Georgia Nurse Practitioner Licensure Steps - 2022
AKA: CNP License in GA, APRN Licensure
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The Georgia Board of Nursing is the chief licensing authority in the state, issuing licenses to nurses and CNPs who meet certain requirements as will be spelled out in the following paragraphs. The seriousness of the jobs that registered nurses and CNPs do make it necessary for only qualified persons to be licensed. Hence, the academic requirements, as well as certification requirements must be met before a license is issued. During the application process, applicants are advised to fill in only correct information as any falsehood will lead to the revocation of whatever license was issued.
Follow below to learn how to become a nurse practitioner (NP) in Georgia.
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A valid RN license to practice in Georgia is a fundamental requirement for applying for an APRN license. There are two major routes of obtaining this license which include RN by Examination and RN by Endorsement.
This is the route of choice if you have never been licensed in Georgia or any other state in the U.S. before or if you just completed your basic nursing degree program.
This is the application path for holders of valid single-state RN licenses from NLC member states or other states.
All applicants are required to have their fingerprints captured and background checks run on them by Gemalto/GAPS. This is to be done after applying for your license. It will take about a month for the checks to be completed and the results sent to the board. You are expected to provide secure and verifiable documents (SVD) for U.S. citizenship such as a U.S. passport, driver’s license, or qualified alien documentation, as well as an affidavit of citizenship.
These documents are to be uploaded online, sent by fax (877-371-5712), or by email (firstname.lastname@example.org). Avoid sending multiple copies of individual documents and ensure that information such as your full name and date of birth are consistent on all documents and in all fields filled during the application process (including your NCLEX registration).
CNPs are required to complete a postgraduate nurse practitioner preparatory program that is approved by the board.
Here you can find a list of all schools offering nurse practitioner degree programs in Georgia.
If the program is an out-of-state one, it must be of the same standard obtainable in in-state board-approved programs. These programs must prepare those who take them for certification and practice in one or more specialty areas. It is expected that they have coursework and clinical components and include courses such as:
We can look at national certification as the end goal of the postgraduate nursing education required for CNPs. National certifying agencies issue certificates to APRNs who have completed their post-graduate training. The certification process usually involves a certification examination or a program of some sort. These agencies have the authority to verify your postgraduate nursing training as sufficient or not. Without national certification, one will be unable to obtain a license to practice as an APRN.
These agencies certify successful candidates in specific specialty areas. Hence, you will need to contact the national certifying agency that applies to your chosen specialty to inquire about the certification process. Here are the approved agencies for certification of prospective CNPs who want to practice in Georgia.
CNPs are only allowed to practice in Georgia when they have a license. The application process is done on paper and costs $75. All applicants are required to have a valid RN license to practice in Georgia. Since the role of a CNP requires advanced skills and knowledge, all applicants are expected to have completed a post-graduate program that awards at least a master’s. You are required to provide proof of having completed such a program within the immediate preceding two years to the date of your application. You should request that a copy of your transcript be sent from the institution where you had your post-graduate nursing program. The transcript should contain the date of your graduation and the type of degree obtained.
For CNPs who have been licensed before in another state, they can apply for a CNP license by endorsement. The major requirement for this is proof of employment/active practice as a CNP for at least 500 hours within the preceding two years from the date of your application. All applicants are required to have a background check run on them as described under the initial RN license section. You are also required to submit verification of your active national certification. Finally, you are required to submit a correctly filled form and pay the prescribed fee.
The APRN license does not confer prescriptive authority on those who receive it hence if you want to prescribe medications you will need to apply for such a permit. Once you have your APRN license, you must apply for a nurse protocol agreement on the Georgia Composite Medical Board’s website via the “Professional Resources” section. Once your nurse protocol agreement has been approved, you can apply for a permit by contacting the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) to apply for a DEA number.