Do College Courses Count as CEU for Nurses?

There are many ways to earn CEU for nurses. 

Continuing education units are made available through in-person courses, online courses, or a hybrid of both. They can be in the form of formal instruction, webinars, conferences, workshops, and more. 

When it comes to college coursework, certain courses will qualify for CEU and others won’t. Continuing education requirements for nurses are set by the State Board of Nursing, so it’s important to check with your respective state before enrolling in any college courses for CEU.  

As a general rule of thumb, CEUs can usually be earned through courses that are directly related to nursing. However, many prerequisites for BSN, MSN, or DNP (i.e. mathematics. general education) will not count. Always verify with your State Board office. 

Are There Free CEU For Nurses?

Common areas of study for continuing education units include: nursing laws and ethics, communication in healthcare, conflict management, COVID-19 protocol, and patient advocacy. There are always a wide variety of clinical subjects available for CEU such as diabetes, wound care, HIV, substance abuse, and more.

There are definitely free CEU for nurses, usually found through an employer, an approved healthcare setting or a school. However, there are benefits to joining an accredited professional network such as the American Nurses Association (ANA) enterprise. 

While there is a membership fee, you gain access to a large library of CEU courses, along with other networking benefits, professional development opportunities, and supportive services. The ANA also offers free or low cost CEU options, as well. 

CEU For Nursing: Resources 

Locating the best CEU for nursing can be overwhelming, especially since there are so many options. It’s hard to know where to start. 

At CynaMed, we are here to help. We were the first locally-owned healthcare staffing agency in Pittsburgh with Joint Commission accreditation and are currently one of the fastest growing consulting agencies in the area. We can provide all the resources you need to choose the right CEU to keep you sharp in the field. 

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