New Hampshire Nurse Practitioner Certification
The state of New Hampshire recognizes NPs as APRNs. An APRN is a RN who has met specific educational and NP certification requirements and is recognized by the New Hampshire Board of Nursing for doing so. APRNs may specialize in adult care, pediatric care, anesthesia, and nurse–midwifery.
New Hampshire NPs may carry out acts of advanced assessment. They may perform physical examinations and diagnostic tests, diagnose patients, develop and implement treatment programs, or counsel patients. They may also prescribe medications noted in formulary. NPs may obtain consult with other medical professionals, participate in collaborative management of cases, or refer or transfer patients, if it is expedient to do so.
In order to become an APRN in New Hampshire, you must hold a valid New Hampshire RN license and be a graduate of an accepted APRN program. Two schools in New Hampshire that offer approved programs are University of New Hampshire and Rivier College. Some online programs may also be approved, so check with the New Hampshire Board of Nursing if you are interested in completing your studies online. Online schools allow students the flexibility needed to complete schooling where and when it is convenient.
After you have completed your program, you must pass a national certifying exam in your category or specialty. The national certifying agencies accepted by the New Hampshire Board of Nursing include: the ANCC, PNCB, NCC for the Obstetric, Gynecologic, and Neonatal Nursing Specialties, AMCB, and NBCRNA.
Once you have passed your national exam, you must submit an application to the New Hampshire Board of Nursing with evidence of passing the exam and validation that you completed 400 hours of active practice within the 4 years before applying. Finally, you must submit a notarized criminal history record release form, along with a complete set of fingerprints taken by a qualified law enforcement agency or authorized employee of the Department of Safety.
The average NP in New Hampshire earns $88,000 per year. Salary rates vary depending on many factors, including experience, education, specialization, location, and facility.
Last Updated: 05/19/2014