Continuing Education

Acceptable Approval Bodies/Providers of Nursing Continuing Education

Continuing Nursing Education programs must be approved by acceptable providers to be used for initial certification or ILNA points. Refer to this list of acceptable approvers and providers.

  • American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP)
  • American Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACN)
  • American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA)
  • American Nurses Association (ANA)
  • Any agency, organization or educational institution accredited by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC)
  • Association of Pediatric Hematology Oncology Nurses (APHON)
  • Association of Women's Health, Obstetric, and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN)
  • European Oncology Nursing Society
  • International Association for Continuing Education & Training (IACET)
  • Korean Oncology Nursing Society
  • Medom Nursing CE
  • National Association of Neonatal Nurses (NANN)
  • National Association of Nurse Practitioners in Women's Health (NPWH)
  • National Association of Pediatric Nurse Associates and Practitioners (NAPNAP)
  • National League for Nursing (NLN)
  • Oncology Nursing Society (ONS)
  • Royal College of Nursing
  • Royal College of Nursing, Australia
  • State Boards of Nursing in Alabama, California, Florida, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Nevada, Ohio, and West Virginia
  • State Nurses Associations
  • Wisconsin Society for Health Education and Training (WISHET)

Examples of Acceptable Continuing Medical Education (CME)* Providers

  • Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME)
  • Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME)
  • American Medical Association (AMA)
  • American Osteopathic Association (AOA)
  • Mainpro
  • Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada
  • State Medical Societies
* CME may be used for renewal points. However, for initial certification eligibility, no more than 5 of the 10 required contact hours may be CME

Note: Candidates who received their nursing education or nursing license outside of the United States, its territories, or Canada must have their education and licensure evaluated for U.S. equivalency by a foreign credential evaluation service.

Online Continuing Education Resources

You can earn free or low cost nursing continuing education (CE) online from many websites, journals, and organizations (examples listed below). Check the accreditation of individual offerings. Some providers award multiple types of educational credit and the type of credit may vary among offerings.



Need ideas for CNE?

Check out CE courses that have already been evaluated for ILNA points.

Find more CE offerings and CE conferences.

Do you offer CE programs?

Your programs may be more appealing if nurses know how they can be used for renewal points.

Learn about ILNA Coding for CE Providers.

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