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    Which states require mandatory continuing education for nurses?

    States and territories with mandatory CE are listed below, along with how many hours each requires within a given time frame. Some call for a certain number of hours to be devoted to specific topics, such as infection control or HIV, while others mandate CE only for nurses who work fewer than a given number of hours per year.

    ALABAMA
    24 hours/two years

    ALASKA
    30 hours/two years

    ARKANSAS
    15 hours/two years

    CALIFORNIA
    30 hours/two years

    DELAWARE
    30 hours/two years
    —RNs
    24 hours/two years
    —LPNs

    DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
    24 hours/two years
    —RNs
    None required
    —LPNs

    FLORIDA
    24 hours/two years

    ILLINOIS
    20 hours/two years

    IOWA
    36 hours/three-year license
    24 hours/license issued less than three years

    KANSAS
    30 hours/two years

    KENTUCKY
    14 hours/year

    LOUISIANA
    Five hours/year
    —full-time RNs
    10 hours/year
    —part-time RNs
    15 hours/year
    —inactive RNs

    MASSACHUSETTS
    15 hours/two years

    MICHIGAN
    25 hours/two years

    MINNESOTA
    24 hours/two years
    —RNs
    12 hours/two years
    —LPNs

    NEBRASKA
    20 hours/two years

    NEVADA
    30 hours/two years

    NEW HAMPSHIRE
    30 hours/two years

    NEW JERSEY
    30 hours/two years

    NEW MEXICO
    30 hours/two years

    NEW YORK
    Five hours/four years

    NORTH CAROLINA
    30 hours (or 15 hours and other nursing activities)/two years

    NORTH DAKOTA
    12 hours/two years

    OHIO
    24 hours/two years

    PENNSYLVANIA
    30 hours/two years

    PUERTO RICO
    36 hours/three years

    RHODE ISLAND
    10 hours/two years

    SOUTH CAROLINA
    30 hours/two years

    TEXAS
    20 hours/two years

    UTAH
    30 hours (or 15 hours and 200 licensed practice hours)/two years

    WEST VIRGINIA
    12 hours/two years
    —RNs
    24 hours/two years
    —LPNs

    WYOMING
    20 hours/two years (or other nursing activities)