State Licensure Requirements

Review the licensure requirements listed under your state as you prepare for your nursing journey. 

Arizona Registered Nurse (RN) licensure

Below you will find the steps needed to take the pre-licensure University of Phoenix LVN-to-BSN program and to obtain registered nurse licensure in the state of California.

Education:

RN applicants must hold a Diploma, Associate Degree or Baccalaureate Degree in Nursing from a Board-of-Nursing approved program.

Examination:

Passage of the NCLEX-RN exam is required for licensure. The National Council of State Boards of Nursing, Inc. (NCSBN®) develops and administers nurse licensure examinations; National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN®). The NCLEX-RN examination is used by the Boards of Nursing/Regulatory Bodies to test entry-level nursing competence of candidates for licensure/registration as Registered Nurses. The NCLEX examinations are provided exclusively as computerized adaptive tests. The exam is coordinated by Pearson Vue, Inc. The candidate bulletin can be retrieved at the following link:

NCLEX-RN Candidate Bulletin

Clearances:

Criminal Background Check: For clinical experience, University of Phoenix students are required to obtain a criminal history background check that includes a federal level background check.

Drug Screens: Urine drug screens (10-panel) may be required by specific clinical agencies.

Applications must acknowledge any investigation or pending disciplinary action by a nursing regulatory agency.

Fingerprint Clearance: Applicants are required to submit a full set of fingerprints for analysis.

Must disclose any prior convictions or disciplinary action against licenses and/or certificates. 

Application for Licensure:

Arizona registered nurse candidates will apply for licensure directly to the Arizona Board of Nursing

Arizona Registered Nursing Licensure Application

  • Completed Paper Application for Licensure by Examination.
  • Completed Request for Accommodation of Disabilities form(s), if applicable.
  • Certificate of completion submitted by University of Phoenix program personnel.
  • Licensure fee. 

The applicant applying for a license to practice as a registered nurse by examination shall pay application, examination, and reexamination fees, if applicable, as prescribed by the board.

Contact Information:

Arizona State Board of Nursing
4747 North 7th Street, Suite 200
Phoenix, AZ 85014-3655

(602) 771-7800 - Main Number
(602) 771-7888 - Main Fax

Arizona

https://www.azbn.gov/


Disclaimer:
This summary of state licensure requirements is provided as a reference tool for our registered nursing candidates. Every effort is made to ensure this information is accurate and up-to-date. However, as licensing requirements are subject to change at any time, candidates are strongly encouraged to regularly check with their state’s nursing board (provided above) for licensure requirements.

Certification as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN)

Below you’ll find the steps you need to take to obtain certification as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse after completion of the Master of Science in Nursing/Family Nurse Practitioner program. Graduates of the MSN/FNP are eligible to apply for the Registered Nurse Practitioner (RNP) advanced practice role.

Licensure:

Hold a current Arizona registered nurse (RN) license in good standing or an RN license in good standing from a compact party state with multistate privileges.

Education:

Completion of an approved Advanced Practice Registered Nursing Program. Candidates must hold a master’s, postgraduate, or doctoral degree from a family nurse practitioner program with nursing programmatic accreditation (CCNE, ACEN, CNEA). Additionally, the program must include the following:

  • A minimum of 500 faculty-supervised clinical hours;
  • Three, separate, comprehensive graduate-level courses in Advanced Physiology/Pathophysiology across the lifespan, Advanced Health Assessment of all human systems, advanced assessment techniques, concepts and approaches and Advanced Pharmacology inclusive of pharmacodynamics, pharmacokinetics, and pharmacotherapeutics across broad medication categories;
  • Content in Health Promotion and/or Maintenance; and
  • Differential diagnosis and disease management inclusive of pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic interventions.

National Certification:

Satisfactory completion of an advanced practice certification or recertification program that meets the requirements of Arizona Rule R4-19-501(C).  The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners/Family Nurse Practitioner and the American Nurses Credentialing Center/Family Nurse Practitioner certification programs meet these requirements. Certification is issued upon passage of an examination and meeting all other certification requirements.

Apply for American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) Certification:

AANP Advanced Practice nurse candidates apply directly to the AANP for certification.

AANP FNP Certification Application

Application, application fee, interim transcript showing completed coursework to date or an official transcript with degree conferral submitted by University of Phoenix School of Nursing also required.

