San Marcos Healthcare
Learning Center



Direction on how to know your Scope of Practice
go to the board's homepage: www.bvnpt.ca.gov
Look under the column that says “FOR CONSUMERS”
Click on “Laws & Regulations”
Click on “Vocational Nursing -- Title 16, California Code of Regulations or Psychiatric Technician -- Title 16, California Code of Regulations”
For LVN’s it is on page 26. For PT’s it is on page 19.
To know what your CEU Requirements, go to the homepage:
www.bvnpt.ca.gov
Look under the column that says “FOR CONSUMERS”
Click on “Laws & Regulations”
Click on “Vocational Nursing -- Title 16, California Code of Regulations or Psychiatric Technician -- Title 16, California Code of Regulations”
For LVN’s it is on page 43-45. For PT’s it is on page 37-39.

CE Renewal Requirements - How many hours of continuing education (CE) must I have to renew my license? Licensees must complete 30 contact hours of Continuing Education every two years in order to renew their license with an active status.

The 30 hour CE requirement does not apply to the first license renewal following the initial issuance of a license. However, if the license has been delinquent for more than one complete renewal cycle (i.e., more than 24 months) then CE is required.

Licensees are required by law to retain the original copies of their CE Certificates for a period of 4 years and if audited, they must furnish the Board copies of all relevant documents.

Article 7. Continuing Education (LVN)(PT)
2540.1. Hour Requirements. (a) Each licensee renewing a license under Section 2892 of the ode shall submit proof of having completed, during the preceding two years, thirty (30) hours of continuing education acceptable to the Board. (b) This section shall not apply to the first license renewal following the initial issuance of a license.
2540.2. Continuing Education Courses. (a) The Board will accept each hour of theory or course-related clinical experience as one (1) hour of continuing education. (b) Continuing education courses approved by nursing licensing agencies of this or of other states, or nursing organizations of this or other states, or courses considered comparable by the Board will be accepted. (c) Courses which are prerequisite to or part of a registered nursing program, or college/university courses related to the licensed vocational nurse scope of practice will be accepted.
2540.5. Course Completion Certificates and Reporting. (a) At the completion of the course the provider shall issue a certificate to each licensee. (b) The licensee shall record on the license renewal form the date each course was completed, provider/course number, course title, and total hours of the course. (c) Licensees are required to maintain a record of continuing education courses taken during the last four (4) years.

To know what your CEU Requirements, by using college courses, go to the homepage:
www.bvnpt.ca.gov
Look for these words on the left hand side “QUICK HITS”
Click on “Frequently Asked Questions” below the word “QUICK HITS”
Scroll down until you come to the word, “Education”
You will see…. 1. Audit and 2. CE Renewal Requirements 
Below that you will see classes that the board accepts and don’t accept.
REMEMBER: The classes must be completed before you turn in your renewal. You must get a, “A, B, or a C” grade. Two units will be sufficient. We give you 18 CE hours for one completed unit. You need 30 CE hours to satisfy the board’s requirements. 

The following courses are acceptable for continuing education:
Courses which are prerequisite to or part of a registered nursing program can be used. Such courses include but are not limited to the following:
Anatomy & Physiology / Art Therapy / Basic Interviewing Skills & Patient Education / Basic Mathematics, including algebra, geometry & statistics / Chemistry / Communication / Cultural Anthropology / English- analysis and composition / Ethics / Foreign Languages / Government- Legislative Process- Health Care Policy / Health Care Administration / Health Care Marketing / Human Genetics / Human Sexuality / Medical Terminology / Microbiology / Music Therapy / Normal Growth & Development / Nursing Sciences, including psychiatric nursing / Nutrition / Pharmacology / Philosophy / Physical Education / Physics / Psychology / Religious Studies / Sociology / Speech- public speaking / Supervision & Leadership
Examples for using CEU’s and annotating it on your renewal form:
Completion Date Provider NO. Course Name Contact Hours
10-28-2011 CEP 1234 Wound Care 30

Examples for using College courses as CEU’s and annotating it on your renewal form:
Completion Date Provider NO. Course Name Contact Hours
10-28-2011 Sac City College Chemistry 2 Units


To seek out a CEU Provider:
www.bvnpt.ca.gov
Look at the upper tab that says “Education”
Click on “Provider List”
Below the IV/BW links; you will see CEU provider links for LVN and PT’s
Click on the provider link that pertains to you

To find an IV/BW and CE provider, go to the homepage:
www.bvnpt.ca.gov
Look at the upper tab that says “EDUCATION”
Click on “Provider List”
You will see links to the IV/BW providers and you will see the CE providers below.
Upon completion of the course:
The course provider sends in the certificate to the Board
It takes about 6-9 weeks to post to licensee’s file
Certification will be seen onlin and it will be on their license card by their next renewal
Certificates come from the course provider
A non-licensee can take the course, discretion is up to the course provider to say yes or no
If the provider allows a non-licensee to take course; course provider is not allowed to give non-licensee a copy of certificate until the new licensee shows the course provider a copy of their new card. The course provider can give a receipt, showing that they took the course. 
A licensed vocational nurse must be certified by the Board to perform intravenous therapy or blood withdrawal. 
A licensed psychiatric technician can only be certified in blood withdrawal (NOT Intravenous Therapy). A PT must be certified by the Board to perform blood withdrawal.
If a licensee is certified by the Board, the certification should show on the license card and the board’s website under the licensee’s name.

To find your certification online:
www.bvnpt.ca.gov
Look under “FOR CONSUMERS”
Click on “ONLINE LICENSE VERIFICATION”
Click on “ VN or PT”
Type in your license number or your name
Click on “Find”