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Advanced Practice Registered Nurse-Nurse Practitioner

Nursing and Nursing Support Section

An Advanced Practice Registered Nurse-Nurse Practitioner (APRN-NP) is a registered nurse who has obtained additional education and licensure to manage common health problems and chronic conditions including prescribing treatments and medications.

Most APRN-NPs have a masters or doctoral degree in nursing. All must pass a national certification examination. Nurses educated as either a nurse practitioner or a clinical nurse specialist may qualify for licensure as an APRN-NP if they meet all of the licensure requirements. APRN-NPs practice in collaboration and consultation with physicians and other health care practitioners. APRN-NPs are eligible for federal controlled substance registration. APRN-NPs may prescribe controlled substance Schedules II through V. APRN-NPs may receive samples.


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