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Kansas Nurse Practitioner Certification

As of January 15, 2010, the Kansas State Board of Nursing recognizes Kansas NPs as APRNs. Kansas APRNs fall into one of four categories: CNS, nurse–midwives, registered nurse anesthetists (RNAs), and NPs. APRNs provide much of the healthcare in Kansas.

RNAs provide 80% of the anesthesia care given in Kansas’s hospitals. Other specialized NPs offer important care. Because there is a shortage of psychiatrists in the state, Kansas NPs who have specialized in psychiatric and mental health often serve as primary mental health providers. Kansas nurse–midwives offer Ob/Gyn care to many patients.

Kansas APRNs offer primary or specialty care in urban, rural, or frontier settings. They may examine, assess, diagnose, and treat patients with acute or chronic health issues. They may order and interpret diagnostic tests and lab studies. APRNs also educate patients in the best ways to promote good health and avoid disease or illness. They provide orders to RNs for patient care. They may also prescribe and administer medications and devices, including controlled substances, in their area of specialty. Kansas APRNs are required to be in a collaborative relationship with a physician.


In order to become an APRN, you must complete an APRN program that is offered by a school or organization approved by the Kansas State Board of Nursing. You may study at a traditional campus-based university or school or at an online, distance learning program. All programs, whether local or online, must include the required amount of clinical practice. For this reason, online schools arrange clinical sites in the student’s local area.

Kansas-based schools that offer an APRN program include: Fort Hays State University, Newman University, Pittsburgh State University, University of Kansas, Washburn University, or 

. To find out which online distance programs are approved, contact the Kansas State Board of Nursing at

An APRN program must be in a specialty area, such as nurse–midwifery, acute care, pediatrics, adult care, or psychiatric and mental health. After successfully completing the program, you must apply to the Kansas State Board of Nursing for a certificate of qualification as an APRN. In Kansas, you do not need to obtain national certification through an advanced practice nursing certification body, but it is recommended that you do so. In addition to these requirements, you must register with the DEA to be able to prescribe controlled substances in your area of specialty.

If you move to Kansas from another state where you were registered as an NP, you may submit your qualifications to the Kansas State Board of Nursing. The Board may approve you and certify you to practice as an APRN in Kansas.

APRNs in Kansas earn an average of $77,000 per year. However, this rate varies significantly based on location, area of specialty, experience, and facility. Kansas NPs in rural areas may earn significantly less than those who work in urban areas.

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Last Updated: 05/19/2014