Professional Nursing Licensure Disclosure

Important Note for Prospective Students: If you are considering an academic program that leads to a professional license in your state, it is highly recommended that you first seek guidance from the appropriate licensing agency in your home state before beginning the academic program located outside your state.

State BON Website Certification Requirements
Alabama https://www.abn.alabama.gov/ RN in Alabama
Master’s degree or higher in nursing
Certification through national certifying agency
  • AANP
  • ANCC
  • PNCB
  • NCC
Alaska https://www.commerce.alaska.gov/web/cbpl/professionallicensing/boardofnursing.aspx RN in Alaska
Master’s degree or higher in nursing
A minimum of 500 separate, non-duplicated hours of supervised clinical practice;
Certification through National certifying agency
  • AANP
  • ANCC
  • PNCB
  • NCC
Arizona https://www.azbn.gov/ RN in Arizona or multistate
Master’s degree or higher in nursing
Official letter from Regis sent to AZBON
Certification through national certifying agency
  • AANP
  • ANCC
  • NCC
  • PNCB
Arkansas http://www.arsbn.org/ RN in Arkansas or compact state
Master’s degree or higher in nursing
A minimum of 500 supervised clinical hours in direct clinical practice during the program.
Criminal background check
Certification through national certifying agency
  • AANP
  • ANCC
  • PNCB
  • NCC
California http://www.rn.ca.gov/ Unencumbered current CA RN license
Master's degree in specialty area
Successful completion of certification exam in specialty area
  • AANP
  • ANCC
  • PNCB
  • NCC
Colorado https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/dora/Nursing Unencumbered current CA RN license
Master's degree in specialty area
Successful completion of certification exam in specialty area
  • AANP
  • ANCC
  • PNCB
  • NCC
Connecticut http://www.ct.gov/dph/cwp/view.asp?a=3143&q=388910 Unencumbered current CA RN license
Master's degree in specialty area
Successful completion of certification exam in specialty area
  • AANP
  • ANCC
  • PNCB
  • NCC
Delaware http://www.dpr.delaware.gov/boards/nursing/index.shtml Hold an active Registered Nurse license either in Delaware or a compact state
Master’s degree in nursing
Graduate from specialty program within 2 years
To practice as an APRN in Delaware you must have a collaborative agreement only if you have practiced as an APRN less than 2 years or fewer than 4,000 hours. If you are required to have a collaborative agreement, you are not allowed to start practicing as an APRN in Delaware until your APRN license has been issues – form here
Certification through national certifying agency
  • AANP
  • ANCC
  • PNCB
  • NCC
DC https://doh.dc.gov/service/health-professionals RN in DC
Master’s degree or higher in nursing
Passport photos
Criminal background check
Certification through national certifying agency
  • AANP
  • ANCC
  • PNCB
  • NCC
Florida http://floridasnursing.gov/ Unencumbered current FL RN License
Master's degree in specialty area
Successful completion of certification exam
  • ANCC
  • NCC
  • NBPNP
  • **NO AANP Reference NPC 64B9-4.002
Proof of Malpractice insurance
Electronic Fingerprinting
Does not license for CNS role
Georgia http://www.board-of-nursing.com/georgiaboard-of-nursing.php Must hold a Georgia state RN license
Master’s degree with transcript showing advanced pharm, phys assessment and pathophysiology
Must submit a paper application
Submit proof of US citizenship status (driver’s license or passport) Recognized certifying agencies:
  • AANP
  • ANCC
  • PNCB
  • NCC
Hawaii http://cca.hawaii.gov/pvl/ RN in Hawaii
Master’s degree or higher in nursing
Certification through national certifying agency
  • AANP
  • ANCC
  • PNCB
  • NCC
Idaho https://ibn.idaho.gov/IBNPortal/ RN in Idaho
Master’s degree or higher in nursing
Certification through national certifying agency
  • AANP
  • ANCC
  • PNCB
  • NCC
Illinois http://nursing.illinois.gov/ An applicant for licensure as an advanced practice nurse or CNS shall file an application on forms provided by the Division. The application shall include: Current Illinois registered professional nurse license number.
Master’s degree
Proof of current national certification, which includes completion of an examination, from one of the following:
  • AANP
  • ANCC (CNS)
  • PNCB
  • NCC
Indiana https://secure.in.gov/pla/nursing.htm Current Indiana RN license or compact state license
Successful completion of graduate program – submit transcripts Recognized certifying agencies:
  • AANP
  • ANCC
  • PNCB
  • NCC
Iowa https://nursing.iowa.gov RN in Iowa
Master’s degree or higher in nursing
Certification through national certifying agency
  • AANP
  • ANCC
  • PNCB
  • NCC
Kansas http://www.ksbn.org/ Hold a current RN license in Kansas
Master's degree
Confirmed that 500 hours are needed for each clinical track – per Susan BON 11/22/16
Successfully complete certification
  • AANP
  • ANCC
  • PNCB
  • NCC
Kentucky http://kbn.ky.gov/Pages/default.aspx Current RN license in Kentucky or compact state
Master’s degree
Fingerprint card and national background check
National certification
  • AANP
  • ANCC
  • PNCB
  • NCC
Louisiana http://www.lsbn.state.la.us/ Current/valid, unrestricted Louisiana Registered Nurse (RN) license.
