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Kentucky Registered Nurse (RN)

Kentucky Requires
14 Hours
Every year
Kentucky Board of Nursing
Approved Provider
#7-0085
Kentucky requires
14 hours Every year
Kentucky
Approved Provider #7-0085
Last Updated: Wednesday, April 3, 2024
Renewal requires ONE of the following for annual renewal:

Pursuant to Kentucky Administrative Regulation 201 KAR 20:215, validation of CE/competency must include one of the following: (Options CANNOT be combined to equal fourteen (14) contact hours):
Proof of earning fourteen (14) approved contact hours. Completion certificates are required; Completion certificates must include: name of nurse, course title, date of completion, contact hours awarded, provider information, and who the provider is approved by to offer nursing CE. The KBN accepts CE from providers approved to offer nursing CE by the KBN, another state board of nursing, or one of the national nursing organizations listed in 201 KAR 20:220 OR
Proof of earning seven (7) approved contact hours, and a nursing employment evaluation satisfactory for continued employment. Completion certificates are required for the seven (7) contact hours and the KBN Continuing Education Nursing Employment Evaluation Form completed and signed by the nurse's supervisor including the employer's name, address, and phone number verifying satisfactory employment covering at least six (6) months of the earning period (November 1 - October 31) This form is available in the document library. OR
Current national certification or recertification related to the nurse’s practice role in effect during the entire period, or initially earned or renewed during the period (does not include clinical certifications such as ACLS, PALS, NRP, etc...); OR
Successful completion of a post licensure academic course at a college, university, or postsecondary vocational institution. Must be relevant to nursing practice. (e.g. nursing course designated by a nursing course number) or applicable to the nurse’s role and beyond the prelicensure curriculum) The course must have been completed during the earning period with grade of "C" or higher, or a grade of "pass" on a pass-fail grading system awarded. Calculation of contact hours: One (1) semester or trimester hour of academic credit = 15 contact hours; One (1) quarter hour of academic credit = 12 contact hours. A transcript is required; OR
Participation as a preceptor for at least one nursing student or new employee. Must be for at least 120 hours, have a one-to-one relationship with student or employee, during the earning period. The nurse may precept more than one student during the 120 hours. Preceptorship shall be evidenced by submission of a Preceptor Continuing Education Verification Form add link https://kbn.ky.gov/KBN%20Documents/ce-preceptor-verification-form.pdf completed by the educational institution or preceptor’s supervisor. This form is available in the document library. OR
Publication of an article in a peer-reviewed, health related journal. A copy of the article is required; OR
A nursing continuing education presentation that is designed and developed by the nurse presenter, presented to nurses or other health professionals, is evidenced by a program brochure, course syllabi, or a letter from the offering provider identifying the licensee as the presenter of the offering; and offered by a provider approved pursuant to 201 KAR 20:220. The number of contact hours earned shall be twice the number of contact hours offered to presentation attendees; OR
Completion of a nursing research project as principal investigator, coinvestigator, or project director. Must be qualitative or quantitative in nature; utilize research methodology, and increases knowledge resulting in improved outcomes or changes in behavior. Submission must include a project abstract and a summary of the findings.
Special Requirements
MANDATORY ONE-TIME ONLY CONTENT SPECIFIC CE REQUIREMENTS Domestic Violence CE: Three (3) contact hours of approved CE addressing the dynamics and effects of domestic violence, and elder abuse, neglect and exploitation on adult and child victims as required by KRS 194A.540 and 201 KAR 20:215. Nurses who graduated from a Kentucky nursing program AFTER MAY 1998 are not required to complete this continuing education activity, as the content was included within the nursing program's curriculum. RNs and LPNs who completed a nursing program outside of Kentucky or have not completed a course in domestic violence must complete this requirement within (3) years of licensure. Pediatric Abusive Head Trauma (Shaken Baby Syndrome) CE: One and one-half (1.5) contact hours of approved CE as required by KRS 314.073(6) covering the recognition and prevention of pediatric abusive head trauma. Nurses who graduated from a Kentucky nursing program AFTER DECEMBER 2011 are not required to complete this continuing education activity, as the content was included within the nursing program's curriculum. RNs and LPNs who completed a program of nursing prior to December of 2011 or completed a program of nursing outside of Kentucky must complete this requirement within three (3) years of licensure. Suicide Prevention CE: Two (2) contact hours of approved CE addressing suicide prevention, which must address chronic toxic stress, secondary traumatic stress potentially increasing the incidence of suicide amongst nurses; a confidential and standardized pathway to care for nurses that addresses screening, assessing, safety planning, referrals, and follow-up for nurses at risk for suicide; systems of care, evidence-informed approaches, and best practices to reduce suicide rates; and ethical legal considerations of caring for patients and nurses who are suicidal. Nurses who completed a Kentucky program of nursing AFTER AUGUST 2023 are not required to complete this continuing education activity. Nurses who completed a program of nursing prior to August of 2023 or a program of nursing outside of Kentucky must complete this requirement within three (3) years of initial licensure.

Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANE) Special Requirements:
  • 5 contact hours Sexual Assault Forensic Medicine OR Domestic Violence from KBN approved providers each licensure period. Retain documentation for at least 5 years.
Required Courses
Required Courses Not Provided by CEUfast
  • LPN Scope for IV Therapy
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Kentucky Board of Nursing
Phone: 502-429-3300 Fax: 502-429-3311 Website: Visit Site Email: Contact Address: 312 Whittington Parkway, Ste. 300
Louisville, KY  40222-5172

Kentucky Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN)

Kentucky Requires
14 Hours
Every year
Kentucky Board of Nursing
Approved Provider
#7-0085
Instant Reporting to
Kentucky requires
14 hours Every year
Kentucky
Approved Provider #7-0085
Instant Reporting to CE Broker
Last Updated: Wednesday, April 3, 2024
Multiple options to renew for this profession and state.
Renewal requires ONE of the following for annual renewal:

Pursuant to Kentucky Administrative Regulation 201 KAR 20:215, validation of CE/competency must include one of the following: (Options CANNOT be combined to equal fourteen (14) contact hours):
Proof of earning fourteen (14) approved contact hours. Completion certificates are required; Completion certificates must include: name of nurse, course title, date of completion, contact hours awarded, provider information, and who the provider is approved by to offer nursing CE. The KBN accepts CE from providers approved to offer nursing CE by the KBN, another state board of nursing, or one of the national nursing organizations listed in 201 KAR 20:220 OR
Proof of earning seven (7) approved contact hours, and a nursing employment evaluation satisfactory for continued employment. Completion certificates are required for the seven (7) contact hours and the KBN Continuing Education Nursing Employment Evaluation Form completed and signed by the nurse's supervisor including the employer's name, address, and phone number verifying satisfactory employment covering at least six (6) months of the earning period (November 1 - October 31) This form is available in the document library. OR
Current national certification or recertification related to the nurse’s practice role in effect during the entire period, or initially earned or renewed during the period (does not include clinical certifications such as ACLS, PALS, NRP, etc...); OR
Successful completion of a post licensure academic course at a college, university, or postsecondary vocational institution. Must be relevant to nursing practice. (e.g. nursing course designated by a nursing course number) or applicable to the nurse’s role and beyond the prelicensure curriculum) The course must have been completed during the earning period with grade of "C" or higher, or a grade of "pass" on a pass-fail grading system awarded. Calculation of contact hours: One (1) semester or trimester hour of academic credit = 15 contact hours; One (1) quarter hour of academic credit = 12 contact hours. A transcript is required; OR
Participation as a preceptor for at least one nursing student or new employee. Must be for at least 120 hours, have a one-to-one relationship with student or employee, during the earning period. The nurse may precept more than one student during the 120 hours. Preceptorship shall be evidenced by submission of a Preceptor Continuing Education Verification Form add link https://kbn.ky.gov/KBN%20Documents/ce-preceptor-verification-form.pdf completed by the educational institution or preceptor’s supervisor. This form is available in the document library. OR
Publication of an article in a peer-reviewed, health related journal. A copy of the article is required; OR
