Tennessee Advanced Practice Registered Nurses CE Requirements, Accreditations & Approvals

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

Continuing Education Requirement

Attention Tennessee Nurses: On May 12, 2020, Governor Lee signed Executive Order 36 to extend the current expiration dates for health care professionals to renew their license, certificate, or registration set to expire between March 12, 2020 and May 31, 2020, during which time the holder of each license, certification, or registration may continue to legally operate or practice their profession. Any renewal application received by the Tennessee Department of Health by August 31, 2020, shall be accepted as timely, and when each license, certificate, or registration is renewed, its new expiration date shall be twenty-four months after the expiration date it had prior to this order.

Additionally, the requirement that individuals complete or submit proof of completing continuing education requirements or otherwise demonstrate continuing competence as a condition of reinstating a license, certification, or registration, has been suspended. The Commissioner of Health shall reasonably extend the deadline for these requirements as necessary to respond to the effects of COVID-19. For more information, please visit https://sos.tn.gov/products/division-publications/executive-orders-governor-bill-lee.

The Tennessee State Board of Nursing accepts NetCE courses.

RNs and LPNs are required any combination of two (2) of the following every two years:

  • Five (5) contact hours of continuing education (10 if not practicing)
  • Evidence of current national certification
  • Copy of satisfactory employer evaluation
  • Letter from peer providing satisfactory evaluation of your nursing performance
  • Letter from patient or family member giving evidence of satisfactory nurse/patient relationship
  • Copy of a contract of renewal or re-appointment to a nursing position
  • Written self-evaluation based on the standards of competence listed in the rules
  • A document that identifies two nursing goals and how those goals were met
  • A letter from the agency where you volunteered as a nurse
  • Documentation from a school of nursing stating that you participated in the education of nursing students
  • Copy of a published article relevant to nursing written by the licensee
  • Letter of satisfactory completion of a nursing refresher course
  • Letter of satisfactory completion of a comprehensive nursing orientation program
  • Official transcript (may be student issued) demonstrating two hours of nursing credit
  • Evidence of successfully retaken NCLEX

APRNs are required to maintain national certification, plus one (1) option from RN/LPN list above. Licensees who hold a Certificate of Fitness (CF) to prescribe are also required 2 hours of prescribing controlled substances, which must include instruction in the TN Chronic Pain Guidelines.

All Accreditations and Approvals
License Renewal Instructions

For More Information

Please contact the Tennessee State Board of Nursing at (615) 532-3202, or visit their website at https://www.tn.gov/health/health-program-areas/health-professional-boards/nursing-board/nursing-board/about.html.

Additional information regarding your continuing education requirements may be found at:
https://www.tn.gov/content/dam/tn/health/documents/ContinuedCompetenceRequirements.pdf - All Licensees.
http://publications.tnsosfiles.com/rules/1000/1000-01.20150622.pdf - TAC Rule 1000-01-.14 for RNs.
http://publications.tnsosfiles.com/rules/1000/1000-02.20150622.pdf - TAC Rule 1000-02-.14 for LPNs.
http://publications.tnsosfiles.com/rules/1000/1000-04.20150622.pdf - TAC Rule 1000-04-.05 for APRNs with Certificate of Fitness to prescribe.