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Hawaii Continuing Education Requirements

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When visiting Hawaii, you might come across people using the word “Aloha” frequently. But what does it really mean? Many might use it as a simple greeting, but it’s much more than that. To the native people, the Hawaiian word also carries deeper cultural and spiritual significance of love, affection, peace, compassion and mercy.

If you find yourself as a professional nurse working in this beautiful state, you might come across many different cultures as Hawaii is known for one of the most diverse populations in the country. When working with patients with Hawaiian ancestry, it’s recommended to incorporate longer, more frequent visits with them to gain confidence and bonding with the patient, as well as include a respected family member in the approval of the treatment plan, if necessary. Encourage patients to seek counseling using the “ho'oponopono” technique, which is the Hawaiian practice of reconciliation and forgiveness.

Another example of possible cultural differences in Hawaii, is that the lack of eye contact from the patient may be a way of showing you respect. Try to avoid being judgmental and having “western” expectations with patients. It is best to be honest and optimistic, using familiar terminology, to put your patient at ease.

Lastly, become more in touch with what “aloha” really means, and try to incorporate it into your daily life, both at work and leisure time.

Hawaii Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)

Last Updated: Tuesday, January 23, 2024
Multiple options to renew for this profession and state.
Must have worked for pay-performing nursing, nursing-related services and/or direct patient care, under the supervision of a Licensed or registered nurse, for at least 8 hours during the last 24-month certification period.

(1) The nurse aide shall complete twenty-four hours of continuing education in the two-year period prior to the expiration of the current nurse aide certification. (2) Continuing education subject areas shall consist of topics relevant to the employment of a nurse aide in a state-licensed or state-certified health care settng and may include: (A) Communication and interpersonal skills; (B) Universal precautions (infection control);• (C) Safety and emergency procedures, including Heimlich maneuver; (0) Understanding and promoting client independence; (E) Respecting client rights; (F) Basic nursing skills, including recognizing abnormal changes in body functioning and the importance of reporting changes to a supervisor; (G) Personal care skills to maintain elderly, disabled, and cognitively impaired clients in home-like settings; (H) Mental health and social service needs and resources; (I) Basic restorative services; (J) Health care delivery systems in Hawaii with an emphasis on agencies and facilities that care for the aged and disabled; and (K) Best practices in the care of clients with diabetes, end-stage renal disease, cancer, and clients who are terminally ill.
Special Requirements
If work experience as a nurse aide occurred in a non-Medicaid/Medicare approved nursing facility, but in a licensed/certified healthcare setting, you must include your training completion certificate or be included in a letter from a training program that you took and passed a 24-hour Competency Training course or 24 hours of Continuing Education Training. $27 renewal fee for this.  
Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs Professional & Vocational Licensing
Phone: 800-468-4644 Website: Visit Site Email: Contact Address: PO Box 3469
Honolulu  96801

Hawaii Home Health Aid (HHA)

ANCC
Approved Provider
#P0274
ANCC
Approved Provider #P0274
Last Updated: Tuesday, January 23, 2024
CEs not required.

All home health aides must renew their license every two years on date, or within 30 days thereafter. Application for renewal of license shall be made by the home health agency thirty days prior to the expiration date of the license.

16 hours of practical work per Federal regulations to be eligible for work in long-term care facilities.
Hawaii State Department of Health
Phone: 808-586-4400 Website: Visit Site Email: Contact Address: 1250 Punchbowl St
Honolulu  96813

Hawaii Registered Nurse (RN)

Hawaii Requires
30 Hours
Every two years
ANCC
Approved Provider
#P0274
Hawaii requires
30 hours Every two years
ANCC
Approved Provider #P0274
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Last Updated: Wednesday, January 31, 2024
30 hours of continuing education are required for renewal. 
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Board of Nursing
Phone: 808-586-3000 Website: Visit Site Email: Contact Address: DCCA-PVL Att: BON
P.O. Box 3469
Honolulu, HI  96801

Hawaii Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN)

ANCC
Approved Provider
#P0274
ANCC
Approved Provider #P0274
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Last Updated: Wednesday, January 31, 2024

If you have prescriptive authority, you must complete a total of 30 hours of continuing education, of which at least 8 hours in pharmacology and 22 hours in your practice specialty.

