New York Nurse Practitioner Certification
In the state of New York, you must be certified by the New York State Education Department. To receive certification, you must meet specific educational and practice requirements above those fulfilled by a RN. New York NPs provide primary and acute care in ambulatory, acute, and long-term care settings. They may practice as primary providers in various areas, including acute care, family health, adult health, women's health, gerontology, college health, community health, holistic care, neonatology, Ob/Gyn, oncology, pediatrics, palliative care, perinatology, psychiatry, and school health.
New York NPs may diagnose patients and treat those who have already been diagnosed. They may provide care from the outset of illness, including comprehensive care. They may take medical histories; provide physical exams; order labs and other diagnostic tests and procedures; interpret diagnostic tests; and establish management plans to care for patients with acute and chronic illnesses or diseases.
In order to become a nurse practitioner in New York State, you must have a currently registered New York State license as a Registered Professional Nurse. Then, you must complete a master's degree in nursing program that is specifically designed for NPs. Your coursework must contain at least 3 semester hours in pharmacology.
Your program must be registered by the New York State Education Department as a qualifying program. If it is not registered, you can still meet the education criteria. You will need to submit documentation to the Board that the program you graduated from was designed to prepare you to practice as a NP. The Board may then consider your program to be equivalent to those that are registered by the state.
Some schools in New York that offer approved master’s programs for NPs are: State University of New York, Adelphi University, University of Rochester, College of New Rochelle, St. John Fisher College, Pace University, Long Island University, Daemon College, Sage Colleges, Dominican College, Mercy College, Columbia University, and New York University.
Whether or not you were educated within the state of New York, you must pass an examination in your specialty that is offered by one of the following national certification bodies: the AANP, PNCB, ANCC, NCC, ONCC, or the NBCHPN (National Board for Certification of Hospice and Palliative Nurses).
Once you have passed your examination, you must file an application with the Office of the Professions for a certificate for each specialty you seek. You must complete a separate application and maintain a collaborative relationship with a licensed physician in order to prescribe medications.
Salaries for New York NPs rate among the highest in the nation. The average salary for an NP in the state of New York is $107,000. Of course, salaries will vary widely based on location, area of specialty, experience, and other factors.
Last Updated: 05/19/2014