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California Continuing Education Requirements

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It shouldn’t be a surprise that one of the most expensive states to live in is also where the highest paid Registered Nurses are throughout the country. On average, RN’s can make a little over six figures a year in California, which far surpasses other states, especially in the Southern hemisphere. So, what draws people to live in California? With all the deadly wildfires and recent earthquakes that you hear about on the news, what makes the state of California a popular destination for people to live there?

It boils down to a few main reasons: the climate is fair (minus the wildfires), the diverse population and the so called “California Dream”. While the cost of living is higher in California, the pay is better and people seem to be able to make the most out of their careers. In California, RN’s typically have a career path of either becoming a Family Nurse Practitioner, a Registered Nurse in a Critical Care Unit or a Registered Nurse Supervisor. For those just starting out in the field, popular jobs include Traveling RN positions. A traveling nurse position is a relatively new, trending job among the nursing profession. Usually a travel nurse is assigned a certain location for a short period of time, around 13-26 weeks, and then is assigned a new location after that contract has expired.

So when it’s all said and done, maybe you’ll find yourself in a traveling nurse position in California, earning the big bucks and enjoying the “California Dream”.

California Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)

California Requires
48 Hours
Every two years
California Department of Public Health
Approved Provider
NAC#7037
California requires
48 hours Every two years
California
Approved Provider NAC#7037
Last Updated: Friday, February 22, 2019

Requires the completion of 48 credit hours. However, only 24 of those hours may be taken online.

Special Requirements
A minimum of twelve (12) of the forty-eight (48) hours shall be completed in each year of the two (2) year certification period.
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California Department of Public Health
Phone: 916-327-2445 Fax: 916-552-8785 Website: Visit Site Email: Contact Address: Aide and Technician Certification Section
P.O. Box 997416, MS 3301
Sacramento  95899-7416

California Home Health Aid (HHA)

California Requires
24 Hours
Every two years
California Department of Public Health
Approved Provider
NAC#7037
California requires
24 hours Every two years
California
Approved Provider NAC#7037
Last Updated: Friday, February 22, 2019

Requires the completion of 24 credit hours. A minimum of 12 hours must be completed in each of the two year renewal period.

HHAs may not complete online continuing education.

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California Department of Public Health
Phone: 916-327-2445 Fax: 916-552-8785 Website: Visit Site Email: Contact Address: Aide and Technician Certification Section
P.O. Box 997416, MS 3301
Sacramento  95899-7416

California Registered Nurse (RN)

California Requires
30 Hours
Every two years
ANCC
Approved Provider
#P0274
California requires
30 hours Every two years
ANCC
Approved Provider #P0274
CEUfast Meets All Requirements
Last Updated: Tuesday, March 5, 2019

RNs are required to complete 30 contact hours every two years.

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California Board of Registered Nursing
Phone: 916-322-3350 Website: Visit Site Address: PO Box 944210
1747 N. Market Blvd., Suite 150
Sacramento  94244-2100

California Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner (ARNP)

California Requires
30 Hours
Every two years
ANCC
Approved Provider
#P0274
California requires
30 hours Every two years
ANCC
Approved Provider #P0274
CEUfast Meets All Requirements
Last Updated: Tuesday, March 5, 2019

APRNs are required to complete 30 hours of continuing education every two years, in addition to paying the renewal fee, to maintain an active license.

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California Board of Registered Nursing
Phone: 916-322-3350 Website: Visit Site Address: PO Box 944210
1747 N. Market Blvd., Suite 150
Sacramento  94244-2100

California Licensed Vocational Nurses (LVN)

California Requires
30 Hours
Every two years
ANCC
Approved Provider
#P0274
California requires
30 hours Every two years
ANCC
Approved Provider #P0274
CEUfast Meets All Requirements
Last Updated: Tuesday, March 5, 2019

LVNs are required to complete 30 contact hours every two years. 

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Board of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technicians
Phone: 916-263-7800 Website: Visit Site Address: 2535 Capitol Oaks Drive, Suite 205
Sacramento  95833

California Physical Therapist (PT)

California Requires
30 Hours
Every two years
ANCC
Approved Provider
#P0274
California requires
30 hours Every two years
ANCC
Approved Provider #P0274
Last Updated: Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Physical Therapists are required to earn 30 hours of continuing competency ever two years. 