Apply for American Nurses’ Credentialing Center (ANCC) Certification:

ANCC Advanced Practice nurse candidates apply directly to the ANCC for certification.

ANCC FNP Certification Application

Application, application fee, validation of education form completion and official transcript with degree conferral submitted by University of Phoenix School of Nursing also required.

Clearances:

Criminal Background Check: For clinical experience, University of Phoenix students are required to obtain a criminal history background check that includes a federal level background check.

Excluded Individual/Entity: Per the Office of the Inspector General, students may not be excluded by the federal government from participation in federally funded programs (such as Medicare and Medicaid) that may impact the agency’s ability to receive federal payment for items or services rendered.

Drug Screens: Urine drug screens (10-panel) may be required by specific clinical agencies.

Applications must acknowledge any investigation or pending disciplinary action by a nursing regulatory agency.

Fingerprint Clearance: Applicants are required to submit a full set of fingerprints for the purpose of obtaining State and Federal criminal record checks.

Application:

Advanced Practice nurse candidates apply for certification directly to the Arizona Board of Nursing.

Application, application fee, and an official transcript with degree conferral submitted by University of Phoenix Nursing also required.

Contact Information:

Arizona State Board of Nursing
4747 N 7th Street, Suite 200
Phoenix, AZ 85014-3655
Phone (602) 771-7800

This summary of national certification requirements is provided as a reference tool for our Advanced Practice registered nursing candidates. Every effort is made to ensure this information is accurate and up-to-date. However, as certification requirements are subject to change at any time, candidates are strongly encouraged to regularly check the Board of Nursing website (provided above) for certification requirements.

CA Certification as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN)

Below you’ll find the steps you need to take to obtain certification as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse after completion of the Master of Science in Nursing/Family Nurse Practitioner program. Graduates of the MSN/FNP are eligible to apply for the Registered Nurse Practitioner (RNP) advanced practice role.

Licensure:

Must hold a current, active RN license in good standing in the state of California.

Education:

Program must include focused information in skills in physical diagnosis, psychosocial assessment, and management of health and illness needs in primary health care.

National Certification:

National FNP certification is not required

Clearances:

Criminal Background Check: For clinical experience, University of Phoenix students are required to obtain a criminal history background check that includes a federal level background check.

Excluded Individual/Entity: Per the Office of the Inspector General, students may not be excluded by the federal government from participation in federally funded programs (such as Medicare and Medicaid) that may impact the agency’s ability to receive federal payment for items or services rendered.

Drug Screens: Urine drug screens (10-panel) may be required by specific clinical agencies. Applications must acknowledge any investigation or pending disciplinary action by a nursing regulatory agency.

Fingerprint Clearance: Applicants are required to submit a full set of fingerprints for the purpose of obtaining State and Federal criminal record checks.

Must disclose any prior convictions or disciplinary action against licenses and/or certificates.  Must disclose a valid Social Security number.

Application:

Advanced Practice nurse candidates apply for state certification directly to the California Board of Registered Nursing

Application, non-refundable application fee, 2”x2” photograph, completed verification of Nurse Practitioner Academic Program form submitted by Program Manager and an official transcript with degree conferral submitted by University of Phoenix Nursing also required.

Contact Information:

California Board of Registered Nursing
PO Box 944210
Sacramento, CA 94244-2100

P (916) 322-3350
F (916) 574-8637

Disclaimer: This summary of national certification requirements is provided as a reference tool for our Advanced Practice registered nursing candidates. Every effort is made to ensure this information is accurate and up-to-date. However, as certification requirements are subject to change at any time, candidates are strongly encouraged to regularly check the Board of Nursing website (provided above) for certification requirements. 

Public Health Nursing Certificate Requirements for California BSN students (LVN-to-BSN and RN-to-BSN)

Below you’ll find the steps you need to take to obtain a certificate as a post-licensure Public Health Nurse in the state of California. This is a voluntary certification post-graduation.

Education:

Must be a graduate of a BSN program that contains a minimum of 90 hours of supervised hands-on clinical experiences in a public health setting and completion of theory hours in designated content areas inclusive of 7 hours of child abuse identification, reporting and prevention. BSN program must hold programmatic accreditation (ACEN, CCNE, CNEA).

Clearances:

Criminal Background Check: University of Phoenix students are required to obtain a criminal history background check that includes a federal level background check.

