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Important: New grads can not apply for Autonomous APRN using education hours

Posted about 2 months ago by Vicky Stone-Gale

If you are graduating from an NP program and are considering applying for an Autonomous license you can not do so until you have completed 3000 clinical hours under a protocol with a physician. Your school clinical practice hours DO NOT count towards these hours. ONLY faculty that are doing clinical instruction can use those hours towards the 3000 required hours. You must read the language in the statute and be aware of what it says.

If a new APRN graduate has applied for and received an autonomous practice registration, then this means the affirmation was checked on the application and the individual verified they met the requirements above. If a new APRN graduate did this and does not meet the requirements, they should email the Board of Nursing ( and ask to have their Autonomous APRN registration voluntarily relinquished or they may face disciplinary action for having obtained the registration by misrepresentation.

If you know anyone who has applied right out of school and received an autonomous license they need to relinquish it with the Board of Nursing immediately and ask to keep their APRN license only.

The 2023 Florida Statutes

Chapter 464
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464.0123 Autonomous practice by an advanced practice registered nurse.
(1) REGISTRATION.The board shall register an advanced practice registered nurse as an autonomous advanced practice registered nurse if the applicant demonstrates that he or she:
(a) Holds an active, unencumbered license to practice advanced nursing under s. 464.012.
(b) Has not been subject to any disciplinary action as specified in s. 456.072 or s. 464.018 or any similar disciplinary action in another state or other territory or jurisdiction within the 5 years immediately preceding the registration request.
(c) Has completed, in any state, jurisdiction, or territory of the United States, at least 3,000 clinical practice hours, which may include clinical instructional hours provided by the applicant, within the 5 years immediately preceding the registration request while practicing as an advanced practice registered nurse under the supervision of an allopathic or osteopathic physician who held an active, unencumbered license issued by any state, jurisdiction, or territory of the United States during the period of such supervision. For purposes of this paragraph, “clinical instruction” means education provided by faculty in a clinical setting in a graduate program leading to a master’s or doctoral degree in a clinical nursing specialty area.