Licensure

This information is provided in good faith to applicants as of May 27, 2020.

Nursing@Simmons program is an evidence-based program that prepares licensed registered nurses (RNs) to become family nurse practitioners (FNP) that provide comprehensive care to infants, children, adolescents, and adults throughout their lives. Specific state licenses may be more applicable and/or require additional standards.

Simmons University is recognized by both the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing. Per CCNE guidelines, the graduate level courses address advanced practice registered nurse (APRN) care content specific to the role and population focus of the program. Upon completion of the program, students will be eligible for examination to earn national certification as a FNP via the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) or the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) which will allow graduates to apply for state specific licensure. Scope of practice, exam eligibility, background checks, and even coursework requirements outside the scope of the program may vary by state. Prospective and current students are encouraged to research the requirements for licensure specific to their current or intended state of practice to ensure that our program meets their state licensure requirements. The table below provides a state by state breakdown of comparable requirements, including a determination of eligibility for examination. This information provided is designed as a baseline determination of whether the program meets individual state specific requirements.

Alabama

What is Issued: License

Name of Credential: Certified Registered Nurse Practitioner (CRNP)

Accreditation Requirements: Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)

Examination(s): Once aspiring FNPs have earned an FNP-focused master’s, they will need to gain national certification and then licensure in the state in which they wish to practice. There are two certifying bodies for FNPs: the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP). Different states may recognize one certification or the other, so it is important to know which is required for licensure in your state.

Curriculum Requirements: Additional APRN core content specific to the role and population is integrated throughout the other role- and population-focused didactic and clinical courses. Separate courses in advanced physiology/pathophysiology, advanced health assessment, and advanced pharmacology are not required for certificate students who have already completed such courses, unless the program deems this necessary. Master's degree requirements mandated by CCNE:

  1. Advanced physiology/pathophysiology, including general principles that apply across the lifespan;
  2. Advanced health assessment, which includes assessment of all human systems, advanced assessment techniques, concepts and approaches; and
  3. Advanced pharmacology, which includes pharmacodynamics, pharmacokinetics, and pharmacotherapeutics of all broad categories of agents.

Field Experience Requirements: Students may choose to apply for certification through two certifying agencies:

  1. AANC requirements: A minimum of 500 faculty-supervised clinical hours must be included in your family nurse practitioner program.
  2. AANP requirements: Successful completion of the APRN core courses (advanced physical assessment, advanced pharmacology, and advanced pathophysiology) and successful completion of all didactic and clinical NP program coursework, which includes all faculty-supervised clinical clock hours required for the accredited NP program.

State Regulation Nurse Practice Act: Alabama Nurse Practice Act

State Board: Alabama Board of Nursing

Federal Disclosure: Meets State Requirements

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Alaska

What is Issued: License

Name of Credential: Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN)

Accreditation Requirements: Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)

Examination(s): Once aspiring FNPs have earned an FNP-focused master’s, they will need to gain national certification and then licensure in the state in which they wish to practice. There are two certifying bodies for FNPs: the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP). Different states may recognize one certification or the other, so it is important to know which is required for licensure in your state.

Curriculum Requirements: Additional APRN core content specific to the role and population is integrated throughout the other role- and population-focused didactic and clinical courses. Separate courses in advanced physiology/pathophysiology, advanced health assessment, and advanced pharmacology are not required for certificate students who have already completed such courses, unless the program deems this necessary. Master's degree requirements mandated by CCNE:

  1. Advanced physiology/pathophysiology, including general principles that apply across the lifespan;
  2. Advanced health assessment, which includes assessment of all human systems, advanced assessment techniques, concepts and approaches; and
  3. Advanced pharmacology, which includes pharmacodynamics, pharmacokinetics, and pharmacotherapeutics of all broad categories of agents.

Field Experience Requirements: Students may choose to apply for certification through two certifying agencies:

  1. AANC requirements: A minimum of 500 faculty-supervised clinical hours must be included in your family nurse practitioner program.
  2. AANP requirements: Successful completion of the APRN core courses (advanced physical assessment, advanced pharmacology, and advanced pathophysiology) and successful completion of all didactic and clinical NP program coursework, which includes all faculty-supervised clinical clock hours required for the accredited NP program.

State Regulation Nurse Practice Act: Alaska Nurse Practice Act

State Board: Alaska Board of Nursing

Federal Disclosure: Meets State Requirements

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Arizona

What is Issued: License

Name of Credential: Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN)

Accreditation Requirements: Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)

Examination(s): Once aspiring FNPs have earned an FNP-focused master’s, they will need to gain national certification and then licensure in the state in which they wish to practice. There are two certifying bodies for FNPs: the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP). Different states may recognize one certification or the other, so it is important to know which is required for licensure in your state.

Curriculum Requirements: Additional APRN core content specific to the role and population is integrated throughout the other role- and population-focused didactic and clinical courses. Separate courses in advanced physiology/pathophysiology, advanced health assessment, and advanced pharmacology are not required for certificate students who have already completed such courses, unless the program deems this necessary. Master's degree requirements mandated by CCNE:

  1. Advanced physiology/pathophysiology, including general principles that apply across the lifespan;
  2. Advanced health assessment, which includes assessment of all human systems, advanced assessment techniques, concepts and approaches; and
  3. Advanced pharmacology, which includes pharmacodynamics, pharmacokinetics, and pharmacotherapeutics of all broad categories of agents.

Field Experience Requirements: Students may choose to apply for certification through two certifying agencies:

  1. AANC requirements: A minimum of 500 faculty-supervised clinical hours must be included in your family nurse practitioner program.
  2. AANP requirements: Successful completion of the APRN core courses (advanced physical assessment, advanced pharmacology, and advanced pathophysiology) and successful completion of all didactic and clinical NP program coursework, which includes all faculty-supervised clinical clock hours required for the accredited NP program.

State Regulation Nurse Practice Act: Arizona Nurse Practice Act

State Board: Arizona Board of Nursing

Federal Disclosure: Meets State Requirements

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Arkansas

What is Issued: License

Name of Credential: Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN)

Accreditation Requirements: Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)

Examination(s): Once aspiring FNPs have earned an FNP-focused master’s, they will need to gain national certification and then licensure in the state in which they wish to practice. There are two certifying bodies for FNPs: the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP). Different states may recognize one certification or the other, so it is important to know which is required for licensure in your state.

Curriculum Requirements: Additional APRN core content specific to the role and population is integrated throughout the other role- and population-focused didactic and clinical courses. Separate courses in advanced physiology/pathophysiology, advanced health assessment, and advanced pharmacology are not required for certificate students who have already completed such courses, unless the program deems this necessary. Master's degree requirements mandated by CCNE:

  1. Advanced physiology/pathophysiology, including general principles that apply across the lifespan;
  2. Advanced health assessment, which includes assessment of all human systems, advanced assessment techniques, concepts and approaches; and
  3. Advanced pharmacology, which includes pharmacodynamics, pharmacokinetics, and pharmacotherapeutics of all broad categories of agents.

Field Experience Requirements: Students may choose to apply for certification through two certifying agencies:

  1. AANC requirements: A minimum of 500 faculty-supervised clinical hours must be included in your family nurse practitioner program.
  2. AANP requirements: Successful completion of the APRN core courses (advanced physical assessment, advanced pharmacology, and advanced pathophysiology) and successful completion of all didactic and clinical NP program coursework, which includes all faculty-supervised clinical clock hours required for the accredited NP program.

State Regulation Nurse Practice Act: Arkansas Nurse Practice Act

State Board: Arkansas Board of Nursing

Federal Disclosure: Meets State Requirements

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California

What is Issued: License

Name of Credential: Advanced Practice Registered Nurse- Certified Nurse Practitioner (APRN-CNP)

Accreditation Requirements: Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)

Examination(s): Once aspiring FNPs have earned an FNP-focused master’s, they will need to gain national certification and then licensure in the state in which they wish to practice. There are two certifying bodies for FNPs: the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP). Different states may recognize one certification or the other, so it is important to know which is required for licensure in your state.

Curriculum Requirements: Additional APRN core content specific to the role and population is integrated throughout the other role- and population-focused didactic and clinical courses. Separate courses in advanced physiology/pathophysiology, advanced health assessment, and advanced pharmacology are not required for certificate students who have already completed such courses, unless the program deems this necessary. Master's degree requirements mandated by CCNE:

  1. Advanced physiology/pathophysiology, including general principles that apply across the lifespan;
  2. Advanced health assessment, which includes assessment of all human systems, advanced assessment techniques, concepts and approaches; and
  3. Advanced pharmacology, which includes pharmacodynamics, pharmacokinetics, and pharmacotherapeutics of all broad categories of agents.

Field Experience Requirements: Students may choose to apply for certification through two certifying agencies:

  1. AANC requirements: A minimum of 500 faculty-supervised clinical hours must be included in your family nurse practitioner program.
  2. AANP requirements: Successful completion of the APRN core courses (advanced physical assessment, advanced pharmacology, and advanced pathophysiology) and successful completion of all didactic and clinical NP program coursework, which includes all faculty-supervised clinical clock hours required for the accredited NP program.

State Regulation Nurse Practice Act: California Nurse Practice Act

State Board: California Board of Nursing

Federal Disclosure: Meets State Requirements

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Colorado

What is Issued: License

Name of Credential: Advanced Practice Nurse (APN)

Accreditation Requirements: Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)

Examination(s): Once aspiring FNPs have earned an FNP-focused master’s, they will need to gain national certification and then licensure in the state in which they wish to practice. There are two certifying bodies for FNPs: the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP). Different states may recognize one certification or the other, so it is important to know which is required for licensure in your state.

Curriculum Requirements: Additional APRN core content specific to the role and population is integrated throughout the other role- and population-focused didactic and clinical courses. Separate courses in advanced physiology/pathophysiology, advanced health assessment, and advanced pharmacology are not required for certificate students who have already completed such courses, unless the program deems this necessary. Master's degree requirements mandated by CCNE:

  1. Advanced physiology/pathophysiology, including general principles that apply across the lifespan;
  2. Advanced health assessment, which includes assessment of all human systems, advanced assessment techniques, concepts and approaches; and
  3. Advanced pharmacology, which includes pharmacodynamics, pharmacokinetics, and pharmacotherapeutics of all broad categories of agents.

Field Experience Requirements: Students may choose to apply for certification through two certifying agencies:

  1. AANC requirements: A minimum of 500 faculty-supervised clinical hours must be included in your family nurse practitioner program.
  2. AANP requirements: Successful completion of the APRN core courses (advanced physical assessment, advanced pharmacology, and advanced pathophysiology) and successful completion of all didactic and clinical NP program coursework, which includes all faculty-supervised clinical clock hours required for the accredited NP program.

