Indiana Nurse Practitioner Licensure Steps - 2022

AKA: CRNP License, APRN Licensure

Last Reviewed: October 1st, 2022

Nurse Practitioner Licensure Requirements in Indiana

Follow below to learn how to become a nurse practitioner (NP) in Indiana.

Initial Registered Nurse (RN) License

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Obtaining an RN license is the first step towards 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 an 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.

RN by Examination

Recent graduates of board-approved nursing programs from approved 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.

Requirements:

  • The minimum academic requirement for a prospective RN is a bachelor’s degree. Applications can be completed online or sent via paper.
  • The application fee of $50 should be paid using a valid credit or debit card for online applications. For paper applications, checks or money orders payable to the Indiana Professional Licensing Agency must be included.
  • The application can be augmented to an NLC license application for $25 provided that the applicant meets all the requirements.
  • All applicants are required to request that a copy of their transcripts, signed by the Dean or Director of the nursing program they took to be sent to the board. The transcript must contain your date of graduation and the type of degree obtained.
  • Supporting documents and paper applications are to be mailed to the board office:
Indiana Professional Licensing Agency

Attn: Nursing Board

402 West Washington Street

Room W072

Indianapolis, IN 46204
  • Foreign-trained nurses are to have their credentials evaluated by the CGFNS and a report of this examination sent to the board. The result of this evaluation should show that the education received is comparable to what is obtainable in the United States.
  • All applicants via this route must take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). Registration for this is completed online for $200. Applicants are required to register for the examination and apply for their license at very close, almost simultaneous periods. This is because you will only receive an Authorization to Test (ATT) once the board notifies the examiners that you are eligible for the examination.

RN by Endorsement

Holders of a valid single state license in a state that is not a party to the nurse licensure compact or in any other state in the US can apply for an RN license via this route.

  • It is expected that people who apply via this route have completed an accredited nursing program and passed the NCLEX-RN or any other equivalent licensing examinations for nurses in their state.
  • Holders of multistate RN licenses are only required to apply for an RN license in Indiana when they seek to change their primary state of residence.
  • You must submit a completed application form and pay the prescribed fee which is $50 with an additional $25 if you want to get an NLC license.
  • You must provide proof of a valid and unencumbered license in another state in the US. This can be done by requesting verification of your license from the appropriate board of nursing using the Nursys platform. If the state you are licensed in does not report to Nursys, consider contacting them directly and requesting that verification be sent to the board of nursing in Indiana.
  • Foreign educated applicants must have their credentials evaluated as was stated under “RN by Examination”. Applications via this route can also be done online or by paper.

All applicants are required by law to submit their fingerprints for a criminal background check. If you opt for the paper application option, you will receive a notification to commence your fingerprint capture process after your application has been received by the board. Hence, you want to provide your correct email address.

For online applications, you can commence the fingerprint process once the receipt screen appears after submitting your application. If you have completed a background check before commencing your application, you will be required to do another. Find more instructions for the fingerprint capture process here. Also note that you are required to submit a copy of your high school transcript showing that you graduated.

Advanced Education Requirements

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 was 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.

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.

Here you can find all schools offering nurse practitioner degree programs in Indiana.

National Certification

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 are 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. However, such certification must be granted based on success in a national examination.

Getting Licensed to Practice as a Nurse Practitioner in Indiana

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 done 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. To this effect verification of such a license must be sent to the 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.