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ASBN - Adv. Practice Endorsement


If you are applying for an Arkansas APRN license and you already hold APRN licensure in another state(s), after reading this information, select the link at the bottom of this webpage.  This will direct you to the Arkansas Nurse Portal.

The Arkansas Nurse Portal will enable you to create a user profile account, which is a prerequisite to the application process.  A valid personal email address rather than a work email is preferable.  The nurse portal is also accessed at  

In order to expedite your license application process, there are specific documents and data which should be readily on hand.  First, proceed to  Select the Quick confirm tab.  Scroll down and select, "I agree."  Enter the requested information and download the view report.  Print the information.  This will supply your complete licensing history.

You will also need to access your complete educational history to include the date of graduation for each degree completed.  The month and year will suffice for the date of completion.

You should have a copy of your national certification on hand to include the date of original licensure, current issue date and expiration date.  The certificate will need to be uploaded as requested (pdf).

All endorsement applications must have a notarized copy of the forms Verification of Practice Hours and Verification of Prescribing Hours.  They must be on company letterhead.

Complete and submit the licensure application, along with associated fees. There is a nominal fee for online processing that will be included in the final total. Payment of associated fees may be made by credit card and are paid within the online process prior to submission of the application.  Print the final payment screen as this will have anumber that is necessary for applying for your criminal background check.


State and federal background checks are required to complete your application.  These results are only valid for 12 months.  If already on file with ASBN and current (less than one year) you may forego this step.  Otherwise you must utilize the criminal background check (CBC) instructions on the ASBN website.  Background checks from other agencies will not be accepted.

The federal CBC requires either:

  1. Completion of a fingerprint card supplied through ASBN and submission of the card to the Arkansas State Police, or
  2. Completion of this process through Arkansas Live Scan fingerprint scanning.

Fees associated with conduction of the state and federal criminal background checks are at the applicants expense and are paid within the CBC process.   

You will need to print a copy of the payment page (Payment Summary) for your records. IMPORTANT:  You will need the INA Search number that is located on the Payment Summary to include on your fingerprint card.  It is also used in the Live Scan Process.  The CBC information is found here.


Contact the university/college where you completed your APRN program and have them mail an official transcript to the Arkansas State Board of Nursing (ASBN), Attn:  APRN Department, 1123 S. University Ave., Suite 800, Little Rock, AR  72204


Have your certification agency submit verification that you passed the certification exam. Verification information should be mailed by the agency directly to the ASBN address above or emailed to Ellen Harwell, Licensing Coordinator, at


RN Licensure Verification 

To be licensed as an APRN in Arkansas, you must hold both RN (Arkansas or compact state) and APRN licenses.

If you hold RN licensure in a compact state (other than Arkansas), you must submit verification of your RN licensure by logging on to Choose Nurse License Verification for Endorsement. Submit a verification request. A fee is required.

If you hold RN licensure in a state that is NOT a compact state (does not participate in the Compact State Agreement), you must apply for an Arkansas RN license. To apply for an Arkansas RN license, go to



You do not automatically receive Prescriptive Authority with the issuance of your APRN license. The application process for Prescriptive Authority must be completed.

You may apply online for Prescriptive Authority which is included at the end of your APRN application or you may request prescriptive authority at a later time (if you are not employed, therefore do not have a CPA or QA plan). Prescriptive Authority includes an additional fee.

Eligibility guidelines are located at: here Section VIII Prescriptive Authority or by selecting this link - Chapter 4 - Advanced Practice Registered Nurse.

IN ADDITION TO THE ONLINE APPLICATION, you are required to submit three (3) items:

  1. Notarized verification of prescribing hours in last one (1) year,
  2. Collaborative Practice Agreement (CPA), and
  3. Quality Assurance (QA) Plan.

These documents should be uploaded into your application and also mailed or faxed to the ASBN, 1123 S. University Ave., Suite #800, Little Rock, AR 72204, Attention: APRN Dept., or faxing to 501.686.2714, Attention: APRN Dept. Both documents must be signed by the APRN and the collaborating physician(s).

Feel free to make changes to accommodate the CPA between you and your collaborating physician however, certain required criteria must be included in these documents. You are welcome to use the examples provided on our website (under the Adv. Practice tab) or by selecting the following links:

Collaborative Practice Guidelines for APRNs 

Quality Assurance Plans for APRNs

Prescribing protocols

APRNs with Prescriptive Authority must have prescriptive protocols (indications for and classifications of legend and controlled substances medications). You must modify the example provided to meet your specialty as this is a generic form.

Do not submit prescriptive protocols to the ASBN unless requested. They must be reviewed and approved yearly.

Examples and more information is located on the ASBN website under the Adv. Practice tab or by selecting the following link - Prescriptive Protocol Guidelines for APRNs


Do not apply for a DEA certificate until you receive full APRN licensure and a Prescriptive Authority Certificate number.

If you plan to prescribe Schedules III - V controlled substances, you must apply for a DEA certificate. Directions for applying for a DEA certificate are provided on our website under the Adv. Practice tab, DEA registration link. Submit a copy of your DEA card to the ASBN once received.

If you have requested expressed authority to request Schedule II hydrocodone combination products, you must use the appropriate CPA. You will see Schedule II on the DEA certificate but you are limited to hydrocodone combination products.


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