Alaska Registered Nurse (RN) and Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) Continuing Education Course

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How to Complete the Alaska Continuing Education (CE) Requirements for License Renewal

As a nurse in the state of Alaska, you are required to earn continuing education to renew your active license. Please visit the Alaska Board of Nursing website for further information and updates. Thank you.

Renewal Requirements

Register Nurse (RN)

RNs – two of the following three are required for license renewal: 30 contact hours, OR 60 hours professional nursing activities, OR 320 hours nursing employment. All RN, ANP, and CRNA licenses lapse on November 30th of even-numbered years.

  • Every two years
    • 30 contact hours of continuing education (certified by ANCC, ANA, AMA, a nurse practitioner or nurse anesthetist certifying body or approved by another Board of Nursing)
    • No more than 10 contact hours may be earned through in-service nursing education offered by a licensed health care facility; continuing education must be earned in one of the following areas: nursing practice areas & special health care problems; biological, physical, or behavioral sciences, legal or ethical aspects of health care; management or administration of health care personnel & patient care or subjects approved by the board that are required as part of a formal nursing program but that are more advanced than those completed for original licensure.

Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)

LPNs: two of the following three are required for license renewal: 30 contact hours, OR 60 hours professional nursing activities, OR 320 hours nursing employment. All LPN licenses expire on September 30th of even-numbered years.

  • Every two years
    • 30 contact hours of continuing education (certified by ANCC, ANA, AMA, a nurse practitioner or nurse anesthetist certifying body or approved by another Board of Nursing).
    • No more than 10 contact hours may be earned through in-service nursing education offered by a licensed health care facility; continuing education must be earned in one of the following areas: nursing practice areas & special health care problems; biological, physical, or behavioral sciences, legal or ethical aspects of health care; management or administration of health care personnel & patient care or subjects approved by the board that are required as part of a formal nursing program but that are more advanced than those completed for original licensure.

Advanced Practice

  • Every two years
    • At least 60 contact hours of continuing education, including 15 contact hours of education in advanced pharmacology and clinical management of drug therapy for prescriptive authority.

***If you hold a current DEA registration, 2 hours of education in pain management and opioid use and addiction in the two year renewal period is required. ​***

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