Frequently Asked License Questions

General | RN & LPN | Clinical Nurse Specialist | Nurse Practitioners

General

  1. What types of nursing professions are in New York State?

    Answer: The 4 types of New York nursing professions are:
    • Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs)
    • Registered Professional Nurses (RNs)
    • Nurse Practitioners (NPs). New York State certifies NPs in the following specialty areas: Acute Care; Adult Health; Family Health; Pediatrics; Women's Health; Psychiatry; Gerontology; Neonatology; Obstetrics and Gynecology; Oncology; Perinatology; School Health; College Health; Holistic Health; Community Health and Palliative care.
    • Clinical Nurse Specialists (CNSs) New York State certifies CNSs in the following specialty areas: Adult Health; Pediatrics; Psychiatric/Mental Health; and Oncology.

    *In New York, midwifery is not considered a nursing profession. Midwifery is a separately licensed profession.

  2. What fees are charged for New York nursing licenses, certifications and registrations?

    Answer: New York Law requires the New York State Education Department (NYSED) to charge the following fees:
    • Licensed Professional Nurses (LPNs)
      • If you are applying for an LPN license - you must pay a $143 fee to NYSED. This fee covers your license and your initial LPN registration.
      • If you are also applying for a limited permit - you must pay an additional $35 fee to NYSED.
      • If you are renewing your LPN registration - you must pay a $73 fee to NYSED.
    • Registered Professional Nurses (RNs)
      • If you are applying for an RN license - you must pay a $143 fee to NYSED. This fee covers your license and your intial RN registration.
      • If you are also applying for a limited permit - you must pay an additional $35 fee to NYSED.
      • If you are renewing your RN registration - you must pay a $73 fee to NYSED.
    • Clinical Nurse Specialists (CNSs)
      • If you are applying for a CNS certificate only - you must pay an $80 fee to NYSED. This fee covers your CNS certificate and your initial CNS registration.
      • If you are applying for an RN license and a CNS certificate - you must pay a $223 fee to NYSED.
      • If you are renewing your CNS and RN registrations, you must pay to NYSED $30 for each CNS certificate that you hold and an additional $73 fee for your RN registration.
    • Nurse Practitioners (NPs)
      • If you are applying for an NP certificate only - you must pay an $85 fee to NYSED. This fee covers your NP certificate and your initial NP registration.
      • If you are applying for an RN license and an NP certificate - you must pay a $228 fee to NYSED.
      • If you are renewing your NP and RN registrations - you must pay to NYSED $35 for each NP certificate that you hold and an additional $73 fee for your RN registration.
  1. I am licensed in another state as a nurse. Does New York State issue nursing licenses by endorsement?

    Answer: Yes. The New York State Education Department grants licenses "by endorsement" to qualified clinical nurse specialists, registered nurses, licensed practical nurses or licensed vocational nurses licensed in other states. License applications are available on this website. Please note that New York State is not a "Nursing Compact State".

  2. What should I do if my name or address changes while I am applying for a license or certificate?

    Answer: You are legally required to notify the New York State Education Department (NYSED) of your name and/or address change within 30 days. You can notify NYSED or your name or address change by filling out and sending in the Name/Address Change Form (Form AD/NAME) which is available on our website at www.op.nysed.gov/documents/anchange.pdf. You must mail the form along with any required supporting documentation to the address on the form.

    If your address changes (but not your name) you can also notify NYSED by phone 518-474-3817 ex. 280, fax 518-474-3398 or by e-mail opunit4@nysed.gov. Be sure to provide the following information: your full name, the name of the profession for which you are seeking a license or certification, your date of birth and your new mailing address.

  3. What should I do if my address or name changes after I am licensed or certified?

    Answer: You are legally required to notify the New York State Education Department (NYSED) of your name and/or address change within 30 days. You can notify NYSED or your name or address change by filling out and sending in the Name/Address Change Form (Form AD/NAME) which is available on NYSED's website www.op.nysed.gov/documents/anchange.pdf. You must mail the form along with any required supporting documentation to the address on the form.

    If your address changes (but not your name) you can also notify NYSED by phone 518-474-3817 ex. 280, fax 518-474-3398 or by e-mail opunit4@nysed.gov. Be sure to provide the following information: your full name, the name of your licensed profession and your professional license number, your date of birth and your new mailing address.

