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Master of Science in Nursing/Family Nurse Practitioner (MSN/FNP)

The University’s Master of Science in Nursing/Family Nurse Practitioner (MSN/FNP) program meets the licensure requirements in the states listed below. Review the licensure requirements listed under your state as you prepare for your nursing journey. 

Alaska State Licensure as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN)
Below you’ll find information needed to apply for state licensure as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) after completion of the Master of Science in Nursing/Family Nurse Practitioner (MSN/FNP) program. Graduates of the MSN/FNP are eligible to apply for the state Nurse Practitioner (NP) licensure.

Licensure:
Must hold a current, active registered nurse (RN) license in good standing in the state of Alaska.

Education:
Satisfactory completion of a formal accredited graduate educational course of study preparing in one of the APRN roles that:

  • Is a minimum of one (1) 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 (3) graduate credits or more in advanced pathophysiology, advanced pharmacotherapeutics, and advanced physical assessment.

National Certification:
To apply for state licensure, candidates must hold a current certification granted by a national certification body recognized by the Alaska Board of Nursing. The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners/Family Nurse Practitioner and the American Nurses Credentialing Center/Family Nurse Practitioner certification programs are recognized by the Board and candidates may obtain certification through one of these organizations.

American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) Certification:
Candidates apply directly to AANP for certification: AANP FNP Certification Application.

Application, application fee, and official or unofficial transcript showing academic coursework completed to date or final official transcript showing degree awarded and date conferred submitted by University of Phoenix required.

American Nurses’ Credentialing Center (ANCC) Certification:
Candidates apply directly to ANCC for certification:  ANCC FNP Certification Application.

Application, application fee, validation of education form completion, and official transcript with degree conferral and date of degree submitted by University of Phoenix required. For authorization to sit for the exam, prior to degree conferral and graduation, ANCC will accept unofficial transcripts showing academic coursework to date.

Application:
Candidates will apply directly to the Alaska Board of Nursing:

The following must be received by the Board:

  • Completed application, signed, and notarized along with the associated fees.
  • Official transcripts sent directly from the University of Phoenix.
  • Copy of current national certification in applicant’s role and population focus sent directly from the certifying body.
  • Reference form completed by one of the three (3) references listed on your application who is qualified to verify the applicant’s competency to practice as an APRN and that indicates that the applicant has demonstrated competency to practice as an APRN within the two (2) years immediately before the date of the application and must be received directly from the person giving the reference.
  • Submit proof of 60 hours of continuing education within the past two years of the data of your application. Copies of CEU certificates are required. A transcript with a course listing is not accepted.  If you are a new graduate, your transcript courses can be used towards the 60 hours if they were within the past two (2) years.
  • For prescriptive authority, you must submit copies of certificates of completion of 15 contact hours of education in advanced pharmacology and clinical management of drug therapy obtained within the past two years. If the certificates do not list pharmacology hours separately, include a course outline or any other documentation indicating actual hours of pharmacology. For new graduates, your advanced pharmacology course may be used to meet the 15 hours of pharmacology education requirement, provided it was completed within the past two (2) years from the date of your application.

State Agency Contact Information:
Alaska Board of Nursing
550 West Seventh Avenue, Suite 1500 
Anchorage, AK 99501-3567

Phone: 907-269-8161
Fax: 907-269-8156
Email: BoardofNursing@alaska.gov

Disclaimer: This summary is provided as a reference tool for our students. Every effort is made to ensure this information is accurate and up to date. However, as certification/licensure requirements are subject to change at any time, students are encouraged to check with their appropriate state licensing authority (provided above) for additional information.

Arizona State Certification as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN)
Below you’ll find information needed to apply for state certification as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) after completion of the Master of Science in Nursing/Family Nurse Practitioner (MSN/FNP) program. Graduates of the MSN/FNP are eligible to apply for the state Nurse Practitioner (NP) certification. The MSN/FNP program is approved by the Arizona Board of Nursing (Approved APRN Programs).

Licensure:
Must hold a current, active registered nurse (RN) license in good standing in the state of Arizona or in a compact party state with multistate privileges.

Education:
Completion of an approved APRN program. The educational program must have been either:

Part of a graduate degree/post-master’s program at an accredited institution;

OR

Approved or recognized in the US jurisdiction of program location for the purpose of granting APRN licensure or certification. Refer to Advanced Practice FAQs | Arizona State Board of Nursing for reference.

The program must include the following:

  • A minimum of 500 faculty-supervised clinical hours.
  • Three (3) separate graduate-level courses in advanced physiology/pathophysiology, including general principles 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 category agents.
  • Diagnosis and disease management of diseases across practice settings, including diseases representative of all systems.
  • Preparation that provides a basic understanding of the principles for decision making in the identified role.
  • Preparation in the core competencies for the identified APRN role including legal, ethical, and professional responsibilities.
  • Role preparation in an identified population focus.

National Certification:
To apply for state certification, candidates must provide evidence of national certification as an APRN that meets the Arizona State Board of Nursing requirements. 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.

American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) Certification:
Candidates apply directly to AANP for certification: AANP FNP Certification Application.

Application, application fee, and official or unofficial transcript showing academic coursework completed to date or final official transcript showing degree awarded and date conferred submitted by University of Phoenix required.

American Nurses’ Credentialing Center (ANCC) Certification:
Candidates apply directly to ANCC for certification:  ANCC FNP Certification Application.

Application, application fee, validation of education form completion, and official transcript with degree conferral and date of degree submitted by University of Phoenix required. For authorization to sit for the exam, prior to degree conferral and graduation, ANCC will accept unofficial transcripts showing academic coursework to date.

Application:
Candidates will apply directly to the Arizona State Board of Nursing via the Arizona Nurse Portal.

The following must be received by the Board:

  • Completed application with the associated fees.
  • Official transcript(s) and a letter verifying program completion sent directly from the University of Phoenix.
  • National certification sent directly from the certifying agency.
  • Evidence of meeting practice requirement:
    • Completed an APRN program within the past five (5) years; or
    • Practiced for a minimum of 960 hours within the past five (5) years where the nurse:
      • Worked for compensation or as a volunteer, as an APRN. Or
      • Held a position for compensation or as a volunteer that required, preferred, or recommended in the job description, the level of advanced practice certification being sought or renewed.
  • Completed fingerprint card if applicable.
  • Nurse Practitioners seeking prescribing and dispensing privileges must complete question 20 prescribing and dispensing AND shall submit written evidence of 45 contact hours of education in pharmacology or clinical management of drug therapy within the three-year period immediately preceding this application.

State Agency Contact Information:
Arizona State Board of Nursing
1740 West Adams, Suite 2000
Phoenix, AZ 85007

Phone: 602-771-7800

Questions about your license or certificate can be submitted using the Nurse Portal.
Website

Disclaimer: This summary is provided as a reference tool for our students. Every effort is made to ensure this information is accurate and up to date. However, as certification/licensure requirements are subject to change at any time, students are encouraged to check with their appropriate state licensing authority (provided above) for additional information.

Arkansas State Licensure as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN)
Below you’ll find information needed to apply for state licensure as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) after completion of the Master of Science in Nursing/Family Nurse Practitioner (MSN/FNP) program. Graduates of the MSN/FNP are eligible to apply for the state Nurse Practitioner (NP) licensure.

Licensure:
Must hold a current, active registered (RN) license in good standing in the state of Arkansas or in a compact party state with multistate privileges.

Education:
Successful completion of a nationally accredited graduate or post-graduate APRN education program that prepares nurses for the advanced practice role of nurse practitioner.

National Certification:
To apply for state licensure, candidates must hold a current certification granted by a national certifying body recognized by the Arkansas State Board of Nursing. 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.

American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) Certification:
Candidates apply directly to AANP for certification: AANP FNP Certification Application.

Application, application fee, and official or unofficial transcript showing academic coursework completed to date or final official transcript showing degree awarded and date conferred submitted by University of Phoenix required.

American Nurses’ Credentialing Center (ANCC) Certification:
Candidates apply directly to ANCC for certification:  ANCC FNP Certification Application.

Application, application fee, validation of education form completion, and official transcript with degree conferral and date of degree submitted by University of Phoenix required. For authorization to sit for the exam, prior to degree conferral and graduation, ANCC will accept unofficial transcripts showing academic coursework to date.

Application:
Candidates will apply directly to the Arkansas State Board of Nursing via the Arkansas Nurse Portal. Refer to ASBN - Adv Practice Registered Nurse Initial by Exam for guidance.

The following must be received by the Board:

  • Completed application along with associated fees.
  • Notarized statement (on company letterhead) attesting that the applicant has practiced as an RN for a minimum of two-thousand (2,000) hours.
  • Official transcripts sent directly from the University of Phoenix to the Arkansas State Board of Nursing (ASBN), attention to the APRN Department.
  • Evidence of state and federal criminal background checks conducted by the Arkansas State Police and the Federal Bureau of Investigation completed no earlier than twelve (12) months prior to the application.
  • Verification of current certification sent directly to the Board from the national certifying body. Verification information should be mailed directly to the ASBN address or emailed to Ellen Harwell, Licensing Coordinator, at eharwell@arsbn.org.
  • You do not automatically receive prescriptive authority with the issuance of your APRN license. The application for prescriptive authority must be completed in the Arkansas Nurse Portal. You may request prescriptive authority at a later time.

State Agency Contact Information:
Arkansas State Board of Nursing
1123 South University Avenue
Little Rock, AR 72204

Phone: 501-686-2700
Fax: 501-686-2714
Email: ASBN.info@Arkansas.gov

Disclaimer: This summary is provided as a reference tool for our students. Every effort is made to ensure this information is accurate and up to date. However, as certification/licensure requirements are subject to change at any time, students are encouraged to check with their appropriate state licensing authority (provided above) for additional information.

California State Certification as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN)

Below you’ll find information needed to apply for state certification as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) after completion of the Master of Science in Nursing/Family Nurse Practitioner (MSN/FNP) program. Graduates of the MSN/FNP are eligible to apply for the state Nurse Practitioner (NP) certification. The UOPX MSN/FNP program is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing as a California-Based Nurse Practitioner Education Program.

Licensure:

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

Education:
Completion of a master's degree in nursing, a master's degree in a clinical field related to nursing, or a graduate degree in nursing and ONE of the following:

  • Successful completion of a nurse practitioner education program approved by the Board;
  • National certification as a nurse practitioner in one or more categories listed in California Code of Regulations.

National Certification:
National certification is voluntary.

American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) Certification:
Candidates apply directly to AANP for certification: AANP FNP Certification Application.

Application, application fee, and official or unofficial transcript showing academic coursework completed to date or final official transcript showing degree awarded and date conferred submitted by University of Phoenix required.

American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Certification:
Candidates apply directly to ANCC for certification:  ANCC FNP Certification Application.

Application, application fee, validation of education form completion, and official transcript with degree conferral and date of degree submitted by University of Phoenix required.  For authorization to sit for the exam, prior to degree conferral and graduation, ANCC will accept unofficial transcripts showing academic coursework to date.

Application:
Candidates will apply directly to the California Board of Registered Nursing via California Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) BreEZe Online Services. Refer to General Instructions for Applying for Nurse Practitioner (NP) Certification for guidance. Application instructions also include associated forms that may be attached to online application as needed.

The following must be received by the Board (California-Based Nurse Practitioner Program):

  • Completed online application with the associated fees.
  • Completed Verification of Nurse Practitioner Academic Program form submitted by the University of Phoenix.
  • Official, sealed transcript showing evidence of date of graduation or post-graduation nurse practitioner program.
  • General reporting of prior convictions or disciplines against licenses/certificates.
  • In order to furnish (prescribe) drugs and devices to patients, you must submit an application for a Nurse Practitioner Furnishing Number together with your Nurse Practitioner Application. Refer to Nurse Practitioner Furnishing Number Application Instructions (California-Based Nurse Practitioner Program) for guidance.

Please note that in order to furnish (prescribe) drugs and devices to patients, you must submit an application for a Nurse Practitioner Furnishing Number together with your Nurse Practitioner Application.

