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Kathleen R. Weinberg, MSN, RN, Executive Director

Audits of Continuing Education

The Iowa Board of Nursing conducts the following types of continuing education audits:

  • Random audit: A specific number of licensees are randomly selected for audit each month. The purpose of this audit is to determine whether the licensee meets the continuing education requirement. When renewing online, you may receive notification that you have been selected for an audit at the end of the renewal process.
  • Late renewal audit: Any licensee who renews within the 30 days after the license has expired will automatically be audited. Online late renewal will prompt a notification that you must submit continuing education certificates to complete the renewal process. 
  • Re-audit: Credit obtained during the 30 days after the license has expired or the licensee submits make-up credit, the licensee may be scheduled for re-audit before the next renewal. The purpose of this audit is to ensure that credit obtained during those 30 days or make-up credit, is not used a second time. 
  • Audits include documentation of completion of the Mandatory Child and/or Dependent Adult Abuse Course. 

If audited, to renew your license you must submit documentation of completion of the continuing education. The administrative rules require:

  • Copies of completion certificates to document continuing education offerings. A continuing education transcript is not acceptable for credit awarded by contact hours.
  • A copy of the academic transcript to document formal offerings, a grade report is not acceptable for credit. 

Failure to comply with the audit may result in disciplinary action.

​Questions regarding audits: Telephone 515.281.8258 or by Email.

Reference: IAC 655, Chapter 5 - 5.2(10) Access:


Updated 11/09/2022