A nursing continuing education presentation that is designed and developed by the nurse presenter, presented to nurses or other health professionals, is evidenced by a program brochure, course syllabi, or a letter from the offering provider identifying the licensee as the presenter of the offering; and offered by a provider approved pursuant to 201 KAR 20:220. The number of contact hours earned shall be twice the number of contact hours offered to presentation attendees; OR
Completion of a nursing research project as principal investigator, coinvestigator, or project director. Must be qualitative or quantitative in nature; utilize research methodology, and increases knowledge resulting in improved outcomes or changes in behavior. Submission must include a project abstract and a summary of the findings.
Special Requirements
An APRN's board certification satisfies the fourteen (14) contact hour requirement needed for RN licensure renewal (national certification), as long as the APRN certification was initially attained during the licensure period, has been in effect during the entire licensure period, or has been renewed during the licensure period. If these requirements are met, APRNs do not need to earn 14 contact hours of CE to renew their RN licenses.
  • Pharmacology CE: Five (5) contact hours of approved pharmacology CE must be earned by all APRNs each licensure period. CE Certificates should reflect specific pharmacology contact hours awarded. To qualify as pharmacology, content shall include drug-specific information, safe prescribing practices, safe medication administration, prescribing methodologies, new regulations, or similar topics.
  • APRNs with a CAPA-CS: Pursuant to 201 KAR 20:215(5)(b), of the five (5) approved pharmacology contact hours required for APRN licensure renewal, one and one-half (1.5) of these approved contact hours must be in the dual subject of pharmacology and either pain management, or addiction disorders each licensure period. Effective January 13, 2022, CE in the use of KASPER will no longer satisfy an APRNs CAPA-CS pharmacology requirement. It may be used to satisfy other CE requirements. Courses must include pharmacology to meet the APRNs annual requirement for completion of five (5) contact hours in pharmacology. This will be in effect beginning with the November 1, 2021 – October 31, 2022 earning period. (Amendments to regulations 201 KAR 20:215 and 201 KAR 20:065 are being reviewed and pending.)
  • APRNs with a DEA-X Registration: On December 29, 2022, the President signed the omnibus appropriations bill and the requirement that healthcare providers possess a DEA X-waiver to prescribe buprenorphine to treat opioid use disorder was eliminated. Pursuant to 201 KAR 20:215(5)(1)(c) and 201 KAR 20:065,an APRN who had a DEA-X registration to prescribe Buprenorphine prior to December 30, 2022, shall complete a total of four (4) contact hours in addiction disorders, and 1.5 contact hours in the dual subject of pharmacology addiction disorders annually. Hours earned in pharmacology addiction disorders may be applied to the five (5) pharmacology hours required for all APRNs. (Amendments to regulations 201 KAR 20:215 and 201 KAR 20:065 are being reviewed and pending.)
As of 7/27/23: The deadline for the one-time Continuing Education requirement on Implicit Bias was July 1, 2023. If you have not obtained the training at this time, please note you will no longer be required to do so. Licensees will still be required to obtain all other applicable CE training.
Required Courses
Required Courses Not Provided by CEUfast
  • Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner
Kentucky Board of Nursing
Phone: 800-305-2042 Fax: 502-429-3311 Website: Visit Site Address: 312 Whittington Parkway, Ste. 300
Louisville  40222-5172

Kentucky Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)

