Do LVNs have ongoing educational requirements?


Quick Answer

Licensed vocational nurses are required to complete continuing education courses and/or actively work as a nurse in order to renew their licenses in 30 states in the United States. Typical continuing education requirements are 15 to 30 hours per renewal period.

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Depending on the licensing state, an LVN may have to complete additional coursework or retake the LVN exam if he lets his license lapse for too long a period of time. According to the California Board of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technicians, if the licensee does not complete continuing education and pay the renewal fee, the license becomes inactive. LVNs can reactivate the license by completing all requirements within four years of the lapse.

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