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Prescriptive Authority Application for Endorsement Applicants


After issuance of an Arkansas APRN license, you may apply online for Prescriptive Authority,  which includes a fee.  You may submit the application for Prescriptive Authority and required items (Collaborative Practice Agreement and QA Plan) prior to receiving an AR APRN license, but your Prescriptive Authority Certificate number will not be issued until after the full APRN license has been issued.

  • You do not automatically  receive Prescriptive Authority with the issuance of your APRN license.  The application process for Prescriptive Authority must be completed.


Provide documentation of successful completion of pharmacology coursework which shall contain a minimum of:

a. Three (3) graduate credit hour pharmacology course offered by an accredited college or university within two years immediately prior to the date of application to the Board; or

b. Forty-five (45) contact hours [a contact hour is fifty (50) to sixty (60) minutes] in a pharmacology course which includes a competency component, offered by an accredited college or university, within two (2) years immediately prior to the date of application to the Board; or

c. Three (3) graduate credit hours pharmacology course, included as part of an advanced practice nursing education program, within five (5) years immediately prior to the date of application to the Board.

Provide documentation of a minimum of three hundred (300) clock hours of preceptorial experience in the prescription of drugs, medicines and therapeutic devices with a qualified preceptor, to be initiated with the pharmacology course and to be completed within one year of the beginning of the course. Preceptorial experience completed as a part of the formal educational program in which the pharmacology course is taught will meet the three hundred (300) clock hour requirement.

IN ADDITION TO THE ONLINE APPLICATION, you are required to submit two items.

  1. Collaborative Practice Agreement
  2. Quality Assurance (QA) Plan

These documents should be submitted by mailing a copy to the Arkansas State Board of Nursing, Attn: Adv. Practice Dept., 1123 S. University Ave., #800, Little Rock, AR  72204 or by faxing to 501.686.2714, Attn:  Adv. Practice Dept.  Both of these documents must be signed by the APRN and the collaborating physician(s).

You are welcome to use the examples provided on our website (under the Adv. Practice tab).  Feel free to make changes to accommodate the agreement between you and your collaborating physician(s). However, there is required criteria that must be included in the Collaborative Practice Agreement and Quality Assurance Plan (located under the Adv. Practice tab, Quality Assurance Guidelines for APRNs

Prescribing protocols  APRNs with Prescriptive Authority must have prescriptive protocols (indications for & classifications of legend and controlled substance medications).  Do not submit protocols to the ASBN unless requested.  Examples and more information is located on the ASBN website under the Adv. Practice tab or by selecting the following link - Prescriptive Protocol Guidelines for APRNs

More information regarding Prescriptive Authority is located at www.arsbn.org / Laws & Rules tab / Rules link / Chapter 4 link / Section VIII Prescriptive Authority - or choose this link - Chapter 4 - Advanced Practice Registered Nurse


After receiving full APRN licensure and a Prescriptive Authority Certificate number (PAC #), if you plan to prescribe Schedules III - V controlled substances, you must apply for a DEA #. Directions for applying for a DEA # are provided on our website under the Adv. Practice tab, DEA registration link. Submit a copy of your DEA # card to the ASBN after you receive it.


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