Kentucky Requires
14 Hours
Every year
Kentucky Board of Nursing
Approved Provider
#7-0085
Instant Reporting to
Kentucky requires
14 hours Every year
Kentucky
Approved Provider #7-0085
Instant Reporting to CE Broker
Last Updated: Monday, February 19, 2024
Multiple options to renew for this profession and state.
Renewal requires ONE of the following for annual renewal (Options CAN NOT be combined to equal fourteen (14) contact hours):
  • Proof of earning fourteen (14) approved contact hours. Completion certificates are required; OR
  • Proof of earning seven (7) approved contact hours, and a nursing employment evaluation satisfactory for continued employment. Completion certificates are required for the seven (7) contact hours, and the KBN Continuing Education Nursing Employment Evaluation Form is completed and signed by the nurse's supervisor; OR
  • Current national certification or recertification related to the nurse’s practice role in effect during the entire period or initially earned or renewed during the period (does not include clinical certifications such as ACLS, PALS, NRP, etc...); OR
  • Successful completion of a post-licensure academic course at a college, university, or postsecondary vocational institution. Must be relevant to nursing practice. The course must have been completed during the earning period with a grade of "C" or higher or a grade of "pass" on a pass-fail grading system awarded. Calculation of contact hours: One (1) semester or trimester hour of academic credit = 15 contact hours; One (1) quarter hour of academic credit = 12 contact hours. A transcript is required; OR
  • Participation as a preceptor for at least one nursing student or new employee. Must be for at least 120 hours and have a one-to-one relationship with the student or employee during the earning period. The nurse may precept more than one student during the 120 hours; OR
  • Publication of an article in a peer-reviewed, health-related journal. A copy of the article is required; OR
  • A nursing continuing education presentation that is designed and developed by the nurse presenter, presented to nurses or other health professionals, is evidenced by a program brochure, course syllabi, or a letter from the offering provider identifying the licensee as the presenter of the offering; and offered by a provider approved pursuant to 201 KAR 20:220. The number of contact hours earned shall be twice the number of contact hours offered to presentation attendees; OR
  • Completion of a nursing research project as principal investigator, coinvestigator, or project director. Must be qualitative or quantitative in nature, utilize research methodology, and increase knowledge, resulting in improved outcomes or changes in behavior. Submission must include a project abstract and a summary of the findings.
Special Requirements
MANDATORY ONE-TIME ONLY CONTENT SPECIFIC CE REQUIREMENTS Domestic Violence CE: Three (3) contact hours of approved CE addressing the dynamics and effects of domestic violence, and elder abuse, neglect and exploitation on adult and child victims. 
Nurses who graduated from a Kentucky nursing program AFTER MAY 1998 are not required to complete this continuing education activity, as the content was included within the nursing program's curriculum.
RNs and LPNs who completed a nursing program outside of Kentucky or have not completed a course in domestic violence must complete this requirement within (3) years of licensure. Pediatric Abusive Head Trauma (Shaken Baby Syndrome) CE: One and one-half (1.5) contact hours of approved CE.
Nurses who graduated from a Kentucky nursing program AFTER DECEMBER 2011 are not required to complete this continuing education activity, as the content was included within the nursing program's curriculum.
RNs and LPNs who completed a program of nursing prior to December of 2011 or completed a program of nursing outside of Kentucky must complete this requirement within three (3) years of licensure. Suicide Prevention CE: Two (2) contact hours of approved CE addressing suicide prevention, which must address chronic toxic stress, secondary traumatic stress potentially increasing the incidence of suicide amongst nurses; a confidential and standardized pathway to care for nurses that addresses screening, assessing, safety planning, referrals, and follow-up for nurses at risk for suicide; systems of care, evidence-informed approaches, and best practices to reduce suicide rates; and ethical legal considerations of caring for patients and nurses who are suicidal.
Nurses who completed a Kentucky program of nursing AFTER AUGUST 2023 are not required to complete this continuing education activity. Nurses who completed a program of nursing prior to August of 2023 or a program of nursing outside of Kentucky must complete this requirement within three (3) years of initial licensure.

Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANE) Special Requirements:
  • 5 contact hours Sexual Assault Forensic Medicine OR Domestic Violence from KBN approved providers each licensure period. Retain documentation for at least 5 years.
Required Courses
Required Courses Not Provided by CEUfast
  • LPN Scope for IV Therapy
Kentucky Board of Nursing
Phone: 800-305-2042 Fax: 502-429-3311 Website: Visit Site Address: 312 Whittington Parkway, Ste. 300
Louisville  40222-5172

Kentucky Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)

ANCC
Approved Provider
#P0274
ANCC
Approved Provider #P0274
Last Updated: Wednesday, January 31, 2024
CEs not required.
You must provide proof of employment that you performed nursing or nursing related functions for at least eight (8) hours for pay as a nurse aide during the past twenty-four (24) months.
 
