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State by State Nurse Practitioner Requirements

Nurse practitioner requirements vary from state to state. Nurse practitioners (NP) are also known as advanced practice registered nurses (A.P.R.N.). Each state has its own requirements for licensing nurse practitioners. This document is a state-by-state guide to the requirements necessary to become a nurse practitioner. The general requirements for a nurse practitioner license are as follows:

  • All states require an RN license
  • All states require some form of advanced training beyond undergraduate RN training
  • 27 states require a masters degree in nursing
  • 35 states require national certification

If you're interested in becoming a nurse, each state has it's own requirements for getting your RN license.

If you already have your RN license, below you will find each state's requirements for NP licensing. Simply click on the state you're interested in, or scroll down to see the list of requirements by state.

Alabama Alaska Arizona Arkansas
California Colorado Connecticut Delaware
Florida Georgia Hawaii Idaho
Illinois Indiana Iowa Kansas
Kentucky Louisiana Maine Maryland
Massachusetts Michigan Minnesota Mississippi
Missouri Montana Nebraska Nevada
New Hampshire New Jersey New Mexico New York
North Carolina North Dakota Ohio Oklahoma
Oregon Pennsylvania Rhode Island South Carolina
South Dakota Tennessee Texas Utah
Vermont Virginia Washington West Virginia
Wisconsin Wyoming

Alabama Nurse Practitioner Requirements

The Alabama Board of Nursing grants approval for Advanced Practice Nursing in four categories:

  • Certified Nurse Midwife
  • Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist
  • Certified Registered Nurse Practitioner
  • Clinical Nurse Specialist

Requirements for Certified Nurse Midwives include:

  • Active RN
  • Masters degree in nursing
  • Completion of program of study and clinical experience for qualification as a nurse midwife

Requirements for Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist include:

  • Active RN
  • Masters degree in nursing or post-master certificate
  • Completion of program of study and clinical experience for qualification as a nurse anesthetist

Requirements for Clinical Nurse Specialists include:

  • Active RN license
  • Masters degree in nursing or post-masters certificate in nursing
  • National Certification

Complete Alabama nurse practitioner requirements can be found at the Alabama Board of Nursing Website.

27 states require NPs to have a masters degree in nursing.

Alaska Nurse Practitioner Requirements

  • Current Alaska RN license
  • Complete a formal educational program which prepares an RN for an expanded role in health care delivery and leads to a degree
  • National Certification

Information on advanced nurse practitioner or certified nurse practitioner requirements can be found on the Alaska Board of Nursing website.

Arizona Nurse Practitioner Requirements

The Arizona Board of Nursing grants approval for Advanced Practice Nursing in three categories:

  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Clinical Nurse Specialists
  • Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists

Requirements include:

  • RN license
  • Masters degree in nursing - Completion of a nurse practitioner education program approved or recognized by the board and educational requirements prescribed by the board by rule
  • National Certification

Complete requirements for Arizona nurse practitioners can be found on the Arizona Nursing Board website.

Arkansas Nurse Practitioner Requirements

Advanced Nurse Practitioner (ANP)

  • Successful completion of a graduate level organized program of nursing education that prepares nurses for the advanced practice role of advanced nurse practitioner; and
  • Current certification as a nurse practitioner by a nationally recognized certifying body which meets the requirements of Section VII of this Chapter.

Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA)

  • Satisfactory completion, beyond generic nursing preparation, of a formal graduate level educational program that meets the standards of the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs or another nationally recognized accrediting body that has as its objective preparation of nurses to perform as nurse anesthetists; and
  • Current certification from the Council on Certification of Nurse Anesthetists, Council on Re-certification of Nurse Anesthetists, or another nationally recognized certifying body which meets the requirements of Section VII of this Chapter.

Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM)

  • Successful completion of a graduate level program of nursing education that prepares nurses for the advanced practice role of nurse midwife;
  • Current certification as a nurse midwife from the American College of Nurse Midwives, or another nationally recognized certifying body which meets the requirements of Section VII of this Chapter; and
  • Written agreement with a consulting physician if providing intrapartum care.

Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS)

  • Master's degree evidencing successful completion of a graduate program in nursing, which shall include supervised clinical practice and classroom instruction in a nursing clinical practice specialty; and
  • Current certification in a specialty role as a clinical nurse specialist from a nationally recognized certifying body which meets the requirements of Section VII of this Chapter.

