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Earning your CNE credits can be a challenge for nurses, especially for travel nurses on the road. The good news is that today you can earn your CNE credits online from just about anywhere — in a café, a hotel room, or the comfort of your own home. Here are our recommendations for the top sites for continuing nurse education.

Where to get your CNEs online

When choosing where to get your CNEs, the best source may vary based on your individual needs and interests. For example, if you want to go in-depth and spend four to 10 hours on a topic, you may want to check out a paid subscription. On the other hand, if you enjoy taking several one-hour courses on numerous topics, then many of the free options may make sense for you. And, if you’re not sure about your specific state’s requirements — or if your state requires very specific topics or courses — then it might make sense to choose a subscription for a site that offers state-focused CNEs.

List of Best CNE sites (in alphabetical order)

Abbott Nutrition Health Institute Courses

This nonprofit provides free continuing education through online courses on nutrition specifically, including special topics for after-surgery or specific conditions. Most of these courses offer 1 hour of CE credit. Learn more…

American Association of Critical-Care Nurses

Right now, and for a limited time, you can take free CE classes online from the AACN. Most of the free courses reward 1 hour of CE. But the AACN also has hundreds of CEs available to members that are one hour or several hours in duration. All courses relate to critical care, such as post-surgery care, sepsis and the biome, ICU delirium — and hundreds more. The site is mobile friendly with a quiz after each course and the ability to record and store CE credit letters until you’re ready to submit them. Learn more…

American Nurses Association

Browse among more than 170 continuing education classes with various credit hours for nurses of all specialties. Association members receive free as well as discounted classes, as well as access to conferences or webinars and a streamlined certificate renewal process. Some of the courses through the ANA are very affordable even for non-members too. Learn more…

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The site offers over 200 peer-reviewed CE courses searchable by topic. Subscribers get unlimited CEUs for $39 per year. Some courses are free. All the courses are easy to take on a smartphone or tablet. Store your credits on the site until you’re ready to submit proof. Learn more…

The Institute for Johns Hopkins Nursing Courses

Johns Hopkins offers online courses on many health conditions, and most of the shorter courses are free. It also provides a few longer 15- to 17-hour courses. Learn more…


PRIME, an award-winning CME/CE provider, provides the courses and admin of CE for MedPage Today. Choose from numerous courses that go in-depth into new findings for health conditions, such as “Integrating the Latest Evidence on CAR T-Cell Therapy for Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma” and “Navigating the Evolving Psoriatic Arthritis Treatment Landscape: New Evidence and Opportunities.” Courses are free once you register. The site also makes it easy to track and submit CE credits. Learn more…


Nurses get free access to continuing nursing credits and development courses of up to 1 CE credit, as well as the latest research, medical reports, and career information. CE classes are easy to search by topic. Learn more…

National Nurses United

CE courses are free to National Nurses United members. Classes are only offered to direct-care and staff RNs. The organization offers a variety of online offerings across numerous topics. Learn more…


Take free education courses that offer 1 or 1.5 hours of credit. You can take an unlimited number of courses. Courses run the gamut from meditation and nurse retention to courses like pre- and post-care for cardiac procedures. For $49.95, the site also lets nurses go to the state requirements page and see courses that meet a state’s CE requirements and makes it easy to take qualifying courses for your state and submit proof. Learn more…

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Choose from more than 650 continuing education classes, organized by the state nurses are licensed in, with instant CE certificates. Nurses who sign up for the unlimited CE program at $49.95 receive free state-required courses and 50 percent off courses longer than 1.5 contact hours. Nurse.org also includes several free classes, including time management, emotional IQ, leadership, and more. Nurse.org reports credit hours for you. Learn more…

Nursing CE Central

This site includes all courses for each state organized by state. Take CE courses for $39.99. Courses are mobile-friendly, don’t include tests, and make saving and recording credits easy. In addition, they email the completion certificate for you to send in with your license renewal. Learn more…


This site offers unlimited CEU courses for an annual fee of $19.95. Includes hundreds of courses with topics like preparing for PTSD, medical errors, pain management, and many more. Learn more…

Western Schools

Organized by state, Western Schools offers specific courses that allow nurses to keep their certifications up to date, along with the state’s specific CE requirements and a link to the state’s board of nursing. The cost is $124 per year. Courses are mobile-friendly. Learn more…

Continuous learning

There are a lot of great CNE sites, which can make the decision challenging. Browse a few that most appeal to you and then get started. Now more than ever, there are excellent CE courses available online that you can take from anywhere whenever works best for you.

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Last updated Feb. 10, 2022

About the author

Kari Redfield

Kari Redfield is a professional content marketing writer. She also is a novelist and writes for newsstand magazines and has had work appear in publications such as Arizona Highways, Sedona Magazine, and American Fitness. And like the travel nurses profiled in these stories, she loves the flexibility and new experiences that her unique job provides, and loves to travel. She has been known to spend weeks in the U.S. West in her Aliner, checking out classic trad rock climbs, epic mountain bike rides, and other adventures while writing from the road.


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