Continuing Education Requirements for Nurses and License Renewal

Meet your nursing CE requirements with ease. If you'd like a refresher on what's needed to renew your license, see the requirements below.

3 Mandatory Hours
27 Elective Hours
30 Total Hours
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Here's what you need to renew your Oregon Nursing license

The information below is a summary of the minimum requirements set forth by the Oregon State Board of Nursing. For a more detailed requirements breakdown, please see the board's site.
If you hold Nursing licenses in multiple states, please make sure to check each state's requirements.

Oregon Nursing: APN (Continuing Education)

Total Hours Required: 45
Mandatory Hours: 3
Elective Hours: 45
Renewal Cycle in Years: 2

Online Info

Mandatory Subjects:
Pain ManagementOregon law requires all licensed nurses and other health professionals to receive one hour of pain management continuing education upon initial licensure and at every renewal thereafter.  This one (1) hour must be the Oregon Pain Management Commission module.

Cultural Competency  The two-hour education is required for all physicians, physician assistants, acupuncturists, advanced practice nurses, podiatrists, chiropractors, naturopaths, psychologists, and other health professionals. This education does not need to be accredited or provide continuing education unit hours.
For more information, please visit the Oregon State Board of Nursing website: www.oregon.gov/osbn/Pages/Cultural-Competency.aspx 


 

An APRN needs 45 hours of continuing education to renew their license IF:

  • For those NPs initially licensed prior to January 1, 2011, national certification is not required for renewal, instead the Board requires a minimum of 45 hours of continuing education in the population foci.

For more information on license renewal, please visit the Oregon Administrative Rules, Chapter 851.

Online Limitations

There are no online limitations.

Roster

No roster required

Governing Agency

Name: Oregon State Board of Nursing
Phone: 9716730684
Fax:
Address: 17938 SW Upper Boones Ferry Rd. Portland, 97224

Oregon Nursing: LVN-LPN (Continuing Education)

Total Hours Required: 30
Mandatory Hours: 3
Elective Hours: 27
Renewal Cycle in Years: 2

Online Info

Mandatory Subjects:
Pain ManagementOregon law requires all licensed nurses and other health professionals to receive one hour of pain management continuing education upon initial licensure and at every renewal thereafter.  This one (1) hour must be the Oregon Pain Management Commission module.

Cultural Competency  The two-hour education is required for all physicians, physician assistants, acupuncturists, advanced practice nurses, podiatrists, chiropractors, naturopaths, psychologists, and other health professionals. This education does not need to be accredited or provide continuing education unit hours.
For more information, please visit the Oregon State Board of Nursing website: www.oregon.gov/osbn/Pages/Cultural-Competency.aspx 



Continuing Education Requirements for Renewal: 

  • Elective CE is not required for licensees who can attest to 400 practice hours in the previous 2 years. Mandatory subjects above are required.
  • For licensees who cannot attest to 400 practice hours in previous 2 years, they must attest to 600 hours in previous 3 years + complete 20 hrs CE, including mandatory subjects listed above.
  • For licensees who cannot attest to either of the above, they must attest to 800 practice hours in previous 4 years + complete 30 hrs CE, including mandatory subjects listed above.
  • If the applicant is unable to qualify by any other option listed and has some practice but less than 960 hours of practice in the last five years, the applicant must apply for practice re-entry per OAR 851-031-0061. Mandatory subjects listed above are also required.

    For more information on full CE requirements, please reference the Oregon Administrative Rules, Chapter 851: www.oregon.gov/osbn/Pages/laws-rules.aspx

Online Limitations

There are no online limitations.

Roster

No roster required

Governing Agency

Name: Oregon State Board of Nursing
Phone: 9716730684
Fax:
Address: 17938 SW Upper Boones Ferry Rd. Portland, 97224

Oregon Nursing: RN (Continuing Education)

Total Hours Required: 30
Mandatory Hours: 3
Elective Hours: 27
Renewal Cycle in Years: 2

Online Info

Mandatory Subjects:

Pain ManagementOregon law requires all licensed nurses and other health professionals to receive one hour of pain management continuing education upon initial licensure and at every renewal thereafter.  This one (1) hour must be the Oregon Pain Management Commission module.

Cultural Competency  The two-hour education is required for all physicians, physician assistants, acupuncturists, advanced practice nurses, podiatrists, chiropractors, naturopaths, psychologists, and other health professionals. This education does not need to be accredited or provide continuing education unit hours.
For more information, please visit the Oregon State Board of Nursing website: www.oregon.gov/osbn/Pages/Cultural-Competency.aspx 



Continuing Education Requirements for Renewal: 

  • Elective CE is not required for licensees who can attest to 400 practice hours in the previous 2 years. Mandatory subjects above are required.

  • For licensees who cannot attest to 400 practice hours in previous 2 years, they must attest to 600 hours in previous 3 years + complete 20 hrs CE, including mandatory subjects listed above.

  • For licensees who cannot attest to either of the above, they must attest to 800 practice hours in previous 4 years + complete 30 hrs CE, including mandatory subjects listed above.

  • If the applicant is unable to qualify by any other option listed and has some practice but less than 960 hours of practice in the last five years, the applicant must apply for practice re-entry per OAR 851-031-0061. Mandatory subjects listed above are also required.

    For more information on full CE requirements, please reference the Oregon Administrative Rules, Chapter 851: www.oregon.gov/osbn/Pages/laws-rules.aspx

Online Limitations

There are no online limitations.

Roster

No roster required

Governing Agency

Name: Oregon State Board of Nursing
Phone: 9716730684
Fax:
Address: 17938 SW Upper Boones Ferry Rd. Portland, 97224

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Note: This license renewal information is provided as a convenience only and is subject to change at any time. It's ultimately the responsibility of the licensee to be sure that he or she is meeting all requirements for each license and corresponding renewal period.