Idaho Nurse Practitioner Licensure Steps - 2023
AKA: NP License in ID, APRN Licensure
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Follow below to learn how to become a nurse practitioner (NP) in Idaho.
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All applicants for APRN licenses must possess a registered nurse (RN) license to practice in Idaho or multi-state licenses from any of the Enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC) member states. Holders of the latter are permitted to practice physically and virtually in member states without necessarily applying for an RN license. They are only expected to apply for an RN license in Idaho if they want to change their primary state of residence. The NLC facilitates the movement of nursing labor from state to state.
If you do not currently possess a multi-state license or an Idaho RN license, there are two major application routes for the RN license which are RN by Examination and RN by Endorsement.
This is the route of application for recent graduates of accredited nursing programs from board-approved institutions of higher education. The program may have been completed at an institution in Idaho or another state, however, the curriculum must align with what the board recognizes as standard.
This is the route of application for holders of a valid, unencumbered single-state license to practice in another state/district in the US.
All applicants are required to have their fingerprints submitted for a fingerprint-based criminal background check to be done on them. You are exempt from this if you have submitted your fingerprint card to the board in the last 6 months. You can request for a copy of the fingerprint card to be sent to you with your application or send a request to IBN-Info@dopl.idaho.gov. Recent graduates can also obtain a copy from the administrative office of their educational institutions.
APRNs are required to complete graduate-level education on the journey towards certification and licensure. Your program should focus on a specific population foci and award at least a master’s in nursing (MSN).
Programs are expected to be accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and must include courses such as psychotherapeutics, pathophysiology, advanced assessment, and clinical management concerning specific population foci. All students of these programs are required to cover a total of 500 hours of clinical practice at the advanced level.
People who complete such programs are expected to be capable of passing national certification examinations and maintaining an evidence-based approach to practice. Prospective APRNs who intend to hold prescriptive authority must have at least 30 contact hours of graduate-level pharmacotherapeutics.
National certifying agencies certify APRNs for specific fields based on their graduate education. Nurse practitioners are the only class of APRNs who can be certified in more than one specialty area. These agencies conduct examinations and certify only those who show an acceptable level of knowledge and skill required for practice in certain specialty areas. Here is a list of certifying agencies recognized by the IBN for nurse practitioner licensing in Idaho;
The application process involves the submission of a completed online application, payment of the prescribed fees, and submission of requested supporting documents. All applicants are required to hold a valid and unencumbered RN license to practice in Idaho in addition to having completed a graduate-level nursing practitioner preparatory program.
These programs must align with the board’s standard and have been accredited by board-recognized agencies like the CCNE. The application fee is $118.25. You are to request that your transcript be sent from the institution where you had your APRN education to the IBN. The transcript must contain the kind of degree obtained and your date of graduation. You are also required to request that verification of your national certification be sent from your certifying agency to the IBN.
All APRN licenses issued from the 31st of December, 2015 have been issued with prescriptive authority since Idaho APRN programs have included the appropriate course material. Hence, you are required to submit proof of at least 30 contact hours of pharmacotherapeutics related to APRN practice. If your specialty area requires you to handle controlled substances, you must obtain clearance for this from the Idaho Board of Pharmacy.