The end of the year is a hectic time, with a host of obligations and responsibilities that span our personal and professional lives. With so many things going on through the holiday season, it can be easy to forget about less glamorous responsibilities—like renewing your nursing license with the Alabama Board of Nursing!
Depending on the type of nursing credential you hold, 2023 may be your biennial time to renew. The process isn’t complicated, but to keep your license current and active you’ll need to know the basic renewal requirements and timelines so you don’t have any unpleasant surprises or lapses.
The Alabama Board of Nursing requires all LPNs, RNs, and APRNs to complete a minimum of 24 hours of board-approved continuing education prior to the close of the renewal period. For APRNs only, 6 hours of the 24 contact hours must be specific to pharmacology.
If you are a nurse renewing for the first time, there is a one-time requirement to complete 4 contact hours on the Alabama Nurse Practice Act only. This content is expected to provide continuing education related to statutory and administrative frameworks for nursing regulation, scope of practice, and standards of practice. No additional CE is required for anyone renewing their Alabama nursing license for the first time.
All completed contact hours will be tracked in your personal CE record which can be accessed using the My Profile link on the Alabama Board of Nursing website. If you have not yet begun the license renewal process, that’s where you need to start!
Specific License Requirements
The Alabama Board of Nursing has established basic renewal requirements depending on whether you’re an LPN, RN, or an APRN, as well as additional guidelines for pursuing a single-state or multistate license. They are all fairly similar in terms of CE, but there are a few specific details you’ll need to be aware of for each type of license.
Single-State License Renewal
The renewal period for single-state nursing license renewal opened at 8:00 am on September 1 and will close promptly at 4:30 pm CST on December 31, 2023. It is important to note that RNs and APRNs with single-state licenses are expected to renew on EVEN years and LPNs are expected to renew on ODD years.
The renewal process is completed online, which is also how you will pay the non-refundable fee using a debit or credit card according to the following schedule:
- RN or LPN single-state licenses $103.50 ($100.00 license fee + $3.50 transaction fee)
- APRN licenses $78.50 ($75.00 license fee + $3.50 transaction fee)
Any failure to complete the application process with all needed requirements and payment of the renewal fee by December 31st will result in a lapse in licensure, which means you won’t be able to continue practicing until it’s resolved.
Multistate License Renewal
The renewal period for multistate nursing licenses in Alabama is the same as all other licenses, and will be in ODD years only. If you have a multistate Alabama nursing license, this is your year to renew.
The multistate renewal process is completed online, during which you will also pay the non-refundable fee using a debit or credit card according to the following schedule:
- RN or LPN multistate licenses: $203.50 ($200.00 license fee + $3.50 transaction fee)
- APRN licenses: $78.50 ($75.00 license fee + $3.50 transaction fee)
- Non-Alabama multistate APRN licenses (MSPs): $78.50 ($75.00 approval fee + $3.50 transaction fee
A Note on Multistate Licenses
A compact license for nursing is a license that allows the nurse to work in any of the participating Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC) states without having to obtain an additional license from every state board. Alabama became part of the NLC on January 1, 2020.
Multistate licenses give nurses a much greater degree of professional flexibility, and if you’re planning on moving or interested in exploring options like travel nursing, a multistate license can be extremely valuable. However, just because you live in a compact state like Alabama doesn’t mean your nursing license is automatically a multistate license. After you’ve established Alabama as your primary state of residence, you have to specifically apply for a multistate license. This includes showing that you meet the uniform licensure requirements for a multistate license.
Once you qualify, you can visit the Alabama State Board of Nursing website and either apply for an original multistate license or upgrade a previously held state-specific nursing license. The application is completed online and your license will be mailed to you once validated.
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Continuing education is at the core of maintaining an effective and skilled nursing workforce, and Alabama is no exception. Healthcare is a constantly evolving field, and the Alabama Board of Nursing requires one contact hour per month on average over the two-year renewal period for content that covers a range of important and emerging healthcare and professional topics.
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