Special Requirements
Ethics, Laws and Regulaitons 2 hours
Basic Life Support 4 hours
Required Courses Not Provided by CEUfast
  • Ethics, Laws and Regulations
  • Basic Life Support
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Physical Therapy Board of California
Phone: 916-561-8200 Fax: 303-894-7764 Website: Visit Site Address: 2005 Evergreen Street, Suite 1350 Sacramento
Sacramento  95815

California Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA)

California Requires
30 Hours
Every two years
ANCC
Approved Provider
#P0274
California requires
30 hours Every two years
ANCC
Approved Provider #P0274
Last Updated: Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Physical Therapists are required to earn 30 hours of continuing competency ever two years. 

Special Requirements
Ethics, Laws and Regulaitons 2 hours
Basic Life Support 4 hours
Required Courses Not Provided by CEUfast
  • Ethics, Laws and Regulations
  • Basic Life Support
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Physical Therapy Board of California
Phone: 916-561-8200 Fax: 303-894-7764 Website: Visit Site Address: 2005 Evergreen Street, Suite 1350 Sacramento
Sacramento  95815

California Occupational Therapist (OT)

California Requires
24 Hours
Every two years
ANCC
Approved Provider
#P0274
California requires
24 hours Every two years
ANCC
Approved Provider #P0274
Last Updated: Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Occupational therapists are required to complete 24 PDUs every 2 years

Special Requirements
One half (1/2) of the required number of PDUs must be directly related to the delivery of occupational therapy services. The remaining units can be in other areas related to your practice. The Board does not require that you take courses from approved providers. You are also allowed to take online or home study courses, as long as a course completion certificate is provided.
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California Board of Occupational Therapy
Phone: 916-263-2294 Fax: 916-263-2701 Website: Visit Site Email: Contact Address: 2005 Evergreen Street, Suite 2250
Sacramento  95815

California Occupational Therapist Assistant (OTA)

California Requires
24 Hours
Every two years
ANCC
Approved Provider
#P0274
California requires
24 hours Every two years
ANCC
Approved Provider #P0274
Last Updated: Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Occupational therapists are required to complete 24 PDUs every 2 years

Special Requirements
One half (1/2) of the required number of PDUs must be directly related to the delivery of occupational therapy services. The remaining units can be in other areas related to your practice. The Board does not require that you take courses from approved providers. You are also allowed to take online or home study courses, as long as a course completion certificate is provided.
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California Board of Occupational Therapy
Phone: 916-263-2294 Fax: 916-263-2701 Website: Visit Site Email: Contact Address: 2005 Evergreen Street, Suite 2250
Sacramento  95815

California Respiratory Therapist (RT)

California Requires
30 Hours
ANCC
Approved Provider
#P0274
California requires
30 hours
ANCC
Approved Provider #P0274
Last Updated: Monday, August 5, 2019
Each respiratory care practitioner (RCP) is required to complete 30 hours of approved continuing education (CE) every 2 years. The license expires at midnight on the expiration date, which is the last day of the RCP's birth month.
Special Requirements
At least 2/3 of the continuing education hours relate to clinical practice. 
3 hours in law and professional ethics during every other license renewal cycle (The course shall be provided by the American Association for Respiratory Care or the California Society for Respiratory Care).
All hours can be home-study
Required Courses Not Provided by CEUfast
  • Law and Professional Ethics
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Respiratory Care Board of California
Phone: 916-999-2190 Fax: 916-263-7311 Website: Visit Site Email: Contact Address: 3750 Rosin Court, Suite 100
Sacramento  95834

California Athletic Trainer (AT/AL)

California Requires
50 Hours
ANCC
Approved Provider
#P0274
California requires
50 hours
ANCC
Approved Provider #P0274
Last Updated: Tuesday, March 5, 2019
California does not regulate the profession of Athletic Training.  The BOC certified athletic trainer shall earn 50 CEUs, which must include at least 10 Evidence Based Practice (EBP) CEUs.  One (1) CEU is equivalent to one (1) contact hour. The certification maintenance period expired 12/31 of odd-numbered years
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