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

Alabama

Alabama Board of Nursing

Requirements

  • RN in Alabama
  • Master’s degree or higher in nursing
  • Certification through national certifying agency:
    • AANP
    • ANCC
    • PNCB
    • NCC

Alaska

Alaska Board of Nursing

Requirements

  • 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

Arizona State Board of Nursing

Requirements

  • 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

Arkansas State Board of Nursing

Requirements

  • 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

California Board of Registered Nursing

Requirements

  • Unencumbered current CA RN license
  • Master's degree in specialty area
  • Successful completion of certification exam in specialty area:
    • AANP
    • ANCC
    • PNCB
    • NCC

Colorado

Requirements

  • Unencumbered current CA RN license
  • Master's degree in specialty area
  • Successful completion of certification exam in specialty area:
    • AANP
    • ANCC
    • PNCB
    • NCC

Connecticut

Connecticut State Board of Examiners for Nursing

Requirements

  • Unencumbered current CA RN license
  • Master's degree in specialty area
  • Successful completion of certification exam in specialty area:
    • AANP
    • ANCC
    • PNCB
    • NCC

Delaware

Delaware Board of Nursing: Frequently Asked Questions

Requirements

  • 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 issued
  • Certification through national certifying agency:
    • AANP
    • ANCC
    • PNCB
    • NCC

DC

DC Health

Requirements

  • 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

Florida Board of Nursing

Requirements

  • 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

Georgia Board of Nursing

Requirements

  • 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

Professional and Vocational Licensing

Requirements

  • RN in Hawaii
  • Master’s degree or higher in nursing
  • Certification through national certifying agency:
    • AANP
    • ANCC
    • PNCB
    • NCC

Idaho

State of Idaho Board of Nursing

Requirements

  • RN in Idaho
  • Master’s degree or higher in nursing
  • Certification through national certifying agency:
    • AANP
    • ANCC
    • PNCB
    • NCC

Illinois

Illinois Nursing Workforce Center

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

Indiana State Board of Nursing

Requirements

  • Current Indiana RN license or compact state license
  • Successful completion of graduate program – submit transcripts
  • Recognized certifying agencies:
    • AANP
    • ANCC
    • PNCB
    • NCC

Iowa

Iowa Board of Nursing

Requirements

  • RN in Iowa
  • Master’s degree or higher in nursing
  • Certification through national certifying agency:
    • AANP
    • ANCC
    • PNCB
    • NCC

Kansas

Kansas State Board of Nursing

Requirements

  • 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

Kentucky Board of Nursing

Requirements

  • Current RN license in Kentucky or compact state
  • Master’s degree
  • Fingerprint card and national background check
  • National certification:
    • AANP
    • ANCC
    • PNCB
    • NCC

Louisiana

Louisiana State Board of Nursing

Requirements

  • 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

Maine State Board of Nursing

Requirements

  • 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

Maryland Board of Nursing

Requirements

  • 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

Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing

Requirements

  • 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

Michigan Board of Nursing

Requirements

  • 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

Mississippi Board of Nursing

Requirements

  • 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

Missouri State Board of Nursing

Requirements

  • Current RN in Missouri or compact state
  • Master’s degree
  • National certification in area of specialty:
    • AANP
    • ANCC
    • PNCB
    • NCC
  • Notarized application

Montana

Montana Board of Nursing

Requirements

  • 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

Minnesota Board of Nursing

Requirements

  • 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

Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services Licensure Unit

Requirements

  • Current RN in Nebraska or compact state
  • Master’s degree
  • National certification in area of specialty:
    • AANP
    • ANCC
    • PNCB
    • NCC

Nevada

Nevada State Board of Nursing

Requirements

  • Active RN license in NV
  • Master’s degree
  • Successful complete certification:
    • AANP
    • ANCC
    • PNCB
    • NCC

New Hampshire

New Hampshire Board of Nursing

Requirements

  • 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

New Jersey Board of Nursing

Requirements

  • Hold a current and unencumbered RN license issued
  • Master's degree in area of specialization
  • Successfully complete certification:
    • AANP
    • ANCC
    • PNCB
    • NCC

New Mexico

New Mexico Board of Nursing

Requirements

  • 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

New York Office of the Professions: Nursing

Requirements

  • 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

North Carolina Board of Nursing

Requirements

  • Masters degree or higher
  • National certification:
    • AANP
    • ANCC
    • PNCB
    • NCC

North Dakota

North Dakota Board of Nursing

Requirements

  • Active RN license in ND or compact state
  • Masters degree
  • National certification:
    • AANP
    • ANCC
    • PNCB
    • NCC
  • Criminal background check

Ohio

Ohio Board of Nursing

Requirements

  • RN license in Ohio
  • Master degree – transcripts required
  • National certification:
    • AANP
    • ANCC
    • PNCB
    • NCC

Oklahoma

Oklahoma Board of Nursing

Requirements

  • 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

Oregon State Board of Nursing

Requirements

  • Hold a current unencumbered registered nurse license in the State of Oregon
  • Master's Degree in Nursing or a Doctorate in Nursing – official transcripts required
  • National certification:
    • AANP
    • ANCC
    • PNCB
    • NCC

Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing

Requirements

  • Active RN license in Pennsylvania
  • Master’s degree – transcripts required
  • National certification:
    • AANP
    • ANCC
    • PNCB
    • NCC

Rhode Island

State of Rhode Island Department of Health: Nursing Licensing

Requirements

  • 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

South Carolina Board of Nursing

Requirements

  • Licensed as RN in SC
  • Master’s degree
  • Holds current specialty certification by a board-approved credentialing organization:
    • AANP
    • ANCC
    • PNCB
    • NCC

South Dakota

South Dakota Board of Nursing

Requirements

  • RN license in SD or compact state
  • Master’s Degree – transcripts required
  • Certified background check with fingerprints
  • National certification:
    • AANP
    • ANCC
    • PNCB
    • NCC

Tennessee

Tennessee Board of Nursing

Requirements

  • RN license in Tennessee or compact state
  • Master’s degree
  • Certified by national certifying organization:
    • AANP
    • ANCC
    • PNCB
    • NCC

Texas

Texas Board of Nursing

Requirements

  • RN license in Texas or have a current, valid RN license with multi-state 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

Utah Department of Commerce Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing: Nursing

Requirements

  • 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
  • Psych – 1000 clinical hours required
  • Need 3000 hours within 5 years of graduation

* If not successful within 5 years need to repeat a new program

Vermont

Vermont State Board of Nursing

Requirements

  • Unencumbered Current VT RN license
  • Master's degree in area of specialization
  • Successfully complete certification:
    • AANP
    • ANCC
    • PNCB
    • NCC

Virginia

Virginia Department of Health Professions

Requirements

  • 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

Washington State Department of Health: Nurse Licensing

Requirements

  • 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

West Virginia RN Board

Requirements

  • Hold a current, active license as a registered nurse in West Virginia or hold a current multi-state 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

State of Wisconsin Board of Nursing

Requirements

  • RN license in Wisconsin or compact state
  • Master’s degree
  • National certification:
    • AANP
    • ANCC
    • PNCB
    • NCC
  • Passes a Jurisprudence Exam

Wyoming

Wyoming State Board of Nursing

Requirements

  • RN license in Wyoming or compact state
  • Master’s degree
  • National certification:
    • AANP
    • ANCC
    • PNCB
    • NCC
  • Fingerprints