Award-winning approver, top-notch provider.
ONA is the largest approver unit of continuing education in the country, accredited by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.
We are also a top-notch provider of educational programs, with all programs recognized by the Ohio Board of Nursing for re-licensure.
In layman’s terms, our continuing education team reviews and approves educational opportunities for organizations across the world. We also produce many educational opportunities, from independent studies to in-person events.
ONA members receive 3 free independent studies every 3 months with CE4Nurses and discounted pricing with live events. The contact hours accumulated through the free studies are enough for license renewal every 2 years.
Learn – Go here for educational opportunities.
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Provide – Go here for approved provider information.
Online, on paper, instructor-led or at your own pace.
All of ONA’s continuing education programs are recognized by the Ohio Board of Nursing for re-licensure.
Everyone learns differently. That’s why ONA offers several ways for you to stay current:
- Online, self-paced courses at www.ce4nurses.org
- Live, instructor-led events throughout the year and throughout the state
- Hard copy, self-paced courses published quarterly in the Ohio Nurse publication
- Live and recorded instructor-led webinar series
Ohio’s CE Requirements
Q. How many contact hours do I need to get or renew a license in Ohio?
A: Each person licensed as an RN or LPN in Ohio must complete twenty-four (24) contact hours of CE during each licensure period to renew a license. A nurse who has been licensed by endorsement for less than or equal to one (1) year must complete twelve (12) contact hours. At least one (1) of the required contact hours must be Category A. The RN licensure period is from September 1 of odd numbered years through August 31 of the following odd numbered year. The LPN licensure period is from September 1 of even numbered years through August 31 of the following even numbered year.
Q. How does the Board know I met the CE requirement?
A. Licensee and certificate holders are required to indicate whether they have met the CE requirement during the time of renewal (on the renewal application). Individuals are not required to send documentation of their contact hours with their renewal application. CE4Nurses does not send your certificate to the Board, but we do keep copies on file for the period of time required by the Board. You should keep a copy of your certificates should the Board request them. Evidence of CE is required when reactivating or reinstating an inactive or lapsed license or certificate, or upon receipt of a “CE Audit” letter. In addition, when reactivating or reinstating a license or certificate, CE requirements may vary.
Q. What is an audit?
A. The Board may conduct a random audit of any licensee or certificate holder to determine compliance with CE requirements. The time period for which you are being audited will be stated in the “CE Audit” letter. If audited, an individual will be asked to send photocopies of CE certificates or school transcripts to the Board. You should keep a copy of your CE4Nurses certificate should you be audited.
Q. What records should I keep and how long should I keep them?
A. Documentation of completion of a CE activity should be supplied by the provider of that activity. If audited, you will be required to send photocopies of documents (i.e. certificate) that contain all of the following information: • name; • title of the program; • date of program completion; • name of the provider; • number of contact hours; • OBN Approver number or the name of the authorized provider or the name of the approval body. All records should be kept for 6 years.
Q. How do I know if a particular educational activity is acceptable to the Board as recognized CE?
A. Any of the following options may be used by a licensee or certificate holder to satisfy the CE requirements:
- A CE activity that has been approved by an OBN Approver or by a board or agency regulating the licensee or certificate holder in another jurisdiction. An OBN Approver is an organization that has been authorized by the Board to approve continuing education activities offered by a provider or to approve a Provider Unit. An acceptable CE certificate will include a statement with the OBN Approver’s name and number.
The Ohio Nurses Association OBN Approver Number is OBN-001-91. CE4Nurses is operated by the Ohio Nurses Association.
Q: I have questions about CE requirements in Ohio.
A: You can contact the Ohio Nurses Association at 614-237-5414 and ask to speak with the Continuing Education Department, or you can contact the Ohio Board of Nursing.
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Get your continuing nursing education activity approved by the Ohio Nurses Association.
