APRN Consensus Model

The Consensus Model for APRN Regulation, Licensure, Accreditation, Certification and Education

About the APRN Consensus Model 

With over 267,000 advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) in the U.S, APRNs represent a powerful force in the health care system. The Consensus Model provides guidance for states to adopt uniformity in the regulation of APRN roles. The target date to complete that work is 2015. Today, many states have adopted portions of the Model elements but there still may be variation from state to state. APRNs moving from state to state need to ask themselves,

  1. Have I met the requirements to practice in this state?
  2. Do I have the appropriate certification required to practice in this state?
  3. Does my training/experience match within the scope of practice required to practice?

As long as regulatory requirements differ from state to state, each state border represents an obstacle to portability—potentially preventing access to professionals and access to care. The Consensus Model for APRN Regulation has the potential to harness this power by outlining regulatory requirements in licensure, accreditation, certification and education that should be adopted by every state. 

Visit the Consensus Model toolkit, a compendium of resources for understanding the Consensus Model. 

Consensus Model for APRN Regulation video

Watch the Consensus Model for APRN Regulation video that provides a succinct overview of the APRN Consensus Model. 


See how far your state is in adopting the elements of the Consensus Model. 

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