Advanced Practice Nursing

Scope of Practice

Scope of practice is defined as the activities that an individual health care provider performs in the delivery of patient care. Scope of practice reflects the types of patients for whom the advanced practice nurse can care; what procedures/activities the advanced practice nurse can perform; and influences the ability of the advanced practice nurse to seek reimbursement for services provided.

National Board Certification

  • You must have a current, unencumbered RN License.
  • You must have completed preparation in advanced practice nursing and hold a master’s degree or higher in a nursing specialty.
  • You must have a current national board certification in the appropriate nursing specialty area. Medical Staff Office will need a copy of the Board Certification for the credentialing process. Additional information on specialty specific board certification can be obtained through the following websites:

Texas APRN Designation

In order to apply online for initial recognition as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (optional Prescriptive Authority) you must meet the following eligibility requirements

DPS and DEA – Prescriptive Authority

The advanced practice nurse must submit an application for a controlled substances registration to the Texas Department of Public Safety (TX DPS). Applications may be obtained by calling (512) 424-7293 or by submitting a query through the web form at: You must have a prescriptive authority number that has been issued by the Texas Board of Nursing before you may submit the controlled substance registration form. After the controlled substances permit has been issued, the advanced practice nurse may apply for a DEA registration number. DEA applications may be obtained via the DEA’s web site at You may also call your local DEA office. Phone numbers can be found on

Texas BON Rules and Regulations

The advanced practice section of the BON web site was developed for the purpose of providing information and resources for individuals seeking information regarding advanced practice nursing in the State of Texas. Use this site to obtain information on advanced practice topics of interest, answer questions, and access applications.
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National Provider Identifier (NPI)

The Federal National Provider Identifier (NPI) is the health care provider identification system adopted by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of the implementation of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). The National Provider Identification Number is a ten (10) digit number assigned to the provider for the rest of his/her professional practice. The NPI Application is available online and the NPI is required by Provider Support Services as part of your application for privileges.

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