Advanced Practice Registered Nursing in Florida – License Requirements

Advanced Practice Registered Nursing in Florida

Similar to other states, in Florida, the State’s Board of Nursing regulates the Advanced Nursing Practice.

Advanced practice registered nurses have multiple specialties in Florida.

Nurse anesthetists and nurse midwives in Florida also get their credentials as APRNs.

However, clinical nurse specialists (CNSs) have a different and separate licensing process.

Bear in mind that prerequisite for the APRN license is holding a registered nurse license issued in Florida.

ARNP Educational Requirements in Florida

Currently, the Florida state regulations note that advanced practice nurses need to hold master’s or post-master programs to earn their credentials.

However, nurses who completed their education in the past are exempted from the degree level requirement.

The exemption from the master’s degree applies to the nurse practitioners who graduated before October 1, 1998, and nurse anesthetist graduated before the same date 2001.

ARNP Certification Requirements

To earn advanced nursing credentials, one must earn the certification in specialty areas that are approved by the Board of Nursing.

In Florida, multiple organizations are approved by the Board for the credentialing process.

Those are:

  • American Academy of Nurse Practitioners
  • American Association of Critical-Care Nurses
  • American College of Nurse-Midwives
  • American Nurses Credentialing Center
  • Council on Certification of Nurse Anesthetists (or Council on Recertification of Nurse Anesthetists)
  • National Certification Corporation for OB/GYN
  • National Board of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners and Associates
  • National Board for Certification of Hospice and Palliative Nurses
  • Oncology Nursing Certification Corporation

However, sometimes the licensing agency can decide to accept other certification organizations.

On the other hand, not all examinations are accepted by the licensing agencies.

You can find the complete list of all restrictions in the state administrative code available on the website of Florida’s Board of Nursing.

Additional Requirements

Licensing agencies in Florida also require aspiring advanced practice nurses to complete a two-hour course in the prevention of medical errors.

Additionally, all APRNs need to hold liability insurance.

In Florida, advanced practices nurse perform their duties under set protocols or they sign a collaboration agreement with physicians or dentists.

Protocols need to be submitted on a set timeline after a nurse starts its job to be valid.

The APRN Application Process

You can download all the application forms on the website of Florida’s Board of Nursing website.

Nurse practitioners, nurse midwives, and nurse anesthetist all use the same application form, but they need to set their specialties.

Upon application, aspiring APRNs need to submit either official verification of certification or a copy of the current certification card.

A copy needs to be notarized to be valid.

Those who have criminal backgrounds need to provide supporting documentation and letters of recommendation.

Candidates with current RN in Florida have to pay the fee of $100.

Those who apply simultaneously for RN and APRN licenses pay $210.

Additionally, applicants in Florida who want to withdraw the application can get a partial refund.

There is an option for earning temporary permit pending certification for nurse anesthetists and nurse-midwives.

Also, you can find the verification form in the application packet.

The verification form needs to be filled out by your educational institution.

Besides, the application must include official transcripts.

All applicants need to pass the fingerprint-based background check.

You can make your fingerprint through Livescan provides accepted by the Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE).

You can find the complete list of approved providers on the website of the Florida Board of Nursing.

Next, all applicants need the correct ORI number, and the results need to be sent to the licensing agency.

You can find all information for the application process in the application packet, and the website of the State’s Board of Nursing has the lists and contact information of all relevant institutions.

License Renewal

Both registered nurses and advanced practice registered nurse licensee need to be renewed at the same time.

The renewal requirements include proof of liability insurance and current certification.

Additionally, nurses need to submit the protocols as well.

Clinical Nurse Specialist Requirements and Application Process

The requirements for the clinical nurse specialist are somewhat different than other advanced nursing roles.

CNSs also need to hold a master’s degree and national certification.

Only CNSs who have pursued a specialty without a nationally recognized certifying agency is exempt from the certification requirement.

In Florida, there are numerous recognized specialties for CNS.

Some of them include:

  • Adult Health (Medical-Surgical Nursing)
  • Adult Psychiatric and Mental Health
  • Advanced Diabetes Management
  • Advanced Certified Hospice and Palliative Nurse
  • Advanced Oncology Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • Child and Adolescent Psychiatric and Mental Health
  • Certified Critical Care Nurse Specialist
  • Gerontological Nursing
  • Pediatric Nursing
  • Public/Community Health Nursing

The state administrative code approves four institutions as appropriate certifying agencies for CNSs.

Those are:

  • American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN)
  • American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC)
  • National Board for Certification of Hospice and Palliative Nurses
  • Oncology Nursing Certification Corporation

If there is no certifying agency for the chosen specialty, a candidate needs to show evidence of 1.000 hours of clinical experience in that area.

The state code also notes that half of the clinical experience needs to be post-graduation.

