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Board of Nursing Websites and Certification Requirements


Alabama
https://www.abn.alabama.gov/
RN in Alabama
Master’s degree or higher in nursing
Certification through a national certifying agency 
• AANP
• ANCC

 

Alaska
https://www.commerce.alaska.gov/web/cbpl/professionallicensing/boardofnursing.aspx
RN in Alaska
Master’s degree or higher in nursing
A minimum of 500 separate, non-duplicated hours of supervised clinical practice;
Certification through a national certifying agency
•  AANP
• ANCC

 

Arizona
https://www.azbn.gov/
RN in Arizona or multi-state license
Master’s degree or higher in nursing
New England Tech is not yet approved to provide an online degree in Arizona.

 

Arkansas
http://www.arsbn.org/
RN license in Arkansas or compact state
Master’s degree or higher in nursing
A minimum of 500 supervised clinical hours in direct clinical practice during the program.
Criminal background check
Certification through a national certifying agency
• AANP
• ANCC

 

California
https://www.rn.ca.gov/
Unencumbered current CA RN license
Master's degree in specialty area
Successful completion of certification exam in specialty area
• AANP
• ANCC

 

Colorado
https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/dora/Nursing
Unencumbered current CO RN license
Master's degree in specialty area
Successful completion of certification exam in specialty area
• AANP
• ANCC

 

Connecticut
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Unencumbered current CT RN license
Master's degree in specialty area
Successful completion of certification exam in specialty area
• AANP
• ANCC

 

Delaware
https://dpr.delaware.gov/boards/nursing/
Hold an active RN license either in Delaware or a compact state
Master’s degree in nursing - graduate from specialty program within last 2 years
To practice as an APRN in Delaware you must have a collaborative agreement only if you have practiced as an APRN less than 2 years or fewer than 4,000 hours. If you are required to have a collaborative agreement, you are not allowed to start practicing as an APRN in Delaware until your APRN license has been issued – form below https://dpr.delaware.gov/boards/nursing/
Certification through a national certifying agency
• AANP
• ANCC

 

District of Columbia
https://dchealth.dc.gov/bon
RN license in DC
Master’s degree or higher in nursing Passport photos
Criminal background check
Certification through a national certifying agency
• AANP
• ANCC

 

Florida
https://floridasnursing.gov/
Unencumbered current FL RN License
Master's degree in specialty area
Successful completion of certification exam
• ANCC
Proof of Malpractice insurance
Electronic Fingerprinting

 

Georgia
https://georgia.gov/popular-topic/nursing-licenses​
Must hold a Georgia state RN license
Master’s degree with transcript showing advanced pharmacology, physical assessment and pathophysiology
Must submit a paper application
Submit proof of US citizenship status (driver’s license or passport)
Certification through a national certifying agency
• ANCC
• AANP

 

Hawaii
http://cca.hawaii.gov/pvl/boards/nursing/
RN license in Hawaii
Master’s degree or higher in nursing Certification through a national certifying agency
• AANP
• ANCC

 

Idaho
https://ibn.idaho.gov/IBNPortal/
RN license in Idaho
Master’s degree or higher in nursing
Certification through a national certifying agency
• AANP
• ANCC

 

Illinois
http://nursing.illinois.gov/
An applicant for licensure as an advanced practice nurse shall file an application on forms provided by the Division. The application shall include: Current Illinois registered professional nurse license number.
Master’s degree
Proof of current national certification from one of the following:
• AANP
• ANCC (CNS)

 

Indiana
https://secure.in.gov/pla/nursing.htm
Current Indiana RN license or compact state license
Successful completion of graduate program – submit transcripts
Certification through a national certifying agency
• ANCC
• AANP

 

Iowa
https://nursing.iowa.gov
RN license in Iowa
Master’s degree or higher in nursing
Certification through a national certifying agency
• AANP
• ANCC

 

Kansas
https://ksbn.kansas.gov/
Hold a current RN license in Kansas Master's degree
Confirmed that 500 hours are needed for each clinical track – per KS BON 11/22/16
Certification through a national certifying agency
• AANP
• ANCC

 

Kentucky
https://kbn.ky.gov/Pages/default.aspx
Current RN license in Kentucky or compact state
Master’s degree
Fingerprint card and national background check
Certification through a national certifying agency
• ANCC
• AANP

 

