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 Iowa Workforce Information NetworkNovember 25, 2015
License Title: Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner (Arnp)

License Description: Advanced registered nurse practitioners practice advanced nursing in one of four specialized areas: 1) certified registered nurse anesthetists, 2) certified nurse midwives, 3) certified nurse practitioners, and 4) clinical nurse specialists. Any licensed registered nurse who would like to have prescriptive authority needs to apply for an ARNP license.

Authorizing Statute: Code of Iowa, Chapters 17A, 147, 152, and 272C

Requirements for License:Applicants must be licensed as a registered nurse (see Registered Nurse, RN) in Iowa or be recognized for licensure in Iowa by the nurse licensure compact, complete a 12 to 18-month program leading to certification in a specialty area or a 24-month master's degree program, and pass a written national certification examination. Exam dates, fees, and the length of program vary depending on the area of specialization. The RN license is issued for three years, expiring on the 15th day of the birth month of the licensee. Registration as an ARNP is scheduled to coincide with the three-year RN licensure cycle.

Twenty-four contact hours or 2.4 continuing education units are required for renewal of a license issued for less than three years. Thirty-six contact hours or 3.6 continuing education units are required for renewal of a license issued for three years.

Also, evidence of a current certification in a specialized ARNP area will meet this requirement.

Application: $191 - RN license
$200 - both RN and ARNP together
Duration: Three years
Renewal: $99 - to renew RN
$81 - ARNP
$180 - both RN and ARNP together
Exam: Varies with the certification body

When:Contact the Iowa Board of Nursing to ascertain which examination is needed for advanced level certification. Exams vary by specialty and sub-specialty.

License Authority:
Iowa Board of Nursing

400 SW 8th St Ste B
Des Moines IA 50309
Phone: 5152816488

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