State Agency Contact Information:

California Board of Registered Nursing

Mailing Address:
Advanced Practice Unit – NP Certification
Board of Registered Nursing
P.O. Box 944210
Sacramento, CA 94244-2100

Street Address for Overnight or In-Person Delivery:
Advanced Practice Unit – NP Certification
Board of Registered Nursing
1747 N. Market Blvd., Suite 150
Sacramento, CA 95834-1924

Phone: 916-322-3350 
Fax: 916-574-7697
Website

Disclaimer: This summary is provided as a reference tool for our students. Every effort is made to ensure this information is accurate and up to date. However, as certification/licensure requirements are subject to change at any time, students are encouraged to check with their appropriate state licensing authority (provided above) for additional information.

Colorado State Requirements for Inclusion on the Advanced Practice Registry (APR)
Below you’ll find information needed to apply for inclusion on the Advanced Practice Registry (APR) after completion of the Master of Science in Nursing/Family Nurse Practitioner (MSN/FNP) program. A nurse who is included in the APR has the right to use the title Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) or, if authorized by the Board, to use the title Nurse Practitioner (NP). Graduates of the MSN/FNP meet requirements for inclusion on the APR.

Licensure:
Must hold a current, active registered nurse (RN) license in good standing in the state of Colorado or in a compact party state with multistate privileges.

Education:
Successful completion of a graduate or post-graduate nursing degree in the role and, where applicable, the population focus for which the candidate seeks inclusion on the APR.

National Certification:
Candidates must provide proof of a current national certification from a nationally recognized accrediting agency, as approved by the Colorado Board of Nursing, in the appropriate role and population focus the candidate intends to practice. The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners/Family Nurse Practitioner and the American Nurses Credentialing Center/Family Nurse Practitioner certification programs are approved by the Board. Certification is issued upon passage of an examination and meeting all other certification requirements.

American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) Certification:
Candidates apply directly to AANP for certification: AANP FNP Certification Application.

Application, application fee, and official or unofficial transcript showing academic coursework completed to date or final official transcript showing degree awarded and date conferred submitted by University of Phoenix required.

American Nurses’ Credentialing Center (ANCC) Certification:
Candidates apply directly to ANCC for certification:  ANCC FNP Certification Application.

Application, application fee, validation of education form completion, and official transcript with degree conferral and date of degree submitted by University of Phoenix required. For authorization to sit for the exam, prior to degree conferral and graduation, ANCC will accept unofficial transcripts showing academic coursework to date.

Application:
Candidates will apply for the state Advanced Practice Registration via the Colorado Division of Professions and Occupations Online Services: Advanced Practice Registration - New Application (Apply Online). Refer to Advanced Practice Registration - Online Application Checklist for guidance.

The following must be received by the Division of Professions and Occupations:

  • Completed application, including the Affidavit of Eligibility section, with the associated fees.
  • Information regarding other healthcare licenses and license verification if applicable.
  • Verification of national certification.
  • Selection of your population focus.
  • Declaration of your primary state of residency.
  • Verification of professional liability insurance.
  • If you hold an active compact-multi state RN license:
    • License verification.
    • Name change documentation if applicable.
    • Responses on general and criminal history screening questions with supporting documentation.
    • Completed Healthcare Professions Profile including supporting documentation.
    • The Colorado APN license does not allow for prescriptive authority. You will need to fill out another application for prescriptive authority (RXN) in Colorado (Prescriptive Authority - Online Application Checklist).

State Agency Contact Information:
Colorado Board of Nursing
1560 Broadway, Suite 1350
Denver, CO 80202

Phone: 303-894-7800
Email: dora_dpo_licensing@state.co.us 

Disclaimer: This summary is provided as a reference tool for our students. Every effort is made to ensure this information is accurate and up to date. However, as certification/licensure requirements are subject to change at any time, students are encouraged to check with their appropriate state licensing authority (provided above) for additional information.

Florida State Licensure as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN)
Below you’ll find information needed to apply for state licensure as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) after completion of the Master of Science in Nursing/Family Nurse Practitioner (MSN/FNP) program. Graduates of the MSN/FNP are eligible to apply for the state Nurse Practitioner (NP) licensure. 

Licensure:
Must hold a valid registered nurse (RN) license from any US jurisdiction (at initial APRN licensure).

Education:
Completion of a master’s degree or post-master’s degree certification program with preparation in specialized practitioner skills as a Nurse Practitioner.

National Certification:
Candidates for licensure as an APRN must submit proof of national advanced practice certification from an approved nursing specialty board. The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners/Family Nurse Practitioner and the American Nurses Credentialing Center/Family Nurse Practitioner certification programs are recognized by the Florida Board of Nursing. Certification is issued upon passage of an examination and meeting all other certification requirements.

American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) Certification:
Candidates apply directly to AANP for certification: AANP FNP Certification Application.

Application, application fee, and official or unofficial transcript showing academic coursework completed to date or final official transcript showing degree awarded and date conferred submitted by University of Phoenix required.

American Nurses’ Credentialing Center (ANCC) Certification:
Candidates apply directly to ANCC for certification:  ANCC FNP Certification Application.

Application, application fee, validation of education form completion, and official transcript with degree conferral and date of degree submitted by University of Phoenix required. For authorization to sit for the exam, prior to degree conferral and graduation, ANCC will accept unofficial transcripts showing academic coursework to date.

Application:
Candidates will apply directly to the Florida Board of Nursing:

Refer to Advanced Practice Registered Nurse Initial Licensing Requirements for guidance.

The following must be received by the Board:

  • Completed application with the associated fees. 
  • License verification from the original state of licensure (exam state) and from a state where the applicant holds a current active license.
  • Proof of national certification. Exam results are not considered proof of national certification.
  • Proof of malpractice insurance or exemption.
  • Electronic fingerprinting.

Applicants with health, criminal, and/or disciplinary history are required to submit additional documentation as specified by the Board.

State Agency Contact Information:

Florida Board of Nursing

Mailing Address:
Department of Health 
Board of Nursing 
4052 Bald Cypress Way, Bin C-02 
Tallahassee, FL 32399-3252

Phone: 850-245-4125
Fax: 850-617-6460
Email: Mqa.Nursingappstatus@flhealth.gov

Applications and Fees ONLY:
Department of Health
Board of Nursing 
P.O. Box 6330 
Tallahassee, FL 32314-6330

Disclaimer: This summary is provided as a reference tool for our students. Every effort is made to ensure this information is accurate and up to date. However, as certification/licensure requirements are subject to change at any time, students are encouraged to check with their appropriate state licensing authority (provided above) for additional information.

Hawaii State Licensure as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN)
Below you’ll find information needed to apply for state licensure as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) after completion of the Master of Science in Nursing/Family Nurse Practitioner (MSN/FNP) program. Graduates of the MSN/FNP are eligible to apply for the state Nurse Practitioner (NP) licensure.

Licensure:

Must hold:

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

Education:
Completion of an accredited graduate-level education program leading to a Nurse Practitioner.

National Certification:
To apply for state licensure, candidates must hold a current, unencumbered certification of having passed a national certification examination that measures role and population-focused competencies and is recognized by the Hawaii Board of Nursing. The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners/Family Nurse Practitioner and the American Nurses Credentialing Center/Family Nurse Practitioner certification programs are recognized by the Board. Certification is issued upon passage of an examination and meeting all other certification requirements.

American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) Certification:
Candidates apply directly to AANP for certification: AANP FNP Certification Application.

Application, application fee, and official or unofficial transcript showing academic coursework completed to date or final official transcript showing degree awarded and date conferred submitted by University of Phoenix required.

American Nurses’ Credentialing Center (ANCC) Certification:
Candidates apply directly to ANCC for certification:  ANCC FNP Certification Application.

Application, application fee, validation of education form completion, and official transcript with degree conferral and date of degree submitted by University of Phoenix required. For authorization to sit for the exam, prior to degree conferral and graduation, ANCC will accept unofficial transcripts showing academic coursework to date.

Application:
Candidates will apply directly to the Hawaii State Board of Nursing. Refer to APRN Requirements & Application guidance.

The following must be received by the Board:

  • Completed application with the associated fees. 
  • Electronic fingerprinting if applicable.
  • Official transcript(s) must be sent directly from the University of Phoenix.
  • Verification of current certification in the nursing specialty sent directly from the national certifying body.
  • Verification of unencumbered license as an RN in all states in which you are currently licensed.
  • Board-specified documentation for “Yes” answers to application questions 3, 4, or 5.

State Agency Contact Information:

Hawaii Board of Nursing

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 3469
Honolulu, HI 96801

Deliver to Office Location: 
335 Merchant St., Rm 301 
Honolulu, HI 96813

Phone: 808-586-3000
Email: nursing@dcca.hawaii.gov

Disclaimer: This summary is provided as a reference tool for our students. Every effort is made to ensure this information is accurate and up to date. However, as certification/licensure requirements are subject to change at any time, students are encouraged to check with their appropriate state licensing authority (provided above) for additional information.

Indiana Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) Application
Below you’ll find information needed to submit an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) application after completion of the Master of Science in Nursing/Family Nurse Practitioner (MSN/FNP) program. The Indiana APRN application is for the authority to prescribe independently as an APRN. This is not a license to practice as a nurse practitioner as no such license exists in the state of Indiana.

Licensure:
Must hold a current, active registered nurse (RN) license in good standing in the state of Indiana or in a compact party state with multistate privileges.

Education:
Successful completion of a graduate program offered by a college or university accredited by the Commission on Recognition of Postsecondary Accreditation. Proof of having successfully completed graduate level course in pharmacology consisting of 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 your APRN application.

National Certification:
In Indiana, you can work as an advanced practice nurse (nurse practitioner) under your active RN license as long as you meet the statutory requirements to do so. Nurse practitioners who complete a certificate program must be certified and maintain certification as a nurse practitioner by a national organization which requires a national certifying examination.

American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) Certification:
Candidates apply directly to AANP for certification: AANP FNP Certification Application.

Application, application fee, and official or unofficial transcript showing academic coursework completed to date or final official transcript showing degree awarded and date conferred submitted by University of Phoenix required.

American Nurses’ Credentialing Center (ANCC) Certification:
Candidates apply directly to ANCC for certification:  ANCC FNP Certification Application.

Application, application fee, validation of education form completion, and official transcript with degree conferral and date of degree submitted by University of Phoenix required. For authorization to sit for the exam, prior to degree conferral and graduation, ANCC will accept unofficial transcripts showing academic coursework to date.

Application:

Candidates will apply directly to the Indiana State Board of Nursing:

Refer to Advanced Practice Registered Nurse Application Instructions and Advanced Practice Registered Nurse Checklist for guidance.

The following must be received by the Board:

  • Completed application with the associated fees. 
  • Positive response documentation: If you answer "Yes" to any questions on the application, explain fully in a statement that includes all details. Include the violation, location, date, cause number, and disposition. Submit copies of court documents for each instance to support the statement. If malpractice, provide the name(s) of the plaintiff(s).
  • Name change documentation if applicable.
  • Copy of the current RN license in the state of Indiana or another compact state.
  • List of licenses in any state or territory the applicant holds or has held a license/certification in the health professional field along with license verification(s).
  • Official transcript(s) sent directly to the Board from the University of Phoenix.
  • Proof of pharmacology education requirement. If the pharmacology course was completed more than five (5) years immediately preceding the date of filing the application, submit proof of the following:
    • Completion of at least thirty (30) actual contact hours of continuing education during the two (2) years immediately preceding the date of the application, including a minimum of at least eight (8) actual contact hours of pharmacology, all of which must be approved by a nationally approved sponsor of continuing education for nurses; and
    • Prescriptive experience in another jurisdiction within the five (5) years immediately preceding the date of the application. This is generally a letter from a physician in another state verifying their prescriptive experience.
  • Written Collaborative Practice Agreement(s).
  • Criminal background check: submit once confirmation from Indiana Professional Licensing Agency that the application is entered. Email confirmation comes from pla@pla.in.gov (required for all new applications).

State Agency Contact Information:

Indiana State Board of Nursing

Mailing Address:

Indiana Professional Licensing Agency
Attn: Nursing Board
402 West Washington Street, Room W072
Indianapolis, IN 46204

Phone: 317-234-2043  
Email: pla2@pla.in.gov

Disclaimer: This summary is provided as a reference tool for our students. Every effort is made to ensure this information is accurate and up to date. However, as certification/licensure requirements are subject to change at any time, students are encouraged to check with their appropriate state licensing authority (provided above) for additional information.

