Oklahoma Nurse Practitioner Certification
Nurse practitioners in Oklahoma are referred to as ARPNs and are a type of APN. Other APNs include CNS, nurse–midwives, and CRNAs.
Oklahoma NPs provide many services to their patients. They promote and maintain good health; prevent illness and disability; diagnose and prescribe medications, treatments, and devices for acute and chronic illnesses and diseases; manage health care during acute and chronic phases of illness; consult and collaborate with other healthcare providers; guide and counsel patients; and refer patients to other healthcare providers and community resources.
In Oklahoma, NPs select an area of specialization. The specialization refers to the population served. An adult ARNP provides health care to adolescents and adults. A neonatal ARNP provides health care to neonates and infants. A pediatric ARNP provides health care to patients from newborn to young adulthood. A family ARNP provides health care to persons across the lifespan. A geriatric ARNP provides health care to older adults.
Other specialties include women’s health care, for which care is provided to adolescent and adult females; acute care, for those who are acutely ill; and adult psychiatric and mental health, for psychiatric and mental issues in patients ages 13 years and older. If you are a family psychiatric and mental health ARNP, you will provide acute and chronic psychiatric and mental health care to people of any age. Finally, acute care pediatric ARNPs provide health care to persons, from newborn to young adulthood, with complex acute, critical, and chronic health conditions.
In order to become licensed as an NP in Oklahoma, you must be a licensed RN and graduate from an advanced program in the nurse specialty you wish to practice. At a minimum, you must earn a master’s degree. The University of Oklahoma is an example of a school that provides an accredited NP program. Some students choose to complete their studies online. An internet-based nursing program provides nurses with the time flexibility needed to continue to work and handle other life responsibilities while furthering their education. Some of the accredited online programs are provided by: Graceland University, Philadelphia University, Frontier School of Midwifery and Family Nursing, Liberty University, and South University.
After you have received your advanced degree, you must pass an exam provided by one of the national certifying bodies that is approved by the Oklahoma Board of Nursing. These bodies include the ANCC, PNCB, NCC, AANP Certification Program, AMCB, AACN Certification Program, HIV/AIDS Nursing Certification Board (HANCB), ONCC, and NBCRNA.
Once you have passed your examination and received national certification, the Oklahoma Board of Nursing will evaluate your application and offer qualified applicants certification to practice in the state of Oklahoma. In order to prescribe medications, you must submit a separate application to the Board and be in a collaborative relationship with an Oklahoma-licensed physician.
In general, salaries for Oklahoma NPs average $82,000 per year, based on location, area of specialization, level of experience, and other factors.
Last Updated: 05/19/2014