21 NCAC 36 .0807             CONTINUING EDUCATION (CE)

In order to maintain nurse practitioner approval to practice, the nurse practitioner shall earn 50 contact hours of continuing education each year beginning with the first renewal after initial approval to practice has been granted. At least 20 hours of the required 50 hours must be those hours for which approval has been granted by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) or Accreditation Council on Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), other national credentialing bodies, or practice relevant courses in an institution of higher learning. Every nurse practitioner who prescribes controlled substances shall complete at least one hour of the total required continuing education (CE) hours annually consisting of CE designed specifically to address controlled substance prescribing practices, signs of the abuse or misuse of controlled substances, and controlled substance prescribing for chronic pain management. Documentation shall be maintained by the nurse practitioner for the previous five calendar years and made available upon request to either Board.


History Note:        Authority G.S. 90-5.1; 90-8.1; 90-8.2; 90-14(a)(15); 90-18(c)(14); 90-171.23(b)(14); 90-171.42; S.L. 2015-241, s 12F;

Recodified from 21 NCAC 36 .0227(f) Eff. August 1, 2004;

Amended Eff. March 1, 2017; December 1, 2009; April 1, 2008; August 1, 2004;

Readopted Eff. January 1, 2019.