Online Nursing Continuing Education Courses

nurseOnline nursing continuing education is a useful way for nurses to stay up-to-date in their profession. In fact nursing continuing education units (or nursing CEUs) are essential in some US states. This page contains more information about nursing CE courses and where they can be taken.

Why is it necessary to take nursing continuing education courses? With the rapid changes and increase in knowledge, continuing education (CE) is necessary for every profession.  Taking nursing continuing education online is a useful way for nurses to stay up-to-date in their profession whilst continuing with their employment. It is also useful as a means of professional advancement and personal development.

Some states in the US require the completion of nursing continuing education units (CEUs) for license renewal. For example, all RNs in the State of California are required to complete 30 hours of continuing education for license renewal. LVNs must complete 30 contact hours of continuing education every two years in order to renew their license.

The amount of CEUs a course is worth is determined by the approving board (licensing board). So if you want your nursing continuing education course specifically for license renewal, check your state requirements before enrolling in an online class.

Nursing Informatics CEs!

The Nursing Informatics Learning Center provides high quality CE courses in Nursing Informatics for Practice, Education and Leadership. Courses are self-paced and taken entirely on-line in the privacy and comfort of our students' own home or office. Visit the Learning Center!


What online nursing continuing education programs are available?

Nursing continuing education programs are available online at several levels, from open certificates to post-masters certificates.  Here are details of a few.  More programs can be found at the foot of the page.

  • offers the following nursing continuing education online courses/programs:
    • Cardiac care
    • Clinical care
    • Critical care
    • Emergency room
    • Fire safety
    • Human physiology
    • Medical surgical
    • Neonatal care
    • Neurology
    • Pain management
    • Patient history / evaluation
    • Pediatrics
    • Pharmacology
    • Respiratory
    • Risk management and regulations
    • Stages of shock
  • University of Phoenix offers the following nursing continuing education certificates:
    • Gerontology Health Care Certificate
    • Health Care Informatics Certificate
    • Nursing/Health Care Education Certificate
  • Nursing Informatics Learning Center offers CE courses in:
    • Nursing Practice
      • Nursing Informatics Fundamentals
      • Human Factors in Nursing Informatics
    • Nursing Education
      • Virtual Education in Nursing: Basic
      • Nursing Informatics in the Classroom
      • Virtual Education in Nursing: Intermediate
    • Nursing Leadership
      • Web Presence for Nursing Businesses
    • Nursing Research
      • Qualitative Research and Technology
      • Quantitative Research and Technology
  • Walden University offers the following post-master's certificates in nursing:
    • Nursing education
    • Nursing informatics
    • Nursing leadership and management


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