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Continuing Education

From live conferences to on-demand podcasts, get the education you need to keep your practice current, earn contact hours for your certification, or gain expertise in a specific topic with APNA nursing continuing professional development!

Click on the links below to learn more about each evidence-based program in psychiatric-mental health nursing.

If you are an institution interested in providing access to any of APNA’s continuing education programs to a group of learners, please email


The American Psychiatric Nurses Association is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

APNA National Conferences

Get updates on psychiatric-mental health nursing while connecting with your community at APNA national conferences.

APNA Clinical Psychopharmacology Institute

Planned for Nurses, by Nurses for More than 20 Years
APNA 21st Annual Clinical Psychopharmacology Institute
June 8-11 | Live in person in Reston, VA or virtually!
Earn up to 21.5 ANCC NCPD Contact Hours in Pharmacology
Register by May 15 and save!

APNA Annual Conference

APNA 37th Annual Conference
Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurses: Novel IDEAS Moving Whole Health Forward
October 4-7 | Live in person in Lake Buena Vista, Florida or virtually!
Call for Abstracts is open through March 6

16 Contact Hours available for nurses looking to increase confidence in the behavioral health setting 

The APNA Transitions in Practice (ATP) Certificate Program focuses on best practices and evidence-based nursing knowledge that will optimize success in nursing practice and improve healthcare outcomes for persons with mental health disorders.

“This was an excellent course and provided a breadth of knowledge that increased my confidence and ability to successfully transition into my new position as a psychiatric nurse.”

This course is self-paced with supplemental activities (content handouts, glossary of terms, references, and case examples) as learners progress through the program. Bulk purchase pricing is available for groups of 10+.  Email for information.

“All of the sections were very engaging and provided very practical, useful information that can serve to improve my practice as a mental health nurse and it has certainly built my confidence in returning to the inpatient setting.”

Browse Online Education

Access content like podcasts, online courses, and more to keep your PMH nursing knowledge up-to-date on your schedule.

View all Available Courses in the APNA eLearning Center

APNA PRESIDENT’S ADDRESS: Psychiatric Mental Health Nurses: Activating Our Voices as We Evolve in Our Profession

Contact Hours: 0.75

Addressing Unmet Needs in the Management of Schizophrenia & Bipolar Disorder: New & Emerging Therapeutic Options to Enhance Treatment & Maximize Patient Outcomes

Contact Hours: 0.5 Pharmacology

APNA PRESIDENT’S ADDRESS: Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurses: Revolutionizing Access to Person-Centered Care

Contact Hours: 0.75

Opioid Use Disorder Treatment

Contact Hours: 0.75 Pharmacology

Maximizing Pharmacological Interventions for Treating Tobacco Use Disorders (TUD); Focus on Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT)

Contact Hours: 0.5 Pharmacology

Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurses: Proud Partners on the Journey to Whole Health

Contact Hours: 1

An Interprofessional Approach to Training Students in Treatment of Opioid Use Disorder

Contact Hours: 0.25

The Acute Care Nurse’s Role in Harm Reduction for Persons with Substance Use Disorder (SUD)

Contact Hours: 0.25

Substance Use Disorders and Co-Occurring Disorders: Essential Curricular Thread for Nursing Education

Contact Hours: 0.25

Healthcare Workers and Substance Use Disorder: One Nurse’s Story

Contact Hours: 0.5

Psychiatric Nurses’ Knowledge of Misused and Diverted Medications

Contact Hours: 0.5

APNA PMH Nurse Suicide Prevention Training Renewal Course

Contact Hours: 3.5

Annual Conference Session Archives

Contact Hours: 0.5-2.0
Recordings of PMH Nurse approved sessions from past conferences.

Effective Treatments for Opioid Use Disorder

Contact Hours: 1.5-3.5

Understanding the Brain-Behavior Connection

Contact Hours: 5.0

Medications For Substance Use Disorders Training

Contact Hours: 8.0

APNA Transitions in Practice

Contact Hours: 16.0
Onboard new PMH-RNs or build the skills needed succeed with this online certificate program.

APNA eLearning Center

Browse on-demand sessions on psychiatric-mental health nursing topics across the spectrum of care and start earning contact hours now.


Contact Hours: 0.5-2.0
Cutting edge clinical updates eligible for pharmacology contact hours.

APNA 18th Annual Clinical Psychopharmacology Institute Clinical Practice During COVID-19

Contact Hours: 0.5

Medications for Substance Use Disorders (MSUD) Training

Contact Hours: 8.0


Contact Hours: 0.75 - 2.75

APNA eLearning Center

Earn continuing education contact hours by accessing more than 500 sessions.

Visit the APNA eLearning Center


This video covers the basics of the eLearning Center, including searching for sessions, using bonus points, and more.

Become an APNA member and share your expertise!

  • Bonus Points Program
    A member benefit, bonus points are used in the APNA eLearning Center to “purchase” content.
  • Mentoring Opportunities
    Mentors and mentees can find and connect with each other based upon experience, specialty, location, knowledge area, or even method of communication.
  • Continuing Education Program Reviewers
    Become a Peer Reviewer! Earn contact hours and bonus points by reviewing sessions and handouts, and completing the post test, evaluation and peer reviewing document.
  • Other Educational Opportunities
    APNA provides links to educational opportunities offered by other associations and governmental agencies at its discretion.