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Board of Nursing
Phone: 808-586-3000 Website: Visit Site Email: Contact Address: DCCA-PVL Att: BON
P.O. Box 3469
Honolulu  96801

Hawaii Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)

Hawaii Requires
30 Hours
Every two years
ANCC
Approved Provider
#P0274
Hawaii requires
30 hours Every two years
ANCC
Approved Provider #P0274
CEUfast Meets All Requirements
Last Updated: Wednesday, January 31, 2024
30 hours of continuing education are required for renewal. 
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Board of Nursing
Phone: 808-586-3000 Website: Visit Site Email: Contact Address: DCCA-PVL Att: BON
P.O. Box 3469
Honolulu  96801

Hawaii Physical Therapist (PT)

Last Updated: Thursday, March 28, 2024
Physical Therapist are required to earn 30 units of approved continuing competence units biennially.

**CEUFast courses are approved by the Florida Board of Physical Therapy Association.  Your state authorizes courses approved by another state board. However, all courses in ethics, laws, and rules (jurisprudence) must be approved by the Hawaii Board of Physical Therapy. 
Special Requirements
  1. At least twenty-four (24) CCUs in subjects related to either:
    • The professional practice of physical therapy (which includes but is not limited to professional accountability, professional behavior, and professional development); or
    • Patient/client management (which includes but is not limited to examination, evaluation, diagnosis, and prognosis; plan of care; implementation; education; and discharge); and
  2. Two (2) CCUs in ethics, laws, and rules (jurisprudence), or some combination thereof (Please note: the two (2) CCUs must cover Hawaii’s laws and rules governing the practice of physical therapy. Eligible courses must be approved by the Hawaii Board of Physical Therapy (“Board”). Please check the List of Board-Approved Continuing Competence on the Board’s website.); and
  3. Four (4) CCUs in life support for health care professionals; provided that such training shall be comparable to, or more advanced than, the American Heart Association's basic life support health care provider course. 
Required Courses Not Provided by CEUfast
  • Life support for the Healthcare professional
  • Ethics, Law and Jurisprudence
Hawaii Dept. of Commerce & Consumer Affairs- PVL attn: PT
Phone: 808-586-5693 Fax: 808-586-2874 Website: Visit Site Email: Contact Address: PO Box 3469
Honolulu  96801

Hawaii Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA)

Last Updated: Thursday, March 28, 2024
CEs not required.
Physical Therapy Assistants are not subject to continuing education requirements.
Hawaii Dept. of Commerce & Consumer Affairs- PVL attn: PT
Phone: 808-586-5693 Fax: 808-586-2874 Website: Visit Site Email: Contact Address: PO Box 3469
Honolulu  96801

Hawaii Occupational Therapist (OT)

ANCC
Approved Provider
#P0274
ANCC
Approved Provider #P0274
Last Updated: Thursday, March 28, 2024
CEs not required.
There are no CE requirements for renewal.
 
Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs Professional & Vocational Licensing
Phone: 808-586-3000 Website: Visit Site Email: Contact Address: DCCA-PVL Attn: OT
PO Box 3469
Honolulu  96801

Hawaii Occupational Therapist Assistant (OTA)

ANCC
Approved Provider
#P0274
ANCC
Approved Provider #P0274
Last Updated: Thursday, March 28, 2024
CEs not required.
There are no CE requirements for renewal.
 
Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs Professional & Vocational Licensing
Phone: 808-586-3000 Website: Visit Site Email: Contact Address: DCCA-PVL Attn: OT
PO Box 3469
Honolulu  96801

Hawaii Athletic Trainer (AT/AL)

Hawaii Requires
50 Hours
Every three years
ANCC
Approved Provider
#P0274
Hawaii requires
50 hours Every three years
ANCC
Approved Provider #P0274
CEUfast Meets All Requirements
Last Updated: Thursday, March 28, 2024
 The athletic trainer must renew registration every three years by providing the following information:
  • The athletic trainer's name, business address, a current, active, and unencumbered certification from the Board of Certification, Inc., including the certification number, and information on any complaints filed against the athletic trainer with the Board of Certification, Inc.,or with any state agency that regulates athletic trainers, including the status and disposition of all complaints.
  • An athletic trainer shall have and maintain current and active status certification from the Board of Certification, Inc., as a condition of registration.
**BOC requires Athletic Trainers to complete 50 CEUs within the 2-year reporting period.
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Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs. Professional & Vocational Licensing
Phone: 808-586-3000 Website: Visit Site Email: Contact Address: Att: AT, P.O. Box 3469
Honolulu  96801

Hawaii Respiratory Therapist (RT)

ANCC
Approved Provider
#P0274
ANCC
Approved Provider #P0274
Last Updated: Tuesday, January 23, 2024
CEs not required.
All respiratory therapist licenses, regardless of issuance date, shall be renewed triennially (every three years) on or before June 30.
Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs- Professional & Vocational Licensing Att:RT
Phone: 808-586-3000 Website: Visit Site Email: Contact Address: PO Box 3469
Honolulu  96801

Hawaii Respiratory Therapist (RT)

ANCC
Approved Provider
#P0274
ANCC
Approved Provider #P0274
Last Updated: Tuesday, January 23, 2024
CEs not required.
All respiratory therapist licenses, regardless of issuance date, shall be renewed triennially (every three years) on or before June 30.

Continuing education is not required to renew a license. 
Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs- Professional & Vocational Licensing Att:RT
Phone: 808-586-3000 Website: Visit Site Email: Contact Address: PO Box 3469
Honolulu  96801

Hawaii Certified Nurse Midwife

ANCC
Approved Provider
#P0274
ANCC
Approved Provider #P0274
CEUfast Meets All Requirements
Last Updated: Wednesday, January 31, 2024
CEs not required.

If you have prescriptive authority, you must complete a total of 30 hours of continuing education, of which at least 8 hours in pharmacology and 22 hours in your practice specialty.

Board of Nursing
Phone: 808-586-3000 Website: Visit Site Email: Contact Address: King Kalakaua Building (aka United States Post Office Custom House and Court House)
335 Merchant Street
Honolulu  96813

Hawaii Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA)

ANCC
Approved Provider
#P0274
ANCC
Approved Provider #P0274
CEUfast Meets All Requirements
Last Updated: Wednesday, January 31, 2024

30 hours of continuing education, of which at least 8 hours in pharmacology and 22 hours in your practice specialty

Special Requirements
Prescriptive authority not required to administer anesthesia
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Board of Nursing
Phone: 808-586-3000 Website: Visit Site Email: Contact Address: DCCA-PVL Att: BON
P.O. Box 3469
Honolulu  96801

Hawaii Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS)

ANCC
Approved Provider
#P0274
ANCC
Approved Provider #P0274
CEUfast Meets All Requirements
Last Updated: Wednesday, January 31, 2024

If you have prescriptive authority, you must complete a total of 30 hours of continuing education, of which at least 8 hours in pharmacology and 22 hours in your practice specialty.

Complete all Hawaii Required CNS CEs
$39
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  • Instant access to certificates
  • and much more ...
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Board of Nursing
Phone: 808-586-3000 Website: Visit Site Email: Contact Address: DCCA-PVL Att: BON
P.O. Box 3469
Honolulu  96801

Hawaii Medical Assistant (MA)

ANCC
Approved Provider
#P0274
ANCC
Approved Provider #P0274
Last Updated: Wednesday, November 15, 2023
CEs not required.
Those who want to become medical assistants in Hawaii and who wish to work in the state of Hawaii need to, at a minimum, have completed their high school diploma or earned their GED. Hawaii’s medical assistants are unlicensed. Third-party certification is not mandated at the state level but is often mandated at the employment level.
Hawaii State Department of Health
Phone: 808-692-7400 Website: Visit Site Address: 1250 Punchbowl Street
Honolulu  96813