Alabama Nurse Practitioner Certification
An NP in the state of Alabama is also called a Certified Registered Nurse Practitioner (CRNP). You cannot practice in Alabama without obtaining both state and national certification.
In Alabama, you can pursue one of a variety of paths to obtain your NP certification. At a minimum, you must complete a master’s-level nursing program. Thus, after becoming a licensed RN, you must at least successfully complete a 2-year NP program. In addition, you can choose to earn a doctorate as a NP.
You may earn your schooling in a traditional university or college or by completing an NP program online. Some schools that offer accredited online programs include: Graceland University, Liberty University, Philadelphia University, Frontier School of Midwifery and Family Nursing, South University, and University of Cincinnati. Online NP programs deliver curriculum that is equivalent to campus-based teaching; and because clinic hours are required, clinical internships are arranged at locations that are convenient to students. Many RNs choose to pursue their NP certification by using online programs, which allows them the needed flexibility to continue working as RNs while working on their degrees. You may choose to follow an accelerated program to earn your certification more quickly. Whatever program you choose, it must be through a program that is recognized by the Alabama Board of Nursing.
In addition to earning your certification within the state, you must also obtain certification from a national agency that is recognized by the Alabama Board of Nursing. The Board recognizes several agencies, including the American Nurses Association’s (ANA) ANCC, AANP, PNCB, and the National Certification Corporation (NCC). In order to earn national certification, you must successfully pass an exam, delivered by one of the approved agencies, in the area of specialty you studied for your advanced schooling.
As well as your advanced education, state certification, and national certification, you must also have had 2–4 years of experience in the field or in a related area. Nurse practitioners in Alabama earn an average of $96,000 per year, although this varies based on location and area of specialty.
Last Updated: 05/19/2014