State Regulation Nurse Practice Act: Colorado Nurse Practice Act

State Board: Colorado Board of Nursing

Federal Disclosure: Meets State Requirements

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Connecticut

What is Issued: License

Name of Credential: Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN)

Accreditation Requirements: Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)

Examination(s): Once aspiring FNPs have earned an FNP-focused master’s, they will need to gain national certification and then licensure in the state in which they wish to practice. There are two certifying bodies for FNPs: the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP). Different states may recognize one certification or the other, so it is important to know which is required for licensure in your state.

Curriculum Requirements: Additional APRN core content specific to the role and population is integrated throughout the other role- and population-focused didactic and clinical courses. Separate courses in advanced physiology/pathophysiology, advanced health assessment, and advanced pharmacology are not required for certificate students who have already completed such courses, unless the program deems this necessary. Master's degree requirements mandated by CCNE:

  1. Advanced physiology/pathophysiology, including general principles that apply across the lifespan;
  2. Advanced health assessment, which includes assessment of all human systems, advanced assessment techniques, concepts and approaches; and
  3. Advanced pharmacology, which includes pharmacodynamics, pharmacokinetics, and pharmacotherapeutics of all broad categories of agents.

Field Experience Requirements: Students may choose to apply for certification through two certifying agencies:

  1. AANC requirements: A minimum of 500 faculty-supervised clinical hours must be included in your family nurse practitioner program.
  2. AANP requirements: Successful completion of the APRN core courses (advanced physical assessment, advanced pharmacology, and advanced pathophysiology) and successful completion of all didactic and clinical NP program coursework, which includes all faculty-supervised clinical clock hours required for the accredited NP program.

State Regulation Nurse Practice Act: Connecticut Nurse Practice Act

State Board: Connecticut Board of Nursing

Federal Disclosure: Meets State Requirements

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Delaware

What is Issued: License

Name of Credential: Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN)

Accreditation Requirements: Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)

Examination(s): Once aspiring FNPs have earned an FNP-focused master’s, they will need to gain national certification and then licensure in the state in which they wish to practice. There are two certifying bodies for FNPs: the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP). Different states may recognize one certification or the other, so it is important to know which is required for licensure in your state.

Curriculum Requirements: Additional APRN core content specific to the role and population is integrated throughout the other role- and population-focused didactic and clinical courses. Separate courses in advanced physiology/pathophysiology, advanced health assessment, and advanced pharmacology are not required for certificate students who have already completed such courses, unless the program deems this necessary. Master's degree requirements mandated by CCNE:

  1. Advanced physiology/pathophysiology, including general principles that apply across the lifespan;
  2. Advanced health assessment, which includes assessment of all human systems, advanced assessment techniques, concepts and approaches; and
  3. Advanced pharmacology, which includes pharmacodynamics, pharmacokinetics, and pharmacotherapeutics of all broad categories of agents.

Field Experience Requirements: Students may choose to apply for certification through two certifying agencies:

  1. AANC requirements: A minimum of 500 faculty-supervised clinical hours must be included in your family nurse practitioner program.
  2. AANP requirements: Successful completion of the APRN core courses (advanced physical assessment, advanced pharmacology, and advanced pathophysiology) and successful completion of all didactic and clinical NP program coursework, which includes all faculty-supervised clinical clock hours required for the accredited NP program.

State Regulation Nurse Practice Act: Delaware Nurse Practice Act

State Board: Delaware Board of Nursing

Federal Disclosure: Meets State Requirements

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District of Columbia

What is Issued: License

Name of Credential: Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN)

Accreditation Requirements: Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)

Examination(s): Once aspiring FNPs have earned an FNP-focused master’s, they will need to gain national certification and then licensure in the state in which they wish to practice. There are two certifying bodies for FNPs: the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP). Different states may recognize one certification or the other, so it is important to know which is required for licensure in your state.

Curriculum Requirements: Additional APRN core content specific to the role and population is integrated throughout the other role- and population-focused didactic and clinical courses. Separate courses in advanced physiology/pathophysiology, advanced health assessment, and advanced pharmacology are not required for certificate students who have already completed such courses, unless the program deems this necessary. Master's degree requirements mandated by CCNE:

  1. Advanced physiology/pathophysiology, including general principles that apply across the lifespan;
  2. Advanced health assessment, which includes assessment of all human systems, advanced assessment techniques, concepts and approaches; and
  3. Advanced pharmacology, which includes pharmacodynamics, pharmacokinetics, and pharmacotherapeutics of all broad categories of agents.

Field Experience Requirements: Students may choose to apply for certification through two certifying agencies:

  1. AANC requirements: A minimum of 500 faculty-supervised clinical hours must be included in your family nurse practitioner program.
  2. AANP requirements: Successful completion of the APRN core courses (advanced physical assessment, advanced pharmacology, and advanced pathophysiology) and successful completion of all didactic and clinical NP program coursework, which includes all faculty-supervised clinical clock hours required for the accredited NP program.

State Regulation Nurse Practice Act: District of Columbia - DC Nurse Practice Act

State Board: District of Columbia - DC Board of Nursing

Federal Disclosure: Meets State Requirements

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Florida

What is Issued: License

Name of Credential: Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN)

Accreditation Requirements: Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)

Examination(s): Once aspiring FNPs have earned an FNP-focused master’s, they will need to gain national certification and then licensure in the state in which they wish to practice. There are two certifying bodies for FNPs: the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP). Different states may recognize one certification or the other, so it is important to know which is required for licensure in your state.

Curriculum Requirements: Additional APRN core content specific to the role and population is integrated throughout the other role- and population-focused didactic and clinical courses. Separate courses in advanced physiology/pathophysiology, advanced health assessment, and advanced pharmacology are not required for certificate students who have already completed such courses, unless the program deems this necessary. Master's degree requirements mandated by CCNE:

  1. Advanced physiology/pathophysiology, including general principles that apply across the lifespan;
  2. Advanced health assessment, which includes assessment of all human systems, advanced assessment techniques, concepts and approaches; and
  3. Advanced pharmacology, which includes pharmacodynamics, pharmacokinetics, and pharmacotherapeutics of all broad categories of agents.

Field Experience Requirements: Students may choose to apply for certification through two certifying agencies:

  1. AANC requirements: A minimum of 500 faculty-supervised clinical hours must be included in your family nurse practitioner program.
  2. AANP requirements: Successful completion of the APRN core courses (advanced physical assessment, advanced pharmacology, and advanced pathophysiology) and successful completion of all didactic and clinical NP program coursework, which includes all faculty-supervised clinical clock hours required for the accredited NP program.

State Regulation Nurse Practice Act: Florida Nurse Practice Act

State Board: Florida Board of Nursing

Federal Disclosure: Meets State Requirements

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Georgia

What is Issued: License

Name of Credential: Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN)

Accreditation Requirements: Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)

Examination(s): Once aspiring FNPs have earned an FNP-focused master’s, they will need to gain national certification and then licensure in the state in which they wish to practice. There are two certifying bodies for FNPs: the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP). Different states may recognize one certification or the other, so it is important to know which is required for licensure in your state.

Curriculum Requirements: Additional APRN core content specific to the role and population is integrated throughout the other role- and population-focused didactic and clinical courses. Separate courses in advanced physiology/pathophysiology, advanced health assessment, and advanced pharmacology are not required for certificate students who have already completed such courses, unless the program deems this necessary. Master's degree requirements mandated by CCNE:

  1. Advanced physiology/pathophysiology, including general principles that apply across the lifespan;
  2. Advanced health assessment, which includes assessment of all human systems, advanced assessment techniques, concepts and approaches; and
  3. Advanced pharmacology, which includes pharmacodynamics, pharmacokinetics, and pharmacotherapeutics of all broad categories of agents.

Field Experience Requirements: Students may choose to apply for certification through two certifying agencies:

  1. AANC requirements: A minimum of 500 faculty-supervised clinical hours must be included in your family nurse practitioner program.
  2. AANP requirements: Successful completion of the APRN core courses (advanced physical assessment, advanced pharmacology, and advanced pathophysiology) and successful completion of all didactic and clinical NP program coursework, which includes all faculty-supervised clinical clock hours required for the accredited NP program.

State Regulation Nurse Practice Act: Georgia Nurse Practice Act

State Board: Georgia Board of Nursing

Federal Disclosure: Meets State Requirements

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Hawaii

What is Issued: License

Name of Credential: Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN)

Accreditation Requirements: Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)

Examination(s): Once aspiring FNPs have earned an FNP-focused master’s, they will need to gain national certification and then licensure in the state in which they wish to practice. There are two certifying bodies for FNPs: the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP). Different states may recognize one certification or the other, so it is important to know which is required for licensure in your state.

Curriculum Requirements: Additional APRN core content specific to the role and population is integrated throughout the other role- and population-focused didactic and clinical courses. Separate courses in advanced physiology/pathophysiology, advanced health assessment, and advanced pharmacology are not required for certificate students who have already completed such courses, unless the program deems this necessary. Master's degree requirements mandated by CCNE:

  1. Advanced physiology/pathophysiology, including general principles that apply across the lifespan;
  2. Advanced health assessment, which includes assessment of all human systems, advanced assessment techniques, concepts and approaches; and
  3. Advanced pharmacology, which includes pharmacodynamics, pharmacokinetics, and pharmacotherapeutics of all broad categories of agents.

Field Experience Requirements: Students may choose to apply for certification through two certifying agencies:

  1. AANC requirements: A minimum of 500 faculty-supervised clinical hours must be included in your family nurse practitioner program.
  2. AANP requirements: Successful completion of the APRN core courses (advanced physical assessment, advanced pharmacology, and advanced pathophysiology) and successful completion of all didactic and clinical NP program coursework, which includes all faculty-supervised clinical clock hours required for the accredited NP program.

State Regulation Nurse Practice Act: Hawaii Nurse Practice Act

State Board: Hawaii Board of Nursing

Federal Disclosure: Meets State Requirements

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Idaho

What is Issued: License

Name of Credential: Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN)

Accreditation Requirements: Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)

Examination(s): Once aspiring FNPs have earned an FNP-focused master’s, they will need to gain national certification and then licensure in the state in which they wish to practice. There are two certifying bodies for FNPs: the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP). Different states may recognize one certification or the other, so it is important to know which is required for licensure in your state.

