Continuing Education - Accrediting Organizations 

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Act 86 of 2001 requires nurses to complete certain continuing education requirements in order to renew their license.  The continuing education must be recognized by a Board approved continuing education accrediting organization/approval body.

Accrediting Organizations/Approved Approval Bodies of Continuing Education

When considering a continuing education activity, the brochure or information about the activity should list the organization that is the accrediting organization/approval body.  On the certificate of participation, the accreditation statement must stand alone and be similar to:  “This continuing nursing education activity was approved by (this is where the accrediting organization/approved body is found), an accredited approver by…”

The Board of Nursing will accept nursing continuing education activities approved by the following organizations/bodies PROVIDED that the appropriate documentation and contact hour assignment has been made and meets all other guidelines as set forth by the ASBN Rules.  This list will be updated as needed.

  • All State Boards of Nursing
  • Academy of General Dentistry
  • Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses
  • Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME)
  • Accreditation Council on Pharmacy Education (ACPE)
  • American Academy of Nurse Practitioners
  • American Association of Diabetes Educators
  • American Association of Nurse Anesthetists
  • American Association of Occupational Health Nurses, Inc.
  • American Association of Respiratory Care
  • American College Health Association
  • American College of Nurse-Midwives
  • American College of Obstetricians & Gynecologists (ACOG)
  • American Holistic Nurses Association
  • American Nephrology Nurses Association
  • American Nurses Credentialing Center – Commission on Accreditation (ANCC)
  • American Society of Ophthalmic Registered Nurses
  • American Society of PeriAnesthesia Nurses (ASPAN)
  • American Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgical Nurses, Inc.
  • American Society of Radiologic Technologists
  • Area Health Education Center (AHEC) South Arkansas – a division of UAMS
  • Arkansas Department of Health, Workforce & Career Development Branch
  • Arkansas Department of Health, Workforce Development
  • Arkansas Nurses Association
  • Association of PeriOperative Registered Nurses, Inc.  (AORN)
  • Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology, Inc. (APIC)
  • Association of Rehabilitation Nurses
  • Association of Surgical Technologists  (AST)
  • Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN)
  • Continuing Education Coordinating Board for Emergency Medical Services
  • Dermatology Nurses Association
  • Emergency Nurses Association
  • International Association for Continuing Education and Training
  • Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology (JCAHPO)
  • Mississippi Nurses Foundation
  • National Association of Board of Examiners of Long Term Care Administration (NAB)
  • National Association of Nurse Practitioners in Women’s Health
  • National Continuing Education Review Service (NCERS)
  • National Association of Orthopedic Nurses
  • National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners
  • National Association for Practical Nurse Education and Service, Inc. (NAPNES)
  • National Board of Certified Counselors
  • National League for Nursing
  • National Association of Social Workers
  • Naval School of Health Sciences
  • North Dakota Nurses Association Continuing Nursing Education Network
  • Office of Long Term Care (Arkansas)
  • Oncology Nursing Society
  • Radiation Control and Emergency Management – AR Department of Health
  • Society of Gastroenterology Nurses and Associates
  • Society of Urologic Nurses and Associates, Inc. (SUNA)
  • United States Air Force Nurse Corps
  • United States Army Nurse Corps Approval Unit–Academy of Health Sciences–U. S. Army
  • Wound Ostomy & Continence Nurses Society