Section 1300.400  Application for Licensure


a)         An applicant for licensure as an advanced practice nurse shall file an application on forms provided by the Division.  The application shall include:


1)         Current Illinois registered professional nurse license number.


2)         Proof of current national certification, which includes completion of an examination, from one of the following:


A)        Nurse Midwife certification from:


i)          the American College of Nurse Midwives (ACNM); or


ii)         the American Midwifery Certification Board.


B)        Nurse Practitioner certification from:


i)          American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification  Program as a Nurse Practitioner;


ii)         American Nurses Credentialing Center as a Nurse Practitioner;


iii)        The Pediatric Nurse Certification Board as a Nurse Practitioner;


iv)        The National Certification Corporation for the Obstetric, Gynecologic and Neonatal Nursing Specialties as a Nurse Practitioner; or


v)         The Certification Board for Urologic Nurses and Associates as a Urologic Nurse Practitioner.


C)        Registered Nurse Anesthetist certification from:


i)          Council on Certification of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists; or


ii)         Council on Recertification of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists.


D)        Clinical Nurse Specialist certification from:


i)          American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) as a Clinical Nurse Specialist (acceptable certifications are listed in Appendix A);


ii)         American Association of Critical Care Nurses as a Clinical Nurse Specialist;


iii)        Rehabilitation Nursing Certification Board as a Certified Rehabilitation Registered Nurse-Advanced;


iv)        Oncology Nursing Certification Corporation as an Advanced Oncology Nurse (AOCN);


v)         Certification Board for Urologic Nurses and Associates as Urologic Clinical Nurse Specialist; or


vi)        Other certifications listed in Appendix A.


3)         The Board, in addition to the certifications listed in subsection (a)(2), may review and make a recommendation to the Division to accept a certification if the certifying body meets the following requirements (certifications are listed in Appendix A):


A)        is national in the scope of credentialing;


B)        has no requirement for an applicant to be a member of any organization;


C)        has an examination that represents a specialty practice category;


D)        has an examination that evaluates knowledge, skills and abilities essential for the delivery of safe and effective specialty nursing care;


E)        has an examination whose content and distribution are specified in a test plan;


F)         has examination items reviewed for content validity, cultural sensitivity and correct scoring, using an established mechanism, both before use and periodically;


G)        has an examination evaluated for psychometric performance;


H)        has a passing standard established using acceptable psychometric methods and is re-evaluated periodically;


I)         has examination security maintained through established procedures;


J)         issues a certification based upon passing the examination;


K)        has mechanisms in place for communication to boards of nursing for timely verification of an individual's certification status, changes in certification status and changes in the certification program, including qualifications, test plan and scope of practice; and


L)        has an evaluation process to provide quality assurance in its certification program.


4)         Proof of successful completion of a graduate degree appropriate for national certification in the clinical advanced practice nursing specialty or a graduate degree or post-master's certificate from a graduate level program in a clinical advanced practice nursing specialty.


5)         An applicant seeking licensure in more than one advanced practice nursing category shall have met the requirements for at least one advanced practice nursing specialty; and


A)        Submit proof of possession of an additional graduate education that results in a certificate for another clinical APN category and that meets the requirements for the national certification from the appropriate nursing specialty; and


B)        Submit proof of a current, national certification from the appropriate certifying body for that additional advanced practice nursing category.


6)         Verification of licensure as an APN from the state in which an applicant was originally licensed, current state of licensure and any other state in which the applicant has been actively practicing as an APN within the last 5 years, if applicable, stating:


A)        The time during which the applicant was licensed in that state, including the date of the original issuance of the license; and


B)        Whether the file on the applicant contains any record of disciplinary actions taken or pending.


7)         The fee required in Section 1300.30(a)(4).


b)         An applicant for licensure as an APN may apply to the Division for a temporary permit, on forms provided by the Division, to practice as an APN prior to the issuance of the APN license.


1)         Application Requirements


A)        The application shall include a completed, signed application for licensure, as set forth in subsection (a).


B)        The application shall include documentation from an approved certifying body set forth in subsection (a)(2) indicating the date the applicant is scheduled to sit for the examination. Upon successful completion of the examination, proof of certification shall be submitted to the Division from the certifying body.


C)        An APN who will be practicing in a hospital or ambulatory surgical treatment center in accordance with 210 ILCS 5/6.5 shall not be required to have prescriptive authority or a written collaborative agreement pursuant to the Act and this Part.


D)        An APN applicant who will be practicing outside of a hospital or ambulatory surgical treatment center shall provide a certifying statement indicating that the APN applicant has entered into a collaborative agreement as required by Section 65-35 of the Act. 


E)        The applicant shall include the processing fee set forth in Section 1300.30(a)(4).


2)         Practice Pending Licensure


A)        The Division will provide a letter to each applicant indicating the ability to practice pending licensure.


            B)        Practice pending licensure shall be terminated upon:


i)          the issuance of a permanent license;


ii)         failure to complete the application process within 6 months from the date of application;


iii)        a finding by the Division that the applicant has violated one or more of the grounds for discipline set forth in Section 70-5 of the Act;


iv)        a finding by the Division that, within the last 5 years, the applicant has had a license or permit related to the practice of advanced practice nursing revoked, suspended or placed on probation by another jurisdiction, if at least one of the grounds is substantially equivalent to grounds in Illinois; or


v)         a finding by the Division that the applicant does not meet the licensure requirements set forth in this Section.


C)        The Division shall notify the applicant in writing of the termination and shall notify the applicant by certified or registered mail of the intent to deny licensure.


c)         When the accuracy of any submitted documentation or the relevance or sufficiency of the course work or experience is questioned by the Division or the Board because of lack of information, discrepancies or conflicts in information given, or a need for clarification, the applicant seeking licensure shall be requested to:


1)         Provide information as may be necessary; and/or


2)         Appear for an interview before the Board to explain the relevance or sufficiency, clarify information, or clear up any discrepancies or conflicts in information.


d)         An APN license may be issued when the applicant meets the requirements set forth in this Section.