New Hampshire Nurse Practitioner Licensure Steps - 2023
AKA: New Hampshire NP License, APRN Licensure
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The healthcare industry is one of the largest sectors in New Hampshire, with an estimated workforce of over 62,000 people. Positions for nurse practitioners are estimated to increase to 60 percent by 2030.
New Hampshire has devised a plan to address present-day and long-term concerns. The plan centers around recruiting and retainment, restructuring restrictive policies, data-driven decision-making, and creating a group to specifically oversee the project to ensure its progression.
Knowing that the state is trying to get ahead of the issue shows that it will provide the support nurses need to treat patients successfully. That makes New Hampshire a great state to attain licensure and utilize your skills.
Follow below to learn how to become a nurse practitioner (NP) in New Hampshire.
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An RN license to practice in New Hampshire is a compulsory requirement for nurses who want to become nurse practitioners (NPs) in the state. The Board allows applicants who have never been licensed before and those who hold valid RN licenses in another state to obtain a license by examination and endorsement, respectively.
However, holders of valid NLC multi-state licenses do not need to apply for an RN license to practice in New Hampshire unless they are moving there permanently.
If you have never been licensed as an RN in any state or territory in the US, this is the application route for you. You can complete the application online, as paper applications are not accepted for initial licensing. Requirements for licensure include the following:
A temporary permit to practice can be issued while the applicant waits to take the NCLEX-RN exam. The fee for the permit is $20. The RN application fee is $148.
Once the Board processes the application and all requirements are met, your RN license will be issued.
Nurses licensed to practice in another state or territory in the US are to apply via this route.
Please note that paper applications are not accepted for initial licensure, and the process will have to be completed online. You can upload additional documents directly to your account once it’s created. The Board will then review all documents and issue qualifying licenses to those who meet the requirements.
You will be expected to have completed a post-graduate nursing program that awards at least a master’s degree program to successful participants.
This program has to be accredited by an agency recognized for accrediting graduate nursing programs and must include at least 228 hours of theory and 48 hours of clinical work.
Your nurse practitioner preparatory program must equip you with the skill set to take up a role in a given specialty area, serving a specific population focus. Typical classes include advanced pharmacology, pathophysiology, and clinical management courses.
If you are only applying for an APRN license two years after completing an NP preparatory program, you might be required to complete at least 30 contact hours of continuing education which must include pharmacology.
Certain agencies are recognized and authorized by the Board of Nursing in different states to certify prospective APRNs, including nurse practitioners. These agencies operate at the national level and are specific regarding the specialty area and population focus of the nurse practitioner they certify. Hence, you are only to reach out to an agency that certifies professionals in your chosen areas.
The certification is usually examination-based and is a test of the knowledge and skill impacted on the prospective nurse practitioner by their graduate nurse practitioner education. Candidates have found it helpful to only participate in nurse practitioner programs endorsed by the agency they hope to be certified by. Here are the recognized agencies for nurse practitioner certification in New Hampshire.
You can apply for a license to practice as an APRN-NP in New Hampshire online for $100. Before the 9th of September 2021, a license was issued for each certification. Now, you only get one license, no matter the number of certifications you have. You must provide a valid ID photo ID.
The Board requires proof of completing a post-graduate nursing program in your specialty. Your official transcripts are to be sent to the Board by your awarding institution. The transcripts must include the degree awarded and your date of graduation.
The Board requires applicants for an NP license to show proof of a valid national certification from a recognized certifying agency for their role. You are to submit this with your online application. If you have completed your nurse practitioner education more than two years immediately prior to your application date, you’re required to provide proof of having completed 30 contact hours of continuing education. At least 5 hours have to be in pharmacology, and 3 out of the 5 hours are in opioid prescribing, pain management, or substance abuse disorder.
Applicants must hold a valid RN license to practice in New Hampshire, which may be a single-state license or an NLC multi-state license. You will need to verify such licenses, especially if they were not issued in New Hampshire. It is usually done using the Nursys licensure verification system.
Finally, all applicants are required to complete a CBC as covered under the initial RN license segment.