Michigan State Certification as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN)
Below you’ll find information needed to apply for state certification as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) after completion of the Master of Science in Nursing/Family Nurse Practitioner (MSN/FNP) program. Graduates of the MSN/FNP are eligible to apply for the state Nurse Practitioner (NP) certification.

Licensure:
Must hold a current, active registered nurse (RN) license in good standing in the state of Michigan.

Education:
Graduation from a graduate degree program designed to prepare for practice as a Nurse Practitioner.

National Certification:
To apply for state certification, candidates must possess advance practice certification from a national certifying agency. The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners/Family Nurse Practitioner and the American Nurses Credentialing Center/ Family Nurse Practitioner certification programs are recognized by the Michigan Board of Nursing. Certification is issued upon passage of an examination and meeting all other certification requirements.

American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) Certification:
Candidates apply directly to AANP for certification: AANP FNP Certification Application.

Application, application fee, and official or unofficial transcript showing academic coursework completed to date or final official transcript showing degree awarded and date conferred submitted by University of Phoenix required.

American Nurses’ Credentialing Center (ANCC) Certification:
Candidates apply directly to ANCC for certification:  ANCC FNP Certification Application.

Application, application fee, validation of education form completion, and official transcript with degree conferral and date of degree submitted by University of Phoenix required. For authorization to sit for the exam, prior to degree conferral and graduation, ANCC will accept unofficial transcripts showing academic coursework to date.

Application:
Candidates will apply directly to the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA), Bureau of Professional Licensing via the Michigan Professional Licensing User System (MiPLUS). Refer to Nursing Licensing Guide for guidance.

The following must be received by the LARA Bureau of Professional Licensing:

  • Completed application with the associated fees. 
  • Criminal background check. Once the online application is completed and submitted, you will be emailed an Application Confirmation letter containing instructions to complete the criminal background check.
  • Good moral character questions: Documentation will be required if you answer “yes” to either question to show at the current time you have the ability to, and are likely to, serve the public in a fair, honest, and open manner, that you are rehabilitated, or that the substance of the former offense is not reasonably related to the occupation or profession for which you are seeking a license.
  • Official transcripts sent directly from the University of Phoenix.
  • Verification of national certification sent directly from the certifying agency.
  • Verification of licensure of any state or territory the candidate holds or has held a license as a nurse sent directly by the respective licensing agency.
  • Proof of completion of training to identify victims of human trafficking beginning January 6, 2022 (required for initial MI RN licensure).
  • Implicit bias training: beginning June 1, 2022, completion of two (2) hours of implicit bias training within the five (5) years immediately preceding issuance of the license or registration is required (for MI RN licensure).

Implicit Bias Recognition and Remediation Training Now Available (michigancenterfornursing.org)

State Agency Contact Information:

Michigan Board of Nursing

Mailing Address:
Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs
Bureau of Professional Licensing
P.O. Box  30670
Lansing, MI 48909

Overnight Carrier Address:
Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs 
Mail Services
2407 N. Grand River Avenue 
Lansing, MI 48906

Phone: 517-241-0199
Email: BPLHelp@michigan.gov

Disclaimer: This summary is provided as a reference tool for our students. Every effort is made to ensure this information is accurate and up to date. However, as certification/licensure requirements are subject to change at any time, students are encouraged to check with their appropriate state licensing authority (provided above) for additional information.

Montana State Licensure as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN)
Below you’ll find information needed to apply for state licensure as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) after completion of the Master of Science in Nursing/Family Nurse Practitioner (MSN/FNP) program. Graduates of the MSN/FNP are eligible to apply for the state Nurse Practitioner (NP) licensure.

Licensure:
Must hold a current, active  registered nurse (RN) license in good standing in the state of Montana or in a compact party state with multistate privileges. Or must submit an RN application concurrently with the APRN application.

Education:
Completion of an accredited graduate-level advanced nursing educational program with evidence of preceptorship.

National Certification:
To apply for state licensure, candidates must provide proof of current national certification in APRN role and population focus congruent with education preparation. The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners/Family Nurse Practitioner and the American Nurses Credentialing Center/Family Nurse Practitioner certification programs are recognized by the Montana Board of Nursing. Certification is issued upon passage of an examination and meeting all other certification requirements.

American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) Certification:
Candidates apply directly to AANP for certification: AANP FNP Certification Application.

Application, application fee, and official or unofficial transcript showing academic coursework completed to date or final official transcript showing degree awarded and date conferred submitted by University of Phoenix required.

American Nurses’ Credentialing Center (ANCC) Certification:
Candidates apply directly to ANCC for certification:  ANCC FNP Certification Application.

Application, application fee, validation of education form completion, and official transcript with degree conferral and date of degree submitted by University of Phoenix required. For authorization to sit for the exam, prior to degree conferral and graduation, ANCC will accept unofficial transcripts showing academic coursework to date.

Application:
Candidates will apply directly to the Montana Board of Nursing

For specific information on filing an application, you will need to obtain the Application which also includes instructions. Refer to Licensing Requirements and Application Checklist APRN for guidance. Online application is recommended.

The following must be received by the Board:

  • Completed application with the associated fees. 
  • If you answered yes to discipline questions, include a detailed explanation on the event(s) and documentation from the source.
  • Official transcript, showing degree awarded and date degree was conferred, sent directly from the University of Phoenix.
  • Evidence of preceptorship, if not reflected on the transcript sent directly from the educational institution.
  • Proof of active RN license.
  • Official license verification from states and jurisdictions in which the candidate holds or has ever held a professional license of any type. (If the state is part of NURSYS, verification must be through Nursys. 
    IF state is NOT part of Nursys, MUST come from the source.)
  • Proof of current national certification in the APRN role and population focus, congruent with education preparation.
  • Fingerprint background check.
  • Non-Criminal Notice of Applicants Rights form.
  • An additional application is needed for APRN prescriptive authority. Prescriptive authority/initial endorsement:
    • If you have graduated from an accredited program in the last five (5) years, submit:
      • Evidence of successful completion of a graduate level course of three (3) semester credits in advanced pharmacology that includes instruction in pharmacodynamics, pharmacokinetics, and pharmacotherapeutics of all broad categories of agents.
      • Evidence of successful completion of a graduate level course that includes differential diagnosis/disease management.
      • Evidence of supervised clinical practice that integrates pharmacologic intervention with patient management.
    • If you have graduated from an accredited program more than five (5) years ago, must complete: either a graduate level course of three (3) semester credits or 45 contact hours of continuing education (during the last 5 years) that includes instruction in pharmacodynamics, pharmacokinetics, and pharmacotherapeutics of all broad categories of agents.

State Agency Contact Information:

Montana Board of Nursing

Mailing Address:
Board of Nursing
P.O. Box 200513
Helena, MT 59620-0513

Physical Address:
Board of Nursing
301 S. Park, 4th Floor
Helena, MT 59620

Phone: 406-444-6880
Email: nurse@mt.gov

Disclaimer: This summary is provided as a reference tool for our students. Every effort is made to ensure this information is accurate and up to date. However, as certification/licensure requirements are subject to change at any time, students are encouraged to check with their appropriate state licensing authority (provided above) for additional information.

Nevada State Licensure as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN)
Below you’ll find information needed to apply for state licensure as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) after completion of the Master of Science in Nursing/Family Nurse Practitioner (MSN/FNP) program. Graduates of the MSN/FNP are eligible to apply for the state Nurse Practitioner (NP) licensure.

Licensure:
Must hold a current, active registered nurse (RN) license in good standing in the state of Nevada.

Education:
Completion of an APRN program (master’s degree in nursing, post-master’s certificate program, or a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree).The program must be at least one (1) academic year in length and must include didactic instruction and clinical experience. The transcript must show the program included these basic educational components:

  • Advanced health assessment
  • Advanced pathophysiology
  • Advanced pharmacology
  • Advanced role preparation
  • Specific clinical specialty
  • Clinical preceptorship.

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

National Certification:
Candidates must submit proof of certification as an APRN by a nationally recognized certification agency approved by the Nevada State Board of Nursing. The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners/Family Nurse Practitioner and the American Nurses Credentialing Center/Family Nurse Practitioner certification programs are recognized by the Board. Certification is issued upon passage of an examination and meeting all other certification requirements.

American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) Certification:
Candidates apply directly to AANP for certification: AANP FNP Certification Application.

Application, application fee, and official or unofficial transcript showing academic coursework completed to date or final official transcript showing degree awarded and date conferred submitted by University of Phoenix required.

American Nurses’ Credentialing Center (ANCC) Certification:
Candidates apply directly to ANCC for certification:  ANCC FNP Certification Application.

Application, application fee, validation of education form completion, and official transcript with degree conferral and date of degree submitted by University of Phoenix required. For authorization to sit for the exam, prior to degree conferral and graduation, ANCC will accept unofficial transcripts showing academic coursework to date.

Application:
Candidates will apply directly to the Nevada State Board of Nursing via the Nevada Nurse Portal. Refer to APRN Licensure Requirements for guidance.

The following must be received by the Board:

  • Completed application with the associated fees. 
  • Official transcript(s) with degree posted sent directly to the Board from the University of Phoenix.
  • If you are not licensed as an APRN in any state and graduated from your APRN program more than two (2) years from the date your application is submitted, you are required to collaborate with physician for 1,000 hours without the ability to prescribe. Refer to the Application for APRN Prescribing Privileges for further prescribing privileges information.
  • Copy of certification as an APRN by a nationally recognized certification agency approved by the Board.
  • Completed fingerprint card or electronic fingerprint submission.

State Agency Contact Information:

Nevada State Board of Nursing
5011 Meadowood Mall Way, Suite 300
Reno, NV 89502-6547

Phone: 888-590-6726
Fax: 775-687-7707
Email: nursingboard@nsbn.state.nv.us

Disclaimer: This summary is provided as a reference tool for our students. Every effort is made to ensure this information is accurate and up to date. However, as certification/licensure requirements are subject to change at any time, students are encouraged to check with their appropriate state licensing authority (provided above) for additional information.

New Mexico State Licensure as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN)
Below you’ll find information needed to apply for state licensure as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) after completion of the Master of Science in Nursing/Family Nurse Practitioner (MSN/FNP) program. Graduates of the MSN/FNP are eligible to apply for the state Nurse Practitioner (NP) licensure.

Licensure:
Must hold a current, active registered nurse (RN) license in good standing in the state of New Mexico or in a compact party state with multistate privileges.

Education:
Successful 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:
To apply for state licensure, candidates must provide evidence of successful accomplishment of national certification as a nurse practitioner. 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.

American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) Certification:
Candidates apply directly to AANP for certification: AANP FNP Certification Application.

Application, application fee, and official or unofficial transcript showing academic coursework completed to date or final official transcript showing degree awarded and date conferred submitted by University of Phoenix required.

American Nurses’ Credentialing Center (ANCC) Certification:
Candidates apply directly to ANCC for certification:  ANCC FNP Certification Application.

Application, application fee, validation of education form completion, and official transcript with degree conferral and date of degree submitted by University of Phoenix required. For authorization to sit for the exam, prior to degree conferral and graduation, ANCC will accept unofficial transcripts showing academic coursework to date.

Application:
Candidates will apply directly to the New Mexico Board of Nursing via the New Mexico Nurse Portal. Refer to APRN Initial Application Instructions for guidance.

The following must be received by the Board:

  • Completed application with the associated fees. 
  • Official transcript(s) sent directly from the University of Phoenix.
  • Completed Verification of APRN Education Form  must be received directly from the University of Phoenix.
  • Proof of current national certification. Candidates are eligible for a graduate permit prior to siting for the certifying examination.
  • Proof of holding an active RN License (for nurses licensed outside of New Mexico).
    • If using a valid multistate (compact) license, proof of holding the license.
    • Proof of licensure must include the issuance and expiration dates, multistate/compact status, licensee name, and license number.
  • Graduate permit may be requested if needed:
    • Graduate permits may be issued for applicants, provided all requirements for APRN licensure have been met with the exception of holding a national certification, and the following have been received in the Board of Nursing office:
      • Proof of scheduling the national certification exam; and
      • A letter of verification of intent to employ, on official letterhead including the name and license number of the practice supervisor and the name and license number of the prescription supervisor, is required from each employer.
      • Graduate permits will be issued to the employer.
      • Graduate permits are valid until the date of expiration or failure of the certification examination.
    • APRNs in New Mexico are able to obtain dangerous drugs prescriptive authority from the Board of Nursing if they meet respective requirements (Certified Nurse Practitioner 16.12.2.13.N.(5) NMAC).

