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Ohio Continuing Education Requirements

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Ohio, also known as the “Buckeye State”, is home to the Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio, and is also the “Roller Coaster Capital of the World” with the famous amusement park, Cedar Point.

More recently, Ohio has also made some newsworthy appearance in the nursing industry with House Bill 144, which aims to outlaw that nurses have to work overtime as a condition of employment. By passing the law, which was introduced in March 2019, Ohio would be the 19th state to allow nurses the right to refuse overtime if they felt too fatigued or burnt out to continue their shift.

It’s no secret that shift work is demanding and that burnout is a real struggle in the workplace, and the Ohio Nurses Association (ONA) supports the bill and hopes to see it to fruition. According to the ONA, even though the research was conducted linking work fatigue to errors, it was still a common practice in the state for RN’s to work mandatory hours past their regular ones, if scheduled. This bill would come as a blessing to many nurses who have been struggling with burnout in their careers, and would be beneficial for future nurses joining the workforce.

Ohio Registered Nurse (RN)

Ohio Requires
24 Hours
Every two years
ANCC
Approved Provider
#P0274
Ohio requires
24 hours Every two years
ANCC
Approved Provider #P0274
CEUfast Meets All Requirements
Last Updated: Friday, February 2, 2024
For the period immediately following Ohio licensure by NCLEX examination, the nurse is not required to complete any contact hours of CE for the first license renewal.
Other than the first renewal immediately following licensure by exam, nurses must complete at least 24 contact hours of CE that includes at least one contact hour of Category A CE for each renewal.
A nurse who has been licensed in Ohio by reciprocity for less than or equal to one year prior to the first Ohio license renewal must complete at least 12 contact hours, rather than 24.
Required Courses
Complete all Ohio Required RN CEs
$39
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Ohio Board of Nursing
Phone: 614-466-3947 Fax: 614-466-0388 Website: Visit Site Email: Contact Address: 17 South High Street
Columbus, OH  43215-3466

Ohio Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)

Ohio Requires
24 Hours
Every two years
ANCC
Approved Provider
#P0274
Ohio requires
24 hours Every two years
ANCC
Approved Provider #P0274
CEUfast Meets All Requirements
Last Updated: Friday, February 2, 2024

For the period immediately following Ohio licensure by NCLEX examination, the nurse is not required to complete any contact hours of CE for the first license renewal.
Other than the first renewal immediately following licensure by exam, nurses must complete at least 24 contact hours of CE that includes at least one contact hour of Category A CE for each renewal.
A nurse who has been licensed in Ohio by reciprocity for less than or equal to one year prior to the first Ohio license renewal must complete at least 12 contact hours, rather than 24.

Required Courses
Complete all Ohio Required LPN CEs
$39
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The Ohio Board of Nursing
Phone: 614-466-3947 Fax: 614-466-0388 Website: Visit Site Email: Contact Address: 17 South High Street
Suite 660
Columbus  43215-3466

Ohio Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN)

Ohio Requires
24 Hours
Every two years
ANCC
Approved Provider
#P0274
Ohio requires
24 hours Every two years
ANCC
Approved Provider #P0274
CEUfast Meets All Requirements
Last Updated: Monday, January 29, 2024
24 contact hours must be completed every two year renewal period.
Special Requirements
  • For the first period of renewal immediately following the initial issuance of the APRN license, the APRN is not required to complete any contact hours of CE.
  • CE contact hours must be completed on or between November 1, 2021 and October 31, 2023 to renew the APRN license by October 31, 2023.
  • APRNs must complete 24 hours of CE for each APRN license held.
    • For CNPs, CNSs, or CNMs, at least 12 of the 24 contact hours must include CE in advanced pharmacology.
    • The 24 hours of CE required to renew each APRN license are in addition to the 24 hours of CE required to renew the RN license. 
  • In addition to the above 24 hours of CE, a CNS who was originally issued a certificate of authority on or before December 31, 2000, who is not certified by a national certifying organization approved by the Board, must also obtain 12 hours of CE with content targeted to the CNS’s area of practice. Please see Rule 4723-8-10(E).
Required Courses
Complete all Ohio Required ARNP CEs
$39
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The Ohio Board of Nursing
Phone: 614-466-3947 Fax: 614-466-0388 Website: Visit Site Email: Contact Address: 17 South High Street, Suite 660
Columbus  43215-3466

Ohio Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)

ANCC
Approved Provider
#P0274
ANCC
Approved Provider #P0274
Last Updated: Friday, November 3, 2023
CEs not required.
At least seven and one-half consecutive hours or eight hours in a forty-eight hour period of nursing and nursing-related services for compensation during the twenty-four month period immediately following either the date that the individual was placed on the registry or the most recent date of verified work.

No continuing eduction is required for renewal. Please check with your facility/employer to ensure CEUFast courses are accepted. education
Ohio Department of Health
Phone: 614-752-9500 Fax: 614-564-2461 Website: Visit Site Email: Contact Address: 246 N. High Street
Columbus  43215

Ohio Physical Therapist (PT)

Last Updated: Thursday, January 11, 2024
All individuals licensed as a physical therapist shall renew their license by the thirty-first day of January in each even-numbered year.  Physical therapists are required to complete a minimum of 24 contact hours per renewal cycle.

