Kentucky Continuing Medical Education Credit Requirements
|Kentucky required number of CME credits per year(s)
|60 credits / 3 years
|Kentucky State-Mandated CME Content/Additional Notes
|One-time domestic violence course for primary care physicians; 2 credits HIV/AIDS every 10 yrs; course must be KY-approved
|Kentucky RN Required number of CE credits per year(s)
|All RN licenses expire October 31 of each year. Completion of the 14 contact hours of CE required annually for RN relicensure. Course: Pediatric Abusive Head Trauma, also known as “Shaken Baby Syndrome.” 1.5 hours. This is a one-time CE requirement covering the recognition and prevention of pediatric abusive head trauma. Nurses licensed as of July 15, 2010 have until December 31, 2013 to complete the course. Nurses licensed after that date have three years from the date of licensure to complete the course. Course: HIV/AIDs– All nurses are required to earn two contact hours of approved HIV/AIDS CE within the appropriate ten-year period. Course: Domestic Violence- Nurses seeking reinstatement, licensure by endorsement from another state, and examination candidates educated outside of Kentucky must earn three contact hours of KBN-approved domestic violence CE within three years of licensure into Kentucky. This is a one-time requirement. Course: SANE Sexual Assault- Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANE) credentialed nurses are required to earn five contact hours of approved sexual assault CE each licensure period (forensic medicine or domestic violence CE will meet this requirement). Course: APRN Pharmacology- Advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) are required to earn five contact hours of approved CE in pharmacology each licensure period. These hours count as part of the CE requirement for the period in which they are earned.
|LPN Required number of CME credits per year(s)
|14 contact hours every year for LPNs. Licensure period is November 1 through October 31 of each year. Course: HIV/AIDs- All nurses are required to earn two contact hours of approved HIV/AIDS CE within the appropriate ten-year period. LPNs are in their second ten-year period of 11/01/2011 through 10/31/2021. Regulation: IV Therapy-Kentucky Administrative Regulation, 201 KAR 20:490, governing LPN intravenous (IV) therapy scope of practice. This regulation expands the scope of LPN practice in the area of intravenous therapy practice. The regulation identifies IV therapy functions that are recognized as being within the current scope of LPN practice, as well as identifies functions that will be an expansion of that practice. An LPN who has met the education and training requirements may perform select functions except as limited and under supervision as stated in the regulation.
|APRN Required number of CME credits per year(s)
|ANCC accreditation accepted?
|CE for Specialty: Athletic Training
|6 CEUs (60 hours) of continuing education must be completed every renewal period. Licenses must be renewed triennially; for the 3 year period, July 1, 1991 – June 30, 1994; and for each 3 year period thereafter. In each 3 year period, the required CEUs shall include the human immunodeficiency virus and acquired immune deficiency syndrome educational course approved by the Cabinet for Human Resources.
|CE for Specialty: Audiology/SLP
|CE: 30 Contact Hours must be completed each 2 year renewal period. Dual license holders must complete a minimum of 50 hours per cycle. Carry-over hours from previous years are no longer permitted.
|CE for Specialty: Dietetics/Nutrition
|15 hours of continuing education are due annually on October 31st. Must be approved by CDR.
|CE for Specialty: Emergency Medical Services
|Kentucky has a two year licensure period. CE Requirements for EMTs and Paramedics HIV/AIDS Training The Kentucky Revised Statute 311A.110 places requirements on EMS Personnel to obtain and maintain Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) Training. The course must be approved by the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services. KRS 311A.110 Educational course on AIDS for paramedics, first responders, and emergency medical technicians. First Responder: 1 hour Disaster Management or Mass Casualty Incident. 2 hours in HIV/AIDS EMT: 1 hour Disaster Management or Mass Casualty Incident. 2 hours Airway Management. 3 hours Patient Assessment. 4 hours Medical or Behavioral Emergencies. 4 hours Trauma. 2 hours Obstetrics, OB-Gyn, or Pediatrics. 8 hours Elective Hours. AEMT: 12 hours may be in subject areas chosen by the AEMT and the remaining 36 hours shall include the following minimum contact hours and topics: 5 hours Preparatory, 5 hours Airway Management/Ventilation, 12 hours Medical/Cardiology, 8 hours Trauma, 4 hours in Special Considerations, 2 hours Operations Paramedic: 30 hours of the 60 hours shall be obtained in the following areas: 2 hours Preparatory, 4 hours Airway Management, 5 hours Cardiac Management, 4 hours Medical or Behavioral Emergencies, 5 hours Trauma, 2 hours Obstetrics/Gynecology, 5 hours Pediatrics, 3 hours Operations.
