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By 2025, the Florida Center for Nursing has predicted that Florida will face a major shortage of Registered Nurses throughout the state as more and more Baby Boomers move to the Sunshine State. This same study has indicated that the shortage is also due to the fact that more than 40 percent of Florida’s nurses are nearing retirement age within the next decade or so, and there’s a lack of younger nursing students, needed to replace the retiring professionals.

Currently, there’s an estimated 21.65 million people living in Florida, and about 4 million of them are seniors. As people get older, they need more medical care and attention. So, if you’re in the market for a new job, you may want to consider moving to Florida where growth in the nursing industry is estimated to continue to rise over the next decade.

Florida Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)

Florida Requires
24 Hours
Every two years
Florida Board of Nursing
Approved Provider
#50-353
Instant Reporting to
Florida requires
24 hours Every two years
Florida
Approved Provider #50-353
Instant Reporting to CE Broker
Last Updated: Monday, April 1, 2019

All CNAs must complete a minimum of 24 hours of in-service training each biennium. Training hours shall include, but are not limited to, the following areas:
 

  • Bloodborne Pathogens
  • Infection Control
  • Domestic Violence
  • Medical Record Documentation and Legal Aspects Appropriate to Nursing Assistants
  • Resident Rights
  • Communication with Cognitively Impaired Clients
  • Medical Error Prevention and Safety
  • CPR skills
Required Courses
Required Courses Not Provided by CEUfast
  • CPR
Get one year unlimited CNA CEUs $20
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Florida Board of Nursing
Phone: 850-488-0595 Website: Visit Site Email: Contact Address: Department of Health
4052 Bald Cypress Way, Bin #C02
Tallahassee  32399-3252

Florida Home Health Aid (HHA)

Approved Provider
#50-353
Florida
Approved Provider #50-353
Last Updated: Tuesday, March 5, 2019
CEs not required.
HHAs are not governed or regulated by the State of Florida at this time. Contact employer or licensing agency for all information regarding renewal of certification.

Florida Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner (ARNP)

Florida Requires
24 Hours
Every two years
Florida Board of Nursing
Approved Provider
#50-353
Instant Reporting to
Florida requires
24 hours Every two years
Florida
Approved Provider #50-353
Instant Reporting to CE Broker
Last Updated: Wednesday, March 27, 2019
24 contact hours every two-year renewal period.

 

Special Requirements

One (1) contact hour is required for each calendar month of the licensure cycle, including:

For those advanced registered nurse practitioners certified under s. 464.012:
Required Courses
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Florida Board of Nursing
Phone: 850-245-4125 Website: Visit Site Address: 4052 Bald Cypress Way
Tallahassee  32399

Florida Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS)

Florida Requires
24 Hours
Every two years
Florida Board of Nursing
Approved Provider
#50-353
Instant Reporting to
Florida requires
24 hours Every two years
Florida
Approved Provider #50-353
Instant Reporting to CE Broker
Last Updated: Thursday, April 18, 2019
Special Requirements
One (1) contact hour is required for each calendar month of the licensure cycle, including:
Two (2) hours of Prevention of Medical Errors
Two (2) hours of Florida Laws & Rules
Two (2) hours of Domestic Violence - every third renewal (every six years). This course is in addition to the required 24 hours of general CE for that renewal period.
Two (2) hours of Impairment in the Workplace - every other renewal period.
One (1) hour HIV/AIDS - a one-time requirement to be completed prior to the first renewal.
For those advanced registered nurse practitioners certified under s. 464.012:
At least three (3) hours of Safe and Effective Prescription of Controlled Substances each renewal period.
Required Courses
Get one year unlimited CNS CEUs $30
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Florida Board of Nursing
Phone: 850-245-4125 Website: Visit Site Address: 4052 Bald Cypress Way
Tallahassee  32399

Florida Registered Nurse (RN)

Florida Requires
24 Hours
Every two years
Florida Board of Nursing
Approved Provider
#50-353
Instant Reporting to
Florida requires
24 hours Every two years
Florida
Approved Provider #50-353
Instant Reporting to CE Broker
Last Updated: Friday, July 5, 2019
24 contact hours every two-year renewal period.

 

Special Requirements

One (1) contact hour is required for each calendar month of the licensure cycle, including:

Required Courses
Get one year unlimited RN CEUs $30
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Florida Board of Nursing
Phone: 850-245-4125 Website: Visit Site Address: 4052 Bald Cypress Way
Tallahassee  32399

Florida Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)

Florida Requires
24 Hours
Every two years
Florida Board of Nursing
Approved Provider
#50-353
Instant Reporting to
Florida requires
24 hours Every two years
Florida
Approved Provider #50-353
Instant Reporting to CE Broker
Last Updated: Friday, July 5, 2019

24 contact hours every two-year renewal period.

Special Requirements

One (1) contact hour is required for each calendar month of the licensure cycle, including:

Required Courses
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Florida Board of Nursing
Phone: 850-245-4125 Website: Visit Site Address: 4052 Bald Cypress Way
Tallahassee  32399

Florida Physical Therapist (PT)

Florida Requires
24 Hours
Every two years
ANCC
Approved Provider
#P0274
Instant Reporting to
Florida requires
24 hours Every two years
ANCC
Approved Provider #P0274
Instant Reporting to CE Broker
Last Updated: Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Physical Therapists are required to earn 24 contact hours biennially.

