State Licensure Requirements

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

Alaska 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 Alaska.

Education:

  • Completion of a formal accredited graduate educational course of study in nursing that:
    • Is a minimum of one academic year in length;
    • Prepares registered nurses to perform an expanded role in the delivery of health care;
    • Includes a combination of classroom instruction and a minimum of 500 separate, non-duplicated hours of supervised clinical practice;
    • If completed on or after January 1, 1998, has distinct course offerings of three graduate credits or more in advanced pathophysiology, advanced pharmacotherapeutics, and advanced physical assessment; 

National Certification:

Satisfactory completion of an advanced practice certification or recertification program that meets the requirements of Alaska Rule.  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:

For clinical experience, University of Phoenix students are required to obtain a criminal history background check that includes a federal level background check. Students may not be excluded by the federal government from participation in federally funded programs. Urine drug screens (15-panel) may be required by specific clinical agencies.

Application:

Candidates will apply for state certification directly to the Alaska Board of Nursing. 

Alaska ANP Certification Application

Applicants must provide:

  • Completed application, signed and notarized.
  • For identification purposes, an original, passport photograph of the applicant, on photography paper, taken within the six months immediately preceding the date of application, signed and dated by the applicant, and the personal identification information requested on the application form.
  • Check or money order made payable to the State of Alaska
  • Certified transcript sent to the Board directly from the school of nursing
  • Certified true copy of a current certificate in a role and population focus by a national certifying body. In the absence of a continuing education requirement of the certifying body, you must submit proof (copies of certificates, etc.) of receiving 60 contact hours, within the past two years, of continuing education in the role and population focus for which you are applying.
  • The applicant’s notarized signature certifying that the information in the application is correct to the best of the applicant’s knowledge
  • Consultation and Referral Plan 
  • Reference form completed by one of the three references listed on your application who is qualified to verify the applicant’s competency to practice as an advanced nurse practitioner and that indicates that the applicant has demonstrated competency to practice as an ANP within the two years immediately before the date of the application.
  • Certified true copy of current advanced nurse practitioner license or authorization in another state or jurisdiction (if applying for a temporary permit and currently licensed in another state or jurisdiction.)

Contact Information:

Alaska Board of Nursing

550 West Seventh Avenue, Suite 1500 
Anchorage, Alaska 99501-3567
(907) 269-8161-Main Number
(907) 269-8196- Main Fax

Alaska   https://www.commerce.alaska.gov/web/cbpl/ProfessionalLicensing/BoardofNursing.aspx

Disclaimer: This summary of national certification requirements is provided as a reference tool for our Advanced Nurse Practice 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.

Arizona 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 Arizona.

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 (15-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 (15-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.

Arkansas Certification as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) Education

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 Arkansas or in a compact party state with multistate privileges.

Education:

Graduation from an accredited graduate level advanced practice registered nursing education program in the advanced practice registered nurse role.

National Certification:

Satisfactory completion of an advanced practice certification or recertification program that meets the requirements of Arkansas Rule.  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:

For clinical experience, University of Phoenix students are required to obtain a criminal history background check that includes a federal level background check. Students may not be excluded by the federal government from participation in federally funded programs. Urine drug screens (15-panel) may be required by specific clinical agencies.

Arkansas Board of Nursing

State and federal background checks are required to complete your application if you do not already have them on file with ASBN within the last 12 months of this application. Background checks from other agencies will not be accepted. The instructions for completion of the online application and criminal background check are located within the application. The federal criminal background check requires completion of a fingerprint card and submission of the card to the Arkansas State Police. You must use the fingerprint card provided by the ASBN.

Application:

  • Complete and submit the online licensure application and criminal background check (CBC), along with associated fees.
  • Contact the university/college where you completed your APRN program and have them send an official transcript to the Arkansas State Board of Nursing (ASBN), attention to the APRN Department.
  • Have your certification agency submit verification that you passed the certification exam. Verification information should be mailed directly to the ASBN address above or emailed to Ellen Harwell, Licensing Coordinator, at eharwell@arsbn.org.
  • Provide License Verification
  • Submit documentation of practicing as an APRN for a minimum of 200 hours over the last two (2) years.  This documentation can be mailed to the ASBN office (attention to the APRN Dept.) or faxed to the attention of the APRN Dept. at 501.686.2714.  Please submit a letter with this information or complete and submit the following form: Form to Verify Hours of APRN Practice

The Arkansas State Board of Nursing shall establish and collect fees and penalties for services relating to certification, examination, licensing, endorsement, certification for prescriptive authority, temporary permits, license renewal, certification renewal, and other reasonable services as determined by the Board.