|CE for Specialty: Laboratory Technology
|There are no Continuing Education requirements.
|CE for Specialty: Massage Therapy
|CE: 24 Contact Hours must be completed over a two year renewal period.
|CE for Specialty: Medicine and Surgery
|CE: 60 hours of CME every three years, with 30 hours being certified in AMA Category 1 by an organization accredited by the Accreditation Council on Continuing Medical Education. Of the remaining 30 hours, a minimum of two hours of the required CME must be acquired in HIV/AIDS courses approved by the Cabinet for Health and Family Services pursuant to 902 KAR 21:60 every ten year period. 1 hour of Domestic Violence is required for every licensee. These courses must be state approved. The 1996 Kentucky General Assembly passed legislation, which in part requires primary care physicians to complete an approved three-hour training course in domestic violence. Primary care physicians, who are granted licensure after July 1, 1996, are required to successfully complete the course within three years of the date of initial licensure. It should be noted that the three-hour domestic violence requirement may be applied toward the total sixty hour CME required for the current cycle. Primary care includes: Family/General Practice, General Pediatrics, General Internal Medicine, Emergency Medicine, General Obstetrics and Gynecology, Preventive Medicine/Public Health. Licenses must be renewed every three years.
|CE for Specialty: Occupational Therapy
|CE Requirements: A licensee applying for license renewal shall complete a minimum of twelve (12) CCUs of qualified activities for maintaining continuing competence during the preceding annual renewal period.
|CE for Specialty: Pharmacy
|15 hours continuing education must be completed by December 31 annually. 1 hour of HIV/AIDS continuing education is required to have been completed within the last 10 years. The HIV/AIDS continuing education must be approved by the Cabinet for Health and Family Services or by the American Council on Pharmaceutical Education (ACPE). Home study is permitted. ACPE-approved courses for Pharmacy Technicians end in the letter “T”. ACPE-approved courses pharmacists (only) end in the letter “P”. Courses ending in the letter “P” cannot be used to meet pharmacy technician CE requirements.
|CE for Specialty: Pharmacy Technician
|No continuing education is required.
|CE for Specialty: Physical Therapy
|CE Requirements: Physical Therapists must complete 30 hours of continued competency activities (20 hours for physical therapist assistants) prior to renewing their credential. Continued competency is required for renewal and reinstatement of licenses/certificates. All active licenses/certificates expire on March 31 of every uneven year. Continued competency credits for the current biennium must be earned from April 1, 2015 through March 31, 2017 The 2017 Jurisprudence is required for all new applicants, reinstatement applicants, and current credential holders for the licensure biennium of 4/1/2015 through 3/31/2017. Effective 6/24/2015, HIV/AIDS courses are no longer required for initial licensure or renewal.
|CE for Specialty: Psychology
|39 hours of continuing education must be completed every renewal period. All licensees are required to complete 3 hours in ethical practice or risk management. Licenses must be renewed every 3 years.
|CE for Specialty: Radiology Technology
|CE per license: Radiologist Assistant – 50 hours Radiography – 24 hours Nuclear Medicine – 24 hours Radiation Therapy – 24 hours Limited – 12 hours CE must be related to the licensee’s profession. Renewal happens every two years.
|CE for Specialty: Respiratory Therapy
|24 hours of continuing education are due every two years. 2 year certification period for renewal. The certification period shall be January 1 of one (1) year through December 31 of the following calendar year. Accepts all CEU’s that are AARC approved.
|CE for Specialty: Social Work
|Renewal: thirty (30) hours of continuing education must be completed every three (3) years from date of issue. Three (3) hours of the social work code of ethics every renewal needs to be done in person. Every third renewal period, two (2) of the continuing education hours shall be on HIV/AIDS courses approved by the Cabinet for Health and Family. Three (3) of the continuing education hours during each renewal period shall be completed in the area of domestic violence related training courses. One and one-half (1.5) hours of continuing education shall be completed one (1) time every six (6) years in the area of the recognition and prevention of pediatric abusive head trauma. A maximum of fifteen (15) hours of home study is permitted.
Note: All information should be verified with licensing board