Content-Specific CE Courses


Some of the CE/competency requirements include content-specific courses, such as domestic violence, pharmacology, etc. The requirements for these courses are listed here. 

CE providers offer these courses via the Internet, home study, and lecture classes. Periodically providerships may find it necessary to add or delete courses from their schedule. KBN makes every effort to keep this information current. However, if you have a question about the course offerings, please contact the provider directly. A list of KBN-providers, including the contact information, is available by clicking the links below. You are not required to earn content-specific courses from these providers. You may earn them from any provider approved by one of the national nursing organizations KBN recognizes or any state board of nursing.

Please use the CE Contact Form if you have a question about any of the CE requirements.

Domestic Violence CE

Nurses educated outside of Kentucky must earn three contact hours of KBN-approved domestic violence CE within three years of licensure into Kentucky. Graduates of a Kentucky Program of Nursing on or after May 1998 had this course included in their college curriculum, meaning that additional CE on the subject is not required. This is a one-time requirement.  

This certificate should be retained indefinitely. Do not submit a copy to KBN unless requested to do so. 

                                                                                                                                                                                        ...see KBN-Approved Providers for Domestic Violence CE 


Effective September 15, 2004, KBN approved the Kentucky Administrative Kentucky Administrative Regulation, 201 KAR 20:490, governing licensed practical nurse infursion therapy scope of practice. This regulation was updated, effective November 2, 2018, and identifies infusion therapy functions that are recognized as being within the current scope of LPN practice, as well as identifies functions that will be an expansion of that practice. 

Prior to performing infusion therapy, the licensed practical nurse (LPN) must complete education and training related to the scope of infusion therapy for an LPN. This education and training must be obtained through:

(a)  A prelicensure program of nursing for individuals admitted to the program after September 15, 2019; or

(b)  An institution, practice setting, or continuing education provider that has in place a written instructional program and a competency validation mechanism that includes a process for evaluation and documentation of an LPN’s demonstration of the knowledge, skills, and abilities related to the safe administration of infusion therapy. The LPN shall receive and maintain written documentation of completion of the instructional program and competency validation.

The education and training programs mentioned above must be based on "Policies and Procedures for Infusion Therapy" and "Infusion Therapy: Standards of Practice" and shall include the following components:

  • Legal considerations and risk management issues;
  • Related anatomy and physiology including fluid and electrolyte balance;
  • Principles of pharmacology as related to infusion therapy;
  • Infusion equipment and preparation;
  • Principles and procedures for administration of solutions and medication via intravenous route including transfusion therapy and parenteral nutrition;
  • Principles and procedures for site maintenance for a peripheral venous access device and a central venous access device;
  • Assessment of and appropriate interventions for complications related to infusion therapy; and
  • Demonstration and validation of competency for infusion therapy procedures.

An LPN who has met the education and training requirements may perform select functions except as limited and under supervision as stated in the regulation. The regulation requires that the education and training of LPNs who perform infusion therapy contain specific components.  For questions regarding LPN infusion therapy scope of practice, please refer to the Kentucky Administrative Regulation 201 KAR 20:490, the Advisory Opinion Statement #3 concerning Recommended Course Content Infusion Therapy for Registered Nurses and Licensed Practical Nurses, and/or contact the Board's Nursing Practice Consultant by phone at 502-429-3320.  [Reference: 201 KAR 20:490 Licensed practical nurse infusion therapy]     

                                                                                                                                                                                                     ...see KBN-Approved Providers for Infusion Therapy CE 

APRN Pharmacology CE

An APRN's board certification satisfies the fourteen (14) contact hours of continuing education 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.

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

APRNs with a CAPA-CS: Of the five (5) approved pharmacology contact hours required for APRN licensure renewal, one and one-half (1.5) approved contact hours must be on the use of KASPER, pain management, or addiction disorders each licensure period.  These hours may count as part of the required five (5) pharmacology contact hours.

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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 (e.g. AANP, ANCC, etc...).  Pharmacology CE contact hours earned from a provider that is recognized by one of these National Nursing Organizations will be acceptable to meet the APRN pharmacology requirement of 201 KAR 20:215.

It is the APRN's responsibility to contact the certification body for an up-to-date list of recognized providers.

                                                                                                                                                                                                ...see KBN-Approved Providers for Pharmacology CE                                                                                                                                                                                               ...see KBN-Approved Providers of KASPER System CE 

Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner CE

Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) credentialed nurses are required to earn five (5) contact hours of approved sexual assault CE each licensure period 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 14 contact hours of CE needed for renewal of the RN license. 

...see KBN-Approved Providers for SANE CE 

You may also refer to the list of Online Resources for SANE CE.

Pediatric Abusive Head Trauma CE

Nurses educated outside of Kentucky must earn one and one-half (1.5) contact hours of KBN-approved pediatric abusive head trauma (shaken baby syndrome) CE within three years of licensure into Kentucky. Graduates of a Kentucky Program of Nursing on or after December 2011 had this course included in their college curriculum, meaning that additional CE on the subject is not required. This is a one-time requirement.  

This certificate should be retained indefinitely. Do not submit a copy to KBN unless requested to do so.

...see KBN-Approved Providers for Pediatric Abusive Head Trau​ma CE 

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