Application Forms - Advanced Practice Registered Nurse
The fastest way to become licensed as an advanced practice registered nurse (APRN) in Texas is to submit all of the required documents together. Applications that are complete, correct and are received with all the required documents needed for licensure are expedited. If any of the information on your application is incorrect, incomplete or illegible, review of the application may be delayed. During graduation season, the volume increases exponentially and we sometimes experience delays. Our resources are limited and we are reviewing applications as quickly as possible. The 30 day timeline referred to on the website is an internal timeframe we attempt to meet when possible. We truly appreciate your patience with the review process.
For an in-depth demonstration on the Advanced Practice Registered Nurse Application Process, please click here.
Requirements for Texas APRN Licensure - With Optional Prescriptive Authority
- Required fee is $100 for APRN licensure only. If you are requesting APRN licensure with prescriptive authority, the required fee is $150. This fee is nonrefundable.
- Texas RN licensure or RN licensure with compact privilege from a state that is party to the Nurse Licensure Compact for RNs and LVNs.
- Completion of an advanced practice nursing educational program accredited by an organization recognized by the Board that complies with the requirements in Rule 221.3 (see below).
- National certification in the role and population focus area congruent with your advanced practice nursing educational preparation. The expiration date of the certification will be requested. If the certification expires more than four years from today, leave the certification expiration date blank and fax copies of the certification, to the Boards office (512) 305-7401 - Attn: APRN Office, upon completion of the online application.
- Completion of a minimum of 400 hours of practice in your advanced practice role and population focus area within the last 24 calendar months or completion of your advanced practice nursing educational program within the last 24 calendar months
- Completion of a minimum of 20 contact hours of continuing nursing education in your advanced role and population focus area within the last 24 calendar months or completion of your advanced practice nursing educational program with the last 24 calendar months.
In order to submit your application online, you must be applying for APRN licensure in one of the following roles and population focus areas:
- Nurse Anesthetist
- Nurse Practitioner in one of the following population focus areas:
- Acute Care Adult
- Acute Care Adult/Gerontology
- Acute Care Pediatric
- Psychiatric/Mental Health
- Women's Health
- Clinical Nurse Specialist in one of the following population focus areas:
- Adult Health/Medical Surgical Nursing
- Adult/Gerontology Nursing
- Critical Care Nursing
- Gerontological Nursing
- Pediatric Nursing
- Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing
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.
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:
- Advanced Physical Assessment that includes a clinical component
- APRN Role Preparation
- Clinical major courses targeted for your advanced practice role and population focus area
- Completion of a practicum/preceptorship/internship within your advanced practice nursing educational program that provided the opportunity to provide direct advanced practice patient care and management under the guidance/supervision of faculty and qualified clinical preceptors
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.
Application for Initial APRN Licensure
Applicants wishing to apply for an APRN license in Texas can do so by:
Online: Online APRN Application