  • Proof of employment may be a copy of a pay stub, a W-2 form, or a letter from an employer.  The name of the facility must be imprinted on the proof of employment.
  • On March 20, 2023, the Kentucky Board of Nursing (KBN) has implemented the new Optimal Regulatory Board System, or “ORBS,” a proprietary, cloud-based license management system. The Kentucky Nurse Aide Registry will no longer be mailing renewal reminders or certification letters.
A nursing facility will provide and document that at least 12 hours of ongoing staff development training is given annually to each nurse aide who:
  • is employed by the facility; and
  • has satisfactorily completed the nurse aide training and competency evaluation program.
Please check with your facility/employer to ensure CEUFast courses are accepted. 
Special Requirements

 
Kentucky Board of Nursing
Phone: 800-305-2042 Fax: 502-429-3311 Website: Visit Site Email: Contact Address: 312 Whittington Parkway, Ste. 300
Louisville  40222-5172

Kentucky Home Health Aid (HHA)

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

 
Kentucky Board of Nursing
Phone: 800-305-2042 Fax: 502-429-3311 Website: Visit Site Address: 312 Whittington Parkway, Ste. 300
Louisville  40222-5172

Kentucky Physical Therapist (PT)

Last Updated: Thursday, March 28, 2024

Physical Therapists must complete 30 hours of continued competency activities prior to renewing their credentials biennially.  

**CEUFast courses are approved by the Florida Board of Physical Therapy Association.  Your state authorizes courses approved by another state board.

Special Requirements
 1. A minimum of 18 hours must be in Category 1
2. The Jurisprudence Exam on the Board's Website must be completed by March 31 of every renewal cycle (within the 2 year licensure period (biennium), and will count 2 contact hours towards the total continued competency requirement.
Required Courses Not Provided by CEUfast
  • Jurisprudence Exam
Kentucky Board of Physical Therapy
Phone: 502-429-7140 Fax: 502-429-7142 Website: Visit Site Email: Contact Address: 312 Whittington Parkway Suite 102
Louisville  40222

Kentucky Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA)

Last Updated: Thursday, March 28, 2024

Physical Therapist Assistants must complete 20 hours of continued competency activities prior to renewing their credentials biennially.

**CEUFast courses are approved by the Florida Board of Physical Therapy Association.  Your state authorizes courses approved by another state board.

Special Requirements
1. A minimum of 10 hours must be in Category 1. 
2. The Jurisprudence Exam must be completed by March 31 of every renewal cycle (within the 2 year licensure period (biennium), and will count 2 contact hours towards the total continued competency requirement.
Required Courses Not Provided by CEUfast
  • Jurisprudence Exam
Kentucky Board of Physical Therapy
Phone: 502-429-7140 Fax: 502-429-7142 Website: Visit Site Email: Contact Address: 312 Whittington Parkway Suite 102
Louisville  40222

Kentucky Occupational Therapist (OT)

Kentucky Requires
12 Hours
Every year
ANCC
Approved Provider
#P0274
Kentucky requires
12 hours Every year
ANCC
Approved Provider #P0274
CEUfast Meets All Requirements
Last Updated: Thursday, March 28, 2024
A licensee applying for license renewal shall complete a minimum of 12 CCUs of qualified activities for maintaining continuing competence during the preceding annual renewal period.
Special Requirements
 At least once every six (6) years from date of initial license issue or from date of last completed training program in suicide assessment, treatment, and management that is preapproved by the board, each licensee shall complete a training program in suicide assessment, treatment, and management that is pre-approved by the board.
Required Courses
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Board of Licensure for Occupational Therapy
Phone: 502-564-3296 Fax: 502-564-4818 Website: Visit Site Email: Contact Address: PO Box 1360
Frankford  40602

