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A.R.S. 32-1635.01 Temporary Nurse Practitioner and Clinical Nurse Specialist Certifications
A.R.S. 32-1634.03 Qualifications for Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist; Temporary Certificate
Temporary Certificate
48 Hour Temporary License (For Emergency Purposes Only)
Prescribing and Dispensing Authority

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Your letter on school letterhead must be sent directly to the Arizona State Board of Nursing. Click here to download a sample letter.

Temporary Certificate

Temporary AP Certificate is available for:

  1. Endorsement applicants who have met all of the above requirements and have been issued a temporary Arizona RN license or hold a current professional license in good standing in another compact party state.
  2. New graduate AP applicants who have met all of the above requirements and are awaiting national certification. Applicant must:
    • Request certifying agency to send verification that you have applied for and are eligible to take or have taken an advanced practice certifying examination in their category or specialty area of practice. Verification must come directly from the certifying agency, directly to AZBN.
    • Provide written authorization to the certifying body to release the certifying examination results to the Board (see temporary
      certification application).

A form to request a temporary certificate is included with the application. In addition to the completed application and requirements as stated above for permanent certification, please note the following:

  • Must submit the required fee.
  • Applicants are ineligible for a temporary certificate if they answer “yes” to the application questions of the application. Issuance of a permanent certificate will also be delayed.
  • A temporary advanced practice certificate will not be issued until official transcripts, and official letter from your school and verification of eligibility to test for national certification from the testing agency are received by AZBN. The temporary certificate will be mailed to the address on your application. A temporary certificate can be held at the Board office for you to pick up, if you submit a written request with your application.
  • The temporary certificate expires in 6 months from date of issue or automatically upon failure of the national certifying exam. (Temporary certificates may be renewed for good cause at the direction of the Executive Director. Temporary certificates do expire due to failure of national certifying exam.)
  • If you do receive a temporary certificate and have not received a permanent certificate at least 10 days before the temporary certificate is due to expire, call Naira Kutnerian at 602-771-7834. 


48 Hour Temporary License (For Emergency Purposes Only)

Meet all requirements making you eligible for a temporary license and:

  1. You must hand carry to the Board office a completed application, including a completed fingerprint card and applicable fees.
  2. You have written documentation on employer's letterhead stating a specific hire date starting within 7 days.
  3. You have NOT mailed in an application to the Board for the same licensure.

Please Note: Applicants holding a current multistate license from another compact state cannot obtain a 48 hour temporary.


Prescribing and Dispensing Authority

Nurse Practitioners & Certified Nurse Midwives seeking prescribing and dispensing privileges must complete question 20 (prescribing & dispensing) AND shall submit written evidence of 45 contact hours of education in pharmacology or clinical management of drug therapy within the three year period immediately preceding this application. You may not prescribe or dispense medications until you receive official notification that prescribing and dispensing authority has been granted. An additional fee for Prescribing & Dispensing is required (see fees on application).

  • Nurse Practitioners or Certified Nurse Midwives must hold current licensure as an RN in Arizona or a compact license with multi state privilege OR
  • Be certified by the Board of Nursing within one of the specialty area(s) identified in the rules of the Board of Nursing at R4-19-501.

DEA Registration Number

If you are going to prescribe and/or dispense controlled substances, you will need to apply to the Drug Enforcement Administration for a DEA number.

  1. A DEA number cannot be obtained until you have received prescribing and/or dispensing authority from the Board.
  2. You must contact the DEA at to obtain an application.
  3. When the DEA number has been obtained you must notify the Board of your number by sending a copy of the Registration Number.

Controlled Substance Prescription Monitoring Program (CSPMP)

Pursuant to R4-19-512(B) in the Nurse Practice Act

An RNP with P & D authority who wishes to prescribe a controlled substance shall obtain a DEA registration number before prescribing a controlled substance. The RNP shall file the DEA registration number with the Board.

When DEA has been obtained you must notify the Board by completing and mailing the Controlled Substance Prescription Monitoring Program (CSPMP) form to the Board of Nursing for each DEA number you obtain.

Important Notice

The Controlled Substance Prescription Monitoring Program (CSPMP) is a statutory program developed to promote the public health and welfare by detecting diversion, abuse and misuse of prescription medications classified as controlled substance under the Arizona Uniform Controlled Substances Act.

Arizona Revised Statues (A.R.S.) § 36-2606, effective December 31, 2015, requires every Arizona medical practitioner, including Nurse Practitioners & Nurse Midwives who intend to obtain a Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) number or who hold one or more DEA registration numbers to also hold a Controlled Substance Prescription Monitoring Program (CSPMP) registration issued by the Arizona State Board of Pharmacy. There is NO fee to the practitioner for this registration.

Helpful Hints On Prescribing and Dispensing Authority

Only Nurse Practitioners/Certified Nurse Midwives who have been certified by the Arizona State Board of Nursing, and meet the other established criteria in R4-19-511 can be granted prescribing/dispensing authority.

The following information is about PRESCRIBING & DISPENSING:

  1. A DEA number (license) is necessary only if you are going to prescribe controlled substances. To obtain this license, the nurse practitioner must apply to the DEA and pay the required fee. Once this license has been obtained, it must be renewed with the DEA. Controlled substances, Class 2, 3, 4, & 5 can be prescribed. Class 2 cannot be refilled. Class 3 and 4 can be refilled for a maximum of 5 refills in six months. Class 5 can be refilled up to a year.
  2. Arizona’s prescriptive authority can only be used in Arizona. It cannot be transferred to another state. Prescriptive laws for nurse practitioners vary from state to state.
  3. P&D authority is contingent upon AP certificate renewal.
  4. Individuals with prescribing and dispensing authority must comply with R4-19-511, R4-19-512, and R4-19-513.
  5. Each renewal period of your DEA number (license) the nurse shall submit a renewed CSPMP form to the Board of Nursing.
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Statement of locations where all notices of the meetings of the Arizona State Board of Nursing will be posted.

Pursuant to A.R.S. §38-431.02(A)(1)(a), the Arizona State Board of Nursing will post all notices of the meetings of the Arizona State Board of Nursing Meetings and any of its committees and subcommittees on the Board's website at Notices will indicate the date, time, and place of the meeting and will include an agenda or information concerning the manner in which the public may obtain an agenda for the meeting.