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How do you picture your retirement? Are you lying on a white, sandy beach drinking a cool beverage on a warm, sunny day while watching the waves come and go? Well, you’re not alone. Due to its beautiful beaches and mild, enjoyable climate, Florida is home to one of the largest retirement populations in the country, and it’s continuing to grow as the years progress.

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
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Florida requires
24 hours Every two years
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Last Updated: Friday, February 23, 2024

Certified Nursing Assistants (CNA) are renewed by the department in two groups:

Group 1 – current license will expire at midnight, Eastern Standard Time, May 31, 2025. Licenses that expired May 31, 2023 will go null and void on June 01, 2025 if not renewed.
Group 2 – current licenses will expire at midnight, Eastern Standard Time, May 31, 2024. Licenses that expired May 31, 2022 will go null and void on June 01, 2024 if not renewed.

In order to renew the CNA license at the end of the two year renewal cycle, CNAs are required to perform nursing-related services for monetary compensation within the last 24 consecutive months in order to remain on the registry.
 

Special Requirements
All CNAs must complete a minimum of 24 hours of in-service training each biennium. In-service 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
  • CPR skills
  • Medical Error Prevention and Safety
Note: CNAs who administer medication to patients of a home health agency should also be aware of the requirements of s. 464.2035, F.S.
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Florida Board of Nursing
Phone: 850-488-0595 Fax: 850-617-6460 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, October 25, 2022
Multiple options to renew for this profession and state.
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.
Special Requirements

In-Service Training

 

All home health aides employed by home health agencies and nurse registries must complete an HIV/AIDS training course. They also are required to obtain and maintain a current certificate in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). 

 

Home health aides employed by Medicare and Medicaid home health agencies are required to have a total of 12 hours of in-service training during each 12-month period (this can be a calendar year or based on the date of hire).  The HIV/AIDS training and CPR training may be counted toward meeting the 12 hours of in-service training.

Contact employer or licensing agency for all information regarding renewal of certification. 

Florida Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN)

Florida Requires
24 Hours
Every two years
Florida Board of Nursing
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#50-353
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Florida requires
24 hours Every two years
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Last Updated: Wednesday, April 3, 2024
APRNs in Florida must earn at least 24 contact hours every two-year renewal period.
Special Requirements

24 contact hours are required for the licensure cycle, including:

  • 16 general hours
  • Two (2) hours of Prevention of Medical Errors
  • Two (2) hours of Florida Laws & Rules
  • Two (2) hours of Human Trafficking must be completed for every renewal period.
  • Two (2) hours of Impairment in the Workplace - every other renewal period.
  • Two (2) hours of Domestic Violence - every third renewal (every six years). This course is in addition to the required 24 hours of CE for that 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.


AUTONOMOUS PRACTICE


Rule 64B9-4.020(4), FAC, requires that registered Autonomous APRNs complete 10 additional hours of approved courses at the graduate level (Nurse Practitioner or continuing medical education).

These hours must be completed each renewal, in addition to completing the regular contact hours of CE already in place, even if the APRN is exempt from existing CE requirements due to his or her national certification.
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Florida Board of Nursing
Phone: 850-245-4125 Fax: 850-488-0595 Website: Visit Site Address: 4052 Bald Cypress Way Bin C-02
Tallahassee  32399-3252

Florida Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS)

Florida Requires
24 Hours
Every two years
Florida Board of Nursing
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#50-353
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Florida requires
24 hours Every two years
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Last Updated: Wednesday, April 3, 2024
CNSs in Florida must earn at least 24 contact hours every two-year renewal period.
 
Special Requirements

24 contact hours are required for the licensure cycle, including:

  • 16 general hours
  • Two (2) hours of Prevention of Medical Errors
  • Two (2) hours of Florida Laws & Rules
  • Two (2) hours of Human Trafficking must be completed for every renewal period.
  • Two (2) hours of Impairment in the Workplace - every other renewal period.
  • Two (2) hours of Domestic Violence - every third renewal (every six years). This course is in addition to the required 24 hours of CE for that 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.


