How To Become A Licensed Registered Nurse

Ambulatory Care Nurse Certification Exam Eligibility Requirements

An ambulatory care nurse is a registered nurse who provides nursing care in which a single encounter or a series of encounters with any one patient lasts twenty-four hours or less. Because care is administered relatively quickly, ambulatory care nurses have the flexibility to practice in many diverse settings which can include, but are by no means limited to:

  • Health care facilities
  • Community based settings
  • Schools
  • Work places
  • Homes
  • Via multi-media communications, such as over the phone or through the Internet

Using cost effective and cost efficient methods, the ambulatory care nurse assists patients and clients in promoting wellness, preventing illness, and managing acute and chronic diseases to optimize the health and well being of patients throughout the life cycle. For an ambulatory care nurse’s work to be effective, patients and clients must also take responsibility for managing their own health, with the assistance of family members according to the patient’s wishes or needs. Depending on the patient’s circumstances, assistance from community based settings may also be available. However, an ambulatory care nurse, by the nature of the profession, can only administer care and offer medical advice to a patient for a very short period of time. If a patient does not take responsibility for his own care after meeting with an ambulatory care nurse, his condition may worsen and require the need for more extensive medical services.

Registered nurses who wish to become board certified can do so by taking and passing the Ambulatory Care Nursing Certification Exam, offered by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. Registered nurses who are board certified gain prestige in the profession of nursing, as well as more opportunities for career advancement. Eligibility requirements to sit for the Ambulatory Care Nursing Certification Exam are as follows:

You must hold a current, active Registered Nurse (RN) license within a state or a territory of the United States or the professional, legally recognized equivalent in another country.
You must have at least two years of full time working experience as a registered nurse.
You must have a minimum of two thousand hours of clinical practice in ambulatory care nursing over the last three years prior to applying to take the exam.
You must have completed thirty hours of continuing education in ambulatory care nursing over the last three years prior to applying to take the exam.

The regular fee to take the Ambulatory Care Nurse Certification Exam is three hundred and ninety dollars. However, discounts are available to certain individuals. Members of the American Academy of Ambulatory Care Nursing (AAACN) pay a fee of three hundred and forty dollars to take the Ambulatory Care Nurse Certification Exam. Members of the American Nurses Association (ANA) are eligible for a further discount to take the Ambulatory Care Nurse Certification Exam as they pay only two hundred and seventy dollars.

The steps you must take to meet these prerequisites will be discussed in greater detail and depth in the articles that follow this one.

Requirements For Retaining Your Nursing License (Alabama-Michigan)

You must be a licensed registered nurse in good standing to be eligible to take the Ambulatory Care Nursing Certification Exam. Therefore, for your reference not just for this exam but for the benefit of your ability to practice nursing, the requirements to maintain your registered nurse license are listed by state.

Alabama

  • Initial licensing fee: Eighty-five dollars
  • License renewal fee (every two years): Sixty dollars
  • Continuing Education requirements: Twenty-four contact hours per renewal period

Alaska

  • Initial licensing fee: One hundred and fifty-five dollars
  • License renewal fee (every two years): One hundred and five dollars
  • Continuing Education requirements: Two of the following: Thirty contact hours OR thirty hours of professional nursing activities OR three hundred and twenty hours of nursing employment

Arizona

  • Initial licensing fee: One hundred and eighty six dollars
  • License renewal fee (every two years): Fifty dollars
  • Continuing Education requirements: None

Arkansas

  • Initial licensing fee: Fifty-five dollars
  • License renewal fee (every two years): Forty dollars
  • Continuing Education requirements: Fifteen contact hours per renewal period

California

  • Initial licensing fee: One hundred and ninety five dollars
  • License renewal fee (every two years): Eighty dollars
  • Continuing Education requirements: Thirty contact hours per renewal period

Colorado

  • Initial licensing fee: Seventy-one dollars
  • License renewal fee (every two years): One hundred dollars
  • Continuing Education requirements: None

Connecticut

  • Initial licensing fee: Ninety dollars
  • License renewal fee (every year): Fifty dollars
  • Continuing Education requirements: None

