Continuing Education Competency

​​All nurses are required to complete continuing education (CE) during the CE earning period, which is the same as the licensure/renewal period, November 1 through October 31 of each year.

NEW:​​​​ Effective January 13, 2022, per 201 KAR 20:215 all nurses must complete mandatory continuing education in suicide prevention and implicit bias. *Additional information on these requirements is provided at https://kbn.ky.gov/Education/Pages/Content-Specific-Continuing-Education-CE-Courses.aspx.

  • Nurses actively license on July 1, 2022 must complete these hours by July 1, 2023.
  • ​Nurses issued a license by examination, endorsement, or reinstatement after July 1, 2022 must complete these hours within 3 years of licensure.

  Effective January 13, 2022, per 201 KAR 20:215 all nurses must complete mandatory continuing education contact hours in suicide prevention and implicit bias.

All nurses must complete content specific requirements* in suicide prevention and implicit bias.

Nurses actively licensed on July 1, 2022 must complete these hours by July 1, 2023.

Nurses who obtain a license by examination, endorsement, or reinstatement after July 1, 2022 must complete these hours within 3 years of licensure.

Suicide Prevention - 2 Total Contact Hoursmplicit Bias - 1.5 Total Contact Hours
Suicide Prevention - 2 Total Contact Hours I​mplicit Bias - 1.5 Total Contact Hours
  • ​One (1) contact hour of suicide prevention generally; and
  • One (1) contact hour which addresses the following:
  • ​Chronic toxic stress and secondary traumatic stress potentially increasing the incidence of suicide amongst nurses;
  • A confidential and standardized pathway to care for nurses that addresses screening, assessing, safety planning, referrals, and follow-up for nurses at risk for suicide;
  • Systems of care, evidence-informed approaches, and best practices to reduce suicide rates; and
  • Ethical legal considerations of caring for patients and nurses who are suicidal.​
  • One and one-half (1.5) contact hours that address the following:
  • The impact of historical racism and other forms of invidious discrimination on the provision of healthcare;
  • Methods of evaluating the presence and extent of implicit bias; and
  • Measures that may be taken to reduce implicit bias.
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*Both are one-time requirements.​​

Providers:

These hours may be completed at any KBN approved/accepted provider as long as they contain the specific topics listed in the table above.

However, the Kentucky Nurses Association (KNA) has developed courses that specifically meet these requirements. If interested, contact the KNA at https://kentucky-nurses.nursingnetwork.com/nursing-news/189143-kna-mandatory-ce-courses-are-available-now-24-7-on-the-kna-on-demand-portal-?utm_medium=email&utm_source=group&utm_campaign=batch_announcement_promotion.

When selecting a CE offering, be sure the provider is approved to offer nursing CE by the KBN, another state board of nursing, or one of the national nursing organizations listed in 201 KAR 20:220 and verify the objectives include the topics listed above.

Maintain all continuing education records for at least 5 years. All documents related to these courses including announcements, presentation schedules and completion certificates should be maintained in your own records. You will not need to send them to the Board unless you are selected for the CE Audit. If selected for the CE Audit, you will be notified and required to submit these documents through CE Broker.

RNs and LPNs may use the contact hours completed for these requirements towards the 14 contact hours required annually for the earning period in which they are completed.​​​

​APRNs may not apply hours earned in suicide prevention and implicit bias to their annual CE pharmacology requirements

Additional information on continuing education requirements is found at https://kbn.ky.gov/Education/Pages/Continuing-Education-Competency.aspx.​​​

NEW: Effective January 13, 2022 201 KAR 20:215 requires all nurses to complete mandatory continuing education in suicide prevention and implicit bias. On the following page, you will find additional information on these requirements.​

​​RNs and LPNs must complete at least fourteen (14) contact hours of nursing continuing education through an approved or accepted provider annually between November 1 – October 31.

Pursuant to Kentucky Administrative Regulation 201 KAR 20:215, RNs and LPNs CE/competency may be completed using one of the following options​ (options CANNOT be combined to equal fourteen (14) contact hours)