Arkansas APRN Certification Application

Contact Information:

Arkansas State Board of Nursing
University Tower Building
1123 S. University, Suite 800
Little Rock, AR 72204-1619
(501) 686-2700 - Main Number
(501) 686-2714 – Main Fax

 

Arkansas   http://www.arsbn.org/

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.

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 (15-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 (15-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 (15-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 (15-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.

Colorado 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 Colorado or in a compact party state with multistate privileges.

Education:

Must successfully complete a graduate or post-graduate nursing degree in the Role and, where applicable, the Population Focus for which the Applicant seeks inclusion on the APR. Verification of educational requirements shall be evidenced by receipt of a sealed, official transcript from a graduate or post-graduate APN program accredited by a nursing Accrediting Body. The transcript shall verify date of graduation, credential conferred, and Population Focus of the program.

National Certification:

Satisfactory completion of an advanced practice certification or recertification program that meets the requirements of Colorado Rule.  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:

For clinical experience, University of Phoenix students are required to obtain a criminal history background check that includes a federal level background check. Students may not be excluded by the federal government from participation in federally funded programs. Urine drug screens (15-panel) may be required by specific clinical agencies.

Application:

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

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

Contact Information:

Colorado State Board of Nursing

1560 Broadway, Suite 1350
Denver, CO 80202
(303) 894-2430 - Main Number
(303) 894-2821 - 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.

 

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 Florida Rule.  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 (15-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 (15-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.

Hawaii 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:

Applicants shall hold: 

  1. A current, unencumbered license as a registered nurse (RN) in Hawaii;
  2. An unencumbered RN license in all other states in which the nurse has a current and active license;

Education

Applicants must have completed:

  • An accredited graduate-level education program leading to a nurse practitioner.

National Certification:

Satisfactory completion of an advanced practice certification or recertification program that meets the requirements of Hawaii Rule.  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:

For clinical experience, University of Phoenix students are required to obtain a criminal history background check that includes a federal level background check. Students may not be excluded by the federal government from participation in federally funded programs. Urine drug screens (15-panel) may be required by specific clinical agencies. Must acknowledge any investigation or pending disciplinary action by a nursing regulatory agency. Fingerprint analysis required for certification.

For the State of Hawaii, beginning July 1, 2017, applicants are to submit a full set of electronic fingerprints for the purpose of obtaining federal and state criminal history record checks.

Application

Must submit the following:

  • An official transcript of an accredited graduate-level nursing program must be sent DIRECTLY to the Board from your nursing school;
  • Verification of current certification in the nursing specialty sent DIRECTLY to the Board from the national certifying body recognized by the Hawaii Board of Nursing or approved by the American Board of Nursing Specialties (www.nursingcertification.org/categories_regular.html).
  • Verification of unencumbered license as a registered nurse and as an APRN or similar designation in all states in which you are CURRENTLY licensed.

A fee is required.

Hawaii APR License Application

Contact Information:

Hawaii Board of Nursing
335 Merchant St., Rm 301
Honolulu, HI 96813
(808) 586-3000

Hawaii: http://cca.hawaii.gov/pvl/boards/nursing/

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.

Indiana 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 Indiana or in a compact party state with multistate privileges.

Education:

Applicants are required, as a prerequisite to the initial granting of the authority, the successful completion of a graduate level course in pharmacology providing at least two (2) semester hours of academic credit from a college or university accredited by the Commission on Recognition of Postsecondary Accreditation within five (5) years of the date of application.

National Certification:

Certification as a Nurse Practitioner is not required for this state.

Clearances:

For clinical experience, University of Phoenix students are required to obtain a criminal history background check that includes a federal level background check. Students may not be excluded by the federal government from participation in federally funded programs. Urine drug screens (15-panel) may be required by specific clinical agencies.

Application:

The Advanced Practice Nurse (APN) application is for the authority to prescribe independently as an advanced practice nurse. This is not a license to practice as a nurse practitioner or clinical nurse specialist, as no such license exists in the state of Indiana.

  • Application, application fee, and an official transcript with degree conferral submitted by University of Phoenix Nursing also required.
  • Completed application, signed and dated.
  • Photograph, approximately 2 ½ x 3 ½ inches, head and shoulders view, black and white or color, of professional quality printed on photograph paper.
  • Submit the $50.00 application fee made payable to the Indian Professional Licensing Agency. 
  • Enclose documentation of any legal name change if your name differs from that on any of your documents
  • Copy of your current, unrestricted license as a registered nurse in the State of Indian or another compact state.
  • Have your nursing program directly provide to the Indian State Board of Nursing an official transcript showing successful completion of a graduate program offered by a accredited college or university
  • Submit proof of having successfully completed a graduate level pharmacology course consisting of at least two (2) semester hours of academic credit from an accredited college or university.

Indiana Board of Nursing APN Prescriptive Authority Application

Indiana Board of Nursing APN Certification Information

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

Contact Information:

Indiana Professional Licensing Agency

402 W. Washington Street, Room W072
Indianapolis, IN 46204
(317) 234-2043 – Main Number
(317) 233-4236 - 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.

Michigan 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 Michigan or in a compact party state with multistate privileges.

Education:

Graduation from a graduate degree program designed to prepare the graduate for practice as a Certified Nurse Practitioner (CNP) that is approved by a national accrediting organization for academic programs acceptable to the Board; and successful completion of, at minimum, core content at the graduate level in advanced assessment, advanced pathophysiology and advanced pharmacotherapeutics.

National Certification:

Satisfactory completion of an advanced practice certification or recertification program that meets the requirements of Michigan Rule.  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:

For clinical experience, University of Phoenix students are required to obtain a criminal history background check that includes a federal level background check. Students may not be excluded by the federal government from participation in federally funded programs. Urine drug screens (15-panel) may be required by specific clinical agencies.

For licensure, applicants must submit a criminal background check after the Board has reviewed your application and mailed you an Application Confirmation letter.

Application:

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

Must fill out and mail a hard copy application, include appropriate payment for fees, fingerprint report (instruction given after application has been reviewed), and an official transcript with degree conferral submitted by University of Phoenix Nursing also required. Must submit evidence of national certification or recertification as an Advanced Practice Nurse in the FNP role (AANP or ANCC) by having scores submitted directly from the certifying agency to the Michigan Board of Nursing. The licensing agency has a form for the certification validation request.

Contact Information:

Michigan State Board of Nursing

PO Box 30193
Lansing, MI 48909
(517) 335-0918 – Main Number

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.

Montana 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:

Possess a current Montana RN license, or a current RN license from another Nurse Licensure Compact state, or must submit an RN application with your APRN application.

Education:

Completion of an advanced nursing educational program with evidence of preceptorship. Provide proof of current national certification in the APRN role and population focus, congruent with education preparation.

National Certification:

Satisfactory completion of an advanced practice certification or recertification program that meets the requirements of Montana Rule.  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:

For clinical experience, University of Phoenix students are required to obtain a criminal history background check that includes a federal level background check. Students may not be excluded by the federal government from participation in federally funded programs. Urine drug screens (15-panel) may be required by specific clinical agencies. Must acknowledge any investigation or pending disciplinary action by a nursing regulatory agency. Fingerprint analysis required for certification.

Fingerprint background checks are required for new applications for licensure in Montana:

Read and attest to reading the Noncriminal Justice Applicant’s Rights form (included in the application).

Fingerprint cards are available from most local law enforcement agencies and the Montana Department of Justice (DOJ). Complete the information requested at the top of the fingerprint card prior to having your prints taken and include the following information:

  • Employer and Address: Board of Nursing, PO Box 200513, Helena, MT 59620-0513
  • Reason Fingerprinted: Licensure & 37-8-434, MCA
  • ORI: MT920089Z

Criminal History Record Information (CHRI) from the fingerprints is only released to the Board of Nursing. Your application will not be considered complete until the CHRI is received from the DOJ.

