Pennsylvania Nurses CE Requirements, Accreditations & Approvals

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

Continuing Education Requirement

Attention Pennsylvania Nurses: The Pennsylvania Department of State has issued a waiver to extend the Practical Nurse license renewal from June 30, 2020, to September 28, 2020. For more information, please visit https://www.media.pa.gov/Pages/State-Details.aspx?newsid=380.

The Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing accepts NetCE courses.

RNs are required 30 contact hours every two years, including 2 hours of approved child abuse recognition and reporting training.*

LPNs are required 2 hours of approved child abuse recognition and reporting training every two years.*

CNSs and CRNPs (non-prescribing) are required 30 contact hours related to specialty every two years, including 2 hours of approved child abuse recognition and reporting training.*

CRNPs with prescriptive authority are required 30 hours related to specialty every two years, 16 of which must be in advanced pharmacology**, including 2 hours of approved child abuse recognition and reporting training* and a minimum of 2 hours must be in pain management, identification of addiction, or the practices of prescribing or dispensing opioids.

As a requirement for initial licensure, all health-related licensees are required to complete 3 hours of approved child abuse recognition and reporting training.*

*NetCE's course on child abuse recognition and reporting training is approved for both initial licensure and renewal of license.

**NetCE courses with pharmacology hours that are approved for both nurses and physicians are considered advanced pharmacology.

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For More Information

Please contact the Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing at (717) 783-7142, or visit their website at http://www.dos.pa.gov/ProfessionalLicensing/BoardsCommissions/Nursing/Pages/default.aspx.

Additional information regarding your continuing education requirements may be found at:
http://www.pacode.com/secure/data/049/chapter21/s21.131.html - RNs.
http://www.pacode.com/secure/data/049/chapter21/s21.822.html - CNSs.
http://www.pacode.com/secure/data/049/chapter21/s21.331.html - CRNPs.
http://www.dos.pa.gov/ProfessionalLicensing/BoardsCommissions/Nursing/Documents/Applications%20and%20Forms/BPOA%20ACT%2031%20SPECIAL%20NOTICE.pdf - Act 31 of 2014 Child Abuse Recognition & Reporting.
http://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/legis/li/uconsCheck.cfm?yr=2016&sessInd=0&act=124 - Act 124 of 2016 for APRN-CRNPs with prescriptive authority.