Special Requirements
Medical Errors 2 hours
HIV/AIDs 1 hour for first renewal only
Required Courses
Get one year unlimited PT CEUs $30
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MQA/Board of Physical Therapy Practice
Phone: 850-245-4373 Fax: 850-414-6860 Address: Bin C-05 4052 Bald Cypress Way
Tallahassee  32399-3255

Florida Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA)

Florida Requires
24 Hours
Every two years
ANCC
Approved Provider
#P0274
Instant Reporting to
Florida requires
24 hours Every two years
ANCC
Approved Provider #P0274
Instant Reporting to CE Broker
Last Updated: Friday, May 3, 2019

Physical Therapy Assistants are required to earn 24 contact hours biennially.

Special Requirements
Medical Errors 2 hours
HIV/AIDs 1 hour for first renewal only
Required Courses
Get one year unlimited PTA CEUs $30
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MQA/Board of Physical Therapy Practice
Phone: 850-245-4373 Fax: 850-414-6860 Website: Visit Site Address: Bin C-05 4052 Bald Cypress Way
Tallahassee  32399-3255

Florida Occupational Therapist (OT)

Florida Requires
26 Hours
Every two years
ANCC
Approved Provider
#P0274
Instant Reporting to
Florida requires
26 hours Every two years
ANCC
Approved Provider #P0274
Instant Reporting to CE Broker
Last Updated: Tuesday, March 5, 2019
Occupational Therapist must earn 26 hours of continuing education each biennium. 
  • A minimum of fourteen (14) "live" CE hours.  Twelve (12) hours limited as Home Study 
  • Two (2) hours of board approved Medical Errors course.
  • Two (2) hours of board approved Laws and Rules.
Special Requirements
HIV/AIDS 1 hour course is required for first time license renewal.
Required Courses
Get one year unlimited OT CEUs $30
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Florida Board of Occupational Therapy
Phone: 850-488-0595 Fax: 850-414-6860 Website: Visit Site Address: Department of Health Board of Occupational Therpay
4052 Bald Cypress Way Bin C-05
Tallahassee  32399

Florida Occupational Therapist Assistant (OTA)

Florida Requires
26 Hours
Every two years
ANCC
Approved Provider
#P0274
Instant Reporting to
Florida requires
26 hours Every two years
ANCC
Approved Provider #P0274
Instant Reporting to CE Broker
Last Updated: Tuesday, March 5, 2019
Occupational Therapy Assistants must earn 26 hours of continuing education each biennium. 
  • A minimum of fourteen (14) "live" CE hours.  Twelve (12) hours limited as Home Study 
  • Two (2) hours of board approved Medical Errors course.
  • Two (2) hours of board approved Laws and Rules.
Special Requirements
HIV/AIDS 1 hour course is required for first time license renewal.
Required Courses
Get one year unlimited OTA CEUs $30
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Department of Health Board of Occupational Therapy
Phone: 850-488-0595 Fax: 850-414-6860 Website: Visit Site Address: 4052 Bald Cypress Way Bin C-05
Tallahassee  32399

Florida Midwife (MW)

Florida Requires
20 Hours
Every two years
ANCC
Approved Provider
#P0274
Florida requires
20 hours Every two years
ANCC
Approved Provider #P0274
Last Updated: Tuesday, March 5, 2019
CEs not required.

Licensees are required to earn 20 hours of continuing education biennially.  

Special Requirements
Prevention of Medical Errors (2) hours
Laws and Rules (1) hour  Course covering the Medical Practice Act (456, F.S.), the Midwifery Practice Act (467, F.S.), and Rule Title 64B24, Florida Administrative Code.
HIV/AIDS (1) hour
Domestic Violence (2) hours are required every third biennium (every six years) in addition to the 20 required hours above.
Required Courses
Council of Licensed Midwifery
Phone: 850-245-4161 Fax: 850-412-2681 Website: Visit Site Email: Contact Address: PO Box 6330
Tallahassee  32314

Florida Athletic Trainer (AT/AL)

Florida Requires
24 Hours
Every two years
ANCC
Approved Provider
#P0274
Instant Reporting to
Florida requires
24 hours Every two years
ANCC
Approved Provider #P0274
Instant Reporting to CE Broker
Last Updated: Monday, August 19, 2019
Athletic Trainers are required to earn twenty four (24) hours of continuing education biennually
  • At least 14 hours must be live CE requiring participation and attendance.
  • Licensees may only obtain up to 10 hours of home study CE.
  • Two (2) hour Medical Errors course
  • CPR Certification
Special Requirements
Medical Errors 2 - hours
CPR Certification
Required Courses
Required Courses Not Provided by CEUfast
  • CPR
Get one year unlimited AT CEUs $30
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Florida Board of Athletic Training
Phone: 850-245-4474 Fax: 850-921-5389 Website: Visit Site Address: 4052 Bald Cypress Way Bin C-08
Tallahassee  32399-3257

Florida Respiratory Therapist (RT)

Florida Requires
24 Hours
Every two years
Board of Respiratory Care
Approved Provider
#2796
Instant Reporting to
Florida requires
24 hours Every two years
Florida
Approved Provider #2796
Instant Reporting to CE Broker
Last Updated: Monday, February 4, 2019
Respiratory Therapists are required to earn 24 hours of continuing education biennially
Special Requirements
Two (2) credit hours on Florida laws and rules
Two (2)-hour board-approved course relating to prevention of medical errors
Three (3) hours of HIV/AIDS for initial renewal; optional for subsquent renewals
As of August 3, 2016, home study/online courses are no longer limited to 12 hours for renewal. This means that Florida respiratory care practitioners can now complete all of their CE via self-study methods.
Required Courses
Get one year unlimited RT CEUs $30
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Board of Respiratory Care
Phone: 850-245-4373 Fax: 850-414-6860 Website: Visit Site Address: 4052 Bald Cypress Way Bin C-05
Tallahassee  32399-3257