The applicant for approval to practice as a certified registered nurse
practitioner shall have:
(a) An active
Alabama registered nurse license, or a multistate registered nurse license
issued by a party state, as defined in Chapter 610-X-4 of the Rules of the
Alabama Board of Nursing, unless authorized by the Board of Nursing.
(b) Met all requirements for completion of or
graduation from an organized program of study and clinical experience beyond
the basic educational preparation as a registered nurse, that prepares nurse
practitioners and is recognized by the Board of Nursing and the appropriate
specialty certifying agency.
least a master's or higher degree in advanced practice nursing from an
accredited program recognized by the Board of Nursing.
(d) Current certification as a certified
registered nurse practitioner granted by a national certifying agency
recognized by the Board of Nursing in the clinical specialty consistent with
educational preparation and appropriate to the area of practice.
(e) Effective January 1, 2024, obtained
continuing education prescribed by the Board of Nursing regarding the rules and
statutes governing collaborative practice in Alabama, not more than forty-eight
(48) months prior to or within twelve (12) months of commencement of the
The applicant for initial approval as a
certified registered nurse practitioner who meets one of the following criteria
is exempt from the requirement for a master's degree in nursing:
(a) Graduation prior to 1996 from a Board of
Nursing-recognized post-baccalaureate program preparing nurse
(b) Graduation prior
to 1984 from a non-baccalaureate program preparing nurse
Board of Nursing may grant a waiver of the master's degree requirement at its
Ala. Admin. Code r.
Filed November 9, 1982 as
Rule No. 540-X-2-.19. Readopted: Filed February 8. 1993. Rules
reorganized--rule number changed to 540-X-8-.03 (see conversion table at end of
code): Filed June 14, 1984 (without publication in AAM). Repealed: Filed June
20, 1996; effective July 26, 1996. New Rule: Filed June 20, 1996; effective
July 26, 1996. Repealed and New Rule: Filed August 25, 2003; effective
September 29, 2003.
Administrative Monthly Volume XXXVII, Issue No. 11, August 30,
2019, eff. 10/7/2019.
Administrative Monthly Volume XXXIX, Issue No. 07, April 30,
2021, eff. 6/14/2021.
Author: Alabama Board of Medical
Code of Ala.