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Iowa Board of Nursing License Renewal Requirements for Nurses

What are the state license renewal requirements for a nurse in Iowa?

For registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, and advanced registered nurse practitioners in Iowa, there are specific license renewal requirements that the Iowa Board of Nursing determines. These requirements include courses for RNs, LPNs and ARNPs.

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CE Requirements for Nursing Licenses

Every three years, the Iowa Nursing Board requires nurses to complete the following continuing education contact hours to comply with licensing requirements:

  • 36 contact hours for RN license renewal
  • 36 contact hours for LPN license renewal
  • 36 contact hours for ARNP license renewal

Mandated State Courses

Iowa mandates that ARNPs, RNs and LPNs who regularly examine, attend, counsel or treat dependent adults or children in Iowa are required to complete training related to the identification and reporting of child/dependent adult abuse. The licensee is required to complete the training courses offered by the Iowa Department of Human Services.

License Expiration and Renewal

Registered Nurse Licenses:

Iowa RN licenses expire on the 16th of the nurse's birth month every three years.


Licensed Practical Nurse Licenses:

Iowa LPN licenses expire on the 16th of the nurse's birth month every three years.


Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner Licenses:

Iowa ARNP licenses expire on the 16th of the nurse's birth month every three years.


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Iowa nursing license renewal information as of September 2019.

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