Continuing Education Requirements
Nurse Practitioner Rule 21 NCAC 36.0807 states to maintain Nurse Practitioner approval to practice, the NP shall maintain national certification or earn 50 contact hours of continuing education every two years. Your renewal will always be due on your birth month after the initial approval to practice has been granted. At least 20 hours of the required 50 hours must be those hours for which approval has been granted by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) or Accreditation Council on Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) or other national credentialing bodies or **practice relevant courses in an institution of higher learning. The remaining 30 hours must be CEs at the advanced practice level Included as a part of the total 50 contact hours (for those who have not maintained national certification) 1 contact hour of CE is required for those NPs who prescribe controlled substances.
This CE shall address controlled substance prescribing practices, signs of the abuse or misuse of controlled substances, and controlled substance prescribing for chronic pain management.
**Note: By a national accredited provider of nursing continuing professional development, or nurse practice-relevant courses in an institution of higher learning. A nurse practitioner who possesses a current national certification by a national credentialing body shall be deemed in compliance with the requirement of Paragraph (a) of this Rule.
The conversion for credit to contact hours are:
- 1 semester credit = 15 contact hours
- 1 quarter credit = 7.5 contact hours
For the activities below to count toward the CE requirement, they must be completed every two consecutive years.
Five (5) hours - Clinical Presentations
Note: Licensees may not earn contact hours for their own presentations in conferences or in the performance of their normal employment obligations.
|Designing, developing and conducting an educational presentation or presentations for health professionals totaling a minimum of 5 contact hours||Dated copy of presentation(s)|
|Up to 30 Preceptor hours||
||Original letter from the program director stating the following:
|Five (5) hours - author on a journal article or book chapter published during renewal year||
|Five (15) hours - primary or secondary author of a book published during renewal year||
|Ten (10) hours - Completion of an Institutional Review Board (IRB) approved research project related to your certification specialty||Completion of an IRB-approved research project for which you were the primary investigator||IRB close-out letter|
|Five (5) hours - Professional volunteer service||Local, state, national or international health care related organization in which your NP or certification specialty expertise is required
|Signed/dated attestation from manager or committee chair|
Only initial certification in Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS), Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS), Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP) and instructor certification will count toward Nurse Practitioner continuing education credit if one has obtained a certificate with the date completed and number of contact hours provided.