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learn about: certification, licensing and continuing education requirements

  • Certification, licensing and continuing education are complex and vital topics for healthcare professionals.

    Each of the following careers has individual requirements for certifications, licensing and continuing education.

    To learn more about certification and licensing or continuing education, click here.

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  • Defining The Difference Between A Job And A Profession

    The word "profession" is sometimes used as a synonym for "occupation" or "job." A "professional" is sometimes defined simply as a person who gets paid for doing a task, unlike an amateur or a volunteer.

    In fact, there's much more to being a professional. According to a definition proposed in the journal Teaching and Learning in Medicine, a profession is "based upon the mastery of a complex body of knowledge and skills." That knowledge is "used in the service of others."

    In the most literal sense, to be a "professional" means professing a commitment to a code of ethics and a standard of practice. In exchange for that commitment, professionals are licensed or certified to do work that others are not allowed to do.

    A professional association performs a vital role in defining knowledge, standards and ethics for the profession. In most cases, the association is a primary source for the training that members of the profession need to serve society. The association serves as an advocate for beneficial legislation and regulation to protect both its members and the people they serve.

    In short, a profession needs a professional association. And professional associations need the support and participation of their members.
  • Find your career, find your requirements.
    [+] nurses

    what they do
    Nursing is one of the healthcare professions that consistently has the greatest number of job openings in Minnesota and across the country. In fact, registered nurses (RNs) — who need a bachelor's degree, associate degree or diploma from an approved nursing program — represent the largest healthcare profession. RNs treat, educate and provide support for patients and their families. They record patients' medical histories and symptoms, help perform diagnostic tests and analyze results, and administer medication. Licensed practical nurses (LPNs), who typically provide more basic bedside care, must complete a one-year educational program at a vocational or technical school or community college.
    Both RNs and LPNs work under physician supervision in many healthcare settings, with a majority of nursing jobs in hospitals. In Minnesota, there are Minnesota Board of Nursing licensing and CE requirements for both LPNs and RNs. The American Nurses Association (ANA) is the relevant professional association.

    educational requirements what's this?
    CE requirement for license renewal in Minnesota: RNs: 24 contact hours every two years. LPNs: 12 contact hours every two years.
    For nurses, 50 minutes equals one contact hour, and each additional five minutes is one-tenth of a contact hour. An academic course can be converted to contact hours, with one semester credit equivalent to 15 contact hours and one quarter credit equivalent to 10 contact hours. Nurses may also obtain a current nursing specialty certificate to complete their CE requirements.
    Minnesota Board of Nursing contact and online information: 612-617-2270; www.state.mn.us (CE information is under "Licensure.")
    ANA online information: nursingworld.org/ce/cehome.cfm

    local professional associations what's this?
    Minnesota Nurses Association (MNA)
    Phone: 651-414-2800, 800-536-4662
    Address: 1625 Energy Park Drive #200, St. Paul, MN 55108
    Website:
    Minnesota Association of Nurse Anesthetists (MANA)
    Phone: (952) 897-9093
    Address: 7200 France Ave., Ste. 228, Edina, MN 55435
    Website:
    Minnesota Association of Occupational Health Nurses, Inc. (MAOHN)
    Website:
    Minnesota Licensed Practical Nurses Association/AFSCME
    Website:
    School Nurse Organization of Minnesota (SNOM)
    Website: | Email
  • [+] laboratory technicians

    what they do
    Nursing is one of the healthcare professions that consistently has the greatest number of job openings in Minnesota and across the country. In fact, registered nurses (RNs) — who need a bachelor's degree, associate degree or diploma from an approved nursing program — represent the largest healthcare profession. RNs treat, educate and provide support for patients and their families. They record patients' medical histories and symptoms, help perform diagnostic tests and analyze results, and administer medication. Licensed practical nurses (LPNs), who typically provide more basic bedside care, must complete a one-year educational program at a vocational or technical school or community college.
    Both RNs and LPNs work under physician supervision in many healthcare settings, with a majority of nursing jobs in hospitals. In Minnesota, there are Minnesota Board of Nursing licensing and CE requirements for both LPNs and RNs. The American Nurses Association (ANA) is the relevant professional association.