ARKANSAS STATE BOARD OF NURSING RULES AND REGULATIONS

27 states require NPs to have a masters degree in nursing.

California Nurse Practitioner Requirements

  • RN license
  • Specialization as adult nurse practitioner, pediatric nurse practitioner, obstetrical-gynecological nurse practitioner, and family nurse practitioner
  • master’s degree in nursing, a master’s degree in a clinical field related to nursing, or a graduate degree in nursing
  • satisfactorily completed a nurse practitioner program approved by the board

California Nurse Practitioner Practice

Colorado Nurse Practitioner Requirements

  • Rn license
  • Graduate degree in area of specialization
  • Successful completion of a nationally accredited education program for preparation as an advanced practice nurse or a passing score on a certification examination of a nationally recognized accrediting agency
  • National certification from a nationally recognized accrediting agency

The Colorado Nurse Practice Act lists the requirements for nurse practitioners as well as additional information.

Connecticut Nurse Practitioner Requirements

  • Hold a current Connecticut registered nurse license;
  • Hold and maintain current certification as a nurse practitioner, clinical nurse specialist, or nurse anesthetist from one of the following national organizations:
  • The American Nurses' Association
  • The National Certification Corporation for the Obstetric, Gynecologic and Neonatal Nursing Specialties;
  • The National Certification Board of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners and Nurses;
  • The American Association of Nurse Anesthetists ;
  • The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners;
  • The Oncology Nursing Certification Corporation; or
  • The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses CCNS certification;
  • Thirty (30) hours of education in pharmacology for advanced nursing practice;
  • a master’s degree in nursing or in a related field recognized for certification as a nurse practitioner, a clinical nurse specialist or a nurse anesthetist

Connecticut Nurse Practitioner Requirements

27 states require NPs to have a masters degree in nursing.

Delaware Nurse Practitioner Requirements

  • Master's degree, or
  • Post-basic program certificate in a clinical nursing specialty with nursing certification from a national certification body recognized by the Board, if certification is available.
  • National Certification, including:
    • Practice in the specialty for which you are applying of either 600 hours over the past two years or 1500 hours over the past five years, or
    • Graduation from the specialty program within the past two years.

Delaware Advanced Practice Nurse Requirements

Florida Nurse Practitioner Requirements

  • Current unencumbered license to practice professional nursing in Florida
  • National advanced practice certification from an approved nursing specialty board. These include:
    • Council on Certification of Nurse Anesthetists, or Council on Re-certification of Nurse Anesthetists, or their predecessors.
    • American College of Nurse Midwives.
    • American Nurses Association (American Nurses Credentialing Center) Nurse Practitioner level examinations only.
    • National Certification Corporation for OB/GYN, Neonatal Nursing Specialties (nurse practitioner level examination only).
    • National Board of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners and Associates (Pediatric Nurse Associate/Practitioner level examinations only).
  • Completion of a formal nursing specialty program prior to eligibility of examination;
  • Written examination prior to certification

Florida Rules of the Board of Nursing

Georgia Nurse Practitioner Requirements

  • RN license
  • A master's degree or other graduate degree from an approved nursing education program
  • National board certification in area of specialty

Georgia Registered Professional Nurse Act outlines the specific requirements for Georgia nurses and nurse practitioners.

27 states require NPs to have a masters degree in nursing.

Hawaii Nurse Practitioner Requirements

  • A current, unencumbered license as a registered nurse in this state;
  • An unencumbered license as a registered nurse in all other states in which the nurse has a current and active license;
  • An unencumbered recognition as an advanced practice registered nurse or similar designation in all other states in which the nurse has a current and active recognition as an advanced practice registered nurse;
  • Completed an accredited graduate-level education program leading to a master's degree as a certified registered nurse anesthetist, a nurse midwife, a clinical nurse specialist, or a nurse practitioner;
  • A current, unencumbered certification of having passed a national certification examination that measures role and population-focused competencies and is recognized by the board;
  • Maintained continued competencies through re-certification in role and population-focused competencies through a national certification program recognized by the board;
  • Acquired advanced clinical knowledge and skills preparing the nurse to provide direct care to patients through a significant educational and practical concentration on the direct care of patients;
  • Demonstrated a greater breadth of knowledge, a greater synthesis of data, greater complexity of skills and interventions, and greater role autonomy than demonstrated by a registered nurse;
  • Been educationally prepared to assume responsibility and accountability for health promotion and maintenance and to assess, diagnose, and manage patient problems through the use and prescription of pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic interventions;
  • Acquired clinical experience of sufficient depth and breadth to reflect the intended license; and
  • Paid the appropriate fees.

