Advanced Practice Nurse Prescriber

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License Information​

Per Wis. Stat. § 440.08(2), the required renewal date for the Advanced Practice Nurse Prescriber credential is September 30th of each even-numbered year. Should you receive your initial credential in the months leading up to this date, you are still required to renew your license by the statutorily defined date.  

Must provide evidence of holding a current license to practice as a professional nurse in this state or has a current license to practice professional nursing in another state which has adopted the nurse licensure compact.  

​Note: Applicants may apply for Advanced Practice Nurse Prescriber (APNP) certification and Registered Nurse (RN) licensure simultaneously.​

Pre-Credential Education Information

Must be certified by a national certifying body approved by the Board as a nurse practitioner, certified nurse-midwife, certified registered nurse anesthetist or clinical nurse specialist.

For applicants who receive national certification as a nurse practitioner, certified nurse-midwife, certified registered nurse anesthetist or clinical nurse specialist after July 1, 1998, the registered nurse must hold a master's or doctoral degree in nursing or a related health field granted by a college or university accredited by a regional accrediting agency approved by the board of education in the state in which the college or university is located. See Form 2923 for Board-Approved Certifying Bodies.

An applicant must complete and submit proof of at least 45 contact hours in clinical pharmacology/therapeutics. Continuing education certificates must  include the title of course, number of pharmacology hours per course, and date of completion. A transcript that contains a 3 credit pharmacology/therapeutics course is also acceptable. Proof of contact hours in pharmacology must be completed within 5 years preceding the date of APNP application.  If needed, a list of possible online programs to assist in the completion of  pharmacology hours is provided below.

​​Application for Licensure
2124Credentialing Information for Advanced Practice Nurse Prescriber Certification​ Applicants
​Application for Fee Reduction (If applying for a fee reduction, this form must accompany the application for the credential.)
​2151​Important Application Information for Advanced Practice Nurse Prescriber
2157Certification Form for Advanced Practice Nurse Prescriber Who Do Not Carry Personal Liability Insurance Coverage (Complete this form if you do not carry personal liability insurance coverage.)
2367Certification of Master's or Doctoral Degree
2829Malpractice Suits or Claims Form (if applicable)
​Application for Predetermination (Optional-Submit only if you have been convicted of any felony, misdemeanor, or other violations of federal, state, or local law, including municipal ordinances, in this state or any other and you desire a review of your conviction record before applying for a credential.)
​Convictions and Pending Charges (if applicable)

Renewal Information


  • FEE (See Renewal Dates and Fees)
  • SIG (Signature regarding the completion of Continuing Education, included in on-line renewal and paper form - see Continuing Education Information for details)
  • INS (Current liability insurance, if renewing via paper form you must also submit form 2915)
  • NTL (Current national certification or Continuous Competence Assessment (CCA) Cycle, if renewing via paper form you must also submit form 2915) 
  • If your legal status as a qualified alien or nonimmigrant lawfully present in the United States has changed since the issuance of your credential or your last renewal, please contact the Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services at (608) 266-2112 or

Renewal Method


Renewal Dates and Fees
R210​​Active Duty/Discharge Renewal Extension​
Additional Requirements for Renewal​ 
​Convictions and Pending Charges​ (if applicable for renewal)
Wisconsin Act 210 (effective June 1, 2012)

This Act extends the license of​ a service member if the license expires while they are on active duty from 90 days to 180 days from the date of discharge. The same applies to a spouse of a service member if the spouse does not practice under their license while the service member is on active duty and does not practice because the service member is on active duty.

This Act repeals a provision of prior law that required a service member to meet all of the requirements for license extension or renewal, except for continuing education requirements, in order to have the license extended.

Service members and spouses may request extensions of licenses beyond 180 days from discharge and may request a waiver or extension of time to complete continuing education requirements due to hardship. Please view Active Duty/Discharge Renewal Extension Form R​210 for further information. ​​