Maine Nurse Practitioner Certification
The Maine Board of Nursing considers CNPs to be a type of APRN. Certified nurse–midwives, CRNAs, and certified CNS are also APRNs. In Maine, an APRN is an RN who has received a post-graduate degree in a specialty area of advanced practice nursing and is certified in this specialty by a national certifying body approved by the Maine Board of Nursing.
A CNP in Maine may provide primary health care independently of a physician, as long as a licensed physician has formally delegated this undertaking or the NP has worked under the supervision of a licensed physician for a minimum of 24 months. Thus, an NP may diagnose patients, rehabilitate patients, manage health problems, and offer education and guidance regarding promotion of health and prevention of disease or disability. Maine NPs may prescribe medications under certain conditions.
If you want to become a CNP in Maine, you will first need to have proof of a valid RN license to practice in the state. You must also complete a post-graduate NP program and earn your MSN at an accredited school. Your schooling must include 45 hours of pharmacology. Schools in Maine that offer this program include: University of Southern Maine, University of New England, and Husson College.
You may also select an accredited online program if you need the flexibility to continue to work or fulfill other obligations while you attend school. Some Board-approved online programs are provided by: South University, Philadelphia University, Frontier School of Midwifery and Family Nursing, Liberty University, and University of Cincinnati.
You must also provide evidence of 1500 hours of clinical practice in your area of specialty within the 5 years preceding your application to become a nurse practitioner. If more than 5 years has elapsed, you must complete 500 hours of clinical practice under the supervision of a physician or NP who also works in your area of concentration. After you have completed these requirements, you must take an exam and receive certification from an appropriate national accrediting body for your area of practice.
Once you have received approval to be a Maine NP, you must practice under the supervision of a licensed physician or NP or work in a clinic or hospital under the supervision of a medical director who is a licensed physician. After working under supervision for at least 24 months, you can be approved to enter independent practice and provide primary care to patients. You will be able to obtain third-party payment for your services at this time.
If you wish to prescribe medications, you must obtain a number from the DEA. You may only prescribe in the categories listed on your DEA certificate. If you wish to prescribe controlled substances, your certificate must include schedule II narcotics.
Nurse practitioners in Maine may earn between $77,000 and $90,000, or more, per year in Maine’s major cities. Salaries may be lower in rural areas.
Last Updated: 05/19/2014