Complete Hawaii Nursing Requirements can be found on the Hawaii governement website and list advanced practice nurse requirements.

Idaho Nurse Practitioner Requirements

  • Current RN License
  • Completion of a board approved advanced practice professional nursing education program
  • National Certification
  • Pass qualifying examination

Idaho Advacned Practice Profesional Nursing Requirements

Illinois Nurse Practitioner Requirements

  • holds a current license to practice as a registered nurse in Illinois;
  • Current national certification as:
    • a nurse midwife
    • clinical nurse specialist
    • nurse practitioner
    • certified registered nurse anesthetist
  • Paid the required fees
  • Completion of a post-basic advanced practice formal education program in the area of nursing specialty.

Illinois Licensure Requirements for APN’s

Iowa Nurse Practitioner Requirements

Specialty areas of nursing practice for the ARNP in Iowa include:

  • certified clinical nurse specialist
  • certified nurse midwife
  • certified nurse practitioner
  • certified registered nurse anesthetist

Requirements for NP status include:

  • Current licensure as a registered nurse
  • Master's degree or formal advanced practice education program
  • National certification as an advanced practice nurse
  • Registration with the Iowa State Board of Nursing
  • Registration with the Federal Drug Enforcement Administration and the board of pharmacy examiners

Iowa Advanced Nursing Requirements

27 states require NPs to have a masters degree in nursing.

Kansas Nurse Practitioner Requirements

The four areas of advanced practice nurse include:

  • Clinical nurse specialist
  • Nurse anesthetist
  • Nurse-midwife
  • Nurse practitioner

Requirements for an NP license include:

  • Meet one of the following criteria
    • Complete a formal, post-basic nursing education program located or offered in Kansas that has been approved by the board and prepares the nurse to function in the advanced role for which application is made
    • Complete a formal, post-basic nursing education program that is not located or offered in Kansas but is determined by the board to meet the standards for program approval established by K.A.R. 60-17-101 through 60-17-108
    • Have completed a formal, post-basic nursing education program that may be no longer in existence but is determined by the board to meet standards at least as stringent as those required for program approval by the board at the time of graduation
    • Hold a current certificate of authority to practice as an advanced registered nurse practitioner in the category for which application is made and that meets the following criteria:
      • Was issued by another board of nursing
      • Required completion of a program meeting standards equal to or greater than those established by K.A.R. 60-17-101 through 60-17-108 or
    • Complete a formal educational program of post-basic study and clinical experience that can be demonstrated by the applicant to have sufficiently prepared the applicant for practice in the category of advanced practice for which application is made. The applicant shall show that the curriculum of the program is consistent with public health and safety policy and that it prepared individuals to perform acts generally recognized by the nursing profession as capable of being performed by persons with post-basic education in nursing.
  • 1,000 hours of advanced nursing practice during the five years preceding the date of application
  • Master's degree or a higher degree in nursing or area of specilization
  • Three college hours in advanced pathophysiology

Kansas Nurse Practitioner Requirements

Kentucky Nurse Practitioner Requirements

The Kentucky Board of Nursing recognizes the following areas of APRN-NP:

  • Acute Care
  • Adult
  • Adult Psych Mental Health
  • Child/Adolescent Psych Mental Health
  • Family
  • Family Psych Mental Health
  • Gerontological
  • Medical/Surgery
  • Neonatal
  • Pediatric
  • Women's Health

Requirements include:

  • Current RN license
  • National Certification in area of specialization
  • Completion of training program and clinical study in area of specialization

A masters degree is not required for NPs in Kentucky. Kentucky Advanced Practice Registered Nurse Licensure

27 states require NPs to have a masters degree in nursing.

