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Pennsylvania Continuing Education Requirements

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It shouldn’t take a history buff to know that Pennsylvania was one of the original 13 colonies in America, making it one of the oldest states throughout the country. Pennsylvania was the second state to ratify the United States Constitution, and is home to Independence Hall, where the U.S. Declaration of Independence was drafted and signed.

During the Revolutionary War, nurses played a key role in bravely stepping up and taking care of the sick and wounded during battle. They also played a huge role during the yellow fever epidemic of 1793, which killed close to 10 percent of Philadelphia’s population. Other epidemics such as smallpox, malaria, and typhus were common in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, which often devastated entire communities.

As infrastructure began in the eighteenth century, one of America’s first-ever government-sponsored hospital facilities was built in Philadelphia called the Philadelphia Almshouse. Prior to hospital establishments, nurses and doctors would travel to homes to take care of the sick. The growth of hospitals was revolutionary in terms of how quickly this developed the nursing industry. The Philadelphia Almshouse later became known as the Philadelphia General Hospital, which closed its doors in 1977.

Although the nursing profession has dramatically changed since the revolutionary days, it’s important to know that nurses throughout Pennsylvania played a critical role during a pivotal time in our country’s history.

Pennsylvania Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN)

Pennsylvania Requires
30 Hours
Every two years
ANCC
Approved Provider
#P0274
Electronic Reporting to
Pennsylvania DOS
For specific Courses
Pennsylvania requires
30 hours Every two years
ANCC
Approved Provider #P0274
Electronic Reporting to
Pennsylvania DOS for specific courses
Last Updated: Friday, February 2, 2024

CEUFast, Inc. is an approved provider by the Approved through the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services and Pennsylvania Department of State for all professions including health care professionals for our “Child Abuse: Pennsylvania Mandated ReporterTraining” 3 hour initial licensure course #CACE000040 and “Child Abuse: Pennsylvania Mandated ReporterTraining” 2 hour license renewal course #CACE000040.

All persons applying for issuance of an initial license or certificate from any of the health-related boards (except the State Board of Veterinary Medicine) or from the State Board of Funeral Directors are required to complete, as a condition of licensure, 3 hours of training approved by the Department of Human Services (DHS) on the topic of child abuse recognition and reporting.

As a condition of biennial renewal, you are required to complete 2 hours of approved training on the topic of child abuse recognition and reporting from an approved provider.
 
Special Requirements
In order to renew a prescriptive authority approval for the next renewal period, Section 9.1(a)(2) of ABC-MAP requires that all CRNPs with prescriptive authority approval complete at least two hours of continuing education in pain management, the identification of addiction or in the practices of prescribing or dispensing of opioids. The continuing education requirements of ABC-MAP will count towards the total number of hours of continuing education required for renewal. This two-hour requirement needs to be completed only once per renewal period regardless of the number of prescriptive authority approvals being renewed.  This continuing education must be taken from a Board-approved CRNP continuing education provider listed in Section 21.334 (a) of the Board’s regulations.  Completion of the opioid continuing education hours will have to be attested to on the renewal, but the documentation of completion will only have to be provided to the Board upon an audit request. 
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Required Courses
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State Board of Nursing
Phone: 717-783-7142 Fax: 717-783-0822 Website: Visit Site Email: Contact Address: P.O. Box 2649
Harrisburg, PA  17105-2649

Pennsylvania Registered Nurse (RN)

Pennsylvania Requires
30 Hours
Every two years
ANCC
Approved Provider
#P0274
Electronic Reporting to
Pennsylvania DOS
For specific Courses
Pennsylvania requires
30 hours Every two years
ANCC
Approved Provider #P0274
Electronic Reporting to
Pennsylvania DOS for specific courses
Last Updated: Thursday, April 11, 2024
PA RNs are required to complete 30 hours of continuing education to renew their licnese, Licenses must be renewed every two years. 
Special Requirements
As a condition of biennial renewal, you are required to complete 2 hours of approved training on the topic of child abuse recognition and reporting from an approved provider.

All persons applying for issuance of an initial license or certificate from any of the health-related boards (except the State Board of Veterinary Medicine) or from the State Board of Funeral Directors are required to complete, as a condition of licensure, 3 hours of training approved by the Department of Human Services (DHS) on the topic of child abuse recognition and reporting.
Required Courses
Complete all Pennsylvania Required RN CEs
$39
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  • Instant access to certificates
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State Board of Nursing
Phone: 717-783-7142 Fax: 717-783-0822 Website: Visit Site Email: Contact Address: P.O. Box 2649
Harrisburg, PA  17105-2649

Pennsylvania Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)

Pennsylvania Requires
2 Hours
Every two years
ANCC
Approved Provider
#P0274
Electronic Reporting to
Pennsylvania DOS
For specific Courses
Pennsylvania requires
2 hours Every two years
ANCC
Approved Provider #P0274
Electronic Reporting to
Pennsylvania DOS for specific courses
Last Updated: Thursday, April 11, 2024
PA LPN must complete 3 hours  of Board approved continuing education in child abuse recognition and reporting for their intitial licensure.  For bienniel renewal, LPNs are required 2 hours of continuing education in the recognition and reporting of child abuse. 
Special Requirements
As a condition of biennial renewal, you are required to complete 2 hours of approved training on the topic of child abuse recognition and reporting from an approved provider.

