CEU Requirements for nurses in Georgia
All licensed practical nurses are required to complete 20 hours of continuing education every two years. Georgia provides two options for licensed practical nurses to satisfy the requirement.
- Completion of an accredited academic program of study in registered professional nursing.
- Completion of 20 continuing education hours by a Board-approved provider.
Registered nurses and nurse practitioners, licensed in Georgia, must complete 30 hours of continuing education every two years. Georgia provides five options for these nurses to satisfy the continuing education requirement:
- Completion of 30 continuing education hours by a Board-approved provider
- Maintenance of certification or recertification by a national certifying body recognized by the Board
- Verification of competency by a healthcare facility or entity licensed under O.C.G.A. §31-7 or by a physician’s office that is part of a health system and at least 500 hours practiced as evidenced by employer certification on a form approved by the Board
- Completion of a Board-approved reentry program or graduation from a nursing education program
- Completion of an accredited academic program of study in nursing or a related field as recognized by the Board
The course of study, for option five, is a minimum of two credit hours. Acceptable areas of study include:
- Respiratory therapy
- Health care administration
- Business administration
Because individual continuing education providers are not approved, in Georgia, nurses submit all continuing education hours to CEbroker.
CNA CE requirement in Georgia
CNAs are not required to complete CEUs but required to work eight hours as a home health aide or certified nursing assistant within the 24 consecutive months while being supervised by a registered nurse.
Acceptable CEUs for nurses in Georgia
Although the Georgia Board of Nursing does not specify exactly what is an acceptable continuing education activity, it does specify acceptable providers:
- Any provider, recognized by a national credentialing body, which offers certification in the licensed nurse’s specialty.
- Any provider, recognized by a national credentialing body, recognized by the Georgia Board of Nursing in Rule 410-12-.12, offering certification to advanced practice nurses.
- Georgia Nurses Association, including offerings given by the GNA Continuing Education Provider/Approver Unit.
- Area Health Education Centers (AHEC) in Georgia or any state AHEC that is a member of the National AHEC Organization,
- American Nurses Association (ANA), or ANY ANA affiliated state nurses association provider/approver unit
- National League for Nursing
- National Council of State Boards of Nursing
- Employer-sponsored continuing education programs having a minimum of one-course objective
- Any provider of professional continuing education for health care professionals
- Professional journals offering continuing education approved by appropriate bodies
- Any provider recognized by another state board of nursing within the United States
Acceptable continuing education may be taken in a conventional classroom setting, through online courses, professional journals, correspondence, or independent studies.
Activities not accepted as Continuing Education in Georgia
- Offerings designed for laypersons
- Activities less than 30 minutes in duration
- On-the-job orientation
- On-the-job training related to new policies, procedures or equipment
- Other educational activities not sufficiently professional in character to reasonably qualify as continuing education
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