ALL registered nurses and licensed practical nurses in Washington State are required to earn continuing education hours to meet the clinical competency requirement for licensure.
- 8 hours yearly for R.N.s and L.P.N.s
These hours do not have to be purchased clock hours. A broad range of professional development activities meet this requirement. To find out more information about Continuing Competency follow this link to the Washington State Department of Health website
Continuing Education Requirements and Active Nursing Practice Hours Change
As of June 12, 2021 the Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission (NCQAC) has reduced education and active nursing practice hour requirements for active, inactive, expired, and retired-active nurse credentials, and changed the reporting period. Changes include:
Additionally, the legislature requires that registered nurses shall, at least once every 6 years, complete training in suicide assessment, treatment and management that is 6 hours in length and approved by the DOH. For more information, see these links to RCW 43.70.442 and the DOH web page on suicide prevention training.
Continuing education and active nursing practice hour renewals are now yearly.
Active nursing practice continuing education hours changes to at least 8 hours a year.
Active nursing practice hours changes to at least 96 hours a year.
Retired active nursing practice continuing education hours changes to at least 8 hours a year.
Retired active nursing practice hours changes to at least 24 hours a year (max of 90 days a year).