Master’s degree – official transcripts required
Hold a current national certification in the specific APRN role
  • AANP
  • ANCC
  • PNCB
  • NCC
Criminal background check
Maine http://maine.gov/boardofnursing/ Unencumbered current Maine RN license or compact license
Master's degree in area of specialization
Successfully complete certification within 5 years of graduation
  • AANP
  • ANCC
  • PNCB
  • NCC
45 hours of Pharmacology
Maryland http://mbon.maryland.gov/Pages/default.aspx RN license in Maryland or compact state
Master’s degree – sealed official transcripts required
Copy of current national certification OR letter of eligibility to take the certification exam
  • AANP
  • ANCC
  • PNCB
  • NCC
Effective October 1, 2015: If you have never been certified in Maryland or any other state you are required to have a Mentor for 18 months from the date of application. Your Mentor must be a Maryland licensed Nurse Practitioner or Physician with a license in good standing.
Massachusetts http://www.mass.gov/eohhs/gov/departments/dph/programs/hcq/dhpl/nursing/ Unencumbered current MA RN License
Master's degree in specialty area
Good Moral Character form
Completion of Advanced health assessment, advanced pathophysiology and advanced pharmacology
Successful completion of certification exam
  • AANP
  • ANCC
  • PNCB
  • NCC
Michigan http://www.michigan.gov/lara/0,4601,7-154-72600_72603_27529_27542-59003--,00.html Good moral character
Holds a current Michigan license
Successful completion of certification exam
  • AANP
  • ANCC
  • PNCB
  • NCC
Do not license CNS – confirmed with Nick 10/22/16
Mississippi http://www.msbn.ms.gov/Pages/Home.aspx Current RN in Mississippi
Graduated from a nationally approved school of nursing with a Master’s degree or higher;
Taken and passed a national certification exam in the area of your practice;

  • AANP
  • ANCC
  • PNCB
  • NCC
Completed a 720 hours residency that was monitored by either a licensed physician or certified APRN and evidence of this must be submitted to the Board of Nursing and accepted in order to begin unmonitored practice and be eligible to apply for controlled substance privilege;
Missouri http://pr.mo.gov/nursing.asp Current RN in Missouri or compact state
Master’s degree
National certification in area of specialty
  • AANP
  • ANCC
  • PNCB
  • NCC
Notarized application
Montana http://b.bsd.dli.mt.gov/license/bsd_boards/nur_board/board_page.asp Current Montana RN license, or a compact state
Official transcript, with degree awarded and date degree was conferred, is sent from the advanced nursing educational program directly to the Montana Board of Nursing
Evidence of preceptorship is sent from the educational institution directly to the Montana Board of Nursing
National certification in the APRN role and population focus
  • AANP
  • ANCC
  • PNCB
  • NCC
Fingerprint and background check
Minnesota https://mn.gov/boards/nursing/ Have a current Minnesota Registered Nurse (RN) license or eligibility for licensure Master’s degree
Current certification by a national certifying body
  • AANP
  • ANCC
  • PNCB
  • NCC
Nebraska http://dhhs.ne.gov/publichealth/Pages/crl_crlindex.aspx Current RN in Nebraska or compact state
Master’s degree
National certification in area of specialty
  • AANP
  • ANCC
  • PNCB
  • NCC
Nevada http://nevadanursingboard.org/ Active RN license in NV
Master’s degree
Successful complete certification
  • AANP
  • ANCC
  • PNCB
  • NCC
New Hampshire http://www.nh.gov/nursing/ Hold a current and unencumbered RN license issued by the board or a multi-state license issued by another compact state; Master's degree in area of specialization
Successfully complete certification
  • AANP
  • ANCC
  • PNCB
  • NCC
New Jersey http://www.njpublicsafety.com/ca/nursing/nur_ applications.htm Hold a current and unencumbered RN license issued;
Master's degree in area of specialization
Successfully complete certification
  • AANP
  • ANCC
  • PNCB
  • NCC
New Mexico http://nmbon.sks.com/ Hold a current and unencumbered RN license from NM or hold a compact-multi-state RN license; Master's degree
Successfully complete certification
  • AANP
  • ANCC
  • PNCB
  • NCC
New York http://www.op.nysed.gov/prof/nurse/ Be currently registered and licensed as a registered professional nurse (RN) in New York State;
Have graduated from a nurse practitioner education program acceptable to NYSED or be certified as a nurse practitioner by a national certifying organization acceptable to NYSED;
Complete pharmacology coursework acceptable to NYSED;
Apply for nurse practitioner certification with NYSED.
