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Advanced Practice Nurse

Occupation Advanced Practice Nurse
Agency IDFPR - Division of Professional Regulati
Phone 217.782.8556
Job Description "Advanced Practice Nurse" or "APN" means a person who has met the qualifications for (i) certified nurse midwife (CNM); (ii) certified nurse practitioner (NP); (iii) certified registered nurse anesthetist (CRNA); or (iv) clinical nurse specialist (CNS) and has been licensed by the Department. All advanced practice nurses licensed and practicing in the State of Illinois shall use the title APN and may use specialty credentials after their name. Advanced Practice Nursing is based on knowledge and skills acquired throughout an advanced practice nurse's nursing education, training, and experience. Advanced practice nursing includes: advanced nursing patient assessment and diagnosis; ordering diagnostic and therapeutic tests and procedures, performing those tests and procedures when using health care equipment, and interpreting and using the results of diagnostic and therapeutic tests and procedures ordered by the advanced practice nurse or another health care professional; ordering treatments, ordering or applying appropriate medical devices, and using nursing medical, therapeutic, and corrective measures to treat illness and improve health status; providing palliative and end-of-life care; providing advanced counseling, patient education, health education, and patient advocacy; prescriptive authority as defined in Section 65-40 of the Nurse Practice Act; and delegating selected nursing activities or tasks to a licensed practice nurse, a registered professional nurse, or other personnel.
Statute Illinois Nurse Practice Act
Type of Regulation License
Number Regulated 6,547
Age NA
  1. Must hold a current license to practice as a registered professional nurse;
  2. Have successfully completed requirements to practice as, and hold a current, national certification as, a nurse midwife, clinical nurse specialist, nurse practitioner or certified registered nurse anesthetist from the appropriate certifying body;
  3. Have obtained a graduate degree appropriate for national certification in a clinical advanced practice nursing specialty or a graduate degree of post-master's certificate from a graduate level program in a clinical advanced practice nursing specialty;
  4. Have not violated provisions of the Nurse Practice Act concerning the grounds for disciplinary actions;
  5. Submit to a criminal history records check.
Exam Passage of appropriate certifying examination for the particular specialty
Exam Type Part of certification process
Administered NA
Exam Fee NA
Passing Criteria Part of certification process
Repeats NA
Continuing Education 50 contact hours total per license renewal period
Citizenship NA
Note Licensure requirements and licensure fees are subject to change.
Application Fee NA
License Fee $125.00
Renewal Fee $40.00 per year
Reinstatement Fee $20 plus all lapsed renewal fees
License Period Two years (All licenses expire May 31 of each even-numbered year.)
Reciprocity/Endorsement NA