The following is a list of Frequently Asked Questions about Advanced Practice certification. After you have read the FAQs and you cannot find the answer to your question, please feel free to contact us using the provided form. Select "Licensure Requirements" from the Inquiry Reason drop down menu.
- Who is eligible for APRN or CRNA certification?
Registered Nurses seeking certification as a Nurse Practitioner or Certified Nurse Midwife only shall meet the following requirements:
- Current Arizona RN license in good standing OR current RN license with multistate privileges in another compact state.
- An official transcript directly from the institution attended that provides evidence of:
- A graduate degree with a major in nursing for RNP and CNS applicants.
- An official letter sent directly from the program to AZBN, stating the role and population focus of the program.
- The educational program was:
- Part of a graduate degree/post-master’s program at an accredited institution; OR
- The program was approved or recognized in the U.S jurisdiction of program location for the purpose of granting APRN licensure or certification.
- National Certification or re-certification as an APRN in the role and population focus if certification was issued after 7-1-2004. Exception: a CNS granted a waiver of certification.
- Meets practice requirement by verifying they have:
- Completed an advanced practice nursing education program within the past five years; or
- Practiced for a minimum of 960 hours within the past five years where the nurse:
- Worked for compensation or as a volunteer, as an APRN: OR
- Held a position for compensation or as a volunteer that required, preferred or recommended in the job description, the level of advanced practice certification being sought or renewed.
- If the applicant satisfies all other requirements, the Board shall continue to certify:
- An RNP without a graduate degree with a major in nursing if the applicants:
- Meets all other requirements for certification; and
- Ensures that the U.S jurisdiction of an applicant’s previous RNP licensure/certification submits evidence of certification or licensure in the NP role and population focus that either is current or was current at least six months before the application was received by the board, and was originally issued:
- Before 1-1-2001, if the RNP applicant lacks a graduate degree; or
- Before 11-13-2005 if the RNP’s graduate degree is in a health-related area other than nursing.
- An RNP or CNS applicant without evidence of national certification who received initial APRN certification/licensure in another state before 7-1-2004 and provides evidence, directly from the jurisdiction, that the certification/licensure is current.
- A CNS applicant without evidence of completion of a CNS program who received initial certification of advanced practice licensure in this or another state before 11-13-2005 and provides evidence, directly from the jurisdiction, that the certificate/license is current.
- A CNS applicant who completed a women’s health clinical nurse specialist program that was part of a graduate degree in a nursing program without evidence of national certification upon submission of the following:
- A description of the applicant’s scope of practice that is consistent with the Nurse Practice Act definition R4-19-514.
- One of the following:
- A letter from a faculty member who supervised the applicant during the graduate program attesting to the applicant’s competence to practice within the defined scope of practice; OR
- A letter from a current supervisor verifying the applicant’s competence in the defined scope of practice; OR
- A letter from a physician, RNP, or CNS who has worked with the applicant within the past 2 years attesting to the applicant’s competence in the defined scope of practice and
- Verification that the applicant has practiced a minimum of 500 hours in the population focus within the past 2 years, which may include clinical practice time in a CNS program.
- An RNP without a graduate degree with a major in nursing if the applicants:
- Am I required to have National Certification in order to receive certification?
You are required to have National Certification or re-certification as an APRN in the role and population focus if certification was issued after 7-1-2004. You must have your National Certification sent directly to the Arizona State Board of Nursing from the certifying agency.
- A CNS granted a waiver of certification.
- Am I required to send my transcripts and the official letter directly to AZBN?
Official transcript(s) of the course of study and a letter verifying completion from the educational institution(s) where you took your graduate degree, Advanced Nursing or NP or CNS program must be submitted to the Arizona State Board of Nursing. You must request that the institution send these directly to the Arizona State Board of Nursing. For a sample school letter, see the Advanced Practice Instructions page.
- How long will it take for me to get a certificate?
The Board is required to process applications for certification within certain time periods, per Nurse Practice Act R4-19-102. Applicable statute and section: A.R.S. § 32-1606(B)(11); R4-19-809.
Item Days Board Overall Time Frame Without Investigation 150 Board Overall Time Frame With Investigation 270 Board Administrative Completeness Review Time Frame 30 Applicant Time to Respond to Deficiency Notice 270 Board Substantive Review Time Frame Without Investigation 120 Board Substantive Review Time Frame With Investigation 240 Applicant Time to Respond to Comprehensive Written Request 150
- What are the fees for APRN or CRNA certification?
All fees are in U.S. dollars and are non-refundable.
