When to Apply for Licensure
To apply for an APRN license, you must:
- Have a Master’s degree or a Post-basic program certificate in a clinical nursing specialty with nursing certification from a national certification body recognized by the Board.
- Meet one of these requirements in the role and population focus for which you are applying:
- Practiced in the specialty of either 600 hours over the past two years or 1,500 hours over the past five years, OR
- Graduated from the specialty program within the past two years.
APRN License Types:
|Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA)
||Certified Nurse Midwife
|Certified Nurse Practitioner (NP):
||Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS):
Information on How to Apply for a License in DELPROS
All applications are submitted our online system DELPROS. We no longer accept paper applications.
PRIOR TO APPLYING
In order to apply for a license or submit a service request, you must first have a DELPROS user account. To LOG IN or CREATE a DELPROS (Delaware Professional Regulation Online Services) user account:
- Go to: https://delpros.delaware.gov/OH_HomePage.
- Click GO on the Apply/Manage a License and Service Requests tile.
- If you do not have a DELPROS user account, click the REGISTER button on the left side of page for NEW USERS.
- If you already have a DELPROS user account, enter your email address and password on the right side for EXISTING USERS and click the LOGIN button.
DELPROS allows you to save your incomplete application and return to it later to finish the process. You only have six (6) months to submit your application once you begin.
- If you do not submit your application within six months of starting it, you will be required to restart the entire online application again.
You may check the status of your application online throughout the entire application process by using the “View Application Status” feature in DELPROS on your e-License dashboard.
KNOW YOUR REQUIREMENTS AND COLLECT YOUR DOCUMENTS
- Know the requirements for the license you are pursuing.
- Request and gather all documents required to upload on the Attachments page. All information and forms are located on your profession’s webpages.
ATTACHING AND ACKNOWLEDGING DOCUMENTS
On the ATTACHMENTS page of your application, you may be instructed to:
- either “attach” or “upload” the required document(s) directly to your application. This means you will find the document(s) saved on your computer or device and upload it to your application.
- click “acknowledge.” This means you will either mail the documents yourself or request the “third-party” to mail the document(s) directly to the Board office.
- Examples of “third-party forms” are transcripts from schools, employment verifications from a supervisor, or license verifications from another state.
- Forms requiring a supervisor signature, seal, or notary may have to be MAILED to the Board office directly UNLESS the document specifically indicates to UPLOAD the document.
In addition to submitting the application and fee in DELPROS, you must submit:
- A State of Delaware and Federal Bureau of Investigation criminal background check (CBC). Follow the instructions on the Criminal History Record Check Authorization form to arrange to be fingerprinted. Submit both the form and payment to the State Bureau of Identification (SBI). Do not send these forms to the Board office.
- Allow at least four weeks for the SBI to send criminal history records to the Board office.
- A new criminal background check is required even if you recently had a criminal background check done for some other reason besides Delaware Nursing licensure.
- A copy of your driver’s license or official identification card from the Division of Motor Vehicles.
- An official transcript sent from your APRN program to the Board office.
- A copy of your original certification notice or current re-certification card with your application.
- A self-query from the National Practitioner Data Bank (NPDB) website at www.npdb.hrsa.gov. The self-query report will be mailed to your address. When you receive the report, submit the original report to the Board office.
Collaborative Agreement Information
- If a collaborative agreement is required, you may submit an application before you have one, but you are not allowed to start practicing in Delaware until your APRN license (or a temporary permit) has been issued and you have a collaborative agreement at each individual business/practice where you will be practicing.
- You are required to have a collaborative agreement(s) only if you have practiced as an APRN less than two years or fewer than 4,000 hours. For example, if you are a new graduate APRN who has practiced almost two years, you must have a collaborative agreement even if you have already attained 4,000 or more hours.
- You must maintain a collaborative agreement until you have practiced as an APRN for at least two years and at least 4,000 hours.
- If you are required to have a collaborative agreement(s) to practice in Delaware, a form for each individual business/practice where you will practice in Delaware. If you do not have a collaborative agreement when you submit your application, you must obtain a collaborator and submit a Report of Collaborative Agreement Change form before you begin to practice as an APRN in Delaware.
- You must have a collaborative agreement at each business/practice where you practice. For example, if you are employed by a hospital and by a primary care practice and you will practice as an APRN 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 practice, you only need to 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 Permits, Prescriptive Authority, Controlled Substance Registration, and Independent Practice Information
- As part of the new online licensing portal application process, you will automatically get prescriptive authority for non-controlled substances with your APRN license.
If you hold a Delaware RN license, your APRN license will have the same expiration date and come up for renewal at the same time as your Delaware RN license. However, if you hold an RN license in another compact state, your APRN license will expire on 9/30 of odd years.