Need to work on your nursing license renewal?
Not sure what the CE requirements are?
Don’t worry! We’ve got you covered.
Here, we’re going to tell you everything you should know about nursing CE requirements in Kansas. We’ll talk about CNAs, LPNs, RNs, and even APRNs, so there’s something for everyone here.
Without further ado, let’s begin!
Kansas Nursing CE Requirements
For a quick summary, you can refer to the table below.
|CNA (Certified Nurse Assistant)||No CE required|
Must work a total of 8 hours to keep license activated
|LPN (Licensed Practical Nurse)||30 hours of continuing nursing education|
|RN (Registered Nurse)||30 hours of continuing nursing education|
|APRN (Advanced Practice Registered Nurse)||30 hours of continuing nursing education|
Need more details? Keep reading!
Kansas CNA Continuing Education Requirements
One thing you should note is that CNA licenses in Kansas do not expire. However, you need to make sure it is kept active.
Now, your CNA license will stay active for 2 years. If you don’t want it to become inactive, you must work a total of 8 hours and have your employer log those hours to the Kansas Department of Aging and Disability (KDAD).
But what if you are not able to meet that standard?
You can activate an inactivated CNA license by doing one of two things:
- Complete a skills checklist with a Registered Nurse
- Completa a CNA Skills Recertification course
Kansas LPN Continuing Education Requirements
If you hold an LPN license in Kansas, you must complete 30 hours of continuing nursing education before renewing your license.
Now, there are no mandatory courses. But, it is important to know that the CNE should be specific to the practice of nursing.
As for when you should renew your license, it will expire on the last day of your birth month. The year will depend on your year of birth. For example, if you were born in an odd-numbered year, you need to renew your license on the last day of your birth month in an odd-numbered year.
So, say, if you were born on May 17, 1987, the nearest expiration date of your LPN license will be May 31, 2023.
Kansas RN Continuing Education Requirements
In Kansas, license renewal for RNs is the same as LPNs.
So, you must complete 30 hours of continuing nursing education to renew your license. Again, there is no specific subject that you have to study, but the course should be directed to your nursing practice.
When does your RN license expire?
It expires on the last day of your birth month, on an odd-numbered or even-numbered year, depending on your birthdate.
Let’s say you were born on March 4, 1999. The next expiration date for your RN license will be on March 31, 2023.
Kansas APRN Continuing Education Requirements
APRN license holders in Kansas must complete 30 hours of continuing nursing education related to the APRNs specialty or role.
Note: excess contact hours acquired will not carry over to the next renewal cycle.
Just like RNs and LPNs, an APRN license will expire on the last day of your birth month in an odd-numbered or even-numbered year, depending o your year of birth.
Don’t worry, though, 60 days before the expiration date of your license, the Kansas State Board of Nursing will send you a notice. This way, you can start working on your renewal requirements right away.
What if I was not able to renew my Kansas nursing license before its current expiration date?
If a licensed nurse in Kansas fails to renew their license before the deadline, the license will become inactive. Take note that only active licenses can be renewed.
If this is the case, you need license reinstatement. License reinstatements require proof of continuing nursing education, plus additional fees.
However, nurses can still work or practice by applying for a temporary permit if continuing nursing education has not been completed. A temporary permit grants an additional 120 days to complete the continuing education requirements.
Do college courses count as continuing nursing education?
Yes! College courses count as continuing nursing education if required for completion of a nursing program. Of course, this should be taken or completed during the renewal period.
Note: 1 college credit = 15 contact hours.
Incomplete, failed, and audited courses are not accepted.
If requesting for approval of non-nursing degree courses to be credited, submit an Individual Offering Approval (IOA) form or contact the Kansas State Board of Nursing.
How do you check the renewal application status in Kansas?
There are three ways to check or verify the status of your license renewal.
- You can search your records by your license number or complete name on the Kansas Board of Nursing License Verification Platform
- You can submit a written request to verify status to the Kansas State Board of Nursing address:
London State Office Building,
900 S.W. Jackson, Suite 1051,
Topeka, KS 66612
Allow at least 7-10 days for the processing of written requests.
- You can use the Nursys website to look up and monitor the status of your nursing license
Do I still have to keep proof of continuing nursing education?
Yes! In case you are selected for an audit, you need to submit the original certificates. If not selected for an audit, you are not required to submit your continuing nursing education certificates.
What does not count as continuing nursing education in Kansas?
- On-the-job training
- CPR, BCLS, or Code Blue training
- In-service programs
- Job orientation
- Testing out a CNE course
That’s it! Now, you have all the information needed to renew your nursing license in Kansas.
So if your renewal period is coming up soon, then you should check your requirements and get started right away!
Last updated: April 4, 2023 (Requirements taken from Kansas BON website)