State Agency Contact Information:

New Mexico Board of Nursing

Mailing Address:
New Mexico Board of Nursing
P.O. Box 3628
Albuquerque, NM 87190

Physical Address:
6301 Indian School Rd NE, Suite 710
Albuquerque, NM  87110

Phone: 505-841-8340
Fax: 505-831-8347
Email: bon.licensing@state.nm.us

Disclaimer: This summary is provided as a reference tool for our students. Every effort is made to ensure this information is accurate and up to date. However, as certification/licensure requirements are subject to change at any time, students are encouraged to check with their appropriate state licensing authority (provided above) for additional information.

Ohio State Licensure as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN)
Below you’ll find information needed to apply for state licensure as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) after completion of the Master of Science in Nursing/Family Nurse Practitioner (MSN/FNP) program. Graduates of the MSN/FNP are eligible to apply for the state Nurse Practitioner (NP) licensure.

Licensure:
Must hold a current, active registered nurse (RN) license in good standing in the state of Ohio.

Education:
Completion of a master’s or doctoral degree with a major in nursing that qualifies you to sit for a national certification examination and have completed a graduate level course in advanced pharmacology containing a minimum 45 contact hours of content specified in ORC 4723.482. The Advanced Pharmacology course must be completed no longer than five (5) years prior to the date you submitted the application.

National Certification:
APRNs must meet all requirements of the Ohio Board of Nursing including maintaining national certification by the applicable national certifying agency. The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners/Family Nurse Practitioner and the American Nurses Credentialing Center/Family Nurse Practitioner certification programs meet the Board’s requirements. Certification is issued upon passage of an examination and meeting all other certification requirements.

American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) Certification:
Candidates apply directly to AANP for certification: AANP FNP Certification Application.

Application, application fee, and official or unofficial transcript showing academic coursework completed to date or final official transcript showing degree awarded and date conferred submitted by University of Phoenix required.

American Nurses’ Credentialing Center (ANCC) Certification:
Candidates apply directly to ANCC for certification:  ANCC FNP Certification Application.

Application, application fee, validation of education form completion, and official transcript with degree conferral and date of degree submitted by University of Phoenix required. For authorization to sit for the exam, prior to degree conferral and graduation, ANCC will accept unofficial transcripts showing academic coursework to date.

Application:
Candidates will apply directly to the Ohio Board of Nursing via the Ohio eLicense System. Refer to APRN Application Sample Certified Nurse Practitioner/Application Instructions for guidance.

The following must be received by the Board:

  • Completed application with the associated fees.
  • Official transcript(s) that shows graduation date, earned degree, and completion of the advanced pharmacology requirements sent directly from the University of Phoenix.
  • Verification of national certification sent directly from the national certifying organization. 
  • Continuing education in Ohio law and rules that govern schedule II prescribing if you completed an APRN program not located in Ohio.

State Agency Contact Information:

Ohio Board of Nursing
17 South High Street, Suite 660
Columbus, OH 43215-3466

Phone: 614-466-3947
Fax: 614-466-0388

Disclaimer: This summary is provided as a reference tool for our students. Every effort is made to ensure this information is accurate and up to date. However, as certification/licensure requirements are subject to change at any time, students are encouraged to check with their appropriate state licensing authority (provided above) for additional information.

Oklahoma State Licensure as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN)
Below you’ll find information needed to apply for state licensure as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) after completion of the Master of Science in Nursing/Family Nurse Practitioner (MSN/FNP) program. Graduates of the MSN/FNP are eligible to apply for the state Nurse Practitioner (NP) licensure

Licensure:
Must hold a current, active registered nurse (RN) license in good standing in the state of Oklahoma or in a compact party state with multistate privileges.

Education:
Successful completion of an accredited graduate level advanced practice registered nursing education program in one of the four (4) APRN roles including a Nurse Practitioner.

National Certification:
Candidates must hold a current national certification in the specialty area consistent with educational preparation and by a national certifying body recognized by the Oklahoma Board of Nursing. The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners/Family Nurse Practitioner and the American Nurses Credentialing Center/Family Nurse Practitioner certification programs are recognized by the Board. Certification is issued upon passage of an examination and meeting all other certification requirements.

American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) Certification:
Candidates apply directly to AANP for certification: AANP FNP Certification Application.

Application, application fee, and official or unofficial transcript showing academic coursework completed to date or final official transcript showing degree awarded and date conferred submitted by University of Phoenix required.

American Nurses’ Credentialing Center (ANCC) Certification:
Candidates apply directly to ANCC for certification:  ANCC FNP Certification Application.

Application, application fee, validation of education form completion, and official transcript with degree conferral and date of degree submitted by University of Phoenix required. For authorization to sit for the exam, prior to degree conferral and graduation, ANCC will accept unofficial transcripts showing academic coursework to date.

Application:
Candidates will apply directly to the Oklahoma Board of Nursing via the Oklahoma Nurse Portal. A paper copy may be requested by the individual applicant by submitting a written request for such to the Board office. Refer for Instructions for Initial Licensure as an APRN for guidance.

The following must be received by the Board:

  • Completed application with the associated fees.
  • Official transcripts, including the degree conferred, date of conferral, advanced practice role and specialty, sent directly from the University of Phoenix.
  • Verification of current national certification sent directly from the certifying body.
  • Completed Affidavit of Citizenship Status unless such information is already on file with the Board.
  • Completed fingerprint card.
  • If you answer “yes” to the criminal charge, discipline, or competency questions on the application, you must submit a statement on the application form, describing the date, location and circumstances of the incident, and the resulting action taken by the court or disciplinary board along with supporting documentation specified by the Board.
  • APRNs are able to obtain prescriptive authority from the Board of Nursing. An additional application is needed for APRN prescriptive authority. Refer to Instructions for Prescriptive Authority Recognition for the APRN for guidance.

State Agency Contact Information:

Oklahoma Board of Nursing 

Mailing Address:
Oklahoma Board of Nursing 
P.O. Box 52926 
Oklahoma City, OK 73152

Physical Address:
2501 N. Lincoln Blvd., Ste. 207 
Oklahoma City, OK 73105

Phone: 405-962-1800 or 405-962-1832 
Fax: 405-962-1821 
Email: obnwebmaster@nursing.ok.gov

Disclaimer: This summary is provided as a reference tool for our students. Every effort is made to ensure this information is accurate and up to date. However, as certification/licensure requirements are subject to change at any time, students are encouraged to check with their appropriate state licensing authority (provided above) for additional information.

South Carolina State Licensure as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN)
Below you’ll find information needed to apply for state licensure as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) after completion of the Master of Science in Nursing/Family Nurse Practitioner (MSN/FNP) program. Graduates of the MSN/FNP are eligible to apply for the state Nurse Practitioner (NP) licensure.

Licensure:
Current South Carolina registered nurse (RN) license.

South Carolina is a member of the Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC). The NLC does not affect additional requirements imposed by states for advanced-practice registered nursing. A multi-state licensure privilege to practice registered nursing granted by a party state must be recognized by other party states as a license to practice registered nursing if a license to practice registered nursing is required by state law as a precondition for qualifying for advanced-practice registered nurse authorization.

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:
Completion of an advanced formal education program at the master’s level or doctoral level acceptable to the Board of Nursing. Graduates should demonstrate advanced knowledge and skill in assessment and management of physical and psychosocial health, illness status of persons, families, and groups.

National Certification:
APRNs must hold current specialty certification by South Carolina Board of Nursing-approved credentialing organization. New graduates must provide evidence of certification within one (1) year of program completion.

The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners/Family Nurse Practitioner and the American Nurses Credentialing Center/Family Nurse Practitioner certification programs are recognized by the Board. Certification is issued upon passage of an examination and meeting all other certification requirements.

American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) Certification:
Candidates apply directly to AANP for certification: AANP FNP Certification Application.

Application, application fee, and official or unofficial transcript showing academic coursework completed to date or final official transcript showing degree awarded and date conferred submitted by University of Phoenix required.

American Nurses’ Credentialing Center (ANCC) Certification:
Candidates apply directly to ANCC for certification:  ANCC FNP Certification Application.

Application, application fee, validation of education form completion, and official transcript with degree conferral and date of degree submitted by University of Phoenix required. For authorization to sit for the exam, prior to degree conferral and graduation, ANCC will accept unofficial transcripts showing academic coursework to date.

Application:
Candidates will apply directly to the South Carolina Board of Nursing.

Online Application:

 

Paper Application: APRN Update - Current SC RN to APRN

The following must be received by the Board:

  • Completed application with the associated fees.
  • If you answer “yes” to any of the application questions (1-10) - PART VI: Personal History Information, you must attach a full written explanation pertaining to that particular question.
  • 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).
  • Copy of current SC RN license with the expiration date.
  • Official transcripts sent directly from the University of Phoenix.
  • Copy of current specialty certification by a Board-approved credentialing organization.
  • Copies of legal documents that authorize a change in name, if applicable.
  • Obtain all physician signatures and license numbers to be included on your application, if applicable.
  • See the SC Nurse Practice Act for guidelines on the development of written protocols
  • Completed Affidavit of Eligibility.
  • Criminal background check (fingerprints): the Board will forward instructions once application is received.
  • If applying for prescriptive authority, complete and submit the Prescriptive Authority Application (online or paper application). Provide evidence of completion of forty-five (45) contact hours of education in pharmacotherapeutics acceptable to the Board within two (2) years before application. New graduates (graduated within two (2) years before the application) who have completed a graduate level pharmacology course meet the educational requirements for prescriptive authority. Refer to Requirements and Instructions for APRN Prescriptive Authority for further guidance.

 

State Agency Contact Information:

South Carolina Board of Nursing

Mailing Address:
Board of Nursing 
P.O. Box 12367
Columbia, SC 29211

Physical Address:
Board of Nursing 
110 Centerview Dr., Ste 202
Columbia, SC 29210

Phone: 803-896-4550
Fax: 803-896-4515
Email: nurseboard@llr.sc.gov

Disclaimer: This summary is provided as a reference tool for our students. Every effort is made to ensure this information is accurate and up to date. However, as certification/licensure requirements are subject to change at any time, students are encouraged to check with their appropriate state licensing authority (provided above) for additional information.

Texas State Licensure as Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) 
Below you’ll find information needed to apply for state licensure as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) after completion of the Master of Science in Nursing/Family Nurse Practitioner (MSN/FNP) program. Graduates of the MSN/FNP are eligible to apply for the state Nurse Practitioner (NP) licensure.

Licensure:
Must hold a current, active registered nurse (RN) license in good standing in the state of Texas or in compact party state with multistate privileges.

Education:
Completion of an APRN (completion of a minimum of a master's degree) accredited by an organization recognized by the Board that complies with the requirements in Rule 221.3.

  • Program of study must be at least one (1) academic year in length and must include a formal preceptorship. 
  • Completion of a minimum of nine (9) 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.
  • Completion of 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:
To be licensed in Texas, all APRN candidates must take and pass the appropriate APRN national certification examination in the APRN role and population focus congruent with the candidate's educational preparation. Only those national certification examination(s) recognized by the Texas Board of Nursing for each APRN role and population focus area will be accepted. Certification must always remain current.

The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners/Family Nurse Practitioner and the American Nurses Credentialing Center/Family Nurse Practitioner certification programs are recognized by the Board. Certification is issued upon passage of an examination and meeting all other certification requirements.

American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) Certification:
Candidates apply directly to AANP for certification: AANP FNP Certification Application.

Application, application fee, and official or unofficial transcript showing academic coursework completed to date or final official transcript showing degree awarded and date conferred submitted by University of Phoenix required.

