LPN/LVN Refresher

The LPN Refresher course helps a LPN/LVN, whose license has been inactive or expired for more than two years or who has not practiced nursing for a two-year period, get their license renewed as required by the Colorado State Board of Nursing.

The Central Colorado AHEC Refresher course is an online "anytime, anywhere" program where the student directs and controls their own learning environment. The program can be accessed from any computer with internet access. The course is sponsored and managed by the Colorado Center for Nursing Excellence and the Central Colorado AHEC.

This program is approved by the Colorado State Board of Nursing

Course Overview

You will have 12 months from when you received your logins to finish the didactic part of the course.

Online Programs Used:

  • Moodle: The course is designed using case-based learning where actual case scenarios are used to develop critical thinking in the learner. There are four theoretical modules that can be accessed online (you will be provided login information and instructions).
  • Evolve: The Evolve Website will be used as a tool to teach various scenarios. These include critical thinking exercises in adult health (all systems), med-surg problems, procedures and treatment, mathematical practice, acid-base and electrolytes, infection control and wound care, and psychiatric fundamentals, procedures, disorders, and treatment.

Each module has assigned readings, case studies and self-testing. The student is expected to read the assignments, review the web links, and complete the self-tests.

Once you have completed the course requirements you will then be eligible to take the open book final exam at your local AHEC or a testing center near you. You are required to have an 80% passing grade for the final exam to continue on to the clinical portion. You may take the final exam only once. If you should not pass, you would need to retake the course at half tuition before taking the final again.

  • Module One - Current Concepts in Nursing Theory
  • Module Two - Therapeutic Advances
  • Module Three - Systems Review and Current Trends
  • Module Four - Contemporary Issues

Before the Course

Complete the following:


Purchase Textbook

Foundations and Adult Health Nursing 8th Edition - (ISBN: 978-0-323-48437-4) - Estimated Cost $123.00 (25% off with discount code 70548)


Register for Course

Cost: $1495.00

Pay online via credit card or select 'Pay by check' or select 'Other' and we'll contact you.

Once we receive your registration and payment, we will be in contact via phone and email. Instructions on how to get started will be sent to you by the course manager, including login information for the course.

Pay online via credit card or select 'Pay by check' or select 'Other' and we'll contact you.


Need Financial Aid?

Please check with your local county workforce to see if you qualify for Financial Assistance.

After the Exam

After passing the exam, you will need to complete the following:


Colorado State Board of Nursing Fingerprint Background Check

Price determined by fingerprinting agency.


CCAHEC Drug Screen and Background Check

Drug Screen Cost: $120.00

Background Check Cost: $40.00 minimum (varies based on student information)


Required Documents/Information

For your security, do not send these items via regular email. Please contact us to have them delivered securely.

Copy of previous license

Proof of professional liability insurance

Proof of current BLS

Proof of current immunizations:

  • Hepatitis B
  • MMR
  • T-DAP
  • Chicken Pox or Titer
  • Flu Vaccine
  • Polio if required by clinical site

Proof of current TB test

Clinical Practicum

Module Five is 80-120 hour (depending on how long you have been out of nursing) clinical practicum, skills training and hospital required training utilizing "self-assessment" and "competency" tools under the direct supervision of an RN preceptor. The clinical experience is individualized for the student based on their background, education and planned work environment. The experience is a contract between the student, healthcare facility and assigned preceptor.

  • 2-5 years expired/inactive - Contact Hours: 120 Theory and 80 Clinical*
  • 5-10 years expired/inactive - Contact Hours: 120 Theory and 120 Clinical*
  • 10 or more years expired/inactive - Contact Hours: 120 Theory and 120 Clinical*

*The State Board of Nursing may require additional hours as determined by the Board on a case-by-case basis.