Drug Screens: Urine drug screens (10-panel) may be required by specific clinical agencies. Applications must acknowledge any investigation or pending disciplinary action by a nursing regulatory agency.

Fingerprint Clearance: Applicants are required to submit a full set of fingerprints for the purpose of obtaining State and Federal criminal record checks (additional fee required).

Must disclose any prior convictions or disciplinary action against licenses and/or certificates. 

Licensure:

Must hold a current, active RN license in good standing in the state of California

Application Process

Public Health nurse candidates will apply for state licensure directly to the California Board of Nursing

California Board of Registered Nursing PHN certificate Application

  • Application
  • Non-refundable application fee,
  • Validation of program completion by the nursing program and
  • Official transcript with degree conferral submitted by University of Phoenix Nursing also required.

Contact Information:

California Board of Registered Nursing
Advanced Practice Unit – PHN Certification
Board of Registered Nursing
P.O. Box 944210
Sacramento, CA 94244-2100

This summary of national certification requirements is provided as a reference tool for our PHN candidates. Every effort is made to ensure this information is accurate and up-to-date. However, as certification requirements are subject to change at any time, candidates are strongly encouraged to regularly check the Board of Nursing website (provided above) for certification requirements.

California- Registered Nurse (RN) licensure

Below you will find the steps needed to take the pre-licensure University of Phoenix LVN-to-BSN program and to obtain registered nurse licensure in the state of California.

Education:

  • High School diploma received from a U.S. high school or equivalent
  • Completed courses of instruction prescribed by the board for licensure, in a program in the state of California accredited by the board for training registered nurses

Examination:

Passage of the NCLEX-RN exam is required for licensure. The National Council of State Boards of Nursing, Inc. (NCSBN®) develops and administers nurse licensure examinations; National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN®). The NCLEX-RN examination is used by the Boards of Nursing/Regulatory Bodies to test entry-level nursing competence of candidates for licensure/registration as Registered Nurses. The NCLEX examinations are provided exclusively as computerized adaptive tests. The exam is coordinated by Pearson Vue, Inc. There is a testing fee required.  The candidate bulletin can be retrieved at the following link:

NCLEX-RN Candidate Bulletin

Clearances:

Criminal Background Check: For clinical experience, University of Phoenix students are required to obtain a criminal history background check that includes a federal level background check.

Drug Screens: Urine drug screens (10-panel) may be required by specific clinical agencies. Applications must acknowledge any investigation or pending disciplinary action by a nursing regulatory agency.

Fingerprint Clearance: Applicants are required to submit a full set of fingerprints for the purpose of obtaining State and Federal criminal record checks (additional fee required).

Must disclose any prior convictions or disciplinary action against licenses and/or certificates. 

Application for Licensure:

  • Completed Application for Licensure by Examination.
  • One recent 2" x 2" passport-type photograph.
  • Completed Request for Accommodation of Disabilities form(s), if applicable.
  • Request for Transcript form(s) completed and forwarded directly from the nursing school(s) with certified transcripts.
  • Licensure fee is required. 

The applicant applying for a license to practice as a registered nurse by examination shall pay application, examination, and reexamination fees, if applicable, as prescribed by the board.

California Registered Nursing Licensing Application

Contact Information:

California Board of Registered Nursing
PO Box 944210
Sacramento, CA 94244-2100
(916) 322-3350 – Main Number
(916) 574-8637 – Main Fax

http://www.rn.ca.gov

Disclaimer: This summary of state licensure requirements is provided as a reference tool for our registered nursing candidates. Every effort is made to ensure this information is accurate and up-to-date. However, as licensing requirements are subject to change at any time, candidates are strongly encouraged to regularly check with their state’s nursing board (provided above) for licensure requirements.

Colorado- Registered Nurse (RN) licensure

Below you will find the steps needed to take the pre-licensure University of Phoenix LPN-to-BSN program and to obtain registered nurse licensure in the state of Colorado.

Education:

Must provide evidence of having completed a Colorado Board of Nursing approved nursing education program.

Examination:

Passage of the NCLEX-RN exam is required for licensure. The National Council of State Boards of Nursing, Inc. (NCSBN®) develops and administers nurse licensure examinations; National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN®). The NCLEX-RN examination is used by the Boards of Nursing/Regulatory Bodies to test entry-level nursing competence of candidates for licensure/registration as Registered Nurses. The NCLEX examinations are provided exclusively as computerized adaptive tests. The exam is coordinated by Pearson Vue, Inc. There is a testing fee required.  The candidate bulletin can be retrieved at the following link:

NCLEX-RN Candidate Bulletin

Clearances:

Criminal Background Check: For clinical experience, University of Phoenix students are required to obtain a criminal history background check that includes a federal level background check.

Drug Screens: Urine drug screens (10-panel) may be required by specific clinical agencies. Applications must acknowledge any investigation or pending disciplinary action by a nursing regulatory agency.

Must disclose any prior convictions or disciplinary action against licenses and/or certificates.

Apply for Licensure:

Must submit application, application fee, complete Affidavit of Eligibility, provide social security number, answer screening questions related to criminal history, mailed transcripts (no e-transcripts accepted at this time), fill out the Healthcare Professions Profiling Program (HPPP) profile.

Contact Information:

Colorado Board of Nursing
1560 Broadway, Suite 1350
Denver, CO 80202

(303) 894-2430 - Main Number
(303) 894-2821 - Main Fax

Colorado

https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/dora/Nursing

Disclaimer: This summary of state licensure requirements is provided as a reference tool for our registered nursing candidates. Every effort is made to ensure this information is accurate and up-to-date. However, as licensing requirements are subject to change at any time, candidates are strongly encouraged to regularly check with their state’s nursing board (provided above) for licensure requirements.

Florida Certification as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) 

Below you’ll find the steps you need to take to obtain certification as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse after completion of the Master of Science in Nursing/Family Nurse Practitioner program. Graduates of the MSN/FNP are eligible to apply for the Registered Nurse Practitioner (RNP) advanced practice role.

Licensure:           

Must hold a current, active RN license in good standing in the state of Florida or in a compact party state with multistate privileges.

Education:

Must complete requirements for a master’s degree or post-master’s degree certification as a Family Nurse Practitioner.

National Certification:

Satisfactory completion of an advanced practice certification or recertification program that meets the requirements of Arizona Rule R4-19-501(C).  The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners/Family Nurse Practitioner and the American Nurses Credentialing Center/Family Nurse Practitioner certification programs meet these requirements. Certification is issued upon passage of an examination and meeting all other certification requirements.

  • Apply for American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) Certification:
    • AANP Advanced Practice nurse candidates apply directly to the AANP for certification.
    • AANP FNP Certification Application
    • Application, application fee, interim transcript showing completed coursework to date or an official transcript with degree conferral submitted by University of Phoenix School of Nursing also required.
  • Apply for American Nurses’ Credentialing Center (ANCC) Certification:
    • ANCC Advanced Practice nurse candidates apply directly to the ANCC for certification.
    • ANCC FNP Certification Application
    • Application, application fee, validation of education form completion and official transcript with degree conferral submitted by University of Phoenix School of Nursing also required.

Clearances:

Criminal Background Check: For clinical experience, University of Phoenix students are required to obtain a criminal history background check that includes a federal level background check.

Excluded Individual/Entity: Per the Office of the Inspector General, students may not be excluded by the federal government from participation in federally funded programs (such as Medicare and Medicaid) that may impact the agency’s ability to receive federal payment for items or services rendered.

Drug Screens: Urine drug screens (10-panel) may be required by specific clinical agencies.

Applications must acknowledge any investigation or pending disciplinary action by a nursing regulatory agency.

Electronic fingerprint background check is also separately required for certification.

Application:

Advanced Practice nurse candidates will apply for state certification directly to the Florida Board of Nursing

Application, application fee, and an official transcript with degree conferral submitted by University of Phoenix Nursing also required. Proof of malpractice insurance or exemption.

Contact Information:

Florida State Board of Nursing
4052 Bald Cypress Way, Bin C-02
Tallahassee, FL 32399-3252

(850) 488-0595 – Customer Contact Center Number
(850) 617-6460 - Main Fax

Disclaimer: This summary of national certification requirements is provided as a reference tool for our Advanced Practice registered nursing candidates. Every effort is made to ensure this information is accurate and up-to-date. However, as certification requirements are subject to change at any time, candidates are strongly encouraged to regularly check the Board of Nursing website (provided above) for certification requirements.