Application:

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

  • Official transcript, showing 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, if not reflected on the transcript sent from the educational institution directly to the Montana Board of Nursing.
  • Proof of current national certification in the APRN role and population focus, congruent with education preparation.

Fees include Application fee, Background Check and Fingerprinting (contact local law enforcement agency)

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

http://boards.bsd.dli.mt.gov/Portals/133/Documents/nur/NUR-APRN-APP_1-2017_fillable.pdf

Contact Information:

MONTANA BOARD OF NURSING

PO Box 200513 (301 S Park, 4th Floor)
Helena, MT 59620-0513
LICENSING PHONE: (406) 444-5711
EMAIL: nurse@mt.gov

www.nurse.mt.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.

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 (15-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 New Mexico Rule. 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 (15-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

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.

Ohio 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 Ohio or in a compact party state with multistate privileges.

Education:

Education verification of a master’s or doctoral degree with a major in a nursing specialty or in a related field that qualifies you to sit for a national certification examination is required. The education program must sent a transcript directly to the Board via email at apm@nursing.ohio.gov. Transcripts sent by the applicant will not be accepted.

National Certification:

Satisfactory completion of an advanced practice certification or recertification program that meets the requirements of Ohio Rule.  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:

For clinical experience, University of Phoenix students are required to obtain a criminal history background check that includes a federal level background check. Students may not be excluded by the federal government from participation in federally funded programs. Urine drug screens (15-panel) may be required by specific clinical agencies.

CRIMINAL RECORDS CHECKS REQUIRED FOR LICENSURE OR CERTIFICATION in Ohio:

If you have already completed your background checks, please disregard this letter. If you have not completed your background check, please read on.

The Ohio Revised Code requires those applying for a license or certificate issued by the Ohio Board of Nursing (Board) to submit fingerprints for an FBI (federal) and BCI (civilian) criminal records check completed by the Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation (BCI). The Board cannot, by law, complete the processing of your application until the Board receives BOTH background check reports.

BCI will ONLY accept electronic fingerprints for FBI and BCI background checks, except for the reasons listed below. Electronic fingerprints must be completed by a Webcheck location in Ohio that will submit the applicant’s fingerprints electronically to BCI. The applicant must request that BOTH reports be sent to the Board DIRECTLY from BCI, or they will not be accepted by the Board.

For more information regarding the Criminal Records Check please visit http://www.nursing.ohio.gov/PDFS/CRC_Process.pdf.

Application:

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

Must submit evidence of national certification or recertification as an Advanced Practice Nurse in the FNP role (AANP or ANCC).  The Board requires primary source verification for APRN national certification. For this to occur, you must request that your national certifying organization notify the Board directly within the thirty days of your recertification. The Board will not accept documentation of recertification from an APRN.

Applications may be submitted before you complete your APRN education, or before your national certification exam. Applications are maintained for one year, and application documents will be added to your file as you submit them. If the application remains incomplete for one year, the application and feel will be forfeited.

Education verification of a master’s or doctoral degree with a major in a nursing specialty or in a related field that qualifies you to sit for a national certification examination is required. The education program must send a transcript directly to the Board via email at apm@nursing.ohio.gov. Transcripts sent by the applicant will not be accepted.

Fees: Application fee plus Background check (contact Webcheck locations directly)

http://www.nursing.ohio.gov/PDFS/Forms/APRN/APRN_License_App_2017.pdf

Contact Information:

The Ohio Board of Nursing
17 South High Street Suite 400
Columbus, Ohio 43215-7410
(614) 466-3947 Main Number
(614) 466-0388- Main Fax

http://www.nursing.ohio.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.

Oklahoma:  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 Oklahoma.

Education:

  • Graduate from an accredited graduate level advanced practice registered nursing education program in one of the four advanced practice registered nurse roles (CNP, CNM, CNS, and CRNA)

National Certification:

Satisfactory completion of an advanced practice certification or recertification program that meets the requirements of Oklahoma Rule.  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:

For clinical experience, University of Phoenix students are required to obtain a criminal history background check that includes a federal level background check. Students may not be excluded by the federal government from participation in federally funded programs. Urine drug screens (15-panel) may be required by specific clinical agencies.

