I started the process of endorsing my RN and NP license from MI to CA over 7 years ago. I think the process hasn't changed too much except that now you can do part of the application online.
It's almost a 4 part process the way I see it.
1. Endorse your RN license. The instructions are in this link: Licensure by Endorsement
. If your're nurse who graduated from a US based program except Excelsior, then you shouldn't have any hassles. This part is pretty straightforward and similar to the endorsement process in most other states.
2. Endorse your NP license. This is a separate process and the instructions are in this link if you scroll down to nurse practitioner: Advanced Practice and Certification
. If you are ANCC certified, you shouldn't have any hassles either.
3. Apply for a Nurse Practitioner Furnishing Number. This is a requirement unique to California. As non-physicians, the term "furnishing" was coined as a way to circumvent the word "prescribe" which is only applicable to physicians in this state. The requirements are pretty easy to meet by any NP - just the fact that we attended an Advanced Pharm class is the main thing! Basically, all the board needs is proof of completion of this course and the forms are in this link: Advanced Practice and Certification
. Be aware that getting an initial NPF alone will not enable you to prescribe controlled substances, you must also do step 4 below.
4. Once you have your NPF (furnishing number), you should apply for a DEA (or transfer your existing one to CA) and take a CME course on prescribing controlled substances that is approved by the board. The course offered by CANP is approved for sure and I don't know of any others. The link to course is found here: Store - California Association for Nurse Practitioners
. Once you get the DEA and the CME certificate, send copies of both to the board and your NPF will be updated to being able to furnish controlled substances.
- I can't speak to the length of time it takes to complete the above as it's been 7 years. I remember it took me 2 months to endorse my RN and NP and I didn't get my NPF until I actually moved here.