Renewal Requirements & Fees
Continuing Education for Licensure Renewal
The Nurse Practices Act contains continuing education requirements in Section 43-12.1-20. For that reason, before the Board may renew or reactivate a license, the licensee must verify to the Board that the required continuing education requirements have been met.
The Board determined in Section 54-02-05-08 that continuing education for purposes of relicensure must meet or exceed twelve (12) contact hours within the preceding two (2) years. This rule became effective April 1, 2004.
- An applicant that obtained initial licensure through examination will not need to complete any contact hours of approved continuing education before that first renewal of a nursing license. The requirements have been met through the academic coursework.
- An applicant that obtained initial licensure through endorsement and has held that active license for less than 12 months will need to complete at least 6 contact hours of approved continuing education before that first renewal of a nursing license.
- An applicant for reactivation of a license can use the refresher course contact hours for the first renewal cycle after reactivation of a license.
Practice Requirements for Licensure Renewal
Nursing practice for the purposes of relicensure must meet or exceed four hundred (400) hours within the preceding four (4) years. Nurses who have completed a refresher course or graduated in the last four years with less than 400 hours of nursing practice will be able to renew their license without meeting this requirement.
Board approved: 3/04