Recert FNP-C in Texas (Help Please)

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I need some help with re-certification of my FNP-C license. I received my license in February of 2015 and it says that I have to renew by March 31st of 2016. When I look at the board website and the AANP website it states that I need 75 contact hours of CE and 1000 clinical work hours every 5 years. I have only had my license for 1 year. Do I still have to submit 1000/75 hours or is the first re-cert different? Sorry for my ignorance but I'm new to this. Thanks in advance.

Cory

MikeFNPC, MSN

261 Posts

Specializes in FNP.

For any Texas APRN authorization less than two years old, the APRN renewal requirements (2) & (4) (as listed above) pertainingto CE and 400 practice hours are waived. NOTE: If APRN CE & 400 practice hours are waived, but your Texas RN license isbeyond the first renewal, then you must have 20 hours of CE for your RN license.

This is a quote from https://www.bon.texas.gov/pdfs/licensure_pdfs/license_renewal_pdfs/REACTRNAPRN.pdf

I know that it's a license reactivation application but I didn't have time to look up the one you're looking for. I just renewed mine for the first time and wasn't required to submit any hours. They said it was because this was my first renewal and it was less than 2 years.

Hope this helps :)

Mike

GoodNP

198 Posts

Specializes in Cardiology, Research, Family Practice.

Your NP license in TX is good for 4 yrs. Are you possibly confusing this with your RN license (which still has to be renewed every 2 yrs for some reason beyond my comprehension)?

tbaughm

62 Posts

Specializes in FNP.

I think you are confusing FNP recertification and renewing your APRN licensure. They are two separate requirements for practice. Renewing your license with the state BON is every 2 years and requires 20 ceus plus 400 practice hours during the previous 2 years as previously posted.

MikeFNPC, MSN

261 Posts

Specializes in FNP.

In Texas you can apply for your APRN license after passing your certification exam. OP said, I received my license in February of 2015 and it says that I have to renew by March 31st of 2016.” The first, and only the first, renewal expires when your RN license expires even if it's one month after you get the first one. Then all subsequent licenses (RN and APRN) will expire at the same time.

This happened to a classmate of mine, his expired literally one month after he got his first one. For me, mine expired 8 months after my first one. I'm pretty sure that school, including precepting counts towards the CE hours required for the first licensure.

MikeFNPC, MSN

261 Posts

Specializes in FNP.

I found the correct application that confirms what I said earlier. See this quote on page 6, "CONTINUING COMPETENCYIf this is the first timely renewal of your Texas RN license, RN CE requirements are waived. For any Texas APRN authorizationless than two years old, the APRN renewal requirements (2) & (4) (as listed above) pertaining to CE and 400 practice hours arewaived."

http://www.bon.state.tx.us/pdfs/licensure_pdfs/license_renewal_pdfs/RenewAPRN2013.pdf

Hope this helps.

Mike

tbaughm

62 Posts

Specializes in FNP.

Yes, it makes sense that requirements are waived for the initial licensure renewal. I was only commenting on the confusion between recertifying and state licensure renewal by the OP.

GoodNP

198 Posts

Specializes in Cardiology, Research, Family Practice.
In Texas you can apply for your APRN license after passing your certification exam. OP said, I received my license in February of 2015 and it says that I have to renew by March 31st of 2016.” The first, and only the first, renewal expires when your RN license expires even if it's one month after you get the first one. Then all subsequent licenses (RN and APRN) will expire at the same time.

This happened to a classmate of mine, his expired literally one month after he got his first one. For me, mine expired 8 months after my first one. I'm pretty sure that school, including precepting counts towards the CE hours required for the first licensure.

Yes, this is correct. Pay the fee to renew your RN/APRN licenses through the BON. The AANP requirements do not apply in this situation.