  4. Do criminal convictions or prior misconduct have to be disclosed when I apply for a nursing license?

    Answer: When you apply for a nursing license or to renew your nursing registration, you will be required to answer the following questions:
    • Have you been found guilty after trial, or pleaded guilty, no contest or nolo contendere to a crime (felony or misdemeanor) in any court?
    • Are criminal charges pending against you in any court?
    • Has any licensing or disciplinary authority refused to issue you a license or ever revoked, annulled, cancelled, accepted surrender of, suspended, placed on probation, refused to renew a professional license or certificate held by you now or previously, or ever fined, censured, reprimanded or otherwise disciplined you?
    • Are charges pending against you in any jurisdiction for any sort of professional misconduct? Has any hospital or licensed facility restricted or terminated your professional training, employment or privileges or have you ever voluntarily or involuntarily resigned or withdrawn from such association to avoid imposition of such measures?

    You must report all criminal convictions and disciplinary actions against you, regardless of whether it occurred in New York State or elsewhere. You do not have to disclose "youthful offender" offenses, if your records have been sealed.

  5. Will a prior criminal conviction prevent me from obtaining a license or registration to practice nursing in New York?

    Answer: Not necessarily. As part of the review of your license or registration application, the New York State Education Department (NYSED) will review your background including your prior conviction(s). NYSED decides on a case by case basis whether your prior criminal conviction(s) will disqualify you from being licensed as a nurse in New York.

    **Courts often notify NYSED when nurses are convicted of a crime.

  6. Do I have to be a US citizen in order to qualify for a nursing license in New York State?

    Answer: No. US citizens and other persons lawfully in the US may qualify for a nursing license.

  7. Do I need a social security number in order to qualify for a nursing license in New York State?

    Answer: No. You are not required to have a social security number. However, if you have a social security number, you must disclose it on your nursing license application and on your nursing registration renewal applications.

  8. How can I verify whether a nursing school or a nursing education program is "approved" by New York State?

    Answer: In New York State, the New York State Education Department (NYSED) is responsible for "approving" (registering) nursing education programs. Out-of-state and online nursing education programs must be registered by NYSED in order to place students in clinical rotations in New York State (except in federal; Veteran's Administration facilities). A list of NYSED registered nursing education programs located in New York State is available on this website at www.nysed.gov/heds/IRPSL1.html. To find out whether an out-of-state or online nursing education program is currently registered by NYSED, e-mail NYSED at: opprogs@nysed.gov. Please be sure to identify by name and address the nursing education program that you are enrolled in and the dates of enrollment.

RN & LPN

  1. What are the requirements for becoming a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) in New York?

    Answer: To be licensed and registered as an LPN in New York State, you must:
    1. be of good moral character;
    2. be at least 17 years old;
    3. be a high school graduate (or the equivalent);
    4. be a graduate of a nursing education program acceptable to the New York State Education Department (NYSED);
    5. complete infection control coursework acceptable to NYSED;
    6. pass the National Council Licensure Examination for Licensed Vocational or Practical Nurses (NCLEX-PN) or other license examination acceptable to NYSED; and,
    7. apply for an LPN license with NYSED and pay the appropriate fees.

  2. What are the requirements for becoming a Registered Professional Nurse (RN) in New York?

    Answer: To be licensed and registered as an RN in New York State, you must:
    1. be of good moral character;
    2. be at least 18 years old;
    3. be a graduate of a nursing education program acceptable to the New York State Education Department (NYSED);
    4. complete infection control coursework and child abuse reporting coursework acceptable to NYSED;
    5. pass the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) or other license examination acceptable to NYSED; and,
    6. apply for an RN license with NYSED and pay the appropriate fees.

  3. Am I required to be licensed and registered as an RN or LPN by the New York State Education Department (NYSED)?

    Answer: You must be licensed and registered as an RN or LPN by NYSED in order to practice nursing.

  4. Is there a difference between being licensed and registered as a nurse?

    Answer: Yes. After you apply for and qualify for an RN or LPN license, the New York State Education Department (NYSED) will send you a nursing license parchment and a registration certificate. Your nursing license is valid for life unless it is surrendered to or revoked, annulled or suspended by the New York State Board of Regents. Your registration certificate will authorize you to practice as a nurse for up to 3 years. You must renew your registration every 3 years in order to continue to practice nursing. You are not legally allowed to practice nursing while your registration is expired.

