License Requirements: Nurse Practitioner

General Requirements | Fees | Partial Refunds | Address or Name Changes | Professional Conduct | Education Requirements | Prescription Forms | Collaborative Agreements and Protocol Text | Approved Protocol Texts

General Requirements

Use of the title "Nurse Practitioner" within New York requires a certificate issued by the New York State Education Department.

To receive a certificate to practice as a nurse practitioner in New York State you must:

  • have a currently registered New York State license as a Registered Professional Nurse (RN); and
  • meet education requirements

A nurse practitioner is certified to practice in a specific specialty area. You may be authorized in more than one specialty. Current specialty areas are: Acute Care, Adult Health, College Health, Community Health, Family Health, Gerontology, Holistic Care, Neonatology, Obstetrics/Gynecology, Oncology, Pediatrics, Palliative Care, Perinatology, Psychiatry, School Health, Women's Health.

You must file an Application for a Certificate (Form 1) for each specialty area you want to be authorized in and all other forms indicated to demonstrate that you have satisfied the education requirements specific to that specialty area, along with the appropriate fee, to the Office of the Professions at the address specified on each form. It is your responsibility to follow up with anyone you have asked to send us material.

Once authorized, you must maintain the registration of your RN license and your NP certificate in order to practice as a nurse practitioner.

The specific requirements for certification are contained in Title 8, Article 139, Section 6910 of New York's Education Law and Part 64 of the Commissioner's Regulations. For additional information regarding legal requirements for licensed professionals, see the section below on professional conduct.

You should also read the general licensing information applicable for all professions.


The fee for a certificate in each nurse practitioner specialty 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.

Partial Refunds

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 or by calling 518-474-3817 ext. 270 or by fax at 518-402-5354.
  • 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.

Address or Name Changes

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. 270
TDD/TTY 518-473-1426
Fax 518-402-5354

For name changes a fax or e-mail is not acceptable. You must provide written notification of any name change with an original notarized signature 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 ( PDF 20 KB) to notify the Department of a change in your address or name.

Professional Conduct

All licensed practitioners must adhere to rules of professional conduct. The Education Law includes definitions of professional misconduct, and the Board of Regents has adopted rules defining unprofessional conduct for all professions. Every licensee is also governed by a set of laws, rules, and regulations for the practice of that specific profession.

See Title 8 of the NYS Education Law and Part 29 of the Rules of the Board of Regents for specific information.

Education Requirements

To satisfy the education requirements for certification as a nurse practitioner, you must present evidence of satisfying the requirements of A or B or C below. Additionally, you must meet the requirements for D below.

  1. Completion of a nurse practitioner educational program registered by the New York State Education Department as qualifying for certification, or a program determined by the Department to be equivalent to a registered program, which is designed and conducted to prepare graduates to practice as nurse practitioners.

  2. Certification as a nurse practitioner by one of the following national certifying organizations:

    American Academy of Nurse Practitioners
    P.O. Box 12846
    Austin, TX 78711
    Phone 512-442-4262
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    American Nurses Credentialing Center
    Attn: Verification Specialist
    P.O. Box 791321
    Baltimore, MD 21279-1321
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    National Board for Certification of Hospice and Palliative Nurses
    One Penn Center West
    Pittsburgh, Pa 15276-0100
    Phone 412-787-1057

    National Certification Corporation
    (Formerly NAACOG)
    P.O. Box 11082
    Chicago, IL 60611-0082
    Phone 312-951-0207
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    (Certification for women's health, neonatal and gynecologic/reproductive nurse practitioners.)

    Oncology Nursing Certification Corporation
    125 Enterprise Drive
    Pittsburgh, PA 15275
    Phone 877-769-6622
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    Pediatric Nursing Certification Board
    800 South Frederick Avenue, Suite 204
    Gaithersburg, MD 20877-4152
    Phone 301-330-2921 or 888-641-2767
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  3. Satisfaction of alternative certification requirements for graduates of nurse practitioner programs prior to April 1, 1989, as follows:
    • completion of at least a four-week long (full-time) nurse practitioner program prior to April 1, 1989; and either
    • two years of experience prior to April 1, 1989, of which one year must be after April 1, 1986, in the provision of primary health care services in a health care facility licensed pursuant to Article 28 of the Public Health Law or in a school health demonstration project; or
    • completion of a supplemental educational program culminating in the successful completion of a comprehensive examination or clinical evaluation. (Registered nurses should contact currently registered nurse practitioner programs for information about admission to their programs with advanced placement.)