AUTONOMOUS PRACTICE


Rule 64B9-4.020(4), FAC, requires that registered Autonomous APRNs complete 10 additional hours of approved courses at the graduate level (Nurse Practitioner or continuing medical education).

These hours must be completed each renewal, in addition to completing the regular contact hours of CE already in place, even if the APRN is exempt from existing CE requirements due to his or her national certification.
Required Courses
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Florida Board of Nursing
Phone: 850-245-4125 Website: Visit Site Email: Contact Address: 4052 Bald Cypress Way Bin C-02
Tallahassee  32399-3252

Florida Registered Nurse (RN)

Florida Requires
24 Hours
Every two years
Florida Board of Nursing
Approved Provider
#50-353
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Florida requires
24 hours Every two years
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Last Updated: Wednesday, April 3, 2024
RNs in Florida must earn at least 24 contact hours every two-year renewal period.
Special Requirements
24 contact hours are required for the licensure cycle, including:
  • 16 general hours
  • Two (2) hours of Prevention of Medical Errors - every renewal period.
  • Two (2) hours of Florida Laws & Rules - every renewal period.
  • Two (2) hours of Human Trafficking - every renewal period.
  • Two (2) hours of Impairment in the Workplace - every other renewal period.
  • Two (2) hours of Domestic Violence - every third renewal (every six years). This course is in addition to the required 24 hours of CE for that renewal period.
  • One (1) hour HIV/AIDS - a one-time requirement to be completed prior to the first renewal.

First Biennium Renewal only: 

RNs initially licensed by examination, or by endorsement during the current biennium and took the exam in another state during the current biennium, are exempt from the full general CEU requirements for the first renewal. If your Florida license was not issued for the full two-year biennium, you must complete 1 hour of CE for each month that you hold the license to satisfy the general hour requirement. However, those hours must include at least 2 hours of Medical Error, 2 hours in Florida laws and rules, 2 hours of Human Trafficking, 2 hours of Recognizing Impairment in the Workplace, and 1 hour of HIV/AIDS. 
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Florida Board of Nursing
Phone: 850-245-4125 Fax: 850-617-6460 Website: Visit Site Email: Contact Address: 4052 Bald Cypress Way Bin C-02
Tallahassee  32399-3252

Florida Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)

Florida Requires
24 Hours
Every two years
Florida Board of Nursing
Approved Provider
#50-353
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Florida requires
24 hours Every two years
Florida
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Last Updated: Wednesday, March 20, 2024

Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN) in Florida must earn at least 24 contact hours every two-year renewal period 

Special Requirements
24 contact hours are required for the licensure cycle, including:
  • 16 general hours
  • Two (2) hours of Prevention of Medical Errors
  • Two (2) hours of Florida Laws & Rules
  • Two (2) hours of Human Trafficking must be completed for every renewal period.
  • Two (2) hours of Impairment in the Workplace - every other renewal period.
  • Two (2) hours of Domestic Violence - every third renewal (every six years). This course is in addition to the required 24 hours of CE for that renewal period.
  • One (1) hour HIV/AIDS - a one-time requirement to be completed prior to the first renewal.

First Biennium Renewal only

RNs initially licensed by examination, or by endorsement during the current biennium and took the exam in another state during the current biennium, are exempt from the full general CEU requirements for the first renewal. If your Florida license was not issued for the full two-year biennium, you must complete 1 hour of CE for each month that you hold the license to satisfy the general hour requirement. However, those hours must include at least 2 hours of Medical Error, 2 hours in Florida laws and rules, 2 hours of Human Trafficking, 2 hours of Recognizing Impairment in the Workplace, and 1 hour of HIV/AIDS. 
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Florida Board of Nursing
Phone: 850-245-4125 Fax: 850-617-6460 Website: Visit Site Address: 4052 Bald Cypress Way Bin C-02
Tallahassee  32399-3252

Florida Physical Therapist (PT)

Last Updated: Monday, March 18, 2024

Twenty-four (24) contact hours of continuing education must be completed within the current biennium for which the license is being renewed. No more than 12 hours may come from home study/online courses.

