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Eligibility Page for Online APRN Application



Requirements for Texas APRN Licensure - With Optional Prescriptive Authority

Titles

In order to submit your application online, you must be applying for APRN licensure in one of the following roles and population focus areas:

If your title does not appear on this list, you may still be able to submit the application online. See Rule 221.7(e) to determine if you may be eligible to use an exempt title. Applications for licensure utilizing exempt titles may be submitted by downloading a complete application packet from our web site. Contact our office if you have questions.

Educational Requirements:

If you completed your program on or after January 1, 1998, you must demonstrate that you have completed separate, dedicated courses in the following subject areas:

If you completed your program on or after January 1, 2003, your program must have included a minimum of 500 hours of separate, non-duplicated clinical hours in each advanced practice role and population focus area within the advanced practice nursing educational program.

Nurse Licensure Compact

The Texas Board of Nursing entered into the Nurse Licensure Compact for RNs and LVNs and allows nurses in Texas the privilege of practicing in other participating Compact states based on their Texas RN or LVN licenses. As part of the process associated with multistate licensure, all applicants for licensure in Texas must declare their primary state of residence and all states in which they are practicing or intend to practice. Applicants who declare a Compact state, other than Texas, as their primary state of residence must provide evidence of RN licensure in that state in order to be licensed as an APRN in Texas. For information on multistate licensure for RNs and LVNs, please review the Board's Compact section.

Although the Texas Board of Nursing has been granted statutory authority to implement the APRN Compact, it has not done so at this time. Only two other states, Utah and Iowa, have legislative authority to implement the APRN compact. Neither state has implemented the APRN Compact yet.

Eligibility Issues

Applicants must be able to answer "No" to the following questions in order to use the online application. All other applicants may download a complete application packet. Review of applicants with eligibility issues can take three (3) to six (6) months to complete depending on the individual issue(s) that are declared.

If you have questions or require additional clarification please visit the Advanced Practice Information page of our web site.

You may contact us via e-mail at apn@bon.texas.gov.