Virginia Registered Nurse: 30 Hours Needed
Nurses must renew every two years by the last day of their birth month in even- or odd-numbered years depending on the nurse’s birth year.
RNs and LPNs: Required one of the following every two year licensing period:
- Current specialty certification by a national credentialing body recognized by the Board; or
- Completion of a Board approved refresher course; or
- Completion of a minimum of three credit hours of post-licensure academic education related to nursing practice offered by a regionally accredited college or university; or
- Completion of a nursing-related, evidence-based practice project or research study; or
- Completion of a publication as the author co-author during a renewal cycle; or
- Teaching or developing a nursing-related course resulting in no less than three semester hours of college credit, a 15 week course, or specialty certification; or
- Teaching or developing nursing-related continuing education courses for up to 30 contact hours; or
- Fifteen (15) contact hours of continuing education activities relevant to the practice and 640 hours of active practice within the previous two (2) years; or
- Thirty (30) contact hours of continuing education relevant to the practice of nursing.
APNs: Must maintain national certification or 40 contact hours in specialty area approved by certifying agency every two year licensing period, if prescriptive authority an additional 8 hours must be in pharmacology.
Renewal fee is $140
FOR MORE INFORMATION
Please contact the Virginia Board of Nursing at (804) 367-4515 orhttp://www.dhp.virginia.gov/nursing/nursing_laws_regs.htm for additional information regarding your continuing education.
- If nurses only want to complete continuing education credits, as listed in number nine above, 30 hours must be completed. Continuing education will be accepted if offered or approved by one of the following:
- a) Virginia Board of Nursing
- b) A national nursing organization (i.e. the ANCC, AANP, etc.)
- c) Any state board of nursing
- d) An accredited college or university
- e) A licensed health care facility, agency, or hospital
- f) The American Heart Association, American Red Cross, or the American Health and Safety Institute
- g) Area Health Education Centers (AHEC)
- Licensees renewing for the first time will be exempt from continuing education requirements for their first license cycle.
Steps To Complete
- Complete required continuing education hours.
- Complete renewal information and pay your appropriate renewal fee for desired license status by mail or online.