Free Nursing Continuing Education Programs - 100+ contact hours

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Free Nursing Continuing Education Programs - 100+ contact hours

CDC Train

CDC Train has over 500 + public health topics, most are free and offer CE


Acute complications of COVID-19

Applying CDC's Guideline for Prescribing Opioids -13 modules

Applying Therapeutic Communication: Enhance Patient Care Through Engagement & Building Trust

NIOSH Training for Nurses on Shift Work and Long Work Hours: Part 1 +2

Health Literacy for Public Health Professionals

Public Health in Disasters | NDPHTN

Workplace Violence Prevention for Nurses

Diabetes Education

CDC National Initiative:  The road to health toolkit

American Diabetes Association E learning

2020 Diabetes is Primary: Basics of Diabetes Care

2020 Diabetes is Primary: Older Adults

2020 Diabetes is Primary: Psychosocial Care

2020 Diabetes is Primary: Diabetic Kidney Disease

2020 Diabetes is Primary: Diabetes and Cardiovascular Disease

Environmental Health

Environmental Health: An Integrative Approach

The Institute for Johns Hopkins Nursing (1 CE each)

Cystic Fibrosis | Adherence & Technology

Cystic Fibrosis | Multiple Inhaled ANX Regimens

Cystic Fibrosis | New Directions In CF Therapies

HIV | Aging With HIV: New Insights

HIV | Contemporary ART and Metabolic Effects

Multiple Sclerosis | Disease Burden Management & HRQoL

Multiple Sclerosis | Fall 2020: New Advances in MS Medications

Multiple Sclerosis | Strategies to Reduce Pregnancy/Postpartum Relapse Risk

Searching The Literature | A Step-By-Step Guide   2 CE

Teach Back: A Tool to Ensure Patient Understanding .50 CE

Viral Hepatitis | HBV Spring 2020: State of the Research


Abbott Nutrition Health Institute: has over 100 therapeutic nutrition and healthcare courses, can search for Neonatal, Pediatric, Adult, Geriatric topics. Most are 1.0 CE, few have more credits.

Selected topics include

Patient Care in the NICU: Death of a Neonate

Emerging Research on the Role of Specific Nutrients on Cognitive and Visual Development

Improving Patient Outcomes: Considerations in the New Healthcare Landscape

Improving Patient Outcomes: New Insights and Evidence on the Importance of Muscle and Targeted Nutrition

Reproductive Health

CDC: reproductive health - each 1.0 contact hours 

National STD Curriculum

A free educational website from the University of Washington STD Prevention Training Center  --funded by CDC 

  • Chlamydia
  • Gonorrhea
  • HSV
  • HPV
  • PID
  • Syohillis
  • Vaginitis


TB 101 for health care workers

Smith Medical online CE

  • Capnography
  • Humidification: It's All Relative
  • Roadmap to Airway Clearance and Lung Expansion
  • Ventilator Associated Pneumonia: A Clinical Approach to Prevention

Passey Muir:

  • Application of Passy Muir Swallowing and Speaking Valves
  • Overcoming Barriers to Speaking Valve Use: Success Through Teamwork
  • Tracheostomy: Procedures, Timing, and Tubes
  • Ventilator Basics for the Non-Respiratory Therapists*
  • Interdisciplinary Decision Making with Patients Requiring Mechanical Ventilation
  • How You Breathe Matters: Swallowing Safely
  • Early Intervention for the Ventilated ICU Patient: Use It or Lose It!

School Nursing

National Association of School Nurses offers many free courses with membership

Talking with Children about Medication: From Ethics to Patient Education

Considering the Children of Parents with Mental Illness: Impact on Behavioral and Social Functioning

The COVID-19 Pandemic and Chronic Health Conditions - The School Nurse Role in Promoting Health Equity

Using the WSCC Model to Implement Wellness Policies and Sustain Chronic Health Condition Management in Schools

Skills-based Approach to Managing Chronic Health Conditions in Schools: Online

Chronic Health Condition Considerations During School Re-Opening

Using Your End of Year Data to Tell Your Story: Paint By Numbers

Data 101: Using School Nurse Data as a Force for the Future

National Child Traumatic Stress Network.

