Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (NP, NMW, CNS and RNA)

Online Application Instructions

NOTICE: Please read all information before starting the application process. The link for the application is located at the bottom of this page.


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APRN Requirements

Licensure in Kansas is mandatory to practice as an advanced practice registered nurse (APRN). You may not be employed to practice as an APRN in Kansas until licensed or issued a temporary permit by the Kansas State Board of Nursing. Licensure/certification in another state, territory or country does not grant applicants the privilege of practicing as an APRN in Kansas. APRN applicants must also have a current license as a Registered Professional Nurse in Kansas.

Education Requirements:

ALL ROLES:

  • Program completed after January 1, 1997 – shall include three (3) college hours in advanced pharmacology or equivalent.
  • Program completed after July 1, 2009 shall have completed three (3) college hours in advanced pathophysiology or its equivalent and three college hours in advanced health assessment or its equivalent.
  • Program completed after January 1, 2011 – nurse practitioner and clinical nurse specialist applicants shall have completed three (3) college hours in advanced pathophysiology or its equivalent and three (3) college hours in advanced health assessment or its equivalent.
  • KSBN requires a graduate degree in nursing (master’s degree in nursing or higher degree in one of the four (4) roles of advanced practice) based on the date the advanced practice program was completed.

Role Specific Requirements:

Nurse Practitioner

Complete a formal, post basic nursing education program approved by the Kansas Board which prepares the nurse to function as a nurse practitioner. If completing a program after July 1, 1994, the applicant shall hold a baccalaureate or masters degree in clinical nursing. If completing the program after July 1, 2002, the applicant shall hold a masters or higher degree in a clinical area of nursing.

Nurse Midwife

Complete a formal, post basic nursing education program approved by the Kansas Board which prepares the nurse to function as a nurse midwife. If completing a program after July 1, 2000 the applicant shall hold a baccalaureate or higher degree in nursing. If completing a program after July 1, 2010 an applicant shall hold a master’s degree or higher in midwifery.

Clinical Nurse Specialist

Complete a formal, post basic nursing education program approved by the Kansas Board which prepares the nurse to function as a clinical nurse specialist. If completing a program after July 1, 1994, the applicant shall hold a baccalaureate or masters degree in clinical nursing. If completing the program after July 1, 2002, the applicant shall hold a masters or higher degree in a clinical area of nursing.

Nurse Anesthetist

Complete a formal, post basic nursing education program approved by the Kansas Board which prepares the nurse to function as a nurse anesthetist. If completing a program after July 1, 2002, the applicant shall hold a masters degree in nurse anesthesia.

Applicant must have verification of successful completion of the National Certification Exam administered by the National Board of Certification and Recertification for Nurse Anesthetists (NBCRNA).

All applicants must provide proof of completion/graduation from an approved nursing education program. The transcript must include the following:

  • Legal Name (first, middle (if applicable) and last)
  • Degree Awarded
  • Date of graduation and degree earned.

Contact your nursing program to have an official transcript sent by one of the following means, KSBN accepts: 

  • Electronic transcripts can be sent DIRECTLY to KSBN by your advanced practice nursing program using Parchment or National Student Clearinghouse; or
  • Official transcript mailed directly from your advanced practice nursing program to the KSBN office at the below address:

Kansas State Board of Nursing
Landon State Office Building
900 SW Jackson, Suite 1051
Topeka, KS 66612

If the educational institution offering the advanced practice nursing program is located outside of Kansas, the Kansas State Board of Nursing shall decide if the program meets the standards for Kansas Programs and may request additional information about the program.

There is a legal requirement that Registered Nurse Anesthetists and Nurse Midwifes must carry malpractice insurance and pay a surcharge to the State of Kansas Health Care Stabilization Fund. This process is handled by the Kansas Health Care Stabilization Fund at 785.291.3777.

