Requirements for Texas APRN Licensure - With Optional Prescriptive Authority
- Required fee is $100 for APRN licensure only. If you are requesting APRN licensure with prescriptive authority, the required fee is $150. This fee is nonrefundable.
- Texas RN licensure or RN licensure with compact privilege from a state that is party to the Nurse Licensure Compact for RNs and LVNs.
- Completion of an advanced practice nursing educational program accredited by an organization recognized by the Board that complies with the requirements in Rule 221.3 (see below).
- National certification in the role and population focus area congruent with your advanced practice nursing educational preparation. The expiration date of the certification will be requested. If the certification expires more than four years from today, leave the certification expiration date blank and fax copies of the certification, to the Boards office (512) 305-7401 - Attn: APN Office, upon completion of the online application.
- Completion of a minimum of 400 hours of practice in your advanced practice role and population focus area within the last 24 calendar months or completion of your advanced practice nursing educational program within the last 24 calendar months
- Completion of a minimum of 20 contact hours of continuing education in your advanced role and population focus area within the last 24 calendar months or completion of your advanced practice nursing educational program with the last 24 calendar months.
In order to submit your application online, you must be applying for APRN licensure in one of the following roles and population focus areas:
- Nurse Anesthetist
- Nurse Practitioner in one of the following population focus areas:
- Acute Care Adult
- Acute Care Pediatric
- Psychiatric/Mental Health
- Women's Health
- Clinical Nurse Specialist in one of the following population focus areas:
- Adult Health/Medical Surgical Nursing
- Critical Care Nursing
- Gerontological Nursing
- Pediatric Nursing
- Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing
If your title does not appear on this list, you may still be able to submit the application online. See Rule 221.7(e) to determine if you may be eligible to use an exempt title. Applications for licensure utilizing exempt titles may be submitted by downloading a complete application packet from our web site. Contact our office if you have questions.
If you completed your program on or after January 1, 1998, you must demonstrate that you have completed separate, dedicated courses in the following subject areas:
- Advanced Physical Assessment that includes a clinical component
- APRN Role Preparation
- Clinical major courses targeted for your advanced practice role and population focus area
- Completion of a practicum/preceptorship/internship within your advanced practice nursing educational program that provided the opportunity to provide direct advanced practice patient care and management under the guidance/supervision of faculty and qualified clinical preceptors
If you completed your program on or after January 1, 2003, your program must have included a minimum of 500 hours of separate, non-duplicated clinical hours in each advanced practice role and population focus area within the advanced practice nursing educational program.
Nurse Licensure Compact
The Texas Board of Nursing entered into the Nurse Licensure Compact for RNs and LVNs and allows nurses in Texas the privilege of practicing in other participating Compact states based on their Texas RN or LVN licenses. As part of the process associated with multistate licensure, all applicants for licensure in Texas must declare their primary state of residence and all states in which they are practicing or intend to practice. Applicants who declare a Compact state, other than Texas, as their primary state of residence must provide evidence of RN licensure in that state in order to be licensed as an APRN in Texas. For information on multistate licensure for RNs and LVNs, please review the Board's Compact section.
Although the Texas Board of Nursing has been granted statutory authority to implement the APRN Compact, it has not done so at this time. Only two other states, Utah and Iowa, have legislative authority to implement the APRN compact. Neither state has implemented the APRN Compact yet.
Applicants must be able to answer "No" to the following questions in order to use the online application. All other applicants may download a complete application packet. Review of applicants with eligibility issues can take three (3) to six (6) months to complete depending on the individual issue(s) that are declared.
- For any criminal offense, including those pending appeal, have you:
- been convicted of a misdemeanor?
- been convicted of a felony?
- pled nolo contendere, no contest, or guilty?
- received deferred adjudication?
- been placed on community supervision or court-ordered probation, whether or not adjudicated guilty?
- been sentenced to serve jail or prison time? Court-ordered confinement?
- been granted pre-trial diversion?
- been arrested or have any pending criminal charges?
- been cited or charged with any violation of the law?
- been subject of a court martial; Article 15 violation; or received any form of military judgment/punishment/action?
- Are you currently the target or subject of a grand jury or governmental agency investigation?
- Has any professional or occupational licensing authority (including Texas) refused to issue you a license (at any level), ever fined, censured, reprimanded or otherwise disciplined you, or ever revoked, annulled, cancelled, accepted surrender of, suspended, placed on probation, or refused to renew a nursing or other professional or occupational license, certificate or multi-state privilege held by you now or previously?
- *Within the past five (5) years, have you been addicted to and/or treated for the use of alcohol or any other drug? (You may answer no if you completed and/or are in compliance with TPAPN).
- *Within the past five (5) years, have you been diagnosed with, treated, or hospitalized for schizophrenia and/or psychotic disorder, bipolar disorder, paranoid personality disorder, antisocial personality disorder, or borderline personality disorder? (You may answer no if you completed and/or are in compliance with TPAPN for mental health).
(You may only exclude Class C misdemeanor traffic violations or offenses previously disclosed to the Texas Board of Nursing on an initial or renewal licensure application.)
NOTE: Expunged and Sealed Offenses: While expunged or sealed offenses, arrests, tickets, or citations need not be disclosed, it is your responsibility to ensure the offense, arrest, ticket or citation has, in fact, been expunged or sealed. It is recommended that you submit a copy of the Court Order expunging or sealing the record in question to our office with your application. Failure to reveal an offense, arrest, ticket, or citation that is not, in fact, expunged or sealed, will, at a minimum, subject your license to a disciplinary fine. Non-disclosure of relevant offenses raises questions related to truthfulness and character.
NOTE: Orders of Non-Disclosure: Pursuant to Tex. Gov't Code § 552.142(b), if you have criminal matters that are the subject of an order of non-disclosure, you are not required to reveal those criminal matters on the application. However, a criminal matter that is the subject of an order of non-disclosure may become a character and fitness issue. Pursuant to other sections of the Gov't Code Chapter 411, the Texas Board of Nursing is entitled to access criminal history record information that is the subject of an order of non-disclosure. If the Board discovers a criminal matter that is the subject of an order of non-disclosure, even if you properly did not reveal that matter, the Board may require you to provide information about any conduct that raises issues of character.
*Pursuant to Occupations Code §301.207, information regarding a person’s diagnosis or treatment for a physical condition, mental condition, or chemical dependency is confidential to the same extent that information collected as part of an investigation is confidential under the Occupations Code §301.466.
If you have questions or require additional clarification please visit the Advanced Practice Information page of our web site.
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