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Re-entry Process for APRNs


The mission of the Board of Nursing is to "safeguard life, health, and the public welfare of the people of this state."

The Board accomplishes this mission by:

  • Ensuring nursing competence
  • Regulating nursing practice, and
  • Promoting safe and effective nursing practice

In order to ensure competency in nursing, the Nurse Practice Act and the Administrative Rules specify continuing competency requirements for all licensees. Continuing competency requirements are predicated on ongoing education and maintaining an "active in practice" status. Nurse practitioners who do not meet active in practice requirements are required to complete re-entry requirements before they can be licensed in the advanced role.

The APRN Re-entry Plan is comprised of both theory and clinical components. Both the theory and the clinical practice components must be planned and implemented in conjunction with a nursing education program that prepares nurse practitioners in the applicant's specialty practice area. The theoretical component should prepare the applicant in the areas of health promotion, health assessment, evidence based practice (research), and the role of the nurse practitioner.

The applicant must have an active, unencumbered New Hampshire RN license before beginning the APRN Re-entry requirements. If the applicant has not been active in practice in the RN role for a minimum of 400 hours during the 4 years preceding application for licensure, a RN re-entry program must be completed before the APRN re-entry plan can be initiated.

New Hampshire Board of Nursing
121 South Fruit Street   |  Concord, NH 03301
Nursing (603) 271-2323  |  Nursing Assistant (603) 271-6282
Fax (603) 271-6605