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Full Independent Practice Credentialing Committee

The Full Independent Practice Credentialing Committee was created by Act 412 of 2021. This legislation provides a pathway to full practice authority for Certified Nurse Practitioners (CNP). The Committee accomplishes this by reviewing the applications submitted by CNPs who apply for full independent practice authority.

Pursuant to ACA §17-87-314(e) the responsibilities of the Committee are:

Members

The Full Independent Practice Credentialing Committee is an eight-member committee created within the Arkansas Department of Health and appointed by the Governor. Committee members serve three-year terms, but not more than two consecutive terms. The committee shall consist of the following members:

The Director of the Arkansas State Medical Board and the Director of the Arkansas State Board of Nursing serve as ex officio nonvoting members.

Name Position Appointed
Mitzi Scotten, MD NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine – Fort Smith 9/1/21
Donna Shipley, MD AR College of Osteopathic Medicine – Fort Smith 9/1/21
Purushottm Thapa, MD UAMS 9/1/21
William Hawkins, MD At-Large 9/23/21
Darlene Byrd, DNP, APRN UAMS 9/1/21
Leonie DeClerk, PhD, DNP, APRN
Chair
UAMS 9/1/21
Mark Foster, DNP, APRN ASU 9/1/21
Julia Ponder, DNP, APRN
Vice Chair
At large 9/1/21


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Contact Us

Full Independent Practice Credentialing Committee
4815 W. Markham St., Slot 75
Little Rock, AR 72205
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Public Health Accrediation Board
Arkansas Department of Health
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