Texas Nurse Practitioner Licensure Steps - 2022
AKA: CRNP License, APRN Licensure
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Follow below to learn how to become a nurse practitioner (NP) in Texas.
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Having a registered nurse (RN) license is the first prerequisite to qualifying for a nurse practitioner (NP) license. There are two ways to go about it. If you haven’t taken the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) before, you’ll have to apply for the RN license by exam. If you have a license in a non-compact state, application for the license by endorsement is the route for you.
Applicants can take the exams as many times as possible, although application fees apply each time.
If you have an RN license from a non-compact state, you can apply for licensure in Texas by endorsement provided you have worked in nursing within the preceding 4 years.
When you get a receipt for the application, you can expect a 120-day temporary license within 15 days.
To become an NP in Texas, you must undergo an advanced practice nursing educational program from a college or institution that is accredited to provide graduate degrees in preparation for the NP role. A master’s degree in nursing is usually the minimum degree required for NP licensure. Your chosen advanced educational program in Texas must be approved by the board, or must be accredited by a national accrediting agency recognized by the Board and the US Department of Education. Outside of Texas, all advanced educational programs must be accredited by a national accrediting body recognized by the Board or the relevant licensing body in the state where the program is situated. The following core courses are required by the board, in line with the APRN Regulatory Model;
If you graduated before January 1, 1996, you will be excluded from the master’s degree requirement. Nurse-midwives and healthcare nurse practitioners who finished their bachelor’s degrees between January 1, 2003, and December 31, 2006, may be eligible for a master’s degree waiver. For more information, please contact the Board.
To be approved for prescriptive authority, an unencumbered RN license is required. You must also be fully approved by the board to practice as an APRN in Texas.
After acquiring your graduate degree from an NP preparatory program, you become eligible for national certification in your area of specialty through an exam. The exam is conducted by a national certifying body. In order to become an APRN-NP in Texas, this certification is required. Some of the national certifying bodies recognized by the board include:
After getting your national certification, you’re then eligible for NP licensure in Texas. You can complete the application and submit online or print it and mail the completed forms to the board’s office. Alongside the application, the following documentation is also required;
All fees must be in money order or check payable to the board and should be sent alongside the required documentation and completed application form to the board’s office at:APRN Application office