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Continuing Education - Model

1
 Licensee Status
2
 Competence Assessment
3
 Competence Review 
A
 Initial Licensure

Graduation from an approved program or equivalency
 AND

Passed NCLEX examination (RN/LPN) or LPTN licensure examination
 AND

Provide other evidence as requested by the Board

ASBN review of application

Criminal background check and discipline databank check

B
 Renewal of Active Licensure Status
Documented evidence of the following continuing education requirements during renewal period:  
  • 15 practice focused contact hours from a nationally recognized or state continuing education approval body recognized by the ASBN
     OR
     
    Maintenance of Certification or re-certification by a national certifying body recognized by ASBN
     OR
  • Completed academic course in nursing or related field
     AND
  • Provide other evidence as requested by the Board

ASBN review of application

Random audit of applications

Non-compliance could result in civil penalties, disciplinary action and/or non-renewal of the license.

C
 Inactive Status
NoneNone
D
 Reinstatement from Inactive
 Status

If 5 years or less:

Documented evidence of the following continuing education requirements within the past two years:

  • 20 practice focused contact hours from a nationally recognized or state continuing education approval body recognized by the ASBN
    OR
  • Certification or re-certification by a national certifying body recognized by ASBN
    OR
  • Completed academic course in nursing or related field
    AND/OR
  • Provide other evidence as requested by the Board

If greater than 5 years:

Verification of completion of the above continuing education requirements and verification of completion of:

  • a refresher course approved by the ASBN
    OR
  • an employer competency orientation program

ASBN review of application

Audit of applications as determined by Board

Non-compliance could result in civil penalties, disciplinary action and/or non-reinstatement of the license.


Recommended by Continued Competency Task Force: August 1, 2001
Approved by ASBN:August 1, 2001
Revised: April 10,2002

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