Colorado Nurse Practitioner Certification
In Colorado, NPs are often referred to as advanced practice nurses (APNs) and are regulated by the Colorado Board of Nurses. In order to be certified within the Advanced Practice Registry, you must first be licensed as an RN in Colorado. Either a Colorado Registered Nurse license or a Multi-States Compact Registered Nurse license will fulfill this requirement. The other compact states include: Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Delaware, Idaho, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Mississippi, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, and Wisconsin.
In addition to being licensed as an RN, you must earn an advanced degree through a recognized nursing program, studying the specialty you plan to practice (e.g., women’s health, neonatal care, pediatrics, adult care, family practice, or mental health). You may choose to attend a traditional university or take an approved online program. Many RNs cannot afford to stop working completely while earning their master’s degrees or have other obligations that require them to maintain maximum flexibility with their schooling. For this reason, earning an NP degree from an online program can be an attractive option, with only clinical hours, which must be done at clinical sites, being fixed.
Once you have earned your advanced degree, you must apply to the Colorado Advanced Practice Registry. Being placed on this registry will not only allow you to practice in your area of specialization, it will also give you the authority to write prescriptions. You can find more information about the registry application by visiting the Colorado Board of Nursing website at www.dora.state.co.us/Nursing.
Colorado NPs must also pass a national certification exam in their area of specialization. Some of the accrediting organizations recognized by the Colorado Nursing Association include the AANP, PNCB, and NCC for the Obstetric, Gynecologic, and Neonatal Nursing Specialties.
In general, average salaries for Colorado Nurse Practitioners can range from $85,000 to $90,000, based on location, area of specialization, and level of experience.
Last Updated: 05/19/2014