Louisiana
http://www.lsbn.state.la.us/
Current and valid, unrestricted Louisiana RN license
Master’s degree – official transcripts required
Hold a current national certification in the specific APRN role
• ANCC
• AANP
Criminal background check

 

Maine
https://www.maine.gov/boardofnursing/
Unencumbered current Maine RN license or compact license
Master's degree in area of specialization
Successfully complete certification within 5 years of graduation
• ANCC
• AANP
45 hours of Pharmacology

 

Maryland
https://mbon.maryland.gov/Pages/default.aspx
RN license in Maryland or compact state
Master’s degree – sealed official transcripts required
Copy of current national certification OR letter of eligibility to take the certification exam
• ANCC
• AANP
Effective October 1, 2015: If you have never been certified in Maryland or any other state you are required to have a Mentor for 18 months from the date of application. Your Mentor must be a Maryland licensed Nurse Practitioner or Physician with a license in good standing.

 

Massachusetts
https://www.mass.gov/orgs/executive-office-of-health-and-human-services
Unencumbered current MA RN License Master's degree in specialty area
Good Moral Character form
Completion of Advanced health assessment, advanced pathophysiology and advanced pharmacology
Successful completion of certification exam
• ANCC​
• AANP

 

Michigan
https://www.michigan.gov/lara/0,4601,7-154-89334_72600_72603_27529_27542-59003--,00.html
Good moral character
Holds a current Michigan RN license Successful completion of certification exam
• ANCC
• AANP

 

Minnesota
https://mn.gov/boards/nursing/
Have a current Minnesota Registered Nurse (RN) license or eligibility for licensure
Master’s degree
Current certification by a national certifying body
• AANP
• ANCC

 

Mississippi
https://www.msbn.ms.gov
Current RN in Mississippi
Graduated from a nationally approved school of nursing with a Master’s degree or higher;
Taken and passed a national certification exam in the specialty area of practice;
• ANCC
• AANP
Completed a 720 hours residency that was monitored by either a licensed physician or certified APRN and evidence of this must be submitted to the Board of Nursing and accepted in order to begin unmonitored practice and be eligible to apply for controlled substance privilege;

 

Missouri
https://pr.mo.gov/nursing.asp
Current RN license in Missouri or compact state
Master’s degree
National certification in area of specialty from
• ANCC
• AANP
Notarized application

 

Montana
http://b.bsd.dli.mt.gov/license/bsd_boards/nur_board/board_page.asp
Current Montana RN license, or a compact state
Official transcript, with degree awarded and date degree was conferred, is sent from the advanced nursing educational program directly to the Montana Board of Nursing Evidence of preceptorship is sent from the educational institution directly to the Montana Board of Nursing
National certification in the APRN role and population focus
• AANP
• ANCC
Fingerprint and background check

 

Nebraska
http://dhhs.ne.gov/licensure/Pages/Nurse-Licensing.aspx​
Current RN in Nebraska or compact state
Master’s degree
National certification in area of specialty
• ANCC
• AANP

 

Nevada
https://nevadanursingboard.org/
Active RN license in NV
Master’s degree
Certification through a national certifying agency
• ANCC
• AANP

 

New Hampshire
https://www.oplc.nh.gov/nursing/aprn.htm​
Hold a current and unencumbered RN license issued by the NH board or a multi- state license issued by another compact state
Master's degree in area of specialization
Certification through a national certifying agency
• ANCC
• AANP

 

New Jersey
https://www.njconsumeraffairs.gov/nur/Pages/default.aspx​
Hold a current and unencumbered RN license issued;
Master's degree in area of specialization
Certification through a national certifying agency
• AANP
• ANCC
• PNCB

 

New Mexico
http://nmbon.sks.com/
Hold a current and unencumbered RN license in NM or hold a compact-multi-state RN license;
Master's degree
Certification through a national certifying agency
• AANP
• ANCC

 

New York
http://www.op.nysed.gov/prof/nurse/
•  Be currently registered and licensed RN in New York State
•  Have graduated from a nurse practitioner education program acceptable to NYSED or be certified as a nurse practitioner by a national certifying organization acceptable to NYSED;
• Complete pharmacology coursework acceptable to NYSED; http://www.op.nysed.gov/prof/nurse/np2c.pdf
•           Apply for nurse practitioner certification with NYSED. See link below: http://www.op.nysed.gov/prof/nurse/np1.pdf

 

North Carolina
https://www.ncbon.com/
Master’s degree or higher
Certification through a national certifying agency
• ANCC
• AANP