North Carolina http://www.ncbon.com Masters degree or higher
National certification
  • AANP
  • ANCC
  • PNCB
  • NCC
North Dakota https://www.ndbon.org Active RN license in ND or compact state
Masters degree
National certification
  • AANP
  • ANCC
  • PNCB
  • NCC
Criminal background check
Ohio http://www.nursing.ohio.gov/forms.htm#RX RN license in Ohio
Master degree – transcripts required
National certification
  • AANP
  • ANCC
  • PNCB
  • NCC
Oklahoma http://nursing.ok.gov RN license in Oklahoma
Masters degree
National certification
  • AANP
  • ANCC
  • PNCB
  • NCC
Submit a written statement from an Oklahoma licensed physician supervising prescriptive authority as required by the Board in its rules;
Oregon http://www.oregon.gov/OSBN/pages/index.aspx Hold a current unencumbered registered nurse license in the State of Oregon;
Master's Degree in Nursing or a Doctorate in Nursing – official transcripts needed
National certified
  • AANP
  • ANCC
  • PNCB
  • NCC
Pennsylvania http://www.dos.pa.gov/ProfessionalLicensing/BoardsCommissions/Nursing/Pages/default.aspx Active RN license in Pennsylvania
Master’s degree – transcripts required
National certification
  • AANP
  • ANCC
  • PNCB
  • NCC
Rhode Island http://www.health.ri.gov/licenses/detail.php?id=231/index.php Hold a current and unencumbered RN license issued by the board or a multi-state license issued by another compact state;
Master's degree in area of specialization
Successfully complete certification
  • AANP
  • ANCC
  • PNCB
  • NCC
South Carolina http://www.llr.state.sc.us/pol/nursing/ Licensed as RN in SC
Master’s degree
Holds current specialty certification by a board-approved credentialing organization.
  • AANP
  • ANCC
  • PNCB
  • NCC
South Dakota https://doh.sd.gov/boards/nursing/ RN license in SD or compact state
Master’s Degree – with transcripts
Certified background check with fingerprints
National certification
  • AANP
  • ANCC
  • PNCB
  • NCC
Tennessee https://www.tn.gov/health/article/nursing-statutes RN license in Tennessee or compact state
Master’s degree
Certified by national certifying organization
  • AANP
  • ANCC
  • PNCB
  • NCC
Texas http://www.bon.texas.gov RN license in Texas or have a current, valid RN license with multistate privilege.
Master’s degree or higher
Minimum of 500 separate, non-duplicated clinical hours for each advanced role and specialty within the advanced educational program.
  • AANP
  • ANCC
  • PNCB
  • NCC
  • AACN – AGCNS
Utah https://dopl.utah.gov/licensing/nursing.html Hold a current and unencumbered RN license issued by the board or a multi-state license issued by another compact state;
Master's degree in area of specialization
Successfully complete certification * If not successful within 5 years need to repeat a new program
  • AANP
  • ANCC
  • PNCB
  • NCC
Psych – 1000 clinical hours required
Need 3000 hours within 5 years of graduation
Vermont https://www.ncsbn.org/Vermont.htm Unencumbered Current VT RN license
Master's degree in area of specialization
Successfully complete certification
  • AANP
  • ANCC
  • PNCB
  • NCC
Virginia https://www.dhp.virginia.gov/nursing/ Hold a current, active license as a registered nurse in Virginia or hold a current multistate licensure privilege as a registered nurse;
Graduate degree in nursing or in the appropriate nurse practitioner specialty from an educational program designed to prepare nurse practitioners that is an approved program.
Certification through national certifying agency
  • AANP
  • ANCC
  • PNCB
  • NCC
Washington https://www.doh.wa.gov/LicensesPermitssandCertificates/NursingCommission/NurseLicensing Unencumbered current Washington RN license
Master's degree in specialty area
Official transcripts from institution where graduate degree obtained
Successful completion of certification exam in specialty area
  • AANP
  • ANCC
  • PNCB
  • NCC
West Virginia http://www.wvrnboard.wv.gov/Pages/default.aspx Hold a current, active license as a registered nurse in West Virginia or hold a current multistate licensure privilege as a registered nurse;
Graduate degree in nursing or in the appropriate nurse practitioner specialty from an educational program designed to prepare nurse practitioners that is an approved program
Certification through national certifying agency
  • AANP
  • ANCC
  • PNCB
  • NCC
Wisconsin http://dsps.wi.gov/Boards-Councils/Board-Pages/Board-of-Nursing-Main-Page/ RN license in Wisconsin or compact state
Master’s degree
National certification
  • AANP
  • ANCC
  • PNCB
  • NCC
Passes a Jurisprudence Exam
Wyoming https://nursing-online.state.wy.us RN license in Wyoming or compact state
Master’s degree
National certification
  • AANP
  • ANCC
  • PNCB
  • NCC
Fingerprints
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