American Nurses’ Credentialing Center (ANCC) Certification:
Candidates apply directly to ANCC for certification:  ANCC FNP Certification Application.

Application, application fee, validation of education form completion, and official transcript with degree conferral and date of degree submitted by University of Phoenix required. For authorization to sit for the exam, prior to degree conferral and graduation, ANCC will accept unofficial transcripts showing academic coursework to date.

Application:
Candidates will apply directly to the Texas Board of Nursing via the Texas Nurse Portal. Refer to the following links for guidance:

The following must be received by the Board:

  • Completed application with the associated fees.
  • Official transcript (hard copy or e-transcript).
  • Verification of completion of an education program in an APRN role sent directly from the University of Phoenix.
  • Proof of completion of a minimum of 400 hours of practice in your advanced practice role and population focus area within the last 24 calendar months or completion of your advanced practice nursing educational program within the last 24 calendar months.
  • Proof of completion of a minimum of 20 contact hours of continuing nursing education in your advanced role and population focus area within the last 24 calendar months or completion of your advanced practice nursing educational program with the last 24 calendar months.
  • Declaration of Primary State of Residence- Nurse Licensure Compact.
  • Proof of current national certification.

For an in-depth demonstration on the Advanced Practice Registered Nurse Application Process, please click here.

State Agency Contact Information:

Texas Board of Nursing
1801 Congress Avenue, Suite 10-200   
Austin, TX 78701

Phone: 512-305-7400
Fax: 512-305-7401 
Email: webmaster@bon.texas.gov

Disclaimer: This summary is provided as a reference tool for our students. Every effort is made to ensure this information is accurate and up to date. However, as certification/licensure requirements are subject to change at any time, students are encouraged to check with their appropriate state licensing authority (provided above) for additional information.

Utah State Licensure as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN)
Below you’ll find information needed to apply for state licensure as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) after completion of the Master of Science in Nursing/Family Nurse Practitioner (MSN/FNP) program. Graduates of the MSN/FNP are eligible to apply for the state APRN licensure.

Licensure:
Must hold a current, active registered nurse (RN) license in good standing in the state of Utah. If you are not currently licensed in the state of Utah as an RN, you must submit official verification of an active RN from one or more jurisdictions in which you are currently licensed.

Education:
Completion of a graduate degree in:

  • an APRN nursing education program; or
  • a related area of specialized knowledge as determined appropriate by the division in collaboration with the Board.

APRN course work must include patient assessment, diagnosis and treatment, and pharmacotherapeutics.

National Certification:
Candidates for licensure as an APRN must pass a national certification examination for nurse practitioner and administered by a certification body approved by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies or the Accreditation Board for Specialty Nursing Certification.

The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners/Family Nurse Practitioner and the American Nurses Credentialing Center/Family Nurse Practitioner certification programs meet are approved by the Accreditation Board for Specialty Nursing Certification. Certification is issued upon passage of an examination and meeting all other certification requirements. 

American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) Certification:
Candidates apply directly to AANP for certification: AANP FNP Certification Application.

Application, application fee, and official or unofficial transcript showing academic coursework completed to date or final official transcript showing degree awarded and date conferred submitted by University of Phoenix required.

American Nurses’ Credentialing Center (ANCC) Certification:
Candidates apply directly to ANCC for certification:  ANCC FNP Certification Application.

Application, application fee, validation of education form completion, and official transcript with degree conferral and date of degree submitted by University of Phoenix required. For authorization to sit for the exam, prior to degree conferral and graduation, ANCC will accept unofficial transcripts showing academic coursework to date.

Application:
Candidates apply directly to the Utah Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing (DOPL):

The following must be received by the Board:

  • Completed application with the associated fees.
  • Supporting documentation for any “yes” answers provided on the qualifying questionnaires.
  • Completed fingerprint card.
  • Official transcripts documenting completion of an educational program. Transcripts are considered “official” when they are sent directly from the school to DOPL or sealed in an envelope bearing the school’s stamp/seal on the envelope flap.
  • Official documentation of current national certification.
  • Official verification of an active RN license(s) if the candidate is not currently licensed in the state of Utah.

State Agency Contact Information:

Utah Department of Commence 
Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing

Mailing Address:
Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing 
P.O. Box 146741
Salt Lake City, UT 84114-6741

Physical Address:
Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing
Heber M Wells Building 
160 East 300 South 
Salt Lake City, UT 84111

Phone: 801-530-6628 or 866-275-3675
Fax: 801-530-6511 
Email: b7@utah.gov

Disclaimer: This summary is provided as a reference tool for our students. Every effort is made to ensure this information is accurate and up to date. However, as certification/licensure requirements are subject to change at any time, students are encouraged to check with their appropriate state licensing authority (provided above) for additional information.

The University has determined that its Master of Science in Nursing/Family Nurse Practitioner (MSN/FNP) program does NOT meet the requirements for licensure in the following states

Alabama, Delaware, District of Columbia, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin, Wyoming

The University, after all reasonable efforts, has been unable to determine whether its Master of Science in Nursing/Family Nurse Practitioner (MSN/FNP) program meets the requirements for licensure in the following states. Please click on the links below for contact information for information for the applicable state licensing board.

Master of Science in Nursing/Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (MSN/PMH)

The University’s Master of Science in Nursing/Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (MSN/PMH) program meets the licensure requirements in the states listed below. Review the licensure requirements listed under your state as you prepare for your nursing journey. 

Alaska State Licensure as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN)
Below you’ll find information needed to apply for state licensure as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) after completion of the Master of Science in Nursing/Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (MSN/PMH) program. Graduates of the MSN/PMH are eligible to apply for the state Nurse Practitioner (NP) licensure.

Licensure:
Must hold a current, active registered nurse (RN) license in good standing in the state of Alaska.

Education:

Satisfactory completion of a formal accredited graduate educational course of study preparing in one of the APRN roles that:

  • Is a minimum of one (1) 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 (3) graduate credits or more in advanced pathophysiology, advanced pharmacotherapeutics, and advanced physical assessment.

National Certification:
To apply for state licensure, candidates must hold a current certification granted by a national certification body recognized by the Alaska Board of Nursing. The American Nurses Credentialing Center/Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner certification program is recognized by the Board and candidates may obtain certification through this organization. Certification is issued upon passage of an examination and meeting all other certification requirements.

American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Certification:

Candidates apply directly to ANCC for certification: ANCC PMHNP Certification Application.

Application, application fee, validation of education form completion, and official transcript with degree conferral and date of degree submitted by University of Phoenix required. For authorization to sit for the exam, prior to degree conferral and graduation, ANCC will accept unofficial transcripts showing academic coursework to date.

Application:

Candidates will apply directly to the Alaska Board of Nursing:

The following must be received by the Board:

  • Completed application, signed, and notarized along with the associated fees.
  • Official transcripts sent directly from the University of Phoenix.
  • Copy of current national certification in applicant’s role and population focus sent directly from the certifying body. An applicant for an authorization to practice as an adult or family psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner must submit certification issued by ANCC on or after January 1, 2003 certifying that the applicant has passed the examination administered by ANCC for adult or family psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner or clinical nurse specialist.
  • Reference form completed by one of the three (3) references listed on your application who is qualified to verify the applicant’s competency to practice as an APRN and that indicates that the applicant has demonstrated competency to practice as an APRN within the two (2) years immediately before the date of the application and must be received directly from the person giving the reference.
  • Submit proof of 60 hours of continuing education within the past two years of the data of your application. Copies of CEU certificates are required. A transcript with a course listing is not accepted.  If you are a new graduate, your transcript courses can be used towards the 60 hours if they were within the past two (2) years.
  • For prescriptive authority, you must submit copies of certificates of completion of 15 contact hours of education in advanced pharmacology and clinical management of drug therapy obtained within the past two (2) years. If the certificates do not list pharmacology hours separately, include a course outline or any other documentation indicating actual hours of pharmacology. For new graduates, your advanced pharmacology course may be used to meet the 15 hours of pharmacology education requirement provided it was completed within the past two (2) years from the date of your application.

State Agency Contact Information:

Alaska Board of Nursing
550 West Seventh Avenue, Suite 1500 
Anchorage, AK 99501-3567

Phone: 907-269-8161
Fax: 907-269-8156

Email: BoardofNursing@alaska.gov

Website

Disclaimer: This summary is provided as a reference tool for our students. Every effort is made to ensure this information is accurate and up to date. However, as certification/licensure requirements are subject to change at any time, students are encouraged to check with their appropriate state licensing authority (provided above) for additional information.

Arizona State Certification as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN)

Below you’ll find information needed to apply for state certification as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) after completion of the Master of Science in Nursing/Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (MSN/PMH) program. Graduates of the MSN/PMH are eligible to apply for the state Nurse Practitioner (NP) certification. The MSN/FNP program is approved by the Arizona Board of Nursing (Approved APRN Programs).

Licensure:
Must hold a current, active registered nurse (RN) license in good standing in the state of Arizona or in a compact party state with multistate privileges.

Education:
Completion of an approved APRN program. The educational program must have been either:

Part of a graduate degree/post-master’s program at an accredited institution;

OR

Approved or recognized in the US jurisdiction of program location for the purpose of granting APRN licensure or certification. Refer to Advanced Practice FAQs | Arizona State Board of Nursing for reference.

The program must include the following:

  • A minimum of 500 faculty-supervised clinical hours.
  • Three (3) separate graduate-level courses in advanced physiology/pathophysiology, including general principles 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 category agents.
  • Diagnosis and disease management of diseases across practice settings, including diseases representative of all systems.
  • Preparation that provides a basic understanding of the principles for decision making in the identified role.
  • Preparation in the core competencies for the identified APRN role including legal, ethical, and professional responsibilities.
  • Role preparation in an identified population focus.

National Certification:

To apply for state certification, candidates must provide evidence of national certification as an APRN that meets the Arizona State Board of Nursing requirements.  The American Nurses Credentialing Center/Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner certification program meets these requirements. Certification is issued upon passage of an examination and meeting all other certification requirements.

American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Certification:

Candidates apply directly to ANCC for certification: ANCC PMHNP Certification Application.

Application, application fee, validation of education form completion, and official transcript with degree conferral and date of degree submitted by University of Phoenix required. For authorization to sit for the exam, prior to degree conferral and graduation, ANCC will accept unofficial transcripts showing academic coursework to date.

Application:

Candidates will apply directly to the Arizona State Board of Nursing via the Arizona Nurse Portal.

 

The following must be received by the Board:

  • Completed application with the associated fees.
  • Official transcript(s) and a letter verifying program completion sent directly from the University of Phoenix.
  • National certification sent directly from the certifying agency.
  • Evidence of meeting practice requirement:
    • Completed an APRN program within the past five (5) years; or
    • Practiced for a minimum of 960 hours within the past five (5) years where the nurse:
      • Worked for compensation or as a volunteer, as an APRN. Or
      • Held a position for compensation or as a volunteer that required, preferred, or recommended in the job description, the level of advanced practice certification being sought or renewed.
  • Completed fingerprint card if applicable.
  • Nurse Practitioners seeking prescribing and dispensing privileges must complete question 20 prescribing and dispensing AND shall submit written evidence of 45 contact hours of education in pharmacology or clinical management of drug therapy within the three-year period immediately preceding this application.

State Agency Contact Information:

Arizona State Board of Nursing
1740 West Adams, Suite 2000
Phoenix, AZ 85007

Phone: 602-771-7800
Questions about your license or certificate can be submitted using the Nurse Portal.

Website

Disclaimer: This summary is provided as a reference tool for our students. Every effort is made to ensure this information is accurate and up to date. However, as certification/licensure requirements are subject to change at any time, students are encouraged to check with their appropriate state licensing authority (provided above) for additional information.

Arkansas State Licensure as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN)

Below you’ll find information needed to apply for state licensure as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) after completion of the Master of Science in Nursing/Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (MSN/PMH) program.  Graduates of the MSN/PMH are eligible to apply for the state Nurse Practitioner (NP) licensure.

Licensure:

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

Education:

Successful completion of a nationally accredited graduate or post-graduate APRN education program that prepares nurses for the advanced practice role of nurse practitioner.

