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Professional Regulation

Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) License



When to Apply for Licensure

To apply for an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (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):
Adult/Gerontology Adult/Gerontology
Family Family
Psych/Mental Health Psych/Mental Health
Neonatal Neonatal
Pediatric Pediatric
Women’s Health/Gender-Related Women’s Health/Gender-Related


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:

  1. Go to: https://delpros.delaware.gov/OH_HomePage.
  2. Click GO on the Apply/Manage a License and Service Requests tile.
  3. If you do not have a DELPROS user account, click the REGISTER button on the left side of page for NEW USERS.
  4. 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

  1. Know the requirements for the license you are pursuing.
  2. 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.


Requirements

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.


Temporary Permits, Prescriptive Authority, and Controlled Substance Registration 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.


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