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APRN Scope of Practice Bill Signed and Effective January 1, 2015

May 29, 2014


On May 13, 2014, and effective January 1, 2015, Governor Dayton signed into law a bill that will remove the requirements for a collaborative management plan and written prescribing agreement for Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs). The law also provides for licensure of of APRNs, which will be required for practice in Minnesota after January 1, 2015. To become licensed, an APRN will be required to hold a current RN license and submit documentation of successful completion of an acceptable graduate APRN program and current certification as an APRN in a role and population focus. Additionally, prior to full independent practice and prescribing authority, Clinical Nurse Specialists (CNS) and Nurse Practitioners (NP), will be required to practice for 2,080 hours within the context of a collaborative agreement with a licensed Minnesota Certified Nurse Practitioner, Certified Clinical Nurse Specialist, or physician who has experience in providing care to patients with similar medical problems. 

The Board is preparing the processes required to implement the new law. Applications for APRN licensure will be accepted beginning in Fall 2014.

More detailed information about the law can be accessed here: https://www.revisor.mn.gov/bills/bill.php?b=Senate&f=SF0511&ssn=0&y=2014. Additional information will be posted to the Board of Nursing website as it is available. Please check the website often. If you have questions; call the Board of Nursing at 612-317-3000 or Julie Sabo, APRN Specialist at 612-317-3013.