Content Specific Continuing Education (CE) Courses

Content Specific Courses

What are the content specific CE courses? When, where and how often must they be completed?

One Time and Annual Content Specific CE Courses

In December of 2011, Kentucky programs of nursing including pediatric abusive head trauma shaken baby syndrome as part of their curriculum.  This course is 1.5 contact hours and may be applied to the continuing education required for the earning period in which it is completed.

  • Who must complete this course?
    • Nurses who graduated from a nursing program outside of Kentucky; and
    • Nurses who graduated from a Kentucky program of nursing prior to December of 2011
  • When must it be completed? Within the first 3 years of licensure
  • How often must it be completed? Only once.

You will find a list of KBN approved providers who offer Kentucky Pediatric Abusive Head Trauma on the following page: Oracle Pediatric Abusive Head Trauma CE provider list.

You can find information on free course offerings through TRAIN for Pediatric Abusive Head Trauma.

Domestic Violence CE Course

In May of 1998, Kentucky programs of nursing began including domestic violence in their curriculum. This course is 3 contact hours and may be applied to the continuing education required for the earning period in which it is completed.

  • Who must complete this course
    • Nurses educated at a nursing program outside of Kentucky, and
    • Nurses who graduated from a Kentucky program of nursing prior to May of 1998.
  • When must it be completed? - Within the first 3 years of licensure.
  • How often must it be completed? Only once.

Here is a list of KBN approved providers who offer domestic violence continuing education.

You can find information on free course offerings on domestic violence through TRAIN.




You can find information regarding Infusion Therapy by an LPN in the document library, before an LPN may perform infusion therapy. The course provides education required by 201 KAR 20:490 in the document library. An amendment to the regulation requires programs of nursing for LPNs to begin including the material in the curriculum for students admitted after September 15, 2019. This course may be applied to the continuing education required for the earning period in which it is completed.

  • Who must complete the continuing education course?
    • Nurses educated at a nursing program outside of Kentucky; and
    • Nurses who were admitted to a Kentucky program of nursing prior to September 15, 2019.
  • When must it be completed?
    • Prior to performing infusion therapy
  • How often must it be completed?
    • Once.

On the following page, you will also find a list of KBN approved providers who offer Infusion Therapy Courses.




Completion of at least 5 contact hours are required every earning period. Forensic medicine or domestic violence continuing education courses will meet this requirement. These hours may apply to the total number of hours required for the earning period.

  • Who must complete this requirement?  All nurses who hold a SANE credential.
  • When must it be completed?  During the earning period for renewal, November 1 through October 31.

On the following page, you will find a list of KBN approved providers who offer SANE CE courses and Online Resources for SANE CE Courses.




  • All APRNs are required to complete at least 5 contact hours in pharmacology every earning period.
  • APRNs Advanced Practice Registered Nurses with a CAPA-CS are required to complete at least 1.5 of contact hours in KASPER, pain management, or addiction disorders, every earning period.  

APRNs with a DEA-X Registration (Drug Enforcement Agency Registration Waiver) permitting the prescription of Buprenorphine and Buprenorphine/Naloxone to patients suffering from withdrawal symptoms must complete a total of 4 contact hours in addiction disorders, including at least 1.5 CE contact hours in addiction disorder pharmacology, every earning period. 

You will find additional information related to continuing education requirements for licensure renewal on the following page. KBN CE/Competency.




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