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Appropriate Subject Matter

Coursework used to renew a nursing license must qualify as appropriate subject matter for continuing education. Nurses should take coursework that applies to one's practice area. Appropriate subject matter definition covers all courses, including academic courses, courses form approved providers, courses granted special approval, and any courses used for license renewal. (Refer to What Qualifies)

The following excerpt from the Iowa Administrative Code 655--Chapter 5, Continuing Education, defines appropriate subject matter:

5.3(4)a. Criteria related to appropriate subject matter. Appropriate subject matter for continuing education credits reflects the educational needs of the nurse learner and the health needs of the consumer. Subject matter is limited to offerings that are scientifically founded and predominantly for professional growth. The following areas are deemed appropriate subject matter for continuing education credit:

(1) Nursing practice related to health care of patients/clients/families in any setting.

(2) Professional growth and development related to nursing practice roles and designed to enhance the delivery of patient care and health service.

(3) Sciences upon which nursing practice, nursing education, or nursing research is based, e.g., nursing theories and biological, physical, behavioral, computer, social, or basic sciences.

(4) Social, economic, ethical and legal aspects of health care.

(5) Management or administration of health care, health care personnel, or health care facilities.

(6) Education of patients, or their significant others, students, or personnel in the health care field.

Updated 11/9/2022