There are many paths to becoming a nurse in the District of Columbia. The path you take will mostly depend upon the type of nurse you’d like to become and your current or prospective level of education. The higher your level of education, the more opportunities you’ll have to choose where and how you pursue your career in nursing.
In addition to nursing salaries in the District of Columbia, you’ll find information on acquiring and maintaining several types of District of Columbia nursing licensure. We’re constantly making updates, but with the speed of change in the healthcare sphere it’s difficult to stay current.If you have any comments or suggestions for our information on nursing in Washington, D.C., please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org!
Nurse practitioners may apply for prescriptive authority for Schedule II-V drugs. According to the Municipal Regulations for Nurse Practitioners, nurse practitioners must possess a valid controlled substance certification of registration from the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and a District of Columbia controlled substances registration. Prescriptive authority for nurses in Washington, D.C. does not extend to prescription refills of controlled substances.
Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) in Washington, D.C.
Education: Master’s degree in nursing from an accredited program
Examination: Varies for Different Certifications
Certification Required: National Certification as a Nurse Anesthetist, Nurse Midwife, Nurse Practitioner, or Clinical Nurse Specialist
$230 APRN Authority Fee
$145 RN License Fee [if not licensed as a RN in D.C.]
$145 Additional APRN Authority Fee
Additional Information: An active District of Columbia registered nurse license is required for application.
Renewal: APRNs should complete 24 hours of continuing education — 15 must be in pharmacology, and nine of those hours must be specific to the APRN specialty. If certified in more than one APRN specialty, nurses may use the same course to count toward the continuing education requirements for each specialty certification. Renewal with the APRN’s national certification organization is also required.
Information for the nursing careers above: advanced practice registered nurse, registered nurse, and licensed practical nurse was retrieved from the DC Department of Health - Board of Nursing, as of January 2020.