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Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN)

Program Requirements for Advanced Practice Registered Nursing Licensure in New Hampshire.

Students may be eligible to apply for APRN licensure in the state. Applicants must be registered nurses in New Hampshire, and must have completed an advanced nursing program accredited by an agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. This program must include at least 225 hours of theoretical nursing content, and at least 480 hours of clinical nursing practice including a precepted experience and pharmacological interventions. Finally, applicants must have passed a certifying exam administered by an authorized agency. List of Authorized Agencies.

Recognized certifications for Nurse Practitioners (NP):

  • APRN-NP: Acute Care NP, Adult Acute Care NP, Adult NP, Adult Psychiatric Mental Health NP, Emergency/Trauma NP, Family  NP, Psychiatric Mental Health NP, Gerontology NP, Neonatal NP,  Pediatric NP, Women's Health NP, Certified Nurse Mid Wife.
  • APRN-NH: Adult Gerontology Acute Care NP, Gerontology NP
  • APRN-Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist
  • APRN Licensure Certification Examination pdf file
  • National Certification

APRN Licensure and Certification Requirement

  • The NH Board of Nursing will be transitioning to a new licensing system - My License (MLO) by the end of April 2016. Pursuant to Nur 401.04, please be sure that your APRN certification is current when renewing your APRN license. If it is not, the system will trigger an alert to board staff to inactivate the license, which will then require a reinstatement application to be completed.
  • The Board Appointed Liaison Committee provides oversight and recommendations to the board regarding APRN issues and questions. The committee meets on a regular basis at the Board Please refer to the home page for posted public meetings. If you have an issue or question regarding advanced practice, please complete a clinical practice inquiry by going to the "Nursing Practice" section of this website and /or sending an email to board.questions@oplc.nh.gov.
  • APRN's licensed in New Hampshire must maintain certification of specialty from a nationally recognized certification organization as a requirement of licensure.
  • An APRN whose certification lapses is considered to have an invalid New Hampshire APRN license and if s/he continues to practice in the APRN role, is considered practicing without a license.
  • Senate Bill 66 (effective 07/21/2009) has changed the ARNP designation to APRN.

New and Renewal Application

Resources for APRNs

APRN Scope of Practice:

NH APRN Licensure Survey

The NH Division of Public Health Services, in partnership with the NH Board of Nursing, is collecting key practice and capacity data from licensed APRNs as a part of license renewal. Pursuant to RSA 326-B:9-a, licensees are "required, as part of the license renewal process," to complete the survey. However, providers may also opt out of participation by sending the opt-out form found on the Health Professions Data Center website.
The individual data collected will be confidential and protected. Aggregated data will be used for statewide healthcare workforce planning, assessment, planning and emergency preparedness. Data summaries will be released by the Health Professions Data Center, annually, for public consumption.

For APRNs due to renew between 7/1/2019 and 6/30/2020, to begin the renewal process, please complete the 2019/2020 APRN Licensure Survey. Please contact the Health Professions Data Center at NHAPRNSurvey@dhhs.nh.gov with questions or concerns.

Opioid Prescribing

New Releases by CDC in Opioid Overdose Prevention, April 2017

DEA Changes Registration PDMP and Renewal Process

As of January 2017, Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will no longer send its second renewal notification by mail. Instead, an electronic reminder to renew will be sent to the email address associated with the DEA registration.

In addition, DEA will retain its current policy and procedures with respect to renewal and reinstatement of registration. The policy is described below.

If a renewal application is submitted in a timely manner prior to expiration, the registrant may continue operations, authorized by the registration, beyond the expiration date until final action is taken on the application.

DEA allows the reinstatement of an expired registration for one calendar month after the expiration date. If the registration is not renewed within that calendar month, an application for a new DEA registration will be required.

Regardless of whether a registration is reinstated within the calendar month after expiration, federal law prohibits the handling of controlled substances or List 1 chemicals for any period of time under an expired registration.

Additional information is available on the DEA Diversion Control Division website.

Clinical Resources

General Information

At the November 21st, 2019 Board of Nursing Meeting, the Board reaffirms that the term “nurse anesthesiologist” has been demonstrated not to be confusing to the public or to violate the Nurse Practice Act. However, based on the Board of Medicine declaratory ruling decision it is advised to review the declaratory ruling regarding the use of the term “nurse anesthesiologist” in the state of New Hampshire.

Resources for APRN Practice

Portable Document Format Symbol Portable Document Format (.pdf). Visit nh.gov for a list of free .pdf readers for a variety of operating systems.


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