Curriculum Requirements: Additional APRN core content specific to the role and population is integrated throughout the other role- and population-focused didactic and clinical courses. Separate courses in advanced physiology/pathophysiology, advanced health assessment, and advanced pharmacology are not required for certificate students who have already completed such courses, unless the program deems this necessary. Master's degree requirements mandated by CCNE:

  1. Advanced physiology/pathophysiology, including general principles that apply across the lifespan;
  2. Advanced health assessment, which includes assessment of all human systems, advanced assessment techniques, concepts and approaches; and
  3. Advanced pharmacology, which includes pharmacodynamics, pharmacokinetics, and pharmacotherapeutics of all broad categories of agents.

Field Experience Requirements: Students may choose to apply for certification through two certifying agencies:

  1. AANC requirements: A minimum of 500 faculty-supervised clinical hours must be included in your family nurse practitioner program.
  2. AANP requirements: Successful completion of the APRN core courses (advanced physical assessment, advanced pharmacology, and advanced pathophysiology) and successful completion of all didactic and clinical NP program coursework, which includes all faculty-supervised clinical clock hours required for the accredited NP program.

State Regulation Nurse Practice Act: Idaho Nurse Practice Act

State Board: Idaho Board of Nursing

Federal Disclosure: Meets State Requirements

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Illinois

What is Issued: License

Name of Credential: Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN)

Accreditation Requirements: Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)

Examination(s): Once aspiring FNPs have earned an FNP-focused master’s, they will need to gain national certification and then licensure in the state in which they wish to practice. There are two certifying bodies for FNPs: the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP). Different states may recognize one certification or the other, so it is important to know which is required for licensure in your state.

Curriculum Requirements: Additional APRN core content specific to the role and population is integrated throughout the other role- and population-focused didactic and clinical courses. Separate courses in advanced physiology/pathophysiology, advanced health assessment, and advanced pharmacology are not required for certificate students who have already completed such courses, unless the program deems this necessary. Master's degree requirements mandated by CCNE:

  1. Advanced physiology/pathophysiology, including general principles that apply across the lifespan;
  2. Advanced health assessment, which includes assessment of all human systems, advanced assessment techniques, concepts and approaches; and
  3. Advanced pharmacology, which includes pharmacodynamics, pharmacokinetics, and pharmacotherapeutics of all broad categories of agents.

Field Experience Requirements: Students may choose to apply for certification through two certifying agencies:

  1. AANC requirements: A minimum of 500 faculty-supervised clinical hours must be included in your family nurse practitioner program.
  2. AANP requirements: Successful completion of the APRN core courses (advanced physical assessment, advanced pharmacology, and advanced pathophysiology) and successful completion of all didactic and clinical NP program coursework, which includes all faculty-supervised clinical clock hours required for the accredited NP program.

State Regulation Nurse Practice Act: Illinois Nurse Practice Act

State Board: Illinois Board of Nursing

Federal Disclosure: Meets State Requirements

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Indiana

What is Issued: License

Name of Credential: Nurse Practitioner (NP)

Accreditation Requirements: Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)

Examination(s): Once aspiring FNPs have earned an FNP-focused master’s, they will need to gain national certification and then licensure in the state in which they wish to practice. There are two certifying bodies for FNPs: the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP). Different states may recognize one certification or the other, so it is important to know which is required for licensure in your state.

Curriculum Requirements: Additional APRN core content specific to the role and population is integrated throughout the other role- and population-focused didactic and clinical courses. Separate courses in advanced physiology/pathophysiology, advanced health assessment, and advanced pharmacology are not required for certificate students who have already completed such courses, unless the program deems this necessary. Master's degree requirements mandated by CCNE:

  1. Advanced physiology/pathophysiology, including general principles that apply across the lifespan;
  2. Advanced health assessment, which includes assessment of all human systems, advanced assessment techniques, concepts and approaches; and
  3. Advanced pharmacology, which includes pharmacodynamics, pharmacokinetics, and pharmacotherapeutics of all broad categories of agents.

Field Experience Requirements: Students may choose to apply for certification through two certifying agencies:

  1. AANC requirements: A minimum of 500 faculty-supervised clinical hours must be included in your family nurse practitioner program.
  2. AANP requirements: Successful completion of the APRN core courses (advanced physical assessment, advanced pharmacology, and advanced pathophysiology) and successful completion of all didactic and clinical NP program coursework, which includes all faculty-supervised clinical clock hours required for the accredited NP program.

State Regulation Nurse Practice Act: Indiana Nurse Practice Act

State Board: Indiana Board of Nursing

Federal Disclosure: Meets State Requirements

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Iowa

What is Issued: License

Name of Credential: Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN)

Accreditation Requirements: Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)

Examination(s): Once aspiring FNPs have earned an FNP-focused master’s, they will need to gain national certification and then licensure in the state in which they wish to practice. There are two certifying bodies for FNPs: the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP). Different states may recognize one certification or the other, so it is important to know which is required for licensure in your state.

Curriculum Requirements: Additional APRN core content specific to the role and population is integrated throughout the other role- and population-focused didactic and clinical courses. Separate courses in advanced physiology/pathophysiology, advanced health assessment, and advanced pharmacology are not required for certificate students who have already completed such courses, unless the program deems this necessary. Master's degree requirements mandated by CCNE:

  1. Advanced physiology/pathophysiology, including general principles that apply across the lifespan;
  2. Advanced health assessment, which includes assessment of all human systems, advanced assessment techniques, concepts and approaches; and
  3. Advanced pharmacology, which includes pharmacodynamics, pharmacokinetics, and pharmacotherapeutics of all broad categories of agents.

Field Experience Requirements: Students may choose to apply for certification through two certifying agencies:

  1. AANC requirements: A minimum of 500 faculty-supervised clinical hours must be included in your family nurse practitioner program.
  2. AANP requirements: Successful completion of the APRN core courses (advanced physical assessment, advanced pharmacology, and advanced pathophysiology) and successful completion of all didactic and clinical NP program coursework, which includes all faculty-supervised clinical clock hours required for the accredited NP program.

State Regulation Nurse Practice Act: Iowa Nurse Practice Act

State Board: Iowa Board of Nursing

Federal Disclosure: Meets State Requirements

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Kansas

What is Issued: License

Name of Credential: Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN)

Accreditation Requirements: Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)

Examination(s): Once aspiring FNPs have earned an FNP-focused master’s, they will need to gain national certification and then licensure in the state in which they wish to practice. There are two certifying bodies for FNPs: the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP). Different states may recognize one certification or the other, so it is important to know which is required for licensure in your state.

Curriculum Requirements: Additional APRN core content specific to the role and population is integrated throughout the other role- and population-focused didactic and clinical courses. Separate courses in advanced physiology/pathophysiology, advanced health assessment, and advanced pharmacology are not required for certificate students who have already completed such courses, unless the program deems this necessary. Master's degree requirements mandated by CCNE:

  1. Advanced physiology/pathophysiology, including general principles that apply across the lifespan;
  2. Advanced health assessment, which includes assessment of all human systems, advanced assessment techniques, concepts and approaches; and
  3. Advanced pharmacology, which includes pharmacodynamics, pharmacokinetics, and pharmacotherapeutics of all broad categories of agents.

Field Experience Requirements: Students may choose to apply for certification through two certifying agencies:

  1. AANC requirements: A minimum of 500 faculty-supervised clinical hours must be included in your family nurse practitioner program.
  2. AANP requirements: Successful completion of the APRN core courses (advanced physical assessment, advanced pharmacology, and advanced pathophysiology) and successful completion of all didactic and clinical NP program coursework, which includes all faculty-supervised clinical clock hours required for the accredited NP program.

State Regulation Nurse Practice Act: Kansas Nurse Practice Act

State Board: Kansas Board of Nursing

Federal Disclosure: Meets State Requirements

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Kentucky

What is Issued: License

Name of Credential: Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN)

Accreditation Requirements: Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)

Examination(s): Once aspiring FNPs have earned an FNP-focused master’s, they will need to gain national certification and then licensure in the state in which they wish to practice. There are two certifying bodies for FNPs: the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP). Different states may recognize one certification or the other, so it is important to know which is required for licensure in your state.

Curriculum Requirements: Additional APRN core content specific to the role and population is integrated throughout the other role- and population-focused didactic and clinical courses. Separate courses in advanced physiology/pathophysiology, advanced health assessment, and advanced pharmacology are not required for certificate students who have already completed such courses, unless the program deems this necessary. Master's degree requirements mandated by CCNE:

  1. Advanced physiology/pathophysiology, including general principles that apply across the lifespan;
  2. Advanced health assessment, which includes assessment of all human systems, advanced assessment techniques, concepts and approaches; and
  3. Advanced pharmacology, which includes pharmacodynamics, pharmacokinetics, and pharmacotherapeutics of all broad categories of agents.

Field Experience Requirements: Students may choose to apply for certification through two certifying agencies:

  1. AANC requirements: A minimum of 500 faculty-supervised clinical hours must be included in your family nurse practitioner program.
  2. AANP requirements: Successful completion of the APRN core courses (advanced physical assessment, advanced pharmacology, and advanced pathophysiology) and successful completion of all didactic and clinical NP program coursework, which includes all faculty-supervised clinical clock hours required for the accredited NP program.

State Regulation Nurse Practice Act: Kentucky Nurse Practice Act

State Board: Kentucky Board of Nursing

Federal Disclosure: Meets State Requirements

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Louisiana

What is Issued: License

Name of Credential: Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN)

Accreditation Requirements: Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)

Examination(s): Once aspiring FNPs have earned an FNP-focused master’s, they will need to gain national certification and then licensure in the state in which they wish to practice. There are two certifying bodies for FNPs: the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP). Different states may recognize one certification or the other, so it is important to know which is required for licensure in your state.

Curriculum Requirements: Additional APRN core content specific to the role and population is integrated throughout the other role- and population-focused didactic and clinical courses. Separate courses in advanced physiology/pathophysiology, advanced health assessment, and advanced pharmacology are not required for certificate students who have already completed such courses, unless the program deems this necessary. Master's degree requirements mandated by CCNE:

  1. Advanced physiology/pathophysiology, including general principles that apply across the lifespan;
  2. Advanced health assessment, which includes assessment of all human systems, advanced assessment techniques, concepts and approaches; and
  3. Advanced pharmacology, which includes pharmacodynamics, pharmacokinetics, and pharmacotherapeutics of all broad categories of agents.

Field Experience Requirements: Students may choose to apply for certification through two certifying agencies:

  1. AANC requirements: A minimum of 500 faculty-supervised clinical hours must be included in your family nurse practitioner program.
  2. AANP requirements: Successful completion of the APRN core courses (advanced physical assessment, advanced pharmacology, and advanced pathophysiology) and successful completion of all didactic and clinical NP program coursework, which includes all faculty-supervised clinical clock hours required for the accredited NP program.

