Frequently Asked Questions About Contact Hours

  1. You have 2 different numbers listed for contact hours, which one should I use?
    The "Board of Nursing" column is for the number of contact hours you should claim if you are renewing your license through the Minnesota Board of Nursing, which uses the formula of 50 minutes of class time equals one contact hour. Most nurses fall into this category. The second number is for certified nurses who need their contact hours approved by an accredited approver of continuing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). These contact hours are calculated using a 60 minute contact hour and so the number is smaller. This number might also be used by non-nurses whose practice Board uses a 60 minute per contact hour formula.
  2. How do I know if I am a certified nurse?
    Experienced nurses sometimes choose to go through a certification process that involves a lot of studying, paying fees, and taking an exam. The bottom line is, if you are a certified nurse you know it--it is above and beyond what is required to become a registered nurse.

  3. I need my contact hours NOW! How do I get them right away?
    Try our home studies. You can do these in the comfort of your own home, when you have time. Your date of completion will be the date that your home study is received by our office.
  4. How many contact hours do I need to renew my license?
    If you are a nurse in Minnesota, RNs need 24 contact hours every 2 years and LPNs need 12 contact hours every 2 years. We suggest you consult the Minnesota Board of Nursing for more information on license renewal. If you are not a nurse, contact your state board for information: