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professional nurse under this Act.
(3) Have successfully completed requirements to
practice as, and holds and maintains
certification as, a nurse midwife, clinical nurse
nurse practitioner, or certified registered
nurse anesthetist from the
appropriate national certifying
body as determined by rule of the Department.
(4) Have obtained a graduate degree appropriate for
national certification in a 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) Have not violated the provisions of this Act
concerning the grounds for disciplinary action. The
Department may take into consideration any felony
conviction of the applicant, but such a conviction may not
operate as an absolute bar to licensure.
(6) Submit to the criminal history records check
required under Section 50-35 of this Act.
(b-5) A registered professional nurse seeking licensure as
an advanced practice nurse in the category of certified
registered nurse anesthetist who does not have a graduate
degree as described in subsection (b) of this Section shall be
qualified for licensure if that person:
(1) submits evidence of having successfully completed
a nurse anesthesia program described in item (4) of
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subsection (b) of this Section prior to January 1, 1999;
(2) submits evidence of certification as a registered
nurse anesthetist by an appropriate national certifying
(3) has continually maintained active, up-to-date
recertification status as a certified registered nurse
anesthetist by an appropriate national recertifying body.
(b-10) The Department shall issue a certified registered
nurse anesthetist license to an APN who (i) does not have a
graduate degree, (ii) applies for licensure before July 1,
2018, and (iii) submits all of the following to the Department:
(1) His or her current State registered nurse license
(2) Proof of current national certification, which
includes the completion of an examination from either of
(A) the Council on Certification of the American
Association of Nurse Anesthetists; or
(B) the Council on Recertification of the American
Association of Nurse Anesthetists.
(3) Proof of the successful completion of a post-basic
advanced practice formal education program in the area of
nurse anesthesia prior to January 1, 1999.
(4) His or her complete work history for the 5-year
period immediately preceding the date of his or her
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(5) Verification of licensure as an advanced practice
nurse from the state in which he or she was originally
licensed, current state of licensure, and any other state
in which he or she has been actively practicing as an
advanced practice nurse within the 5-year period
immediately preceding the date of his or her application.
If applicable, this verification must state:
(A) the time during which he or she was licensed in
each state, including the date of the original issuance
of each license; and
(B) any disciplinary action taken or pending
concerning any nursing license held, currently or in
the past, by the applicant.
(6) The required fee.
(c) Those applicants seeking licensure in more than one
advanced practice nursing specialty need not possess multiple
graduate degrees. Applicants may be eligible for licenses for
multiple advanced practice nurse licensure specialties,
provided that the applicant (i) has met the requirements for at
least one advanced practice nursing specialty under paragraphs
(3) and (5) of subsection (a) of this Section, (ii) possesses
an additional graduate education that results in a certificate
for another clinical advanced practice nurse specialty and that
meets the requirements for the national certification from the
appropriate nursing specialty, and (iii) holds a current
national certification from the appropriate national