Alaska CE Regulation

Community Health & EMS
PO Box 110616
Juneau, AK 99811-0616
(907)465-3141
(907)465-4101 (FAX)

MedEdNow is an accepted continuing education provider in Alaska as a CAPCE accredited program. We also follow the guidelines of the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT).

(1) Completion of two of the following three methods for maintaining continuing competency:
(A) continuing education as prescribed under 12 AAC 44.610;
(B) professional activities as prescribed under 12 AAC 44.620; and
(C ) nursing employment as prescribed under 12 AAC 44.630
(2) Compliance with 12AAC44.640
(1) Completed a nursing refresher course approved by the board; or
(2) Attained 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; or
(3) Successfully completed the National Council Licensing Examination
The board will accept continuing education contact hours that are part of a mediated learning system such as educational television, audio, or video cassettes, the Internet, or printed media, or that are part of an independent study program if the system or program is accredited by an agency that the board has approved.
Continuing competency documentation must include a valid copy of a certificate or similar verification of satisfactory completion that provides:
• Name of licensee, Amount of credit awarded, Description of the continuing competency activity
Date of successful completion, Name, mailing address, and signature of the instructor, sponsor, or other verifier, Maintain the documentation for four years from date of completion
Contact hours earned under (A) and (B) listed below must be earned in at least one of the following subject areas: Nursing practice areas and special health care problems
• Biological, physical, or behavioral sciences
• Legal or ethical aspects of health care
Completion of at least 30 contact hours of continuing education for renewal of a license, the applicant shall earn at least 20 of the contact hours in a continuing education program provided
(A) Under accreditation standards establish or followed by one of the following organizations:
(i) American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC)
(ii) American Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME)
(iii) Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE)
(iv) A nurse practitioner certifying body (i.e. AANP)
(v) A nurse anesthetist certifying body
The board will not accept continuing education contact hours for the completion of courses in cardio pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) or basic life support (BLS).
The board will accept CE’s for renewals of ACLS, PALS, and other advanced courses for RN’s and not ANPs.
A nurse may meet continuing competency requirements without meeting the requirements of 12 AAC 44.610 – 12 AAC 44.630 by documenting that after the last renewal date, the nurse has:
1. Completed a nursing refresher course approved by the board, or
2. Attained 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 6 academic credits in courses required for the degree or certificate, or
3. Successfully completed the NCLEX

(1) Completion of two of the following three methods for maintaining continuing competency:
(A) continuing education as prescribed under 12 AAC 44.610;
(B) professional activities as prescribed under 12 AAC 44.620; and
(C ) nursing employment as prescribed under 12 AAC 44.630
(2) Compliance with 12AAC44.640
(1) completed a nursing refresher course approved by the board; or
(2) attained 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; or
(3) successfully completed the National Council Licensing Examination
The board will accept continuing education contact hours that are part of a mediated learning system such as educational television, audio, or video cassettes, the Internet, or printed media, or that are part of an independent study program if the system or program is accredited by an agency that the board has approved.
Continuing competency documentation must include a valid copy of a certificate or similar verification of satisfactory completion that provides:
• Name of licensee, Amount of credit awarded, Description of the continuing competency activity
Date of successful completion, Name, mailing address, and signature of the instructor, sponsor, or other verifier, Maintain the documentation for four years from date of completion
Contact hours earned under (A) and (B) listed below must be earned in at least one of the following subject areas: Nursing practice areas and special health care problems
• Biological, physical, or behavioral sciences
• Legal or ethical aspects of health care
Completion of at least 30 contact hours of continuing education for renewal of a license; the applicant shall earn at least 20 of the contact hours in a continuing education program provided
(A) Under accreditation standards establish or followed by one of the following organizations:
(i) American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC)
(ii) American Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME)
(iii) Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE)
(iv) A nurse practitioner certifying body (i.e. AANP) (v) A nurse anesthetist certifying body
The board will not accept continuing education contact hours for the completion of courses in cardio pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) or basic life support (BLS).
The board will accept CE’s for renewals of ACLS, PALS, and other advanced courses for RN’s and not ANPs.
A nurse may meet continuing competency requirements without meeting the requirements of 12 AAC 44.610 – 12 AAC 44.630 by documenting that after the last renewal date, the nurse has:
1. Completed a nursing refresher course approved by the board, or
2. Attained 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 6 academic credits in courses required for the degree or certificate, or
3. Successfully completed the NCLEX

An ANP’s prescriptive authority must be renewed biennially with the ANP authorizations. The renewal application must include the applicant’s certification of completion, during the previous two years, of 12 contact hours of continuing education in advanced pharmacotherapeutics and 12 contact hours of continuing education in the clinical management of patients. These 24 hours of continuing education may be counted as part of the continuing education hours described in 12 AAC 44.610 (a) (c )
Contact hours used for initial authorization as an ANP may not be used again for the renewal of the authorization unless the initial authorization is within 180 days of the renewal deadline. the board will accept continuing education toward fulfillment of the continuing competency requirements set out in 12 AAC 44.600 if the applicant documents
(1) completion of at least 30 contact hours of continuing education for renewal of a license, during the two years before the licensing period for which the applicant seeks renewal; the applicant shall earn at least 20 of the contact hours in a continuing education program provided
(A) under the accreditation standards established or followed by one of the following organizations:
(i) American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC);
(ii) Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education(ACCME);
(iii) Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) – courses with a “P” designation or
identification number;
(iv) a nurse practitioner certifying body;
(v) a nurse anesthetist certifying body; or
(B) by a sponsor for which an applicant obtains board approval; the board will approve only those sponsors who offer “continuing education” as defined in (c)(2) of this section;
(2) that no more than 10 of the contact hours required under (1) of this subsection were earned through in-service nursing education offered by a licensed health care facility that does not meet the qualifications required under (1) of this subsection; and
(3) that the contact hours required under (1) of this subsection were earned in at least one of the following subject areas:
(A) nursing practice areas and special health care problems;
(B) biological, physical, or behavioral sciences;
(C) legal or ethical aspects of health care;
(D) management or administration of health care personnel and patient care;
(E) subjects approved by the board that are required as part of a formal nursing program but that are more advanced than those completed for original licensure.
(b) The board will accept continuing education contact hours that are part of a mediated learning system such as educational television, audio or video cassettes, the Internet, or printed media, or that are part of an independent study program, if the system or program is accredited by an agency that the board has approved. The board will maintain a list of accrediting agencies and will approve an accrediting agency that is approved by a national certifying body.
(c) In this section,
(1) “contact hour” means a minimum of 60 minutes of actually organized instruction; academic credit will be converted to contact hours as follows:
(A) one quarter academic credit equals 10 contact hours;
(B) one semester academic credit equals 15 contact hours;
(2) “continuing education” means a systematic educational experience that grants academic credit or contact hours beyond the basic nursing program preparation.
(d) The board will not accept continuing education contact hours or in-service hours for the completion of courses in cardio pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) or basic life support (BLS).

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