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Texas is known for a lot of different things: Texas barbeque, Texas chili, Texas football, etc. But, one of the most important things that stands out from many other states, especially this past summer, is the horrendous heat that comes during the summer months. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), temperatures have risen roughly 1 degree since the first half of the 20th century, and the unprecedented heat is projected to continue.

With these extreme summertime heat waves, it’s important as nursing professionals working in southern states, such as Texas, to recognize the signs and symptoms of heat-related illnesses. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, thousands of American become sick from heat-related illnesses, such as heat exhaustion or heat stroke, and in some cases become fatal.

During this warm season, it’s a good idea for nursing professionals to help spread the word about these heat-related illnesses and how to prevent them. In most cases, it can be prevented by staying hydrated, working in adequate clothing attire, taking frequent breaks, and being able to identify heat illness symptoms as they start to occur.

Although the saying goes something along the lines of “Don’t Mess with Texas”, adding the phrase “or the heat” to the end of it, might make the slogan a little more appropriate during the state’s most hot and humid days.

Texas Registered Nurse (RN)

Texas Requires
20 Hours
Every two years
ANCC
Approved Provider
#P0274
Texas requires
20 hours Every two years
ANCC
Approved Provider #P0274
Last Updated: Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Must complete 20 contact hours of continuing education in the nurse’s area of practice within the licensing period or demonstrate the achievement, maintenance, or renewal of a board-approved national nursing certification in the nurse’s area of practice within the licensing period. “Area of practice” is defined as including any activity, assignment, or task performed by the nurse that utilizes nursing knowledge, judgment, or skills.

Special Requirements
Nursing Jurisprudence and Nursing Ethics. All nurses must complete at least 2 contact hours of CNE relating to nursing jurisprudence and nursing ethics before the end of every third two-year licensing period

Older Adult or Geriatric Care. Any nurse whose practice includes the older adult or geriatric population is required to complete at least two contact hours in every licensing cycle. The content must include information relating to elder abuseage-related memory changes and disease processes, including chronic conditions, and end-of-life issues. A nurse may choose to complete more than one course in order to cover all content required in the rule.

Forensic Evidence Collection. Any nurse who is employed in an emergency room (ER) setting, including any nurse who could float to an ER or have shifts scheduled in an ER, as well as any nurse employed under contractual, temporary, per diem, agency, traveling, or another employment relationship whose duties include working in an ER must complete at least 2 contact hours of CNE relevant to forensic evidence collection and age- or population-specific nursing interventions that may be required by other laws and/or are necessary in order to assure evidence collection that meets requirements under the Government Code §420.031 regarding use of an Attorney General-approved evidence collection kit and protocol.  
Required Courses
Required Courses Not Provided by CEUfast
  • Forensic Evidence Collection
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Texas Board of Nursing
Phone: 512-305-7400 Fax: 512-305-7401 Website: Visit Site Email: Contact Address: 333 Guadalupe, Suite 3-460
Austin  78701-3944

Texas Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner (ARNP)

Texas Requires
28 Hours
Every two years
ANCC
Approved Provider
#P0274
Texas requires
28 hours Every two years
ANCC
Approved Provider #P0274
Last Updated: Thursday, April 18, 2019

National certification or completion of 20 contact hours of CNE relevant to the nurse’s “area of practice.” “Area of practice” is defined as including any activity, assignment, or task performed by the nurse that utilizes nursing knowledge, judgement, or skills.

Special Requirements
Pharmacotherapeutics. Any APRN who holds prescriptive authority must complete at least 5 additional contact hours of continuing education in pharmacotherapeutics before the end of every licensing period.
These hours are in addition to the 20 contact hours required for all nurses. (APRNs with prescriptive authority who don't prescribe controlled substances need to complete a total of 25 contact hours of continuing education each licensing period.) Certification may not be used to fulfill this requirement. Category I CME may be used to fulfill this requirement.

Prescription of Controlled Substances. Any APRN who holds prescriptive authority and prescribes controlled substances must complete at least 3 additional contact hours of continuing education related to prescribing controlled substances before the end of every licensing period. These hours are in addition to the 20 contact hours required for all nurses and the 5 contact hours in pharmacotherapeutics required for APRNs with prescriptive authority. (APRNs with prescriptive authority who prescribe controlled substances need to complete a total of 28 contact hours of continuing education each licensing period.) Certification may not be used to fulfill this requirement.Category I CME may be used to fulfill this requirement.

Tick Borne Disease. Any APRN whose practice includes the treatment of tick-borne diseases is encouraged to participate in continuing education relating to the treatment of tick-borne diseases. The continuing education course(s) should contain information relevant to treatment of the disease within the APRN's role and population focus area of licensure and may represent a spectrum of relevant medical clinical treatment relating to tick-borne disease. Contact hours completed for this requirement do count towards completion of the 20 contact hours of CNE required for all nurses.Certification may not be used to fulfill this requirement. 

