Oklahoma Nurse Practitioner Licensure Steps - 2023
AKA: NP License in OK, APRN Licensure
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Follow below to learn how to become a nurse practitioner (NP) in Oklahoma.
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Single-state RN licenses to practice in Oklahoma and multi-state licenses issued from NLC member states are accepted as a fulfillment of the basic licensing requirement for NP licensure in Oklahoma.
If you have neither a in-state or multi-state RN license, you can apply for an RN license by Examination or Endorsement.
If you just graduated from a board-approved nursing program up until the immediate past two years from your application and have never been licensed as an RN in any state or territory in the US, you are eligible for RN licensure via this route.
You are to apply via this route if you hold a valid single-state RN license from another state.
Holders of multi-state RN licenses from NLC states are only expected to apply for a license in Oklahoma if they are changing their state of residence permanently.
Criminal background checks are mandatory requirements for licensure in Oklahoma as the board wants to license professionals of good conduct. The process is carried out by the OSBI and the FBI at the state and federal levels respectively. Your criminal background check is only valid for 90 days concerning use for securing licensure.
If you live in Oklahoma, you can schedule an appointment online or on phone (877 219-0197) at an IdentoGO center sponsored by Idemia for your fingerprint capturing. For out-of-state applicants, you will receive special fingerprint cards from the board which you must take to a law enforcement agency in your area for your fingerprinting. Once your fingerprints have been taken, the law enforcement agency will then mail the fingerprint cards to the board.
All applicants for a license should be at least 18 years of age. Applicants who are graduates of foreign institutions are to have their credentials evaluated by the CGFNS and a detailed report of this sent to the board. CGFNS reports of any kind must not be older than five years at the time of application. If you were trained in a country where English is not the major language of communication, you must provide proof of having passed an English proficiency test. The acceptable tests and passing scores are on page 5 here. The application fee for both routes is $85 but foreign applicants are required to add $40 for educational equivalence analysis.
Completing an advanced nursing program (master’s degree or higher) specific to your chosen specialty area and population focus is the next step towards becoming licensed as a nurse practitioner in Oklahoma.
Your chosen preparatory program must include at least two semesters of coursework sandwiched between clinical exposure through externships and supervised clinical hours practicing in your chosen field.
A complete program should include graduate-level competency courses such as pharmacology, pathophysiology, and health assessment. Your program must be accredited by an accrediting agency recognized by the USDE (ACEN, CCNE, CNEA) and should preferably be recognized or approved by the appropriate national certifying agency for professionals in your chosen specialty area.
The APRN license does not come with prescriptive authority, hence all applicants for this are required to provide proof of having completed 45 contact hours of advanced pharmacology and pharmacotherapeutics.
National certifying agencies lend credence to the NP preparatory education that you undergo. They are given the duty of determining who possesses the required command of NP practice knowledge required to practice in Oklahoma.
The certification process is usually examination-based and specialty area-specific. This means that you are required to choose a program that covers all the areas specified by the agency that certifies professionals in your chosen area and population focus. You must hold and maintain national certification in at least one specialty area at the time you are applying for an APRN license and maintain this certification through proper conduct, continuing education, and appropriate renewal processes if you will practice legally as an NP in Oklahoma. Find a list of approved certifying agencies for NPs in Oklahoma here.
It is illegal to practice as an APRN-NP in Oklahoma without an APRN-NP license and this is the case in most U.S. states as well. The board will only issue APRN licenses to US Citizens or qualified aliens. Hence, all applicants are to provide documents to support their claims. Resident Aliens must report in person with the Evidence of Status form.
You must also hold a valid RN license to practice in Oklahoma. This may be a single-state license or a multistate license issued from an NLC member state. Applicants are required to have completed a graduate program and obtained at least a master’s degree from such. A transcript must be sent to the board from the awarding institution detailing your date of graduation and the degree awarded.
All applicants are also required to provide proof of current national certification by one of the recognized agencies as covered in the previous subsection. This verification can be sent from the agency in question to the board.
The board also accepts applications for APRN licensure by endorsement for those who hold such licensure in another state. You would be required to complete the requirements for an initial application in addition to verifying your licensure in the other state. This can be done with Nursys. In addition to this, you must provide proof of having worked in the role you hold a license for at least 520 hours in the immediate preceding two years from the date of your application.
The application process can be completed online or by the paper as for RN licensure for a fee of $70. All applicants for an APRN-NP license are also expected to take part in a criminal background check as in RN licensure applications.