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Last Updated: Tuesday, December 29, 2015 2:15 PM

RN, LPN Requirements:
The Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission adopted 
rules for an independent continuing competency program effective January 2011. Audits of adherence with these rules is effective with each licensee's renewal date beginning January 1, 2014 and every three years thereafter.

Continued competency requirements include attestation and documentation of :

  • Continuing nursing education. 45 hours every three years.
  • Participation in active practice. 531 hours every three years.
  • Self-assessment and reflection.

Options and Acceptable Documentation of Continuing Competency Requirements PDF

ARNP Requirements:
License renewal required
every two years on or before the licensee's birthday. In addition to submitting the appropriate fee 30 hours of continuing education must be completed (15 additional in pharmacology if licensee has prescriptive authority) and 250 hours of practice in the ARNP role at time of renewal obtained within that two-year renewal cycle.

Washington State Board of Nursing Phone:



Washington State Board of Nursing

Mailing Address:
With Fees
Washington State Board of Nursing
PO Box 1099
Olympia, WA 98507-1099

Without Fees
Washington State Board of Nursing
PO Box 47864
Olympia, WA 98504-7877

Requirements Disclaimer: Although we try to keep our links and other information as up-to-date as possible, ultimately, it is the responsibility of each individual user to understand and keep up-to-date with the requirements of the license possessed.


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