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Nurse Practitioner


A nurse practitioner, is a registered professional nurse who has earned the authority to diagnose and treat illness and physical conditions and to perform therapeutic and corrective measures within a specialty area of practice through master’s degree preparation in that specialty area. The Nurse Practitioner practices autonomously once a collaborative agreement has been established between the nurse practitioner and a physician in the appropriate specialty area.

Licensing Requirements:

An applicant must file an application for licensure/registration with the New York State Education Department, Office of the Professions, to practice as a nurse practitioner in New York State. The latest information and requirements for licensure are available on the New York State Education Department's Office of the Professions website at

Fees: (as of August 7, 2012)

The fee for a certificate in each nurse practitioner specialty area is $85. ($50 certificate application fee plus a $35 fee for initial registration.)

Licenses Issued:

In 2010, there were 1,102 licenses issued for this occupation.
In 2011, there were 1,163 licenses issued 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) 474-3706

Standard Occupational Classification:

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

Additional Information:

American Nurses Association
600 Maryland Avenue
Washington, D.C. 20024-2571
Phone: (202) 651-7000

New York State Nurses Association
46 Cornell Road
Latham, New York 12110
Phone: (518) 782-9400


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 10/9/12.

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