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. Objectives for the contact hours related to pharmacology shall be identified. Casual mention of medications or medical treatments shall not qualify.
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 on the use of KASPER, pain management, or addiction disorders each licensure period. These hours may count as part of the required five (5) pharmacology contact hours.
APRNs with a DEA-X Registration: Pursuant to 201 KAR 20:065, an APRN who has obtained a DEA-X registration shall complete a total of four (4) contact hours annually in addiction disorders, which shall include 1.5 hours in addiction disorder pharmacology CE. The same CE certificates may be applied to all three of the requirements listed above.
In addition to the standard methods of CE approval, APRNs are allowed to use continuing medical education (CME) credits for pharmacology (provided the credits are pharmacology-related), if the provider offering the course is recognized by their national certifying organization (e.g. AANP, ANCC, etc...)
5 contact hours Pharmacology CE from KBN approved providers each licensure period. Retain documentation for at least 5 years.
Effective January 13, 2022 Pursuant to 201 KAR 20:215 Continuing competency requirements all RNs, LPNs, and APRNs must complete the following contact hours:
- Suicide Prevention (2)
- Implicit Bias (1.5)
Nurses who hold an active license on July 1, 2022 must complete the hours by July 1, 2023.
Nurses who obtain a license by examination, endorsement, or reinstatement after July 1, 2022 must complete these hours within 3 years of licensure.
These are one-time requirements and will not need to be repeated. RNs and LPNs may apply these contact hours to their annual CE requirements for the earning period in which they are completed. APRNs will not be able to apply these hours to their annual CE requirements, as they do not include pharmacology content.
Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANE) Special Requirements:
SANE Renewal Period:
- 5 contact hours Sexual Assault Forensic Medicine OR Domestic Violence from KBN approved providers each licensure period. Retain documentation for at least 5 years.
November 1 - October 31