accepts NetCE courses.

RNs and LPNs are required to complete one of the following for license renewal:

  • 1,000 hours of active nursing practice within the 5 previous years; or
  • Board-approved nursing education program within the 5 previous years; or
  • 30 CEUs within the 2 years immediately preceding renewal.

RN-FNEs (Forensic Nurse Examiners) are required 16 hours in forensic science or forensic nursing every two years.

APRNs are required to maintain current and provide proof of national certification.

APRNs applying or renewing registration to dispense or prescribe controlled dangerous substances (CDS) from the Office of Controlled Substances Administration (OCSA) are required 2 hours one-time only on the prescribing or dispensing of controlled dangerous substances.

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.

For first renewal on or after 4/1/2022, all health care practitioners are required to complete an implicit bias training program, one-time only.

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License Renewal Instructions

For More Information

Please contact the Maryland Board of Nursing at (410) 585-1900 or (888) 202-9861, or visit their website at

Additional information regarding your continuing education requirements may be found at: - RNs & LPNs. - RN-FNEs. - APRNs.