Ohio Nurse Practitioner Licensure Steps - 2022
AKA: NP License in OH, APRN Licensure
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Follow below to learn how to become a nurse practitioner (NP) in Ohio.
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All NPs must have a registered nurse (RN) license in Ohio. If you do not hold an RN license to practice in Ohio already, you must apply to the Ohio Board of Nursing for an RN license by Examination or Endorsement, as it applies to you.
Graduates of board-approved nursing programs who have never been licensed as registered nurses in Ohio are to apply via this route.
Also referred to as “RN by Reciprocity”, this is the process of converting RN licensure from another state or territory to licensure in Ohio. This means that applicants who choose this route have been licensed to practice as RNs in another state and hold a valid and unencumbered RN license to practice in a state other than Ohio.
All payments are non-refundable and can be done online using Master Card, VISA, Discover Credit, or debit cards.
All applicants are also required to participate in a BCI and FBI coordinated, fingerprint-based criminal background check. You can learn more about this here.
You are expected to provide a valid mailing address to where the Ohio Board of Nursing will send all communication to. Your email address is necessary for maintaining your nurse portal account and verifying payments.
The Ohio Board of Nursing requires applicants for an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse – Nurse Practitioner (APRN-NP) license to obtain graduate education in line with the national APRN Consensus Model. The program should award successful participants with a minimum of a master’s degree (MSN) upon completion and must prepare them to practice within a given specialty area.
The program sets the tone for one’s practice as an NP; hence, it must prepare participants to take a national certification examination for their chosen specialty area and population focus. You can also find and filter Ohio’s nurse practitioner degree programs here.
The national consensus requires prospective APRNs to be trained on advanced pharmacology, advanced pathophysiology, and advanced health assessment. For APRNs who need to hold prescriptive authority, they must have completed 45 contact hours of advanced pharmacology over the last three years. Ideal programs include didactic and clinical aspects of training. For programs within Ohio, 1500 hours of externship with at least 500 hours of supervised clinical attachment is suitable.
The second purpose of graduate education for prospective APRN-NPs is preparation for a national certification. Certain national certifying bodies are recognized by the board for assessing the quality of your graduate education and your fitness to practice in Ohio. The certification is usually examination-based which is why prospective applicants should consult the approved agency for the certification of their intended specialty area (for their chosen population foci).
NPs are required to hold and maintain national certification with a recognized agency for their Ohio NP license to remain valid.
Here is a list of approved national certifying agencies for NPs in Ohio:
All prospective APRN-NPs must obtain a license to practice in Ohio and you can apply for this online for a fee of $150. You are required to have obtained at least a master’s degree with a major in nursing that equips you to take a national certification examination for NPs by the time you are applying.
All applicants for an APRN-NP license are required to possess a valid RN license to practice in Ohio. Once you fill your form online, you must pay the prescribed fees using Master Card, VISA, Discover credit, or debit cards. Your application will not be submitted to or reviewed by the board unless this requirement is met.
You must also request that a copy of your transcript be sent from the institution where you had your NP preparatory program to the board by mail or email. Your transcript must include your name as presented on your application, your date of graduation, the degree awarded, and proof of completion of at least 45 contact hours of advanced pharmacology.
Additionally, you need to request proof of your valid national certification to be sent to the board. If you already have a license to practice as an APRN-NP in another state, you can apply for an APRN-NP license in Ohio by reciprocity. The board will need to see your transcript for your NP preparatory program and proof of continuing education in Ohio law and the rules governing drugs and prescriptive authority.