  1. Proof of earning fourteen (14) approved contact hours; OR
  2. Proof of earning seven (7) approved contact hours, PLUS a nursing employment evaluation that is satisfactory for continued employment. A KBN Nursing Continuing Education Employment Evaluation Form completed and signed by the nurse's supervisor or employer, which covers at least six (6) months of the earning period (November 1 - October 31) is required. The KBN Nursing Continuing Education Employment Evaluation Form; OR
  3. Current national certification or recertification related to the nurse’s practice role in effect during the entire period, or initially earned or renewed during the period (does not include clinical certifications such as ACLS, PALS, NRP, etc...); OR
  4. Successful completion of a postlicensure academic course at a college, university, or postsecondary vocational institution. Must be relevant to nursing practice (e.g. nursing course designated by a nursing course number and beyond the prelicensure curriculum) OR an academic course applicable to the nurse's role and beyond the prelicensure curriculum. The course must have been completed during the earning period with an awarded grade of "C" or better, or a grade of "pass" on a pass-fail grading system. Calculation of contact hours: One (1) semester or trimester hour of academic credit = 15 contact hours; One (1) quarter hour of academic credit = 12 contact hours. May request course review for approval of applicable nursing content pursuant to 201 KAR 20:215 Section 7; OR
  5. Participation as a preceptor for at least one nursing student or new employee. Must be for at least 120 hours, have a one-to-one relationship with student or employee, may precept more than one student during the 120 hours. Preceptorship shall be evidenced by submission of the KBN Preceptor Continuing Education Verification form completed by the educational institution or preceptor’s supervisor; The KBN Preceptor Continuing Ed​​ucation Form​; OR
  6. Publication of an article in a peer-reviewed, health-related journal; OR
  7. A nursing continuing education presentation that is designed and developed by the presenter, presented to nurses or other health professionals, is evidenced by a program brochure, course syllabi, or a letter from the offering provider identifying the licensee as the presenter of the offering; and offered by a provider approved pursuant to 201 KAR 20:220. The number of contact hours earned shall be twice the number of contact hours offered to presentation attendees; OR
  8. Completion of a nursing research project as principal investigator, coinvestigator, or project director. Must be qualitative or quantitative in nature; utilize research methodology, and increases knowledge resulting in improved outcomes or changes in behavior. Submission must include a project abstract and a summary of the findings

KBN approved ​​​​​Continuing Education Providers List

On the following page, you will find information on content specific CE requirements.​

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Attention: Effective January 13, 2022 201 KAR 20:215 requires all nurses to complete mandatory continuing education in suicide prevention and implicit bias. On the following page, you will find additional information on these requirements.

An APRN's board certification satisfies the fourteen (14) contact hour requirement needed for RN licensure renewal (national certification), as long as the APRN certification was initially attained during the licensure period, has been in effect during the entire licensure period, or has been renewed during the licensure period. If these requirements are met, APRNs do not need to earn 14 contact hours of CE to renew their RN licenses.

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  • Pharmacology CE: Five (5) contact hours of approved pharmacology CE must be earned by all APRNs each licensure period. CE Certificates should reflect specific pharmacology contact hours awarded. To qualify as pharmacology, content shall include drug-specific information, safe prescribing practices, safe medication administration, prescribing methodologies, new regulations, or similar topics.
  • APRNs with a CAPA-CS: Pursuant to 201 KAR 20:215(5)(b), of the five (5) approved pharmacology contact hours required for APRN licensure renewal, one and one-half (1.5) of these approved contact hours must be in the dual subject of pharmacology and either pain management, or addiction disorders each licensure period. Effective January 13, 2022, CE in the use of KASPER will no longer satisfy an APRNs CAPA-CS pharmacology requirement. It may be used to satisfy other CE requirements. Courses must include pharmacology to meet the APRNs annual requirement for completion of five (5) contact hours in pharmacology. This will be in effect beginning with the November 1, 2021 – October 31, 2022 earning period.
  • ​APRNs with a DEA-X Registration: Pursuant to 201 KAR 20:065, an APRN who has obtained a DEA-X registration shall complete a total of four (4) contact hours annually in addiction disorders, which shall include 1.5 hours in addiction disorder pharmacology CE. The same CE certificates may be applied to all three of the requirements listed above.

201 KAR 20:015 effective January 13,2022, CE in the use of KASPER will no longer be accepted. This will be in effect beginning with the November 1, 2021 - October 31, 2022 earning period.​

In addition to the standard methods of CE approval, APRNs are allowed to use continuing medical education (CME) credits for pharmacology (provided the credits are pharmacology-related), if the provider offering the course is recognized by their national certifying organization (eg. AANP, ANCC, etc.)

Objectives for the contact hours related to pharmacology shall be identified. Casual mention of medications or medical treatments shall not qualify.

KBN approved Continuing Education Providers List

Review information on other content specific CE requirements ​including the New CE requirements in implicit bias and suicide prevention.

All nurses are required to complete continuing education (CE) during the CE earning period, which is the same as the licensure/renewal period, November 1 through October 31 of each year.​

​In addition to the nurse’s annual continuing education re​quirements, Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) credentialed nurses are required to earn five (5) contact hours of approved sexual assault CE each licensure period (November 1st – October 31st) required by 201 KAR 20:411, Section 8. Forensic medicine or domestic violence CE will meet this requirement.

These hours may count as part of the required fourteen (14) contact hours of continuing education needed for renewal of the RN license.

On the following page, you will find a list of KBN ​approved providers who offer SANE CE courses

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



Any pre-licensure general education courses, or activities that are designed to provide information related to the work setting: on-the-job training, orientation, BLS/CPR [basic cardiopulmonary life support], or equipment demonstrations are not accepted for continuing education.


The KBN accepts continuing education from KBN approved CE providers.

The KBN also accepts nursing continuing education courses from providers approved by other state boards of nursing or by one of these national nursing organizations listed in 201 KAR 20:220.​​

If you have completed a continuing education course through a provider who is not approved or accepted by KBN, you may submit an application for individual review found in the document library

Complete the form and submit it to the Board along with all required documents, and a payment no later than one month after the earning period.

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