Offer quality continuing education programming by getting your activity approved by ONA. We are an approver of continuing nursing education, accredited by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. Our experienced staff will make sure that you have all of the necessary components to make your CE program a success.
New ONA CE Application Manager & Criteria Coming April 11, 2016
The Ohio Nurses Association’s award-winning Continuing Education Program is committed to helping you design educational activities that contribute to quality patient care and professional development for nurses, and we are pleased to announce improvements to the process for getting an activity approved for contact hours!
Read on for more details and important dates that may affect your application!
New ONA CE Application Manager
For the past 6 months ONA has been working on new software to accept applications for individual activities. Improvements include:
- Self-service account creation and password reset capabilities
- All-in-one applications – no more separate Faculty/Presenter or uploads sections
- In-application payment
- Compatible with all web browsers and devices
Click here to watch a 20-minute training video on how to use the new ONA CE Application Manager.
The American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) has introduced new criteria for continuing nursing education activities. The new criteria is designed to focus less on learning objectives and more on learning outcomes, i.e. what the learner will be able to do as a result of participating in the educational activity.
Other changes include:
- Less documentation – biographical information is no longer required, but conflict of interest (COI) information is required for everyone involved in planning or presenting the activity when the topic is clinical.
- All requirements related to sponsorship are no longer applicable.
- The Approval statement is no longer required to stand on its own line of text as new methods of advertising require flexibility in placement of the statement.
- Objectives are no longer required.
A new 2015 Individual Activities Manual, new documents, samples and training will be posted below soon so you can familiarize yourself with the new criteria and requirements prior to submitting your next application.
ONA will also be providing opportunities for education on these new requirements, so keep an eye on your inbox!
Note: If you have an application that’s been submitted and is under review, it will be completed in the old system prior to the event’s start date. Regardless of the dates below, all applications must still be submitted at least 6 weeks prior to the event date to go through the review and approval process.
April 11, 2016: All new CE applications must be started in the new ONA CE Application Manager, which can be accessed at http://apps.ce4nurses.org. You will no longer be able to create a new form in the old system as of April 11, 2016. Account information will not be brought over from the old system into the new one.
May 1, 2016: If you are currently filling out an application in the old system but have not submitted it for review yet (www.ce4nurses.org/applications), you must submit it for review by May 1, 2016. You also have the option to start over in the new system.
June 1, 2016: You should be keeping a copy of your application and supporting documentation at the address you stated on your application, however, you will have access to your old applications online until June 1, 2016. Please be sure to print your apps and save copies prior to June 1, 2016. Account information will not be brought over from the old system into the new one.
If you have any questions about the new criteria, please contact Zandra Ohri at 614-448-1027 email@example.com or Sandy Swearingen at 614-448-1030 firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have any questions about the new system, please contact Shannon Mattern at 614-448-1029 or email@example.com
Rules for Applying
- Complete application and payment must be submitted at least 6 weeks prior to the activity.
- Applications may NOT be sent via US Mail or via email.
- Applications will not be processed until application fee is received.
- During processing, we will contact the applicant via email if we require additional information.
- You may check on the status of your application in the Online CE Application Manager, however, we will also email you when your application completed our review process to let you know if it has been approved or not. Please check the status in CE Application Manager before you contact us unless your event is less than 2 weeks away and you haven’t heard from us.
- Commercial entities are not eligible to apply for approval of activities or as a provider unit. A commercial entity is defined as an organization that produces, distributes, markets or re-sells products used by or on patients.
Before You Begin
Review and familiarize yourself with the 2015 Continuing Education Manual for Individual Activities. It explains in detail how to fill out an application. Watch the following training videos – you will save yourself lots of time!
- 20-minute training video on how to use the new ONA CE Application Manager.
- How To Outline Your Agenda and Correctly Calculate Contact Hours – this 1.5 minute video shows you the right way to outline your agenda, what does and doesn’t count toward contact hours, and how to calculate contact hours.
