Advanced Practice Registered Nurse FAQ
How soon after graduation can I practice as an APRN?
You must apply for initial licensure and receive a temporary permit to practice until you take and receive the results of your certification examination. The temporary permit expires after 90 days.
How can I qualify for the temporary permit?
You must apply for licensure, complete the criminal history record check requirements, and apply as a first-time candidate for the certification examination or awaiting certification results.
Are continuing education hours required for initial licensure?
No. You must be currently licensed as a RN and have completed the requirements for a graduate education program with a nursing focus. See Section 54-05-03.1-04.
What certification examinations does the North Dakota Board of Nursing recognize? See the approved listing on this website at by choosing Licensure/APRN Licensure.
What information does the North Dakota Board of Nursing need when I pass my certification examination?
When you apply for the certification examination, indicate on the form that you would like the results sent to the board office. The Board must have primary source verification of your successful passing of the certification examination.
Can I apply for licensure as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse if my population foci do not have a certification examination at the post-graduate level?
No, As of January 1, 2005 you must have taken a certification examination.
When will I receive full licensure as an APRN?
After you pass the certification examination and notify the board office that you have passed the certification examination you will be issued a full license if you have met all the other requirements.
What happens if I fail the certification examination?
If you fail the first certification examination for which you are eligible you must notify the board. Your temporary permit will be inactivated upon notification to the board. You may practice as an RN during the time you must wait to reapply to retake the certification examination.
Yes, the board must be notified of a change in scope of practice or a change/addition of location of practice. See
Am I restricted to the client population identified in my certification examination?
Yes. You also must submit a Scope of Practice that identifies the population you serve. The Board recognizes the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners’ (NAPNAP) position state on Age parameters. NAPNAP broadly defines the pediatric population care for the PNP’s as all children from birth through 21 years of age and, in specific
Can a Nurse Practitioner work in an Emergency Room?
Yes, if the NP has the knowledge, skills, and abilities to work in the ER, that is an acceptable work environment. However, be sure to include this practice site in your scope of practice along with verification of certifications, i.e. ACLS, PALS, and Trauma Course.
Can a Nurse Practitioner also fill the position of director of nurses?
Yes, if they meet the requirements for the position.
How many continuing education hours are required for renewal of prescriptive authority?
You must have 15 contact hours of education in pharmacology related to the scope of practice within the two-year renewal cycle. For example, if you are renewing in 2011 for the 2012-2013 cycle, the contact hours must have been obtained in 2010 or 2011.
When can I apply for prescriptive authority or a DEA number?
You can apply for prescriptive privileges after you have passed your certification examination and meet the requirements listed in Section 54-05-03.1-09. Once you have been approved by the board for prescriptive authority, you can apply for a DEA number.
Can I write prescriptions for myself or a family member?
According to Section 54-05-03.1-10 (7) you may not prescribe to oneself, spouse, or child any drug legally classified as a controlled substance or recognized as an addictive or dangerous drug. The Board discourages writing prescriptions of any kind to family members.
You must apply for a NPIN number to bill for services.
Can I be reimbursed for services prior to passing the certification examination and becoming fully licensed?
No. You and your employer will need to make other arrangements for billing for services.