Minnesota Nurse Practitioner Licensure Steps - 2023
AKA: Minnesota NP License, APRN Licensure
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Follow below to learn how to become a nurse practitioner (NP) in Minnesota.
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All applicants for an APRN license to practice as an NP in Minnesota are required to hold a valid RN license to practice in the state. The state is not a member of the enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact (eNLC) hence multi-state licenses from member states are not accepted.
If you do not hold a single-state RN license in Minnesota already, you should apply for one by examination or endorsement.
This is the chosen route of application for graduates of basic nursing programs who have never been licensed in the US.
You are to apply via this route if you have been licensed as an RN in any state or territory in the US before.
Regardless of your application route of choice, you are required to submit your fingerprints for a criminal background check (CBC). The CBC office will send you a fingerprint packet by email when you submit your application.
Follow the instructions for the fingerprinting process to the letter. If you answer “yes” to any of the questions regarding functional or past disciplinary actions that you have been subjected to, you must provide supporting documents for these as the board will take a more critical approach towards your licensure.
The Minnesota Board of Nursing requires that all applicants for an APRN license to have received advanced nursing training. This should be a post-basic (graduate) program that awards at least a master’s degree.
The program should have been accredited by a certifying agency that is recognized by the board and an accreditation body recognized by the US Department of Education.
An ideal program for prospective nurse practitioner s will prepare you to take up a role in a specific area serving a given population focus. The recognized specialty area by the nursing board in Minnesota include:
Your chosen program must prepare you for certification by the appropriate certifying agency for your specialty area. The program must include coursework and clinical components.
The coursework components must include diagnosis and health management of conditions relevant to your specialty area, advanced pathophysiology, advanced pharmacotherapy, preventive medicine, and other specialized courses for your specialization.
Finally, your program must include at least 500 hours of supervised clinical experience.
The quality of your advanced practice education is evaluated by national certifying agencies as chosen by the board. This means that you will not be required to submit any transcripts from the institution where you had your nurse practitioner education. This is because national certification from a recognized agency proves that you have fulfilled the educational and experiential requirements for practicing as an APRN in the state.
Nurse practitioner s are required to be certified to practice in at least one specialty area serving a population focus. The certification process is usually examination based and this highlights the importance of choosing a nurse practitioner program that is accredited by the certifying agency for professionals in your chosen area. These are the recognized certifying agencies for nurse practitioner s in Minnesota:
The board receives applications for APRN licenses to practice as a nurse practitioner in Minnesota all year long and issues such licenses to eligible applicants. All applicants must hold a valid and unencumbered RN license to practice in Minnesota.
All APRN licenses come with prescriptive authority which means that the APRN is licensed to prescribe, dispense and administer medications and medical devices as their role permits.
You are required to have obtained at least a master’s degree from a post-basic nurse practitioner preparatory program.
Next, you are required to download and submit a filled version of the Confirmation of Program Completion – Advanced Practice Nurse form to the board. You will need to fill the first page and sent both pages to the program you completed where the rest of the form will be filled and sent to the board.
The board does not require your transcript, however, you must provide proof of your current valid national certification. This can be requested from the national certifying agency and sent to the board by the same.
You are also required to submit a filled copy of the Confirmation of Advanced Practice Registered Nurse Employment form. All nurse practitioners are mandated to complete 2,080 hours of collaborative practice in a team with a registered Minnesota physician and/or experienced APRN working in the same specialty area.
Following the completion of the collaborative practice period, you are required to submit a filled Post-Graduate Practice Verification form. All applicants must also complete a fingerprint-based CBC as was covered under the initial RN licensure section.