- Application Fee: $150.00 (required)
- Fingerprint Fee: $ 50.00 (required)
- Temporary Certification Fee: $ 35.00 (optional)
- Prescribing and Dispensing Fee: $150.00 (optional), for RNP’s only
Accepted Payment Methods
- Credit/Debit Card – Complete and include authorization form & submit with the application.
- Personal Checks – Pre-printed with your name/address. Payable to Arizona State Board of Nursing.
- Can I get a temporary certificate?
- A temporary certificate is available for APRNs meeting all requirements.
- 48 hour temporary certificate – For emergency purpose only.
- Temporary certificates will be withdrawn for new grad applicants (NP, CNM who have taken and failed National Certification exam.
For more information on Temporary Certificate go to the Advanced Practice Instructions page.
- Am I required to be fingerprinted?
You are required to submit a full set of fingerprints for the purpose of obtaining State and Federal criminal record checks. You are exempt from this if you have submitted a fingerprint card to the Arizona State Board of Nursing within the previous two years.
- A fingerprint card will be mailed to you when we receive your application.
- The fingerprint card you receive from the Arizona State Board of Nursing must be the card you use for fingerprints, since it has specific agency data pre-printed on it.
- It can take a minimum of 4-5 weeks to receive fingerprint results. You cannot receive permanent licensure until these results are received. Fingerprint Clearance Cards are not acceptable.
- How long does it take for the Board to receive and process my fingerprints?
It can take a minimum of 4-5 weeks to receive fingerprint results back from DPS and the FBI. You cannot receive permanent certification until these results are received. Fingerprint Clearance Cards are not acceptable.
- What are all the steps in the application process?
The list of application processing steps can be found here.
- How can I check on the status of my application?
To check the status of your application, go to License Verification and perform a search for your name or RN license number.
- What is a deficiency notice?
When you submit an application, the Board will send you a deficiency notice identifying any elements of the application process which remain outstanding. If you fail to respond to a deficiency notice within the applicable time period, your application will be withdrawn. After withdrawal, if you are still interested in obtaining licensure you would need to submit a new application and applicable fee.
- How do I renew my APRN or CRNA certification?
Advanced Practice Nurses (APRN)
If you are an Advanced Practice Nurse Practitioner, Certified Nurse Midwife or Clinical Nurse Specialist, your certification will expire when your RN license expires.
Note: Official verification or certification including issue and expiration dates with category/specialty, must be provided directly to the board by the credentialing agency. If available, online verification directly from the agency is acceptable.
Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNA)
If you are a CRNA, that privilege expires when your RN license expires. The Board must receive official certification/re-certification from the National Board on Certification & Re-certification of Nurse Anesthetists in order for you to renew your CRNA privileges.
Note: Arizona State Board of Nursing will obtain online verification directly from the National Board on Certification & Re-certification of Nurse Anesthetists.
- I've been criminally charged or convicted of a felony. What should I do?
Reporting of Criminal Charges
Applicants for licensure/certification must notify the Board of criminal charges within 10 days of being charged. For further information go to Reporting Criminal Charges.
According to A.R.S. § 32-1606(B), an applicant for certified nursing assistant is not eligible for certification if the applicant has any felony convictions and has not received an absolute discharge from the sentences for all felony convictions. The absolute discharge from the sentence for all felony conviction(s) must be received 5 or more years before submitting this application. If you cannot prove that the absolute discharge date is 5 or more years, the Board will notify you that you do not meet the requirements for certification.
- I'm moving here from another state and do not hold a current RN license in Arizona or another compact state. What should I do?
If you are moving here from another state and do not hold a current RN license in Arizona or another compact state, you must complete the RN Endorsement application at the same time you apply for Nurse Practitioner/Certified Nurse Midwife; Prescribing and Dispensing Privileges; Clinical Nurse Specialist. For a list of compact states go to www.ncsbn.org/nlc.htm.
- I want to renew my APRN certification and I have not practiced for 960 hours or graduated from an APRN program in the past 5 years. What should I do?
If you have not practiced for 960 hours in your role and population focus in the past 5 years or have not graduated from an Advanced Practice program within the past 5 years see Rule R4-19-506 in the Nurse Practice Act.
- Do I need to submit proof of citizenship / nationality / alien status if I've already provided this with my RN license?
All applicants must submit a copy of documentation regarding citizenship/nationality/alien status. A copy of the document must be submitted on an 8 1/2 x 11 sheet of plain white paper and submitted with the application. For a list of acceptable documents see Citizenship & Alien Status.