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Nurse Practitioner


A nurse practitioner (NP) is an RN who has earned a specialty certificate as a license to practice through additional education and experience. Nurse practitioners may diagnose, treat, and prescribe exclusively and autonomously within a State designated specialty area of practice in collaboration with a licensed physician qualified to collaborate in the specialty in accordance with an approved written collaborative practice agreement and practice protocols.

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 April 8, 2014)

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 2012, there were 1,383 licenses issued for this occupation.
In 2013, there were 1,615 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) 474-3398

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
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 12/03/14.

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