Delaware

  • Initial licensing fee: Eighty-four dollars
  • License renewal fee (every two years): Seventy-four dollars
  • Continuing Education requirements: Thirty contact hours every renewal period

District of Columbia

  • Initial licensing fee: Two hundred and thirty dollars
  • License renewal fee (every two years): One hundred and forty five dollars
  • Continuing Education requirements: None

Florida

  • Initial licensing fee: One hundred and sixty dollars
  • License renewal fee (every two years): Sixty-five dollars
  • Continuing Education requirements: Three hours of HIV and AIDS instruction for initial licensure. Twenty-five contact hours every renewal period going forward, including one hour on HIV and AIDS and one hour on domestic violence.

Georgia

  • Initial licensing fee: Forty dollars
  • License renewal fee (every two years): Sixty dollars
  • Continuing Education requirements: None

Hawaii

  • Initial licensing fee: Eighty-eight dollars
  • License renewal fee (every two years): Ninety dollars
  • Continuing Education requirements: None

Idaho

  • Initial licensing fee: Seventy-five dollars
  • License renewal fee (every two years): Forty-five dollars
  • Continuing Education requirements: None

Illinois

  • Initial licensing fee: Sixty-four dollars
  • License renewal fee (every two years): Forty dollars
  • Continuing Education requirements: None

Indiana

  • Initial licensing fee: Fifty dollars
  • License renewal fee (every two years): Fifty dollars
  • Continuing Education requirements: None

Iowa

  • Initial licensing fee: Seventy-five dollars
  • License renewal fee (every three years): Eighty-one dollars
  • Continuing Education requirements: For a license that has been in issue for three years or less, thirty contact hours. For a license that has been in issue for more than three years, forty-five contact hours.

Kansas

  • Initial licensing fee: Seventy dollars
  • License renewal fee (every two years): Sixty dollars
  • Continuing Education requirements: Thirty contact hours each renewal period

Kentucky

  • Initial licensing fee: Eighty dollars
  • License renewal fee (every two years): Sixty-five dollars
  • Continuing Education requirements: Thirty contact hours every two years. Two hours must be related to AIDS.

Louisiana

  • Initial licensing fee: Eighty dollars
  • License renewal fee (every year): Forty-five dollars
  • Continuing Education requirements: Five, ten, or fifteen contact hours every year, based on employment

Maine

  • Initial licensing fee: Seventy-five dollars
  • License renewal fee (every two years): Seventy-five dollars
  • Continuing Education requirements: None

Maryland

  • Initial licensing fee: Seventy-five dollars
  • License renewal fee (every year): Forty-five dollars
  • Continuing Education requirements: None

Massachusetts

  • Initial licensing fee: Fifty dollars
  • License renewal fee (every two years): Forty dollars
  • Continuing Education requirements: Fifteen contact hours every renewal period

Michigan

  • Initial licensing fee: One hundred and twenty dollars
  • License renewal fee (every two years): Forty dollars
  • Continuing Education requirements: Twenty-five contact hours every renewal period

Requirements For Retaining Your Nursing License (Minnesota-Wyoming)

Minnesota

  • Initial licensing fee: One hundred dollars
  • License renewal fee (biennially): Seventy dollars
  • Continuing Education requirements: Twenty-four contact hours every renewal period

Mississippi

  • Initial licensing fee: Sixty dollars
  • License renewal fee (biennially): Fifty dollars
  • Continuing Education requirements: None

Missouri

  • Initial licensing fee: Sixty-seven dollars
  • License renewal fee (biennially): One hundred dollars
  • Continuing Education requirements: None

Montana

  • Initial licensing fee: One hundred dollars
  • License renewal fee (biennially): One hundred dollars
  • Continuing Education requirements: None

Nebraska

  • Initial licensing fee: Sixty dollars
  • License renewal fee (biennially): Forty dollars
  • Continuing Education requirements: Twenty contact hours every renewal period

Nevada

  • Initial licensing fee: One hundred dollars
  • License renewal fee (every two years): One hundred dollars
  • Continuing Education requirements: Thirty contact hours every renewal period