State Regulation Nurse Practice Act: Louisiana Nurse Practice Act

State Board: Louisiana Board of Nursing

Federal Disclosure: Meets State Requirements

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Maine

What is Issued: License

Name of Credential: Advanced Practice Registered Nurse/Certified Nurse Practitioner (APRN/CNP)

Accreditation Requirements: Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)

Examination(s): Once aspiring FNPs have earned an FNP-focused master’s, they will need to gain national certification and then licensure in the state in which they wish to practice. There are two certifying bodies for FNPs: the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP). Different states may recognize one certification or the other, so it is important to know which is required for licensure in your state.

Curriculum Requirements: Additional APRN core content specific to the role and population is integrated throughout the other role- and population-focused didactic and clinical courses. Separate courses in advanced physiology/pathophysiology, advanced health assessment, and advanced pharmacology are not required for certificate students who have already completed such courses, unless the program deems this necessary. Master's degree requirements mandated by CCNE:

  1. Advanced physiology/pathophysiology, including general principles that apply across the lifespan;
  2. Advanced health assessment, which includes assessment of all human systems, advanced assessment techniques, concepts and approaches; and
  3. Advanced pharmacology, which includes pharmacodynamics, pharmacokinetics, and pharmacotherapeutics of all broad categories of agents.

Field Experience Requirements: Students may choose to apply for certification through two certifying agencies:

  1. AANC requirements: A minimum of 500 faculty-supervised clinical hours must be included in your family nurse practitioner program.
  2. AANP requirements: Successful completion of the APRN core courses (advanced physical assessment, advanced pharmacology, and advanced pathophysiology) and successful completion of all didactic and clinical NP program coursework, which includes all faculty-supervised clinical clock hours required for the accredited NP program.

State Regulation Nurse Practice Act: Maine Nurse Practice Act

State Board: Maine Board of Nursing

Federal Disclosure: Meets State Requirements

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Maryland

What is Issued: License

Name of Credential: Advanced Practice Nurse Practitioner: Nurse Practitioner (APRN:NP) or Certified Registered Nurse Practitioner (CRNP)

Accreditation Requirements: Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)

Examination(s): Once aspiring FNPs have earned an FNP-focused master’s, they will need to gain national certification and then licensure in the state in which they wish to practice. There are two certifying bodies for FNPs: the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP). Different states may recognize one certification or the other, so it is important to know which is required for licensure in your state.

Curriculum Requirements: Additional APRN core content specific to the role and population is integrated throughout the other role- and population-focused didactic and clinical courses. Separate courses in advanced physiology/pathophysiology, advanced health assessment, and advanced pharmacology are not required for certificate students who have already completed such courses, unless the program deems this necessary. Master's degree requirements mandated by CCNE:

  1. Advanced physiology/pathophysiology, including general principles that apply across the lifespan;
  2. Advanced health assessment, which includes assessment of all human systems, advanced assessment techniques, concepts and approaches; and
  3. Advanced pharmacology, which includes pharmacodynamics, pharmacokinetics, and pharmacotherapeutics of all broad categories of agents.

Field Experience Requirements: Students may choose to apply for certification through two certifying agencies:

  1. AANC requirements: A minimum of 500 faculty-supervised clinical hours must be included in your family nurse practitioner program.
  2. AANP requirements: Successful completion of the APRN core courses (advanced physical assessment, advanced pharmacology, and advanced pathophysiology) and successful completion of all didactic and clinical NP program coursework, which includes all faculty-supervised clinical clock hours required for the accredited NP program.

State Regulation Nurse Practice Act: Maryland Nurse Practice Act

State Board: Maryland Board of Nursing

Federal Disclosure: Meets State Requirements

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Massachusetts

What is Issued: License

Name of Credential: Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN)

Accreditation Requirements: Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)

Examination(s): Once aspiring FNPs have earned an FNP-focused master’s, they will need to gain national certification and then licensure in the state in which they wish to practice. There are two certifying bodies for FNPs: the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP). Different states may recognize one certification or the other, so it is important to know which is required for licensure in your state.

Curriculum Requirements: Additional APRN core content specific to the role and population is integrated throughout the other role- and population-focused didactic and clinical courses. Separate courses in advanced physiology/pathophysiology, advanced health assessment, and advanced pharmacology are not required for certificate students who have already completed such courses, unless the program deems this necessary. Master's degree requirements mandated by CCNE:

  1. Advanced physiology/pathophysiology, including general principles that apply across the lifespan;
  2. Advanced health assessment, which includes assessment of all human systems, advanced assessment techniques, concepts and approaches; and
  3. Advanced pharmacology, which includes pharmacodynamics, pharmacokinetics, and pharmacotherapeutics of all broad categories of agents.

Field Experience Requirements: Students may choose to apply for certification through two certifying agencies:

  1. AANC requirements: A minimum of 500 faculty-supervised clinical hours must be included in your family nurse practitioner program.
  2. AANP requirements: Successful completion of the APRN core courses (advanced physical assessment, advanced pharmacology, and advanced pathophysiology) and successful completion of all didactic and clinical NP program coursework, which includes all faculty-supervised clinical clock hours required for the accredited NP program.

State Regulation Nurse Practice Act: Massachusetts Nurse Practice Act

State Board: Massachusetts Board of Nursing

Federal Disclosure: Meets State Requirements

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Michigan

What is Issued: License

Name of Credential: Nurse Practitioner (NP)

Accreditation Requirements: Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)

Examination(s): Once aspiring FNPs have earned an FNP-focused master’s, they will need to gain national certification and then licensure in the state in which they wish to practice. There are two certifying bodies for FNPs: the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP). Different states may recognize one certification or the other, so it is important to know which is required for licensure in your state.

Curriculum Requirements: Additional APRN core content specific to the role and population is integrated throughout the other role- and population-focused didactic and clinical courses. Separate courses in advanced physiology/pathophysiology, advanced health assessment, and advanced pharmacology are not required for certificate students who have already completed such courses, unless the program deems this necessary. Master's degree requirements mandated by CCNE:

  1. Advanced physiology/pathophysiology, including general principles that apply across the lifespan;
  2. Advanced health assessment, which includes assessment of all human systems, advanced assessment techniques, concepts and approaches; and
  3. Advanced pharmacology, which includes pharmacodynamics, pharmacokinetics, and pharmacotherapeutics of all broad categories of agents.

Field Experience Requirements: Students may choose to apply for certification through two certifying agencies:

  1. AANC requirements: A minimum of 500 faculty-supervised clinical hours must be included in your family nurse practitioner program.
  2. AANP requirements: Successful completion of the APRN core courses (advanced physical assessment, advanced pharmacology, and advanced pathophysiology) and successful completion of all didactic and clinical NP program coursework, which includes all faculty-supervised clinical clock hours required for the accredited NP program.

State Regulation Nurse Practice Act: Michigan Nurse Practice Act

State Board: Michigan Board of Nursing

Federal Disclosure: Meets State Requirements

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Minnesota

What is Issued: License

Name of Credential: Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN)

Accreditation Requirements: Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)

Examination(s): Once aspiring FNPs have earned an FNP-focused master’s, they will need to gain national certification and then licensure in the state in which they wish to practice. There are two certifying bodies for FNPs: the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP). Different states may recognize one certification or the other, so it is important to know which is required for licensure in your state.

Curriculum Requirements: Additional APRN core content specific to the role and population is integrated throughout the other role- and population-focused didactic and clinical courses. Separate courses in advanced physiology/pathophysiology, advanced health assessment, and advanced pharmacology are not required for certificate students who have already completed such courses, unless the program deems this necessary. Master's degree requirements mandated by CCNE:

  1. Advanced physiology/pathophysiology, including general principles that apply across the lifespan;
  2. Advanced health assessment, which includes assessment of all human systems, advanced assessment techniques, concepts and approaches; and
  3. Advanced pharmacology, which includes pharmacodynamics, pharmacokinetics, and pharmacotherapeutics of all broad categories of agents.

Field Experience Requirements: Students may choose to apply for certification through two certifying agencies:

  1. AANC requirements: A minimum of 500 faculty-supervised clinical hours must be included in your family nurse practitioner program.
  2. AANP requirements: Successful completion of the APRN core courses (advanced physical assessment, advanced pharmacology, and advanced pathophysiology) and successful completion of all didactic and clinical NP program coursework, which includes all faculty-supervised clinical clock hours required for the accredited NP program.

State Regulation Nurse Practice Act: Minnesota Nurse Practice Act

State Board: Minnesota Board of Nursing

Federal Disclosure: Meets State Requirements

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Mississippi

What is Issued: License

Name of Credential: Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN)

Accreditation Requirements: Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)

Examination(s): Once aspiring FNPs have earned an FNP-focused master’s, they will need to gain national certification and then licensure in the state in which they wish to practice. There are two certifying bodies for FNPs: the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP). Different states may recognize one certification or the other, so it is important to know which is required for licensure in your state.

Curriculum Requirements: Additional APRN core content specific to the role and population is integrated throughout the other role- and population-focused didactic and clinical courses. Separate courses in advanced physiology/pathophysiology, advanced health assessment, and advanced pharmacology are not required for certificate students who have already completed such courses, unless the program deems this necessary. Master's degree requirements mandated by CCNE:

  1. Advanced physiology/pathophysiology, including general principles that apply across the lifespan;
  2. Advanced health assessment, which includes assessment of all human systems, advanced assessment techniques, concepts and approaches; and
  3. Advanced pharmacology, which includes pharmacodynamics, pharmacokinetics, and pharmacotherapeutics of all broad categories of agents.

Field Experience Requirements: Students may choose to apply for certification through two certifying agencies:

  1. AANC requirements: A minimum of 500 faculty-supervised clinical hours must be included in your family nurse practitioner program.
  2. AANP requirements: Successful completion of the APRN core courses (advanced physical assessment, advanced pharmacology, and advanced pathophysiology) and successful completion of all didactic and clinical NP program coursework, which includes all faculty-supervised clinical clock hours required for the accredited NP program.

State Regulation Nurse Practice Act: Mississippi Nurse Practice Act

State Board: Mississippi Board of Nursing

Federal Disclosure: Meets State Requirements

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Missouri

What is Issued: License

Name of Credential: Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN)

Accreditation Requirements: Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)

Examination(s): Once aspiring FNPs have earned an FNP-focused master’s, they will need to gain national certification and then licensure in the state in which they wish to practice. There are two certifying bodies for FNPs: the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP). Different states may recognize one certification or the other, so it is important to know which is required for licensure in your state.

