Mocingbird's research team has verified and validated with the Texas Board of Nursing with the most up-to-date CME requirements. Here is a quick summary of things you must know:

License Renewal Cycle Time for Texas 

  • Texas state licenses for NPs must be renewed every 2 years. 

Board Rule Checklist: State of Texas (NP)

  • Maintain an active APRN Board approved national nursing certification or complete 20 contact hours of CNE 
    • Due date: Every 2 years at license renewal 
  • Complete a minimum of 400 hours in current practice 
    • Due date: Every 2 years at license renewal 
  • Complete 2 contact hours of CNE related to nursing jurisprudence and nursing ethics
    • Due date: Every third 2-year licensing period that began on or after 1/1/2014
  • Complete 2 hours of CE covering best practices, alternative treatment options, and multi-modal approaches to pain management that many include physical therapy, psychotherapy, and other treatments
    • Due date: Every 2 years
      • Exception: If your license renewal date is after 8/31/2023, you do not need to complete this requirement  

Additional Texas NP Requirements

  • If your practice includes older adult or geriatric populations: Complete 2 hours of CNE related to older adult or geriatric populations 
    • Due date: Every 2 years at license renewal 
  • If you hold prescriptive authority: Complete 5 hours of CE in pharmacotherapeutics 
    • Due date: Every 2 years at license renewal 
  • If you prescribe opioids: Complete 4 hours of CE regarding safe and effective pain management related to the prescription of opioids and other controlled substances 
    • Due date: Every 2 years at license renewal 
  • If you are authorized to receive information from the prescription monitoring program and have not completed the one-time CE requirement: Complete 2 hours of CE related to approved procedures of prescribing and monitoring controlled substances 
    • Due date: If your initial license date is before 9/1/2020, you must complete this CE by 9/1/2021; If your initial license date is after 9/1/2020, you must complete this CE one year after initial licensure 
  • If you provide direct patient care: Complete a human trafficking prevention course approved by the Health and Human Services Commission 
    • Due date: Every 2 years at license renewal 
  • If you are employed in an emergency room and have not completed the one-time requirement on forensic evidence collection: Complete a minimum of 2 hours of CNE relating to forensic evidence collection 
    • Due date: At license expiration 

For more detailed information, please visit the Texas Board of Nursing website. 


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