National Certification:
To apply for state licensure, candidates must hold a current certification granted by a national certifying body recognized by the Arkansas State Board of Nursing. The American Nurses Credentialing Center/Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner certification program meets these requirements. Certification is issued upon passage of an examination and meeting all other certification requirements.

American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Certification:

Candidates apply directly to ANCC for certification: ANCC PMHNP Certification Application.

Application, application fee, validation of education form completion, and official transcript with degree conferral and date of degree submitted by University of Phoenix required. For authorization to sit for the exam, prior to degree conferral and graduation, ANCC will accept unofficial transcripts showing academic coursework to date.

Application:

Candidates will apply directly to the Arkansas State Board of Nursing via the Arkansas Nurse Portal. Refer to ASBN - Adv Practice Registered Nurse Initial by Exam for guidance.

The following must be received by the Board:

  • Completed application along with associated fees.
  • Notarized statement (on company letterhead) attesting that the applicant has practiced as an RN for a minimum of two-thousand (2,000) hours.
  • Official transcripts sent directly from the University of Phoenix to the Arkansas State Board of Nursing (ASBN), attention to the APRN Department.
  •  Evidence of state and federal criminal background checks conducted by the Arkansas State Police and the Federal Bureau of Investigation completed no earlier than twelve (12) months prior to the application.
  • Verification of current certification sent directly to the Board from the national certifying body. Verification information should be mailed directly to the ASBN address or emailed to Ellen Harwell, Licensing Coordinator, at eharwell@arsbn.org.
  • You do not automatically receive prescriptive authority with the issuance of your APRN license. The application for prescriptive authority must be completed in the Arkansas Nurse Portal. You may request prescriptive authority at a later time.

State Agency Contact Information:

Arkansas State Board of Nursing
1123 South University Avenue
Little Rock, AR 72204

Phone: 501-686-2700
Fax: 501-686-2714
Email: ASBN.info@Arkansas.gov

Website

Disclaimer: This summary is provided as a reference tool for our students. Every effort is made to ensure this information is accurate and up to date. However, as certification/licensure requirements are subject to change at any time, students are encouraged to check with their appropriate state licensing authority (provided above) for additional information.

Colorado State Requirements for Inclusion on the Advanced Practice Registry (APR)

Below you’ll find information needed to apply for inclusion on the Advanced Practice Registry (APR) after completion of the Master of Science in Nursing/Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (MSN/PMH) program.  A nurse who is included in the APR has the right to use the title Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) or, if authorized by the Board, to use the title Nurse Practitioner (NP). Graduates of the MSN/PMH meet requirements for inclusion on the APR.

Licensure:
Must hold a current, active registered nurse (RN) license in good standing in the state of Colorado or in a compact party state with multistate privileges.

Education:
Successful completion of a graduate or post-graduate nursing degree in the role and, where applicable, the population focus for which the candidate seeks inclusion on the APR.

National Certification:
Candidates must provide proof of a current national certification from a nationally recognized accrediting agency, as approved by the Colorado Board of Nursing, in the appropriate role and population focus the candidate intends to practice. The American Nurses Credentialing Center/Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner certification program is approved by the Board. Certification is issued upon passage of an examination and meeting all other certification requirements.

American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Certification:

Candidates apply directly to ANCC for certification: ANCC PMHNP Certification Application.

Application, application fee, validation of education form completion, and official transcript with degree conferral and date of degree submitted by University of Phoenix required. For authorization to sit for the exam, prior to degree conferral and graduation, ANCC will accept unofficial transcripts showing academic coursework to date.

Application:
Candidates will apply for the state Advanced Practice Registration via the Colorado Division of Professions and Occupations Online Services: Advanced Practice Registration - New Application (Apply Online). Refer to Advanced Practice Registration - Online Application Checklist for guidance.

The following must be received by the Division of Professions and Occupations:

  • Completed application, including the Affidavit of Eligibility section, with the associated fees.
  • Information regarding other healthcare licenses and license verification if applicable.
  • Verification of national certification.
  • Selection of your population focus.
  • Declaration of your primary state of residency.
  • Verification of professional liability insurance.
  • If you hold an active compact-multi state RN license:
    • License verification.
    • Name change documentation if applicable.
    • Responses on general and criminal history screening questions with supporting documentation.
    • Completed Healthcare Professions Profile including supporting documentation.
    • The Colorado APN license does not allow for prescriptive authority. You will need to fill out another application for prescriptive authority (RXN) in Colorado (Prescriptive Authority – Online Application Checklist).

State Agency Contact Information:

Division of Professions and Occupations

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

Phone: 303-894-7800
Email: dora_dpo_licensing@state.co.us
Website

Disclaimer: This summary is provided as a reference tool for our students. Every effort is made to ensure this information is accurate and up to date. However, as certification/licensure requirements are subject to change at any time, students are encouraged to check with their appropriate state licensing authority (provided above) for additional information.

Florida State Licensure as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN)

Below you’ll find information needed to apply for state licensure as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) after completion of the Master of Science in Nursing/Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (MSN/PMH) program. Graduates of the MSN/PMH are eligible to apply for the state Nurse Practitioner (NP) licensure.

Licensure:           
Must hold a valid registered nurse (RN) license from any US jurisdiction (at initial APRN licensure).

Education:
Completion of a master’s degree or post-master’s degree certification program with preparation in specialized practitioner skills as a Nurse Practitioner.

National Certification:
Candidates for licensure as an APRN must submit proof of national advanced practice certification from an approved nursing specialty board. The American Nurses Credentialing Center/Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner certification program is recognized by the Florida Board of Nursing. Certification is issued upon passage of an examination and meeting all other certification requirements.

American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Certification:

Candidates apply directly to ANCC for certification: ANCC PMHNP Certification Application.

Application, application fee, validation of education form completion, and official transcript with degree conferral and date of degree submitted by University of Phoenix required. For authorization to sit for the exam, prior to degree conferral and graduation, ANCC will accept unofficial transcripts showing academic coursework to date.

Application:

Candidates will apply directly to the Florida Board of Nursing:

Refer to Advanced Practice Registered Nurse Initial Licensing Requirements for guidance.

The following must be received by the Board:

  • Completed application with the associated fees.
  • License verification from the original state of licensure (exam state) and from a state where the applicant holds a current active license.
  • Proof of national certification. Exam results are not considered proof of national certification.
  •  Proof of malpractice insurance or exemption.
  • Electronic fingerprinting.

Applicants with health, criminal, and/or disciplinary history are required to submit additional documentation as specified by the Board.

Do all nurses qualify for the designation as a “Psychiatric” nurse?

No, only an APRN who has met the necessary requirements outlined in statute is recognized as a psychiatric nurse.

Pursuant to s.394.455(36), F.S., “Psychiatric nurse” means an APRN certified under s.464.012 who has a master’s or doctoral degree in psychiatric nursing, holds a national advanced practice certification as a psychiatric mental health advanced practice nurse, and has two (2) years of post-master’s clinical experience under the supervision of a physician.

State Agency Contact Information:

Florida Board of Nursing

Mailing Address:
Department of Health
Board of Nursing
4052 Bald Cypress Way, Bin C-02
Tallahassee, FL 32399-3252

Applications and Fees ONLY:

Department of Health
Board of Nursing
P.O. Box 6330
Tallahassee, FL 32314-6330

Phone: 850-245-4125
Fax: 850-617-6460

Email: Mqa.Nursingappstatus@flhealth.gov

Website

Disclaimer: This summary is provided as a reference tool for our students. Every effort is made to ensure this information is accurate and up to date. However, as certification/licensure requirements are subject to change at any time, students are encouraged to check with their appropriate state licensing authority (provided above) for additional information.

 

Hawaii State Licensure as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN)

Below you’ll find information needed to apply for state licensure as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) after completion of the Master of Science in Nursing/Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (MSN/PMH) program. Graduates of the MSN/PMH are eligible to apply for the state Nurse Practitioner (NP) licensure.

Licensure:

Must hold:

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

Education:

Completion of an accredited graduate-level education program leading to a Nurse Practitioner.

National Certification:

To apply for state licensure, candidates must hold a current, unencumbered certification of having passed a national certification examination that measures role and population-focused competencies and is recognized by the Hawaii Board of Nursing. The American Nurses Credentialing Center/Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner certification program is recognized by the Board. Certification is issued upon passage of an examination and meeting all other certification requirements.

 

American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Certification:

Candidates apply directly to ANCC for certification: ANCC PMHNP Certification Application.

Application, application fee, validation of education form completion, and official transcript with degree conferral and date of degree submitted by University of Phoenix required. For authorization to sit for the exam, prior to degree conferral and graduation, ANCC will accept unofficial transcripts showing academic coursework to date.

Application:

Candidates will apply directly to the Hawaii State Board of Nursing. Refer to APRN Requirements & Application guidance.

The following must be received by the Board:

  • Completed application with the associated fees.
  • Electronic fingerprinting if applicable.
  • Official transcript(s) must be sent directly from the University of Phoenix.
  • Verification of current certification in the nursing specialty sent directly from the national certifying body.
  • Verification of unencumbered license as an RN in all states in which you are currently licensed.
  • Board-specified documentation for “Yes” answers to application questions 3, 4, or 5.

State Agency Contact Information:

Hawaii Board of Nursing

Mailing address:
P.O. Box 3469
Honolulu, HI 96801

Deliver to Office Location:

335 Merchant Street, Room 301
Honolulu, HI 96813

Phone: 808-586-3000

Email: nursing@dcca.hawaii.gov

Website

Disclaimer: This summary is provided as a reference tool for our students. Every effort is made to ensure this information is accurate and up to date. However, as certification/licensure requirements are subject to change at any time, students are encouraged to check with their appropriate state licensing authority (provided above) for additional information.

Indiana Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) Application

Below you’ll find information needed to submit an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) application after completion of the Master of Science in Nursing/Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (MSN/PMH) program. The Indiana APRN application is for the authority to prescribe independently as an APRN. This is not a license to practice as a nurse practitioner as no such license exists in the state of Indiana. 

Licensure:
Must hold a current, active registered nurse (RN) license in good standing in the state of Indiana or in a compact party state with multistate privileges.

Education:
Successful completion of a graduate program offered by a college or university accredited by the Commission on Recognition of Postsecondary Accreditation. Proof of having successfully completed graduate level course in pharmacology consisting of 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 your APRN application.

National Certification:
In Indiana, you can work as an advanced practice nurse (nurse practitioner) under your active RN license as long as you meet the statutory requirements to do so. Nurse practitioners who complete a certificate program must be certified and maintain certification as a nurse practitioner by a national organization which requires a national certifying examination.

American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Certification:

Candidates apply directly to ANCC for certification: ANCC PMHNP Certification Application.

Application, application fee, validation of education form completion, and official transcript with degree conferral and date of degree submitted by University of Phoenix required. For authorization to sit for the exam, prior to degree conferral and graduation, ANCC will accept unofficial transcripts showing academic coursework to date.

Application:

Candidates will apply directly to the Indiana State Board of Nursing:

Refer to Advanced Practice Registered Nurse Application Instructions and Advanced Practice Registered Nurse Checklist for guidance.


The following must be received by the Board:

  • Completed application with the associated fees.
  • Positive response documentation: If you answer "Yes" to any questions on the application, explain fully in a statement that includes all details. Include the violation, location, date, cause number, and disposition. Submit copies of court documents for each instance to support the statement. If malpractice, provide the name(s) of the plaintiff(s). 
  • Name change documentation if applicable.
  • Copy of the current RN license in the state of Indiana or another compact state.
  • List of licenses in any state or territory the applicant holds or has held a license/certification in the health professional field along with license verification(s).
  • Official transcript(s) sent directly to the Board from the University of Phoenix.
  • Proof of pharmacology education requirement. If the pharmacology course was completed more than five (5) years immediately preceding the date of filing the application, submit proof of the following:
    • Completion of at least thirty (30) actual contact hours of continuing education during the two (2) years immediately preceding the date of the application, including a minimum of at least eight (8) actual contact hours of pharmacology, all of which must be approved by a nationally approved sponsor of continuing education for nurses; and
    • Prescriptive experience in another jurisdiction within the five (5) years immediately preceding the date of the application. This is generally a letter from a physician in another state verifying their prescriptive experience.
  • Written Collaborative Practice Agreement(s).
  • Criminal background check: submit once confirmation from Indiana Professional Licensing Agency that the application is entered. Email confirmation comes from pla@pla.in.gov (required for all new applications).

