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  • Health Care/Nursing CEUs

    Q: Do I need to take a refresher course to reinstate my nursing license?
    A: You need to check with the Nebraska State Board of Nursing: http://dhhs.ne.gov/licensure/Pages/Nurse-Licensing-Refresher-Course-RN-LPN.aspx or (402) 471-2666.

    Q: What do I do if the Nebraska State Board of Nursing says I need to take a refresher course?
    A. In order to renew a nursing license in the state of Nebraska, LPN/RN nurses need 20 contact hours of acceptable continuing education/in-service education within the past two years. Of the 20 hours, no more than four hours may be from CPR or BLS, and at least 10 hours must be peer reviewed.

    For further information on Nursing license renewal and continuing education in the state of Nebraska, please visit http://dhhs.ne.gov/licensure/Pages/Nurse-Licensing.aspx.

    Q: Are your nursing workshops peer reviewed?
    A: Any SCC Continuing Education event that has the following statement noted on the registration form has been peer reviewed, “Southeast Community College is approved as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the Midwest Multistate Division, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.”

    Additionally, nursing courses offered by academic programs are also considered peer reviewed.

    Q: What is the difference between CEUs and contact hours?
    A: One CEU equals 10 contact hours. Nurses in Nebraska need 20 contact hours every two years to renew their license. Find more information about license renewal.

    Q: If I come late or leave early from an SCC Nursing workshop, why don’t you give partial credit?
    A: SCC follows the State Board of Nursing regulation, which states: “A licensee must attend the complete continuing education offering in order to report it for credit.”

    Q: How can I pay for non-credit health occupation courses such as RN/LPN Refresher courses since they do not qualify for traditional financial aid?
    A: SCC has an automatic payment program through Nelnet. This program allows you to spread out your payments. For information about this program and to see if you qualify, go to: https://mycollegepaymentplan.com/southeast/.


    For more information regarding this course, please visit the Paramedic program or contact Andrew Eckart at 402-437-2819; 800-642-2819; or aeckart@southeast.edu.