State acceptance in Iowa
Physicians: We are accepted by the IA Board of Medicine because we are accredited by AMA (category 1)
40 hours of Category 1 credits are required for a two-year license renewal period. This may include up to 20 hours of Category 1 credit carried over from the previous license renewal period. The number of required Category 1 credits is pro-rated for anyone who holds a permanent or administrative medicine license that was issued for fewer than two full years.
Nurses: We are accepted by the IA Board of Nursing because we are ANCC accredited
Continuing education is mandated by Iowa law as a prerequisite to renew RN and LPN licenses. The requirement is as follows: For renewal of a three-year license, the requirement is 36 contact hours or 3.6 CEUs. For renewal of a license that has been issued for less than three years, the requirement is 24 contact hours or 2.4 CEUs.
Self-study courses and on-site courses attended outside of Iowa are acceptable if they qualify as appropriate subject matter, and are either covered by an approved Iowa provider, or have been granted special approval, or are approved by one of the following: The American Nurses Association (American Nurses’ Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation)
Dentists: Our course is approved by the Iowa Dental Board
We are listed on the Iowa Dental Board Approved Continuing Education Sponsors
Pharmacists: We are accepted by the IA Board of Pharmacy because we are ACPE accredited
The Iowa Board of Pharmacy requires 30 contact hours (3.0 CEU) of pharmacist continuing education for every two-year renewal. Continuing education (CE) activities that carry the seal of the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) accredited provider will automatically qualify for Iowa pharmacist CE credit.
The Iowa Board of Pharmacy accepts, for pharmacist continuing education, all programs offered by sponsors approved by ACPE. Such programs will be identified by an ACPE program number and will indicate approval by ACPE.
EMS workers: Our courses count in IA as acceptable CME
Renewal Requirements Providers must also have a current course completion card for cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) that includes CPR, automated external defibrillation (AED) and obstructed airway procedures for all age groups.
Click on Continuing Education Guidelines for EMS Providers
Tattoo artists: Our bloodborne pathogen course is acceptable in IA
We are listed on the Iowa Department of Public Health website at:
If you prefer sit-down, in-person training for ACLS, we have you covered.
Bennett and Associates / 52347 Hawthorne Ct. Bettendorf, IA 52722
North Iowa Area Community College / 5500 College Dr Mason City, IA 50401-7213
Mercy Iowa City / 5500 E. Market St Iowa City, IA 52245
NE Iowa Community College / 5680 Main St Dubuque, IA 52001-6818
Eastern Iowa Community College / 5101 W 3rd St. Davenport, IA 52801-1201
Total number of locations: 35. These locations CAN provide American Heart Association-branded provider cards if needed.
To schedule a session, please see our in-person scheduling page.