 

State Agency Contact Information:

Indiana State Board of Nursing

Mailing Address:

Indiana Professional Licensing Agency

Attn: Nursing Board
402 West Washington Street, Room W072
Indianapolis, IN 46204


Phone: 317-234-2043
Email: pla2@pla.in.gov

Website

Disclaimer: This summary is provided as a reference tool for our students. Every effort is made to ensure this information is accurate and up to date. However, as certification/licensure requirements are subject to change at any time, students are encouraged to check with their appropriate state licensing authority (provided above) for additional information.

Michigan State Certification as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN)

Below you’ll find information needed to apply for state certification as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) after completion of the Master of Science in Nursing/Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (MSN/PMH) program. Graduates of the MSN/PMH are eligible to apply for the state Nurse Practitioner (NP) certification.

Licensure:
Must hold a current, active registered nurse (RN) license in good standing in the state of Michigan.

Education:
Graduation from a graduate degree program designed to prepare for practice as a Nurse Practitioner.

National Certification:
To apply for state certification, candidates must possess advance practice certification from a national certifying agency. The American Nurses Credentialing Center/Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner certification program is recognized by the Michigan Board of Nursing. Certification is issued upon passage of an examination and meeting all other certification requirements.

American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Certification:

Candidates apply directly to ANCC for certification: ANCC PMHNP Certification Application.

Application, application fee, validation of education form completion, and official transcript with degree conferral and date of degree submitted by University of Phoenix required. For authorization to sit for the exam, prior to degree conferral and graduation, ANCC will accept unofficial transcripts showing academic coursework to date.

Application:

Candidates will apply directly to the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA), Bureau of Professional Licensing via the Michigan Professional Licensing User System (MiPLUS). Refer to Nursing Licensing Guide for guidance.

The following must be received by the LARA Bureau of Professional Licensing:

  • Completed application with the associated fees.
  • Criminal background check: Once the online application is completed and submitted, you will be emailed an Application Confirmation letter containing instructions to complete the criminal background check.
  • Good moral character questions: Documentation will be required if you answer “yes” to either question to show at the current time you have the ability to, and are likely to, serve the public in a fair, honest, and open manner, that you are rehabilitated, or that the substance of the former offense is not reasonably related to the occupation or profession for which you are seeking a license.
  • Official transcripts sent directly from the University of Phoenix.
  • Verification of national certification sent directly from the certifying agency.
  • Verification of licensure of any state or territory the candidate holds or has held a license as a nurse sent directly by the respective licensing agency.
  • Proof of completion of training to identify victims of human trafficking beginning January 6, 2022 (required for initial MI RN licensure).
  • Implicit bias training: Beginning June 1, 2022, completion of two (2) hours of implicit bias training within the five (5) years immediately preceding issuance of the license or registration is required (for MI RN licensure).

Implicit Bias Recognition and Remediation Training Now Available (michigancenterfornursing.org)

State Agency Contact Information:

Michigan Board of Nursing

Mailing Address:
Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs
Bureau of Professional Licensing
P.O. Box 30670
Lansing, MI 48909

Overnight Carrier Address:
Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs
Mail Services
2407 North Grand River Avenue
Lansing, MI 48906

Phone: 517-241-0199
Email: BPLHelp@michigan.gov

Website

Disclaimer: This summary is provided as a reference tool for our students. Every effort is made to ensure this information is accurate and up to date. However, as certification/licensure requirements are subject to change at any time, students are encouraged to check with their appropriate state licensing authority (provided above) for additional information.

 

Montana State Licensure as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN)

Below you’ll find information needed to apply for state licensure as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) after completion of the Master of Science in Nursing/Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (MSN/PMH) program.  Graduates of the MSN/PMH are eligible to apply for the state Nurse Practitioner (NP) licensure.

Licensure:
Must hold a current, active  registered nurse (RN) license in good standing in the state of Montana or in a compact party state with multistate privileges. Or must submit an RN application concurrently with the APRN application.

Education:
Completion of an accredited graduate-level advanced nursing educational program with evidence of preceptorship.

National Certification:
To apply for state licensure, candidates must provide proof of current national certification in APRN role and population focus congruent with education preparation. The American Nurses Credentialing Center/Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner certification program is recognized by the Montana Board of Nursing. Certification is issued upon passage of an examination and meeting all other certification requirements.

American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Certification:

Candidates apply directly to ANCC for certification: ANCC PMHNP Certification Application.

Application, application fee, validation of education form completion, and official transcript with degree conferral and date of degree submitted by University of Phoenix required. For authorization to sit for the exam, prior to degree conferral and graduation, ANCC will accept unofficial transcripts showing academic coursework to date.

Application:

Candidates will apply directly to the Montana Board of Nursing:

For specific information on filing an application, you will need to obtain the Application which also includes instructions. Refer to Licensing Requirements and Application Checklist APRN for guidance. Online application is recommended.

 

The following must be received by the Board:

  • Completed application with the associated fees.
  • If you answered yes to discipline questions, include a detailed explanation on the event(s) and documentation from the source.
  • Official transcript, showing degree awarded and date degree was conferred, sent directly from the University of Phoenix.
  • Evidence of preceptorship, if not reflected on the transcript sent directly from the educational institution.
  • Proof of active RN license.
  • Official license verification from states and jurisdictions in which the candidate holds or has ever held a professional license of any type. (If the state is part of Nursys, verification must be through Nursys.
    IF state is NOT part of Nursys, MUST come from the source.)
  • Proof of current national certification in the APRN role and population focus, congruent with education preparation.
  • Fingerprint background check.
  • Non-Criminal Notice of Applicants Rights form.
  • An additional application is needed for APRN prescriptive authority. Prescriptive authority/initial endorsement:
  • If you have graduated from an accredited program in the last five (5) years, submit:
    • Evidence of successful completion of a graduate level course of three (3) semester credits in advanced pharmacology that includes instruction in pharmacodynamics, pharmacokinetics, and pharmacotherapeutics of all broad categories of agents.
    • Evidence of successful completion of a graduate level course that includes differential diagnosis/disease management.
    • Evidence of supervised clinical practice that integrates pharmacologic intervention with patient management.
    • If you have graduated from an accredited program more than five (5) years ago, must complete: either a graduate level course of three (3) semester credits or 45 contact hours of continuing education (during the last 5 years) that includes instruction in pharmacodynamics, pharmacokinetics, and pharmacotherapeutics of all broad categories of agents.

State Agency Contact Information:

Montana Board of Nursing

Mailing Address:

Board of Nursing
P.O. Box 200513
Helena, MT 59620-0513

Physical Address:

Board of Nursing
301 South Park, 4th Floor
Helena, MT 59620

Phone: 406-444-6880
Email: nurse@mt.gov

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Disclaimer: This summary is provided as a reference tool for our students. Every effort is made to ensure this information is accurate and up to date. However, as certification/licensure requirements are subject to change at any time, students are encouraged to check with their appropriate state licensing authority (provided above) for additional information.

Nevada State Licensure as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN)

Below you’ll find information needed to apply for state licensure as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) after completion of the Master of Science in Nursing/Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (MSN/PMH) program. Graduates of the MSN/PMH are eligible to apply for the state Nurse Practitioner (NP) licensure.

Licensure:
Must hold a current, active registered nurse (RN) license in good standing in the state of Nevada.

Education:

Completion of an APRN program (master’s degree in nursing, post-master’s certificate program, or a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree). The program must be at least one (1) academic year in length and must include didactic instruction and clinical experience. The transcript must show the program included these basic educational components:

  • Advanced health assessment
  • Advanced pathophysiology
  • Advanced pharmacology
  • Advanced role preparation
  • Specific clinical specialty
  • Clinical preceptorship.

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

National Certification:
Candidates must submit proof of certification as an APRN by a nationally recognized certification agency approved by the Nevada State Board of Nursing. The American Nurses Credentialing Center/Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner certification program is recognized by the Board. Certification is issued upon passage of an examination and meeting all other certification requirements.

American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Certification:

Candidates apply directly to ANCC for certification: ANCC PMHNP Certification Application.

Application, application fee, validation of education form completion, and official transcript with degree conferral and date of degree submitted by University of Phoenix required. For authorization to sit for the exam, prior to degree conferral and graduation, ANCC will accept unofficial transcripts showing academic coursework to date.

Application:

Candidates will apply directly to the Nevada State Board of Nursing via the Nevada Nurse Portal. Refer to APRN Licensure Requirements for guidance.

The following must be received by the Board:

  • Completed application with the associated fees.
  • Official transcript(s) with degree posted sent directly to the Board from the University of Phoenix.
  • If you are not licensed as an APRN in any state and graduated from your APRN program more than two (2) years from the date your application is submitted, you are required to collaborate with physician for 1,000 hours without the ability to prescribe. Refer to the Application for APRN Prescribing Privileges for further prescribing privileges information.
  • Copy of certification as an APRN by a nationally recognized certification agency approved by the Board.
  • Completed fingerprint card or electronic fingerprint submission.

State Agency Contact Information:

Nevada State Board of Nursing
5011 Meadowood Mall Way, Suite 300
Reno, NV 89502-6547

Phone: 888-590-6726 
Fax: 775-687-7707
Email: nursingboard@nsbn.state.nv.us

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Disclaimer: This summary is provided as a reference tool for our students. Every effort is made to ensure this information is accurate and up to date. However, as certification/licensure requirements are subject to change at any time, students are encouraged to check with their appropriate state licensing authority (provided above) for additional information.

New Mexico State Licensure as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN)

Below you’ll find information needed to apply for state licensure as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) after completion of the Master of Science in Nursing/Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (MSN/PMH) program. Graduates of the MSN/PMH are eligible to apply for the state Nurse Practitioner (NP) licensure.

Licensure:
Must hold a current, active registered nurse (RN) license in good standing in the state of New Mexico or in a compact party state with multistate privileges.

Education:
Successful 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:
To apply for state licensure, candidates must provide evidence of successful accomplishment of national certification as a nurse practitioner. The American Nurses Credentialing Center/Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner certification program meets these requirements. Certification is issued upon passage of an examination and meeting all other certification requirements.

American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Certification:

Candidates apply directly to ANCC for certification: ANCC PMHNP Certification Application.

Application, application fee, validation of education form completion, and official transcript with degree conferral and date of degree submitted by University of Phoenix required. For authorization to sit for the exam, prior to degree conferral and graduation, ANCC will accept unofficial transcripts showing academic coursework to date.

Application:

Candidates will apply directly to the New Mexico Board of Nursing via the New Mexico Nurse Portal. Refer to APRN Initial Application Instructions for guidance.

The following must be received by the Board:

  • Completed application with the associated fees.
  • Official transcript(s) sent directly from the University of Phoenix.
  • Completed Verification of APRN Education Form must be received directly from the University of Phoenix.
  • Proof of current national certification. Candidates are eligible for a graduate permit prior to siting for the certifying examination.
  • Proof of holding an active RN License (for nurses licensed outside of New Mexico).
    • If using a valid multistate (compact) license, proof of holding the license.
    • Proof of licensure must include the issuance and expiration dates, multistate/compact status, licensee name, and license number.
  • Graduate permit may be requested if needed:
    • Graduate permits may be issued for applicants, provided all requirements for APRN licensure have been met with the exception of holding a national certification, and the following have been received in the Board of Nursing office:
    • Proof of scheduling the national certification exam; and
    • A letter of verification of intent to employ, on official letterhead including the name and license number of the practice supervisor and the name and license number of the prescription supervisor, is required from each employer.
  • Graduate permits will be issued to the employer.
  • Graduate permits are valid until the date of expiration or failure of the certification examination.
  • APRNs in New Mexico are able to obtain dangerous drugs prescriptive authority from the Board of Nursing if they meet respective requirements (Certified Nurse Practitioner 16.12.2.13.N.(5) NMAC).