Louisiana Nurse Practitioner Requirements

Areas of advanced practice nurses include:

  • Certified nurse midwife or "CNM" who is an advanced practice registered nurse educated in the disciplines of nursing and midwifery and certified according to a nationally recognized certifying body, such as the American College of Nurse Midwives Certification Council, as approved by the board and who is authorized to manage the nurse midwifery care of newborns and women in the antepartum, intrapartum, postpartum, and/or gynecological periods.
  • Certified registered nurse anesthetist or "CRNA" who is an advanced practice registered nurse educated in the field of nurse anesthesia and certified according to the requirements of a nationally recognized certifying body such as the Council on Certification of Nurse Anesthetists or the Council on Recertification of Nurse Anesthetists, as approved by the board and who is authorized to select and administer anesthetics or ancillary services to patients under their care.
  • Clinical nurse specialist or "CNS" who is an advanced practice registered nurse educated in a recognized nursing specialty area who is certified according to the requirements of a nationally recognized certifying body such as the American Nurses Association's American Nurses Credentialing Center, as approved by the board and who is authorized to provide direct nursing care to a select population in a recognized nursing specialty area, and plans, guides, and directs care given by other nursing personnel.
  • Nurse practitioner or "NP" who is an advanced practice registered nurse educated in a specified area of care and certified according to the requirements of a nationally recognized accrediting agency such as:
    • the American Nurses Association's American Nurses Credentialing Center
    • National Certification Corporation for the Obstetric, Gynecologic and Neonatal Nursing Specialties
    • the National Certification Board of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners and Nurses, or
    or as approved by the board and who is authorized to provide primary, acute, or chronic care as an advanced nurse practitioner acting within his scope of practice to individuals, families, and other groups in a variety of settings including, but not limited to, homes, institutions, offices, industry, schools, and other community agencies.

Requirements for an NP license in Louisiana include:

  • RN license
  • Master's degree
  • National Certificaiton

Louisiana Nurse Practice Act

Maine Nurse Practitioner Requirements

  • Verification of basic nursing license
  • National certification in area of specialty
  • Completion of advanced practice nursing program

Maine APRN requirements

Maryland Nurse Practitioner Requirements

Areas of speciliation include:

  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Nurse Midwives
  • Nurse Anesthetists
  • Nurse psychotherapist
  • Maryland RN license or compact license
  • Current national certification in area of specilization
  • Completion of a nurse practitioner program
  • Program must include coursework in:
    • Advanced pharmacology
    • Advanced pathophysicology
    • Advanced physical assessment

Advanced Practice Registered Nursing

Massachusetts Nurse Practitioner Requirements

  • Graduation from a formal education program which prepares the nurse to practice in an advanced role
  • Education program must include:
    • Advanced physcial assessment
    • Advanced pathophysiology
    • Advanced pharmacology
  • Current, unencumbered MA RN license
  • National certification in the area of specialization

Massachusetts Nurse Practice Act
Massachusetts Advance Practice Registered Nursing

27 states require NPs to have a masters degree in nursing.

Michigan Nurse Practitioner Requirements

Areas of specilization include:

  • Nurse Anesthetist
  • Nurse Midwife
  • Nurse Practitioner

Requirements include:

  • Current RN license
  • Complete one fo the following
    • For Nurse Anesthetists, send Specialty Certification form to the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists Council on Certification or Council on Recertification of Nurse Anesthetists for verification of your current certification.
    • For Nurse Midwives, send Specialty Certification form to the American Midwifery Certification Board (formerly ACNM Certification Council) for verification of your current certification.
    • For NPs, specialization from a national certification agency for the following
      • Adult Adult Health
      • Family
      • Diabetes Management, Advanced
      • Acute Care
      • Adult Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing
      • Family Psychiatric & Mental Health
      • Child & Adolescent Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing
      • Gerontological
      • Public/Community Health Nursing
      • Pediatric
      • Gerontological Nursing
      • Adult Psychiatric & Mental Health
      • Pediatric Nursing
      • Diabetes Management, Advanced
      • Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
      • Women’s Health Care Nurse Practitioner

Michigan Nurse Specialty Certification Requirements

Minnesota Nurse Practitioner Requirements

  • Minnesota registered nurse license
  • National certification as a clinical nurse specialist, nurse anesthetist, nurse-midwife, or nurse practitioner

Minnesota Advanced Practice Registered Nurse Requirements

27 states require NPs to have a masters degree in nursing.

Mississippi Nurse Practitioner Requirements

  • Graduated from a nationally approved school of nursing with a masters degree or higher;
  • Taken and passed a national certification exam in the area of your practice;
  • Submitted an initial application with all appropriate documents approved prior to practicing;
  • 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;
  • Application renewed every two (2) years October - December of even numbered years.