Some Courses Provided
CEUFast can provide up to 12 hours of online courses of the 24 hours required for PT/PTAs
Special Requirements
Medical Errors - minimum 2 hours, no more than 3 hours
HIV/AIDs - minimum 1 hour for first renewal only, no more than 3 hours
No more than 5 hours of courses in risk management
Required Courses
Florida Board of Physical Therapy
Phone: 850-245-4373 Fax: 850-414-6860 Website: Visit Site Email: Contact Address: 4052 Bald Cypress Way Bin C-05
Tallahassee  32399-3255

Florida Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA)

Last Updated: Monday, March 18, 2024

Twenty-four (24) contact hours of continuing education must be completed within the current biennium for which the license is being renewed. No more than 12 hours may come from home study/online courses.

Some Courses Provided
CEUFast can provide up to 12 hours of online courses of the 24 hours required for PT/PTAs
Special Requirements
Medical Errors - minimum 2 hours, no more than 3 hours
HIV/AIDs - minimum 1 hour for first renewal only, no more than 3 hours
No more than 5 hours of courses in risk management
Required Courses
Florida Board of Physical Therapy
Phone: 850-245-4373 Fax: 850-414-6860 Website: Visit Site Email: Contact Address: 4052 Bald Cypress Way Bin C-05
Tallahassee  32399-3255

Florida Occupational Therapist (OT)

Florida Requires
26 Hours
Every two years
ANCC
Approved Provider
#P0274
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Florida requires
26 hours Every two years
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Approved Provider #P0274
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Last Updated: Monday, March 18, 2024
Occupational therapists must earn 26 hours of continuing education each biennium. 
  • A minimum of fourteen (14) "live" CE hours.  Twelve (12) hours limited as Home Study 
In addition to the 22 General Hours for a total of 26 hours of continuing education each biennium
  • Two (2) hours of board-approved Medical Errors course.
  • Two (2) hours of board-approved Laws and Rules.
Some Courses Provided
CEUfast does not provide "live" courses. CEUfast can satisfy all other requirements for renewal.
Special Requirements
HIV/AIDS 1-hour course is required for first-time license renewal.
2 hours in Prevention of Medical Errors (must be a Florida OT Board-approved course).
Required Courses
Required Courses Not Provided by CEUfast
  • CEUfast does not provide ANY "live" courses.
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Department of Health Board of Occupational Therapy
Phone: 850-488-0595 Fax: 850-414-6860 Website: Visit Site Email: Contact Address: 4052 Bald Cypress Way Bin C-05
Tallahassee  32399-3252

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: Thursday, March 28, 2024
Occupational therapists must earn 26 hours of continuing education each biennium. 
  • A minimum of fourteen (14) "live" CE hours.  Twelve (12) hours limited as Home Study 
In addition to the 22 General Hours for a total of 26 hours of continuing education each biennium
  • Two (2) hours of board-approved Medical Errors course.
  • Two (2) hours of board-approved Laws and Rules.
Some Courses Provided
CEUfast does not provide "live" courses. CEUfast can satisfy all other requirements for renewal.
Special Requirements
HIV/AIDS 1-hour course is required for first-time license renewal.
2 hours in Prevention of Medical Errors (must be a Florida OT Board-approved course).
Required Courses
Required Courses Not Provided by CEUfast
  • CEUfast does not provide ANY "live" courses.
Complete all Florida Required OTA CEs
$39
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  • Instant Reporting to CE Broker
  • Instant access to certificates
  • and much more ...
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Department of Health Board of Occupational Therapy
Phone: 850-488-0595 Fax: 850-414-6860 Website: Visit Site Email: Contact Address: 4052 Bald Cypress Way Bin C-05
Tallahassee  32399-3252

