Continuing Education Requirements
for Nurse Practitioners

  • American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certifying Board (AANPCB) dictates that you must complete 100 contact hours of advanced CE in a 5 year period. 25 of these hours must be in advanced practice pharmacotherapeutics.

    • Pharmacology CE must include topics such as current clinical application of pharmacology and pharmacokinetics, techniques for safe drug prescribing information, and drug specific information/therapy for treatment of common acute and chronic diseases across the lifespan.

    • Pharmacology CE must be separately documented by the sponsor offering the CE, i.e. “Credit: 1.25 CE; 0.5 of which may be applied towards Pharmacology.”

    • At this time, the Psychiatry & Psychotherapy Podcast credits may be applied towards non-pharmacology CE. While pharmacology topics are addressed, please assume that Psychiatry & Psychotherapy Podcast CE are non-pharmacology. If this changes, we will update you!

  • CE certificates must show clear accreditation by an appropriate authorizing entity. CE activities must be accredited by or be an approved provider such as, but not limited to, the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME).

    • The Psychiatry and Psychotherapy Podcast activities are provided through a joint providership with University of California Irvine School of Medicine, which is an ACCME accredited provider.

  • Certificants are responsible for accessing and maintaining copies of their CE certificates for submission to AANPCB for their recertification application.

    • We suggest saving all certificates. If however, you lose a certificate, please contact us at

  • Click here to access the AANPCB main website, or here to access the AANPCB NP Recertification Handbook.

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