Texas 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

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. Nurses whose practice includes older adult or geriatric populations must complete at least 2 contact hours relating to Geriatrics every two years. Nurses who provide direct patient care must complete a human trafficking course approved by the Texas Health and Human Services Commission every 2 years. Two contact hours of Nursing Jurisprudence and Ethics must be completed every third renewal. 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 every two years in pharmacotherapeutics.

APRNs authorized to receive information from the Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP) licensed prior to September 1, 2020 must complete two (2) contact hours related to approved procedures for prescribing and monitoring controlled substances. APRNs licensed after September 1, 2020 and authorized to receive information from the PMP must fulfill the requirement within one year of initial licensure.

APRNs who have entered into a prescriptive authority agreement authorizing the prescribing of opioids must complete two (2) contact hours annually (4 contact hours every licensing period) regarding the safe and effective pain management related to the prescription of opioids and other controlled substances. This must include education regarding reasonable standards of care, the identification of drug-seeking behavior in patients, and effectively communicating with patients regarding the prescription of an opioid or other controlled substance.

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.

Licensed Midwives are required 20 contact hours every two years, including HHSC-approved human trafficking prevention continuing education per OC 116. Additional requirements includes proof of current CPR certification and proof of current certification for neonatal resuscitation from the American Academy of Pediatrics. Beginning with license renewals on and after September 1, 2022, at least two (2) hours are required on assessing fetal heart rates by intermittent auscultation. (LM licensing and regulatory activities are managed by the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation.)

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For More Information

RNs, LVNs and APRNs: Please contact the Texas Board of Nursing at (512) 305-7400, or refer to https://www.bon.texas.gov/index.asp and https://www.bon.texas.gov/education_continuing_education.asp for additional information regarding your continuing education.

LMs: Please contact the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation Midwives Program at (512) 463-6599, or refer to https://www.tdlr.texas.gov/midwives/midwives.htm and https://www.tdlr.texas.gov/midwives/mwvce.htm for additional information regarding your continuing education.