For RN licensure:


For APRN licensure:

Initial certification.

(1) An applicant for certification to practice midwifery must meet the following conditions:

(A) Be licensed as a registered nurse under the Nursing Practice Act, Business and Professions Code, Section 2700, et seq. , and

(B) Be a graduate of a Board approved program in nurse-midwifery.

(2) Equivalency. A registered nurse applicant not meeting the above requirements shall be eligible for certification, providing one of the following conditions exists:

(A) A graduate of a nurse-midwifery program not meeting Board of Registered Nursing standards who shows evidence satisfactory to the Board that deficiencies have been corrected in a Board approved nurse-midwifery program, or have been corrected through successful completion of specific courses which have been approved by the Board.

(B) Certification as a nurse-midwife by a national or state organization whose standards are satisfactory to the Board.

Note: Authority cited: Section 2715, Business and Professions Code. Reference: Sections 2746, 2746.2, 2746.5, Business and Professions Code.


(a) To obtain certification as a Nurse Practitioner, an applicant must hold a valid and active license as a registered nurse in California and possess a master's degree in nursing, a master's degree in a clinical field related to nursing, or a graduate degree in nursing and one of the following:

(1) Successful completion of a nurse practitioner education program approved by the Board;

(2) National certification as a nurse practitioner in one or more categories listed in Section 1481(a) from a national certification organization accredited by the National Commission on Certifying Agencies or the American Board of Nursing Specialties.

(b) A nurse who has not completed an academically affiliated nurse practitioner education program shall provide evidence of having completed equivalent education and supervised clinical practice, as set forth in this article.

(c) Graduates who have completed a nurse practitioner education program in a foreign country shall meet the requirements as set forth in this article. The applicant shall submit the required credential evaluation through a board-approved evaluation service evidencing education equivalent to a master's or doctoral degree in Nursing.

Note: Authority cited: Section 2715, Business and Professions Code. Reference: Sections 2835, 2835.5 and 2836, Business and Professions Code.


2838.2 (c) A registered nurse who meets one of the following requirements may apply to become a clinical nurse specialist:

(1) Possession of a master’s degree in a clinical field of nursing.

(2) Possession of a master’s degree in a clinical field related to nursing with coursework in the components referred to in subdivision (a).

(3) On or before July 1, 1998, meets the following requirements:

(A) Current licensure as a registered nurse.

(B) Performs the role of a clinical nurse specialist as described in subdivision (a).

(C) Meets any other criteria established by the board.


2830.6.  Notwithstanding Section 2830, the board shall certify all applicants who can show certification by the Council on Certification of Nurse Anesthetists or the Council on Recertification of Nurse Anesthetists as of the effective date of this chapter.


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