Nursing CE Requirements in Georgia – Everything You Need to Know

Nursing CE Requirements in Georgia - Everything You Need to Know

Don’t know which requirements you need to submit for your nursing license renewal in Georgia? 

You might be panicking a bit because of the upcoming deadlines, but don’t worry!

We’re here to give you the complete list of nursing CE requirements in Georgia. You don’t need to open up 10 other tabs just to know your CE requirements. We’ve done all the work for you!

Just scroll down and you’ll be able to find all you need in this single article. 

So let’s get started!

Georgia Nursing CE Requirements

We know you’re busy and want to get all those requirements out of the way as soon as possible. 

So here’s a brief rundown of everything you will need for your license renewal in Georgia:

CNA (Certified Nurse Assistant) NO CE REQUIRED!

paid work as a CNA for at least 8 hours under the supervision of a Registered Nurse. 
LPN (Licensed Practical Nurse)Option 1: 20 contact hours of CE every 2 years

Option 2: completion of an accredited academic program in registered professional nursing recognized by the Board
RN (Registered Nurse)Option 1: 30 contact hours of CE every 2 years

Option 2: submission of maintenance of certification or recertification by a national certifying organization recognized by the Board every 2 years

Option 3: certificate of completion of an accredited academic nursing program or any related field recognized by the board

Must accomplish 2 hours of any of the following acceptable areas of study every 2 years: 

Respiratory therapy, informatics, business administration, and health care administration

Option 4: verification of competency by a health care facility licensed under O.C.G.A. §31-7 and evidence of at least 500 hours of practice from an employer on a form approved by the Board every 2 years

Option 5: Graduation from a nursing education program or certificate of completion of a Board-approved reentry program every 2 years
APRN (Advanced Practice Registered Nurse)Option 1: 30 contact hours of CE every 2 years

Option 2: submission of maintenance of certification or recertification by a national certifying organization recognized by the Board every 2 years

Option 3: certificate of completion of an accredited academic nursing program or any related field recognized by the board

Option 4: verification of competency by a health care facility licensed under O.C.G.A. §31-7  and evidence of at least 500 hours of practice from an employer on a form approved by the Board every 2 years

Option 5: Graduation from a nursing education program or certificate of completion of a Board-approved reentry program every 2 years

IMPORTANT: CNAs, LPNs, RNs, and ARNPs don’t have any CE requirements as they have other options that they can choose in order to renew their licenses. 

Now let’s take a closer look at the requirements for each nursing practice.

Georgia CNA Continuing Education Requirements

Certified Nursing Assistants in Georgia are not required to take any CE courses!

However, you are required to have paid work as a CNA for at least 8 hours under the supervision of a Registered Nurse. 

Georgia LPN Continuing Education Requirements

Licensed Practical Nurses in Georgia are required to complete no less than 20 hours of continuing education every 2 years.

Another option is to complete an accredited program in registered professional nursing that is recognized by the Board.

Remember you can pick either one of the two. You don’t have to do both of these to renew your nursing license. 

Georgia RN Continuing Education Requirements

Like LPNs, you also have different options to renew your RN license. 

Registered Nurses (RNs) in Georgia can choose to renew their license by attending at least 30 hours of continuing education by a Board-approved provider.

Another option is a submission of maintenance of certification or recertification by a national certifying organization recognized by the Board every 2 years.

If not that, submit a certificate of completion of an accredited academic nursing program or any related field recognized by the board.

With this, you must accomplish 2 hours of any of the following acceptable areas of study every 2 years: 

  • Respiratory therapy
  • Informatics
  • Business administration
  • Health care administration

Yet another option is verification of competency by a health care facility licensed under O.C.G.A. §31-7. Plus, evidence of at least 500 hours of practice from an employer on a form approved by the Board every 2 years.

The last option is to graduate from a nursing education program or certificate of completion of a Board-approved reentry program every 2 years.

Georgia APRN Continuing Education Requirements

Similar to RNs, APRNs are given 5 options to renew their nursing license. 

These are:

  1. Complete 30 hours of continuing education with a Board-approved provider. 
  2. Submission of maintenance of certification or recertification by a national certifying organization recognized by the Board every 2 years.
  3. Certificate of completion of an accredited academic nursing program or any related field recognized by the board.
    1. Must accomplish 2 hours of any of the following acceptable areas of study every 2 years: Respiratory therapy, informatics, business administration, and health care administration.
  4. Verification of competency by a health care facility licensed under O.C.G.A. §31-7 and evidence of at least 500 hours of practice from an employer on a form approved by the Board every 2 years.
  5. Graduation from a nursing education program or certificate of completion of a Board-approved reentry program every 2 years.

FAQs

What activities are NOT accepted as Continuing Education?

  • Courses less than 30 minutes in duration
  • On-the-job training related to policies, procedures, and equipment
  • On-the-job orientations
  • Courses designed for laypersons

How many hours are in 1 CEU?

1 CEU is equal to 10 hours of instruction. 0.1 CEU is equal to 60 minutes or 1 hour of instruction 

Where can I track my nursing CE credits and requirements in Georgia?

You can track your CE requirements at CE Broker.

Who are the accepted nursing CE providers in Georgia? 

  • America Academy of Nurse Practitioners
  • American Association of Critical-Care Nurses Certification Corporation
  • American Board of Neuroscience Nursing
  • Board of Certification of Emergency Nursing
  • Commission on Nurse Certification

There are more CE providers that are accepted in the State of Georgia. If you want to see the full list, click this link. 

Can new graduates file for temporary permits? How long are these permits valid?

Yes, you can! Each permit is valid for 60 days.

If you want to apply for the licensure exam and get your temporary permit, visit this site. 

Conclusion

There you go! 

Those were all the requirements for each nursing type in Georgia. 

We hope we were able to cover all that you need to complete your license renewal requirements. 

Good luck!

Last updated: March 28, 2023 (Requirements taken from Georgia BON website

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