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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 Registered Nurse Practitioner (ARNP)

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: Tuesday, March 5, 2019

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: Tuesday, March 5, 2019

RNs are required to complete 30 contact hours each 2-year period immediately preceding renewal.

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
Get one year unlimited RN CEUs $30
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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: Tuesday, March 5, 2019
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
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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: Wednesday, March 13, 2019
CEs not required.
Must work for pay as a nurse aide in a nursing environment such as a nursing home, hospital or home health setting for at least eight hours during the previous 24 months of enrollment.
Pennsylvania Department of Health
Phone: 800-852-0518 Website: Visit Site

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, March 7, 2019

Each biennial renewal period, physical therapy assistants shall complete 30 contact hours of continuing physical therapy 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 law or ethics applicable to the practice of physical therapy.
Required Courses
Required Courses Not Provided by CEUfast
  • Law or ethics applicable to the practice of Physical Therapy.
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Pennsylvania State Board of Physical Therapy
Phone: 717-783-7134 Fax: 717-787-7769 Website: Visit Site Email: Contact Address: P.O. Box 2649
Harrisburg  17105-2649

Pennsylvania Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA)

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, March 7, 2019

Each biennial renewal period, physical therapy assistants shall complete 30 contact hours of continuing physical therapy 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 law or ethics applicable to the practice of physical therapy.
Required Courses Not Provided by CEUfast
  • Law or ethics applicable to the practice of Physical Therapy.
Get one year unlimited PTA CEUs $30
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Pennsylvania State Board of Physical Therapy
Phone: 717-783-7134 Fax: 717-787-7769 Website: Visit Site Email: Contact Address: P.O. Box 2649
Harrisburg  17105-2649

Pennsylvania Athletic Trainer (AT/AL)

1 Required Courses
ANCC
Approved Provider
#P0274
(1 + 1) Required Courses
ANCC
Approved Provider #P0274
CEUfast Meets All Requirements
Last Updated: Tuesday, March 5, 2019
In order to be in compliance with the board’s continuing education requirements, you must hold a current BOC certificate.
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
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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: Friday, January 18, 2019
Special Requirements
1 hour in Medical Ethics
1 hour in Patient Safety
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 Not Provided by CEUfast
  • Patient Safety
  • medical ethics
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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: Tuesday, March 5, 2019
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
Get one year unlimited OT CEUs $30
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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)

1 Required Courses
ANCC
Approved Provider
#P0274
(1 + 1) Required Courses
ANCC
Approved Provider #P0274
Last Updated: Tuesday, March 5, 2019
CEs not required.
Occupational therapy assistants license expires June 30 of every odd numbered year.  
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
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