Virginia Nurse Practitioner Licensure Steps - 2023
AKA: Virginia NP License, APRN Licensure, Certificate of Authority
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Follow below to learn how to become a nurse practitioner (NP) in Virginia.
Already have your RN License? Skip to the next section
If you want to pursue an advanced practice registered nurse (APRN) role (this includes NPs), you are expected to have a registered nurse (RN) license. If you don’t have one, you will have to apply to the Virginia board of nursing to take the National Certification Licensing Examination (NCLEX) to get the RN license. If you already have this license from a non-compact state then you can go ahead to apply for licensure in Virginia by endorsement.
People who have graduated from board-approved nursing programs but have not been licensed as registered nurses in Virginia are required to follow this route.
An RN who is already licensed in another state in the United States may apply through endorsement.
A fingerprint-based criminal background check (CBC) is required from all applicants for the RN license. More information on the CBC is available here. All fees are non-refundable and can be paid online via either credit or debit card. A check payable to the Treasurer of Virginia is also accepted if applicable. The wizard tool on the board’s site provides more information on getting an initial RN license in Virginia.
Aspiring APRN-NPs are expected to go through advanced education and training to prepare them for the role. You will need to complete a minimum of a master of science in nursing (MSN) degree to qualify for NP licensure.
Getting an advanced education is necessary to help you understand the advanced nursing practice. In earning a MSN degree, you’ll learn in-depth the concepts you have been taught previously and how you can apply the knowledge in your desired area of specialization.
If your NP certificate of authority (license) is to stay valid, you must hold and maintain national certification with a recognized agency. A prospective NP must be certified by a national certifying organization authorized by the board for a specific role and population emphasis after earning an advanced degree from an NP preparatory school. Certifying agencies are in charge of evaluating your NP education. This evaluation is done through an exam conducted for prospective NPs by the certifying organization. Listed below are some of the agencies recognized by the board for certifying NPs:
Getting an NP license requires at least an RN license. Further education in an NP preparatory school is also a prerequisite, as well as national certification in a specific area of specialization. The board will also require your official transcript from your advanced nursing program.
To apply for the license, you are required to pay a fee of $125 to the board. You can apply either by endorsement or by examination here.
If you already have an NP license in another jurisdiction, you can apply for the NP license by endorsement. Alongside the other requirements stated above, you’ll also need to provide verification of licensure sent directly from the state’s board where the license was acquired to the Virginia Board of Nursing’s office via mail or email to firstname.lastname@example.org
The transcripts must also be sent directly to the board from a graduate degree program. The national certification will also need to be verified by the particular certifying organization you applied to, and the verification must be sent directly to the board’s office by mail or email too. You can check the status of your application here.