Certification Requirements: Nurse Practitioner
You must be certified and registered as a nurse practitioner (NP) by the New York State Education Department (NYSED) in order to practice as an NP in New York.
NYSED certifies NPs to practice in the following specialty practice areas: Acute Care, Adult Health, College Health, Community Health, Family Health, Gerontology, Holistic Care, Neonatology, Obstetrics/Gynecology, Oncology, Pediatrics, Palliative Care, Perinatology, Psychiatry, School Health, and Women's Health.
To become certified and registered by NYSED as an NP, you must:
- be currently registered and licensed as a registered professional nurse (RN) in New York State;
- have graduated from a nurse practitioner education program acceptable to NYSED or be certified as a nurse practitioner by a national certifying organization acceptable to NYSED;
- complete pharmacology coursework acceptable to NYSED; and
- apply for nurse practitioner certification with NYSED.
You may download NP application forms and instructions for completing the forms from this website. You must mail these forms by regular mail to the NYSED at the address indicated on the form. When you apply for NP certification with NYSED, it is your responsibility to have all required documents and information sent to NYSED.
You are allowed to be certified as an NP in more than one specialty practice area. However, you must file a separate application and pay an additional fee to NYSED for each NP specialty practice area in which you seek certification. In addition, you must also meet the professional study, experience and other criteria applicable to each NP specialty practice area in which you seek certification.
After you have met all requirements for NP certification in a specialty area, NYSED will issue you an NP certificate and a registration certificate.
- Your NP certification is valid for life, unless it is revoked, annulled or suspended by the New York State Board of Regents.
- Your NP registration certificate will authorize you to practice as a NP for 3 years. You must renew your NP registration and your RN registration with NYSED in order to continue practicing as a nurse practitioner. You are not legally allowed to provide nurse practitioner services while your NP or your RN registration is expired.
You should also read the general licensing information applicable for all professions.
The fee for certification and initial registration to practice as a nurse practitioner (NP) in each specialty practice area is $85. ($50 certificate application fee plus a $35 fee for initial registration.)
Fees are subject to change. The fee due is the one in law when your application is received (unless fees are increased retroactively). You will be billed for the difference if fees have been increased.
- Do not send cash.
- Make your personal check or money order payable to the New York State Education Department. Your cancelled check is your receipt.
- Mail your application and fee to:
NYS Education Department
Office of the Professions
PO Box 22063
Albany, NY 12201
NOTE: Payment submitted from outside the United States should be made by check or draft on a United States bank and in United States currency; payments submitted in any other form will not be accepted and will be returned.
Individuals who withdraw their licensure application any time prior to a determination may be entitled to a partial refund.
- For the procedure to withdraw your application, contact the Nurse Practitioner unit at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 518-474-3817 ext. 280 or by fax at 518-474-3398.
- The State Education Department is not responsible for any fees paid to an outside testing or credentials verification agency.
If you withdraw your application, obtain a refund, and then decide to seek New York State certification at a later date, you will be considered a new applicant, and you will be required to pay the certification and registration fees and meet the certification requirements in place at the time of reapplication.
If your mailing address or name changes, you must contact the Department to update your records and provide the following information: your full name, social security number, profession and date of birth. Failure to provide the Department with your change of address or name will delay processing your application.
For address changes you may phone, fax or e-mail:
Phone 518-474-3817 ext. 280
For name changes a fax or e-mail is not acceptable. You must provide written notification of any name change with supporting documentation to:
NYS Education Department, Office of the Professions
Division of Professional Licensing Services
Nurse Practitioner Unit
89 Washington Avenue
Albany, NY 12234-1000
NOTE: Once you are licensed, Education Law requires that you notify the Department of any change in your mailing address or name within 30 days of that change. Failure to do so may be considered professional misconduct. It may also delay renewal and result in late charges to renew the registration of your professional license. You may use our address or name change form ( 20 KB) to notify the Department of a change in your address or name.
Education and Experience Requirements for Nurse Practitioners (NPs)
If you are applying to be certified as an NP, you must provide to the New York State Education Department (NYSED) satisfactory evidence of:
- having completed pharmacology coursework acceptable to NYSED; and,
- having met applicable professional study and experience requirements acceptable to NYSED.
Professional Study and Experience Criteria
To satisfy the professional education and experience requirements for certification as an NP, you must meet the criteria in one of the paragraphs (A, or B) below.
- You must graduate from an education program registered by NYSED as qualifying for NP certification or an education program that is determined by NYSED to be the equivalent to an NP education program registered by NYSED.
- You must obtain certification as an NP by one of the following national certifying organizations:
American Academy of Nurse Practitioners
P.O. Box 12846
Austin, TX 78711
American Association of Critical Care Nurses
Aliso Viejo, CA 92656-4109
(certification for adult nurse practitioners)
American Nurses Credentialing Center
Attn: Verification Specialist
P.O. Box 791321
Baltimore, MD 21279-1321
National Board for Certification of Hospice and Palliative Nurses
One Penn Center West
Pittsburgh, Pa 15276-0100
National Certification Corporation
P.O. Box 11082
Chicago, IL 60611-0082
(Certification for women's health, neonatal and gynecologic/reproductive nurse practitioners.)
Oncology Nursing Certification Corporation
125 Enterprise Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15275
Pediatric Nursing Certification Board
800 South Frederick Avenue, Suite 204
Gaithersburg, MD 20877-4152
Phone 301-330-2921 or 888-641-2767
Pharmacology Coursework Requirements
If you recently graduated from an education program registered by NYSED as qualifying for NP certification, you have already completed NYSED’s pharmacology coursework requirement as part of your studies, and you do not have to take additional pharmacology coursework.
If you did not graduate from an education program registered by NYSED as qualifying for NP certification, you must satisfy the pharmacology coursework requirement by demonstrating to NYSED that you have:
- completed at least three semester hours (or the equivalent) of pharmacology coursework, which covered drug management of clients in the NP specialty practice area in which you wish to practice as well as New York and federal laws relating to prescriptions and record keeping; or
- completed an educational program or a combination of courses which is the substantial equivalent in content and scope to the pharmacology course listed above; or
- passed an examination in pharmacotherapeutics acceptable to NYSED; or
- passed a nationally recognized examination acceptable for licensure in New York State as a physician assistant or for certification as a nurse midwife.
NOTE: If you graduated from an NP education program that is not registered by NYSED and your pharmacotherapeutics course did not cover New York and federal laws related to prescriptions and record keeping, you may contact the following organizations to obtain additional required instruction on these topics:
The Nurse Practitioner Association of New York State
12 Corporate Drive
Clifton Park, NY 12065
The New York State Nurses Association
11 Cornell Road
Latham, NY, 12210-1499
Phone 518-782-9400 ext. 288
Online course New York Prescribing Information for Nurse Practitioners
After being certified and registered as a nurse practitioner (NP) by the New York State Education Department (NYSED), an NP must take additional steps and obtain additional governmental approvals in order to practice or prescribe medications and medical devices. Information about NP practice requirements and prescribing, are available in the NP Practice section of this web site. Questions may also be referred to the Nursing Board Office by e-mailing email@example.com or by calling 518-474-3817 ext. 120, or by faxing 518-474-3706.