YOU WILL NEED THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION TO COMPLETE THE ONLINE APPLICATION:

  • Name and degree type for the advanced practice nursing program where you received your advanced practice  nursing degree(s)
  • Information regarding your Kansas Registered Nurse license, license number and license status.
  • Valid credit or debit card (MasterCard, Visa, Discover or American Express) or checking account information (routing and account number). There is a service fee charged for an e-check refused by the bank due to insufficient funds or closed account.
  • Social Security number issued by the U.S. Social Security Administration

NOTE: The granting of a temporary permit is discretionary and in no circumstance guarantees licensure: You may be eligible for a NONRENEWABLE temporary permit which permits employment as a NP/CNS/NMW/RNA in the state of Kansas while the application is being processed. A temporary permit is valid for 180 days or until the permanent license has been issued (whichever comes first). Prior to the issuance of a temporary permit, a completed application (and fee), criminal background check fingerprints/waivers (and $48 fee), and proof of education must be received by the Kansas State Board of Nursing for advanced practice applicants.
Please see section on temporary permits for more information.


ALL applicants must complete a criminal background check prior to the issuance of a license.

APRN Application

Please be advised:

Name: Do not use nicknames. If you do not have a middle name, leave the field blank. If you have just an initial for a first or middle name, write just the initial in the corresponding field.

The APRN application is not yet optimized for mobile devices. As a result, we recommend using a desktop computer.

APRN application to obtain a Kansas license:

  • Online Application for Advanced Practice Registered Nurse, application fee. Fingerprint card, completed waivers and $48 criminal background check fee paid.
  • Official Transcript sent directly to KSBN, via U.S. Mail, Parchment or National Student Clearinghouse
  • Must hold a current Kansas Registered Nurse (RN) license, or submitting an endorsement application for a Kansas RN license or reinstating a previous Kansas RN license.
  • RNA ONLY: Verification of successful completion of the National Certification Exam administered by the National Board of Certification and Recertification for Nurse Anesthetists (NBCRNA).

Licensure Fees:

Application fee:

  • $50 – NP (pay to KSBN)
  • $100 – NP Application with Temporary Permit
  • $50 – CNS (pay to KSBN)
  • $100 – CNS Application with Temporary Permit
  • $50 – NMW (pay to KSBN)
  • $100 – NMW Application with Temporary Permit
  • $75 – RNA (pay to KSBN)
  • $110 – RNA Application with Temporary Permit

Background check fee:

  • $48 (pay to KSBN)
Valid forms of payment:

Online Applications:

  • Credit or Debit Card; Visa, Mastercard, Discover or American Express
  • Electronic Check

After successful completion (including approval of payment), you’ll receive a confirmation page. You will have the option to print the confirmation. YOU NEED TO PRINT THIS FOR YOUR RECORDS AND AS RECEIPT OF PAYMENT.
Social Security Number Required

All applicants seeking licensure by KSBN must have a valid social security number to be issued a license to practice nursing. While making application for a Social Security number, you may start the application process, however no license or temporary permit will be issued until proof of the Social Security number is submitted to Kansas State Board of Nursing.
The Kansas Board of Nursing requires a Criminal Background check before a license or temporary permit  can be issued.

Mailing Address

Kansas State Board of Nursing
Landon State Office Building
900 SW Jackson, Ste 1051
Topeka, KS 66612

A Criminal Background Check is REQUIRED
All applicants must submit fingerprints for a criminal background check and be approved prior to issuance of license. The cost for a criminal background check is $48. There are two options to be fingerprinted for your background check:

  • You may contact the KSBN office to have a live scan of your prints done for an additional $7.50. Call 785.296.3375 and schedule an appointment, fingerprints are done Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 3:30 pm.
  • Or contact KSBN at Request Fingerprint Packet to have a fingerprint card and waivers mailed. Fingerprints must be performed by trained law enforcement personnel. Contact your local sheriff or police station for assistance and additional details.

Pursuant to K.A.R. 60-3-107 and K.A.R. 60-11-120: Applicants for initial licensure by examination or endorsement and for reinstatement while awaiting documentation of qualification shall be active for six months.

  • The expiration of each application shall be based upon the date of receipt at the agency.
  • Once the application has expired, each individual seeking licensure shall file a new application along with the appropriate fee as prescribed by K.A.R. 60-4-101.

 

Submission Information

To submit an application for APRN, please access the Advanced Practice Application by clicking the link located at the bottom of this screen.