**CEUFast is not an approved provider through your state board.
Special Requirements
Jurisprudence assessment module (JAM) is required for PT and PTA's
 
Ohio Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, and Athletic Trainers
Phone: 614-466-3774 Website: Visit Site Email: Contact Address: 77 S. High Street, 16th Floor
Columbus  43215-6108

Ohio Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA)

Ohio Requires
12 Hours
ANCC
Approved Provider
#P0274
Ohio requires
12 hours
ANCC
Approved Provider #P0274
Last Updated: Thursday, January 11, 2024
All individuals licensed as a physical therapist assistants shall renew their license by the thirty-first day of January in each even-numbered year.  Physical therapist assistants are required to complete a minimum of 12 contact hours per renewal cycle.
Special Requirements
Requires Jurisprudence assessment module (JAM) as part of continuing education for renewal.

** CEUFast courses are not accepted by your board at this time. All continuing education must be pre-approved by your board
Complete all Ohio Required PTA CEs
$39
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Ohio Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, and Athletic Trainers
Phone: 614-466-3774 Website: Visit Site Address: 77 S. High Street, 16th Floor
Columbus  43215-6108

Ohio Occupational Therapist (OT)

Ohio Requires
20 Hours
Every two years
ANCC
Approved Provider
#P0274
Ohio requires
20 hours Every two years
ANCC
Approved Provider #P0274
Last Updated: Tuesday, October 17, 2023

Occupational Therapist license expires biennially on June 30th of odd years. License holders are required to complete 20 hours of continuing education.

Special Requirements
Licensees are required to complete at least one contact hour of ethics education per renewal. Licensees can meet the ethics requirement by
successfully passing the “Occupational Therapy Licensure Law Test” at https://otptat.ohio.gov/Occupational-Therapy/OT-Jurisprudence-Exam
Complete all Ohio Required OT CEs
$39
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Ohio Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, and Athletic Trainers
Phone: 614-466-3774 Website: Visit Site Address: 77 S. High Street, 16th Floor
Columbus  43215-6108

Ohio Occupational Therapist Assistant (OTA)

Ohio Requires
20 Hours
Every two years
ANCC
Approved Provider
#P0274
Ohio requires
20 hours Every two years
ANCC
Approved Provider #P0274
Last Updated: Tuesday, January 2, 2024

Occupational Therapy Assistant license expires biennially on June 30th of even years. License holders are required to complete 20 hours of continuing education, including at least one hour of ethics, jurisprudence, or cultural competence each renewal cycle.

Special Requirements
Licensees are required to complete at least one contact hour of ethics education per renewal. Licensees can meet the ethics requirement by
successfully passing the “Occupational Therapy Licensure Law Test” at http://www.otptat.ohio.gov/otforms/othethicsexam.pdf
Complete all Ohio Required OTA CEs
$39
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Ohio Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, and Athletic Trainers
Phone: 614-466-3774 Website: Visit Site Address: 77 S. High Street, 16th Floor
Columbus  43215-6108

Ohio Athletic Trainer (AT/AL)

Ohio Requires
25 Hours
Every two years
ANCC
Approved Provider
#P0274
Ohio requires
25 hours Every two years
ANCC
Approved Provider #P0274
Last Updated: Tuesday, January 30, 2024

All individuals licensed as an athletic trainer shall renew their license by the 30th day of September in each
even-numbered year. To meet the minimum requirements established in rule 4755-45-01 of the Administrative Code, a licensee must complete no less than 25 hours of continuing education per renewal cycle.

Special Requirements
  • At least one contact hour of ethics education. Licensees can meet the ethics requirement by successfully passing the “Athletic Trainers Licensure Law Test” found here  
  • At least two contact hours of education covering evidence-based practice per renewal 
  • At least five hours of in-person participation at professional workshops, seminars, and/or conferences 
Required Courses Not Provided by CEUfast
  • Mental Health
  • one (1) hour must be obtained from an ethics
Complete all Ohio Required AT CEs
$39
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  • and much more ...
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Ohio Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, and Athletic Trainers Board
Phone: 614-466-3774 Website: Visit Site Email: Contact Address: 77 S. High Street, 16th Floor
Columbus  43215-6108

Ohio Respiratory Therapist (RT)

Last Updated: Monday, January 1, 2024
On or before the biennial renewal date, a license holder shall complete twenty hours of continuing education, or pass a reexamination in accordance with the board's renewal requirements.
On or before the annual renewal date, the holder of a limited permit (L2) shall complete ten hours of continuing education or pass a reexamination in accordance with the board's renewal requirements.
Special Requirements
1 hour on Ohio respiratory care law or professional ethics. 
At least 15 hours (for License) or 7 hours (for Permit) must include content relating to the provision of clinical respiratory care. 
Required Courses Not Provided by CEUfast
  • CEUfast is not currently able to provide ANY of the requirements for OH RTs.
State Medical Board of Ohio
Phone: 614-466-3934 Fax: 614-728-5946 Website: Visit Site Email: Contact Address: 30 East Broad Street, 3rd Floor
Columbus  43215

Ohio Medical Assistant (MA)

ANCC
Approved Provider
#P0274
ANCC
Approved Provider #P0274
Last Updated: Wednesday, November 15, 2023
CEs not required.
In Ohio, there are no state licensure or registration requirements. State certification to practice as a medical assistant in Ohio is also not required.