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Virginia Board of Nursing License Renewal Requirements for Nurses

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

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

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CE Requirements for Nursing Licenses

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

  • 15 contact hours and 640 hours of active practice as a nurse, or 30 contact hours for RN license renewal
  • 15 contact hours and 640 hours of active practice as a nurse, or 30 contact hours for LPN license renewal
  • 40 contact hours for APRN license renewal

A nurse practitioner with prescriptive authority shall obtain a total of eight hours of continuing education in pharmacology or pharmacotherapeutics for each biennium in addition to the minimal requirements for compliance.

License Expiration and Renewal

Registered Nurse Licenses:

Virginia RN licenses expire every two years at the end of the nurse's birth month in even-numbered years for nurses born in even-numbered years, and odd-numbered years for nurses born in odd-numbered years.


Licensed Practical Nurse Licenses:

Virginia LPN licenses expire every two years at the end of the nurse's birth month in even-numbered years for nurses born in even-numbered years, and odd-numbered years for nurses born in odd-numbered years.


Advanced Practice Registered Nurse Licenses:

Virginia APRN licenses expire every two years at the end of the nurse's birth month in even-numbered years for nurses born in even-numbered years, and odd-numbered years for nurses born in odd-numbered years.


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Virginia nursing license renewal information as of September 2019.

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