Nursing Jurisprudence and Nursing Ethics. All nurses must complete at least 2 contact hours of CNE relating to nursing jurisprudence and nursing ethics before the end of every third two-year licensing period 

Older Adult or Geriatric Care. Any nurse whose practice includes older adult or geriatric populations is required to complete at least 2 contact hours of CNE relating to older adult or geriatric populations before the end of every licensing period

Forensic Evidence Collection. Any nurse who is employed in an emergency room (ER) setting, including any nurse who could float to an ER or have shifts scheduled in an ER, as well as any nurse employed under contractual, temporary, per diem, agency, traveling, or another employment relationship whose duties include working in an ER must complete at least 2 contact hours of CNE relevant to forensic evidence collection and age- or population-specific nursing interventions that may be required by other laws and/or are necessary in order to assure evidence collection that meets requirements under the Government Code §420.031 regarding use of an Attorney General-approved evidence collection kit and protocol.  
Required Courses
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  • Forensic Evidence Collection
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Texas Board of Nursing
Phone: 512-305-7400 Fax: 512-305-7401 Website: Visit Site Email: Contact Address: 333 Guadalupe, Suite 3-460
Austin  78701-3944

Texas Licensed Vocational Nurses (LVN)

Texas Requires
20 Hours
Every two years
ANCC
Approved Provider
#P0274
Texas requires
20 hours Every two years
ANCC
Approved Provider #P0274
Last Updated: Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Must complete 20 contact hours of continuing education in the nurse’s area of practice within the licensing period or demonstrate the achievement, maintenance, or renewal of a board-approved national nursing certification in the nurse’s area of practice within the licensing period. “Area of practice” is defined as including any activity, assignment, or task performed by the nurse that utilizes nursing knowledge, judgment, or skills.

Special Requirements
Nursing Jurisprudence and Nursing Ethics. All nurses must complete at least 2 contact hours of CNE relating to nursing jurisprudence and nursing ethics before the end of every third two-year licensing period 

Older Adult or Geriatric Care. Any nurse whose practice includes the older adult or geriatric population is required to complete at least two contact hours in every licensing cycle. The content must include information relating to elder abuseage-related memory changes and disease processes, including chronic conditions, and end-of-life issues. A nurse may choose to complete more than one course in order to cover all content required in the rule.

Forensic Evidence Collection. Any nurse who is employed in an emergency room (ER) setting, including any nurse who could float to an ER or have shifts scheduled in an ER, as well as any nurse employed under contractual, temporary, per diem, agency, traveling, or another employment relationship whose duties include working in an ER must complete at least 2 contact hours of CNE relevant to forensic evidence collection and age- or population-specific nursing interventions that may be required by other laws and/or are necessary in order to assure evidence collection that meets requirements under the Government Code §420.031 regarding use of an Attorney General-approved evidence collection kit and protocol.  
Required Courses
Required Courses Not Provided by CEUfast
  • Forensic Evidence Collection
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Texas Board of Nursing
Phone: 512-305-7400 Fax: 512-305-7401 Website: Visit Site Email: Contact Address: 333 Guadalupe, Suite 3-460
Austin  78701-3944

Texas Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)

Texas Requires
24 Hours
Every two years
ANCC
Approved Provider
#P0274
Texas requires
24 hours Every two years
ANCC
Approved Provider #P0274
Last Updated: Tuesday, March 19, 2019
Complete 24 hours of in-service education every 2 years. The TX HHS offers 12 of the 24 required hours directly to licensees.
Some Courses Provided
Nurse aides may complete 12 of the required 24 hours of in-service education in a healthcare entity other than a facility licensed or certified by HHS, the Texas Department of State Health Services or the Texas Board of Nursing. For a list of approved programs, visit the NAR Approved In-Service Education Programs webpage.
Special Requirements
Effective September 1, 2013, in-service must include training in geriatrics and the care of patients with a dementia disorder, which includes, but is not limited to, Alzheimer's disease.
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Texas Department of State Health Services
Phone: 512-438-2050 Website: Visit Site Email: Contact

Texas Physical Therapist (PT)

Texas Requires
30 Hours
Every two years
ANCC
Approved Provider
#P0274
Texas requires
30 hours Every two years
ANCC
Approved Provider #P0274
Last Updated: Wednesday, March 13, 2019
Licensees are required to renew their licenses every two years by the end of their birth month. For each biennial renewal, physical therapist must complete a total of 30 CCUs. 

