Become a Nurse in Delaware - Licensure & Requirements

Nursing requirements change rapidly. Make sure to confirm licensing requirements with the Delaware Board of Nursing before applying for licensure. Last updated: 1/10/2020

Education Requirements for Nursing Licenses in Delaware
Nursing Licenses in Delaware Master's Required?
Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) Yes
Registered Nurse (RN) No
Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) No

Delaware Nursing Salaries

Delaware Nursing Salaries
DE Nurse Career State-Wide Annual Mean Wage Dover Annual Mean Wage Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington Annual Mean Wage Salisbury Annual Mean Wage
Licensed Practical Nurse $53,860 $50,400 $55,360 $46,070
Registered Nurse $74,800 $68,160 $77,680 $72,300
Nurse Practitioner $108,340 $98,900 $106,690 $109,910
Nurse Anesthetist $187,860 Not Available $177,120 Not Available
Nurse Midwife $96,340 Not Available $98,480 Not Available

Careers as a nurse salaries above were retrieved from the Bureau of Labor Statistics - State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates Delaware in January 2020.

There are many paths to becoming a nurse in Delaware. 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 Delaware, you’ll find information on acquiring and maintaining several types of Delaware 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 Delaware, please email us at info@nursinglicensemap.com!

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Compact State Status

Delaware is a Nursing Licensure Compact state.

Prescriptive Authority in Delaware

Advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) may apply for prescriptive authority for Schedule II-V drugs in collaboration with a physician in Delaware. APRNs may prescribe non-controlled substances independently.

Coursework in advanced health assessment, diagnosis of management and problems within your clinical specialty, advanced pathophysiology, and advanced pharmacology/pharmacotherapeutics is required. Additional continuing education in pharmacology may also be required depending on your specialty.

Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) in Delaware

Education: Master’s degree or post-basic program certificate in a clinical nurse specialty with certification from a national certifying body as recognized by the Board.

Examination: Varies for Different Certifications

Certification Required: National certification in an advanced practice specialty; if national certification is not available for a specific specialty, then individuals must provide proof of 1000 hours of clinical experience in the past two years.

Fees:

  • $156 Processing Fee
  • Certification Examination Fee: Varies

Additional Information: An active registered nurse license from a compact state is required for application.

Experience: Clinical experience of 1500 hours in the past five years or 600 hours of clinical experience in the past two years; required if you have graduated from a APRN program more than two years ago. Additional experience requirements may be needed for some certifications.

Renewal: APRN licenses expire the same date as your Delaware RN license. If you don’t have a Delaware RN license, your APRN license expires on September 30th of odd years. You must meet one of the following to renew:

  • 1,500 Hours of practice over the last five years in the specialty,
  • 600 Hours of practice over the last two years in the specialty, or
  • Graduation from the specialty program within the last two years.

Learn more on how to become an advanced practice registered nurse.

Registered Nurse (RN) in Delaware

Education: Completion of an approved registered nurse program

Examination: NCLEX-RN

Fees:

  • $156 License Application Fee
  • $200 Examination Fee

Additional Information: Registered nurses who hold an active license in another compact state need not apply for licensure in Delaware, unless they plan to change their permanent residency to Delaware.

Endorsement: Individuals licensed as a registered nurse in another state may apply for licensure through endorsement, subject to board approval. A $156 RN application fee and $25 upgrade to multistate license fee is required.

Registered nurses who hold an active license in another compact state need not apply for licensure in Delaware, unless they plan to change their permanent residency to Delaware.

Renewal: RN licenses in Delaware expire on February 28, May 31, or September 30 of odd years. Expiration month depends on when the RN license was originally issued. However, all newly issued RN licenses expire on the September 30 od odd years.

Renewing RN’s must be able to provide proof of required continuing education and have practiced at least 1,000 hours in the past five years or 400 hours in the last two years.

Learn more on how to become a registered nurse.

Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) in Delaware

Education: Completion of an approved registered nurse program.

Examination: NCLEX-PN

Fees:

  • $156 License Application Fee
  • $200 Examination Fee

Renewal: LPNs in Delaware licenses expire on February 28 of even years. To be able to renew, LPNs must provide proof of completed continuing education and have practiced at least 1,000 hours in the past five years or 400 hours in the last two years.

Endorsement: Individuals licensed as a LPN in another state may apply for licensure through endorsement, subject to board approval. A $156 LPN application fee is required.

LPNs who hold an active license in another compact state need not apply for licensure in Delaware, unless they plan to change their permanent residency to Delaware.

Learn more on how to become a licensed practical nurse.

Information for the nursing careers above: advanced practice registered nurse, registered nurse, and licensed practical nurse was retrieved from the Delaware Board of Nursing, as of January 2020.

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