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Nurse Practitioner


A nurse practitioner (NP) is an RN who has completed advanced nursing education (usually a master’s or doctorate degree) and is certified by the New York State Education Department as a "Certified Nurse Practitioner" "Nurse Practitioner" or "NP" in a specialty area of practice. The New York State Education Department certifies NPs to practice in the following specialty areas: Adult Health; Family Health; Gerontology; Neonatology; Obstetrics/Gynecology; Oncology; Pediatrics, Perinatology; Psychiatry; School Health; Women’s Health; Holistic Care; College Health; Acute Care; Community Health; and, Palliative Care. An NP performs physical exams and diagnoses and treats illnesses and other health problems that fall within the specialty area of practice in which the NP is certified.

Licensing Requirements:

You must be certified and registered as a nurse practitioner (NP) by the New York State Education Department (NYSED) in order to practice as an NP in New York.

NYSED certifies NPs to practice in the following specialty practice areas: Acute Care, Adult Health, College Health, Community Health, Family Health, Gerontology, Holistic Care, Neonatology, Obstetrics/Gynecology, Oncology, Pediatrics, Palliative Care, Perinatology, Psychiatry, School Health, and Women's Health.


The fee for certification and initial registration to practice as a nurse practitioner (NP) in each specialty practice area is $85. ($50 certificate application fee plus a $35 fee for initial registration.)

Licenses Issued:

In 2018, there were 2,583 licenses issued for this occupation.
In 2019, there were 2,664 licenses issued for this occupation.
As of July 1, 2020, there were 24,248 active licenses (specialties combined) for this occupation.

Licensing Authority:

New York State Education Department
Division of Professional Licensing Services
State Board for Nursing
89 Washington Avenue
Albany, New York 12234
Phone: (518) 474-3817 Press 1 then Ext. 120
Fax: (518) 474-3706
Email: [email protected]

Standard Occupational Classification:

29-1171 - Nurse Practitioners
To learn more about this occupation search the Occupational Information Network (O*Net).

Additional Information:

New York State Nurses Association
131 West 33rd Street, 4th Fl.
New York, NY 10001
Phone: (212) 785-0157


Fees stated and other information contained in this report are subject to change. Please contact the licensing authority listed above for the most current information.

This page was last updated on 2/1/2021.

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