Nebraska Nurse Practitioner Licensure Steps - 2024
AKA: Nebraska NP License, APRN Licensure
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Follow below to learn how to become a nurse practitioner (NP) in Nebraska.
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An RN license is necessary for prospective nurse practitioners applying for an APRN license as they are fundamentally nurses. One can apply for APRN licensure with a single state RN license or a multi-state type as long as it is valid and unencumbered.
Nebraska is a party to the enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC) so applicants who hold a valid multi-state RN license from one of the compact states need not apply for an RN license to practice in Nebraska unless they want to change their primary state of residence. The NLC facilitates the transfer of the nursing workforce from state to state and holders of these multi-state licenses are required to only practice within the confines of the law in whichever state their services are required.
The board receives applications for RN license via two routes namely: RN by Examination and RN by Endorsement.
Recent graduates of board-accredited nursing programs from approved colleges or universities who have never been licensed to practice as RNs in the US are eligible for this route of application.
Endorsement refers to the conferment of a license to practice in a given state on a professional who holds a valid license from another state in the US or a recognized territory at the time of application.
Applicants must take part in a fingerprint-based criminal background check (CBC) as mandated by the Nebraska state law. The fee for the CBC is $45.25 and is to be paid with the application fee. The payment can either be made online with a debit or credit card or mailed with the application in form of a personal/cashier’s check or money order.
The board of nursing in Nebraska will only issue APRN-NP licenses to applicants who have obtained a postgraduate nursing degree (nurse practitioner master’s degree or higher).
Your nurse practitioner preparatory program must also be accredited by at least one of the national accreditation agencies recognized by the Department of Education (USDE).
Programs should include the didactic component and at least 500 hours of preceptorship. The coursework component must prepare participants to take up NP roles serving one of six population foci:
The coursework component should include advanced pharmacology, advanced physiology, and advanced clinical assessment. Such areas as pharmacokinetics, diagnosis, clinical management, pharmacodynamics, etc. must be covered.
The program should also include some level of instruction in behavioral, biological, and health sciences. You are more likely to make an informed choice of a program when you contact the national certification body for your desired population foci on the best program features and options.
This is how your post-basic APRN-NP education is evaluated for sufficiency to practice in most states in the country, Nebraska inclusive. The board has delegated this task to certain national certifying agencies which certify APRN-NPs for specific population foci.
The certification process is usually examination-based and passing such tests usually proves that your APRN-NP education was sufficient and you are fit, concerning skill and knowledge to practice in such capacity in Nebraska.
It is safe to contact the certifying agency that applies to NPs in your chosen population focus when you are choosing a post-basic program with certification and licensure in view. This way, you pick a program that prepares you adequately for the test they offer. These are the approved certifying agencies for NPs in Nebraska:
The application for this license can be completed online and the fee can vary from $25 -$68 depending on when you are applying (180 days to or after the renewal cycle).
All applicants are required to have completed a post-basic nurse practitioner preparatory program and received at least a master’s degree on completion. To this effect, the proof is required in the form of an original copy of your transcript to be sent from your awarding institution to the board.
The transcript should specify the kind of degree awarded and your date of graduation. You are then required to request that verification of an active certification be sent to the board from your national certifying agency.
Since all nurse practitioners are fundamentally nurses, the board requires every applicant to hold a valid RN license to practice in Nebraska at the time of application. These licenses may be a single state variant or a multi-state variant from any of the NLC member states.
Verification of an RN license issued outside Nebraska is required. This can be done using the Nursys platform for $30. However, if your board of nursing does not send reports to Nursys, you must contact them concerning the procedure for licensure verification.
If you have practiced as an APRN in another state, you can be licensed to practice as an APRN in Nebraska by endorsement. Your APRN license from the said state will also need to be verified. All applicants are required to have a CBC done on them. The instructions come with the application packet.
Finally, you will be required to develop an Integrated Practice Agreement with a collaborating physician if you have not practiced as an APRN for at least 2000 hours, do not have a master’s/doctorate degree, or are yet to complete 45 contact hours of relevant coursework. The completed application should be mailed to:Nebraska Department of Health & Human Services System