Nurse Practitioner

This document provides useful information for nurse practitioners.



The Board of Regents and the NYS Education Department oversee the preparation, licensure, and practice of the professions. A professional license is the authorization to practice and use a professional title in New York State. If you meet all the licensure requirements, you will be issued a license number and be entitled to practice in New York State as of the effective date of licensure. To practice in New York under the authority of your license, you must register every three years (two years for medicine). You are automatically registered for your first registration period when your license is issued.

A nurse practitioner is an RN (registered professional nurse) who has earned a special certification through additional education and experience. Nurse practitioners may diagnose, treat, and prescribe within their specialty area of practice. This must be done in collaboration with a licensed physician qualified to collaborate in the specialty involved in accordance with their approved written practice agreement and protocols. Nurse practitioner specialty areas include: Adult Health; College Health; Community Health; Family Health; Gerontology; Neonatology; Obstetrics and Gynecology; Oncology; Pediatrics; Perinatology; Psychiatry; School Health; Women's Health.

To obtain a license application or information, contact the NYS Education Department, Office of the Professions or visit their website. The website provides a summary of the requirements for licensure or certification, links to applicable laws and regulations, as well as the required application forms.

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