North Dakota Nurse Practitioner Licensure - 2024 Guide

by Staff

Updated: February 13th, 2024

Nurses play a crucial role in enhancing the quality of health care. These professionals require specialized knowledge and skills and are regulated to ensure public safety.

A nurse practitioner is a registered nurse who has gone through further education and advanced training. Nurse practitioners are trained to evaluate patient requirements, order and interpret diagnostic and laboratory tests, diagnose disease and formulate and administer treatment strategies. The delicate nature and importance of this profession in promoting public health safety is the reason why different states have boards that establish and regulate nursing practice standards to ensure that only qualified people are allowed to work legally.

In North Dakota, Advanced Practice Nursing (APN) licensing is regulated by the North Dakota Board of Nursing (NDBON). They issue licenses to qualified persons and establish nursing practice standards for Registered Nurses (RNs), Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs), and Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs). 

NDBON is part of the Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC) which provides multistate licensure privilege to practice in other NLC states without having to obtain additional licenses.

In addition to other requirements, applicants for advanced practice registered nurse licensure must have a license to practice as a Registered Nurse (RN) in North Dakota (ND) or possess an RN license in another NLC state. In the absence of either, the applicant must submit an online initial RN license by Endorsement application.

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