Sticks and Stones Will Break My Bones, (and) Words CAN Hurt Me: A Trauma-Informed Understanding of Bullying

Sudden Death On a School Campus: Impact and Response

Schools and Grief: Helping Students Cope with Death

Child Sexual Abuse  multiple listings


Vaccine Update for Healthcare Providers


Unlimited access to over 200 free continuing education courses for healthcare professionals.   

  • EKG Interpretation and Response
  • Basic Cardiac Monitoring: Understanding Fundamentals (4.0 CE for Nurses)
  • Hospice Care: Home Versus the Long Term Care Facility - 0.5 CE (For Nurses)
  • Recognizing the Impaired Nurse in the Workplace (2.0 CE for Nurses)
  • Identifying and Managing Impaired Staff (2.0 CE for Nurses)
  • The Human Immune System: When it Turns Against the Body (1.0 CE for Nurses)
  • Preventing Adverse Events in the Home Health Environment

Medscape Education        

Free registration required. CE credit ranges from .25 to 1.5 , many topics to select

HCV Guidance for Healthcare Workers by CDC

VTE Prevention in the Hospital: Who, How, and When?

A Stepwise Approach to Care: Diagnosis and Treatment of the Woman With Endometriosis

Prevent VTE TV -series of short 15 minute video's,  .25 courses includes

VTE Risk Assessment in Medically Ill Patients: What Does the Latest Evidence Suggest

VTE Prevention in the Hospital: Who, How, and When?

VTE Prevention and Transitions of Care: What to Do at and After Discharge   

Evidence-Based Approaches to Pain Control   2.5 CE

Meeting the Challenge of Pediatric Pain Management   2.9 CE

Texas Health and Human Services Nurse CE

Childhood and Adolescent Depression

Recognizing, Reporting and Preventing Child Abuse

Advancing Health Equity in Texas through Culturally Responsive Care

Diabetes Screening, Diagnosis and Management

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40 year(s) of experience in Home Care, Vents, Telemetry, Home infusion. Homecare Guru & Nursing Advocate. Loving Hubby + 2 adult sons. Needlepoint addict --watch out for needle sticks.

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Specializes in Vents, Telemetry, Home Care, Home infusion.

Please contact the Admin Team via Help Desk link if you know of a professional organization offering free nursing contact hours/ CEU's for review and possible inclusion on this list.


States Requiring Continuing Education:

Please check your state Board of Nursing for requirements as some require specific courses to meet licensure. Link to Boards of Nursing

found bottom of every Allnurses web page.


24 hours/two years


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30 hours/two years


RN: 30 hours/two years

LPN: 24 hours/two years


RN: 24 hours/two years

LPN: None required


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36 hours/three-year license

24 hours/license issued less than three years


30 hours/two years


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Full time RN: Five hours/year

Part-time RN: 10 hours/year

Inactive RN: 15 hours/yr


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RN: 24 hours/two years

LPN: 12 hours/two years


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30 hours (or 15 hours + other nursing activities)/two years


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36 hours/three years


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30 hours (or 15 hours and 200 licensed practice hours)/two years


RN: 12 hours/two years

LPN: 24 hours/two years


20 hours/two years (or other nursing activities)

Specializes in Vents, Telemetry, Home Care, Home infusion.

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Specializes in Leadership, Psych, HomeCare, Amb. Care.

Why did I never see this before?



Specializes in Pediatrics, school nursing.

Texas requires 20 hours every two years. There are a lot of free CE courses on Most relate to pedi, but there are some really good topics. The National Association of School Nurses (NASN) also offers many free courses to its members.

Specializes in Emergency.
Specializes in ICU/CCU, Home Health, Case Management.

Thank you, Karen, this list is great. I will be taking some of these courses and pass along to my peers.

Specializes in Vents, Telemetry, Home Care, Home infusion.


I've reviewed and updated free CE articles list -removed expired courses, added new ones and updated links. Please PM me for any link issues.

Note: Links updated 3/8/15. Several courses listed to expire 3/31/15 but may be updated to next yr.

New to this, thanks a bunch!

Specializes in LTC, Med-surg.

Thanks for this! I will use them.

Thank you, Karen! I have been refreshing my license every two years and then stopped doing so due the fact that I haven't been working as a nurse. Now I am thinking of renewing my Illinois license. These free CE classes are fine and good, tank you very much, but do they provide the legit certificates of completion, so I could submit mine here in Illinois after getting my required 20 hours?

Specializes in Home Health, Hospice, LTC. has quite a few as well, and all are free.