Hawaii Registered Nurse (RN) licensure 

Below you will find the steps needed to take the pre-licensure University of Phoenix LPN-to-BSN program and to obtain registered nurse licensure in the state of Hawaii.

Education:

Curriculum shall be approved by a national accrediting nursing organization recognized by the board (ACEN, CCNE, CNEA).

Curriculum should include:

  • Courses in the biological and physical sciences, social and behavioral sciences, and the arts or humanities.
  • Courses in nursing that include, but are not limited to:
    • (1) Theory and clinical experiences based on the nursing process;
    • (2) Nursing care of clients, as individuals and groups, through the lifespan in a variety of settings for the promotion, maintenance, and restoration of health; and
    • (3) Legal and ethical issues, history and trends in nursing, and professional responsibility.
  • One hundred twenty semester credits for a bachelor's degree in nursing of which at least forty per cent of the credits shall be laboratory or clinical instruction; and

Examination:

Passage of the NCLEX-RN exam is required for licensure. The National Council of State Boards of Nursing, Inc. (NCSBN®) develops and administers nurse licensure examinations; National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN®). The NCLEX-RN examination is used by the Boards of Nursing/Regulatory Bodies to test entry-level nursing competence of candidates for licensure/registration as Registered Nurses. The NCLEX examinations are provided exclusively as computerized adaptive tests. The exam is coordinated by Pearson Vue, Inc. There is a fee required for testing services. The candidate bulletin can be retrieved at the following link:

NCLEX-RN Candidate Bulletin

Clearances:

Criminal Background Check: For clinical experience, University of Phoenix students are required to obtain a criminal history background check that includes a federal level background check.

Drug Screens: Urine drug screens (10-panel) may be required by specific clinical agencies.

Applications must acknowledge any investigation or pending disciplinary action by a nursing regulatory agency.

For the State of Hawaii, effective July 1, 2017, applicants applying for a Hawaii nurse license by endorsement or by exam, will be required to submit to electronic fingerprinting for the purpose of a criminal background history check.

Application for Licensure:

  • Completed Application for Licensure by Examination.
  • Legible copy of government issued photo ID that includes your date of birth (same photo ID to be used for entry into the exam);
  • Legible copy of social security card.
  • Required below documents must be submitted directly to the Board:
    • 1) An official final transcript verifying degree conferred or
    • 2) An official letter from your school certifying the successful completion of your nursing program which must be received in the Board's office first in order to be deemed eligible to sit for the exam.

The applicant applying for a license to practice as a registered nurse by examination shall pay application, examination, and reexamination fees, if applicable, as prescribed by the board.

Hawaii Registered Nursing Licensing Application

Contact Information:

Hawaii Board of Nursing
335 Merchant St., Rm 301
Honolulu, HI 96813

(808) 586-3000- Main Number

Hawaii     http://cca.hawaii.gov/pvl/

 

Disclaimer: This summary of state licensure requirements is provided as a reference tool for our registered nursing candidates. Every effort is made to ensure this information is accurate and up-to-date. However, as licensing requirements are subject to change at any time, candidates are strongly encouraged to regularly check with their state’s nursing board (provided above) for licensure requirements.

Nevada Certification as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN)

Below you’ll find the steps you need to take to obtain certification as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse after completion of the Master of Science in Nursing/Family Nurse Practitioner program. Graduates of the MSN/FNP are eligible to apply for the Registered Nurse Practitioner (RNP) advanced practice role in the state of Nevada.

Licensure:

Must hold a valid and unrestricted RN license in good standing in the state of Nevada or in a compact party state with multistate privileges.

Education: The program must be at least one academic year in length, and must include didactic instruction and clinical experience with a qualified physician (MD or DO) or APRN. The transcript must show your program included these basic educational components:

  1. Advanced Health Assessment,
  2. Advanced Pathophysiology,
  3. Advanced Pharmacology
  4. Advanced role preparation,
  5. Specific clinical specialty,
  6. Clinical preceptorship.

If the above components are not clearly identified as courses on your transcript, you must provide an explanatory letter from an authorized school representative, or copies of the relevant pages of the school catalog from the year(s) of your attendance.

