When to File APN Application

  • You must be concurrently applying for, or already hold, an active Registered Nurse license either in Delaware or one of these compact states:
    Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Idaho, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Wisconsin

    For important information on how the Nurse Compact affects your Nursing license, see Compact (Multi-State) Licensure on the Board of Nursing website.

  • You must have a:
    • Master's degree, or
    • Post-basic program certificate in a clinical nursing specialty with nursing certification from a national certification body recognized by the Board.
  • You must meet one of these requirements in the role and population focus for which you are applying:
    • Practice in the specialty of either 600 hours over the past two years or 1,500 hours over the past five years, or
    • Graduation from the specialty program with the past two years.
  • To practice in Delaware, APNs are required to have a collaborative agreement (Section 8.4 of the Board's Rules and Regulations) at each individual business/practice where they will be practicing. Although you may apply for an APN license without a collaborative agreement, you are not permitted to start practicing as an APN in Delaware until your APN license or a temporary permit has been issued and you have a collaborative agreement.
  • If you wish to be licensed to practice more than one APN specialty, you must file a separate application for each specialty.
  • If your application is not complete within one year of filing, it may be considered abandoned and discarded.
  • When it is issued, your APN license will have the same expiration date and come up for renewal at the same time as your Delaware RN license.

Requirements for All Applicants

The following are required of all APN applicants unless otherwise stated.

  • Submit completed, signed and notarized Application for Licensure as an Advanced Practice Nurse form.
    • Follow instructions carefully. You must answer all questions unless the instruction says to skip them. Do not leave answers blank if the instruction says to enter them. If an answer is “none,” enter None. Incomplete applications will be rejected.
    • Read the AFFIDAVIT section and sign the application in front of a notary public. Forms that are unsigned or not notarized will be rejected.
  • Enclose the non-refundable processing fee by check or money order made payable to "State of Delaware."
  • Unless you are applying for a Delaware RN at the same time, complete the Authorization for Release of Information form to request a State of Delaware and Federal Bureau of Investigation criminal background check. Follow the instructions on the form to arrange to be fingerprinted.
  • Unless you are applying for a Delaware RN at the same time, enclose a copy of your driver's license or official identification card from the Division of Motor Vehicles.
  • Arrange for the Board office to receive an official transcript sent directly from your APN program to the Board office.
  • Enclose a copy of your original certification notice or current re-certification card with your application.
  • Complete the applicant section of the Verification of National Certification form. Send it to the organization that issued your national certification.
    • There may be a fee.
    • After completing the form, the organization must return the form directly to the Board office. Forms received from you will be rejected.
  • If you have a collaborative agreement(s), submit a Collaborative Agreement form for each individual business/practice where you will be practicing in Delaware (Section 8.4 of the Board's Rules and Regulations). Who should sign the CERTIFICATION OF COLLABORATIVE AGREEMENT section of the form depends on whether you are applying for prescriptive authority and controlled substance registration (CSR) as well as APN licensure. This table shows who should sign the Collaborative Agreement form on behalf of each business/practice:

IF you are...

THEN the person signing the certification...

not applying for prescriptive authority

may be either a designee of the health care system or a DE-licensed physician, podiatrist or dentist.

applying only for prescriptive authority (non-controlled substances only)

applying for both prescriptive authority and CSR

must be a a DE-licensed physician, podiatrist or dentist.

    • If you do not have a collaborative agreement when you file this application, you must file a Collaborative Agreement Information form before you begin to practice as an APN in Delaware
    • You must have a collaborative agreement at each business/practice where you will be practicing. For example, if you are employed by a hospital and by a primary care practice and you will be practicing as an APN at both, you must complete a form for the hospital and a separate form for the primary care practice.
    • If a business/practice has multiple Delaware locations where you will be practicing, you need only complete one form for the business/practice. You may use the main location of the business/practice as the address. For example, if you work for a primary care practice that has offices in two Delaware towns, complete only one form for the practice.

Temporary APN Permit

If you wish to apply for a Temporary APN Permit, see Temporary APN Permit.

Requirements for Prescriptive Authority