After submission of your application:

  • You must request an official transcript be forwarded directly to KSBN from your advanced practice nursing program.
  • You must complete your fingerprints/waiver and mail to KSBN along with the $48 background check fee. Or you may contact the KSBN office to have a live scan of your prints done for an additional $7.50. Call 785-296-3375 and schedule an appointment, finger prints are done Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 3:30 pm.
  • If you answer yes to question(s) on the application or have a criminal history on your background/history, the required documentation must be received by KSBN or it will be considered incomplete and cannot be processed by the KSBN.  (See Legal Section for more information)
  • Request verification of your original states' licensure forwarded to KSBN.

Once all requirements for advanced practice are met, reviewed and a license is granted, a certificate of licensure and wallet card will be mailed to the address of record.  All applicants/licensees are required to notify KSBN within 30 days of a name or address change pursuant to K.S.A. 65-1117 and K.A.R. 60-7-103.

Temporary Permit

The granting of a temporary permit is discretionary and in no circumstance guarantees licensure.
You may be eligible for a nonrenewable temporary permit which permits employment as a NP/CNS/NMW/RNA in the state of Kansas while the application is being processed. A temporary permit is valid for 180 days or until the permanent license has been issued (whichever comes first). Prior to the issuance of a temporary permit, a completed advanced practice application (and fee), criminal background check fingerprints/waivers (and $48 fee), and proof of education must be received by the Kansas State Board of Nursing for all applicants.
Some examples in which a temporary permit may be denied include (but not limited to), if you:

  • Have been under investigation or had/have disciplinary action pending in Kansas or any other state or agency of the U.S. Government, territory of the United States, or country.
  • Have had past disciplinary action in another state or agency of the U.S. Government, territory of the United States, or country.
  • Have had other disciplinary action taken against the applicant or licensee by a licensing authority of another state, agency of the U.S. Government, territory of the United States or country.
  • Have criminal history.
  • No Social Security Number.

Legal Questions on Application

If you answer yes to any question(s) on the application or have a criminal history on your background/history, the required documentation must be received by KSBN or it will be considered incomplete and cannot be processed by the KSBN.
If you have questions about the conviction or disciplinary action requirements, please contact the Kansas State Board of Nursing Legal Department at 785.296.1817.

Internationally Educated Applicants

K.A.R. 60-3-106: Licensure Qualifications.

(a)    As part of the application process, each individual applying for licensure in Kansas who is a graduate of a foreign nursing program shall submit that individual’s education and licensure credentials for evaluation to the commission on graduates of foreign nursing programs (CGFNS) or some other credentialing agency approved by the board.
(b)    Any individual applying for licensure in Kansas who is a graduate of a foreign nursing program in which instruction was not in English may be granted a license if the individual meets all other requirements for licensure in effect at the time of application and shows proof of proficiency in English by passing any of the following:

(1)   The test of English as a foreign language and the test of spoken English; OR
(2)   Similar examinations, as approved by the KSBN.

KSBN requirements for licensure by examination for applicants who were educated outside of the United States:

  • Proof of Education (via CGFNS evaluation of your education)
  • English Proficiency Examination (TOEFL), IF NURSING EDUCATION WAS NOT TAUGHT IN ENGLISH AND ENGLISH TEXT BOOKS WERE NOT USED
  • Valid Social Security Number
  • Satisfactory criminal background check

Step One: Documentation of Education

Graduates of an International Nursing Education Program

KSBN requires the evaluation of education and nursing licenses outside of the United States be evaluated by an approved credentialing agency and the report be sent directly to the Kansas State Board of Nursing from the credentialing agency.

The currently approved credentialing agency by the KSBN is:

Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS)
3600 Market Street, Suite 400
Philadelphia, PA 19104-2651
Phone 215.349.8767
http://www.cgfns.org

Step Two: English Proficiency Examination

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL):

  • If your primary language was not English or if your nursing education was not taught in English using English textbooks you must show proficiency in oral and written English.
  • Complete the TOEFL exam. It is an internet-based exam. A paper-based version of the exam is available in areas where internet based testing is not possible.
  • The KSBN has approved the following scores for the TOEFL Exam:

Minimum Scores:
Writing      20
Speaking    20
Reading   19
Listening   20

EACH AREA MUST MEET THE MINIMUM REQUIREMENT.

The testing company is:

TOEFL Publications
PO Box 6154
Princeton, NJ 08541-6154
Phone 609.771.7100
http://www.toefl.org

The test is given in several locations in Kansas and many other locations in the United States.