State of Oklahoma

Each applicant for licensure as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse must have a fingerprint-based background check not more than ninety (90) days old prior to submission of the application for licensure.

Application:

Applicant must:

  • Complete application: The application should be completed and submitted online on the Board’s website: https://www.ok.gov/nursing/licensing/app/index.php. Application fee applies.
  • Request that official transcripts be sent to the Oklahoma Board. If the nursing program is located out-of-state, the Board may request additional information.
  • Provide Certification verification is also to be sent directly to the Board. If the certification agency is the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists, the American Midwifery Certification Board, or the National Certification Corporation, the Oklahoma Board may be able to verify status directly. In all cases, the applicant is to provide basic information about the certification on the application form.

Oklahoma APRN Certification Application

Contact Information:

Oklahoma Board of Nursing
2915 N Classen, Ste. 524
OKC, OK   73106
(405) 962-1800-Main Number
(405) 962-1821-Fax Number

http://nursing.ok.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.

South Carolina 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:

Current South Carolina RN license.

NOTE: A current APRN South Carolina license or temporary license is required to practice advanced nursing in this state. Orientation is considered the practice of nursing in South Carolina. Therefore, all nurses must possess a current South Carolina license and/or temporary license before beginning orientation (including classroom instruction and reading policies and procedures). It is a violation of the Nurse Practice Act to begin orientation without the proper license and can result in action by the Board.

Education:

Has earned a master's degree from an accredited college or university, except for those applicants who:

  • Provide documentation as requested by the board that the applicant was graduated from an advanced, organized formal education program appropriate to the practice and acceptable to the board before December 31, 1994.

National Certification:

Satisfactory completion of an advanced practice certification or recertification program that meets the requirements of South Carolina Rule.  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:

For clinical experience, University of Phoenix students are required to obtain a criminal history background check that includes a federal level background check. Students may not be excluded by the federal government from participation in federally funded programs. Urine drug screens (15-panel) may be required by specific clinical agencies.

Effective March 2, 2009, an applicant for a license to practice nursing in South Carolina shall be subject to a criminal history background check as defined in 40-33-25 of the Nursing Practice Act.

This process requires you to furnish a full set of fingerprints and additional information required to enable a criminal history background check to be conducted by the State Law Enforcement Division (SLED) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). These services are provided by IdentoGO Centers and are operated by MorphoTrust USA.

Residents of South Carolina should go online to schedule for fingerprinting services: http://www.identogo.com/FP/SouthCarolina.aspx or call (866) 254-2366 for assistance in scheduling. Scheduling services will provide detailed information of forms of identification that will be required.

If you are a non-resident of South Carolina and do not reside in an area near South Carolina, please follow the NonResident Card Scan Processing Procedures at http://www.llr.state.sc.us/pol/nursing/index.asp?file=Online/APRNLEAD.HTM.

Application:

Advanced Practice nurse candidates will apply for state certification directly to the South Carolina Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation:

http://www.llr.state.sc.us/pol/nursing/index.asp?file=pub.htm#APRN

Holds current specialty certification by a board-approved credentialing organization. New graduates shall provide evidence of certification within one year of program completion; however, psychiatric clinical nurse specialists shall provide evidence of certification within two years of program completion.

Certifying Statement signed by Notary Public.

Verification of Lawful Presence in the United States Affidavit of Eligibility signed by Notary Public.

Recent 2”x 2” full faced passport type photo, sign and date on front or back and tape along top edge only onto your application.

Document of earned master’s degree. Have official transcripts sent directly from your master’s from nursing educational program to Board of Nursing.

Application fee applies

Contact Information:

South Carolina Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation
Synergy Business Park; Kingstree Building

110 Centerview Dr.
Columbia, S.C. 29210
(803) 896-4300 | Office Hours: 8:30 a.m.- 5:00 p.m

http://www.llr.state.sc.us/pol/nursing/

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.

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 Texas Rule. 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 (15-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 Utah Rule.  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 (15-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 Utah 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.

Related links