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Louisiana Board of Nursing License Renewal Requirements for Nurses

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

For registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, and advanced practice registered nurses in the state of Louisiana, there are specific license renewal requirements that the Louisiana Board of Nursing determines. These requirements include courses for RNs, LPNs and APRNs.

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CE Requirements for Nursing Licenses

Each year, the Louisiana Nursing Board requires nurses to complete the following continuing education contact hours to comply with licensing requirements:

  • 5 contact hours for RN license renewal
  • 5 contact hours for LPN license renewal
  • 5 contact hours for APRN license renewal

A minimum of 5 nursing accredited contact hours is needed if the nurse has worked 1,600 hours or more prior to renewing online. 1,600 hours is the equivalent of 10 consecutive months of nursing employment at 40 hours per week.

A minimum of 10 nursing accredited contact hours is needed if the nurse worked less than 1,600 hours at the time of renewal, but more than 160 hours as a nurse in a year. 160 hours is the equivalent of 4 weeks at 40 hours per week.

A minimum of 15 nursing accredited contact hours is needed if the nurse worked below 160 hours or had not worked in nursing at all.

License Expiration and Renewal

Registered Nurse Licenses:

Louisiana RN licenses expire annually on January 31. Renewal season begins October 1.


Licensed Practical Nurse Licenses:

Louisiana LPN licenses expire annually on January 31. Renewal season begins October 1.


Advanced Practice Registered Nurse Licenses:

Louisiana APRN licenses expire annually on January 31. Renewal season begins October 1.

APRNs with prescriptive authority have an annual requirement of six hours of continuing education in advanced pharmacology.


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Louisiana nursing license renewal information as of September 2019.

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