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Nurse Practitioner


A nurse practitioner (NP) is an RN who has completed advanced nursing education (usually a master’s or doctorate degree) and is certified by the New York State Education Department as a "Certified Nurse Practitioner" "Nurse Practitioner" or "NP" in a specialty area of practice. The New York State Education Department certifies NPs to practice in the following specialty areas: Adult Health; Family Health; Gerontology; Neonatology; Obstetrics/Gynecology; Oncology; Pediatrics, Perinatology; Psychiatry; School Health; Women’s Health; Holistic Care; College Health; Acute Care; Community Health; and, Palliative Care. An NP performs physical exams and diagnoses and treats illnesses and other health problems that fall within the specialty area of practice in which the NP is certified.

NPs may provide primary care, acute care or long term care. They may prescribe medical tests and treatments (i.e., x-ray tests, drugs) and perform a variety of medical procedures and minor surgical procedures. They provide health counseling, emotional support and health teaching. They coordinate and supervise patient care delivered by other health care personnel, such as RNs and LPNs. They engage in clinical research and make health care policy. Like RNs, NPs practice in broad range of health care and community settings. Many NPs have admitting and clinical privileges at hospitals and other health facilities.

NPs work with physicians and other health care practitioners to ensure that their patients receive appropriate, timely and well-coordinated care. They consult with physicians and other health practitioners regarding their patients as well as provide clinical consultations to other health practitioners. NPs identify when their patients require further evaluation or specialized care and make the appropriate referrals. New York law requires NPs practice pursuant to a written practice agreement with a collaborating physician except when an NP qualifies for and chooses to practice more autonomously and have collaborative relationships with physicians and/or a hospital.

Licensing Requirements:

You must be certified and registered as a nurse practitioner (NP) by the New York State Education Department (NYSED) in order to practice as an NP in New York.

NYSED certifies NPs to practice in the following specialty practice areas: Acute Care, Adult Health, College Health, Community Health, Family Health, Gerontology, Holistic Care, Neonatology, Obstetrics/Gynecology, Oncology, Pediatrics, Palliative Care, Perinatology, Psychiatry, School Health, and Women's Health.

To become certified and registered by NYSED as an NP, you must:

  • be currently registered and licensed as a registered professional nurse (RN) in New York State;
  • have graduated from a nurse practitioner education program acceptable to NYSED or be certified as a nurse practitioner by a national certifying organization acceptable to NYSED;
  • complete pharmacology coursework acceptable to NYSED; and
  • apply for nurse practitioner certification with NYSED.

Laws that govern NP certification include Education Law §6910 and 8 NYCRR Part 64.

Education Requirements:

If you are applying to be certified as an NP, you must provide to the New York State Education Department (NYSED) satisfactory evidence of:

  1. Having completed pharmacology coursework acceptable to NYSED; and,
  2. Having met applicable professional study and experience requirements acceptable to NYSED.

Experience Requirements:

To satisfy the professional education and experience requirements for certification as an NP, you must meet the criteria in one of the paragraphs (A, or B) below.

  1. You must graduate from an education program registered by NYSED as qualifying for NP certification or an education program that is determined by NYSED to be the equivalent to an NP education program
  2. OR

  3. You must obtain certification as an NP by one of the following national certifying organizations:


American Academy of Nurse Practitioners
P.O. Box 12846
Austin, TX 78711
Phone: 512-442-4262

American Association of Critical Care Nurses
101 Columbia
Aliso Viejo, CA 92656-4109
Phone: 800-599-2226
Web: (certification for adult nurse practitioners)

American Nurses Credentialing Center
Attn: Verification Specialist
P.O. Box 791321
Baltimore, MD 21279-1321

National Board for Certification of Hospice and Palliative Nurses
One Penn Center West
Pittsburgh, PA 15276-0100
Phone: 412-787-1057

National Certification Corporation
(Formerly NAACOG)
P.O. Box 11082
Chicago, IL 60611-0082
Phone: 312-951-0207
(Certification for women's health, neonatal and gynecologic/reproductive nurse practitioners.)

Oncology Nursing Certification Corporation
125 Enterprise Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15275
Phone: 877-769-6622

Pediatric Nursing Certification Board
800 South Frederick Avenue, Suite 204
Gaithersburg, MD 20877-4152
Phone 301-330-2921 or 888-641-2767

Fees (as of November 2, 2016)

The fee for certification and initial registration to practice as a nurse practitioner (NP) in each specialty practice area is $85. ($50 certificate application fee plus a $35 fee for initial registration.)

Licenses Issued:

In 2014, there were 1,678 licenses issued for this occupation.
In 2015, there were 1,761 licenses issued for this occupation.
As of July 1, 2016, there were 22,339 active licenses (specialties combined) for this occupation.

Licensing Authority:

New York State Education Department
Education Building
Division of Professional Licensing Services
Nurse Unit
89 Washington Avenue
Albany, New York 12234
Phone: (518) 474-3817 Ext. 280
Fax: (518) 474-3398

Standard Occupational Classification:

29-1171 - Nurse Practitioners
To learn more about this occupation search the Occupational Information Network (O*Net).

Additional Information:

American Nurses Association
8515 Georgia Avenue, Suite
Silver Spring, MD 20910-3492
Phone: (800) 274-4262

New York State Nurses Association
131 West 33rd Street, 4th Fl.
New York, NY 10001
Phone: (212) 785-0157


Fees stated and other information contained in this report are subject to change. Please contact the licensing authority listed above for the most current information.

This page was last updated on 12/1/16.

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