Continuing Education

APNA holds two national conferences each year, the CPI Conference in June (with CPI West in March) and the Annual Conference in October. The association also makes available as many continuing education opportunities as possible. 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

New for 2020: Terminology update information.


APNA Clinical Psychopharmacology Institute West
March 14-15, 2020
Hilton San Diego Mission Valley
San Diego, California

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APNA 18th Annual Clinical Psychopharmacology Institute
June 11-14, 2020
Hyatt Regency Reston
Reston, Virginia

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APNA 34th Annual Conference
September 30 - October 3, 2020
Disney's Coronado Springs Resort
Lake Buena Vista, FL


Online CE: APNA eLearning Center 
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Annual Conference Archives
Sessions from Annual Conferences
Slides synced with audio; podcasts
Contact hours range from 0.5 - 2.00 contact hours

Archived sessions from recent APNA Clinical Psychopharmacology Institutes (CPI) and Annual Conferences. Slides synced with audio, podcasts; 0.75 - 2.75 contact hours each - pharmacology credits

Special Skills for Psychiatric Nurses
On-Demand sessions
Podcasts; self-paced
0.5 - 1.0 contact hours each

APNA Transitions in Practice Certificate Program
Online program which delivers the foundational psychiatric mental health knowledge that RNs need as they transition into mental health practice settings.

Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) Waiver Training
Two free webinars which together meet the 24 hours of required education to apply to obtain a DEA waiver to prescribe MAT for opioid use disorders.
8 & 16 contact hours

APNA Webinars: Effective Treatments for Opioid Use Disorders
3 free webinars to educate and empower nurses during the opioid epidemic.
1.25 - 3.5 contact hours each

Understanding the Brain-Behavior Connection
A Certificate Program to assist RNs and APRNs in gaining an understanding of the biological basis for behavior.
5.0 contact hours

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Continuing Education Live Trainings:

APNA Recovery to Practice Program
Interactive 6-module course appropriate for professionals looking to integrate recovery-oriented practices in to the care they provide.

APNA Competency-Based Training for Suicide Prevention

An interactive training, presented by a facilitator with expertise in suicide prevention, which increases confidence and competence in the nursing skills of suicide assessment, management and prevention.

Other Educational Opportunities




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


Annual Conference

Clinical Psychopharmacology Institute

Free CE

MAT Waiver Training

Opioid Use Disorders

ATP Certificate Program

Understanding the Brain-Behavior Connection Certificate Program

Suicide Prevention Training

Recovery to Practice

Psychopharmacology: Autism Spectrum Disorders