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Virginia Continuing Education Requirements

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Virginia Registered Nurse (RN)

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A. To renew an active nursing license, a licensee shall complete at least one of the following learning activities or courses:
1. Current specialty certification by a national certifying organization, as defined in 18VAC90-19-10;
2. Completion of a minimum of three credit hours of post-licensure academic education relevant to nursing practice, offered by a regionally accredited college or university;
3. A board-approved refresher course in nursing;
4. Completion of nursing-related, evidence-based practice project or research study;
5. Completion of publication as the author or co-author during a renewal cycle;
6. Teaching or developing a nursing-related course resulting in no less than three semester hours of college credit, a 15-week course, or specialty certification;
7. Teaching or developing nursing-related continuing education courses for up to 30 contact hours;
8. Fifteen contact hours of workshops, seminars, conferences, or courses relevant to the practice of nursing and 640 hours of active practice as a nurse; or
9. Thirty contact hours of workshops, seminars, conferences, or courses relevant to the practice of nursing.
B. To meet requirements of subdivision A 8 or A 9 of this section, workshops, seminars, conferences, or courses shall be offered by a provider recognized or approved by one of the following:
1. American Nurses Credentialing Center American Nurses Association;
2. National Council of State Boards of Nursing;
3. Area Health Education Centers (AHEC) in any state in which the AHEC is a member of the National AHEC Organization;
4. Any state nurses association;
5. National League for Nursing;
6. National Association for Practical Nurse Education and Service;
7. National Federation of Licensed Practical Nurses;
8. A licensed health care facility, agency, or hospital;
9. A health care provider association;
10. Regionally or nationally accredited colleges or universities;
11. A state or federal government agency;
12. The American Heart Association, the American Health and Safety Institute, or the American Red Cross for courses in advanced resuscitation; or
13. The Virginia Board of Nursing or any state board of nursing.
C. Dual licensed persons.
1. Those persons dually licensed by this board as a registered nurse and a licensed practical nurse shall only meet one of the continued competency requirements as set forth in subsection A of this section.
2. Registered nurses who also hold an active license as a nurse practitioner shall only meet the requirements of 18VAC90-30-105 and, for those with prescriptive authority, 18VAC90-40-55.
D. A licensee is exempt from the continued competency requirement for the first renewal following initial licensure by examination or endorsement.
E. The board may grant an extension for good cause of up to one year for the completion of continuing competency requirements upon written request from the licensee 60 days prior to the renewal date. Such extension shall not relieve the licensee of the continuing competency requirement.
F. The board may grant an exemption for all or part of the continuing competency requirements due to circumstances beyond the control of the licensee such as temporary disability, mandatory military service, or officially declared disasters.
G. Continued competency activities or courses required by board order in a disciplinary proceeding shall not be counted as meeting the requirements for licensure renewal.
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Board of Nursing
Phone: 804-367-4400 Fax: 804-527-4455 Website: Visit Site Email: Contact Address: Perimeter Center 9960 Mayland Drive, Suite 300
Henrico, VA  23233-1463

Virginia Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN)

Virginia Requires
40 Hours
Every two years
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Continuing Competency Requirements:

A. In order to renew a license biennially, a nurse practitioner initially licensed on or after May 8, 2002, shall hold current professional certification in the area of specialty practice from one of the certifying agencies designated in 18VAC90-30-90.

B. In order to renew a license biennially, nurse practitioners licensed prior to May 8, 2002, shall meet one of the following requirements:

1. Hold current professional certification in the area of specialty practice from one of the certifying agencies designated in 18VAC90-30-90; or

2. Complete at least 40 hours of continuing education in the area of specialty practice approved by one of the certifying agencies designated in 18VAC90-30-90 or approved by Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) of the American Medical Association as a Category I Continuing Medical Education (CME) course.

Continued Competency - Prescriptive Authority

https://www.dhp.virginia.gov/Boards/Nursing/PractitionerResources/ContinuedCompetency/PrescriptiveAuthority/

18VAC90-40-55. Continuing competency requirements:

A. A licensee with prescriptive authority shall meet continuing competency requirements for biennial renewal as a licensed nurse practitioner. Such requirements shall address issues such as ethical practice, an appropriate standard of care, patient safety, and appropriate communication with patients.