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Special Requirements
Beginning June 1, 2017, individuals renewing their license will be required to take the PT Board's new Texas Jurisprudence Assessment Module (TX JAM). The TX JAM will replace both the current Jurisprudence (JP) Exam and the ethics/professional responsibility renewal requirement. provided by board here 
Required Courses Not Provided by CEUfast
  • Texas Jurisprudence Assessment Module
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Executive Council of Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy Examiners
Phone: 512-305-6900 Fax: 512-305-6951 Website: Visit Site Address: 333 Guadalupe Suite 2-510 Austin
Austin  78701-3942

Texas Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA)

Texas Requires
20 Hours
Every two years
ANCC
Approved Provider
#P0274
Texas requires
20 hours Every two years
ANCC
Approved Provider #P0274
Last Updated: Wednesday, March 13, 2019
Licensees are required to renew their licenses every two years by the end of their birth month. For each biennial renewal, physical therapist assistants must complete a total of 20 CCUs. 

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Special Requirements
Beginning June 1, 2017, individuals renewing their license will be required to take the PT Board's new Texas Jurisprudence Assessment Module (TX JAM). The TX JAM will replace both the current Jurisprudence (JP) Exam and the ethics/professional responsibility renewal requirement. provided by board here 
Required Courses Not Provided by CEUfast
  • Texas Jurisprudence Assessment Module
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Executive Council of Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy Examiners
Phone: 512-305-6900 Fax: 512-305-6951 Website: Visit Site Address: 333 Guadalupe Suite 2-510 Austin
Austin  78701-3942

Texas Athletic Trainer (AT/AL)

Texas Requires
40 Hours
Every two years
ANCC
Approved Provider
#P0274
Texas requires
40 hours Every two years
ANCC
Approved Provider #P0274
Last Updated: Wednesday, March 13, 2019
An athletic training license is renewed biennially, at the end of the birth month of the licensee.   To renew an athletic trainer license, a licensee must complete the following:
  • 40 clock-hours of continuing education during the previous two-year period, including 2 clock-hours of training in concussion management
  • Current Emergency Cardiac Care certification from the Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers/Professional Rescuers at the Healthcare Provider level or beyond, which must be maintained throughout each two-year period
Special Requirements
The required hours must include two (2) clock-hours of continuing education in concussion management every biennial renewal cycle
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  • Concussion Management
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Advisory Board of Athletic Trainers
Phone: 512-463-6599 Fax: 512-463-9468 Website: Visit Site Address: PO Box 12057
Austin  78711

Texas Respiratory Therapist (RT)

Texas Requires
24 Hours
Every two years
ANCC
Approved Provider
#P0274
Texas requires
24 hours Every two years
ANCC
Approved Provider #P0274
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Last Updated: Wednesday, March 13, 2019
At least 12 contact hours must be in traditional courses. The remainder of contact hours may be in non-traditional courses.
Special Requirements
At least 2 contact hours must be in ethics. These ethics hours may be completed via traditional courses or non-traditional courses.
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Texas Medical Board
Phone: 800-248-4062 Website: Visit Site Email: Contact Address: P.O. Box 2018
Austin  78768-2018

Texas Occupational Therapist (OT)

Texas Requires
30 Hours
Every two years
ANCC
Approved Provider
#P0274
Texas requires
30 hours Every two years
ANCC
Approved Provider #P0274
Last Updated: Wednesday, March 13, 2019
Licensees are required to renew their licenses every two years by the end of their birth month.  All licensees must complete a minimum of 30 hours of continuing education every two years during the period of time the license is current in order to renew the license and must provide this information as requested.
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Executive Council of Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy Examiners
Phone: 512-305-6900 Fax: 512-305-6951 Website: Visit Site Email: Contact Address: 333 Guadalupe Suite 2-510 Austin
Austin  78701-3942

Texas Occupational Therapist Assistant (OTA)

Texas Requires
30 Hours
Every two years
ANCC
Approved Provider
#P0274
Texas requires
30 hours Every two years
ANCC
Approved Provider #P0274
Last Updated: Wednesday, March 13, 2019
Licensees are required to renew their licenses every two years by the end of their birth month.  All licensees must complete a minimum of 30 hours of continuing education every two years during the period of time the license is current in order to renew the license and must provide this information as requested.
Get one year unlimited OTA CEUs $30
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Executive Council of Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy Examiners
Phone: 512-305-6900 Fax: 512-305-6951 Website: Visit Site Email: Contact Address: 333 Guadalupe Suite 2-510 Austin
Austin  78701-3942

Texas Home Health Aid (HHA)

5 Required Courses
ANCC
Approved Provider
#P0274
(5 + 1) Required Courses
ANCC
Approved Provider #P0274
Last Updated: Tuesday, March 19, 2019
CEs not required.
Required Courses
Texas Department of State Health Services
Phone: 512-438-2050 Website: Visit Site Email: Contact