Mississippi advanced practice RN

Missouri Nurse Practitioner Requirements

Missouri offers the following specializations for advanced practice nurses:

  • ACNP Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
  • ACCNS Adult Acute Critical Care Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • AHCNS Adult Health Clinical Nurse Specialist ( formerly: Medical/Surgical CNS)
  • ANP Adult Nurse Practitioner
  • AP/MHCNS Adult Psych/Mental Health Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • AP/MHNP Adult Psych/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
  • C-AP/MHCNS Child-Adolescent Psy/Mental Health Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • FNP Family Nurse Practitioner
  • FP/MHCNS Family Psych/Mental Health Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • FP/MHNP Family Psych/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
  • GCNS Gerontological Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • GNP Gerontological Nurse Practitioner
  • M-CCNS Maternal-Child Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • NCCNS Neonatal Acute & Critical Care Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • NNP Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
  • CRNA Nurse Anesthetist
  • CNM Certified Nurse Midwife
  • PCCNS Pediatric Acute & Critical Care Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • PCNS Pediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • PNP Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
  • WHCNS Women's Health Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • WHNP Women's Health Nurse Practitioner
  • Complete one of the following:
    • An advanced nursing program
    • Preceptor experience of 300 clock hours
    • 3-credit hours of pharmacology
    • 45 continuing education units in pharmacology
  • 1000 Clock hours of clinical experience in advanced practice nursing field of specialty
  • National certification by one of these certifying bodies
  • Completed statement of controlled substance delegation form

Missouri Advanced Practice Nurse

Montana Nurse Practitioner Requirements

Montana recognizes the following advanced nursing specialties:

  • Clinical Nurse Specialist - Psych
  • Clinical Nurse Specialist - APRN
  • Nurse Anesthetist
  • Nurse Midwife
  • Nurse Practitioner

The requirements are:

  • Current Montana RN license
  • Masters degree from an accredited nursing education program in the area of specilization
  • National certitification
    • American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC)
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    • American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC)
    • American College of Nurse-Midwives(ACNM)
    • American Academy of Nurse Practitioners
    • Councils on Certification and Recertification of Nurse Anesthetists
    • National Certification Council

Montana Board of Nursing

Nebraska Nurse Practitioner Requirements

  • Active RN license
  • A master's degree in nursing with emphasis in the area of specialty
  • National certification in the area of specialty
  • 30 contact hours of pharmacotherapeutics

Nebraska Advanced Practice Registered Nurse-Nurse Practitioner Requirements

27 states require NPs to have a masters degree in nursing.

Nevada Nurse Practitioner Requirements

  • Advanced practice nurse program in area of specialty
  • National certification in area of specialty

Pathway to becoming a Nurse Practitioner in Nevada

New Hampshire Nurse Practitioner Requirements

  • Meet the general requirements of Nur 302.01;
  • Hold a current and unencumbered RN license issued by the board or a multi-state license issued by another compact state;
  • Have either:
    • Earned a graduate degree in an accredited advanced registered nurse practitioner education program; or
    • Graduated before July 1, 2004 from an ARNP education program accredited by a national accrediting body that meets the requirements of Nur 600;
  • Be competent to practice as a result of graduation from an educational program that complies with (3) above that has been recognized by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing in the specialty area of practice;
  • Hold current certification from a national certifying body, recognized by the by National Council of State Boards of Nursing, that specializes in the ARNP area of practice. Recognized bodies include:
  • Have used advanced practice nursing knowledge, judgment, and skills for at least 400 hours within the 4 years immediately preceding the application; and
  • If the applicant graduated from an advanced nurse practitioner program 2 or more years prior to the date of application, taken:
    • At least 30 educational contact hours to satisfy the requirements of RN continuing competence; and
    • An additional 30 hours, at least 5 of which shall be training in pharmacology appropriate to the specialty, within 2 years immediately prior to date of application.

New Hampshire Board of Nursing Rules

New Jersey Nurse Practitioner Requirements

  • Current RN license
  • Graduation from a master's-level program designed to educate and prepare nurse practitioners/clinical nurse specialists.
  • Completion of a graduate level 3-credit course in Pharmacology
  • Successfully pass the highest level practice examination in the area of specialization approved by the Board.

New Jersey Advanced Practice Nurse Certification

New Mexico Nurse Practitioner Requirements

  • Hold a current, valid NM RN license and current compact license
  • Completion of a nurse practitioner education program. 1/3 didactic and 2/3 preceptorship with 24 contact hours of pharmacology
  • National certification as a nurse practitioner

New Mexico Nurse Practitioner requirements

27 states require NPs to have a masters degree in nursing.

