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DOPL License Renewal Requirements

R156-31b-301b. RN License – Education, Examination, and Experience Requirements.
(4) An applicant who has been licensed previously in Utah, but whose license has expired or lapsed, shall:

(a) if the applicant has not practiced as a nurse for up to five years, document current compliance with the continuing competency requirements as established in Subsection R156-31b-303(3);

(b) if the applicant has not practiced as a nurse for more than five years but less than eight years: (i) pass the NCLEX-RN examination within 60 days following the date of application; or (ii) successfully complete an approved re-entry program;

(c) if the applicant has not practiced as a nurse for more than eight years but less than 10 years: (i) successfully complete an approved re-entry program; and (ii) pass the NCLEX-RN examination within 60 days following the date of application; or

(d) if the applicant has not practiced as a nurse for 10 years or more, comply with this Subsection (1).

The question we always ask in this situation is "when is the last time you worked as a nurse?"  We also require that they provide verification of the last time they worked as a nurse (e.g., a letter from HR).

The Practice Act and Rule are available at:http://www.dopl.utah.gov/licensing/nursing.html


 

CONTINUING EDUCATION REQUIREMENT

RNs and LPNs: Required one of the following:

  • 400 hours of licensed practice, or
  • 200 hours of licensed practice plus 15 contact hours, or
  • 30 contact hours every two year licensing period.

APRNs:

  • Must maintain national certification, and
  • Must be currently certified in specialty area, or
  • Must complete 30 hours of CE (if licensed prior to 7/1/92) and 400 hours of practice each licensing period.
FOR MORE INFORMATION:

Please contact the Utah State Board of Nursing at 801-530-6628 or http://www.dopl.utah.gov/laws/R156-31b.pdf for more information.


 

The Utah Nurses Association is no longer offering the CE Anthology (last publication 2015). 

A current, similar 30 CE course is available at www.nurse.com and and may be accessed through this link: The Multidisciplinary CE Anthology, 2018 Edition.

 

Utah Nurses Association

is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. The Utah State Board of Nursing accepts courses from CE providers who are accredited by ANCC.