  5. How do I satisfy the infection control coursework requirements for an LPN or RN license?

    Answer: If you are applying an RN or LPN license, you must complete New York State Education Department (NYSED) approved infection control coursework or qualify for an exemption. Thereafter, you must complete NYSED approved infection control coursework every 4 years or qualify for an exemption.

    • Graduates of NYSED registered LPN or RN education programs. If you recently graduated from an LPN or RN education program that is registered with NYSED as qualifying for LPN or RN licenses, you have already completed the infection control coursework requirement as part of your nursing studies. You do not have to take additional infection control coursework in order to qualify for a nursing license. However, after obtaining a New York LPN or RN license, you must take infection control coursework every 4 years – or - qualify for an exemption.
    • Graduates of Nursing Schools NOT registered with NYSED. If you did not graduate from a NYSED registered RN or LPN education program, you must complete an NYSED approved infection control course within 90 days of the date of you are licensed as an LPN or RN in New York –or- qualify for an exemption. For more information about taking an approved infection control course and a list of approved course providers, click here. After obtaining a New York RN or LPN license, you must take infection control coursework every 4 years - or - qualify for an exemption.
    • Exemptions. You may qualify for an exemption the infection control coursework requirement if you can demonstrate to the satisfaction of NYSED that: (1) you have taken infection control training that is equivalent to the infection control coursework required by NYSED; or (2) taking infection control coursework is not necessary due to the nature of your nursing practice. You can request this exemption when you apply for your nursing license. Thereafter, you must take NYSED infection control training every four years or apply for and qualify for an exemption every four years.

  6. How do I satisfy the child abuse reporting course requirements needed for an RN license?

    Answer: Before the New York State Education Department (NYSED) can issue you an RN license or limited permit, you must complete child abuse reporting coursework approved by NYSED or qualify for an exemption.

    • If you graduated after September 1, 1990 from a nursing education program that is registered with NYSED as RN license qualifying, you already completed the child abuse reporting coursework requirement as part of your RN studies. You do not have to take additional child abuse reporting coursework in order to qualify for an RN license or limited permit.
    • If you did not graduate from a New York State RN education program after September 1, 1990 and you do not qualify for an exemption, you must complete child abuse reporting coursework offered by a course provider approved by NYSED. For more information and a list of NYSED approved course providers, click here.
    • You may qualify for an exemption from completing child abuse reporting coursework if you can demonstrate to NYSED that, during your nursing practice, you will not have contact with persons under the age of 18 or residents of nursing homes or residential care schools. You can request this exemption when you apply for your RN license.

    NOTE: The child abuse reporting course requirement DOES NOT apply to LPNs.

  7. What test must I pass in order to qualify for an LPN license in New York?

    Answer: Most LPN license applicants must pass the National Council Licensure Examination for Vocational or Practical Nurses (NCLEX-PN). The NCLEX-PN is designed to test knowledge and skills essential for safe and effective entry level LPN practice. In very rare circumstances, an applicant may qualify for a license by passing the State Board Test Pool Examination (SBTPE) or other LPN license examination accepted by another state or US territory.

  8. What test must I pass in order to qualify for an RN license in New York? Answer: Most applicants for an RN license must pass the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN). The NCLEX-RN is designed to test knowledge and skills essential for safe and effective entry level RN practice. In very rare circumstances, an applicant may qualify for a license by passing the State Board Test Pool Examination (SBTPE) or other RN license examination accepted by another state or US territory.

  9. How do I sign up to take the NCLEX-PN or NCLEX-RN?

    Answer: Pearson VUE is a not-for-profit company that offers the NCLEX–PN and the NCLEX-RN. The NCLEX-RN and the NCLEX-PN are administered at Pearson Professional Centers (PPC) located throughout the US and in US territories. Additionally, international testing centers are located in other countries, including Australia, Canada, England and Mexico.

    You must register directly with Pearson VUE in order to take the NCLEX-RN or NCLEX-PN. You can register online at www.vue.com/nclex or by calling Pearson VUE at 1-866-496-2539. You must pay to Pearson VUE an examination registration fee of $200. If you schedule your NCLEX at an international test center, you may have to pay additional fees.

