Free Nursing Continuing Education Programs - 100+ contact hours

  1. As our gift to the nursing community, allnurses has compiled a list of cutting edge FREE continuing education programs found on the web. Each course listed is free and most have been approved by American Nurses Credentialing Corp (ANCC) or ANCC affiliate.

    Free Nursing Continuing Education Programs - 100+ contact hours

    Note: Links updated 4/30/16 . Please check CE expiration dates prior to taking courses.


    Health Literacy for Public Health Professionals

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


    The Institute for Johns Hopkins Nursing (1 ce each)

    Volume 1, Issue 1: Strategies for Intensifying Therapy for Glycemic Control

    Volume 1, Issue 2: Intensifying Therapy for Glycemic Control- PODCAST

    Volume 1, Issue 3: CVD Risk Factors in Patients with T2D

    Volume 1, Issue 4: CVD Risk Factors in Patients With T2D- PODCAST

    Volume 1, Issue 5: Strategies and Devices for Improving Self-Monitoring

    Volume 1, Issue 6: Strategies and Devices for Improving Self-Monitoring- PODCAST

    Volume 1, Issue 7: Role of GLP-1 Receptor Agonists in the Treatment Continuum of Type 2 Diabetes

    Volume 1, Issue 8: Role of GLP-1 Receptor Agonists in the Treatment Continuum of Type 2 Diabetes-PODCAST

    Volume 1, Issue 9: Management of Overweight/Obese Patients with T2DM.

    Volume 1, Issue 10: Management of Overweight/Obese Patients with T2DM.

    National Diabetes Education Initiative

    The road to health toolkit

    New: Environmental Health

    Environmental Health: An Integrative Approach


    Abbott nutrition: 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:

    Emerging Research on the Role of Specific Nutrients on Cognitive and Visual Development
    Improving Patient Outcomes: Considerations in the New Healthcare Landscape
    Your Collaborative Role in Reducing Readmissions
    Emerging role of lutein across the life span: part 1 - focus on the infant (self-study program)
    Emerging role of lutein across the life span: part 2 - focus throughout life
    Glycemic control: strategies for managing the hospitalized patient
    Nursing currents: a model for improving pressure ulcer and nutritional outcomes in the adult inpatient population
    Updates on Head and Neck Cancer Patient Care: Conquering Clinical and Nutrition Obstacles
    Updates on Lung Cancer Patient Care: Conquering Clinical and Nutrition Obstacles

    Reproductive Health

    CDC: reproductive health - each 1.2 contact hours
    Self-study std module - vaginitis
    Self-study std module - hsv
    Self-study std module - hpv
    Self-study std module - pid
    Self-study std module - gonorrhea


    TB 101 for health care workers


    Vaccine Update for Healthcare Providers

    The Institute for Johns Hopkins Nursing: continuing education home
    Each eliterature review is a quick, easy read, delivered to participants through email, as web-based activities, or as podcasts.

    Ahead of the Curve: The Diagnostic & Therapeutic Challenge
    eNeonatal Review
    eCystic Fibrosis Review
    eViral Hepatitis Review
    eDiabetes Review

    Gannett Education free ce

    Document It Right: Would Your Charting Stand Up to Scrutiny
    Hydration Myths and Realities
    Transitons of Care
    Onocologic Breast Reconstruction Today

    1 contact hour (ce) = 0.1 ceu
    Last edit by Joe V on Jun 15, '18 : Reason: removed dead links
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  3. by   NRSKarenRN
    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

    30 hours/two years

    15 hours/two years

    30 hours/two years

    RN: 30 hours/two years
    LPN: 24 hours/two years

    RN: 24 hours/two years
    LPN: None required

    24 hours/two years

    20 hours/two years

    36 hours/three-year license
    24 hours/license issued less than three years

    30 hours/two years

    14 hours/year

    Full time RN: Five hours/year
    Part-time RN: 10 hours/year
    Inactive RN: 15 hours/yr

    15 hours/two years

    25 hours/two years

    RN: 24 hours/two years
    LPN: 12 hours/two years

    20 hours/two years

    30 hours/two years

    30 hours/two years

    30 hours/two years

    30 hours/two years


    Five hours/four years


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

    12 hours/two years


    24 hours/two years


    30 hours/two years


    36 hours/three years


    10 hours/two years


    30 hours/two years


    20 hours/two years


    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)
    Last edit by NRSKarenRN on Mar 8, '14 : Reason: added info
  4. by   NRSKarenRN
    Please provide feedback regarding these courses in this thread:

    Discuss Free Nursing Education Programs - 100+ contact hours
    Last edit by NRSKarenRN on May 16, '12
  5. by   MrChicagoRN
    Why did I never see this before?

  6. by   iggywench
    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.
  7. by   Not Your Nurse
    Thank you!
  8. by   Tampa121
    Thank you, Karen, this list is great. I will be taking some of these courses and pass along to my peers.
  9. by   NRSKarenRN

    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.
    Last edit by NRSKarenRN on Mar 11, '15
    New to this, thanks a bunch!
  11. by   strawberryluv
    Thanks for this! I will use them.
  12. by   RussiaN
    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?
  13. by   jennifer_gail has quite a few as well, and all are free.
  14. by   MadpeysRN
    registered for the 6ce on environmental health on Arizona center and i followed the instructions and relogin and and the CE is no where to be found..