New Hampshire Nurse Practitioner Licensure Steps - 2022
AKA: New Hampshire NP License, APRN Licensure
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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 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.
If you have never been licensed as an RN in any state or territory in the US, this is the application route for you.
Nurses who have been licensed to practice in another state or territory in the US are to apply via this route.
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.
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;
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.