Missouri Nurse Practitioner Licensure Steps - 2022
AKA: CRNP License, APRN Licensure
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Follow below to learn how to become a nurse practitioner (NP) in Missouri.
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If you do not hold a single-state registered nurse (RN) license to practice in Missouri or a multi-state RN license from one of the NLC member states, you must apply for an RN license from the Missouri Board of Nursing.
Holders of multi-state RN licenses from NLC states are only required to apply for a license in Missouri when they choose to change their primary state of residence to Missouri. You can apply for an RN license by Examination or by Endorsement.
This is the ideal application route for people who have never been licensed to practice as RNs in any state in the US.
Note that there is no application fee for first-time applicants via examination and all supporting documents are to be sent via mail.
Nurses who have been licensed to practice as RNs in the past in any state or territory in the US are to apply via this route provided that they have passed the NCLEX-RN and fulfilled all other requirements for being issued an initial license in the said state.
All applicants are required to participate in a fingerprint-based criminal background check exercise by registering here with the 4-digit registration number 0001. Following your registration, simply follow the prompts on the website.
Ensure that your name, social security number, and contact details match those used in your licensure application. You will be required to redo the process if there is any discrepancy. If you are outside Missouri, follow these steps for your fingerprinting. Note that the fingerprinting and background check require a fee as decided by the vendor. Nurses licensed in California with the 30-unit option are not qualified for a license in Missouri.
The Missouri Nurse Practice Act requires anyone who will be licensed to serve in the role of a nurse practitioner or any other APRN to have advanced education leading to the award of a graduate degree (master’s or higher).
The program must be taken at an institution that is regionally accredited by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). The program must also have been accredited by appropriate national certifying bodies. Graduate programs must equip participants with knowledge and skills to practice as nurse practitioners serving specific population foci. Here you can find all schools offering nurse practitioner programs in Missouri.
Your coursework must include advanced pathophysiology, pharmacology, and clinical management among others. You must also have completed at least 1500 hours of clinical practice in your specialty. As all holders of an APRN license possess prescriptive authority for non-controlled substances, nurse practitioners who will be required to handle controlled substances must apply for a permit. Academic requirements for applying include proof of one of the following
The task of determining the quality of your advanced practice education is left to appropriate national certifying agencies recognized by the board. These agencies grant certification to professionals in specific specialty areas and for certain population foci based on successfully passing examination.
The Missouri board of nursing has created a list of recognized agencies for the certification of NPs which include:
Before applying for an APRN license in Missouri, you must familiarize yourself with the Nurse Practice Act. The first step is to register on the Nursys E-Notify platform through which you will receive your license. You should also opt for the automatic license renewal reminder.
The application is via paper and requires a fee of $150 which should be mailed with other supporting documentation in the form of a money order or check (cashier’s or personal) made payable to the Missouri State Board of Nursing.
Applicants for an APRN license are also required to submit proof of their national certification which may be a copy of your certification card or a statement to the effect from the relevant national certifying agency. This proof must reflect the date of expiry of the certification.
Finally, you are required to complete an Authorization to Release Confidential Information and submit it with the other documents.
The APRN license comes with prescriptive authority for non-controlled medication. If your role required that you prescribe or dispense controlled drugs, you must apply for a certificate of controlled drug prescriptive authority according to 335.019, RSMo. You can find the application instructions here.