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Washington Continuing Education Requirements

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Washington Registered Nurse (RN)

Washington Requires
8 Hours
Every year
ANCC
Approved Provider
#P0274
Washington requires
8 hours Every year
ANCC
Approved Provider #P0274
Last Updated: Wednesday, February 7, 2024
As of June 12, 2021, the Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission (NCQAC) has reduced education and active nursing practice hour requirements for active, inactive, expired, and retired-active nurse credentials, and changed the reporting period. Changes include:

Continuing education and active nursing practice hour renewals are now yearly.
Active nursing practice continuing education hours changes to at least 8 hours a year.
Active nursing practice hours changes to at least 96 hours a year.
Retired active nursing practice continuing education hours changes to at least 8 hours a year.
Retired active nursing practice hours changes to at least 24 hours a year (max of 90 days a year).  

 

Special Requirements
  • All licensed RNs & LPNs have until their 2026 renewal date to complete 2 hours of health equity CE.
    After 2026 renewal, nurses must complete 2 hours of health equity CE every renewal period.
    Nurses applying for a new license have until their 2nd renewal date to complete 2 hours of health equity CE.
    After 2nd renewal, nurses must complete 2 hours of health equity CE every renewal period.
  • One time 6 hour suicide course.
  • Effective, January 1, 2021, all licensed nurses (RN, LPN, or ARNP) in Washington State are required to take telemedicine training if the nurse provides telemedicine services.
Required Courses
Complete all Washington Required RN CEs
$39
  • Unlimited Certificates (1 Year)
  • Instant access to certificates
  • and much more ...
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Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission
Phone: 360-236-4703 Fax: 360-236-4738 Website: Visit Site Email: Contact Address: 111 Israel Rd SE
Tumwater, WA  98504

Washington Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)

Washington Requires
8 Hours
Every year
ANCC
Approved Provider
#P0274
Washington requires
8 hours Every year
ANCC
Approved Provider #P0274
Last Updated: Wednesday, February 7, 2024
As of June 12, 2021, the Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission (NCQAC) has reduced education and active nursing practice hour requirements for active, inactive, expired, and retired-active nurse credentials, and changed the reporting period. Changes include:

Continuing education and active nursing practice hour renewals are now yearly.
Active nursing practice continuing education hours changes to at least 8 hours a year.
Active nursing practice hours changes to at least 96 hours a year.
Retired active nursing practice continuing education hours changes to at least 8 hours a year.
Retired active nursing practice hours changes to at least 24 hours a year (max of 90 days a year).  

 

Special Requirements
  • All licensed RNs & LPNs have until their 2026 renewal date to complete 2 hours of health equity CE.
    After 2026 renewal, nurses must complete 2 hours of health equity CE every renewal period.
    Nurses applying for a new license have until their 2nd renewal date to complete 2 hours of health equity CE.
    After 2nd renewal, nurses must complete 2 hours of health equity CE every renewal period.
  • One time 6 hour suicide course.
  • Effective, January 1, 2021, all licensed nurses (RN, LPN, or ARNP) in Washington State are required to take telemedicine training if the nurse provides telemedicine services.
Required Courses
Complete all Washington Required LPN CEs
$39
  • Unlimited Certificates (1 Year)
  • Instant access to certificates
  • and much more ...
Start Today
Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission
Phone: 360-236-4703 Fax: 360-236-4738 Website: Visit Site Email: Contact Address: 111 Israel Rd SE
Tumwater, WA  98504

Washington Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN)

Washington Requires
30 Hours
Every two years
ANCC
Approved Provider
#P0274
Washington requires
30 hours Every two years
ANCC
Approved Provider #P0274
CEUfast Meets All Requirements
Last Updated: Wednesday, January 31, 2024
30 contact hours are required every two years.
 

An additional 15 hours in pharmacology is required if you have prescriptive authority within the last two years.

*As of Dec. 22, 2023, the new health equity continuing education (CE) requirement is: 2 hours of health equity CE every renewal period.

Special Requirements

All ARNPs who prescribe opioids in Washington State must complete a one-time four-hour continuing education on best practices in the prescribing of opioids.

One time 6-hour suicide course.

Effective, January 1, 2021, all licensed nurses who provide telemedicine services (RN, LPN, or ARNP) in Washington State are required to complete telemedicine training.
Required Courses
Complete all Washington Required ARNP CEs
$39
  • Unlimited Certificates (1 Year)
  • Instant access to certificates
  • and much more ...
Start Today
Washington State Board of Nursing (WABON)
Phone: 360-236-4703 Fax: 360-236-4738 Website: Visit Site Email: Contact Address: 111 Israel Rd SE
Olympia, WA  98504

Washington Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)

Last Updated: Friday, January 19, 2024
CEs not required.
CEUfast is not an approved provider for Washington State CNAs for ANY courses.

There are no CE requirements for general license renewal, but there are CE requirements for specialized departments. The specialized department CE requirements must be met through an approved provider.
Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission
Phone: 360-236-4703 Fax: 360-236-4738 Website: Visit Site Email: Contact Address: 111 Israel Rd SE
Tumwater  98504

Washington Home Health Aid (HHA)

Last Updated: Tuesday, January 2, 2024
CEs not required.
Home care aides must renew their license every year. Credentials expire on the credential holder’s birthday and may be renewed within 90 days of the expiration date.

Twelve hours of continuing education approved by the Department of Social and Health Services is due each year with renewal of the certification. The home care aide must certify that he or she has completed the required continuing education with their renewal. The Department of Health randomly audits home care aides. If you are chosen for the continuing education audit, the department will contact you and request documentation that you completed the required continuing education during the required timeframe.
Department of Social and Health Services
Phone: 360-236-4700

Washington Physical Therapist (PT)

Last Updated: Thursday, March 28, 2024
CEs not required.

