Department of State: Division of Professional Regulation: Board of Nursing

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Advanced Practice Nurse License


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, Delaware, Idaho, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Missouri, Mississippi, 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.

  • 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, if certification is available.

  • The practice requirement depends on whether national certification is available for your specialty.

    IF national certification is... THEN you must meet one of these requirements:

    available

    • Practice in the specialty for which you are applying of either 600 hours over the past two years or 1500 hours over the past five years, or
    • Graduation from the specialty program within the past two years.

    not available

    • Practice in the specialty for which you are applying of 1000 hours over the past two years, or
    • Completion of a period of at least 1000 hours of supervised practice. Contact the Board office.

  • 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 six months 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.

  • Unless you are applying for a Delaware RN at the same time, complete the Authorization for Release of Information form to request a criminal background check. Follow the instructions on the form to arrange to be fingerprinted.

  • Submit completed, signed and notarized Application for Licensure as an Advanced Practice Nurse form. Forms that are incomplete, 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, 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.

  • If your specialty requires national certification, enclose a copy of your original certification notice or current re-certification card with your application and submit proof of national certification as shown in this table.

    IF your specialty is...

    THEN enclose copy of certification notice/card and...

    CRNA

    The Board office will verify your certification online.

    Neonatal NP

    Complete online verification request on www.nccwebsite.org.

    Any other

    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 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.

  • If you have never been issued a United States Social Security Number (SSN), submit a Request for Exemption from Social Security Number Requirement.

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Last Updated: Thursday, 11-Apr-2013 13:21:18 EDT
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