Curriculum Requirements: Additional APRN core content specific to the role and population is integrated throughout the other role- and population-focused didactic and clinical courses. Separate courses in advanced physiology/pathophysiology, advanced health assessment, and advanced pharmacology are not required for certificate students who have already completed such courses, unless the program deems this necessary. Master's degree requirements mandated by CCNE:

  1. Advanced physiology/pathophysiology, including general principles that apply across the lifespan;
  2. Advanced health assessment, which includes assessment of all human systems, advanced assessment techniques, concepts and approaches; and
  3. Advanced pharmacology, which includes pharmacodynamics, pharmacokinetics, and pharmacotherapeutics of all broad categories of agents.

Field Experience Requirements: Students may choose to apply for certification through two certifying agencies:

  1. AANC requirements: A minimum of 500 faculty-supervised clinical hours must be included in your family nurse practitioner program.
  2. AANP requirements: Successful completion of the APRN core courses (advanced physical assessment, advanced pharmacology, and advanced pathophysiology) and successful completion of all didactic and clinical NP program coursework, which includes all faculty-supervised clinical clock hours required for the accredited NP program.

State Regulation Nurse Practice Act: Missouri Nurse Practice Act

State Board: Missouri Board of Nursing

Federal Disclosure: Meets State Requirements

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Montana

What is Issued: License

Name of Credential: Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN)

Accreditation Requirements: Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)

Examination(s): Once aspiring FNPs have earned an FNP-focused master’s, they will need to gain national certification and then licensure in the state in which they wish to practice. There are two certifying bodies for FNPs: the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP). Different states may recognize one certification or the other, so it is important to know which is required for licensure in your state.

Curriculum Requirements: Additional APRN core content specific to the role and population is integrated throughout the other role- and population-focused didactic and clinical courses. Separate courses in advanced physiology/pathophysiology, advanced health assessment, and advanced pharmacology are not required for certificate students who have already completed such courses, unless the program deems this necessary. Master's degree requirements mandated by CCNE:

  1. Advanced physiology/pathophysiology, including general principles that apply across the lifespan;
  2. Advanced health assessment, which includes assessment of all human systems, advanced assessment techniques, concepts and approaches; and
  3. Advanced pharmacology, which includes pharmacodynamics, pharmacokinetics, and pharmacotherapeutics of all broad categories of agents.

Field Experience Requirements: Students may choose to apply for certification through two certifying agencies:

  1. AANC requirements: A minimum of 500 faculty-supervised clinical hours must be included in your family nurse practitioner program.
  2. AANP requirements: Successful completion of the APRN core courses (advanced physical assessment, advanced pharmacology, and advanced pathophysiology) and successful completion of all didactic and clinical NP program coursework, which includes all faculty-supervised clinical clock hours required for the accredited NP program.

State Regulation Nurse Practice Act: Montana Nurse Practice Act

State Board: Montana Board of Nursing

Federal Disclosure: Meets State Requirements

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Nebraska

What is Issued: License

Name of Credential: Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN)

Accreditation Requirements: Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)

Examination(s): Once aspiring FNPs have earned an FNP-focused master’s, they will need to gain national certification and then licensure in the state in which they wish to practice. There are two certifying bodies for FNPs: the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP). Different states may recognize one certification or the other, so it is important to know which is required for licensure in your state.

Curriculum Requirements: Additional APRN core content specific to the role and population is integrated throughout the other role- and population-focused didactic and clinical courses. Separate courses in advanced physiology/pathophysiology, advanced health assessment, and advanced pharmacology are not required for certificate students who have already completed such courses, unless the program deems this necessary. Master's degree requirements mandated by CCNE:

  1. Advanced physiology/pathophysiology, including general principles that apply across the lifespan;
  2. Advanced health assessment, which includes assessment of all human systems, advanced assessment techniques, concepts and approaches; and
  3. Advanced pharmacology, which includes pharmacodynamics, pharmacokinetics, and pharmacotherapeutics of all broad categories of agents.

Field Experience Requirements: Students may choose to apply for certification through two certifying agencies:

  1. AANC requirements: A minimum of 500 faculty-supervised clinical hours must be included in your family nurse practitioner program.
  2. AANP requirements: Successful completion of the APRN core courses (advanced physical assessment, advanced pharmacology, and advanced pathophysiology) and successful completion of all didactic and clinical NP program coursework, which includes all faculty-supervised clinical clock hours required for the accredited NP program.

State Regulation Nurse Practice Act: Nebraska Nurse Practice Act

State Board: Nebraska Board of Nursing

Federal Disclosure: Meets State Requirements

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Nevada

What is Issued: License

Name of Credential: Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN)

Examination(s): Once aspiring FNPs have earned an FNP-focused master’s, they will need to gain national certification and then licensure in the state in which they wish to practice. There are two certifying bodies for FNPs: the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP). Different states may recognize one certification or the other, so it is important to know which is required for licensure in your state.

Curriculum Requirements: Additional APRN core content specific to the role and population is integrated throughout the other role- and population-focused didactic and clinical courses. Separate courses in advanced physiology/pathophysiology, advanced health assessment, and advanced pharmacology are not required for certificate students who have already completed such courses, unless the program deems this necessary. Master's degree requirements mandated by CCNE:

  1. Advanced physiology/pathophysiology, including general principles that apply across the lifespan;
  2. Advanced health assessment, which includes assessment of all human systems, advanced assessment techniques, concepts and approaches; and
  3. Advanced pharmacology, which includes pharmacodynamics, pharmacokinetics, and pharmacotherapeutics of all broad categories of agents.

Field Experience Requirements: Students may choose to apply for certification through two certifying agencies:

  1. AANC requirements: A minimum of 500 faculty-supervised clinical hours must be included in your family nurse practitioner program.
  2. AANP requirements: Successful completion of the APRN core courses (advanced physical assessment, advanced pharmacology, and advanced pathophysiology) and successful completion of all didactic and clinical NP program coursework, which includes all faculty-supervised clinical clock hours required for the accredited NP program.

State Regulation Nurse Practice Act: Nevada Nurse Practice Act

State Board: Nevada Board of Nursing

Federal Disclosure: Meets State Requirements

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New Hampshire

What is Issued: License

Name of Credential: Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN)

Accreditation Requirements: Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)

Examination(s): Once aspiring FNPs have earned an FNP-focused master’s, they will need to gain national certification and then licensure in the state in which they wish to practice. There are two certifying bodies for FNPs: the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP). Different states may recognize one certification or the other, so it is important to know which is required for licensure in your state.

Curriculum Requirements: Additional APRN core content specific to the role and population is integrated throughout the other role- and population-focused didactic and clinical courses. Separate courses in advanced physiology/pathophysiology, advanced health assessment, and advanced pharmacology are not required for certificate students who have already completed such courses, unless the program deems this necessary. Master's degree requirements mandated by CCNE:

  1. Advanced physiology/pathophysiology, including general principles that apply across the lifespan;
  2. Advanced health assessment, which includes assessment of all human systems, advanced assessment techniques, concepts and approaches; and
  3. Advanced pharmacology, which includes pharmacodynamics, pharmacokinetics, and pharmacotherapeutics of all broad categories of agents.

Field Experience Requirements: Students may choose to apply for certification through two certifying agencies:

  1. AANC requirements: A minimum of 500 faculty-supervised clinical hours must be included in your family nurse practitioner program.
  2. AANP requirements: Successful completion of the APRN core courses (advanced physical assessment, advanced pharmacology, and advanced pathophysiology) and successful completion of all didactic and clinical NP program coursework, which includes all faculty-supervised clinical clock hours required for the accredited NP program.

State Regulation Nurse Practice Act: New Hampshire Nurse Practice Act

State Board: New Hampshire Board of Nursing

Federal Disclosure: Meets State Requirements

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New Jersey

What is Issued: License

Name of Credential: Advanced Practice Nurse (APN)

Accreditation Requirements: Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)

Examination(s): Once aspiring FNPs have earned an FNP-focused master’s, they will need to gain national certification and then licensure in the state in which they wish to practice. There are two certifying bodies for FNPs: the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP). Different states may recognize one certification or the other, so it is important to know which is required for licensure in your state.

Curriculum Requirements: Additional APRN core content specific to the role and population is integrated throughout the other role- and population-focused didactic and clinical courses. Separate courses in advanced physiology/pathophysiology, advanced health assessment, and advanced pharmacology are not required for certificate students who have already completed such courses, unless the program deems this necessary. Master's degree requirements mandated by CCNE:

  1. Advanced physiology/pathophysiology, including general principles that apply across the lifespan;
  2. Advanced health assessment, which includes assessment of all human systems, advanced assessment techniques, concepts and approaches; and
  3. Advanced pharmacology, which includes pharmacodynamics, pharmacokinetics, and pharmacotherapeutics of all broad categories of agents.

Field Experience Requirements: Students may choose to apply for certification through two certifying agencies:

  1. AANC requirements: A minimum of 500 faculty-supervised clinical hours must be included in your family nurse practitioner program.
  2. AANP requirements: Successful completion of the APRN core courses (advanced physical assessment, advanced pharmacology, and advanced pathophysiology) and successful completion of all didactic and clinical NP program coursework, which includes all faculty-supervised clinical clock hours required for the accredited NP program.

State Regulation Nurse Practice Act: New Jersey Nurse Practice Act

State Board: New Jersey Board of Nursing

Federal Disclosure: Meets State Requirements

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New Mexico

What is Issued: License

Name of Credential: Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN)

Accreditation Requirements: Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)

Examination(s): Once aspiring FNPs have earned an FNP-focused master’s, they will need to gain national certification and then licensure in the state in which they wish to practice. There are two certifying bodies for FNPs: the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP). Different states may recognize one certification or the other, so it is important to know which is required for licensure in your state.

Curriculum Requirements: Additional APRN core content specific to the role and population is integrated throughout the other role- and population-focused didactic and clinical courses. Separate courses in advanced physiology/pathophysiology, advanced health assessment, and advanced pharmacology are not required for certificate students who have already completed such courses, unless the program deems this necessary. Master's degree requirements mandated by CCNE:

  1. Advanced physiology/pathophysiology, including general principles that apply across the lifespan;
  2. Advanced health assessment, which includes assessment of all human systems, advanced assessment techniques, concepts and approaches; and
  3. Advanced pharmacology, which includes pharmacodynamics, pharmacokinetics, and pharmacotherapeutics of all broad categories of agents.

