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Michigan Board of Nursing Continuing Education Requirements

Under Michigan law, all RNs and LPNs are required to complete 25 continuing education contact hours, with one hour of pain and symptom management, during the two years preceding application for license renewal. The Michigan Board of Nursing has promulgated Administrative Rules R338.10601 - R338.10603, which set license renewal requirements for nurses.

Submission of the application for license renewal means that the applicant has complied with the rules. Only those selected for an audit will be required to send in evidence verifying their participation in acceptable CE activities.

Nurses need 25 contact hours (not CEUs) earned during the two years preceding an application for license renewal. The Michigan Board of Nursing defines a contact hour as 50 or 60 minutes of attendance at a continuing education program in compliance with standards set by:

  • American Nurses Credentialing Center Commission on Accreditation
  • National Association for Practical Nurse Education and Service
  • National League for Nursing
  • American College of Nurse Midwives
  • American Osteopathic Association, Continuing Medical Education
  • Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education
  • Basic and advanced life support certification standards of the American Heart Association

Other activities such as academic credit earned in a Michigan school of nursing program are also acceptable.

For questions call the continuing education office at the Michigan Department of Community Health at (517) 335-0930 or visit their Nursing Licensing web page.

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