All persons applying for issuance of an initial license or certificate from any of the health-related boards (except the State Board of Veterinary Medicine) or from the State Board of Funeral Directors are required to complete, as a condition of licensure, 3 hours of training approved by the Department of Human Services (DHS) on the topic of child abuse recognition and reporting.
Required Courses
Complete all Pennsylvania Required LPN CEs
$39
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  • Instant access to certificates
  • and much more ...
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State Board of Nursing
Phone: 717-783-7142 Fax: 717-783-0822 Website: Visit Site Email: Contact Address: P.O. Box 2649
Harrisburg, PA  17105-2649

Pennsylvania Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)

ANCC
Approved Provider
#P0274
ANCC
Approved Provider #P0274
Last Updated: Friday, January 19, 2024
CEs not required.
To be eligible for continued enrollment, you are required to work as a nurse aide at least one documented day (i.e. 8 consecutive hours) for pay in an approved facility (such as a nursing home, personal care home, hospital, home health setting or intermediate care facility) during the previous twenty- four (24) months.

42 CFT 483.75(e)(8) requires that facilities provide at least 12 hours of training to their nurse aides based on needs identified in yearly performance reviews. A State Code 201.20 outlines a list of required yearly in-service topics that must be provided to facility personnel including: Infection Prevention and Control; Fire Prevention and Safety; Accident Prevention; Disaster Preparedness; Resident Confidential Information; Resident Psychosocial Needs; Restorative Nursing Techniques; Resident Rights, including Property Rights; Privacy; Preservation of Dignity; Abuse Prevention; and Reporting of Abuse. While these are requirements associated with State and Federal Long-Term Care regulations, they are not requirements inherent to the Nurse Aide Registry and have no impact on registry renewal.

No continuing education is required for renewal. Please check with your facility/employer to ensure CEUFast courses are accepted. 
State Board of Nursing
Phone: 800-852-0518 Fax: 717-783-0822 Website: Visit Site Email: Contact Address: 3 Bala Plaza West, Suite 400A
Bala Cynwyd  19004

Pennsylvania Physical Therapist (PT)

Pennsylvania Requires
30 Hours
Every two years
ANCC
Approved Provider
#P0274
Electronic Reporting to
Pennsylvania DOS
For specific Courses
Pennsylvania requires
30 hours Every two years
ANCC
Approved Provider #P0274
Electronic Reporting to
Pennsylvania DOS for specific courses
Last Updated: Thursday, April 11, 2024

49 P.S. § 40.67 - For each renewal of the certificate of authorization, the licensee shall complete within the immediately preceding two-year period at least 30 hours of continuing physical therapy education related to keeping the certificate holder apprised of advancements and new developments in the practice of the physical therapy profession. No credit shall be given for any course in office management or practice building. The licensee shall provide the board with evidence of the completion of the continuing education.

CEUFast, Inc. is an approved provider through the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services and Pennsylvania Department of State for all professions including health care professionals for our “Child Abuse: Pennsylvania Mandated ReporterTraining” 3 hour initial licensure course #CACE000040 and “Child Abuse: Pennsylvania Mandated ReporterTraining” 2 hour license renewal course #CACE000040.

Special Requirements
2 contact hours in child abuse recognition and reporting
Required Courses
Complete all Pennsylvania Required PT CEs
$39
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State Board of Physical Therapy
Phone: 717-783-7134 Fax: 717-787-7769 Website: Visit Site Email: Contact Address: PO Box 2649
Harrisburg  17105-2649

Pennsylvania Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA)

Last Updated: Thursday, March 28, 2024

49 P.S. § 40.67 - For each renewal of the certificate of authorization, the licensee shall complete within the immediately preceding two-year period at least 30 hours of continuing physical therapy education related to keeping the certificate holder apprised of advancements and new developments in the practice of the physical therapy profession. No credit shall be given for any course in office management or practice building. The licensee shall provide the board with evidence of the completion of the continuing education.

CEUFast, Inc. is an approved provider through the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services and Pennsylvania Department of State for all professions including health care professionals for our “Child Abuse: Pennsylvania Mandated ReporterTraining” 3 hour initial licensure course #CACE000040 and “Child Abuse: Pennsylvania Mandated ReporterTraining” 2 hour license renewal course #CACE000040.