Field Experience Requirements: Students may choose to apply for certification through two certifying agencies:

  1. AANC requirements: A minimum of 500 faculty-supervised clinical hours must be included in your family nurse practitioner program.
  2. AANP requirements: Successful completion of the APRN core courses (advanced physical assessment, advanced pharmacology, and advanced pathophysiology) and successful completion of all didactic and clinical NP program coursework, which includes all faculty-supervised clinical clock hours required for the accredited NP program.

State Regulation Nurse Practice Act: New Mexico Nurse Practice Act

State Board: New Mexico Board of Nursing

Federal Disclosure: Meets State Requirements

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New York

What is Issued: License

Name of Credential: Nurse Practitioner (NP)

Accreditation Requirements: Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)

Examination(s): Once aspiring FNPs have earned an FNP-focused master’s, they will need to gain national certification and then licensure in the state in which they wish to practice. There are two certifying bodies for FNPs: the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP). Different states may recognize one certification or the other, so it is important to know which is required for licensure in your state.

Curriculum Requirements: Additional APRN core content specific to the role and population is integrated throughout the other role- and population-focused didactic and clinical courses. Separate courses in advanced physiology/pathophysiology, advanced health assessment, and advanced pharmacology are not required for certificate students who have already completed such courses, unless the program deems this necessary. Master's degree requirements mandated by CCNE:

  1. Advanced physiology/pathophysiology, including general principles that apply across the lifespan;
  2. Advanced health assessment, which includes assessment of all human systems, advanced assessment techniques, concepts and approaches; and
  3. Advanced pharmacology, which includes pharmacodynamics, pharmacokinetics, and pharmacotherapeutics of all broad categories of agents.

Field Experience Requirements: Students may choose to apply for certification through two certifying agencies:

  1. AANC requirements: A minimum of 500 faculty-supervised clinical hours must be included in your family nurse practitioner program.
  2. AANP requirements: Successful completion of the APRN core courses (advanced physical assessment, advanced pharmacology, and advanced pathophysiology) and successful completion of all didactic and clinical NP program coursework, which includes all faculty-supervised clinical clock hours required for the accredited NP program.

State Regulation Nurse Practice Act: New York Nurse Practice Act

State Board: New York Board of Nursing

Federal Disclosure: Does Not Meet Requirements

Federal Disclosure Reason: Restrictive State Regulations

Additional Important Information: New York has substantial distance education limitations.

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North Carolina

What is Issued: License

Name of Credential: Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN)

Accreditation Requirements: Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)

Examination(s): Once aspiring FNPs have earned an FNP-focused master’s, they will need to gain national certification and then licensure in the state in which they wish to practice. There are two certifying bodies for FNPs: the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP). Different states may recognize one certification or the other, so it is important to know which is required for licensure in your state.

Curriculum Requirements: Additional APRN core content specific to the role and population is integrated throughout the other role- and population-focused didactic and clinical courses. Separate courses in advanced physiology/pathophysiology, advanced health assessment, and advanced pharmacology are not required for certificate students who have already completed such courses, unless the program deems this necessary. Master's degree requirements mandated by CCNE:

  1. Advanced physiology/pathophysiology, including general principles that apply across the lifespan;
  2. Advanced health assessment, which includes assessment of all human systems, advanced assessment techniques, concepts and approaches; and
  3. Advanced pharmacology, which includes pharmacodynamics, pharmacokinetics, and pharmacotherapeutics of all broad categories of agents.

Field Experience Requirements: Students may choose to apply for certification through two certifying agencies:

  1. AANC requirements: A minimum of 500 faculty-supervised clinical hours must be included in your family nurse practitioner program.
  2. AANP requirements: Successful completion of the APRN core courses (advanced physical assessment, advanced pharmacology, and advanced pathophysiology) and successful completion of all didactic and clinical NP program coursework, which includes all faculty-supervised clinical clock hours required for the accredited NP program.

State Regulation Nurse Practice Act: North Carolina Nurse Practice Act

State Board: North Carolina Board of Nursing

Federal Disclosure: Meets State Requirements

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North Dakota

What is Issued: License

Name of Credential: Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN)

Accreditation Requirements: Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)

Examination(s): Once aspiring FNPs have earned an FNP-focused master’s, they will need to gain national certification and then licensure in the state in which they wish to practice. There are two certifying bodies for FNPs: the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP). Different states may recognize one certification or the other, so it is important to know which is required for licensure in your state.

Curriculum Requirements: Additional APRN core content specific to the role and population is integrated throughout the other role- and population-focused didactic and clinical courses. Separate courses in advanced physiology/pathophysiology, advanced health assessment, and advanced pharmacology are not required for certificate students who have already completed such courses, unless the program deems this necessary. Master's degree requirements mandated by CCNE:

  1. Advanced physiology/pathophysiology, including general principles that apply across the lifespan;
  2. Advanced health assessment, which includes assessment of all human systems, advanced assessment techniques, concepts and approaches; and
  3. Advanced pharmacology, which includes pharmacodynamics, pharmacokinetics, and pharmacotherapeutics of all broad categories of agents.

Field Experience Requirements: Students may choose to apply for certification through two certifying agencies:

  1. AANC requirements: A minimum of 500 faculty-supervised clinical hours must be included in your family nurse practitioner program.
  2. AANP requirements: Successful completion of the APRN core courses (advanced physical assessment, advanced pharmacology, and advanced pathophysiology) and successful completion of all didactic and clinical NP program coursework, which includes all faculty-supervised clinical clock hours required for the accredited NP program.

State Regulation Nurse Practice Act: North Dakota Nurse Practice Act

State Board: North Dakota Board of Nursing

Federal Disclosure: Meets State Requirements

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Ohio

What is Issued: License

Name of Credential: Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN)

Accreditation Requirements: Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)

Examination(s): Once aspiring FNPs have earned an FNP-focused master’s, they will need to gain national certification and then licensure in the state in which they wish to practice. There are two certifying bodies for FNPs: the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP). Different states may recognize one certification or the other, so it is important to know which is required for licensure in your state.

Curriculum Requirements: Additional APRN core content specific to the role and population is integrated throughout the other role- and population-focused didactic and clinical courses. Separate courses in advanced physiology/pathophysiology, advanced health assessment, and advanced pharmacology are not required for certificate students who have already completed such courses, unless the program deems this necessary. Master's degree requirements mandated by CCNE:

  1. Advanced physiology/pathophysiology, including general principles that apply across the lifespan;
  2. Advanced health assessment, which includes assessment of all human systems, advanced assessment techniques, concepts and approaches; and
  3. Advanced pharmacology, which includes pharmacodynamics, pharmacokinetics, and pharmacotherapeutics of all broad categories of agents.

Field Experience Requirements: Students may choose to apply for certification through two certifying agencies:

  1. AANC requirements: A minimum of 500 faculty-supervised clinical hours must be included in your family nurse practitioner program.
  2. AANP requirements: Successful completion of the APRN core courses (advanced physical assessment, advanced pharmacology, and advanced pathophysiology) and successful completion of all didactic and clinical NP program coursework, which includes all faculty-supervised clinical clock hours required for the accredited NP program.

State Regulation Nurse Practice Act: Ohio Nurse Practice Act

State Board: Ohio Board of Nursing

Federal Disclosure: Meets State Requirements

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Oklahoma

What is Issued: License

Name of Credential: Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN)

Accreditation Requirements: Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)

Examination(s): Once aspiring FNPs have earned an FNP-focused master’s, they will need to gain national certification and then licensure in the state in which they wish to practice. There are two certifying bodies for FNPs: the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP). Different states may recognize one certification or the other, so it is important to know which is required for licensure in your state.

Curriculum Requirements: Additional APRN core content specific to the role and population is integrated throughout the other role- and population-focused didactic and clinical courses. Separate courses in advanced physiology/pathophysiology, advanced health assessment, and advanced pharmacology are not required for certificate students who have already completed such courses, unless the program deems this necessary. Master's degree requirements mandated by CCNE:

  1. Advanced physiology/pathophysiology, including general principles that apply across the lifespan;
  2. Advanced health assessment, which includes assessment of all human systems, advanced assessment techniques, concepts and approaches; and
  3. Advanced pharmacology, which includes pharmacodynamics, pharmacokinetics, and pharmacotherapeutics of all broad categories of agents.

Field Experience Requirements: Students may choose to apply for certification through two certifying agencies:

  1. AANC requirements: A minimum of 500 faculty-supervised clinical hours must be included in your family nurse practitioner program.
  2. AANP requirements: Successful completion of the APRN core courses (advanced physical assessment, advanced pharmacology, and advanced pathophysiology) and successful completion of all didactic and clinical NP program coursework, which includes all faculty-supervised clinical clock hours required for the accredited NP program.

State Regulation Nurse Practice Act: Oklahoma Nurse Practice Act

State Board: Oklahoma Board of Nursing

Federal Disclosure: Meets State Requirements

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Oregon

What is Issued: License

Name of Credential: Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN)

Accreditation Requirements: Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)

Examination(s): Once aspiring FNPs have earned an FNP-focused master’s, they will need to gain national certification and then licensure in the state in which they wish to practice. There are two certifying bodies for FNPs: the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP). Different states may recognize one certification or the other, so it is important to know which is required for licensure in your state.

Curriculum Requirements: Additional APRN core content specific to the role and population is integrated throughout the other role- and population-focused didactic and clinical courses. Separate courses in advanced physiology/pathophysiology, advanced health assessment, and advanced pharmacology are not required for certificate students who have already completed such courses, unless the program deems this necessary. Master's degree requirements mandated by CCNE:

  1. Advanced physiology/pathophysiology, including general principles that apply across the lifespan;
  2. Advanced health assessment, which includes assessment of all human systems, advanced assessment techniques, concepts and approaches; and
  3. Advanced pharmacology, which includes pharmacodynamics, pharmacokinetics, and pharmacotherapeutics of all broad categories of agents.

Field Experience Requirements: Students may choose to apply for certification through two certifying agencies:

  1. AANC requirements: A minimum of 500 faculty-supervised clinical hours must be included in your family nurse practitioner program.
  2. AANP requirements: Successful completion of the APRN core courses (advanced physical assessment, advanced pharmacology, and advanced pathophysiology) and successful completion of all didactic and clinical NP program coursework, which includes all faculty-supervised clinical clock hours required for the accredited NP program.

State Regulation Nurse Practice Act: Oregon Nurse Practice Act

State Board: Oregon Board of Nursing

Federal Disclosure: Meets State Requirements

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Pennsylvania

What is Issued: License

Name of Credential: Certified Registered Nurse Practitioner (CRNP)

Accreditation Requirements: Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)

Examination(s): Once aspiring FNPs have earned an FNP-focused master’s, they will need to gain national certification and then licensure in the state in which they wish to practice. There are two certifying bodies for FNPs: the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP). Different states may recognize one certification or the other, so it is important to know which is required for licensure in your state.

