New Jersey Nurse Practitioner Certification
New Jersey NPs are referred to as APN Certified (A.P.N., C.). A.P.N., C. have prescriptive authority but are required to have a joint protocol with a collaborating physician who is licensed in New Jersey. The New Jersey Board of Nursing regulates NPs in the state.
Currently, there are almost 4,000 APNs in New Jersey, working in 17 specialties. The specialties include: family, pediatric, adult health, women's health, Ob/Gyn, neonatal, perinatal, maternal/child, gerontological, school, psychiatric/mental health, oncology, critical care, emergency/burns/trauma, medical–surgical, rehabilitation, and community health. In New Jersey, NPs may examine patients; order diagnostic treatments, drugs, devices, and tests; interpret diagnostic tests; establish management plans for acute and chronic illnesses and diseases; and inform patients about ways to promote health and avoid or prevent illness and disease. New Jersey NPs may also prescribe medications and devices, including controlled substances, within their area of specialty.
If you would like to be certified in the state of New Jersey as a nurse practitioner, you must first have a valid RN license to practice in the state. In addition, you must graduate from a master's- level program designed to educate and prepare NPs. You have the option of graduating from a post-master’s certificate program, but you must also have a master’s in a nursing program. Your program must include at least 45 hours of pharmacology, or you must complete a graduate-level, three-credit course in pharmacology from a school accredited by a national accrediting agency and approved by the Board.
Some schools in New Jersey that offer accredited programs for students preparing to become NPs include: Rutgers College, Richard Stockton College, St. Peter’s College, College of New Jersey, Farleigh–Dickenson University, Seton Hall University, and William Paton University. You may also pursue your master’s degree through an accredited online college or university. Some of the programs are provided by: South University, Philadelphia University, Frontier School of Midwifery and Family Nursing, Liberty University, and University of Cincinnati. Check with the New Jersey Board of Nursing to find out which online programs are approved in the state.
After you have earned your degree, you must pass the highest-level practice examination approved by the New Jersey Board of Nursing for your area of specialization. The certifying agency must directly submit documentation to the Board that you have passed the exam.
Salaries for NPs in New Jersey rank among the highest in the United States. Indeed.com states that NPs in New Jersey earned an average of $92,000 per year. These rates vary depending on many factors, including experience, location, area of specialty, and facility.
Last Updated: 05/19/2014