    educational requirements what's this?
    CE requirement for license renewal in Minnesota: RNs: 24 contact hours every two years. LPNs: 12 contact hours every two years.
    For nurses, 50 minutes equals one contact hour, and each additional five minutes is one-tenth of a contact hour. An academic course can be converted to contact hours, with one semester credit equivalent to 15 contact hours and one quarter credit equivalent to 10 contact hours. Nurses may also obtain a current nursing specialty certificate to complete their CE requirements.
    Minnesota Board of Nursing contact and online information: 612-617-2270; www.state.mn.us (CE information is under "Licensure.")
    ANA online information: nursingworld.org/ce/cehome.cfm

    local professional associations what's this?
    Minnesota Nurses Association (MNA)
    Phone: 651-414-2800, 800-536-4662
    Address: 1625 Energy Park Drive #200, St. Paul, MN 55108
    Website:
    Minnesota Association of Nurse Anesthetists (MANA)
    Phone: (952) 897-9093
    Address: 7200 France Ave., Ste. 228, Edina, MN 55435
    Website:
    Minnesota Association of Occupational Health Nurses, Inc. (MAOHN)
    Website:
    Minnesota Licensed Practical Nurses Association/AFSCME
    Website:
    School Nurse Organization of Minnesota (SNOM)
    Website: | Email
  • [+] occupational therapists

    what they do
    Nursing is one of the healthcare professions that consistently has the greatest number of job openings in Minnesota and across the country. In fact, registered nurses (RNs) — who need a bachelor's degree, associate degree or diploma from an approved nursing program — represent the largest healthcare profession. RNs treat, educate and provide support for patients and their families. They record patients' medical histories and symptoms, help perform diagnostic tests and analyze results, and administer medication. Licensed practical nurses (LPNs), who typically provide more basic bedside care, must complete a one-year educational program at a vocational or technical school or community college.
    Both RNs and LPNs work under physician supervision in many healthcare settings, with a majority of nursing jobs in hospitals. In Minnesota, there are Minnesota Board of Nursing licensing and CE requirements for both LPNs and RNs. The American Nurses Association (ANA) is the relevant professional association.

    educational requirements what's this?
    CE requirement for license renewal in Minnesota: RNs: 24 contact hours every two years. LPNs: 12 contact hours every two years.
    For nurses, 50 minutes equals one contact hour, and each additional five minutes is one-tenth of a contact hour. An academic course can be converted to contact hours, with one semester credit equivalent to 15 contact hours and one quarter credit equivalent to 10 contact hours. Nurses may also obtain a current nursing specialty certificate to complete their CE requirements.
    Minnesota Board of Nursing contact and online information: 612-617-2270; www.state.mn.us (CE information is under "Licensure.")
    ANA online information: nursingworld.org/ce/cehome.cfm

    local professional associations what's this?
    Minnesota Nurses Association (MNA)
    Phone: 651-414-2800, 800-536-4662
    Address: 1625 Energy Park Drive #200, St. Paul, MN 55108
    Website:
    Minnesota Association of Nurse Anesthetists (MANA)
    Phone: (952) 897-9093
    Address: 7200 France Ave., Ste. 228, Edina, MN 55435
    Website:
    Minnesota Association of Occupational Health Nurses, Inc. (MAOHN)
    Website:
    Minnesota Licensed Practical Nurses Association/AFSCME
    Website:
    School Nurse Organization of Minnesota (SNOM)
    Website: | Email
  • [+] physical therapists

    what they do
    Nursing is one of the healthcare professions that consistently has the greatest number of job openings in Minnesota and across the country. In fact, registered nurses (RNs) — who need a bachelor's degree, associate degree or diploma from an approved nursing program — represent the largest healthcare profession. RNs treat, educate and provide support for patients and their families. They record patients' medical histories and symptoms, help perform diagnostic tests and analyze results, and administer medication. Licensed practical nurses (LPNs), who typically provide more basic bedside care, must complete a one-year educational program at a vocational or technical school or community college.
    Both RNs and LPNs work under physician supervision in many healthcare settings, with a majority of nursing jobs in hospitals. In Minnesota, there are Minnesota Board of Nursing licensing and CE requirements for both LPNs and RNs. The American Nurses Association (ANA) is the relevant professional association.

    educational requirements what's this?
    CE requirement for license renewal in Minnesota: RNs: 24 contact hours every two years. LPNs: 12 contact hours every two years.
    For nurses, 50 minutes equals one contact hour, and each additional five minutes is one-tenth of a contact hour. An academic course can be converted to contact hours, with one semester credit equivalent to 15 contact hours and one quarter credit equivalent to 10 contact hours. Nurses may also obtain a current nursing specialty certificate to complete their CE requirements.
    Minnesota Board of Nursing contact and online information: 612-617-2270; www.state.mn.us (CE information is under "Licensure.")
    ANA online information: nursingworld.org/ce/cehome.cfm