 

North Dakota
https://www.ndbon.org
Active RN license in ND or compact state
Master’s degree
Certification through a national certifying agency
• ANCC
• AANP
Criminal background check

 

Ohio
http://www.nursing.ohio.gov/forms.htm#RX
RN license in Ohio
Master’s degree – transcripts required
Certification through a national certifying agency
• ANCC
• AANP

 

Oklahoma
http://nursing.ok.gov
RN License in Oklahoma Master’s degree
Certification through a national certifying agency
• AANP
• ANCC
Submit a written statement from an Oklahoma licensed physician supervising prescriptive authority as required by the Board in its rules;

 

Oregon
https://www.oregon.gov/OSBN/pages/index.aspx
Hold a current unencumbered registered RN license in Oregon;
Master's Degree in Nursing or a Doctorate in Nursing – official transcripts needed
Certification through a national certifying agency
• AANP
• ANCC

 

Pennsylvania
https://dos.pa.gov/ProfessionalLicensing/BoardsCommissions/Nursing/Pages/default.aspx
Active RN license in Pennsylvania Master’s degree – transcripts required
Certification through a national certifying agency
• ANCC
• AANP

 

Rhode Island
http://www.health.ri.gov/licenses/
Hold a current and unencumbered RN license issued by the RI board or a multi- state license issued by another compact state;
Master's degree in area of specialization Certification through a national certifying agency
• AANP
• ANCC

 

South Carolina
https://llr.sc.gov
RN license in SC Master’s degree
Holds current specialty certification by a board-approved credentialing organization
• AANP
• ANCC

 

South Dakota
https://doh.sd.gov/boards/nursing/
RN license in SD or compact state
Master’s Degree – with transcripts
Certified background check with fingerprints​
Certification through a national certifying agency
• ANCC
• AANP

 

Tennessee
https://www.tn.gov/health/health-program-areas/health-professional-boards/nursing-board.html
RN license in Tenn or compact state
Master’s degree
Certification through a national certifying agency
• ANCC
• AANP

 

Texas
http://www.bon.texas.gov
RN license in Texas or have a current valid RN license with multi-state privilege
Master’s degree or higher
Minimum of 500 separate, non-duplicated clinical hours for each advanced role and specialty within the advanced educational program.
Certification through a national certifying agency
• ANCC
• AANP

 

Utah  
https://dopl.utah.gov/licensing/nursing.html
Hold a current and unencumbered RN license issued by the board or a multi-state license issued by another compact state;
Master's degree in area of specialization
Successfully complete certification through a national certifying agency If not successful within 5 years need to repeat a new program
• AANP
• ANCC
Psych – 1000 clinical hours required
Need 3000 hours within 5 years of graduation

 

Vermont
https://www.ncsbn.org/Vermont.htm
Unencumbered current VT RN license
Master's degree in area of specialization
Certification through a national certifying agency
• AANP
• ANCC

 

Virginia
https://www.dhp.virginia.gov/Boards/Nursing/​
Hold a current, active license as a RN in Virginia or hold a current multi-state licensure privilege as a registered nurse;
Graduate degree in nursing or in the appropriate nurse practitioner specialty from an educational program designed to prepare nurse practitioners that is an approved program.
Certification through a national certifying agency
• ANCC
• AANP

 

Washington
https://www.doh.wa.gov/LicensesPermitsandCertificates/NursingCommission/NurseLicensing
Unencumbered current Washington RN license
Master's degree in specialty area
Official transcripts from institution where graduate degree obtained Successful completion of certification exam in specialty area
• AANP
• ANCC

 

West Virginia
http://wvrnboard.wv.gov/Pages/default.aspx
Hold a current, active license as RN in West Virginia or hold a current multi-state licensure privilege as a registered nurse;
Graduate degree in nursing or in the appropriate nurse practitioner specialty from an educational program designed to prepare nurse practitioners that is an approved program
Certification through a national certifying agency
• ANCC
• AANP

 

Wisconsin
https://dsps.wi.gov/Pages/Professions/Default.aspx​
RN license in Wisconsin or compact state
Master’s degree
Certification through a national certifying agency
• ANCC
• AANP
Passes a Jurisprudence Exam

 

Wyoming
https://wsbn.wyo.gov/
RN license in Wyoming or compact state
Master’s degree
Certification through a national certifying agency
• ANCC
• AANP
Fingerprints

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