B. A nurse practitioner with prescriptive authority shall obtain a total of eight hours of continuing education in pharmacology or pharmacotherapeutics for each biennium in addition to the minimal requirements for compliance with subsection B of 18VAC90-30-105.

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Board of Nursing
Phone: 804-367-4400 Fax: 804-527-4455 Website: Visit Site Email: Contact Address: Perimeter Center 9960 Mayland Drive, Suite 300
Henrico, Virginia  23233-1463

Virginia Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)

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Last Updated: Tuesday, February 6, 2024
Multiple options to renew for this profession and state.
A. To renew an active nursing license, a licensee shall complete at least one of the following learning activities or courses:
1. Current specialty certification by a national certifying organization, as defined in 18VAC90-19-10;
2. Completion of a minimum of three credit hours of post-licensure academic education relevant to nursing practice, offered by a regionally accredited college or university;
3. A board-approved refresher course in nursing;
4. Completion of nursing-related, evidence-based practice project or research study;
5. Completion of publication as the author or co-author during a renewal cycle;
6. Teaching or developing a nursing-related course resulting in no less than three semester hours of college credit, a 15-week course, or specialty certification;
7. Teaching or developing nursing-related continuing education courses for up to 30 contact hours;
8. Fifteen contact hours of workshops, seminars, conferences, or courses relevant to the practice of nursing and 640 hours of active practice as a nurse; or
9. Thirty contact hours of workshops, seminars, conferences, or courses relevant to the practice of nursing.
B. To meet requirements of subdivision A 8 or A 9 of this section, workshops, seminars, conferences, or courses shall be offered by a provider recognized or approved by one of the following:
1. American Nurses Credentialing Center American Nurses Association;
2. National Council of State Boards of Nursing;
3. Area Health Education Centers (AHEC) in any state in which the AHEC is a member of the National AHEC Organization;
4. Any state nurses association;
5. National League for Nursing;
6. National Association for Practical Nurse Education and Service;
7. National Federation of Licensed Practical Nurses;
8. A licensed health care facility, agency, or hospital;
9. A health care provider association;
10. Regionally or nationally accredited colleges or universities;
11. A state or federal government agency;
12. The American Heart Association, the American Health and Safety Institute, or the American Red Cross for courses in advanced resuscitation; or
13. The Virginia Board of Nursing or any state board of nursing.
C. Dual licensed persons.
1. Those persons dually licensed by this board as a registered nurse and a licensed practical nurse shall only meet one of the continued competency requirements as set forth in subsection A of this section.
2. Registered nurses who also hold an active license as a nurse practitioner shall only meet the requirements of 18VAC90-30-105 and, for those with prescriptive authority, 18VAC90-40-55.
D. A licensee is exempt from the continued competency requirement for the first renewal following initial licensure by examination or endorsement.
E. The board may grant an extension for good cause of up to one year for the completion of continuing competency requirements upon written request from the licensee 60 days prior to the renewal date. Such extension shall not relieve the licensee of the continuing competency requirement.
F. The board may grant an exemption for all or part of the continuing competency requirements due to circumstances beyond the control of the licensee such as temporary disability, mandatory military service, or officially declared disasters.
G. Continued competency activities or courses required by board order in a disciplinary proceeding shall not be counted as meeting the requirements for licensure renewal.
Department of Health Professions
Phone: 804-367-4400 Fax: 804-527-4455 Website: Visit Site Email: Contact Address: Perimeter Center 9960 Mayland Drive, Suite 300
Henrico, Virginia  23233-1463

Virginia Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)

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Last Updated: Friday, November 3, 2023
CEs not required.
You must have worked for pay during the last two years to be eligible for renewal. According to 18VAC90-25-80, "A certified nurse aide who has not performed nursing-related activities for compensation during the two years preceding the expiration date of the certification shall repeat and pass the nurse aide competency evaluation prior to applying for recertification."

