Illinois Nursing CEU requirements
Licensed practical nurses (LPNs) in Illinois must have 20 hours of approved continuing education (CE) every two-year license renewal cycle. Nurses should complete all CE courses in the 24 months preceding the expiration of their license. Beginning on January 1, 2020, the Illinois Board of Nursing set new requirements for licensed practical nurses.
- All LPNs shall complete a one-hour CE course in sexual harassment training.
- This one-hour sexual harassment prevention training continuing education (CE) course is in addition to the nurse’s regular CE requirements.
Registered nurses (RNs) must have 20 hours of approved continuing education, every two-year license renewal cycle. Nurses should complete all CE courses in the 24 months preceding the expiration of their license. Beginning on January 1, 2020, the Illinois Board of Nursing set new requirements for registered nurses.
- All RNs shall complete a one-hour CE course in sexual harassment training.
- This one-hour sexual harassment prevention training continuing education course is in addition to the nurses’ regular CE requirements.
Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs) need 80 hours of continuing education every two-year license renewal cycle. All CE courses must be completed in the 24 months preceding the expiration of the license. On January 1, 2020, the Illinois Board of Nursing set new requirements for Advanced Practice Registered Nurses.
- All APRNs shall complete a one-hour CE course in sexual harassment training.
- This one hour of sexual harassment prevention training CE course is in addition to APRNs’ regular CE requirements.
An APRN holding more than one APRN license is required to complete 80 hours of continuing education total per license renewal period. The 80 hours of continuing education required shall be completed as follows:
- A minimum of 50 hours of the continuing education shall be obtained in continuing education programs that shall include no less than 20 hours of pharmacotherapeutics, including 10 hours of opioid prescribing or substance abuse education.
- A maximum of 30 hours of credit may be obtained by presentations of the APRN’s clinical specialty, evidence-based practice, or quality improvement projects, publications, research projects, or preceptor hours.
CNA CEU requirements in Illinois
CNAs are not required to complete CEUs; however, they must complete eight hours within 24 months before their employment competency evaluation.
Acceptable CEUs for RNs and LPNs in Illinois
- CE hours shall be earned by verified attendance or participation in a program or course or program that is offered or sponsored by an approved CE sponsor.
- An independent study approved for CE credits may be home study programs, articles from journals, and other health discipline independent study modules.
- Academic credits may be used to fulfill CE requirements if the course content is consistent with approved sponsors.
- CE hours can be earned by writing papers, publications, articles, dissertations, book chapters, or research projects that are applicable to the nurse’s practice area.
- Presenter or lecturer presentations made to other health professionals on topics related to the certification area may be used for CE credit.
Each individual, non-repetitive 60-minute lecture, may be used for five CE hours.
Acceptable CEUs for APRNs
APRNs can earn CEs by precepting an APRN student.
- Preceptors must provide clinical supervision and education to the APRN student.
- Documentation must be provided from the school of nursing in which the student is enrolled.
- Precepting one student for an academic semester or quarter may be used for 10 CE hours.
- Not more than 30 CE hours in each renewal period may come from precepting.
Additionally, successful completion of a recertification exam in the APRN’s area of specialty can be used for 60 CE hours.
Skills certification courses
- Two hours in CPR certified by the American Red Cross, American Heart Association, or other qualified organization may be accepted.
- Three hours may be accepted for certification or recertification in BLS, ACLS, or Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) or their equivalent.
Unacceptable CEUs in Illinois
- College or university courses that are audited may not be used for CE credit.
- Core or general education credits such as English, literature, history, math, music, and physical education aren’t acceptable.
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