Iowa Board of Nursing

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Iowa Board of Nursing
RiverPoint Business Park
400 S.W. 8th Street, Suite B
Des Moines, IA 50309-4685
Tel: 515/281-3255
Fax: 515/281-4825

Office Hours:
8:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Monday – Friday

Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner - New Registration and Renewal- Frequently Asked Questions

Q. How do I apply for an Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner registration if I already have an active RN license in Iowa?
Q. How do I apply for an Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner registration if I reside and hold active RN licensure in another compact state and need only the ARNP registration in Iowa?
Q. What if I currently hold only an ARNP registration in Iowa and move to Iowa or a Non-Compact State; do I need to apply for a Registered Nurse License?
Q. How long will it take to issue my Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner registration once my application and the official transcripts from my school have been received?
Q. Can I renew my RN license and ARNP registration online?
Q. How will I be notifed to renew an ARNP registration?
Q. What if I am renewing only the ARNP registration because I reside in a compact state?
Q. When does the renewal form need to be received in the board office to avoid a late fee?

 

Q. How do I apply for an Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner registration if I already have an active RN license in Iowa?

A. You can apply for initial ARNP registration Online - Choose - IBON Online Services and then - Initial Registration as an ARNP - the forms are also on the website at nursing.iowa.gov by going to Licensure under Board Information. There you will see the Instructions for ARNP, Application for ARNP and ARNP Request for Nursing Transcript form. You will have to print the paper copies of the forms and submit your application by mail with a copy of your certification card. The fee of $81.00 can be paid with a personal check or money order made payable to the Iowa Board of Nursing.

Q. How do I apply for an Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner registration if I reside and hold active RN licensure in another compact state and need only the ARNP registration in Iowa?

A. The same process applies as the question above, except, that you must also include a photocopy of your active RN License from your primary state of residence.

Q. What if I currently hold only an ARNP registration in Iowa and move to Iowa or a Non-Compact State; do I need to apply for a Registered Nurse License?

A. Yes, if you move to Iowa or a Non-Compact State the Registered Nurse License currently held is no longer valid. You must apply for an Iowa Registered Nurse License by Endorsement. This application is available Online at - IBON Online Services.

Q. How long will it take to issue my Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner registration once my application and the official transcripts from my school have been received?

A. The ARNP applications are processed and issued two times per week on Tuesday and Friday.

Q. Can I renew my RN license and ARNP registration online?

A
. Yes, all applications for renewal are available Online under - IBON Online Services.

Q. How will I be notifed to renew an ARNP registration?

A
. Iowa does not mail renewal notification to licensees. Expiration dates are on the wallet card received and available Online. Approximately sixty (60) days prior to expiration you will be allowed to renew both the RN license and the ARNP registration. Your RN license must be kept ACTIVE in order to maintain an active ARNP registration. If you reside in another compact state active RN licensure MUST be held in that state.

Q. What if I am renewing only the ARNP registration because I reside in a compact state?


A. Iowa does not mail renewal notification to licensees. Expiration dates are on the wallet card received and available Online. Approximately sixty (60) days prior to expiration you will be allowed to renew. A photocopy of an active RN license from the compact state residing in or the ARNP registration card if the primary state does not require active RN licensure MUST be submitted to the Iowa Board of Nursing after completing the Online Renewal Application.


Q.When does the renewal form need to be received in the board office to avoid a late fee?

A. If renewing by paper form the renewal form must be received in the board office no later than the 15th day of your birth month if you reside in Iowa or a non-compact state or you will be required to pay a $50.00 late fee when renewing your RN license in Iowa.