Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN)

Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN)

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

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

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

Florida APRN 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 APRN 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 is the State of Florida doing to counteract prescription drug abuse?

In 2009, the Florida legislature adopted a new law to address the state’s growing problem with prescription drug abuse and diversion. Chapter 893.055 established new guidelines for operating pain management clinics and approved development and utilization of a Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (“PDMP”) database to collect controlled substance prescription records from dispensers.

For further information concerning PDMP,

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.

Can I use my specialty nursing certification to fulfill the continuing education requirements to renew my license?

A nurse who is certified by a health care specialty program accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies or the Accreditation Board for Specialty Nursing Certification is exempt from continuing education requirements.

Please note: The CE exemption based on certification does not apply to the 3 hour Safely Prescribing Controlled Substances course requirement or the 2 hour Human Trafficking course requirement.

Do all nurses qualify for the designation as a “Psychiatric” nurse?

No, only an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) who has met the necessary requirements outlined in statute is recognized as a psychiatric nurse.

Pursuant to s.394.455(35), F.S., “Psychiatric nurse” means an advanced practice registered nurse certified under s.464.012 who has a master’s or doctoral degree in psychiatric nursing, holds a national advanced practice certification as a psychiatric mental health advanced practice nurse, and has 2 years of post-master’s clinical experience under the supervision of a physician.

For more information about this advanced practice certification, please visit the “Latest News” section of our website at

Do all nurse practitioners need to file protocols?

Effective June 23, 2017,the Board of Nursing is no longer required to receive, review, or maintain Advanced Practice Registered Nurse protocols.

The sole statutory authority on protocols is Section 464.012(3), F.S. — An advanced practice registered nurse shall perform those functions authorized in this section within the framework of an established protocol which must be maintained onsite at the location or locations at which an advanced practice registered nurse practices. In the case of multiple supervising physicians in the same group, an advanced practice registered nurse must enter into a supervisory protocol with at least one physician within the physician group practice.

Supervising physicians must be licensed by the Florida Board of Medicine, Florida Board of Osteopathic Medicine, or Florida Board of Dentistry.

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

Yes. Effective October 1, 2018: Chapter 2018-106, Laws of Florida transitioned ARNP certification to APRN license.

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

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

Do I need to have a Florida RN license in order to apply for an APRN license?

No, any nurse desiring to be licensed as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse must apply to the department and submit proof that he or she holds a current license to practice professional nursing.

Does an APRN need to send a protocol to the Board of Medicine?

  1. 458.348(1)(a), Florida Statutes, only requires the physician to report the number of APRNs being supervised. You can have the physician complete the form in this link to indicate that a relationship has been established or terminated.

How do I apply for an APRN license if I have a Multi-State Compact RN license in another state?

Any nurse desiring to be certified as an advanced practice registered nurse shall apply to the department and submit proof that he or she holds a current license to practice professional nursing or holds an active multi-state license to practice professional nursing pursuant to Section 464.0095, FS.

Where can I find the application for APRN?

You can apply by using our online services portal at or you may find a PDF version of the application on the Resources page.

Can a Florida RN upgrade to an APRN?

No. The APRN license is independent from the RN license so it will be a different license. You can apply by using our online services portal at or you may find a PDF version of the application on the Resources page.

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.

Do I need malpractice insurance to be licensed?

APRNs 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 APRN 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 Practice Registered Nurse 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 practice registered nurses 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 APRN license. – Dispensing Practitioner Application.

How many contact hours do I need for a full biennium?

All Florida-licensed LPNs, RNs, and APRNs are now in a 24-month renewal cycle and must complete 24 hours of appropriate continuing education during each renewal period. The 24 hours must include two (2) hours on Prevention of Medical Errors, two (2) hours in Laws and Rules that govern the practice of Nursing, (2) hours in recognizing impairment in the workplace and every other biennium thereafter (every 4 years), effective August 1, 2017 and two (2) hours on Human Trafficking, as defined in s.787.06(2), F.S., effective October 1, 2017. HIV/AIDS is now a one-time, 1- hour CE requirement to be completed prior to the first renewal. Domestic Violence (DV) CE is now a 2 hour requirement every third renewal (every 6 years). Since Domestic Violence (DV) is a 2-hour requirement, the licensee will have 26 hours of CE during the renewal period when DV is taken.