Consensus Model for APRN Regulation
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NONPF Endorses Model for Future Regulation of APRNS

The NONPF Board of Directors endorsed the paper "Consensus Model for APRN Regulation: Licensure, Accreditation, Certification, & Education."  This document was developed through the work of the APRN Consensus Work Group and the NCSBN APRN Advisory Committee and defines APRN practice, describes the APRN regulatory model, identifies the titles to be used, defines specialty, describes the emergence of new roles and population foci, and presents strategies for implementation.  To implement fully the future model for regulation, changes to all the LACE (licensure, accreditation, certification, and education) components will be necessary. 

Statements on Primary Care and Acute Care NP Practice


NONPF facilitated a multi-organizational work group to develop a statement on primary care and acute care nurse practitioners. The work group intended for the document to be a resource to individuals and organizations that employ or contract with primary care and acute care certified nurse practitioners.  The group released in 2013 "Primary Care and Acute Care Nurse Practitioners." The content in this statement is based on the Consensus Model for APRN Regulation.

In 2011, NONPF released a statement to provide the nurse practitioner educator perspective on the distinctions of acute care and primary care nurse practitioner practice. NONPF amended the statement and released a final version in June 2013.


FAQs on Consensus Model 

The LACE - Licensure, Accreditation, Certification, and Education - Group has organized a list of  Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about the Consensus Model for APRN Regulation.  Many of the organizations participating in LACE have reported receiving requests for clarifications about items within the Consensus Model, and the LACE group thought it would be beneficial to share the common questions and answers with the public.  LACE hopes that the FAQs may give added guidance to readers and users of the Consensus Model for APRN Regulation. Anyone with additional questions about the model may contact the NONPF office,


NONPF Project Report Substantiates need for Regulation Model

NONPF released "Clarification of Nurse Practitioner Specialty and Subspecialty Clinical Track Titles, Hours, and Credentialing," (June 2009) a report of a four-phased research project conducted by NONPF and funded by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing's Center for Regulatory Excellence. This detailed report summarizes the findings from the study to amplify and clarify information about current and emerging NP educational pathways leading to specialty and subspecialty preparation. The findings present what is currently happening in NP educational programs and offers a baseline for implementation of the Consensus Model for APRN Regulation: Licensure, Accreditation, Certification, and Accreditation (2008). As reported, NP programs currently have wide variance in Web site descriptions of programs, titling of NP tracks, and offering of specialty and subspecialty tracks. With the implementation of the Consensus Model, NP programs will be asked to adopt a more standardized approach to classification (titling) of NP tracks by population focus and then added emphasis in a track will be regarded as specialization.


Consensus Model at a glance

  • Finalized in July 2008
  • Endorsed by over 40 nursing organizations
  • Provides national baseline for APRN licensure, accreditation, certification, and education (LACE)


Consensus Model for APRN Regulation: Licensure, Accreditation, Certification, & Education  (2008) 




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