Texas Advanced Practice Registered Nurses CE Requirements, Accreditations & Approvals

Texas 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 Texas Board of Nurse Examiners accepts courses from any provider who is ANCC accredited.

Continuing Education Requirement

Attention Texas Nurses: The Office of the Governor has granted a waiver giving LVNs, RNs, and APRNs a grace period until September 30, 2020 to renew their licenses without any late fees incurred or need to submit evidence of continuing education to meet continuing competency requirements for renewal. This waiver also applies to renewals of prescriptive authority. Additionally, any nurse whose license expires between March 23 and September 30, 2020 may continue to practice until September 30, 2020. For more information, please visit https://www.bon.texas.gov/COVID-19announcements.asp.

The Texas Board of Nurse Examiners accepts NetCE courses.

RNs, LVNs and APRNs are required 20 contact hours every two years in the area of practice. Two contact hours of Nursing Jurisprudence and Ethics must be completed every third renewal. Nurses whose practice includes older adult or geriatric populations must complete at least 2 contact hours relating to Geriatrics every two years.  Nurses who work in an emergency room setting or who perform a forensic examination on a sexual assault survivor must complete a one-time requirement of 2 hours in Forensic Evidence Collection.

APRNs with prescriptive authority must complete an additional 5 contact hours of pharmacotherapeutics every two years.

LMs are required 20 contact hours every two years. Additional requirements includes proof of current CPR certification and proof of current certification for neonatal resuscitation from the American Academy of Pediatrics.

New Mandates

Beginning with renewals on or after September 1, 2020, licensees who provide direct patient care must complete a human trafficking course approved by the Texas Health and Human Services Commission. Please check our website regularly for updates to our course list.

APRNs who prescribe opioids must complete at least 1 contact hour annaully (2 contact hours every two years) that meets the requirements set forth by the Texas Pharmacy Board covering: best practices, alternative treatment options and multi-modal approaches to pain management that may include physical therapy, psychotherapy and other treatments.

APRNs licensed prior to September 1, 2020 and authorized to receive information from the Prescription Monitoring Program must complete a one-time, 2 contact hour course related to approved procedures of prescribing and monitoring controlled substances.

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For More Information

Please contact the Texas Board of Nursing at (512) 305-7400, or visit their website at http://www.bon.state.tx.us/index.asp.

Additional information regarding your continuing education requirements may be found at:
http://www.bon.state.tx.us/education_continuing_education.asp - All Licensees.
https://www.bon.texas.gov/rr_current/216-3.asp - Title 22 TAC 216.3 for All Licensees.