National Certification:

Must submit proof that he or she is certified as an advanced practice registered nurse by the American Board of Nursing Specialties, the National Commission for Certifying Agencies of the Institute for Credentialing Excellence, or their successor organizations, or any other nationally recognized certification agency approved by the Board

  • Apply for American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) Certification:
    • AANP Advanced Practice nurse candidates apply directly to the AANP for certification.
    • AANP FNP Certification Application
    • Application, application fee, interim transcript showing completed coursework to date or an official transcript with degree conferral submitted by University of Phoenix School of Nursing also required.
  • Apply for American Nurses’ Credentialing Center (ANCC) Certification:
    • ANCC Advanced Practice nurse candidates apply directly to the ANCC for certification.
    • ANCC FNP Certification Application
    • Application, application fee, validation of education form completion and official transcript with degree conferral submitted by University of Phoenix School of Nursing also required.

Clearances:

Criminal Background Check: For clinical experience, University of Phoenix students are required to obtain a criminal history background check that includes a federal level background check.

Excluded Individual/Entity: Per the Office of the Inspector General, students may not be excluded by the federal government from participation in federally funded programs (such as Medicare and Medicaid) that may impact the agency’s ability to receive federal payment for items or services rendered.

Drug Screens: Urine drug screens (10-panel) may be required by specific clinical agencies. Applications must acknowledge any investigation or pending disciplinary action by a nursing regulatory agency.

Fingerprint Clearance: Applicants are required to submit a full set of fingerprints for the purpose of obtaining State and Federal criminal record checks.

Must acknowledge any investigation or pending disciplinary action by a nursing regulatory agency.

The Board may require an advanced practice registered nurse to maintain a policy of professional liability insurance in accordance with regulations adopted by the Board.

Application:

Advanced Practice nurse candidates will apply for state certification directly to the Nevada Board of Nursing.

Application, application fee of $200, and an official transcript with degree conferral submitted by University of Phoenix Nursing also required.

Contact Information:

Nevada Board of Nursing
5011 Meadowood Mall Way, Suite 300
Reno, NV 89502

(888) 590-6726 – Main Number
(775) 687-7707 – Main Fax

Disclaimer: This summary of national certification requirements is provided as a reference tool for our Advanced Practice registered nursing candidates. Every effort is made to ensure this information is accurate and up-to-date. However, as certification requirements are subject to change at any time, candidates are strongly encouraged to regularly check the Board of Nursing website (provided above) for certification requirements.

New Mexico Certification as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN)

Below you’ll find the steps you need to take to obtain certification as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse after completion of the Master of Science in Nursing/Family Nurse Practitioner program. Graduates of the MSN/FNP are eligible to apply for the Registered Nurse Practitioner (RNP) advanced practice role in the state of New Mexico.

Licensure:

Must hold a current, active RN license in good standing in the state of New Mexico or an approved Compact State with Multistate privileges

Education:

Completion of a graduate level nursing program designed for the education and preparation of nurse practitioners as providers of primary, and/or acute, and/or chronic, and/or long-term, and/or end of life health care. The program must be offered through an accredited institution of higher education or through the armed services.

National Certification:

Satisfactory completion of an advanced practice certification or recertification program that meets the requirements of Arizona Rule R4-19-501(C).  The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners/Family Nurse Practitioner and the American Nurses Credentialing Center/Family Nurse Practitioner certification programs meet these requirements. Certification is issued upon passage of an examination and meeting all other certification requirements.

  • Apply for American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) Certification:
    • AANP Advanced Practice nurse candidates apply directly to the AANP for certification.
    • AANP FNP Certification Application
    • Application, application fee, interim transcript showing completed coursework to date or an official transcript with degree conferral submitted by University of Phoenix School of Nursing also required.
  • Apply for American Nurses’ Credentialing Center (ANCC) Certification:
    • ANCC Advanced Practice nurse candidates apply directly to the ANCC for certification.
    • ANCC FNP Certification Application
    • Application, application fee, validation of education form completion and official transcript with degree conferral submitted by University of Phoenix School of Nursing also required.

Clearances:

Criminal Background Check: For clinical experience, University of Phoenix students are required to obtain a criminal history background check that includes a federal level background check.

Excluded Individual/Entity: Per the Office of the Inspector General, students may not be excluded by the federal government from participation in federally funded programs (such as Medicare and Medicaid) that may impact the agency’s ability to receive federal payment for items or services rendered.

Drug Screens: Urine drug screens (10-panel) may be required by specific clinical agencies.

Applications must acknowledge any investigation or pending disciplinary action by a nursing regulatory agency.