  10. I have already registered to take the NCLEX with Pearson VUE. When will I receive my Authorization to Test (ATT)?

    Answer: The New York State Education Department (NYSED) must review your RN or LPN license application in order to determine whether you are eligible to take the NCLEX. If NYSED determines that you are eligible, NYSED will directly inform Pearson VUE of your eligibility to take the NCLEX. Pearson VUE will then issue an ATT to you by mail or EMAIL. The ATT will include an ATT number. You must have an ATT number in order to schedule an appointment to take the NCLEX. Additionally, you must present the ATT and acceptable identification at the test center in order to be admitted to take the NCLEX.

  11. Can the New York State Education Department issue me an ATT or an ATT number or tell me when Pearson VUE will issue me an ATT or ATT number?

    Answer: No. The ATT or ATT number must be obtained directly from Pearson VUE.

  12. Can a candidate with a disability obtain a reasonable accommodation when taking the NCLEX?

    Answer: The candidate must complete the "Request for Reasonable Accommodations for Testing" form and submit it to the New York State Education Department (NYSED) at the address noted on the form. NYSED must approve or disapprove the request for a reasonable accommodation(s) before a candidate can sign up to take the NCLEX.

  13. Can a nursing school graduate provide nursing services before being licensed and registered to practice as an RN or LPN in New York?

    Answer: In some limited cases, yes.

    • Limited Permits. The New York State Education Department (NYSED) issues limited permits to nursing school graduates who apply for an RN or LPN license and a limited permit and who have met all criteria for the license except for taking the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX). The limited permit allows the new graduate nurse to practice under the direct supervision of an RN at the health care facility noted on the limited permit. The supervising RN must be on the patient care unit at all times when a new graduate provides care. The limited permit expires 1 year from the date that NYSED issues it or 10 days after the limited permit holder is notified that she or he failed the NCLEX, whichever happens sooner. An expired limited permit does not legally authorize you to practice nursing. (Note: If you graduated from a nursing school that was taught in a language other than English, you may have to pass a test to demonstrate that you are English Language proficient before NYSED will issue you a limited permit.)
    • New Graduate Practice. If you graduate from a nursing program registered by NYSED as qualifying for an LPN or RN license, and you apply for an RN or LPN license and limited permit with NYSED, you may practice nursing under the direct supervision of an RN during the 90 day period immediately following graduation. The new graduate must practice under the direct supervision of an RN at the health care facility noted on the limited permit application form. The supervising RN must be on the patient care unit at all times when a new graduate provides care.

  14. What is the correct title for nursing school graduates who hold a limited permit issued by the New York State Education Department?

    Answer: The correct title for an LPN license applicant who holds a limited permit is Graduate Practical Nurse (GPN). The correct title for an RN license applicant who holds a limited permit is Graduate Nurse (GN). These titles must be displayed identification badges and must also be used when signing official patient-care documents.
  1. I didn't go to college in the United States.  I graduated from a nursing school in another country.  What are the steps for applying for a New York State RN license?  
     
    Answer:  If you graduated from a nursing school in another country, you must complete the following steps to apply for an RN license with the New York State Education Department (NYSED):

    (STEP1)  COMPLETE NYSED REQUIRED COURSEWORK.  You must complete NYSED approved infection control coursework and child abuse reporting coursework (unless you qualify for an exemption).  Approved courses on infection control and child abuse reporting are available online. For more information, visit: http://www.op.nysed.gov/training/.

     (STEP 2) FILE AN RN LICENSE APPLICATION WITH NYSED.    You must fill out and mail an RN license application form (Nurse Form 1 - Application for Licensure) and a $143 fee (U.S. Dollars ONLY) to NYSED.   RN license application forms and other pertinent documents are available on NYSED’s website: http://www.op.nysed.gov/prof/nurse/nurseforms.htm

    (STEP 3)  HAVE CGFNS VERIFY YOUR FOREIGN CREDENTIALS.  You must arrange to have Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS) verify the authenticity of your foreign nursing education credentials using CGFNS’s Credential Verification Service for New York State.  If you are also licensed as a nurse in another country, you must also request that CGFNS verify your foreign nursing license.   You must contact CGFNS directly to sign-up and pay for CGFNS’ Credential Verification Service for New York State.   For more information, visit CGFNS’ Website: www.cgfns.org.   After you sign-up and pay for CGFNS's service, CGFNS will send a report regarding your foreign education credentials directly to NYSED.