State Agency Contact Information:

New Mexico Board of Nursing

Mailing Address:

New Mexico Board of Nursing
P.O. Box 3628
Albuquerque, NM 87190

Physical Address:

6301 Indian School Rd NE, Suite 710
Albuquerque, NM  87110

Phone: 505-841-8340
Fax: 505-831-8347
Email: bon.licensing@state.nm.us

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Disclaimer: This summary is provided as a reference tool for our students. Every effort is made to ensure this information is accurate and up to date. However, as certification/licensure requirements are subject to change at any time, students are encouraged to check with their appropriate state licensing authority (provided above) for additional information.

 

Ohio State Licensure as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN)

Below you’ll find information needed to apply for state licensure as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) after completion of the Master of Science in Nursing/Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (MSN/PMH) program. Graduates of the MSN/PMH are eligible to apply for the state Nurse Practitioner (NP) licensure.

Licensure:
Must hold a current, active registered nurse (RN) license in good standing in the state of Ohio.

Education:
Completion of a master’s or doctoral degree with a major in nursing that qualifies you to sit for a national certification examination and have completed a graduate level course in advanced pharmacology containing a minimum 45 contact hours of content specified in ORC 4723.482. The Advanced Pharmacology course must be completed no longer than five (5) years prior to the date you submitted the application.

National Certification:

APRNs must meet all requirements of the Ohio Board of Nursing including maintaining national certification by the applicable national certifying agency. The American Nurses Credentialing Center/Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner certification program meets the Board’s requirements. Certification is issued upon passage of an examination and meeting all other certification requirements.

American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Certification:

Candidates apply directly to ANCC for certification: ANCC PMHNP Certification Application.

Application, application fee, validation of education form completion, and official transcript with degree conferral and date of degree submitted by University of Phoenix required. For authorization to sit for the exam, prior to degree conferral and graduation, ANCC will accept unofficial transcripts showing academic coursework to date.

Application:
Candidates will apply directly to the Ohio Board of Nursing via the Ohio eLicense System. Refer to APRN Application Sample Certified Nurse Practitioner/Application Instructions for guidance.

The following must be received by the Board:

  • Completed application with the associated fees.
  • Official transcript(s) that shows graduation date, earned degree, and completion of the advanced pharmacology requirements sent directly from the University of Phoenix.
  • Verification of national certification sent directly from the national certifying organization. 
  • Continuing education in Ohio law and rules that govern schedule II prescribing if you completed an APRN program not located in Ohio.

State Agency Contact Information:

Ohio Board of Nursing
17 South High Street, Suite 660
Columbus, OH 43215-3466

Phone: 614-466-3947
Fax: 614-466-0388  

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Disclaimer: This summary is provided as a reference tool for our students. Every effort is made to ensure this information is accurate and up to date. However, as certification/licensure requirements are subject to change at any time, students are encouraged to check with their appropriate state licensing authority (provided above) for additional information.

Oklahoma State Licensure as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN)

Below you’ll find information needed to apply for state licensure as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) after completion of the Master of Science in Nursing/Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (MSN/PMH) program.  Graduates of the MSN/PMH are eligible to apply for the state Nurse Practitioner (NP) licensure.

Licensure:

Must hold a current, active registered nurse (RN) license in good standing in the state of Oklahoma or in a compact party state with multistate privileges.

Education:
Successful completion of an accredited graduate level advanced practice registered nursing education program in one of the four (4) APRN roles including a Nurse Practitioner.

National Certification:

Candidates must hold a current national certification in the specialty area consistent with educational preparation and by a national certifying body recognized by the Oklahoma Board of Nursing. The American Nurses Credentialing Center/ Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner certification program is recognized by the Board. Certification is issued upon passage of an examination and meeting all other certification requirements.

American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Certification:

Candidates apply directly to ANCC for certification: ANCC PMHNP Certification Application.

Application, application fee, validation of education form completion, and official transcript with degree conferral and date of degree submitted by University of Phoenix required. For authorization to sit for the exam, prior to degree conferral and graduation, ANCC will accept unofficial transcripts showing academic coursework to date.

Application:

Candidates will apply directly to the Oklahoma Board of Nursing via the Oklahoma Nurse Portal. A paper copy may be requested by the individual applicant by submitting a written request for such to the Board office. Refer for Instructions for Initial Licensure as an APRN for guidance.

The following must be received by the Board:

  • Completed application with the associated fees.
  • Official transcripts, including the degree conferred, date of conferral, advanced practice role and specialty, sent directly from the University of Phoenix.
  • Verification of current national certification sent directly from the certifying body.
  • Completed Affidavit of Citizenship Status unless such information is already on file with the Board.
  • Completed fingerprint card.
  • If you answer “yes” to the criminal charge, discipline, or competency questions on the application, you must submit a statement on the application form, describing the date, location and circumstances of the incident, and the resulting action taken by the court or disciplinary board along with supporting documentation specified by the Board.
  • APRNs are able to obtain prescriptive authority from the Board of Nursing. An additional application is needed for APRN prescriptive authority. Refer to Instructions for Prescriptive Authority Recognition for the APRN for guidance.

State Agency Contact Information:

Oklahoma Board of Nursing 

Mailing Address:

Oklahoma Board of Nursing
P.O. Box 52926
Oklahoma City, OK 73152

Physical Address:

2501 North Lincoln Blvd., Ste. 207
Oklahoma City, OK 73105

Phone: 405-962-1800 or 405-962-1832
Fax: 405-962-1821
Email: obnwebmaster@nursing.ok.gov

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Disclaimer: This summary is provided as a reference tool for our students. Every effort is made to ensure this information is accurate and up to date. However, as certification/licensure requirements are subject to change at any time, students are encouraged to check with their appropriate state licensing authority (provided above) for additional information.

South Carolina State Licensure as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN)

Below you’ll find information needed to apply for state licensure as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) after completion of the Master of Science in Nursing/Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (MSN/PMH) program.  Graduates of the MSN/PMH are eligible to apply for the state Nurse Practitioner (NP) licensure.

Licensure:
Current South Carolina registered nurse (RN) license.

South Carolina is a member of the Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC). The NLC does not affect additional requirements imposed by states for advanced-practice registered nursing. A multi-state licensure privilege to practice registered nursing granted by a party state must be recognized by other party states as a license to practice registered nursing if a license to practice registered nursing is required by state law as a precondition for qualifying for advanced-practice registered nurse authorization.

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:

Completion of an advanced formal education program at the master’s level or doctoral level acceptable to the Board of Nursing. Graduates should demonstrate advanced knowledge and skill in assessment and management of physical and psychosocial health, illness status of persons, families, and groups.

National Certification:
APRNs must hold current specialty certification by South Carolina Board of Nursing-approved credentialing organization. New graduates must provide evidence of certification within one (1) year of program completion.

The American Nurses Credentialing Center/Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner certification program is recognized by the Board. Certification is issued upon passage of an examination and meeting all other certification requirements.

 

American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Certification:

Candidates apply directly to ANCC for certification: ANCC PMHNP Certification Application.

 

Application, application fee, validation of education form completion, and official transcript with degree conferral and date of degree submitted by University of Phoenix required. For authorization to sit for the exam, prior to degree conferral and graduation, ANCC will accept unofficial transcripts showing academic coursework to date.

Application:

Candidates will apply directly to the South Carolina Board of Nursing.

Online Application:

(Updating from a current SC RN License to SC APRN License)

Paper Application: APRN Update - Current SC RN to APRN

The following must be received by the Board:

  • Completed application with the associated fees.
  • If you answer “yes” to any of the application questions (1-10) - PART VI: Personal History Information, you must attach a full written explanation pertaining to that particular question.
  • 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).
  • Copy of current SC RN license with the expiration date.
  • Official transcripts sent directly from the University of Phoenix.
  • Copy of current specialty certification by a Board-approved credentialing organization.
  • Copies of legal documents that authorize a change in name, if applicable.
  • Obtain all physician signatures and license numbers to be included on your application, if applicable.
  • See the SC Nurse Practice Act for guidelines on the development of written protocols
  • Completed Affidavit of Eligibility.
  • Criminal background check (fingerprints): the Board will forward instructions once application is received.
  • If applying for prescriptive authority, complete and submit the Prescriptive Authority Application (online or paper application). Provide evidence of completion of forty-five (45) contact hours of education in pharmacotherapeutics acceptable to the Board within two (2) years before application. New graduates (graduated within two (2) years before the application) who have completed a graduate level pharmacology course meet the educational requirements for prescriptive authority. Refer to Requirements and Instructions for APRN Prescriptive Authority for further guidance.

State Agency Contact Information:

South Carolina Board of Nursing

Mailing Address:

Board of Nursing
P.O. Box 12367
Columbia, SC 29211

Physical Address:

Board of Nursing
110 Centerview Dr., Ste 202
Columbia, SC 29210

Phone: 803-896-4550
Fax: 803-896-4515
Email: nurseboard@llr.sc.gov

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Disclaimer: This summary is provided as a reference tool for our students. Every effort is made to ensure this information is accurate and up to date. However, as certification/licensure requirements are subject to change at any time, students are encouraged to check with their appropriate state licensing authority (provided above) for additional information.

Texas State Licensure as Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) 

Below you’ll find information needed to apply for state licensure as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) after completion of the Master of Science in Nursing/Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (MSN/PMH) program. Graduates of the MSN/PMH are eligible to apply for the state Nurse Practitioner (NP) licensure.

Licensure:
Must hold a current, active registered nurse (RN) license in good standing in the state of Texas or in compact party state with multistate privileges.

Education:
Completion of an APRN (completion of a minimum of a master's degree) accredited by an organization recognized by the Board that complies with the requirements in Rule 221.3.

  • Program of study must be at least one (1) academic year in length and must include a formal preceptorship. 
  • Completion of a minimum of nine (9) 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.
  • Completion of 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:

To be licensed in Texas, all APRN candidates must take and pass the appropriate APRN national certification examination in the APRN role and population focus congruent with the candidate's educational preparation. Only those national certification examination(s) recognized by the Texas Board of Nursing for each APRN role and population focus area will be accepted. Certification must always remain current.

The American Nurses Credentialing Center/Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner certification program is recognized by the Board. Certification is issued upon passage of an examination and meeting all other certification requirements.

American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Certification:

Candidates apply directly to ANCC for certification: ANCC PMHNP Certification Application.

Application, application fee, validation of education form completion, and official transcript with degree conferral and date of degree submitted by University of Phoenix required. For authorization to sit for the exam, prior to degree conferral and graduation, ANCC will accept unofficial transcripts showing academic coursework to date.

to degree conferral and graduation, ANCC will accept unofficial transcripts showing academic coursework to date.

Application:

Candidates will apply directly to the Texas Board of Nursing via the Texas Nurse Portal. Refer to the following links for guidance:

The following must be received by the Board:

  • Completed application with the associated fees.
  • Official transcript (hard copy or e-transcript).
  • Verification of completion of an education program in an APRN role sent directly from the University of Phoenix.
  • Proof of completion of a minimum of 400 hours of practice in your advanced practice role and population focus area within the last 24 calendar months or completion of your advanced practice nursing educational program within the last 24 calendar months.
  • Proof of completion of a minimum of 20 contact hours of continuing nursing education in your advanced role and population focus area within the last 24 calendar months or completion of your advanced practice nursing educational program with the last 24 calendar months.
  • Declaration of Primary State of Residence- Nurse Licensure Compact.
  • Proof of current national certification.

For an in-depth demonstration on the Advanced Practice Registered Nurse Application Process, please click here.

State Agency Contact Information:

Texas Board of Nursing
1801 Congress Avenue, Suite 10-200   
Austin, TX 78701

Phone: 512-305-7400
Fax: 512-305-7401

Email: webmaster@bon.texas.gov

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Disclaimer: This summary is provided as a reference tool for our students. Every effort is made to ensure this information is accurate and up to date. However, as certification/licensure requirements are subject to change at any time, students are encouraged to check with their appropriate state licensing authority (provided above) for additional information.

The University has determined that its Master of Science in Nursing/Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (MSN/PMH) program does NOT meet the requirements for licensure in the following states:

Alabama, California, Delaware, District of Columbia, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin, Wyoming.

The University, after all reasonable efforts, has been unable to determine whether its Master of Science in Nursing/Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (MSN/PMH) program meets the requirements for licensure in the following states. Please click on the links below for contact information for information for the applicable state licensing board.