Application:

Advanced Practice nurse candidates will apply for state certification directly to the New Mexico Board of Nursing

(Licensureà Applicationà CNP Form)

Application, application fee, completed verification of Nurse Practitioner Education form submitted by Program Manager and an official transcript with degree conferral submitted by University of Phoenix Nursing also required

Contact Information:

New Mexico Board of Nursing
6301 Indian School NE, Suite 710
Albuquerque, NM  87110

P (505)841-8340   F (505) 831-8347

This summary of national certification requirements is provided as a reference tool for our Advanced Practice registered nursing candidates. Every effort is made to ensure this information is accurate and up-to-date. However, as certification requirements are subject to change at any time, candidates are strongly encouraged to regularly check the Board of Nursing website (provided above) for certification requirements.

Texas Certification as Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) 

Below you’ll find the steps you need to take to obtain certification as a post-licensure Family Nurse Practitioner in Texas after completion of the Master of Science in Nursing/Family Nurse Practitioner program. Graduates of the MSN/FNP are eligible to apply for the Registered Nurse Practitioner (RNP) advanced practice role.

Licensure:

Applicants must have a current, valid Texas RN license (temporary or permanent) or a current privilege to practice in Texas using a Compact License.

Education: Completion of an advanced practice nursing educational program accredited by an organization recognized by the Board that complies with the requirements in Rule 221.3.

  • Completion of a master's degree or higher level in the discipline of nursing within the past twenty-four months, and
  • Completion of a minimum of nine semester credit hours or the equivalent in a specific clinical major. Clinical major courses must include didactic content and offer clinical experiences in a specific clinical specialty/practice area.
  • Completed a minimum of 500 hours of separate, non-duplicated clinical hours in each advanced practice role and population focus area within the advanced practice nursing educational program.
  • Completion of separate, dedicated courses in the following subject areas:
  • Advanced Physical Assessment that includes a clinical component
  • Pathophysiology
  • Pharmacotherapeutics
  • APRN Role Preparation
  • Clinical major courses targeted for your advanced practice role and population focus area
  • Completion of a practicum/preceptorship/internship within your advanced practice nursing educational program that provided the opportunity to provide direct advanced practice patient care and management under the guidance/supervision of faculty and qualified clinical preceptors.

National Certification:

Satisfactory completion of an advanced practice certification or recertification program that meets the requirements of Arizona Rule R4-19-501(C).  The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners/Family Nurse Practitioner and the American Nurses Credentialing Center/Family Nurse Practitioner certification programs meet these requirements. Certification is issued upon passage of an examination and meeting all other certification requirements.

  • Apply for American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) Certification:
    • AANP Advanced Practice nurse candidates apply directly to the AANP for certification.
    • AANP FNP Certification Application
    • Application, application fee, interim transcript showing completed coursework to date or an official transcript with degree conferral submitted by University of Phoenix School of Nursing also required.
  • Apply for American Nurses’ Credentialing Center (ANCC) Certification:
    • ANCC Advanced Practice nurse candidates apply directly to the ANCC for certification.
    • ANCC FNP Certification Application
    • Application, application fee, validation of education form completion and official transcript with degree conferral submitted by University of Phoenix School of Nursing also required.

Clearances:

Criminal Background Check: For clinical experience, University of Phoenix students are required to obtain a criminal history background check that includes a federal level background check.

Excluded Individual/Entity: Per the Office of the Inspector General, students may not be excluded by the federal government from participation in federally funded programs (such as Medicare and Medicaid) that may impact the agency’s ability to receive federal payment for items or services rendered.

Drug Screens: Urine drug screens (10-panel) may be required by specific clinical agencies.

Applications must acknowledge any investigation or pending disciplinary action by a nursing regulatory agency.

In Texas applicants must be able to answer "No" to the following questions in order to use the online application. All other applicants may download a complete application packet. Review of applicants with eligibility issues can take three (3) to six (6) months to complete depending on the individual issue(s) that are declared.

  • For any criminal offense, including those pending appeal, have you:
    1. been convicted of a misdemeanor?
    2. been convicted of a felony?
    3. pled nolo contendere, no contest, or guilty?
    4. received deferred adjudication?
    5. been placed on community supervision or court-ordered probation, whether or not adjudicated guilty?
    6. been sentenced to serve jail or prison time? Court-ordered confinement?
    7. been granted pre-trial diversion?
    8. been arrested or have any pending criminal charges?
    9. been cited or charged with any violation of the law?
    10. been subject of a court martial; Article 15 violation; or received any form of military judgment/punishment/action?

