Texas Continuing Education Requirements for Nurses and License Renewal

Meet your Texas nursing CE requirements with ease. If you'd like a refresher on what's needed to renew your license, see the requirements below.

2 Mandatory Hours
18 Elective Hours
20 Total Hours

Here's what you need to renew your Texas Nursing license.

The information below is a summary of the minimum requirements set forth by the Texas Board of Nursing. For a more detailed requirements breakdown, please see the board's site.
If you hold Nursing licenses in multiple states, please make sure to check each state's requirements.

Texas Nursing: LVN-LPN

Total Hours Required: 20
Mandatory Hours: 2
Elective Hours: 18
Renewal Cycle in Years: 2

Online Info

Continuing education contact hours are not required for 1st renewal period.

Mandatory Subjects:


A Course on Human Trafficking every 2 year renewal period approved by HHSC.

Older Adult/Geriatric Care – 2 contact hours every 2-year renewal period if you work with older adults. 

Texas Nursing Jurisprudence and Ethics – 2 contact hours every third 2-year renewal period.

Additional requirement for Emergency Department LVNs:

Forensic Evidence Collection – 2 contact hours; 1-time requirement.

Contact hours not required, but recommended:
Tick-borne diseases, diagnosis and treatment

Online Limitations

There are no online limitations.

Roster

No roster required

Governing Agency

Name: Texas Board of Nursing
Phone: 5123057400
Fax: 5123057401
Address: 333 Guadalupe, Suite #3-460 Austin, 78770

Texas Nursing: RN

Total Hours Required: 20
Mandatory Hours: 2
Elective Hours: 18
Renewal Cycle in Years: 2

Online Info

Continuing education contact hours are not required for 1st renewal period.

Mandatory Subjects:

A Course on Human Trafficking every 2 year renewal period approved by HHSC.

Older Adult/Geriatric Care – 2 contact hours every 2-year renewal period if you work with older adults. 

Texas Nursing Jurisprudence and Ethics – 2 contact hours every third 2-year renewal period.

Additional requirement for Emergency Department RNs:

Forensic Evidence Collection – 2 contact hours; 1-time requirement.

Contact hours not required, but recommended:
Tick-borne diseases, diagnosis and treatment

Online Limitations

There are no online limitations.

Roster

No roster required

Governing Agency

Name: Texas Board of Nursing
Phone: 5123057400
Fax: 5123057401
Address: 333 Guadalupe, Suite #3-460 Austin, 78770

Texas Nursing: APN

Total Hours Required: 20
Mandatory Hours: 2
Elective Hours: 18
Renewal Cycle in Years: 2

Online Info

Continuing education contact hours are not required for 1st renewal period.

Mandatory Subjects:

A Course on Human Trafficking every 2 year renewal period approved by HHSC.

Older Adult/Geriatric Care – 2 contact hours every 2-year renewal period if you work with older adults. 

Texas Nursing Jurisprudence and Ethics – 2 contact hours every third 2-year renewal period.

Additional requirement for Emergency Department APNs:

Forensic Evidence Collection – 2 contact hours; 1-time requirement.

Additional requirements for APNs with prescriptive authority (for a total of 24 contact hours):


Pharmacotherapeutics – 5 contact hours every 2-year renewal period.

Prescribing Controlled Substances – 3 contact hours every 2-year renewal period.

Contact hours not required, but recommended:
Tick-borne diseases, diagnosis and treatment

Online Limitations

There are no online limitations.

Roster

No roster required

Governing Agency

Name: Texas Board of Nursing
Phone: 5123057400
Fax: 5123057401
Address: 333 Guadalupe, Suite #3-460 Austin, 78770

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Note: This license renewal information is provided as a convenience only and is subject to change at any time. It's ultimately the responsibility of the licensee to be sure that he or she is meeting all requirements for each license and corresponding renewal period.