Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner (ARNP)

Department of Public Health


Advanced registered nurse practitioners practice advanced nursing in one of four roles, including: 1) certified registered nurse anesthetists, 2) certified nurse midwives, 3) certified nurse practitioners, and 4) clinical nurse specialists.

Code Citation IC, Chapters 17A, 147,152, 272C

Who Applies A licensed registered nurse who has completed a formal advanced practice education program in one of the four roles; 1) certified registered nurse anesthetist, 2) certified nurse midwife, 3) certified nurse practitioner, and 4) clinical nurse specialist.

When To Apply Upon completion of qualifications.

Initial Requirements Advanced registered nurse practitioner applicants must be licensed as a registered nurse (see Registered Nurse, RN) in Iowa or be recognized for licensure in Iowa by the nurse licensure compact, complete a formal advanced practice program leading to national certification in a population foci. Certification exam dates, fees, and the length of program vary depending on the specific population foci. The RN license is issued for three years, expiring on the 15th day of the birth month of the licensee. Licensure as an Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner (RN) is scheduled to coincide with the RN licensure cycle.

Duration The RN license is issued for three years, expiring on the 15th day of the birth month of the license. The ARNP license coincides with the RN license.

Processing Time Three to five business days after all materials are received.

Fee Structure Application: $81 - Initial ARNP licensure. $119 - RN license by endorsement from another state; plus $50 to conduct a criminal history record check. $250 - Both RN and ARNP together. Renewal: $99 - to renew RN $81 - to renew ARNP $180 - Both RN and ARNP together Exam: Varies with the certification body.

Renewal Requirements Evidence of a current certification in a specialized ARNP area will meet this requirement.

Exam Varies with the certification body.

Additional Information The Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner practices nursing following the rules as stated in 655 Iowa Administrative Code.

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Kathy Weinberg
400 SW 8th Street, Ste. B
Des Moines, IA 50325