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NP Licensure Requirements in NM
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General Requirements for NP License Applicants

RN Licensure

Applicants must hold a current, unencumbered New Mexico RN license or a multi-state RN license.

NP Education and Preparation Program

Applicants must have completed a graduate level nursing program designed for the education and preparation of nurse practitioners as providers of primary, or acute, or chronic, or long-term, or end of life health care. An accredited institution of higher education or the armed services must be the source of the NP program completed. Documentation of education must include the date of graduation, credentials conferred and number of supervised clinical hours as a nurse practitioner in the education program.

If applicants were initially licensed by any board of nursing (including the New Mexico Board of Nursing) and that licensure occurred after January 1, 2001, the program must be at the master’s in nursing level or higher. In the case of applicants who do not hold a master’s level or higher degree from a nurse practitioner program and were initially licensed by any board of nursing (including the New Mexico Board of Nursing) before January 1, 2001, they must provide verification of NP licensure.

National Certification

To be licensed in New Mexico, nurse practitioners must be nationally certified. Examples of national certifications available include family, gerontology (primary and acute care), pediatric (primary and acute care), psychiatric-mental health, women's health, neonatal, and emergency. Information about national certification is available from the following organizations:

American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC)
American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP)
National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP)
National Certification Corporation (NCC)

Continuing Education

NPs must meet CE requirements at the time of first license renewal. NPs newly licensed in New Mexico may have the requirement for 20 hours of CE prorated at a ratio of five contact hours for each six months of licensure leading up to the expiration date with the exception that NPs may not prorate the five contact hours of the 15 currently required in pharmacology related to non-cancer pain management; NPs must complete those five hours for renewal periods of any length. NPs with less than six months of licensure prior to renewal at the time of initial licensure must complete at least five contact hours of CE. (NPs applying for initial New Mexico RN licensure must also meet the CE requirements for RNs.)

Prescribing Formulary

The New Mexico Board of Nursing requires all NPs to maintain a prescribing formulary of dangerous drugs and controlled substances they may prescribe. NPs should include only drugs relevant to the NP's specialty and practice setting in their respective formularies. NPs may choose to use the formulary provided by NMNPC as the basis for their individualized formularies.

Requirements for Controlled Substance Prescribing

New Mexico Controlled Substance License

Once licensed as a nurse practitioner, NPs who wish to prescribe controlled substances must obtain a New Mexico Controlled Substance license. NP applicants can apply for a Controlled substance license at the New Mexico Board of Pharmacy website or call (505) 222-9830 for further information.

PMP Registration

NPs must register with the Board of Pharmacy's Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP) and be regular participants in PMP inquiry and reporting. The Board of Pharmacy will no longer renew controlled substance licenses of prescribers who are not registered with the PMP. For more information about the PMP requirements, click here.

DEA Licensure

Once NPs obtain a New Mexico Controlled Substance License, they can then apply for the necessary federal DEA license. Visit the DEA website for online application or to download a PDF file for mail-in application.

Non-Cancer Pain Management CE

NPs must include five hours of non-cancer pain management CE as part of the required 15 hours of pharmacology. For more information about this requirement, click here.

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