NORTH DAKOTA NURSING LICENSE

Important Note: Nursing licensure and practice requirements are subject to change. Nursing License Map makes its best effort to keep content accurate; however, the official source is the State Board of Nursing. Make sure to confirm licensing requirements with the North Dakota Board of Nursing before applying for licensure or renewal. Last updated: 9/6/2013

Education Requirements for Nursing Licenses in North Dakota
Nursing Licenses in North Dakota Master's Required?
Certified Nurse-Midwife (CNM) Y
Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) Y
Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) Y
Nurse Practitioner (NP) Y
Registered Nurse (RN) N
Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) N

North Dakota Nursing Salary Average

Licensed Nursing Assistant: $28,070
Licensed Practice Nurse: $38,930
Registered Nurse: $56,030
Advanced Practice Registered Nurse: >$80,000*

*The Salary of an advanced practice nurse in North Dakota can vary widely based upon specialization.

Learn about financial aid options for nurses on our nursing scholarships and grants page.

There are many paths to become a nurse in North Dakota. 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 North Dakota, you’ll find information on acquiring and maintaining several types of North Dakota 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 North Dakota, please let us know!

Compact State Status

North Dakota is a Nursing Licensure Compact State.

Prescriptive Authority in North Dakota

Advanced Practice Registered Nurses may apply for prescriptive authority for Schedule II-V controlled substances. A $50 Fee is required. Coursework in advanced pharmacotherapy, physical assessment, and pathophysiology is required, as well as 30 contact hours of pharmacotherapy education.

North Dakota Nursing Licensure Renewal

Nursing licenses must be renewed on a biennial basis in conjunction with the registered nurse (R.N.) license between October 1 and December 31. Renewal postcards are mailed to the address on file with the Board of Nursing. All nursing licenses are $50 for renewal plus fees for advanced rights. All licenses can be renewed using the board’s online renewal system. Nurses must meet or exceed 400 hours of practice within the preceding four years. Nurses who have completed a refresher course or graduated in the last four years with less than 400 hours of nursing practice will be able to renew their license without meeting this requirement.

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Nursing@Simmons is an online Family Nurse Practitioner program designed for currently licensed RNs who are at various stages of their career.

Nursing@USC

The USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work Department of Nursing offers an online Master of Science in Nursing program for aspiring family nurse practitioners through Nursing@USC.

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Advanced Practice Nursing- Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Anesthetist, Nurse Midwife, Clinical Nurse Specialist in North Dakota

Education
An Advanced Practice Track within an Approved Nursing Education Program; Please Note That While a Masters Degree Is Not Explicitly Required, Many Advanced Practice Education Programs Yield a Masters Degree, and Many of the Approved Certifications for Advanced Practice Require a Masters Degree

Examination
Varies for Different Certifications

Fees
$100 Application Fee, $20 Criminal History Record Check Processing Fee, Examination Fee (Varies for Different Certifications)

Experience
None

Certification Required
National Certification in Nursing Specialty

Renewal
APRN renewal fees are $40 plus $50 for prescriptive renewal. APRNs must have met or exceeded 400 hours of nursing practice within the preceding four years before renewing. Completing a refresher course will satisfy this requirement if the APRN has less than 400 hours in practice. Nurses who completed an advanced practice nursing program within the last four years are exempt from this requirement. APRNs with prescriptive authority must complete at least 15 contact hours of education in pharmacology related to the scope of practice every two years.

Additional Information
An Active Registered Nurse License from a Compact State Is Required for Application

 

Registered Nurse (RN) in North Dakota

Education
Completion of an Approved In-State Nursing Education Program

Examination
NCLEX-RN

Fees
$110 Application Fee; $200 Examination Fee; $20 Criminal History Record Check Processing Fee

Experience
None

Renewal
Before the board may renew or reactivate a license, the licensee must verify to the board that the required continuing education requirements have been met. Continuing education for re-licensure must meet or exceed 12 contact hours within the preceding two years. R.N.’s who have obtained initial licensure through examination will not need to complete any contact hours of approved continuing education before that first renewal of a nursing license. An applicant who obtained initial licensure through endorsement and has held that active license for less than 12 months will need to complete at least six contact hours of approved continuing education before that first renewal of a nursing license.

Additional Information
None

Endorsement
Individuals with Equivalent Licensure in Another State May Apply for Licensure through Endorsement, Subject to a $110 Application Fee and $20 Criminal History Record Check Processing Fee. Endorsement Applicants Must Have Either Completed 400 Practice Hours, an Approved Nursing Education Program, or an Approved Refresher Course in the Past 4 Years. Registered Nurses Who Hold an Active License in Another Compact State Need Not Apply for Licensure in North Dakota, Unless They Plan to Change Their Permanent Residency to North Dakota.

 

Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) in North Dakota

Education
Completion of an Approved In-State Nursing Education Program

Examination
NCLEX-PN

Fees
$110 Application Fee; $200 Examination Fee; $20 Criminal History Record Check Processing Fee

Experience
None

Renewal
Before the board may renew or reactivate a license, the licensee must verify to the board that the required continuing education requirements have been met. Continuing education for re-licensure must meet or exceed 12 contact hours within the preceding two years. R.N.’s who have obtained initial licensure through examination will not need to complete any contact hours of approved continuing education before that first renewal of a nursing license. An applicant who obtained initial licensure through endorsement and has held that active license for less than 12 months will need to complete at least six contact hours of approved continuing education before that first renewal of a nursing license.

Additional Information
None

Endorsement
Individuals with Equivalent Licensure in Another State May Apply for Licensure through Endorsement, Subject to a $110 Application Fee and $20 Criminal History Record Check Processing Fee. Endorsement Applicants Must Have Either Completed 400 Practice Hours, an Approved Nursing Education Program, or an Approved Refresher Course in the Past 4 Years. Licensed Practical Nurses Who Hold an Active License in Another Compact State Need Not Apply for Licensure in North Dakota, Unless They Plan to Change Their Permanent Residency to North Dakota.

 

FEATURED ONLINE HEALTHCARE PROGRAMS


Nursing@Georgetown

Nursing@Georgetown is an academically rigorous, evidence-based program that culminates in a Master of Science degree in Nursing, delivered online by Georgetown University’s nationally ranked School of Nursing & Health Studies.

Nursing@Simmons

Nursing@Simmons is an online Family Nurse Practitioner program designed for currently licensed RNs who are at various stages of their career.

Nursing@USC

The USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work Department of Nursing offers an online Master of Science in Nursing program for aspiring family nurse practitioners through Nursing@USC.

MPH@Simmons

MPH@Simmons, the online Master of Public Health from Simmons College, is designed to give you the real-world skills you need to address health inequity on a local, national, and global level.

MPH@GW

An innovative online Master of Public Health program offered by the top-ranked Milken Institute School of Public Health at the George Washington University.

MHA@GW

Offered by the Milken Institute School of Public Health at the George Washington University, this online Executive Master of Health Administration program is designed for healthcare professionals who aspire to become leaders in their field.

HealthInformatics@GW

This online Master of Science in Management of Health Informatics and Analytics program from the Milken Institute School of Public Health at the George Washington University enables graduates to improve the efficiency of health care organizations through the use of data and technology.

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