New Hampshire

  • Initial licensing fee: Eighty dollars
  • License renewal fee (biennially): Sixty dollars
  • Continuing Education requirements: Thirty contact hours every renewal period

New Jersey

  • Initial licensing fee: One hundred and forty dollars
  • License renewal fee (every two years): Sixty-five dollars
  • Continuing Education requirements: None

New Mexico

  • Initial licensing fee: Ninety dollars
  • License renewal fee (every two years): Sixty dollars
  • Continuing Education requirements: Thirty contact hours every renewal period

New York

  • Initial licensing fee: One hundred and thirty-five dollars
  • License renewal fee (every three years): Fifty dollars
  • Continuing Education requirements: One two hour course on child abuse is required for registration. Thereafter, one four hour course on infection control is required every four years.

North Carolina

  • Initial licensing fee: Fifty dollars
  • License renewal fee (every two years): Sixty dollars
  • Continuing Education requirements: None

North Dakota

  • Initial licensing fee: Ninety dollars
  • License renewal fee (every two years): Sixty dollars
  • Continuing Education requirements: None

Ohio

  • Initial licensing fee: Fifty dollars
  • License renewal fee (every two years): Thirty-five dollars
  • Continuing Education requirements: Twenty-four contact hours every renewal period

Oklahoma

  • Initial licensing fee: Seventy-five dollars
  • License renewal fee (every two years): Sixty dollars
  • Continuing Education requirements: None

Oregon

  • Initial licensing fee: Eighty dollars
  • License renewal fee (every two years): Sixty-five dollars
  • Continuing Education requirements: None

Pennsylvania

  • Initial licensing fee: Thirty-five dollars
  • License renewal fee (every two years): Forty-five dollars
  • Continuing Education requirements: None

Rhode Island

  • Initial licensing fee: Ninety-three dollars and seventy-five cents
  • License renewal fee (every two years) Fifty dollars
  • Continuing Education requirements: None

South Carolina

  • Initial licensing fee: Sixty-five dollars
  • License renewal fee (every year): Thirty-two dollars
  • Continuing Education requirements: None

South Dakota

  • Initial licensing fee: Seventy-five dollars
  • License renewal fee (every two years): Ninety dollars
  • Continuing Education requirements: None

Tennessee

  • Initial licensing fee: One hundred and five dollars
  • License renewal fee: Contact the Tennessee State Board of Nursing
  • Continuing Education requirements: None

Texas

  • Initial licensing fee: Sixty-five dollars
  • License renewal fee (every two years): Ninety-two dollars
  • Continuing Education requirements: Twenty contact hours per renewal period

Utah

  • Initial licensing fee: One hundred and twenty dollars
  • License renewal fee (every two years): Forty dollars
  • Continuing Education requirements: Four hundred hours of practice and thirty contact hours OR two hundred hours of practice and fifteen contact hours per renewal period

Vermont

  • Initial licensing fee: Ninety dollars
  • License renewal fee (every two years): Sixty dollars
  • Continuing Education requirements: None

Virginia

  • Initial licensing fee: One hundred and five dollars
  • License renewal fee: Contact the Virginia State Board of Nursing
  • Continuing Education requirements: None

Washington

  • Initial licensing fee: Sixty-five dollars
  • License renewal fee (every year): Fifty dollars
  • Continuing Education requirements: None

West Virginia

  • Initial licensing fee: Fifty-one dollars and fifty cents
  • License renewal fee (every year): Twenty-five dollars
  • Continuing Education requirements: Thirty contact hours per renewal period

Wisconsin

  • Initial licensing fee: Sixty-eight dollars
  • License renewal fee (every two years): Sixty-six dollars
  • Continuing Education requirements: None

Wyoming

  • Initial licensing fee: One hundred and thirty dollars
  • License renewal fee (every two years): One hundred and ten dollars
  • Continuing Education requirements: Twenty contact hours or five hundred practice hours every two years OR sixteen hundred practice hours every five years OR a refresher program