To renew a physical therapist license, you must have 32 hours of continuing education and 200 hours of physical therapy employment every two years.

**CEUFast courses meet the standards for continuing competence activities in your state!
 

Special Requirements
Suicide screening and referral 3 hours, one time. 

CEUFast, Inc. is an approved provider by the Washington State Department of Health for the 3 hour Suicide Prevention Training, Approval # TRNG.TG.60715050-SUIC
Required Courses
Washington Board of Physical Therapy
Phone: 360-236-4700 Fax: 360-664-9077 Website: Visit Site Address: PO Box 47867
Olympia  98504-7867

Washington Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA)

Last Updated: Thursday, March 28, 2024
CEs not required.

To renew a physical therapist assistant license, you must have 24 hours of continuing education and 200 hours of physical therapy employment every two years.

**CEUFast courses meet the standards for continuing competence activities in your state!

Special Requirements
Suicide screening and referral 3 hours, one time. 

CEUFast, Inc. is an approved provider by the Washington State Department of Health for the 3 hour Suicide Prevention Training, Approval # TRNG.TG.60715050-SUIC
Required Courses
Washington Board of Physical Therapy
Phone: 360-236-4700 Fax: 360-664-9077 Website: Visit Site Address: PO Box 47867
Olympia  98504-7867

Washington Occupational Therapist (OT)

Washington Requires
30 Hours
Every two years
ANCC
Approved Provider
#P0274
Washington requires
30 hours Every two years
ANCC
Approved Provider #P0274
Last Updated: Thursday, March 28, 2024
CEs not required.
Occupational therapists must renew their license every two years on or before their birthday. In addition to submitting the appropriate fee, they're required to complete 30 hours of continuing education.
Special Requirements
A minimum of twenty hours must directly relate to the practice of occupational therapy. Any remaining hours may be in professional development activities that enhance the practice of the licensed occupational therapist or licensed occupational therapy assistant. 

Required
(1) Three hours of training every six years in suicide assessment 
 
Required Courses
Licensing and Vital Records
Phone: 360-236-4700 Website: Visit Site Email: Contact Address: Town Center 2
111 Israel Rd. S.E.
Tumwater  98501

Washington Occupational Therapist Assistant (OTA)

Washington Requires
30 Hours
Every two years
ANCC
Approved Provider
#P0274
Washington requires
30 hours Every two years
ANCC
Approved Provider #P0274
Last Updated: Thursday, March 28, 2024
CEs not required.
Occupational therapy assistants must renew their license every two years on or before their birthday. In addition to submitting the appropriate fee, they're required to complete 30 hours of continuing education.
Special Requirements
A minimum of twenty hours must directly relate to the practice of occupational therapy. Any remaining hours may be in professional development activities that enhance the practice of the licensed occupational therapist or licensed occupational therapy assistant. 

Required
(1) Three hours of training every six years in suicide assessment 
 
Required Courses
Licensing and Vital Records
Phone: 360-236-4700 Website: Visit Site Email: Contact Address: Town Center 2
111 Israel Rd. S.E.
Tumwater  98501

Washington Athletic Trainer (AT/AL)

Washington Requires
50 Hours
Every year
ANCC
Approved Provider
#P0274
Washington requires
50 hours Every year
ANCC
Approved Provider #P0274
Last Updated: Thursday, March 28, 2024
CEs not required.
Athletic trainers must renew their license every year on or before their birthday.

Athletic trainers are required to complete 50 hours of continuing education (CE) every two years. 
Special Requirements
One time 6 hour Suicide Prevention Training
Athletic Trainer Credentialing
Phone: 360-236-4700 Website: Visit Site Address: PO Box 47877
Olympia  98504-7877

Washington Respiratory Therapist (RT)

Washington Requires
30 Hours
Every two years
ANCC
Approved Provider
#P0274
Washington requires
30 hours Every two years
ANCC
Approved Provider #P0274
Last Updated: Friday, January 19, 2024
To renew a respiratory therapy license, you must have 30 hours of continuing education (CE) every two years. Respiratory therapists must have completed this requirement by their birth date every two years. The CE hours must have been obtained during the preceding two years, from birth date to birth date. If you're reporting this year, any CE that was obtained before your birth date two years ago or after your birth date this year can't be used to satisfy the continuing education or employment requirement. The expiration date for all credentials is the practitioner's birthday.
Special Requirements
A minimum of 10 hours must be in courses approved by the American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC).
Complete all Washington Required RT CEs
$39
  • Unlimited Certificates (1 Year)
  • Instant access to certificates
  • and much more ...
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DOH Health Systems Quality Assurance
Phone: 360-236-4700 Fax: 360-236-4818 Website: Visit Site Email: Contact Address: 111 Israel Rd. S.E.
Turnwater  98501

Washington Medical Assistant (MA)

ANCC
Approved Provider
#P0274
ANCC
Approved Provider #P0274
Last Updated: Friday, January 19, 2024
CEs not required.
Medical assistants-certified must renew their credential every two years after the initial renewal. Credentials expire on the credential holder's birthday. Renewal fees are accepted by the department no sooner than 90 days prior to the expiration date.
Special Requirements
There are no continuing education requirements
Washington State Department of Health
Phone: 360-236-4700 Website: Visit Site Email: Contact Address: Town Center 2
111 Israel Rd. S.E.
Tumwater  98501