New York Nurse Practitioner Requirements

  • Three semester hours, or the equivalent, in pharmacotherapeutics

New York Nurse Practitioner Requirements

North Carolina Nurse Practitioner Requirements

  • Unrestricted RN license in North Carolina
  • Succesful completion of a nurse practitioner education program
  • National Certification as a nurse practitioner

Approval and practice parameters for nurse practitioners in North Carolina

North Dakota Nurse Practitioner Requirements

  • Possess a current license to practice as a registered nurse in North Dakota or provide a copy of current RN licensure in another compact state (view the following website for information on compact states – http://www.ncsbn.org/);
  • Submit evidence of completion of an advanced practice track within the nursing education program accredited by a national accrediting body;
  • Submit evidence of current certification by a national nursing certifying body in the specialty appropriate to educational preparation (copy of certification card or letter notifying passed examination);
  • Submit a completed notarized application and pay the fee of one hundred dollars; and
  • Submit a scope of practice statement according to established board guidelines for review and approval by the board of nursing.

North Dakota Advanced Practice Nursing Requirements

Ohio Nurse Practitioner Requirements

  • Be a registered nurse
  • passed the certification examination of one of the following:
    • For certified nurse-midwife- the American college of nurse-midwives or another national certifying organization approved by the board under section 4723.46 of the Revised Code to examine and certify nurse-midwives;
    • For certified registered nurse anesthetist - the national council on certification of nurse anesthetists of the American association of nurse anesthetists, the national council on recertification of nurse anesthetists of the American association of nurse anesthetists, or another national certifying organization approved by the board under section 4723.46 of the Revised Code to examine and certify registered nurse anesthetists;
    • For clinical nurse specialist - the American nurses credentialing center or another national certifying organization approved by the board under section 4723.46 of the Revised Code to examine and certify clinical nurse specialists;
    • For certified nurse practitioner - the American nurses credentialing center, the national certification corporation, the national board of pediatric nurse practitioners and associates, or another national certifying organization approved by the board under section 4723.46 of the Revised Code to examine and certify nurse practitioners.
  • holds a graduate degree with a major in a clinical area of nursing from an educational institution accredited by a national or regional accrediting organization

Ohio requirements for advanced practice nurses

Oklahoma Nurse Practitioner Requirements

  • Hold a current Registered Nurse license in Oklahoma
  • Completed an advanced practice registered nursing education program
  • Be currently certified in an advanced practice specialty certification consistent with educational preparation and by a national certifying body recognized by the Board of Nursing

Oklahoma Nurse Practice Act

Oregon Nurse Practitioner Requirements

  • Current Registered Nurse license in Oregon.
  • Masters Degree in Nursing.
  • Completion of a Nurse Practitioner program specific to the specialty role/category.
  • Meet practice and continuing education requirements for renewal.

Oregon Nures Pracitioner licensing information

Pennsylvania Nurse Practitioner Requirements

  • Complete an accredited Nurse Practitioner program
  • Maintain certification as a nurse practitioner from a Board recognized national certification organization, which requires the passing of a national certifying examination in the particular specialty in which the applicant is seeking certification by the Board.
    • American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) - Family Nurse Practitioner or Adult Nurse Practitioner
    • American Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACN) - Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
    • American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) - Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, Adult Nurse Practitioner, Family Nurse Practitioner, Gerontological Nurse Practitioner, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Family Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, Adult Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner,
    • National Certification Corporation (NCC) - Women’s Health Care Nurse Practitioner or Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
    • Oncology Nursing Certification Corporation (ONCC) - Oncology Nurse Practitioner
    • Pediatric Nursing Certification Board (PNCB) - Pediatric Nurse Practitioner – Acute Care or Pediatric Nurse Practitioner – Primary Care

Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing Licensure Information

27 states require NPs to have a masters degree in nursing.

