Texas Nurse Practitioner Licensure Steps - 2023
AKA: CRNP License, APRN Licensure
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Follow below to learn how to become a nurse practitioner (NP) in Texas. The steps below is specifically for new nurse practitioner applicants. If you are coming from another state, you will be looking to acquire an APRN endorsement. For more information about the process for endorsement, see the Texas Board of Nursing licensing endorsement information.
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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 complete a post-basic advanced educational program appropriate for practice in an APRN role and population focus area recognized by the Texas Nursing Board. A master’s degree in nursing is an example of a post-basic advanced educational program.
Your chosen advanced educational program in Texas must be accredited by a nursing accrediting body that is recognized by the Texas Nursing Board and the U.S. Secretary of Education and/or the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). Outside of Texas, the program accreditation should meet the relevant licensing body accreditation standards in the state where the school is located.
The following core courses are required by the board, in line with the APRN Regulatory Model:
For more detailed requirements of APRN education requirements, see the Texas Administrative Code Rule 221.7(e).
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.
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 (but are not limited to):
For those completing their education and looking to acquire their initial APRN license as a nurse practitioner, you will need 500 supervised clinical hours as defined by the Texas Board completed within the last 24 months.
Or, if you are already practicing as an APRN, or nurse practitioner, in another state, you will need 400 hours of practice within the last 24 months.
You are now required to complete the application online. Alongside the application, the following documentation is also required:
For an example of the online APRN license application, the Texas Board of Nursing has published a tutorial that goes through all of the steps to complete an initial license application and an endorsement application ==> Texas Board of Nursing licensing tutorial.