    local professional associations what's this?
    Minnesota Nurses Association (MNA)
    Phone: 651-414-2800, 800-536-4662
    Address: 1625 Energy Park Drive #200, St. Paul, MN 55108
    Website:
    Minnesota Association of Nurse Anesthetists (MANA)
    Phone: (952) 897-9093
    Address: 7200 France Ave., Ste. 228, Edina, MN 55435
    Website:
    Minnesota Association of Occupational Health Nurses, Inc. (MAOHN)
    Website:
    Minnesota Licensed Practical Nurses Association/AFSCME
    Website:
    School Nurse Organization of Minnesota (SNOM)
    Website: | Email
  • [+] physicians assistants

    what they do
    Nursing is one of the healthcare professions that consistently has the greatest number of job openings in Minnesota and across the country. In fact, registered nurses (RNs) — who need a bachelor's degree, associate degree or diploma from an approved nursing program — represent the largest healthcare profession. RNs treat, educate and provide support for patients and their families. They record patients' medical histories and symptoms, help perform diagnostic tests and analyze results, and administer medication. Licensed practical nurses (LPNs), who typically provide more basic bedside care, must complete a one-year educational program at a vocational or technical school or community college.
    Both RNs and LPNs work under physician supervision in many healthcare settings, with a majority of nursing jobs in hospitals. In Minnesota, there are Minnesota Board of Nursing licensing and CE requirements for both LPNs and RNs. The American Nurses Association (ANA) is the relevant professional association.

    educational requirements what's this?
    CE requirement for license renewal in Minnesota: RNs: 24 contact hours every two years. LPNs: 12 contact hours every two years.
    For nurses, 50 minutes equals one contact hour, and each additional five minutes is one-tenth of a contact hour. An academic course can be converted to contact hours, with one semester credit equivalent to 15 contact hours and one quarter credit equivalent to 10 contact hours. Nurses may also obtain a current nursing specialty certificate to complete their CE requirements.
    Minnesota Board of Nursing contact and online information: 612-617-2270; www.state.mn.us (CE information is under "Licensure.")
    ANA online information: nursingworld.org/ce/cehome.cfm

    local professional associations what's this?
    Minnesota Nurses Association (MNA)
    Phone: 651-414-2800, 800-536-4662
    Address: 1625 Energy Park Drive #200, St. Paul, MN 55108
    Website:
    Minnesota Association of Nurse Anesthetists (MANA)
    Phone: (952) 897-9093
    Address: 7200 France Ave., Ste. 228, Edina, MN 55435
    Website:
    Minnesota Association of Occupational Health Nurses, Inc. (MAOHN)
    Website:
    Minnesota Licensed Practical Nurses Association/AFSCME
    Website:
    School Nurse Organization of Minnesota (SNOM)
    Website: | Email
  • [+] radiologic technologists

    what they do
    Nursing is one of the healthcare professions that consistently has the greatest number of job openings in Minnesota and across the country. In fact, registered nurses (RNs) — who need a bachelor's degree, associate degree or diploma from an approved nursing program — represent the largest healthcare profession. RNs treat, educate and provide support for patients and their families. They record patients' medical histories and symptoms, help perform diagnostic tests and analyze results, and administer medication. Licensed practical nurses (LPNs), who typically provide more basic bedside care, must complete a one-year educational program at a vocational or technical school or community college.
    Both RNs and LPNs work under physician supervision in many healthcare settings, with a majority of nursing jobs in hospitals. In Minnesota, there are Minnesota Board of Nursing licensing and CE requirements for both LPNs and RNs. The American Nurses Association (ANA) is the relevant professional association.

    educational requirements what's this?
    CE requirement for license renewal in Minnesota: RNs: 24 contact hours every two years. LPNs: 12 contact hours every two years.
    For nurses, 50 minutes equals one contact hour, and each additional five minutes is one-tenth of a contact hour. An academic course can be converted to contact hours, with one semester credit equivalent to 15 contact hours and one quarter credit equivalent to 10 contact hours. Nurses may also obtain a current nursing specialty certificate to complete their CE requirements.
    Minnesota Board of Nursing contact and online information: 612-617-2270; www.state.mn.us (CE information is under "Licensure.")
    ANA online information: nursingworld.org/ce/cehome.cfm

    local professional associations what's this?
    Minnesota Nurses Association (MNA)
    Phone: 651-414-2800, 800-536-4662
    Address: 1625 Energy Park Drive #200, St. Paul, MN 55108
    Website:
    Minnesota Association of Nurse Anesthetists (MANA)
    Phone: (952) 897-9093
    Address: 7200 France Ave., Ste. 228, Edina, MN 55435
    Website:
    Minnesota Association of Occupational Health Nurses, Inc. (MAOHN)
    Website:
    Minnesota Licensed Practical Nurses Association/AFSCME
    Website:
    School Nurse Organization of Minnesota (SNOM)
    Website: | Email
  • [+] respiratory therapists