Kentucky Occupational Therapist Assistant (OTA)

Kentucky Requires
12 Hours
Every year
ANCC
Approved Provider
#P0274
Kentucky requires
12 hours Every year
ANCC
Approved Provider #P0274
CEUfast Meets All Requirements
Last Updated: Thursday, March 28, 2024
A licensee applying for license renewal shall complete a minimum of 12 CCUs of qualified activities for maintaining continuing competence during the preceding annual renewal period.
Special Requirements
(5) At least once every six (6) years from date of initial license issue or from date of last completed training program in suicide assessment, treatment, and management that is preapproved by the board, each licensee shall complete a training program in suicide assessment, treatment, and management that is pre-approved by the board.
Required Courses
Complete all Kentucky Required OTA CEs
$39
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  • Instant access to certificates
  • and much more ...
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Board of Licensure for Occupational Therapy
Phone: 502-564-3296 Fax: 502-564-4818 Website: Visit Site Email: Contact Address: PO Box 1360
Frankford  40602

Kentucky Athletic Trainer (AT/AL)

Kentucky Requires
60 Hours
Every three years
ANCC
Approved Provider
#P0274
Kentucky requires
60 hours Every three years
ANCC
Approved Provider #P0274
CEUfast Meets All Requirements
Last Updated: Thursday, March 28, 2024
An athletic trainer shall complete six (6) CEUs during each three (3) year renewal cycle. 

CEU means the completion of ten (10) hours of educational courses approved by the:
  1. Kentucky Board of Medical Licensure; or
  2. Board of Certification, Inc.
Special Requirements
Athletic trainers must be
1. Be certified and in good standing as an athletic trainer by the National Athletic Trainers Association Board of Certification, Inc., or its successor; or
2. Be authorized to practice as an athletic trainer in another state and be in good standing in that state, if that state has standards equivalent to those of this Commonwealth.
Complete all Kentucky Required AT CEs
$39
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Kentucky Board of Medical Licensure
Phone: 502-429-7932 Fax: 502-429-7158 Website: Visit Site Email: Contact Address: 310 Whittington Parkway
Suite 1B
Louisville  40222

Kentucky Respiratory Therapist (RT)

Kentucky Requires
24 Hours
ANCC
Approved Provider
#P0274
Kentucky requires
24 hours
ANCC
Approved Provider #P0274
Last Updated: Saturday, December 23, 2023
CEUFast is unable to provide continuing education at this time.

 
A minimum of twenty-four (24) continuing education units shall be accrued by each person holding mandatory certification during the two (2) year certification period for renewal. The certification period shall be January 1 of one (1) year through December 31 of the following calendar year. Note: (This is for CEU submission only. Licensure expiration will remain Jan. 30th.)

CEU Changes:
PEARS has been added to the standardized ceu list and is now worth 7 ceus
Beginning with the 2021 renewal the following change has been made:
  • ACCS for the first time takers will be worth 4 ceus
Special Requirements
The CEUs offered by a provider online, must have been approved by the AARC or by the KBRC. (If you do not see it listed as approved by the AARC or the KBRC, then it needs to be approved by the KBRC. All courses approved by the AARC or by the KBRC have specific course numbers.) Contact the board if you have questions about CEU acceptance.

 
Complete all Kentucky Required RT CEs
$39
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  • Instant access to certificates
  • and much more ...
Start Today
Kentucky Board of Respiratory Care
Phone: 859-246-2747 Fax: 859-246-2750 Website: Visit Site Address: 2365 Harrodsburg Rd., B350
Lexington  40504-3386

Kentucky Medical Assistant (MA)

ANCC
Approved Provider
#P0274
ANCC
Approved Provider #P0274
Last Updated: Wednesday, November 15, 2023
CEs not required.
In Kentucky, certifications are not required for medical assistants to be employed but it is recommended by most employers.
Kentucky Board of Medical Licensure
Phone: 502-429-7150 Website: Visit Site Address: 310 Whittington Parkway Suite 1B
Louisville  40222