Applicant Information

Continued Competency Requirements

Before a license can be renewed, registered and practical nurse licensees must complete two of the following methods for maintaining continuing competency (Article 6 of 12 AAC).

  • 30 contact hours of continuing education prescribed under 12 AAC 44.610 (certified by ANCC, ANA, AMA, a nurse practitioner or nurse anesthetist certifying body or approved by another Board of Nursing).
  • 30 hours of participation in uncompensated professional activities prescribed under 12 AAC 44.620
  • 320 hours of employment as an RN or LPN prescribed under 12 AAC 44.630.

In lieu of meeting the above requirements, licensees may qualify for alternative methods of continuing competency pursuant 12 AAC 44.640 (such as completing a Board approved refresher course, taking the NCLEX, or attaining a degree or certificate in nursing, or made progress toward one, beyond the education requirements for the nurse’s original license by successfully completing at least six academic credits in courses required for the degree or certificate).

Alternate Continuing Competency Forms: