When to File APRN Application
- You must be concurrently applying for, or already hold, an active Registered Nurse (RN) license either in Delaware or an Enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact (eNLC) state. For important information on how the eNLC affects your Nursing license, see Multistate 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.
- 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 within the past two years.
- If you wish to be licensed to practice more than one APRN specialty, you must file a separate application for each specialty.
- To practice as an APRN in Delaware, you must have a collaborative agreement only if you have practiced as an APRN less than two years or fewer than 4,000 hours. See 24 Del. C. §1936.
- If a collaborative agreement is required, you may file this 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 must maintain a collaborative agreement until you have practiced as an APRN for at least two years and at least 4,000 hours.
- If your application is not complete within one year of filing, it may be considered abandoned and discarded.
- 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.
Requirements for All Applicants
The following are required of all APRN applicants unless otherwise stated.
- Submit completed, signed and notarized Application for Licensure as an Advanced Practice Registered 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.” If submitted without this processing fee, your application will be rejected. Even if your application is not approved, the processing fee will not be refunded.
- 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. You must meet this requirement even if you recently had a criminal background check done for another reason.
- 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 APRN 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.
- Request 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.
- If you are required to have a collaborative agreement(s) to practice in Delaware, submit a Collaborative Agreement form for each individual business/practice where you will be practicing in Delaware. If you do not have a collaborative agreement when you file this application, you must obtain a collaborator and file a Report of Collaborative Agreement Change form before you begin to practice as an APRN in Delaware.
- 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 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 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 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.
Temporary APRN Permit
If you wish to apply for a Temporary APRN Permit, see Temporary APRN Permit.
Requirements for Prescriptive Authority
Requirements for Independent Practice
If you wish to apply for Independent Practice, see Independent Practice.