  • Request TOEFL results be sent directly to Kansas State Board of Nursing by using code number 9149 in the results reporting list. For more information go to TOEFL.

Copies of the CGFNS professional report (education evaluation) or TOEFL (English proficiency examination) will NOT be accepted from the applicant, the official agencies must send report directly to KSBN.

Step Three: Complete the application for APRN

Access the KSBN Online Application Portal and submit an application and pay the required application fee.

Legal – Misdemeanor/Felony/Disciplinary Action

Convictions: If you have been convicted of a misdemeanor and/or felony, specific certified/dated copies of court documents (for EACH) conviction are REQUIRED and must be mailed to KSBN. The certified/dated copies must be current (dated within 3 months of submission). Without receipt of the REQUIRED documents, the application is considered incomplete and may result in a denial of licensure.

Please note: A successfully completed court-ordered Diversion is NOT a conviction, and DOES NOT need to be reported to KSBN. Also note that different courts may use different titles for similar court documents.

The following list is not all inclusive but represents the types of court documents that can be obtained from the office of the Clerk of the Court where the conviction(s) occurred – City (municipal), county (district/circuit) or federal court.

  • Uniform Notice to Appear and Complaint (e.g. ticket), Complaint/Petition or Indictment:
  • DO NOT submit information regarding speeding or parking tickets.
  • Amended Complaint/Petition or Indictment (indicates charges were increased/decreased from the original charges)
  • Journal Entry of Judgment (Conviction) and Sentencing (this may be on the back side of the ticket or a separate piece of paper entitled “Journal Entry”
  • Probation Agreement (if any) and current status
  • Diversion Agreement (if any) and current status
  • Proof that all fines, fees, costs and/or restitution have been paid or record of payment to date

Example of things to report to the board:

Subject to reporting:

  • All felonies.

And the following categories of misdemeanor are subject to be reported:

  • Alcohol;
  • any drugs;
  • deceit;
  • dishonesty;
  • endangerment of a child or vulnerable adult;
  • falsification;
  • fraud;
  • misrepresentation;
  • physical, emotional, financial, or sexual exploitation of a child or vulnerable adult;
  • physical or verbal abuse;
  • theft;
  • violation of a protection from abuse order or protection from stalking order; or any action arising out of a violation of any state or federal regulation.

DISCIPLINARY ACTION: If you have been disciplined by any Board (e.g. professional licensure) or governmental agency (e.g. Department of Aging and Disability Services  regarding CNA and HHA certification, Department of Revenue regarding a driver’s license suspension, cancellation and/or revocation for any reason) you are REQUIRED to provide  certified/dated copy of that Board order or disciplinary/administrative action. You may obtain a copy of your current Driver’s record by going to any driver’s license exam station with a current photo ID and request the document. (A small fee is usually charged for a copy of your driving record.)

EXPLANATORY LETTER: You are REQUIRED to submit an explanatory letter regarding EACH conviction and/or disciplinary/administrative action. The letter should include the following information:

  • Date of the criminal offense or disciplinary action;
  • Circumstances leading up to the arrest or disciplinary/administrative action;
  • Actual conviction or disciplinary/administrative action;
  • Actual sentence or board/regulatory agency order;
  • Current status of sentence of order; and
  • Rehabilitation (if any).

Legal Questions on Application

If you answer yes to question(s) on the application or have a criminal history on your background/history, the required documentation must be received by KSBN or it will be considered incomplete and cannot be processed by the KSBN.

If you have questions about the conviction or disciplinary action requirements, please contact the Kansas State Board of Nursing Legal Department at 785.296.1817.

Check Application Status

Access the KSBN website and click on “check status of application”, log in and locate the license application type in which you submitted, and then click “View Checklist”.  When a requirement for licensure has been received it will be marked “complete” with the date it was processed. Should an item still say “unchecked” , this means the information has not been received by KSBN or it has not been processed yet (please allow 3-5 business days) by the KSBN.

Please be advised“not applicable” means the particular item is NOT required or needed.

Check Status of Kansas License/Print a Copy of License

Access the KSBN website and click on “license verification database” and click “begin searching” (green button under picture of mobile devices) then select the tab for the way you would like to search, either “Search by License Number” or “Search by Name”.  Once your license has been issued or renewed it will display here with updates. You can print a current copy of your license anytime from this site free of charge.

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