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*The total number of APRNs with an active (or current) license in Ohio as of June 30, 2021 (Ohio Board of Nursing, 2021)
All Ohio APRNs must:
First, obtain a license to practice as a Registered Nurse (RN) from the Ohio Board of Nursing. Obtaining an RN license requires certain knowledge and skills acquired in a basic nursing educational program and successfully passing the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX)-RN. Prior to being licensed as an RN in Ohio, the applicant must submit fingerprints for an FBI (federal) and BCI (civilian) criminal records check completed by the Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation (BCI). Learn more about the Ohio Board of Nursing's criminal background check requirement.
Pass a national certification examination (in an APRN role and at least one population focus) from a national certifying organization, approved by the Ohio Board of Nursing. Learn more about the Ohio Board of Nursing's approved list of national certifying organizations.
Maintain national APRN certification.
An APRN is an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse. There are four types of APRNs that are legally recognized in Ohio:
Master's or Doctoral Degree
National APRN Certification
RN License (issued in Ohio)
APRN License (issued in Ohio)
Collaborating or Supervising Physician
Standard Care Arrangement (except CRNAs)
Courtesy of the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN)
The following is REQUIRED to practice as an APRN in Ohio:
APRNs are trained to:
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