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Wisconsin Nurse Practitioner Certification

In Wisconsin, NPs are referred to "advanced practice nurse prescribers." Included in this category are certified nurse–midwives, CRNAs, and CNS. They are regulated by the Wisconsin Board of Nursing.

Wisconsin NPs may diagnose patients and treat those who have already been diagnosed; provide care from the outset of illness, including comprehensive care; take medical histories; provide physical exams; order labs and other diagnostic tests and procedures; interpret diagnostic tests; treat patients; and establish management plans for caring for patients with acute and chronic illnesses or diseases. Wisconsin NPs may receive the authority to prescribe or dispense mediations within the scope of their practice.

In order to become a nurse practitioner in Wisconsin, you must first hold a valid, unencumbered license to practice as a professional nurse in Wisconsin. This license may be issued by Wisconsin or one of the compact states. You must also hold a master’s degree in nursing or a related health field that is granted by a college or university accredited by a regional accrediting agency and approved by the state board of education in the state in which the institution is located.


Some schools in Wisconsin that offer approved NP programs include: Concordia University, Marian University, University of Wisconsin, Marquette University, and Viterbo University. Many students choose to their master’s degree from an online distance-learning school. Attending an online school offers nurses the flexibility to continue working and fulfill other obligations while pursuing an online accredited degree. The online programs are comparable to those at campus-based colleges and universities. Faculty at online nursing programs will arrange clinical sites in the student’s local area in order to fulfill the clinical component of the advanced nursing program. Some nationally accredited programs are offered by: University of Cincinnati, Philadelphia University, Frontier School of Midwifery and Family Nursing, Liberty University, South University, or Graceland University. Contact the Wisconsin Board of Nursing to find out whether a specific online program is approved by the state.

After you have completed your APN program, you are eligible to be certified as an NP in your area of specialty. You must pass an exam in your area of specialty and be certified by a national professional certifying organization recognized by the Wisconsin Board of Nursing, such as the AANP.

To have prescriptive authority in Wisconsin, you must complete at least 45 contact hours in clinical pharmacology/therapeutics within the 3 years preceding the date of your application for a prescriptive authority certificate. You must also take a jurisprudence examination for APN prescribers and be registered with the DEA.

On average, NPs in the state of Texas earn $75,000 per year. Factors such as experience, geographic location, facility, facility type, and area of specialization can affect individual salary rates.

Nurse Practitioner Preceptor Handbook (Concordia University)

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Last Updated: 05/19/2014