    (STEP 4)  PASS THE NCLEX-RN.  Pearson VUE is a non-profit company that offers the NCLEX–RN.   The NCLEX-RN is administered at Pearson Professional Centers (PPC) located throughout the United States and in international testing centers located in other countries, including Canada, England and Mexico.  You must register to take the NCLEX-RN with Pearson VUE and pay a 200$ fee to Pearson VUE.  If you plan take the NCLEX-RN at an international test center, you may have to pay additional fees.   You can register with Pearson VUE online at www.vue.com/nclex.   Please note:  Pearson VUE will not allow you to take the NCLEX-RN until NYSED completes a review your RN license application and your education credentials. 

    **ADDITIONAL STEP IF YOU ARE ALREADY A LICENSED PROFESSIONAL  If you are licensed as a nurse or another professional in another U.S. state, a U.S. territory or another country, you must arrange to have information verifying your license(s) provided to NYSED. 
    If you are licensed as an RN, LPN or LVN in another U.S. State or U.S. Territory, there are 2 methods for verifying your nursing license:

    1. Nursys®   The National Council for the State Boards of Nursing operates an on-line nurse license verification service called Nursys®.  NYSED relies on Nursys® to verify applicants' RN, LVN and LPN licenses from most other U.S. states and some U.S. territories.  If you are licensed as a nurse in a state or U.S. territory that participates in Nursys®, you must use the Nursys® service to verify your RN, LPN or LVN license to NYSED. To sign-up for Nursys®, visit  www.nursys.com.   After you sign up and pay the 30$ fee, NURSYS will provide verification of your nursing license directly to NYSED.                                                                                                                                    
    2. Nurse Form #3  If you are licensed as a nurse in a state or U.S. territory that does not participate in Nursys® (Oklahoma; Louisiana (for LPNs); Puerto Rico; U.S. Virgin Islands or American Samoa), you must fill out Nurse Form 3-Verfication of Other Professional Licensure /Certification  and send it to the licensing authority that granted you your nursing license.  The licensing authority will verify your RN, LPN or LVN license on Nurse Form 3 and then send it to NYSED. RN license application forms (including Nurse Form 3) are available at: http://www.op.nysed.gov/prof/nurse/nurseforms.htm

    If you are licensed to practice another profession in a state other than New York or in a U.S. Territory, you must fill out Nurse Form 3-Verfication of Other Professional Licensure/Certification and send it to the licensing authority that granted your license.  The licensing authority will verify your license on Form 3 and then send it to NYSED. RN license application forms (including Nurse Form 3) are available at:   http://www.op.nysed.gov/prof/nurse/nurseforms.htm.

    If you are licensed as a nurse in another country, you must arrange to have CGFNS verify your nursing license credentials using CGFNS’s Credential Verification Service for New York State, as described in more detail in Step 3 (above).  DO NOT USE Nurse Form 3.

  2. I went to nursing school in another country and want to be an RN in New York State.  When will I be allowed to take the NCLEX-RN? 

Answer: Before you will be allowed to take the NCLEX-RN, the following sequence of events must happen: 

  1. You must:  (a) apply for RN license with State Education Department (NYSED); (b) have CGFNS verify your nursing education credentials; and, (c) register to take the NCLEX-RN with Pearson Vue.
  2. CGFNS must send to NYSED documentation verifying your education credentials.    
  3. NYSED must review your RN license application, including your education credentials.  If NYSED determines that you are eligible, NYSED will inform Pearson VUE that you are eligible to take the NCLEX-RN.
  4. Pearson VUE must issue an "Authorization to Test" or "ATT" to you. The ATT will include an ATT number. You must have an ATT number in order schedule an appointment with Pearson VUE to take the NCLEX-RN.  Additionally, you must present the ATT and an acceptable form of identification at the test center in order to take the NCLEX-RN.
  1. I was educated and licensed as a physician outside the United States.  Can I qualify for a New York State RN or LPN license using my physician credentials?

Answer: No


Clinical Nurse Specialists

  1. What is a clinical nurse specialist?

    Answer: In New York State, a clinical nurse specialist is a registered professional nurse who has completed advanced education (usually a master's or doctorate degree) in a nursing clinical practice specialty and is certified by the New York State Education Department (NYSED) as a "Clinical Nurse Specialist" or "CNS".

    Clinical nurse specialists provide expert nursing services that benefit patients with complex health care needs. In addition to providing, coordinating and supervising care, CNSs evaluate the quality and effectiveness of patient care. They provide clinical consultation to other health care personnel and may be involved in health care management, health systems improvement, clinical research and health care policy development.

