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North Carolina Nursing CE Requirements

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CE Requirements for RNs

Total Hours Required: 30 | Elective Hours: 30 | Renewal Cycle in Years: 2

RNs and LPNs: 21 NCAC 36.0232: For reinstatement or relicensure, a plan for continued competence and completion of one of the following is required:

1) National certification or re-certification by a national credentialing body recognized by the Board.

2) 30 contact hours of continued education.

3) Completion of a Board approved refresher course.

4) Completion of a minimum of two semester hours of post-licensure academic education related to nursing practice.

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15 contact hours of continued education and one of the following:

1) Completion of a nursing project as principal investigator or co-investigator to include statement of problem, project objectives, methods, date of completion and summary of findings.

2) Authoring or co-authoring a nursing related article, paper, book or book chapter.

3) Developing and conducting a nursing continuing education presentation or presentations totaling a minimum of five contact hours, including program brochure or course syllabi, objectives, date and location of presentation, and approximate number of attendees.

4) 640 hours of active practice within previous 2 years.

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CE Requirements for LVNs

Total Hours Required: 15 | Elective Hours: 15 | Renewal Cycle in Years: 2

RNs and LPNs: 21 NCAC 36.0232: For reinstatement or relicensure, a plan for continued competence and completion of one of the following is required:

1) National certification or re-certification by a national credentialing body recognized by the Board.

2) 30 contact hours of continued education.

3) Completion of a Board approved refresher course.

4) Completion of a minimum of two semester hours of post-licensure academic education related to nursing practice.

--OR--

15 contact hours of continued education and one of the following:

1) Completion of a nursing project as principal investigator or co-investigator to include statement of problem, project objectives, methods, date of completion and summary of findings.

2) Authoring or co-authoring a nursing related article, paper, book or book chapter.

3) Developing and conducting a nursing continuing education presentation or presentations totaling a minimum of five contact hours, including program brochure or course syllabi, objectives, date and location of presentation, and approximate number of attendees.

4) 640 hours of active practice within previous 2 years.

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