No continuing education is required for renewal. Please check with your facility/employer to ensure CEUFast courses are accepted. 
Board of Nursing
Phone: 804-367-4400 Fax: 804-527-4455 Website: Visit Site Address: Perimeter Center 9960 Mayland Drive, Suite 300
Henrico, Virginia  23233-1463

Virginia Medication Nursing Assistant

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Last Updated: Wednesday, August 16, 2023
CEs not required.
Board of Nursing
Phone: 804-367-4400 Fax: 804-527-4455 Website: Visit Site Address: Perimeter Center 9960 Mayland Drive, Suite 300
Henrico, Virginia  23233-1463

Virginia Physical Therapist (PT)

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Last Updated: Tuesday, February 6, 2024

A total of at least 30 hours of continuing education (CE) is required for renewal.  For a physical therapist, at least 20 hours must be Type 1 CE courses, and for a physical therapist assistant, at least 15 hours must be Type 1 CE courses. 

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Virginia Board of Physical Therapy Dept. of Health Professions
Phone: 804-367-4674 Fax: 804-939-5973 Website: Visit Site Email: Contact Address: 9960 Mayland Drive Suite 300
Henrico  23233-1463

Virginia Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA)

Virginia Requires
20 Hours
Every two years
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Virginia requires
20 hours Every two years
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Last Updated: Wednesday, August 16, 2023

A total of at least 20 hours of continuing education (CE) is required for renewal.  For a physical therapist assistant, at least 15 hours must be Type 1 CE courses. 

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Virginia Board of Physical Therapy Dept. of Health Professions
Phone: 804-367-4674 Fax: 804-939-5973 Website: Visit Site Address: 9960 Mayland Drive Suite 300
Henrico  23233-1463

Virginia Occupational Therapist (OT)

Virginia Requires
20 Hours
Every two years
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Last Updated: Monday, August 7, 2023
Occupational Therapists must earn 20 hours of continued competency activities to renew his/her licenses biennially.  Licenses expire during the licensees birth month in each even-numbered year.
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Virginia Board of Medicine
Phone: 804-367-4400 Website: Visit Site Email: Contact Address: Perimeter Center 9960 Mayland Drive
Suite 300
Henrico  23233-1463

Virginia Occupational Therapist Assistant (OTA)

Virginia Requires
20 Hours
Every two years
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Virginia requires
20 hours Every two years
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Last Updated: Monday, August 7, 2023
Occupational Therapy assistant must earn 20 hours of continued competency activities to renew his/her licenses biennially.  Licenses expire during the licensees birth month in each even-numbered year.
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Virginia Board of Medicine
Phone: 804-367-4400 Website: Visit Site Email: Contact Address: Perimeter Center 9960 Mayland Drive
Suite 300
Henrico  23233-1463

Virginia Athletic Trainer (AT/AL)

Virginia Requires
50 Hours
Every two years
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50 hours Every two years
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Last Updated: Wednesday, August 9, 2023
Athletic Trainers shall renew their license biennially in each odd-numbered year in his/her birth month. 

License renewal in a current/active status requires attestation of current BOC certification.
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Virginia Board of Medicine
Phone: 804-367-4600 Website: Visit Site Email: Contact Address: Perimeter Center 9960 Mayland Drive
Suite 300
Henrico, Virginia  23233-1463

Virginia Respiratory Therapist (RT)

Virginia Requires
20 Hours
Every two years
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#P0274
Virginia requires
20 hours Every two years
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Last Updated: Friday, September 29, 2023
Renewal in a current/active status requires attestation of having completed 20 hours of continuing respiratory therapy education as approved and documented by a sponsor recognized by the AARC or in courses directly related to the practice of respiratory therapy as approved the American Medical Association for Category 1 CME credit within the last biennium.
Your license must be renewed biennially during your birth month in each odd-numbered year. The fee is $135.00. Licenses are updated upon receipt of fees. A current license is printed, mailed and delivered to its destination within 10 working days. 
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Department of Health Professions
Phone: 804-367-4400 Website: Visit Site Email: Contact Address: 9960 Mayland Drive, Suite 300
Henrico  23233-1463

Virginia Medical Assistant (MA)

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#P0274
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Last Updated: Wednesday, November 15, 2023
CEs not required.
Medical assistants in Virginia do not need to be licensed or certified to work in the state.
Virginia Health Workforce Development Authority
Phone: 804-562-4928 Address: 7818 E. Parham Road
Richmond  23294