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Nebraska Nurse Practitioner Certification

Nebraska NPs are called APRN. Nurses in Nebraska, including APRNs, are regulated by the Nebraska State Board of Nursing. A Nebraska APRN is defined as an RN who has earned additional education and is licensed to manage common health problems and chronic conditions, including the prescription of treatments and medications. Nebraska NPs may practice in collaboration and consultation with physicians and other healthcare providers.

Nebraska NPs examine and assess patients, order diagnostic tests, evaluate and diagnose patients, record findings, set up management plans for illnesses and diseases, recommend medication, and provide patients with information and advice about disease prevention and health management.

Most APRN–NPs have earned a master’s or doctoral degree in nursing. Among the schools in Nebraska that offer these programs are University of Nebraska and Creighton University. If you wish to earn your degree from an online program, you must choose a program that is approved by national certification bodies recognized by the Nebraska State Board of Nursing. Some of the online schools are: University of Cincinnati, Philadelphia University, Frontier School of Midwifery and Family Nursing, Liberty University, South University, or Graceland University. The online faculty establishes clinical sites near students so they can fulfill the required clinical component of the program.


To become a Nebraska NP, you must pass a national certification examination in your area of specialty. In the areas of adult or family care, school nurse practitioner, pediatric NP, gerontological NP, acute care NP, medical–surgical clinical specialist, gerontological clinical specialist, adult psychiatric and mental health clinical specialist, and child and adolescent psychiatric and mental health clinical specialist, your examination will be provided by the AANP or the American Nurses Licensing and Regulatory Affairs Center. The NCC for Obstetric, Gynecologic, and Neonatal Nursing Specialties certifies women’s healthcare NPs and neonatal NPs. Finally, the PNCB provides the certification examination for pediatric NPs.

After you pass your national certification examination, you may submit your documentation to the Nebraska State Board of Nursing to obtain your NP license. If you wish to prescribe medications, you must apply for a number with the DEA.

The average salary for NPs in Nebraska is $77,000 per year. Salaries for NPs vary throughout the state based on location, facility, experience, education, area of specialization, and other factors.

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Last Updated: 05/19/2014