    what they do
    Nursing is one of the healthcare professions that consistently has the greatest number of job openings in Minnesota and across the country. In fact, registered nurses (RNs) — who need a bachelor's degree, associate degree or diploma from an approved nursing program — represent the largest healthcare profession. RNs treat, educate and provide support for patients and their families. They record patients' medical histories and symptoms, help perform diagnostic tests and analyze results, and administer medication. Licensed practical nurses (LPNs), who typically provide more basic bedside care, must complete a one-year educational program at a vocational or technical school or community college.
    Both RNs and LPNs work under physician supervision in many healthcare settings, with a majority of nursing jobs in hospitals. In Minnesota, there are Minnesota Board of Nursing licensing and CE requirements for both LPNs and RNs. The American Nurses Association (ANA) is the relevant professional association.

    educational requirements what's this?
    CE requirement for license renewal in Minnesota: RNs: 24 contact hours every two years. LPNs: 12 contact hours every two years.
    For nurses, 50 minutes equals one contact hour, and each additional five minutes is one-tenth of a contact hour. An academic course can be converted to contact hours, with one semester credit equivalent to 15 contact hours and one quarter credit equivalent to 10 contact hours. Nurses may also obtain a current nursing specialty certificate to complete their CE requirements.
    Minnesota Board of Nursing contact and online information: 612-617-2270; www.state.mn.us (CE information is under "Licensure.")
    ANA online information: nursingworld.org/ce/cehome.cfm

    local professional associations what's this?
    Minnesota Nurses Association (MNA)
    Phone: 651-414-2800, 800-536-4662
    Address: 1625 Energy Park Drive #200, St. Paul, MN 55108
    Website:
    Minnesota Association of Nurse Anesthetists (MANA)
    Phone: (952) 897-9093
    Address: 7200 France Ave., Ste. 228, Edina, MN 55435
    Website:
    Minnesota Association of Occupational Health Nurses, Inc. (MAOHN)
    Website:
    Minnesota Licensed Practical Nurses Association/AFSCME
    Website:
    School Nurse Organization of Minnesota (SNOM)
    Website: | Email
  • [+] speech language pathologists (speech therapy)

    what they do
    Nursing is one of the healthcare professions that consistently has the greatest number of job openings in Minnesota and across the country. In fact, registered nurses (RNs) — who need a bachelor's degree, associate degree or diploma from an approved nursing program — represent the largest healthcare profession. RNs treat, educate and provide support for patients and their families. They record patients' medical histories and symptoms, help perform diagnostic tests and analyze results, and administer medication. Licensed practical nurses (LPNs), who typically provide more basic bedside care, must complete a one-year educational program at a vocational or technical school or community college.
    Both RNs and LPNs work under physician supervision in many healthcare settings, with a majority of nursing jobs in hospitals. In Minnesota, there are Minnesota Board of Nursing licensing and CE requirements for both LPNs and RNs. The American Nurses Association (ANA) is the relevant professional association.

    educational requirements what's this?
    CE requirement for license renewal in Minnesota: RNs: 24 contact hours every two years. LPNs: 12 contact hours every two years.
    For nurses, 50 minutes equals one contact hour, and each additional five minutes is one-tenth of a contact hour. An academic course can be converted to contact hours, with one semester credit equivalent to 15 contact hours and one quarter credit equivalent to 10 contact hours. Nurses may also obtain a current nursing specialty certificate to complete their CE requirements.
    Minnesota Board of Nursing contact and online information: 612-617-2270; www.state.mn.us (CE information is under "Licensure.")
    ANA online information: nursingworld.org/ce/cehome.cfm

    local professional associations what's this?
    Minnesota Nurses Association (MNA)
    Phone: 651-414-2800, 800-536-4662
    Address: 1625 Energy Park Drive #200, St. Paul, MN 55108
    Website:
    Minnesota Association of Nurse Anesthetists (MANA)
    Phone: (952) 897-9093
    Address: 7200 France Ave., Ste. 228, Edina, MN 55435
    Website:
    Minnesota Association of Occupational Health Nurses, Inc. (MAOHN)
    Website:
    Minnesota Licensed Practical Nurses Association/AFSCME
    Website:
    School Nurse Organization of Minnesota (SNOM)
    Website: | Email

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