Special Requirements
2 contact hours in child abuse recognition and reporting
State Board of Physical Therapy
Phone: 717-783-7134 Fax: 717-787-7769 Website: Visit Site Email: Contact Address: PO Box 2649
Harrisburg  17105-2649

Pennsylvania Athletic Trainer (AT/AL)

Pennsylvania Requires
50 Hours
Every two years
ANCC
Approved Provider
#P0274
Pennsylvania requires
50 hours Every two years
ANCC
Approved Provider #P0274
CEUfast Meets All Requirements
Last Updated: Thursday, April 11, 2024
In order to be in compliance with the board’s continuing education requirements, athletic trainers must hold a current BOC certificate.

BOC requires Athletic Trainers to complete 50 CEUs within the 2-year reporting period.
Special Requirements
Two (2) hours of Board-approved continuing education in child abuse recognition and reporting requirements must be completed for renewal or reactivation of a license
Required Courses
Complete all Pennsylvania Required AT CEs
$39
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  • and much more ...
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State Board of Medicine
Phone: 717-783-1400 Fax: 717-787-7769 Website: Visit Site Email: Contact Address: P.O. Box 2649
Harrisburg  17105-2649

Pennsylvania Respiratory Therapist (RT)

Pennsylvania Requires
30 Hours
Every two years
ANCC
Approved Provider
#P0274
Pennsylvania requires
30 hours Every two years
ANCC
Approved Provider #P0274
Last Updated: Thursday, September 28, 2023
CEUFast is NOT a provider of Respiratory Care courses for Pennsylvania. CEUFast is a provider for the 2-hour and 3-hour Pennsylvania Child Abuse Mandated Reporter Training for RTs.
Special Requirements
30 hours of continuing education required for licensure renewal. Of those 30 hours, 2 hours must be Board-approved continuing education in child abuse recognition and reporting. 

At least 10 continuing education hours shall be obtained through classroom lecture,
clinical presentation, real-time webcast or other live sessions where a presenter is involved.

CEUFast, Inc. is an approved provider by the Approved through the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services and Pennsylvania Department of State for all professions including health care professionals for our “Child Abuse: Pennsylvania Mandated Reporter Training” 3 hour initial licensure course #CACE000040 and “Child Abuse: Pennsylvania Mandated Reporter Training” 2 hour license renewal course #CACE000040.
Required Courses
Complete all Pennsylvania Required RT CEs
$39
  • Unlimited Certificates (1 Year)
  • Instant access to certificates
  • and much more ...
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State Board of Medicine
Phone: 717-783-1400 Fax: 717-787-7769 Website: Visit Site Email: Contact Address: P.O. Box 2649
Harrisburg  17105-2649

Pennsylvania Occupational Therapist (OT)

Pennsylvania Requires
24 Hours
Every two years
ANCC
Approved Provider
#P0274
Pennsylvania requires
24 hours Every two years
ANCC
Approved Provider #P0274
Last Updated: Thursday, March 28, 2024
Occupational therapists license expire June 30 of every odd numbered year.  24 contact hours in each biennial period is required to renew license.  
Special Requirements
2 hours of board-approved mandated child abuse recognition and reporting.
Required Courses
Complete all Pennsylvania Required OT CEs
$39
  • Unlimited Certificates (1 Year)
  • Instant access to certificates
  • and much more ...
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State Board of Occupational Therapy
Phone: 717-783-1389 Fax: 717-787-7769 Website: Visit Site Email: Contact Address: PO Box 2649
Harrisburg  17105-2649

Pennsylvania Occupational Therapist Assistant (OTA)

Pennsylvania Requires
24 Hours
Every two years
ANCC
Approved Provider
#P0274
Pennsylvania requires
24 hours Every two years
ANCC
Approved Provider #P0274
CEUfast Meets All Requirements
Last Updated: Thursday, March 28, 2024
Occupational therapy assistants license expire June 30 of every odd numbered year.  24 contact hours in each biennial period is required to renew license.  
Special Requirements
2 hours of board-approved mandated child abuse recognition and reporting.

Beginning with the July 1, 2019—June 30, 2021, biennium, an occupational therapy assistant shall complete a minimum of 24 contact hours in each biennial period in acceptable continued competency activities as a condition of licensure renewal.
Required Courses
Complete all Pennsylvania Required OTA CEs
$39
  • Unlimited Certificates (1 Year)
  • Instant access to certificates
  • and much more ...
Start Today
State Board of Occupational Therapy
Phone: 717-783-1389 Fax: 717-787-7769 Website: Visit Site Email: Contact Address: PO Box 2649
Harrisburg  17105-2649

Pennsylvania Medical Assistant (MA)

ANCC
Approved Provider
#P0274
ANCC
Approved Provider #P0274
Last Updated: Wednesday, November 15, 2023
CEs not required.
Pennsylvania does not explicitly regulate or license medical assistants. This means each employer determines the minimum employment qualifications for professionals in the field.