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, January 2, 2024

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

Special Requirements
Of the 20 hours, 16 are to be classified as general hours having clinical relevance to the practice of midwifery. The remaining hours must meet the following areas:

Prevention of Medical Errors - 2 hours
Laws and Rules - 1 hour  
HIV/AIDS - 1 hour
Domestic Violence - 2 hours - *required every third biennium (every six years) in addition to the 20 required hours mentioned above.
Required Courses
Required Courses Not Provided by CEUfast
  • Florida Laws and Rules: Midwifery
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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, March 18, 2024
Athletic Trainers must maintain Board Certification as part of their licensure requirement.  BOC requires Athletic Trainers to complete 50 CEUs within the 2-year reporting period.

Athletic Trainers in Florida are required to earn twenty-four (24) hours of continuing education biannually.
  • 22 General hours 
  • Two (2) hour Medical Errors course
  • CPR Certification
Required Courses
Required Courses Not Provided by CEUfast
  • CPR
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Department of Health Florida Board of Athletic Training
Phone: 850-488-0595 Fax: 850-413-6982 Website: Visit Site Email: Contact 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
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Last Updated: Wednesday, January 17, 2024
Respiratory Therapists and Practitioners are required to earn 24 hours of continuing education biennially
Special Requirements
Renewal CE Requirements:
Twenty (20) credit hours in the general subject area
Two (2) credit hours on Florida laws and rules
Two (2)-hours board-approved course relating to the prevention of medical errors

First renewal: RTs renewing a license for the first time and were licensed in the second half of the biennium (on or after 6/1) are exempt from the 24 hours of continuing education.  However, you are required to complete 7 hours which should consist of:
2 hours in prevention of medical errors
2 hours on FL Respiratory laws and rules
3 hours on HIV/AIDS for initial renewal; optional for subsequent renewals
 
Required Courses
Complete all Florida Required RT CEs
$39
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  • Instant access to certificates
  • and much more ...
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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

Florida Certified Nurse Midwife

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: Wednesday, April 3, 2024
APRNs in Florida must earn at least 24 contact hours every two-year renewal period.
 
Special Requirements

24 contact hours are required for the licensure cycle, including:

  • 16 general hours
  • Two (2) hours of Prevention of Medical Errors
  • Two (2) hours of Florida Laws & Rules
  • Two (2) hours of Human Trafficking must be completed for every renewal period.
  • Two (2) hours of Impairment in the Workplace - every other renewal period.
  • Two (2) hours of Domestic Violence - every third renewal (every six years). This course is in addition to the required 24 hours of CE for that 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.

AUTONOMOUS PRACTICE


Rule 64B9-4.020(4), FAC, requires that registered Autonomous APRNs complete 10 additional hours of approved courses at the graduate level (Nurse Practitioner or continuing medical education).

These hours must be completed each renewal, in addition to completing the regular contact hours of CE already in place, even if the APRN is exempt from existing CE requirements due to his or her national certification.
Required Courses
Complete all Florida Required CNM CEs
$39
  • Unlimited Certificates (1 Year)
  • Instant Reporting to CE Broker
  • Instant access to certificates
  • and much more ...
Start Today
Florida Board of Nursing
Phone: 850-245-4125 Website: Visit Site Address: 4052 Bald Cypress Way Bin C-02
Tallahassee  32399-3252

Florida Medical Assistant (MA)

ANCC
Approved Provider
#P0274
ANCC
Approved Provider #P0274
Last Updated: Wednesday, November 15, 2023
CEs not required.
Medical Assistants are not licensed in Florida; however, a medical assistant may become certified through the American Association of Medical Assistants, 800-228-2262. Please see Section 458.3485, Florida Statute (F.S.), for more information regarding medical assistants.
Florida Board of Nursing
Phone: 850-488-0595 Website: Visit Site Address: 4052 Bald Cypress Way Bin C-02
Tallahassee  32399-3252