Curriculum Requirements: Additional APRN core content specific to the role and population is integrated throughout the other role- and population-focused didactic and clinical courses. Separate courses in advanced physiology/pathophysiology, advanced health assessment, and advanced pharmacology are not required for certificate students who have already completed such courses, unless the program deems this necessary. Master's degree requirements mandated by CCNE:

  1. Advanced physiology/pathophysiology, including general principles that apply across the lifespan;
  2. Advanced health assessment, which includes assessment of all human systems, advanced assessment techniques, concepts and approaches; and
  3. Advanced pharmacology, which includes pharmacodynamics, pharmacokinetics, and pharmacotherapeutics of all broad categories of agents.

Field Experience Requirements: Students may choose to apply for certification through two certifying agencies:

  1. AANC requirements: A minimum of 500 faculty-supervised clinical hours must be included in your family nurse practitioner program.
  2. AANP requirements: Successful completion of the APRN core courses (advanced physical assessment, advanced pharmacology, and advanced pathophysiology) and successful completion of all didactic and clinical NP program coursework, which includes all faculty-supervised clinical clock hours required for the accredited NP program.

State Regulation Nurse Practice Act: Pennsylvania Nurse Practice Act

State Board: Pennsylvania Board of Nursing

Federal Disclosure: Meets State Requirements

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Rhode Island

What is Issued: License

Name of Credential: Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN)

Accreditation Requirements: Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)

Examination(s): Once aspiring FNPs have earned an FNP-focused master’s, they will need to gain national certification and then licensure in the state in which they wish to practice. There are two certifying bodies for FNPs: the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP). Different states may recognize one certification or the other, so it is important to know which is required for licensure in your state.

Curriculum Requirements: Additional APRN core content specific to the role and population is integrated throughout the other role- and population-focused didactic and clinical courses. Separate courses in advanced physiology/pathophysiology, advanced health assessment, and advanced pharmacology are not required for certificate students who have already completed such courses, unless the program deems this necessary. Master's degree requirements mandated by CCNE:

  1. Advanced physiology/pathophysiology, including general principles that apply across the lifespan;
  2. Advanced health assessment, which includes assessment of all human systems, advanced assessment techniques, concepts and approaches; and
  3. Advanced pharmacology, which includes pharmacodynamics, pharmacokinetics, and pharmacotherapeutics of all broad categories of agents.

Field Experience Requirements: Students may choose to apply for certification through two certifying agencies:

  1. AANC requirements: A minimum of 500 faculty-supervised clinical hours must be included in your family nurse practitioner program.
  2. AANP requirements: Successful completion of the APRN core courses (advanced physical assessment, advanced pharmacology, and advanced pathophysiology) and successful completion of all didactic and clinical NP program coursework, which includes all faculty-supervised clinical clock hours required for the accredited NP program.

State Regulation Nurse Practice Act: Rhode Island Nurse Practice Act

State Board: Rhode Island Board of Nursing

Federal Disclosure: Meets State Requirements

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South Carolina

What is Issued: License

Name of Credential: Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN)

Accreditation Requirements: Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)

Examination(s): Once aspiring FNPs have earned an FNP-focused master’s, they will need to gain national certification and then licensure in the state in which they wish to practice. There are two certifying bodies for FNPs: the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP). Different states may recognize one certification or the other, so it is important to know which is required for licensure in your state.

Curriculum Requirements: Additional APRN core content specific to the role and population is integrated throughout the other role- and population-focused didactic and clinical courses. Separate courses in advanced physiology/pathophysiology, advanced health assessment, and advanced pharmacology are not required for certificate students who have already completed such courses, unless the program deems this necessary. Master's degree requirements mandated by CCNE:

  1. Advanced physiology/pathophysiology, including general principles that apply across the lifespan;
  2. Advanced health assessment, which includes assessment of all human systems, advanced assessment techniques, concepts and approaches; and
  3. Advanced pharmacology, which includes pharmacodynamics, pharmacokinetics, and pharmacotherapeutics of all broad categories of agents.

Field Experience Requirements: Students may choose to apply for certification through two certifying agencies:

  1. AANC requirements: A minimum of 500 faculty-supervised clinical hours must be included in your family nurse practitioner program.
  2. AANP requirements: Successful completion of the APRN core courses (advanced physical assessment, advanced pharmacology, and advanced pathophysiology) and successful completion of all didactic and clinical NP program coursework, which includes all faculty-supervised clinical clock hours required for the accredited NP program.

State Regulation Nurse Practice Act: South Carolina Nurse Practice Act

State Board: South Carolina Board of Nursing

Federal Disclosure: Meets State Requirements

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South Dakota

What is Issued: License

Name of Credential: Certified Nurse Practitioner (CNP)

Accreditation Requirements: Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)

Examination(s): Once aspiring FNPs have earned an FNP-focused master’s, they will need to gain national certification and then licensure in the state in which they wish to practice. There are two certifying bodies for FNPs: the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP). Different states may recognize one certification or the other, so it is important to know which is required for licensure in your state.

Curriculum Requirements: Additional APRN core content specific to the role and population is integrated throughout the other role- and population-focused didactic and clinical courses. Separate courses in advanced physiology/pathophysiology, advanced health assessment, and advanced pharmacology are not required for certificate students who have already completed such courses, unless the program deems this necessary. Master's degree requirements mandated by CCNE:

  1. Advanced physiology/pathophysiology, including general principles that apply across the lifespan;
  2. Advanced health assessment, which includes assessment of all human systems, advanced assessment techniques, concepts and approaches; and
  3. Advanced pharmacology, which includes pharmacodynamics, pharmacokinetics, and pharmacotherapeutics of all broad categories of agents.

Field Experience Requirements: Students may choose to apply for certification through two certifying agencies:

  1. AANC requirements: A minimum of 500 faculty-supervised clinical hours must be included in your family nurse practitioner program.
  2. AANP requirements: Successful completion of the APRN core courses (advanced physical assessment, advanced pharmacology, and advanced pathophysiology) and successful completion of all didactic and clinical NP program coursework, which includes all faculty-supervised clinical clock hours required for the accredited NP program.

State Regulation Nurse Practice Act: South Dakota Nurse Practice Act

State Board: South Dakota Board of Nursing

Federal Disclosure: Meets State Requirements

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Tennessee

What is Issued: License

Name of Credential: Advanced Practice Nurse (APN)

Accreditation Requirements: Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)

Examination(s): Once aspiring FNPs have earned an FNP-focused master’s, they will need to gain national certification and then licensure in the state in which they wish to practice. There are two certifying bodies for FNPs: the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP). Different states may recognize one certification or the other, so it is important to know which is required for licensure in your state.

Curriculum Requirements: Additional APRN core content specific to the role and population is integrated throughout the other role- and population-focused didactic and clinical courses. Separate courses in advanced physiology/pathophysiology, advanced health assessment, and advanced pharmacology are not required for certificate students who have already completed such courses, unless the program deems this necessary. Master's degree requirements mandated by CCNE:

  1. Advanced physiology/pathophysiology, including general principles that apply across the lifespan;
  2. Advanced health assessment, which includes assessment of all human systems, advanced assessment techniques, concepts and approaches; and
  3. Advanced pharmacology, which includes pharmacodynamics, pharmacokinetics, and pharmacotherapeutics of all broad categories of agents.

Field Experience Requirements: Students may choose to apply for certification through two certifying agencies:

  1. AANC requirements: A minimum of 500 faculty-supervised clinical hours must be included in your family nurse practitioner program.
  2. AANP requirements: Successful completion of the APRN core courses (advanced physical assessment, advanced pharmacology, and advanced pathophysiology) and successful completion of all didactic and clinical NP program coursework, which includes all faculty-supervised clinical clock hours required for the accredited NP program.

State Regulation Nurse Practice Act: Tennessee Nurse Practice Act

State Board: Tennessee Board of Nursing

Federal Disclosure: Does Not Meet State Requirements

Federal Disclosure Reason: State Board

Additional Important Information: Tennessee BoN requires a lengthy self study which includes a site visit and detailed application process.

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Texas

What is Issued: License

Name of Credential: Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN)

Accreditation Requirements: Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)

Examination(s): Once aspiring FNPs have earned an FNP-focused master’s, they will need to gain national certification and then licensure in the state in which they wish to practice. There are two certifying bodies for FNPs: the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP). Different states may recognize one certification or the other, so it is important to know which is required for licensure in your state.

Curriculum Requirements: Additional APRN core content specific to the role and population is integrated throughout the other role- and population-focused didactic and clinical courses. Separate courses in advanced physiology/pathophysiology, advanced health assessment, and advanced pharmacology are not required for certificate students who have already completed such courses, unless the program deems this necessary. Master's degree requirements mandated by CCNE:

  1. Advanced physiology/pathophysiology, including general principles that apply across the lifespan;
  2. Advanced health assessment, which includes assessment of all human systems, advanced assessment techniques, concepts and approaches; and
  3. Advanced pharmacology, which includes pharmacodynamics, pharmacokinetics, and pharmacotherapeutics of all broad categories of agents.

Field Experience Requirements: Students may choose to apply for certification through two certifying agencies:

  1. AANC requirements: A minimum of 500 faculty-supervised clinical hours must be included in your family nurse practitioner program.
  2. AANP requirements: Successful completion of the APRN core courses (advanced physical assessment, advanced pharmacology, and advanced pathophysiology) and successful completion of all didactic and clinical NP program coursework, which includes all faculty-supervised clinical clock hours required for the accredited NP program.

State Regulation Nurse Practice Act: Texas Nurse Practice Act

State Board: Texas Board of Nursing

Federal Disclosure: Meets State Requirements

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Utah

What is Issued: License

Name of Credential: Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN)

Accreditation Requirements: Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)

Examination(s): Once aspiring FNPs have earned an FNP-focused master’s, they will need to gain national certification and then licensure in the state in which they wish to practice. There are two certifying bodies for FNPs: the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP). Different states may recognize one certification or the other, so it is important to know which is required for licensure in your state.

Curriculum Requirements: Additional APRN core content specific to the role and population is integrated throughout the other role- and population-focused didactic and clinical courses. Separate courses in advanced physiology/pathophysiology, advanced health assessment, and advanced pharmacology are not required for certificate students who have already completed such courses, unless the program deems this necessary. Master's degree requirements mandated by CCNE:

  1. Advanced physiology/pathophysiology, including general principles that apply across the lifespan;
  2. Advanced health assessment, which includes assessment of all human systems, advanced assessment techniques, concepts and approaches; and
  3. Advanced pharmacology, which includes pharmacodynamics, pharmacokinetics, and pharmacotherapeutics of all broad categories of agents.

