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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)

ANCC
Approved Provider
#P0274
ANCC
Approved Provider #P0274
Last Updated: Tuesday, March 5, 2019
CEs not required.
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.
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, March 5, 2019
CEs not required.
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)

ANCC
Approved Provider
#P0274
ANCC
Approved Provider #P0274
CEUfast Meets All Requirements
Last Updated: Tuesday, March 5, 2019
CEs not required.

You must complete at least one (1) of the learning activity options June 30, 2019 in order to meet the continuing competency requirement to renew your nurse license in 2019. Only one (1) activity option may be completed in a biennium

  • Complete at least thirty (30) hours of continuing education courses
  • A refresher course shall consist of at least sixty (60) hours of didactic and sixty (60) hours of clinical practice by an approved provider and designed for the practical nurse or registered nurse who is returning to practice after more than five years of absence from nursing practice
  • Completion of a minimum of two semester credits of post-licensure academic education related to nursing practice from an accredited nursing program 
  • Act as a preceptor for at least one nursing student or employee transitioning into new clinical practice areas for at least one hundred twenty (120) hours, in a one-to-one relationship as part of an organized preceptorship program; 
  • Principal or co-principal investigator for a nursing research study or lead or co-lead for an EBP project completed within the biennium
  • Authored or coauthored a peer reviewed published nursing or health-related article, book or book chapter that was published within the biennium
  • Develop and conduct (present) a nursing education presentation or presentations totaling a minimum of five contact hours of actual organized instruction that qualifies as continuing education within the biennium
  • Completion of a board-recognized nurse residency program
The Board recommends preapproval for any learning activity option that does not fall under any of the previously mentioned activities.  Please provide information on the provider, instructor, course content, objectives, etc. Insufficient information will delay the review process.

Note: Courses completed before July 1, 2017 will not count for the June 2019 renewal cycle.
Board of Nursing
Phone: 808-586-2695 Website: Visit Site Email: Contact Address: DCCA-PVL Att: BON
P.O. Box 3469
Honolulu  96801

Hawaii Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner (ARNP)

ANCC
Approved Provider
#P0274
ANCC
Approved Provider #P0274
CEUfast Meets All Requirements
Last Updated: Tuesday, March 5, 2019
CEs not required.

You must complete at least one (1) of the learning activity options June 30, 2019 in order to meet the continuing competency requirement to renew your nurse license in 2019. Only one (1) activity option may be completed in a biennium

  • Complete at least thirty (30) hours of continuing education courses
  • A refresher course shall consist of at least sixty (60) hours of didactic and sixty (60) hours of clinical practice by an approved provider and designed for the practical nurse or registered nurse who is returning to practice after more than five years of absence from nursing practice
  • Completion of a minimum of two semester credits of post-licensure academic education related to nursing practice from an accredited nursing program 
  • Act as a preceptor for at least one nursing student or employee transitioning into new clinical practice areas for at least one hundred twenty (120) hours, in a one-to-one relationship as part of an organized preceptorship program; 
  • Principal or co-principal investigator for a nursing research study or lead or co-lead for an EBP project completed within the biennium
  • Authored or coauthored a peer reviewed published nursing or health-related article, book or book chapter that was published within the biennium
  • Develop and conduct (present) a nursing education presentation or presentations totaling a minimum of five contact hours of actual organized instruction that qualifies as continuing education within the biennium
  • Completion of a board-recognized nurse residency program
The Board recommends preapproval for any learning activity option that does not fall under any of the previously mentioned activities.  Please provide information on the provider, instructor, course content, objectives, etc. Insufficient information will delay the review process.

Note: Courses completed before July 1, 2017 will not count for the June 2019 renewal cycle.
Special Requirements
If you are renewing your prescriptive authority for the next biennium,

Evidence of your current certification in the nursing practice specialty by a board-recognized national certifying body, and

Completion of thirty (30) contact hours of appropriate CE that was completed in the prior biennium, July 1, 2015 – June 30, 2017, of which eight (8) hours are in pharmacology related to your clinical practice specialty area and approved by a board-recognized certifying body
Board of Nursing
Phone: 808-586-2695 Website: Visit Site Email: Contact Address: DCCA-PVL Att: BON
P.O. Box 3469
Honolulu  96801

Hawaii Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)

ANCC
Approved Provider
#P0274
ANCC
Approved Provider #P0274
CEUfast Meets All Requirements
Last Updated: Tuesday, March 5, 2019
CEs not required.

You must complete at least one (1) of the learning activity options June 30, 2019 in order to meet the continuing competency requirement to renew your nurse license in 2019. Only one (1) activity option may be completed in a biennium

  • Complete at least thirty (30) hours of continuing education courses
  • A refresher course shall consist of at least sixty (60) hours of didactic and sixty (60) hours of clinical practice by an approved provider and designed for the practical nurse or registered nurse who is returning to practice after more than five years of absence from nursing practice
  • Completion of a minimum of two semester credits of post-licensure academic education related to nursing practice from an accredited nursing program 
  • Act as a preceptor for at least one nursing student or employee transitioning into new clinical practice areas for at least one hundred twenty (120) hours, in a one-to-one relationship as part of an organized preceptorship program; 
  • Principal or co-principal investigator for a nursing research study or lead or co-lead for an EBP project completed within the biennium
  • Authored or coauthored a peer reviewed published nursing or health-related article, book or book chapter that was published within the biennium
  • Develop and conduct (present) a nursing education presentation or presentations totaling a minimum of five contact hours of actual organized instruction that qualifies as continuing education within the biennium
  • Completion of a board-recognized nurse residency program
The Board recommends preapproval for any learning activity option that does not fall under any of the previously mentioned activities.  Please provide information on the provider, instructor, course content, objectives, etc. Insufficient information will delay the review process.

Note: Courses completed before July 1, 2017 will not count for the June 2019 renewal cycle.
Board of Nursing
Phone: 808-586-2695 Website: Visit Site Email: Contact Address: DCCA-PVL Att: BON
P.O. Box 3469
Honolulu  96801

Hawaii Physical Therapist (PT)

Hawaii Requires
30 Hours
Every two years
ANCC
Approved Provider
#P0274
Hawaii requires
30 hours Every two years
ANCC
Approved Provider #P0274
Last Updated: Tuesday, January 15, 2019
Physical Therapist are required to earn 30 units of approved continuing competence units biennially
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
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Hawaii Dept. of Commerce & Consumer Affairs
Phone: 808-586-2694 Fax: 808-586-2874 Website: Visit Site Email: Contact Address: PO Box 3469
Honolulu,  96801

Hawaii Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA)

Hawaii Requires
30 Hours
Every two years
ANCC
Approved Provider
#P0274
Hawaii requires
30 hours Every two years
ANCC
Approved Provider #P0274
Last Updated: Tuesday, January 15, 2019
Physical Therapist are required to earn 30 units of approved continuing competence units biennially
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
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Hawaii Dept. of Commerce & Consumer Affairs
Phone: 808-586-2694 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: Tuesday, March 5, 2019
CEs not required.
There are no CE requirements for renewal.
Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs Professional & Vocational Licensing
Phone: 808-586-2693 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: Tuesday, March 5, 2019
CEs not required.
There are no CE requirements for renewal.
Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs Professional & Vocational Licensing
Phone: 808-586-2693 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: Tuesday, March 5, 2019
 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.
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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, August 6, 2019
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: 808-586-2704 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, August 6, 2019
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: 808-586-2704 Website: Visit Site Email: Contact Address: PO Box 3469
Honolulu  96801