Below are the primary license renewal and continuing education requirements for nurses licensed in Iowa. Please visit the Iowa Board of Nursing CE continuing education page for more information.
RN: 36 hours every 3 years
LPN: 36 hours every 3 years
APRN: Maintain current certification in specialty is deemed to be in compliance with Iowa Continuing Education (CE) requirements
Effective July 1, 2019, all licensees who are mandatory reporters are required 2 contact hours in identifying and reporting abuse in children and 2 contact hours in identifying and reporting abuse independent adults, unless exempt. For all subsequent renewals, licensees are required 1 hour of recertification training (for each course) every three years.
Incredible Health offers ANCC-accredited continuing education courses for nurses in all 50 states, 100% free and online. The Iowa Board of Nursing accepts courses that are ANCC accredited.
Additionally, Iowa is a nursing compact state, which allows nurses to hold multi-state licenses.
Steps to renew your Iowa nursing license
- Verify the status of your license
Visit the Verification page in order to confirm your license.
- Complete your Iowa nursing continuing education requirements before your license expires
You can complete your nursing CEUs online, on your schedule, and 100% free with Incredible Health.
- Go to the Iowa Board of Nurses Online Services site to request a license renewal
Visit the Renewal Information page for specifics. Iowa is a compact state. If your Primary State of Residency is in another compact state do not apply for licensure in Iowa unless you are declaring Iowa as your Primary State of Residency.
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Iowa Board of Nursing
Phone: (515) 281-3255
Fax: (515) 281-4825
400 SW 8th Street
Des Moines, IA 50309
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