The content of all courses of continuing education must be relevant to the practice of nursing. Learning experiences are expected to enhance the knowledge of the registered nurse at a level above that required for licensure. Courses must be related to the scientific knowledge and/or technical skills required for the practice of nursing, or be related to direct and/or indirect patient/client care.
Courses related to the scientific knowledge for the practice of nursing include basic and advanced courses in the physical, social, and behavioral sciences, as well as advanced nursing in general or specialty areas. Content which includes the application of scientific knowledge to patient care in addition to advanced nursing courses may include courses in related areas, e.g. human sexuality; death, dying, and grief; foreign languages (conversational); therapeutic interpersonal relationship skills; pharmacology; and those related to specialty areas of nursing practice.
Courses in nursing administration, management, education, research or other functional areas of nursing relating to indirect patient/client care would be acceptable.
PLEASE NOTE: Although the California Board of Registered Nursing approves Continuing Education Providers (CEPs), such approval does not constitute endorsement of course content. If you have concerns about a specific course and whether its content is appropriate to the practice of the registered nurse, please contact the Continuing Education Program at the California Board of Registered Nursing at (916) 322-3350.