“Continuing Education” – That state nursing mandate that nags at nurses for the entire length of their career… That is, unless you find yourself practicing in one of these 14 states:


Georgia was one of those states, however it will start checking competency (through CEUs or other optional methods) starting in January of 2016.

Oregon only requires a one-time 7 CEU in pain management, and if you’re in Wyoming and have passed the NCLEX within the last 5 years, you don’t have any CEU requirements!

For the rest of us Americans, the required hours and length of time to achieve the total CEUs varies by state nursing boards. New York has one of the lowest requirements with a one-time 2 CEUs in child abuse and then 3 CEUs in infection control every 4 years. Rhode Island is also pretty relaxed, with a requirement of only 10 hours every 2 years.

West Virginia requires 12 CEUs/year while Kentucky requires 14 CEUs/year. Louisiana has an interesting annual requirement where full-time nurses – 5 CEUs, part-time nurses – 10 CEUs, and unemployed nurses (or limited hours) – 15 CEUs.

The following states require 30 CEUS every 2 years:

CA, DE, KS, NC, NH, NJ, NM, NV, PA, SC, UT*, VA*, WA*

(Note: * signifies a more complex or optional components to the state competency requirements).

Most of the rest of the states not mentioned here require a certain number of CEUs, with the average being 20 CEUS/2 year period. You can find more information about your state nursing board’s requirements by visiting your specific state nursing website.


This post was written as part of the Nurse Blog Carnival. More posts on this topic can be found at The Days When I’m Not A Nurse. Find out how to participate.


Eric is a cardiac ICU nurse in Texas. To compensate for a completely inside-job, he spends his free time running around outside with his 4 yr old German Shepherd, Kita - with breaks to check in on here! ;)

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  1. Brittney @ The Nerdy Nurse says:

    I’m a lucky Georgia resident now finding myself responsible for CEUs. When I worked in the hospital it seems like they were just being given away left and right and now I have to find a way to get them since my career is somewhat non-traditional.

    Thank you for this information.

  2. Dr. Rachel Silva, NP says:

    What a vast difference between different state CEU requirements. This is also a problem with license titles for Nurse Practitioners. Some states your state license title is NP, others CNP (Certified Nurse Practitioner), APN (Advanced Practice Nurse), APRN (Advanced Practice Registered Nurse) and ARNP (Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner). I think nursing does itself a disfavor when there cannot be continuity of expectations and even professional titles nationally.

  3. Anja Grimes says:

    At nursingceu.com you can fulfill all of your nursing CEU needs. An ANCC-accredited provider since 1998, CEUs are reported automatically to Florida and Georgia CE Broker, have over 90 CEU courses and all state-mandated ones. As requirements change often, I recommend always checking with your state BON website.

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