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Registered Nurse License Renewal Continuing Education Requirements

Pursuant to the West Virginia Legislative Code of Rule WV 19 CSR 11:

· registered nurses are required to complete 12 hours of continuing education during each renewal period. This includes required continuing education per SB437 and Chapter 30-1-7a annually for best prescribing and drug diversion training if they prescribe, administer or dispense controlled substances, and for mental health conditions common to veterans and their families.

o exception, if a registered nurse is initially licensed on or after November 1 of the license renewal period, they only have to do the required CE per SB437 and Chapter 30-1-7a for best prescribing and drug diversion training if they prescribe, administer or dispense controlled substances, and for mental health conditions common to veterans and their families.

Per SB 437 and Chapter 30-1-7a, each person licensed to practice registered professional nursing must:

  • complete 2 contact hrs of CE for mental health conditions common to veterans and their families annually, and

  • complete 3 contact hours initially and then 1 contact hour, thereafter, annually of CE for best prescribing and drug diversion training if you prescribe, administer or dispense controlled substances.


The guidelines and resources for continuing education for best prescribing practice and drug diversion training and mental health conditions common to veterans and their families are located under the resource tab on the West Virginia RN Board website at wvrnboard.wv.gov.

The West Virginia Board of Examiners for Registered Professional nurses accepts RN CE contact hours provided by a Board approved RN CE provider. Examples of Board approved RN CE providers include:

  • National advanced practice registered nurse certification bodies (i.e. American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP), American Midwifery Certification Board (AMCB), American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), National Board of Certification & Recertification for Nurse Anesthetists (NBCRNA), National Certification Corporation (NCC) and Pediatric Nursing Certification Board (PNCB);

  • National and state nurse associations (i.e., American Nurses Association (ANA), West Virginia Nurses Association (WVNA), American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA), etc.); and

  • any State Board of Nursing in the US.

The Board performs audits to verify registered nurse licensee compliance with continuing education requirements. Obtain and keep CE certificates of completion for continuing education activities! Activate your West Virginia RN Board CE Broker Basic account to enter and track your compliance with West Virginia RN and APRN license Renewal Requirements as follows:



  1. Select the Sign-Up button under the Basic Account option
  2. Enter your RN license number (i.e. 12345) and get started! If you are an APRN, you will also need to activate both your Basic Account for your RN license CE (i.e. 12345) and your APRN license (i.e. APRN12345).
 West Virginia Board of Examiners for Registered Nurses


Advanced Practice License Renewal Continuing Education Requirements

Pursuant to WV19CSR7 advanced practice registered nurses license renewal requirements include:

6.1.b. Evidence of completion of a minimum of 24 contact hours obtained within the most recent licensure renewal cycle; 12 hours in pharmacotherapeutics, 8 of which may be used for renewal and reinstatement of Limited Prescriptive Authority in accordance with WV19CSR8 and 12 hours in the clinical management of patients from an approved continuing education provider recognized by the Board. 12 hours may count toward the continuing education requirement for the registered nurse license according to WV19CSR11. Continuing education requirements are for licensure renewal. CE beings within the license period starting with the first day of licensure. For instance if you were licensed April 1, 2019 and it expires 6/30/2019 your license renewal timeframe is April 1 2019 to 6/30/2019.

Specific Board guidelines include the following:

  1. An advanced practice registered nurse (APRN) must complete 12 hours of pharmacotherapeutics (i.e. advanced pharmacology), and 12 hours of clinical management practice (i.e. advanced assessment, diagnoses, outcome identification, planning, intervention, and/or evaluation, etc.) from a RN CE provider each license renewal period pursuant to WV19CSR7 (i.e. June 30 every other year in odd years). For example, if the next APRN license renewal is 2019, then the RN CE contact hours must be completed on or before June 30 of that year..

  2. The training may be in 1 or more courses provided the brochure or agenda describes the content and the number of hours related to 12 hours of pharmacotherapeutics and 12 hours of clinical management approved by a RN CE provider; and the target population includes advanced practice registered nurses.

  3. The West Virginia Board of Examiners for Registered Professional nurses accepts RN CE contact hours provided by a Board approved RN CE provider. Examples of Board approved RN CE providers include:
  • National advanced practice registered nurse certification bodies (i.e. American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP), American Midwifery Certification Board (AMCB), American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), National Board of Certification & Recertification for Nurse Anesthetists (NBCRNA), National Certification Corporation (NCC) and Pediatric Nursing Certification Board (PNCB).

  • National and state nurse associations (i.e., American Nurses Association (ANA), West Virginia Nurses Association (WVNA), American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA), etc.); and

  • any State Board of Nursing in the US.

The Board performs audits to verify registered nurse licensee compliance with continuing education requirements. Obtain and keep CE certificates of completion for continuing education activities! Activate your West Virginia RN Board CE Broker Basic account to enter and track your compliance with West Virginia RN and APRN license Renewal Requirements as follows:


  1. Select the Sign-Up button under the Basic Account option
  2. Enter your RN license number (i.e. 12345) and get started! If you are an APRN, you will also need to activate both your Basic Account for your RN license CE (i.e. 12345) and your APRN license (i.e. APRN12345).
 West Virginia Board of Examiners for Registered Nurses