    Clinical nurse specialists do not determine medical diagnoses and do not prescribe or order medical treatments or diagnostic tests. For example, a clinical nurse specialist does not prescribe medications or order CT scans.

  2. What are the requirements for becoming a clinical nurse specialist in New York State?

    Answer: To be certified and registered as a clinical nurse specialist in New York State, you must:
    • be currently registered and licensed as Registered Professional Nurse (RN) in New York State;
    • submit an application for clinical nurse specialist certification and pay applicable fees to the New York State Education Department (NYSED); and
    • be a graduate from a clinical nurse specialist education program registered by NYSED, or meet alternative education or experience criteria acceptable to NYSED (which are described in more detail below).

  3. What are the professional education and experience requirements for clinical nurse specialist certification in New York State?

    Answer: To satisfy the professional education and experience requirements for clinical nurse specialist certification, you must meet the criteria in one of the paragraphs (1, 2, 3 or 4) below.

    1. You must graduate from a clinical nurse specialist education program that is registered by the New York State Education Department (NYSED) as qualifying for New York State certification as a clinical nurse specialist. For a list of these education programs, click here http://www.nysed.gov/heds/IRPSL1.htm
      -or-
    2. You must graduate from a clinical nurse specialist education program that is determined by NYSED to be the equivalent to a clinical nurse specialist education program registered by NYSED - and - be currently certified as a clinical nurse specialist by a national certifying organizations acceptable to NYSED.
      -or-
    3. You must hold a license or certification as a clinical nurse specialist issued by another state or country and have met the substantial equivalent of the New York requirements for clinical nurse specialist certification, as determined by NYSED.
      -or-
    4. You must send a complete application and fee for clinical nurse specialist certification to NYSED prior to September 15, 2015 and satisfactorily meet criteria described in either paragraph (a) or (b) below prior to September 15, 2017. Please note that all required documentation and forms pertaining to the clinical nurse specialist certification must be received by NYSED no later than September 14, 2017.

      1. You must complete a master’s degree in clinical nursing practice, which is determined by NYSED to be substantially equivalent to the preparation provided by a registered clinical nurse specialist education program and have completed after January 1, 2011, at least three thousand hours of clinical practice in a clinical nurse specialty area in a general hospital in New York State.
        -or-
      2. You must be currently certified as a clinical nurse specialist by a national certification organization listed below in the following specialty areas:

        American Nurses Credentialing Center (Acceptable ANCC Certifications include: Clinical Nurse Specialist Adult Health, Clinical Nurse Specialist Adult-Gerontology, Clinical Nurse Specialist Pediatrics, Clinical Nurse Specialist Adult Psychiatric & Mental Health and Clinical Nurse Specialist Child Psychiatric & Mental Health)

        American Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACN) Certification Corporation (Acceptable AACN Certifications include: Acute Care Clinical Nurse Specialist -Adult, Acute Care Clinical Nurse Specialist- Pediatric, Acute Care Clinical Nurse Specialist- Neonatal, Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist, Pediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist, and Neonatal Clinical Nurse Specialist.)

        Oncology Nursing Certification Corporation (Acceptable Oncology Nursing Certification Corporation Certification is Clinical Nurse Specialist Certification in Oncology).

  4. How can I find out whether I graduated from a clinical nurse specialist education program that is registered by the New York State Education Department (NYSED) as qualifying for New York State certification as a clinical nurse specialist (CNS)?

    Answer: To find out whether your New York education program is registered by NYSED as qualifying for CNS certification click here. To find out whether your out-of-state or online nursing education program is registered by NYSED, e-mail NYSED at: opprogs@nysed.gov. Please be sure to identify by name and address the nursing education program that you are enrolled in.

  5. Do I have to pass a test in order to be certified as a clinical nurse specialist in New York State?

    Answer: Not necessarily. If you are already a New York licensed and registered RN, New York Law does not specifically require that you pass an additional license exam in order to be certified as a clinical nurse specialist. If you graduate from a clinical nurse specialist education program registered by NYSED, you do not have to pass an examination in order to be certified as a clinical nurse specialist. However, if you are trying to meet New York State criteria for becoming a clinical nurse specialist by being certified by a national certification organization, you may have to pass an examination in order to obtain clinical nurse specialist certification from the national certification organization.

  6. As a clinical nurse specialist, do I have to maintain my license and registration as a registered professional nurse (RN)?