Aspiring clinical nurse specialists can also download the application forms from the Board of Nursing website.

All aspiring CNS applicants need to hold a valid RN license and to pay a fee of $75.


Aspiring APRNs in Florida has plenty of options for proper education.

For example, Florida International University offers plenty of graduate certificates and MSN programs.

All are conducted on-campus.

If you are interested in online education, you can complete an MSN program at South University in Tampa.

There are Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) with a Specialization in Family Nurse Practitioner program, and Master of Science in Nursing with a Specialization in Family Nurse Practitioner, which is RN to MSN bridge program.

Hybrid programs are available at the University of Central Florida in Orlando.

Check the table for more information on schools in Florida.

School NameAddress
Barry University11300 NE 2nd Avenue Miami Shores, FL 33161, (305) 899-3379
ECPI University660 Century Point #1050 Lake Mary, FL 32746, (407) 562-9100
Florida Atlantic University777 Glades Road Boca Raton, FL 33431, (561) 297-6261
Florida International University11200 SW 8th Street Miami, FL 33199, (305) 348-7703
Florida Southern College111 Lake Hollingsworth Drive Lakeland, FL 33801, (863) 680-4111
Florida State University600 W. College Avenue Tallahassee, FL 32306, (850) 644-5621
Jacksonville University2800 University Blvd North Jacksonville, FL 32211, (904) 266-8000
Keiser University1700 Halstead Boulevard, Building 2 Tallahassee, FL 32309, (850) 906-9494
Miami Regional University700 S. Royal Poinciana Blvd. Suite 100 Miami Springs, FL 33166, (305) 442-9223
Nova Southeastern University - Miramar2050 Civic Center Place, 3rd Floor Miramar, FL 33025, (954) 262-9498
Palm Beach Atlantic University901 S. Flagler Drive West Palm Beach, FL 33401, (888) 468-6722
South University4401 North Himes Avenue, Suite 175 Tampa, FL 33614, (180) 068-8093 x2
The University of Tampa401 W. Kennedy Blvd Tampa, FL 33606, (813) 253-3333
University of Central Florida12201 Research Parkway, Suite 300 Orlando, FL 32826, (407) 823-2744
University of MiamiP.O. Box 248153 Coral Gables, FL 33124, (305) 284-3666
University of North Florida1 UNF Drive Jacksonville, FL 32224, (904) 620-1000
University of South Florida12901 Bruce B. Downs Blvd MDC Box 22 Tampa, FL 33612, (813) 974-2191


A nurse practitioner in Florida earns an average salary of $103.960 per year.

Bear in mind that salary depends on factors such as education, certifications, specialty, role, location, facility, etc.

Annual Salary Range:
Annual Salary by Location:
LocationAvg. Annual Salary
Saint Petersburg$104,179
Fort Lauderdale$106,269
Pembroke Pines$105,579

Regional Salary in Florida

RegionEmployedAvg. Annual SalaryAvg. Hourly PayTop 10% Annual SalaryBottom 10% Annual Salary
Cape Coral-Fort Myers, FL720$128,000$61.54$152,400$99,510
Crestview-Fort Walton Beach-Destin, FL190$109,570$52.68$144,150$77,430
Deltona-Daytona Beach-Ormond Beach, FL560$111,250$53.49$164,260$81,270
Gainesville, FL340$111,130$53.43$123,260$80,640
Homosassa Springs, FL70$104,640$50.31$137,220$73,400
Jacksonville, FL1,570$115,740$55.65$135,980$81,200
Lakeland-Winter Haven, FL440$109,200$52.5$136,000$83,520
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL5,450$101,870$48.97$136,290$30,850
Naples-Immokalee-Marco Island, FL310$120,220$57.8$144,460$98,370
North Port-Sarasota-Bradenton, FL640$117,020$56.26$147,850$83,580
Ocala, FL280$99,000$47.59$139,980$52,000
Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL1,840$112,930$54.29$136,400$87,340
Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville, FL680$119,820$57.61$152,860$98,650
Panama City, FL150$107,920$51.88$143,800$80,280
Pensacola-Ferry Pass-Brent, FL590$115,550$55.55$129,450$95,740
Port St. Lucie, FL420$123,670$59.46$135,340$99,460
Punta Gorda, FL130$100,480$48.31$127,740$82,100
Sebastian-Vero Beach, FL110$105,630$50.78$126,040$79,410
Sebring, FL60$111,560$53.64$151,250$70,240
Tallahassee, FL360$137,960$66.33$145,620$86,780
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL2,730$107,640$51.75$134,250$76,060
The Villages, FL110$110,530$53.14$150,900$79,940
* Salary information based on the May 2022 Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) Survey for Nurse Practitioners, OCC Code 29-1171, BLS.
* Employment conditions in your area may vary.

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