Rhode Island Nurse Practitioner Requirements

  • Be of good moral character
  • Hold a current Rhode Island license as a registered nurse
  • Complete an approved educational program resulting in a master's degree in nursing and/or an approved nurse practitioner course of study.
  • Pass a national examination and be certified by a national nursing body recognized by the Board

Rhode Island Nursing Regulations

South Carolina Nurse Practitioner Requirements

  • Hold an RN license in South Carolina
  • Successfully complete an advanced, organized formal CRNA education program at the master's level accredited by the national accrediting organization of this specialty area and that is recognized by the board;
  • Become certified by a board-approved national certifying organization;

South Carolina Nursing Regulations

South Dakota Nurse Practitioner Requirements

  • Currently licensed by the Board of Nursing as a registered nurse
  • Completed an approved program for the preparation of nurse practitioners or nurse midwives
  • Passed any examination, written or oral, or both, which the boards in their discretion may require.

South Dakota Nursing Rules and Regulations

Tennessee Nurse Practitioner Requirements

  • RN license in Tennessee
  • National certification as a nurse practitioner in area of specialty
  • Master's degree or higher in area of specialization

Tennessee Department of Health Nursing Requirements

27 states require NPs to have a masters degree in nursing.

Texas Nurse Practitioner Requirements

Texas offers the following specialties for advanced practice registerd nurses:

  • nurse anesthetist;
  • nurse-midwife;
  • nurse practitioner in the following specialties:
    • Acute Care Adult
    • Acute Care Pediatric
    • Adult
    • Family
    • Gerontological
    • Neonatal
    • Pediatric
    • Psychiatric/Mental Health
    • Women’s Health
  • clinical nurse specialist in the following specialties:
    • Adult Health/Medical-Surgical Nursing
    • Community Health Nursing
    • Critical Care Nursing
    • Gerontological Nursing
    • Pediatric Nursing
    • Psychiatric/ Mental Health Nursing

These are the requirements for advanced practice registered nurses in Texas:

  • Current RN license in Texas
  • A post-basic advanced practice nursing educational program at or beyond the master’s level
  • National certification in the area of specialization

Texas State Board of Nursing Rules and Regulations

Utah Nurse Practitioner Requirements

  • Current Utah Registered Nurse license in good standing or be qualified for a Utah Registered Nurse license
  • A master’s degree in nursing
  • National certifcaiton in the area of speciliaty
  • Hold a Utah Controlled Substance license and a DEA registration to administer, possess, or prescribe a controlled substance in your practice of nursing in Utah

Utah advanced practice nurse licensure application

Vermont Nurse Practitioner Requirements

  • A masters degree in nursing
  • Successful completion of the following courses:
    • Advanced Pathophysiology
    • Advanced Assessment
    • Pharmacotherapeutics
  • National certification in the area of specilization

Vermont Advanced Practice RN

Virginia Nurse Practitioner Requirements

  • Virginia RN license
  • Completion of a nurse practitioner education program
  • Certification in the area of specialization by a certifying body approved by the Board of Nursing

Virginia Nursing Laws and Regulations

Washington Nurse Practitioner Requirements

  • Hold a registered nurse license in the state of Washington that is not subject to sanctions or restrictions by the commission
  • Have graduated from an advanced nursing education program within the past year
  • Hold certification from a commission approved certification program as ident

Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioners (ARNPs) in Washington State: Frequently Asked Questions
Washington Advanced Practice Nurse Requirements

West Virginia Nurse Practitioner Requirements

  • Hold an active, unencumbered license to practice nursing in West Virginia
  • Current national certification in the area of specialty from a certifying body approved by the Board of Nursing
  • A master's degree in nursing

Wyoming Nurse Practitioner Requirements

  • Advanced practice registered nurses include but are not limited to, certified registered nurse anesthetist (CRNA), certified nurse-midwife (CNM), clinical nurse specialist (CNS), or certified nurse practitioner (CNP).
  • Submit a complete application and fees for initial recognition as an advanced practice registered nurse to the board
  • Submit a complete application and fees for initial recognition as an advanced practice registered nurse to the board
  • Submit a complete application and fees for initial recognition as an advanced practice registered nurse to the board
  • Provide an official transcript documenting completion of one of the following:
    • A pre-accredited or accredited graduate-level advanced practice registered nurse educational program; or
    • An accredited advanced practice registered nurse educational program prior to January 1, 1999, or as per a board-approved national certifying agency.
  • Provide primary source documentation verifying national certification in the advanced practice registered nurse role and at least one population focus area of practice for which they are educationally prepared
    • The professional certification program should be nationally accredited by the American Board of Nursing Specialties (ABNS) or the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA).
  • Comply with the standards of nursing practice, the rules and regulations, and the Wyoming Nurse Practice Act.

Wyoming Advanced Practice Nurse Requirements


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