It’s that time again when you should start thinking about your nursing license renewal.
Now, before you can renew it, you have to complete certain requirements.
But what are the nursing CE requirements in Indiana?
No worries, we are here to help you out!
To make it easy for you, we’ve listed every CE requirement for every nursing license in Indiana.
So let’s get started!
Indiana Nursing CE Requirements
If you don’t have time to read through the article, here is a summary table you can refer to.
|CNA (Certified Nurse Assistant)||Continuing education is NOT required for CNAs. |
CNAs must work at least 12 hours of in-service each year
CNAs must work at least 8 hours of nurse related activities (private care hours not included)
License renewal is every 2 years with no renewal fee.
|LPN (Licensed Practical Nurse)||Continuing education is NOT required for LPNs. |
License renewal is every October 31, even-numbered years
|RN (Registered Nurse)||Continuing education is NOT required for RNs.|
License renewal is every October 31, odd-numbered years
|APRN (Advanced Practice Registered Nurse)||30 continuing education hours |
If you have prescriptive authority
8 hours should be on pharmacology
If you hold a CSR
2 hours should be on opioid prescribing and opioid abuse
Must have a current collaborative agreement with an Indiana licensed physician
License renewal is every October 31, odd-numbered years
For more details, keep on reading!
Indiana CNA Continuing Education Requirements
CNAs don’t have to take any CE hours to be eligible for license renewal.
However, they do have to complete 2 activities:
- Must work at least 12 in-service hours each year
- Must work at least 8 hours of nurse related activities (not including private care)
CNAs should renew their licenses every 2 years to remain active on the Indiana Nurse Aide Registry. The good news is that there are no fees involved in renewal.
Indiana LPN Continuing Education Requirements
Good news for LPNs in Indiana!
There are no requirements needed to renew your license. You don’t even need to take any continuing education courses.
However, even though it isn’t a requirement, you are still expected to maintain your knowledge and skills. You should be able to remain capable to fulfill your role.
And, you will have to pay a renewal fee of $50 and submit a renewal form to the Indiana State Board of Nursing.
Now, the renewal period is October 31st in an even-numbered year. If you are late by over 18 months, you will need to pay a fee of $100.
Indiana RN Continuing Education Requirements
Like LPNs, RNs don’t need to fulfill any requirements, whether education or working hours.
Of course, they should take the measures to maintain their skills and knowledge so that they are up to date with their roles.
All they need to do to renew their license is submit a renewal form and pay a fee of $50.
The only difference between LPN and RN is that, with the latter, the license expires on October 31st in odd-numbered years.
Indiana APRN Continuing Education Requirements
If you hold an APRN license and have prescriptive authority, then you are required to:
- Maintain national certification
- Complete 30 hours of continuing education through a Board-accredited institution or organization (8 hours should be on pharmacology)
- Have a current collaborative agreement with an Indiana licensed physician
- Submit a renewal form and pay a fee of $10.
If you hold a CSR, you have to complete 2 hours of opioid prescribing and opioid abuse.
Your APRN license will expire at the same time as your RN license. That is, October 31st on every odd-numbered year.
Is there an advanced practice nurse license in Indiana?
In Indiana, an APRN (nurse practitioner or clinical nurse specialist) can work as an advanced practice nurse as long as the statutory requirements are met.
If prescribing as an advanced practice nurse in Indiana, you need to apply and be granted prescriptive authority.
Is it possible to get a temporary permit to work in Indiana?
If you’re a licensed nurse working in another state, you can apply for a temporary permit in the application process. However, those who are applying for nursing licensing by examination are not eligible for a temporary working permit in Indiana.
I just received my Indiana nursing license this year, when will I need to renew?
A license that was issued 90 days prior to the expiration date (10/31) every even-numbered year for LPNs or odd-numbered years for RNs will need to be renewed. This is before the license expires through the next 2-year renewal cycle to prevent incurring any late renewal fees.
License renewals for LPNs and RNs are available online 60 days prior to the license expiration date.
How can I renew my expired LPN or RN license?
If your license has been expired in less than 18 months, you can visit the Indiana Professional Licensing Agency website to renew your license.
If your license has been expired for more than 18 months, you can shoot an email at email@example.com or call them at 317-234-2043.
If you’re having issues in renewing your license online, you can also contact them on the information provided above.
Indiana doesn’t provide license cards after renewing your license, how do I check if my renewal was successful?
You can check the status of your license renewal using the PLA Search and Verify feature.
As you can see, for LPNs and RNs, license renewal is SUPER easy. CNAs and APRNs don’t have it too easy with some requirements that must be fulfilled before you can renew it.
Hopefully, this article has helped you with your concerns regarding nursing CE requirements in Indiana.
Last updated: March 28, 2023 (Requirements taken from Indiana BON website)