Tampa Bay Advanced Practice Nurses Council

Autonomous APRN Registration Application Now Available

Posted about 1 month ago by Debbie Devine

The Florida Board of Nursing and FNPN

Autonomous APRN Registration Application Available as of October 19th

The registration application for autonomous APRNs is scheduled to be available on Monday, October 19, 2020. The application can be found in both the MQA online system under “Manage My License” and under the Resources/Nursing Applications tab of the Board website.

Eligibility for registration as an autonomous APRN includes the following:

  • At least 3,000 clinical practice hours under the supervision of an allopathic or osteopathic physician within the past 5 years. These hours may include clinical instructional hours. [See Section 464.0123(1)(c) F.S. for complete requirements];
  • Three graduate-level semester hours, or the equivalent, in differential diagnosis and 3 graduate-level semester hours, or the equivalent, in pharmacology completed within the past 5 years (documentation required); and 
  • Not been subject to disciplinary action as specified in Section 456.072 F.S. or Section 464.018 F.S., or any similar disciplinary action in any state or jurisdiction within the past 5 years.

There is no fee associated with submitting the registration application.

Equivalency for the required semester hours is being defined by Board rule. The proposed language can be found at https://floridasnursing.gov/nursing-faqs/advanced-practice-registered-nurse-aprn/ .

The Board is also working towards adopting a definition of “primary care practice”. It was the subject of a rules workshop on October 9, 2020. We will update our website as the rule promulgation process continues.

The Council on APRN Autonomous Practice held its first meeting on August 28, 2020. It is awaiting the proposed definition of “primary care practice” prior to making recommendations to the Board on “standards of practice”. The Council is scheduled to meet again on November 19, 2020.

Updates to issues related to the autonomous practice are posted at this website link - https://floridasnursing.gov/hb-607-passes-legislature-impact-to-rns-cnas-and-aprns/ .

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