What are the education requirements for an advanced practice registered nurse (APRN) in Ohio?

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What are the education requirements for an advanced practice registered nurse (APRN) in Ohio?

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The Ohio Board of Nursing requires that applicants for licensure as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) already hold a valid license as a Registered Nurse (RN). To become licensed as an RN in Ohio, applicants must have:

  • Complete an approved nursing education program and submit documentation providing proof of successful completion (i.e., transcripts)
  • Register for and successfully pass the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX)
  • Submit a completed application for RN licensure to the Ohio Board of Nursing

Obtaining RN licensure is only the first step in becoming a licensed APRN in Ohio. Prospective APRNs will need to complete graduate-level education and obtain a master's degree at minimum in a nursing specialty. Applicants will also need to obtain a national certification in their chosen nursing specialty that has been approved by the Ohio Board of Nursing. There are also Continuing Education (CE) requirements that applicants will need to complete, though requirements for CE will vary depending on their chosen nursing specialty.

For more information on licensure for nurse practitioners, check out this article: Nurse Practitioner License and Certification Information

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