Field Experience Requirements: Students may choose to apply for certification through two certifying agencies:

  1. AANC requirements: A minimum of 500 faculty-supervised clinical hours must be included in your family nurse practitioner program.
  2. AANP requirements: Successful completion of the APRN core courses (advanced physical assessment, advanced pharmacology, and advanced pathophysiology) and successful completion of all didactic and clinical NP program coursework, which includes all faculty-supervised clinical clock hours required for the accredited NP program.

State Regulation Nurse Practice Act: Utah Nurse Practice Act

State Board: Utah Board of Nursing

Federal Disclosure: Meets State Requirements

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Vermont

What is Issued: License

Name of Credential: Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN)

Accreditation Requirements: Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)

Examination(s): Once aspiring FNPs have earned an FNP-focused master’s, they will need to gain national certification and then licensure in the state in which they wish to practice. There are two certifying bodies for FNPs: the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP). Different states may recognize one certification or the other, so it is important to know which is required for licensure in your state.

Curriculum Requirements: Additional APRN core content specific to the role and population is integrated throughout the other role- and population-focused didactic and clinical courses. Separate courses in advanced physiology/pathophysiology, advanced health assessment, and advanced pharmacology are not required for certificate students who have already completed such courses, unless the program deems this necessary. Master's degree requirements mandated by CCNE:

  1. Advanced physiology/pathophysiology, including general principles that apply across the lifespan;
  2. Advanced health assessment, which includes assessment of all human systems, advanced assessment techniques, concepts and approaches; and
  3. Advanced pharmacology, which includes pharmacodynamics, pharmacokinetics, and pharmacotherapeutics of all broad categories of agents.

Field Experience Requirements: Students may choose to apply for certification through two certifying agencies:

  1. AANC requirements: A minimum of 500 faculty-supervised clinical hours must be included in your family nurse practitioner program.
  2. AANP requirements: Successful completion of the APRN core courses (advanced physical assessment, advanced pharmacology, and advanced pathophysiology) and successful completion of all didactic and clinical NP program coursework, which includes all faculty-supervised clinical clock hours required for the accredited NP program.

State Regulation Nurse Practice Act: Vermont Nurse Practice Act

State Board: Vermont Board of Nursing

Federal Disclosure: Meets State Requirements

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Virginia

What is Issued: License

Name of Credential: Licensed Nurse Practitioner (LNP)

Accreditation Requirements: Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)

Examination(s): Once aspiring FNPs have earned an FNP-focused master’s, they will need to gain national certification and then licensure in the state in which they wish to practice. There are two certifying bodies for FNPs: the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP). Different states may recognize one certification or the other, so it is important to know which is required for licensure in your state.

Curriculum Requirements: Additional APRN core content specific to the role and population is integrated throughout the other role- and population-focused didactic and clinical courses. Separate courses in advanced physiology/pathophysiology, advanced health assessment, and advanced pharmacology are not required for certificate students who have already completed such courses, unless the program deems this necessary. Master's degree requirements mandated by CCNE:

  1. Advanced physiology/pathophysiology, including general principles that apply across the lifespan;
  2. Advanced health assessment, which includes assessment of all human systems, advanced assessment techniques, concepts and approaches; and
  3. Advanced pharmacology, which includes pharmacodynamics, pharmacokinetics, and pharmacotherapeutics of all broad categories of agents.

Field Experience Requirements: Students may choose to apply for certification through two certifying agencies:

  1. AANC requirements: A minimum of 500 faculty-supervised clinical hours must be included in your family nurse practitioner program.
  2. AANP requirements: Successful completion of the APRN core courses (advanced physical assessment, advanced pharmacology, and advanced pathophysiology) and successful completion of all didactic and clinical NP program coursework, which includes all faculty-supervised clinical clock hours required for the accredited NP program.

State Regulation Nurse Practice Act: Virginia Nurse Practice Act

State Board: Virginia Board of Nursing

Federal Disclosure: Meets State Requirements

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Washington

What is Issued: License

Name of Credential: Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner or Nurse Practitioner (ARNP or NP)

Accreditation Requirements: Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)

Examination(s): Once aspiring FNPs have earned an FNP-focused master’s, they will need to gain national certification and then licensure in the state in which they wish to practice. There are two certifying bodies for FNPs: the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP). Different states may recognize one certification or the other, so it is important to know which is required for licensure in your state.

Curriculum Requirements: Additional APRN core content specific to the role and population is integrated throughout the other role- and population-focused didactic and clinical courses. Separate courses in advanced physiology/pathophysiology, advanced health assessment, and advanced pharmacology are not required for certificate students who have already completed such courses, unless the program deems this necessary. Master's degree requirements mandated by CCNE:

  1. Advanced physiology/pathophysiology, including general principles that apply across the lifespan;
  2. Advanced health assessment, which includes assessment of all human systems, advanced assessment techniques, concepts and approaches; and
  3. Advanced pharmacology, which includes pharmacodynamics, pharmacokinetics, and pharmacotherapeutics of all broad categories of agents.

Field Experience Requirements: Students may choose to apply for certification through two certifying agencies:

  1. AANC requirements: A minimum of 500 faculty-supervised clinical hours must be included in your family nurse practitioner program.
  2. AANP requirements: Successful completion of the APRN core courses (advanced physical assessment, advanced pharmacology, and advanced pathophysiology) and successful completion of all didactic and clinical NP program coursework, which includes all faculty-supervised clinical clock hours required for the accredited NP program.

State Regulation Nurse Practice Act: Washington Nurse Practice Act

State Board: Washington Board of Nursing

Federal Disclosure: Meets State Requirements

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West Virginia

What is Issued: License

Name of Credential: Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN)

Accreditation Requirements: Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)

Examination(s): Once aspiring FNPs have earned an FNP-focused master’s, they will need to gain national certification and then licensure in the state in which they wish to practice. There are two certifying bodies for FNPs: the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP). Different states may recognize one certification or the other, so it is important to know which is required for licensure in your state.

Curriculum Requirements: Additional APRN core content specific to the role and population is integrated throughout the other role- and population-focused didactic and clinical courses. Separate courses in advanced physiology/pathophysiology, advanced health assessment, and advanced pharmacology are not required for certificate students who have already completed such courses, unless the program deems this necessary. Master's degree requirements mandated by CCNE:

  1. Advanced physiology/pathophysiology, including general principles that apply across the lifespan;
  2. Advanced health assessment, which includes assessment of all human systems, advanced assessment techniques, concepts and approaches; and
  3. Advanced pharmacology, which includes pharmacodynamics, pharmacokinetics, and pharmacotherapeutics of all broad categories of agents.

Field Experience Requirements: Students may choose to apply for certification through two certifying agencies:

  1. AANC requirements: A minimum of 500 faculty-supervised clinical hours must be included in your family nurse practitioner program.
  2. AANP requirements: Successful completion of the APRN core courses (advanced physical assessment, advanced pharmacology, and advanced pathophysiology) and successful completion of all didactic and clinical NP program coursework, which includes all faculty-supervised clinical clock hours required for the accredited NP program.

State Regulation Nurse Practice Act: West Virginia Nurse Practice Act

State Board: West Virginia Board of Nursing

Federal Disclosure: Meets State Requirements

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Wisconsin

What is Issued: License

Name of Credential: Advanced Practice Nurse (APN)

Accreditation Requirements: Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)

Examination(s): Once aspiring FNPs have earned an FNP-focused master’s, they will need to gain national certification and then licensure in the state in which they wish to practice. There are two certifying bodies for FNPs: the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP). Different states may recognize one certification or the other, so it is important to know which is required for licensure in your state.

Curriculum Requirements: Additional APRN core content specific to the role and population is integrated throughout the other role- and population-focused didactic and clinical courses. Separate courses in advanced physiology/pathophysiology, advanced health assessment, and advanced pharmacology are not required for certificate students who have already completed such courses, unless the program deems this necessary. Master's degree requirements mandated by CCNE:

  1. Advanced physiology/pathophysiology, including general principles that apply across the lifespan;
  2. Advanced health assessment, which includes assessment of all human systems, advanced assessment techniques, concepts and approaches; and
  3. Advanced pharmacology, which includes pharmacodynamics, pharmacokinetics, and pharmacotherapeutics of all broad categories of agents.

Field Experience Requirements: Students may choose to apply for certification through two certifying agencies:

  1. AANC requirements: A minimum of 500 faculty-supervised clinical hours must be included in your family nurse practitioner program.
  2. AANP requirements: Successful completion of the APRN core courses (advanced physical assessment, advanced pharmacology, and advanced pathophysiology) and successful completion of all didactic and clinical NP program coursework, which includes all faculty-supervised clinical clock hours required for the accredited NP program.

State Regulation Nurse Practice Act: Wisconsin Nurse Practice Act

State Board: Wisconsin Board of Nursing

Federal Disclosure: Meets State Requirements

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Wyoming

What is Issued: License

Name of Credential: Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN)

Accreditation Requirements: Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)

Examination(s): Once aspiring FNPs have earned an FNP-focused master’s, they will need to gain national certification and then licensure in the state in which they wish to practice. There are two certifying bodies for FNPs: the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP). Different states may recognize one certification or the other, so it is important to know which is required for licensure in your state.

Curriculum Requirements: Additional APRN core content specific to the role and population is integrated throughout the other role- and population-focused didactic and clinical courses. Separate courses in advanced physiology/pathophysiology, advanced health assessment, and advanced pharmacology are not required for certificate students who have already completed such courses, unless the program deems this necessary. Master's degree requirements mandated by CCNE:

  1. Advanced physiology/pathophysiology, including general principles that apply across the lifespan;
  2. Advanced health assessment, which includes assessment of all human systems, advanced assessment techniques, concepts and approaches; and
  3. Advanced pharmacology, which includes pharmacodynamics, pharmacokinetics, and pharmacotherapeutics of all broad categories of agents.

Field Experience Requirements: Students may choose to apply for certification through two certifying agencies:

  1. AANC requirements: A minimum of 500 faculty-supervised clinical hours must be included in your family nurse practitioner program.
  2. AANP requirements: Successful completion of the APRN core courses (advanced physical assessment, advanced pharmacology, and advanced pathophysiology) and successful completion of all didactic and clinical NP program coursework, which includes all faculty-supervised clinical clock hours required for the accredited NP program.

State Regulation Nurse Practice Act: Wyoming Nurse Practice Act

State Board: Wyoming Board of Nursing

Federal Disclosure: Meets State Requirements

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