Continuing Education (CE) Requirements for Nurses in Iowa

Attention: Several states and disciplines have relaxed requirements regarding live / in person Continuing Education due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Please check with your board to see the most current requirements.

Iowa Nurses are required to take 36 hours of continuing education every 3 years.

ARNPs, RNs and LPNs who regularly examine, attend, counsel or treat dependent adults or children in Iowa are required to complete training related to the identification and reporting of child/dependent adult abuse. The licensee is required to complete at least two hours of training every five years. The course MUST be approved by the Iowa Department of Public Health.

Appropriate subject matter for continuing education is limited to offerings that are scientifically founded and predominantly for professional growth. See Iowa nurses - CE for more information.

CE Approvals

Offerings attended outside of Iowa or offered as self-study are accepted when approved by other state boards of nursing with mandatory continuing education requirements. For example, CA has a mandatory continuing education requirement. At Health is a provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing (CA BRN), Provider #CEP 17059.

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State laws can change. Practitioners are responsible for determining their state’s licensure requirements. To view the Iowa continuing education regulations, click the button below.

Continuing Education Requirements for Iowa Nurses

Page last modified or reviewed by on Sep 28, 2020.

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