Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner (ARNP)

Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner (ARNP)

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Does the Florida Board of Nursing maintain of list of approved ARNP programs?

The Florida Board of Nursing does not complete a primary source verification of education for all of its Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioners (ARNP).

We do not maintain a list of “approved” ARNP programs.

Florida ARNP applicants are required to hold an RN license, a master’s degree or post-master’s certificate in a nursing clinical specialty area and national advanced practice certification from an approved nursing specialty board. The certification requirements for all the Board approved certifying bodies mirror the licensure requirements for Florida. Therefore, we only require proof of the applicant’s national certification and an official transcript.

Rule 64B9-4.002(3), F.A.C., provides the professional or national nursing specialty boards recognized by the Board. You may find the full rule on the web at:

Please visit your prospective certifying body’s website, i.e. the ANCC, for additional information regarding ARNP certification eligibility requirements.

Generally, certifying bodies require a program to be accredited by CCNE or ACEN (formerly NLNAC) and to include advanced pathophysiology, advanced health assessment, and advanced pharmacology, a minimum of 500 faculty-supervised clinical hours, and content in health promotion and disease management.

What can I do to determine if a nursing task which includes procedures/treatments is within my scope of practice?

Nurses have the option of filing a “Petition for Declaratory Statement”.
In many instances nursing duties and responsibilities are not specifically addressed in the Florida Nurse Practice Act (Chapter 464, FS), or the Rules of the Florida Board of Nursing (Title 64B9, Florida Administrative Codes)

Declaratory statements are an agency’s opinion as to the applicability of a statutory provision, or of any rule or order of the agency, as it applies to the petitioner’s particular set of circumstances (s. 120.565, F.S.). This page is a listing of declaratory statements.

Requests to file a “Petition for Declaratory Statement” can be located by selecting the link below:

What is the process for acquiring a DEA registration number from the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)?

To apply for a registration number or for registration support, please visit the DEA Office of Diversion Control website at:

Registration numbers are linked to state licenses and may be suspended or revoked upon any disciplinary action taken against a licensee.

Where can I find the application for ARNP?

You can find the application on the Resources page. You can also click here to download the PDF.

Do I get two separate licenses; one for my RN license and one for my ARNP?

No. In Florida the ARNP certification is an upgrade of the RN license resulting in only one license that is both an RN and an ARNP license.

Are there different applications for Florida RNs upgrading to ARNP and ARNPs from other states?

No. The application is the same. You can find the application on the Resources page. You can also click here to download the PDF.

How long will it take to get my license?

There is no set timeframe for approval of an application. We process applications in date order received. Applications are processed as quickly as possible, but timeframes vary based on the number of applications received and on the length of time it takes receive all necessary documentation.

What qualifications must I have completed to qualify as an ARNP?

Effective July 1, 2006, all specialties of Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner applying for licensure in Florida must provide proof of National Certification.

Exception: A one year provisional license may be issued to Certified Nurse Midwives and Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists who have graduated within one year from the date of application and who are not Nationally Certified. Applicants wishing to receive the provisional license must have their educational facility complete and send in an original Verification of Successful Completion (VSC) and original transcript(s).

Do I need malpractice insurance to be licensed?

ARNPs practicing in Florida are required to be covered by malpractice insurance unless they qualify for an exemption listed on the Financial Responsibility Form.

The Financial Responsibility form must be completed and filed with the board office before ARNP certification is granted. This form is included in the initial application and is also available separately on the Resources page.

Do I need National Certification?

Yes. Effective July 1, 2006, all specialties of Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner applying for licensure in Florida must provide proof of National Certification.

How do I submit proof of National Certification?

The national certifying body can submit proof of your certification directly to the board. Applicants may also submit proof by sending in a notarized copy of their certification.

What national nursing specialty certification boards are recognized by the Florida Board of Nursing?

Rule 64B9-4.002(3), F.A.C., provides the professional or national nursing specialty
boards recognized by the Board. You can find the full rule on the web at:

Advanced registered nurse practitioners certified under s. 464.012 must complete at least 3 hours of continuing education on the safe and effective prescription of controlled substances. The 3 hour course is not included in the exemption.

What type of information should be included on the prescription pad?

Pharmacy rules require that all the information necessary to properly label the prescription container be included on the prescription. The pharmacist is required to put the prescriber’s name on the medication label.

Do I need a dispensing license?

If it is in your protocols that you are to dispense medications for a fee, you must contact the Board office to be authorized to dispense. Dispensing is writing and filling a prescription and selling the medication to a patient. Giving samples is not dispensing. The dispensing license must also be renewed when renewing your ARNP license. – Dispensing Practitioner Application.