Applicants must have a valid US Social Security Number.

Application:

Advanced Practice nurse candidates will apply for state certification directly to the Texas Board of Nursing at:

http://www.bon.texas.gov/applications_advanced_practice_registered_nurse.asp

Application, application fee, Verification of Program completion form by the Nursing Administrator of the Education program must also be submitted.

Contact Information:

Texas Board of Nursing
333 Guadalupe, Suite 3-460
Austin, TX 78701-3944

P: (512) 305-7400; | F: (512) 305-7401
Texas- https://www.bon.texas.gov

Disclaimer: This summary of national certification requirements is provided as a reference tool for our Advanced Practice registered nursing candidates. Every effort is made to ensure this information is accurate and up-to-date. However, as certification requirements are subject to change at any time, candidates are strongly encouraged to regularly check the Board of Nursing website (provided above) for certification requirements.

Utah Certification as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN)

Below you’ll find the steps you need to take to obtain certification as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse after completion of the Master of Science in Nursing/Family Nurse Practitioner program. Graduates of the MSN/FNP are eligible to apply for the Registered Nurse Practitioner (RNP) advanced practice role in the state of Utah.

Licensure:

Applicants shall hold a current registered nurse license in good standing issued by the state of Utah. If you are not currently licensed in the state of Utah as a Registered Nurse, you must submit official verification of an active RN and/or APRN license from one or more jurisdictions in which you are currently licensed.

Education:

Applicant must have completed:

  • Graduate degree in:
    • an advanced practice registered nurse nursing education program; or
    • a related area of specialized knowledge as determined appropriate by the division in collaboration with the board; or
  • APRN course work must include patient assessment, diagnosis and treatment, and pharmacotherapeutics.

National Certification:

Satisfactory completion of an advanced practice certification or recertification program that meets the requirements of Arizona Rule R4-19-501(C).  The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners/Family Nurse Practitioner and the American Nurses Credentialing Center/Family Nurse Practitioner certification programs meet these requirements. Certification is issued upon passage of an examination and meeting all other certification requirements.

  • Apply for American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) Certification:
    • AANP Advanced Practice nurse candidates apply directly to the AANP for certification.
    • AANP FNP Certification Application
    • Application, application fee, interim transcript showing completed coursework to date or an official transcript with degree conferral submitted by University of Phoenix School of Nursing also required.
  • Apply for American Nurses’ Credentialing Center (ANCC) Certification:
    • ANCC Advanced Practice nurse candidates apply directly to the ANCC for certification.
    • ANCC FNP Certification Application
    • Application, application fee, validation of education form completion and official transcript with degree conferral submitted by University of Phoenix School of Nursing also required.

Clearances:

Criminal Background Check: For clinical experience, University of Phoenix students are required to obtain a criminal history background check that includes a federal and state level background check.

Excluded Individual/Entity: Per the Office of the Inspector General, students may not be excluded by the federal government from participation in federally funded programs (such as Medicare and Medicaid) that may impact the agency’s ability to receive federal payment for items or services rendered.

Drug Screens: Urine drug screens (10-panel) may be required by specific clinical agencies.

Applications must acknowledge any investigation or pending disciplinary action by a nursing regulatory agency.

Fingerprint Clearance: Applicants are required to submit two full sets of fingerprints for the purpose of obtaining State and Federal criminal record checks.

Application

Advanced Practice nurse candidates apply for certification directly to the Arizona Board of Nursing.

Utah Board of Nursing (DOPL) FNP Certification Application

Application, application fee, and an official transcript with degree conferral submitted by University of Phoenix Nursing also required.

Contact Information:

Utah Department of Commence
160 East 300 South
Salt Lake City, Utah 84111

(801) 530-6628- Main Number

Utah   https://www.utah.gov/index.html

Disclaimer:   This summary of national certification requirements is provided as a reference tool for our Advanced Practice registered nursing candidates. Every effort is made to ensure this information is accurate and up-to-date. However, as certification requirements are subject to change at any time, candidates are strongly encouraged to regularly check the Board of Nursing website (provided above) for certification requirements.

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