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Virginia Administrative Code
Title 18. Professional And Occupational Licensing
Agency 90. Board of Nursing
Chapter 30. Regulations Governing the Licensure of Advanced Practice Registered Nurses

18VAC90-30-70. Categories of licensed  advanced practice registered nurses.

A. The boards shall license advanced practice registered nurses consistent with their specialty education and certification in the following categories (a two-digit suffix appears on licenses to designate category):

1. Adult/geriatric acute care nurse practitioner (01);

2. Family nurse practitioner (02);

3. Pediatric/primary care nurse practitioner (03);

4. Adult/geriatric primary care nurse practitioner (07);

5. Certified registered nurse anesthetist (08);

6. Certified nurse midwife (09);

7. Neonatal nurse practitioner (13);

8. Women's health nurse practitioner (14);

9. Psychiatric nurse/mental health practitioner (17);

10. Pediatric/acute care nurse practitioner (18); and

11. Clinical nurse specialist (19).

B. Other categories of licensed advanced practice registered nurses shall be licensed if the Committee of the Joint Boards of Nursing and Medicine determines that the category meets the requirements of this chapter.

C. Advanced practice registered nurses licensed prior to January 15, 2016, may:

1. Retain the specialty category in which they were initially licensed; or

2. If the specialty category has been subsequently deleted and if qualified by certification, be issued a license in a specialty category listed in subsection A of this section that is consistent with such certification.

Statutory Authority

§§ 54.1-2400 and 54.1-2957 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from VR495-02-1 and VR465-07-1 § 2.2, eff. June 22, 1989; amended, Virginia Register Volume 12, Issue 1, eff. November 1, 1995; Volume 15, Issue 7, eff. January 20, 1999; Volume 19, Issue 19, eff. July 2, 2003; Volume 21, Issue 11, eff. March 9, 2005; Volume 32, Issue 7, eff. January 15, 2016; Volume 38, Issue 4, eff. November 10, 2021; Volume 40, Issue 4, eff. November 8, 2023.

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