- Information That’s Required on the Certificate – this 2-minute video shows you what information MUST be on your certificate, where to put it and what CANNOT be changed.
- Find Out What Must Be On Your Advertising – this 2.5 minute video shows you what MUST be on your advertising and what to do if you start advertising before you get your activity approved.
- Certificates for Pharm Hours and APRNS – this 2-minute video shows you how to format your certificate if you’re offering pharm hours or contact hours for Ohio’s APRN requirement, where to put the info and what CANNOT be changed.
- 2015 Conflict of Interest Form If the content of your activity is clinical in nature, you must complete and upload a COI form for all members of the planning committee. No COI form is needed if the activity is not clinical in nature.
These documents are for your reference to help you complete your application. They are not part of your application.
- Conflict of Interest Decision Tree
- Sample Disclosure Statements
- Terms and Conditions for Speakers/Authors
- Outcomes – Where Do I Find Them?
- Documenting Needs Assessments
- Joint Provider Agreement for Individual Activity Application
- Guidelines for Pharmacotherapeutic hours for APRNs
- Content Integrity Standards
Content Integrity Webinar Series
Content integrity for continuing nursing education activities includes addressing conflict of interest, managing commercial support, and assuring that activities are presented in a fair, balanced, and unbiased manner. The Ohio Nurses Association and the Montana Nurses Association have developed a three-part video series to address these topics, helping you be more effective in dealing with these issues when developing a CE program.
Once your program has been presented, you must complete the Post Activity Survey within 30 days of the end of the event.
The Ohio Nurses Association (OBN-001-91) is accredited as an approver of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.
Approved Category A Programs
See all of ONA’s approved Category A programs here.
How To Get Help
For questions about the CE approval process or your application, contact ONA’s Director of the CE Approver Unit, Zandra Ohri at 614-448-1027 or firstname.lastname@example.org or Sandy Swearingen at 614-448-1030 or email@example.com.
For technical support for the Online CE Application Manager, including usernames and passwords, help with payment and more, contact ONA’s Helpdesk at 614-448-1029 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Support is available during ONA’s regular business hours.
If your organization presents 15 or more CE activities every 3 years, you may be eligible to become an Approved Provider Unit. An approved provider unit has the authority to plan, implement, and evaluate its own continuing education activities during the three-year period of provider unit approval.
Who Can Be A Provider Unit?
In order to be eligible, your organization must:
- Have a clearly defined unit or department administratively and operationally responsible for continuing nursing education.
- Have Nurse Planner(s) who meet(s) qualifications of:
- Minimum of BSN
- Have an active RN license
- Knowledge of adult learning, ANCC Accreditation criteria, and OBN rules.
- Have been functioning for at least six months, using accreditation criteria and Ohio Board of Nursing rules.
- During that time, at least three separate activities must have been planned, approved by ONA, implemented, and evaluated with direct involvement of a qualified nurse planner. Each activity must be at least 60 minutes in length. Jointly provided activities are not acceptable.
- Target Audience:
- If your provider unit is based in Ohio, more than 50% of your target audience is nurses within the states of Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Kentucky, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin.
- If your provider unit is based outside of Ohio, more than 50% of your target audience is nurses within the geographic range of your provider unit. Check www.hhs.gov/about/regionmap.html for the identification of your region plus the states contiguous to your region.
- Not be a commercial entity that produces, markets, re-sells or distributes a product used on or by patients.
See the list of ONA Approver Units.
Intent to Apply or Re-apply as a Provider Unit
Please use this form to indicate your intent to apply (or re-apply) as a provider unit for continuing nursing education through the Ohio Nurses Association. This will enable us to verify your eligibility. Once you receive confirmation that you are eligible to apply as a provider unit, you may submit your provider application.
2015 Provider Manual
Forms for all Provider Units
The Indiana State Nurses Association has designated ONA as the official approver of CNE Providers and activities for Indiana. ANA-Illinois has designated ONA as the official approver of CNE Providers and activities for Illinois.