Nevada Nurse Practitioner Certification
Nevada NPs are known as APNs. APNs are RNs who have obtained additional education in an area of specialization and who have earned certification in their field. Other types of APNs include clinical NPs, nurse–midwives, and nurse psychotherapist. The Nevada State Board of Nursing regulates Nevada NPs.
NPs may practice in physician offices, clinics, hospitals, long-term care facilities, managed care corporations, and private industries. They may perform health histories and physical exams; order and interpret diagnostic tests and labs; diagnose acute and chronic diseases; and arrange management care plans. In addition, they may prescribe medication and treatments, provide counseling and education on lifestyle behaviors and self-care skills, and take part in research projects.
In order to become a nurse practitioner in Nevada, you must hold a valid RN license that allows you to practice in Nevada. In addition, you must complete a designated APN preparatory program in an area of specialty. It must be at least 1 academic year in length, including a minimum of 4 months of classroom instruction and clinical experience with a licensed and qualified physician or APN. Your program must be accredited or approved by an organization approved by the Nevada State Board of Nursing. It must include coursework on the assessment of the health of patients, pathophysiology, and preparation for practice as an advanced practitioner of nursing. Coursework must also have at least one medical specialty concentration and include clinical experience, so that you can integrate the knowledge and skills you are learning.
If you wish to be eligible to prescribe medications, you must take at least two semester credits of advanced pharmacotherapeutics. These credits must be earned within the 24 months prior to applying for prescribing privileges.
Some schools in Nevada that offer an approved, accredited APN program include: University of Nevada, College of Southern Nevada, Great Basin College, Nevada State College, and Touro University. Touro University also offers an online version of this program for students who need flexibility in order to maintain their current obligations, such as work and family. Some of the other schools that offer online APN programs are: University of Cincinnati, Philadelphia University, Frontier School of Midwifery and Family Nursing, Liberty University, South University, or Graceland University. Check with the Nevada State Board of Nursing to ensure that your online program is approved.
If you complete your APN program after 2005, you must have earned a minimum of a MSN or a master’s in another related area of health care. Those who completed their APN programs prior to 2005 do not need to have a master’s degree, but they must ensure that they meet other requirements. To find out more about these requirements, visit www.nursingboard.state.nv.us.
After you have completed your APN program, you are eligible to be certified as an NP in your area of specialty. You must be certified by a national professional certifying organization recognized by the Nevada State Board of Nursing, such as the AANP. Once you have completed your certification exam, you will be awarded Nevada’s certificate of recognition and be able to use the title "Advanced Practitioner of Nursing." In order to prescribe medications, you will need to complete a separate application.
Nevada NPs earn an average of $85,000 per year. Salaries may vary based on factors such as your location, place of employment, experience, and specialization.
Last Updated: 05/19/2014