  4. Satisfaction of the pharmacotherapeutic requirement (for all applicants, regardless of whether A, B, or C above was completed). You must document:
    • completion of not less than three semester hours, or the equivalent, in pharmacotherapeutics to include instruction in drug management of clients in the nurse practitioner specialty area and instruction in New York State and Federal laws and regulations relating to prescriptions and record keeping; or
    • completion of an educational program or a combination of courses which is the substantial equivalent in content and scope to the pharmacotherapeutics course listed above; or
    • satisfactory completion of an examination in pharmacotherapeutics acceptable to the Department; or
    • satisfactory completion of 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 have completed a program other than a New York State licensure-qualifying program and/or your pharmacotherapeutics course did not include instruction in New York State and Federal laws and regulations related to prescriptions and record keeping, you may contact the following professional associations for required instruction:

      The Nurse Practitioner Association of New York State
      12 Corporate Drive
      Clifton Park, NY 12065
      Phone 518-348-0719
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      The New York State Nurses Association
      11 Cornell Road
      Latham, NY, 12210-1499
      Phone 518-782-9400 ext. 288
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      Online course New York Prescribing Information for Nurse Practitioners External Link Icon

Prescription Forms

If you satisfy all requirements for a certificate as a nurse practitioner, you will be authorized to issue prescriptions pursuant to Section 6902 (3) (b) of the Education Law.

New York State Prescription Forms may be obtained from:

New York State Department of Health
Bureau of Narcotic Enforcement
433 River Street, Suite 303
Troy, NY 12180
Phone 866-811-7957 or 518-402-0708

National Provider Identifier (NPI)

All health care providers - including those serving Medicare beneficiaries - are now required to apply for a new National Provider Identifier (NPI) that will be used in all electronic health care transactions. The NPI will replace all other provider identifiers currently being used. The National Provider Identifier initiative was mandated by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) and requires that NPIs be used by health plans, health care clearinghouses, and health care providers that process claims, handle claim status inquiries/responses and eligibility inquiries/responses, as well as other transactions. Nurse practitioners can apply for an NPI by going to External Link Icon . Applications can be submitted online or via regular mail.

Federal Drug Enforcement Administration Number (DEA)

A Federal Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Number is required to prescribe and dispense narcotic and controlled substances. A DEA number may be obtained from:

United States Department of Justice
Drug Enforcement Administration
99 10th Avenue
New York, NY 10011
Phone 877-883-5789, 800-882-9539 or 212-337-1593
Fax 212-337-2867 or 2895
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Collaborative Agreements and Protocol Text

Collaborative Agreement

You are required to establish a collaborative agreement with one physician prior to beginning practice and maintain that agreement in the practice setting(s) where it will be available for inspection by the State Education Department (SED). New practitioners are also required to submit Form 4NP-Verification of Collaborative Agreement and Practice Protocol only once to the SED's Office of the Professions no later than 90 days after beginning professional practice.

The collaborative agreement shall include provisions for referral and consultation, coverage for absences of either the nurse practitioner or the collaborating physician, resolution of disagreements between the nurse practitioner and the collaborating physician regarding matters of diagnosis and treatment, the review of a representative sample of patient records every three months by the collaborating physician, record keeping provisions and any other provisions jointly determined by the nurse practitioner and the physician to be appropriate. You may use this sample agreement ( PDF 20 KB) as a model.

Protocol Text as Practice Protocol

You are also required to identify a protocol text, from the approved list, as your official practice protocol which must reflect the specialty area of practice as identified on your State Education Department issued nurse practitioner certificate. The approved protocol texts include provisions for case management, diagnosis and treatment of pathology in the specialty area. Additional protocols or textbooks which may be appropriate to the practice and/or employment setting may be used but need not be reflected in the collaborative agreement.

Questions about collaborative agreements and practice protocols may be referred to the State Board for Nursing by e-mailing or by calling 518-474-3817 ext. 120, or by faxing 518-474-3706.

Last Updated: April 8, 2014