    Answer: Yes. In order to practice nursing as a clinical nurse specialist, you must be licensed and currently registered as an RN and certified and currently registered as a clinical nurse specialist by NYSED. Every three years you must renew your clinical nurse specialist registration and your RN registration with NYSED in order to continue practicing as a clinical nurse specialist.

Nurse Practitioners

  1. What is a Nurse Practitioner?

    Answer: In New York State, a nurse practitioner is a registered professional nurse who has completed advanced nursing education (usually a master's or doctorate degree) in a nurse practitioner specialty area and is certified by the New York State Education Department (NYSED) as a "Nurse Practitioner" or "NP". NYSED certifies nurse practitioners to practice in the following specialty areas: Adult Health; Family Health; Gerontology; Neonatology; Obstetrics; Oncology; Pediatrics, Perinatology; Psychiatry; School Health; Women's Health; Holistic Care; and Palliative Care. Nurse Practitioners manage the medical and nursing care to their patients. A nurse practitioner may diagnose illnesses and prescribe treatment for patients only within the specialty area(s) for which the nurse practitioner is certified and the nurse practitioner must be personally competent to provide the patient care.

  2. What are the requirements for becoming a Nurse Practitioner (NP) in New York?

    Answer: To be certified and registered as an NP in New York State, you must:
    • be currently registered and licensed as Registered Professional Nurse (RN) in New York State;
    • be a graduate of an NP education program acceptable to the New York State Education Department (NYSED) or be certified as an NP by a national certifying organization acceptable to NYSED;
    • complete pharmacotherapy coursework acceptable to NYSED; and,
    • apply to be certified as an NP and pay applicable fees to NYSED.

  3. As a nurse practitioner (NP), do I have to maintain my license and registration as an RN?

    Answer: In order to practice as an NP, you must be licensed and currently registered as an RN by the New York State Education Department (NYSED) and certified and currently registered as an NP by NYSED. Every three years you must renew your NP registration and your RN registration with NYSED in order to continue practicing as an NP. NYSED mails notices with instructions on renewing registrations 5 months prior to the expiration each nurse’s current registration. If your address changed and you did not notify NYSED, the notice will not be forwarded to your new address. Please see Question 4 for information on how to change your address.

  4. Do I have to pass a test in order to qualify to be certified as a nurse practitioner (NP) in New York?

    Answer: Not necessarily. If you are already a New York State licensed RN, New York Law does not specifically require that you pass an additional license exam in order to be certified as an NP. If you graduate from an NP education program registered by NYSED, you do not have to pass an examination in order to be certified as an NP. However, if you are trying to meet New York State criteria for certification as NP by being certified by a national certifying organization, you may have to pass an examination in order to obtain the NP certification from the national certifying organization.

  5. As a newly certified Nurse Practitioner (NP), do I have to file a "Form 4NP" with the New York State Education Department (NYSED)?

    Answer: All newly certified NPs are required file with NYSED "Form 4NP-Verification of Collaborative Agreement and Practice Protocol" within 90 days after starting professional practice, except for NPs who opt to practice and have collaborative relationships as allowed by a new law, the Nurse Practitioners Modernization Act. The "Form 4NP" is a signed document verifying that an NP has a written collaborative practice agreement with a physician. An NP is not required to file any additional "Form 4NP" with NYSED. A completed "Form 4NP" is not a collaborative practice agreement. You can download copies of “Form 4NP” from NYSED's website.

  6. I am a nurse practitioner. Do I automatically qualify for certification as a clinical nurse specialist?

    Answer: No. In New York State, the criteria for certification as a nurse practitioner are different from the criteria for certification as a clinical nurse specialist.

  7. I am a student in a nurse practitioner education program that is located outside of New York State. How can I find out whether New York State allows my nurse practitioner education program to place students in clinical rotations in New York State?

    Answer: Your nurse practitioner education program must be registered by the New York State Education Department (NYSED) in order to place students in clinical rotations in New York State (except in federal Veteran's Administration facilities). To find out whether an out-of-state or online nursing education program is registered by NYSED, e-mail NYSED at: opprogs@nysed.gov. Please be sure to provide the name and address the nursing education program that you are enrolled in. If you are not enrolled in an NYSED registered nurse practitioner education program, it could also be illegal for you to do nurse practitioner clinical rotations in New York State (except in federal Veteran’s Administration facilities).
Last Updated: May 18, 2017