New Hampshire Nurse Practitioner Licensure Steps - 2022

AKA: New Hampshire NP License, APRN Licensure

Last Reviewed: October 1st, 2022

Nurse Practitioner Licensure Requirements in New Hampshire

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

Initial Registered Nurse (RN) License

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An RN license to practice in New Hampshire is a compulsory requirement for nurses who want to become nurse practitioners in the state. The board allows for 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.

Holders of valid NLC multi-state licenses, however, do not need to apply for an RN license to practice in New Hampshire unless they are moving there permanently.

RN by Examination

If you have never been licensed as an RN in any state or territory in the US, this is the application route for you.

  • All applicants are expected to have completed a board-accredited New Hampshire-based basic nursing program awarding at least an associate’s degree. Proof of your nursing education must be sent to the board in form of an official copy of your transcript sent from the awarding institution to the board here or by mail to:
Board of Nursing

7 Eagle Square

Concord, NH 03301
  • The transcript should include information such as your date of graduation and the degree awarded.
  • If you studied outside New Hampshire, you must download the RN Comparable Education Verification Form which is to be completed by the Nursing Director at your program and sent here.
  • You will also be required to submit your transcript as has been covered. Foreign-trained applicants are required to have their credentials evaluated by the CGFNS and a report of this evaluation must be made available to the board.
  • Those who choose this route are to take and pass the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) which is the entry-level exam in the nursing practice. You are required to apply for an examination at PearsonVue before starting your online RN application for $200.

RN by Endorsement

Nurses who have been licensed to practice in another state or territory in the US are to apply via this route.

  • Applicants via this route must have fulfilled the requirements for licensure by examination in their state of licensure including passing the NCLEX-RN examination.
  • The board requires proof of your valid licensure in the U.S. Hence, you are to request verification from your board of nursing through the Nursys platform for a fee of $30. However, if your board does not report to Nursys, you must contact them directly regarding the verification process and fees.
  • Foreign-trained applicants for an RN license by endorsement, are to provide a CGFNS report for the evaluation of their credentials in addition to the licensure verification. They are also required to submit a completed Declaration of Primary Residence Form.
  • All applicants must participate in a fingerprint-based criminal background check conducted by the Department of Safety, Division of State Police. You are to begin the process by filling out the CBC form. You can opt for the LiveScan or Inked version which costs the same fee of $48.25. You are to submit this form, your finger card, or LiveScan form together with your payment. Payment may be made with checks made payable to the State of NH –Criminal Records.
  • You will also be required to provide a photo ID. The recommended option is a copy of your state-issued driver’s license. The applications are completed online for a fee of $120.

Advanced Education Requirement

You will be expected to have completed a post-graduate nursing program that awards at least a master’s degree to successful participants.

This program must have been 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 skillset to take up a role in a given specialty area, serving a specific population focus. Typical elements of robust coursework would include courses on advanced pharmacology, pathophysiology, and clinical management.

Here you can sort and filter all schools offering nurse practitioner degree programs in New Hampshire.

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.

National Certification

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 are certifying. 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. People have found it helpful to only do nurse practitioner programs that have been endorsed by the agency you hope to be certified by. Here are the recognized agencies for the certification of nurse practitioners in New Hampshire;

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

Getting Licensed to Practice as a Nurse Practitioner 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 during your application and the recommended one is your state-issued driver’s license.

The board requires proof of having completed a post-basic nursing program preparing one to be a nurse practitioner. This must be provided in form of a transcript sent to the board by your awarding institution. The transcript must include the degree awarded and your date of graduation.

The board requires all applicants for an APRN license to show proof of a valid national certification from a recognized certifying agency for their role. You are to submit this together with your online application. If you have completed your nurse practitioner education for more than two years immediately before your application date, you are required to provide proof of having completed 30 contact hours of continuing education of which at least 5 hours were for pharmacology (3 out of the 5 hours must have been for opioid prescribing, pain management, or substance abuse disorder).

All 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. This is usually done using the Nursys licensure verification for APRN applications.

Finally, all applicants are required to do a CBC as has been covered under the initial RN license segment.