Indiana Nurse Practitioner Licensure Steps - 2024
AKA: CRNP License, APRN Licensure
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Indiana hasn’t been immune to the nation’s nursing shortage and has taken steps to address the issue in recent months. The federal government has stated the nurse practitioner field is expected to grow 28.2% nationally and in Indiana to grow 29.4% from 2018 to 2028 (BLS Employment Projections).
Indiana has answered by passing the Nursing Indiana Back to Health law. The law increases the number of qualified students that nursing programs are allowed to enroll in. Barriers regarding faculty requirements have also been removed to make room for more teachers and instructors.
Therefore, Indiana is a great place for those in the nursing field to continue their education and obtain nurse practitioner certification.
Follow below to learn how to become a nurse practitioner (NP) in Indiana.
Already have your RN License? Skip to the next section
Obtaining an RN license is the first step toward becoming an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) or Nurse Practitioner (NP) in Indiana. Prospective NPs are required to hold a valid single-state RN license in Indiana or a multistate RN license from a Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC) member state. The Indiana Professional Licensing Agency (PLA) issues licenses to qualified applicants who apply through one of two major licensing routes: RN by Examination and RN by Endorsement.
Recent graduates of Board-approved nursing programs from qualified institutions can apply for licensure via this route. It is expected that those who apply through this route have never been licensed as RNs in any state or jurisdiction in the US.
After the application is submitted, a criminal background check (CBC) must be conducted. Applicants are sent an email from the Board with instructions on how to complete the check.
It takes about 2-4 weeks for the application to be processed. Once the information is reviewed and it’s determined that all requirements have been fulfilled, you will be issued a license. Check the status of your application online or call (317) 234-2043.
Applicants applying for licensure by endorsement must have an active license in one or more US states or territories.
Temporary permits may be issued if you have a license in another state or territory of the US, have applied for licensure by endorsement, and sent in documentation proving you are licensed. The permit is only valid for 90 days or sooner if the Board denies licensure.
The permit can be renewed for an additional 90 days if the Board determines it’s necessary. This usually happens when the application process takes longer than expected.
In Indiana, you are required to either obtain a master’s degree (MSN) or higher in nursing or add a national certification to your bachelor’s degree in nursing.
Note that some employers are specific about the education of their employees and will only hire you if your nursing program is accredited by CNEA or CCNE. If you choose the graduate degree option, you should go for a program that is accredited by an agency recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.
Some of the course requirements include, but aren’t limited to:
Take time to ensure that any program you take concerning your journey to becoming an NP equips you with the relevant analytical, critical thinking, research, ethical, and clinical skills to practice as an NP in your chosen field.
This is only compulsory if you received a bachelor’s degree on completion of your nurse practitioner preparatory program. Certain national certifying agencies are responsible for certifying individuals who demonstrate the requisite knowledge and skills to serve in the capacity of an NP.
You will need to contact the agency that applies to your chosen specialty area and population focus. You must satisfy all the educational and additional requirements to hold and maintain such a certification which may include getting a graduate degree or doing a significant number of hours of coursework beyond the scope of a bachelor’s.
The Board does not specify which agencies are recognized for certified nurse practitioners to practice in Indiana. Unlike other states, Indiana doesn’t require NPs to hold certification, although many get the endorsement so they can practice in other states and gain prescriptive privilege.
There is no designated NP license in Indiana. What you can obtain, however, is the prescriptive authority in your name. Therefore, getting national certification or a graduate degree in a nurse practitioner preparatory program allows you to practice as an NP with restrictions. The application for prescriptive authority is made by paper. All applicants are required to mail a completed copy of the application, as well as other requested documents. The application must be sent with a non-refundable fee of $50.
To qualify, you must hold a valid and unencumbered RN license to practice in Indiana or a multistate license from an NLC state. Verification of such a license must be sent to Indiana’s Nursing Board from your Board (if you hold an NLC license from another state). The process can be done using the Nursys platform as explained under “RN by Endorsement.”
If you hold a graduate degree, you must request that your institution send a transcript containing your date of graduation and the degree awarded to the Board. If you only have a bachelor’s degree, you must hold national certification for an NP role. Verification of this must be sent to the Board by your certifying agency, indicating that you are certified and that such certification is still valid.
You must also submit proof of having completed a graduate-level pharmacology course with at least two semester hours from an institution that is accredited by the Commission on Recognition of Postsecondary Accreditation within the preceding five years from the date of application or proof of completing at least 30 contact hours of continuing education in the last two years (including at least 8 hours of pharmacology) and proof of prescriptive experience within the last five years.