How to Become a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Wisconsin - WI

Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Jobs in Wisconsin - WI

According to the State of Wisconsin Department of Regulation and Licensing, to become a psychiatric nurse practitioner individuals must

    1. First have a registered nurses’ license issued for the State of Wisconsin 
    2. Go on to complete at least a master's degree in nursing that is accredited by a regional accrediting agency recognized by the state.  Transcript documentation of the pharmacology and therapeutics courses taken in the program would be required at the time of licensing.  These courses must have been taken within three years of the time that the candidate is seeking certification as a nurse practitioner in Wisconsin.
    3. The candidate must earn certification from a Board-approved, national certifying agency.
    4. In addition, the candidate for licensure must pass the Advanced Practice Nurse Prescriber jurisprudence examination with a score of at least 85%. 
    5. To maintain licensure, nurse practitioners in Wisconsin must complete eight contact hours of continuing education annually through approved training organizations such as the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). 

According to, 29.9% of residents in Wisconsin lived in underserved mental health professional shortage areas in 2008 compared to the 18.7% national average. 

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