Nevada Nurse Practitioner Licensure Steps - 2022

AKA: NP License in NV, APRN Licensure

Last Reviewed: October 1st, 2022

Nurse Practitioner Licensure Requirements in Nevada

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

Initial Registered Nurse (RN) License

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This is the first requirement for applying for an APRN-NP license in Nevada and since the state is not a party to the NLC, every prospective Nurse Practitioner must obtain a license to practice in Nevada from the Nevada State Board of Nursing (NVBN).

The application process involves filling out a form, paying the prescribed fees, and submitting certain supporting documents to support your identity and eligibility. You can apply for an RN license by Examination or Endorsement.

RN by Examination

Nurses who have never been licensed in the US are to apply via this route.


  • All applicants must have completed an associate’s degree or higher in nursing that has been accredited by an agency recognized for accrediting nursing programs. A prospective NP should consider a bachelor’s degree due to NP’s are required to possess a graduate degree. If you completed a Nevada-based program, your institution will send the board an affidavit of graduation which qualifies you for a temporary permit if you desire one.
  • All applicants via this route are required to send a request to their degree awarding institution for an original copy of their transcripts be sent to the board. A photocopy of an unofficial license is not acceptable. The transcript must show your date of graduation and the degree awarded.
  • Foreign-trained applicants are required to have their credentials evaluated by the CGFNS, IERF, or Josef Silny and Associates, Inc. If you were trained in a country where the official language is not English, you must pass an English Language Proficiency test as specified for “Graduates of International Nursing Programs” under requirement 2 here.
  • Those who choose this route are required to take and pass the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) which you must register for here for $200. You are allowed four attempts at the NCLEX-RN. Once your licensure application has been received and you have sent one in for the test, you will receive Authorization to test as long as you are declared eligible by the board.
  • The application is typically completed online following the creation of a portal account. The application fee is $100.

RN by Endorsement

This is the route for nurses currently licensed in another state in the US.


  • These applicants must have passed the NCLEX-RN and fulfilled all requirements for obtaining an RN license by Examination.
  • You will be required to provide proof of having completed a basic nursing program leading to the award of at least a bachelor’s degree for a prospective NP. An original copy of your transcript is required and must be sent from your degree-awarding institution to the board. The transcript must contain your date of graduation and the kind of degree awarded.
  • Graduates of international nursing programs should also send a copy of their transcript to the board in addition to a copy of the related learning experience (RLE), if applicable.
  • The board will normally contact you if you need to have your credentials evaluated as has been covered in the preceding subsection.
  • Applicants who have only been licensed in the US for less than five years before the submission of an application for a license by endorsement in Nevada must pass an English Proficiency test as specified under requirement “2ii” here.
  • The board also requires verification of your valid license. This can be obtained using the Nursys licensure verification for endorsement request if your board of nursing participates in Nursys. If not, you must contact them using the NSBN request form and pay their prescribed fee for licensure verification.
  • The application process is completed online for a fee of $105.

The fingerprint-based Criminal Background Check (CBC) is mandatory for every applicant for a license in Nevada. The live scan option is only available for those living in Nevada.

The board provides fingerprint capture services at its Reno and Las Vegas offices. You can book an appointment here. Here is a list of other fingerprint capturing facilities in Nevada. If you are outside Nevada, you must obtain an FD-258 standard fingerprint card and provide all your details in the fingerprint submission form. These should all be sent to;

Nevada State Board of Nursing
5011 Meadowood Mall Way, Ste. 300
Reno, Nevada 89502

Note that all fees paid concerning the licensure application are non-refundable.

Advanced Education Requirement

As of June 1, 2005, all prospective APRNs have been required to complete a post-graduate program resulting in the award of at least a master’s degree (MSN) to be licensed by the NVBN.

Prospective nurse practitioners must complete a program that has been accredited by a recognized body for the accreditation of post-graduate nursing programs such as the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. Here you can find all schools offering nurse practitioner degree programs in Nevada.

Such programs must prepare participants to take up an NP role in a given specialty area for a given population focus. Each program must feature both theoretical and clinical aspects of training with courses like advanced pathophysiology, advanced patient assessment, and familiarization with the role of an NP. If you will be required to prescribe medication, advanced pharmacology must feature in your education program as well.

National Certification

Once you complete your graduate nurse practitioner education, the board requires you to obtain national certification awarded by the certifying agency that certifies professionals in your chosen specialty area.

These agencies are endorsed to evaluate the quality of your education and they usually do this through certification examinations. Past applicants have found that completing programs endorsed by the appropriate certifying agency improves your success rate. Here are the recognized agencies for the certification of NPs in Nevada;

  • National Certification Corporation (NCC)
  • American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC)
  • American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN)
  • American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP)
  • Pediatric Nursing Certification Board (PNCB)

Getting Licensed to Practice as a Nurse Practitioner in Nevada

You can apply for the Nevada NP license online with a fee of $200.

As the board requires all applicants to have completed a post-basic nursing program, proof of having done this is required. You must request that an original copy of your transcript be sent from your awarding institution to the board. The transcript should include your date of graduation, degree type, and coursework information showing that you touched all areas a standard program for nurse practitioners should cover.

If you completed this program more than two years prior to your submission of an APRN licensure application, you are required to submit proof of having practiced nursing for at least 1000 hours in the last two years.

The board requires proof of a valid national certification which can be sent from your national certifying agency. All applicants for an APRN license are required to hold a valid RN license to practice in Nevada. The board requires verification of such license as is the case for RN by Endorsement. Licenses obtained from the board in Nevada do not need to be verified.

Finally, you are required to take part in a fingerprint-based criminal background check unless you have done one with the board in the past six months from the date of your application.