IN A VARIETY OF SETTINGS

*The total number of APRNs with an "active" (or current) license authorized by the Ohio Board of Nursing as of June 30, 2016

All Ohio APRNs must:

  • Obtain the knowledge and skills acquired in a basic nursing educational program

  • Pass the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX)-RN
  • 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 - CLICK HERE - 

  • Be licensed as a Registered Nurse (RN) by the Ohio Board of Nursing
  • Obtain a Master's or Doctorate degree from an accredited APRN educational program
  • 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.  For the Board's approved list of national certifying organizations- CLICK HERE - 

  • Be issued a license by the Ohio Board of Nursing that authorizes the nurse to practice as an APRN
  • Practice in collaboration with a physician or podiatrist (all CNPs, CNMs, and CNSs) or practice under the supervision of a physician, dentist, or podiatrist (all CRNAs).

  • Maintain national APRN certification

  • Complete continuing educational requirements on a regular basis (at least bi-annually)

An APRN is an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse.  There are four types of APRNs that are legally recognized in Ohio:

  • Certified Nurse Practitioner (CNP)
  • Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA)
  • Certified Nurse-Midwife (CNM)
  • Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS)
  • ​​​​​14,627*  Number of APRNs in Ohio

Definition

Courtesy of the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN)

All APRNs are RNs, but not all RNs are APRNs

​The following is REQUIRED to practice as an APRN in Ohio:​

APRNs are trained to:

  • Obtain a detailed and comprehensive history of the patient, including past medical/surgical history,  family history, and psycho-social history
  • Perform comprehensive physical examinations
  • Order and perform health screenings
  • Evaluate signs and symptoms
  • Diagnose and treat illnesses, diseases, and injuries
  • Diagnose and manage chronic diseases, such as diabetes and asthma
  • Order, perform, and interpret laboratory, radiology, and other diagnostic tests
  • Develop and modify plans of care
  • Coordinate and evaluate patient care
  • Prescribe medications and other treatments
  • ​Dispense and administer medications
  • Prescribe preventive therapies, such as vaccinations, diets, and exercise
  • Provide education and counseling to patients, families, and groups
  • Promote positive health behaviors and disease prevention 
  • Consult and collaborate with other health care professionals​
  • Refer patients to specialists (when appropriate)

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Ohio APRNs

Learn more about Ohio APRNs:


  • Master's or Doctorate Degree

  • National APRN Certification 

  • RN License (issued in Ohio)

  • APRN License (issued in Ohio) 

  •  Collaborating or Supervising Physician

  • ​Standard Care Arrangement (except CRNAs)