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Who We Are

The Office of Certification, Licensure, & Compliance (OCLC) assists students and graduates with most nursing licensure, certification, and compliance questions. We process certain certification, licensure-related, and miscellaneous documentation by request. 

Licensure vs. Certification

In our experience, there is some confusion about the difference between certification and licensure. Unlike your state RN license, you do not take “state boards” to become a nurse practitioner.

Nurse Practitioner licensure authorizes a nurse practitioner to practice within the state. Nurse practitioners are required to adhere to the scope of practice established by each state’s board of nursing (BON) which both includes the RN scope of practice and exceeds it. Click here for more licensure information.

Nurse Practitioner certification establishes a nurse practitioner’s qualifications to practice but does not give a nurse practitioner the authority to practice. Graduates seeking NP certification take an exam through an agency that provides certification credentials. We often refer to these agencies as national certifying agencies. For more information about certification requirements, please reach out to the certifying agency of your choice. Click here for more certification information.

Nurse Practitioner Certification Information

Graduates seeking NP certification and licensure take a certification exam through an agency that provides certification credentials recognized for licensure.  We often refer to these agencies as national certifying agencies.  The national certification exam is a competency-based examination that provides a valid and reliable assessment of the entry-level clinical knowledge and skills of nurse practitioners in a defined specialization. The resulting certification establishes a nurse practitioner’s qualification to practice, but does not give a nurse practitioner the authority to practice.  Authority to practice is granted by the state Board of Nursing where you plan to practice.   

The three certifying agencies that Walden University nursing students most commonly use are ANCC, AANP and AACN. Nurses may utilize other certifying agencies. Not every agency certifies in all NP specialties, and not every certification is recognized for licensure in all states.  It is in your best interest to know which agency’s certifications are accepted in your state of practice and to verify that the agency certifies in your specialty before beginning the process. It is the graduate’s responsibility to research each option and determine which, if any, certifying agencies to use. 

ANCC Specific Information

ANCC requires a form, called Validation of APRN Education, to complete your application to test. To request that we complete this required form, you must follow this process: 

  1. Login to your Meditrek account.
  2. On the home screen near the bottom click on “Certification & Licensure”
    .Meditrek Screen
  3. Then click on “ANCC Form” under the “submit” heading. There are instructions on this page to follow. 
  4. Complete all fields with complete up-to-date information and click *submit.
  5. Once you submit the request, the Office of Certification, Licensure, & Compliance will review your account and complete the form on your behalf if you meet the requirements for either (a) or (b) below:

a. All final grades have posted AND you have applied for graduation

b. Your degree has been conferred

 

*PLEASE NOTE: You will not be able to submit a request for an ANCC Validation of APRN Education Form until you have the minimum practicum hours required for degree completion entered in your Time Log on Meditrek.

  • Students with catalog year before Spring 2018 need to meet a minimum requirement of 576 hours.
  • Students with catalog year Spring 2018 and after need to meet a minimum requirement of 640 hours.
  • Students with catalog year Spring 2018 and after, who completed a practicum course during the Spring 2020 quarter, need to meet a minimum requirement of 624 hours.
  • May 2020 graduates need to meet a minimum requirement of 500 hours.

 

The Office of Certification, Licensure and Compliance has made changes to our process for ANCC Validation of APRN Education Forms to align with the College of Nursing’s COVID-19 policies concerning field experience.


As a reminder, your submitted hours must be signed by both your preceptor and instructor for each practicum course. Within your Meditrek account, you can determine if your preceptor and instructor have signed off on your logs if there is a time stamp under the "signed" column. If your hours have not been signed, you will need to reach out to your preceptor or instructor. They will need to sign into their Meditrek accounts, review your submitted hours, and sign if they confirm the hours are accurate. You can view this Webinar to view what signed time logs look like (start at 14:00 minutes in). If you have questions about getting your time logs signed, please contact the Nursing Field Education Office.

 

AANP Specific Information

At this time, AANP only requires transcripts. They do not currently have a form that would need to be completed and submitted by Walden University College of Nursing.  If AANP requests a letter in addition to transcripts, please request that letter using education verification or other form guidelines.

Nurse Practitioner State Licensure Information

Nurse Practitioner licensure authorizes a nurse practitioner to practice within the state. Nurse practitioners are required to adhere to the scope of practice established by each state’s board of nursing (BON) which both includes the RN scope of practice and exceeds it. Essentially, NPs are required to adhere to both the RN scope of practice AND the NP scope of practice in their chosen state. State scope of practice and application requirements vary significantly from state to state. It is the student’s responsibility to review and understand these requirements and apply for licensure. Our team is here to support students through this process by answering certain questions and processing forms. However, if you have specific questions relating to the application process in a state, practice or licensure requirements in that state or other state specific questions, your best resource is the State Board of Nursing.

Generally, all State Boards of Nursing will require an official transcript for your NP license application. Official transcript must be sent directly from Walden to your State Board of Nursing. You can request an official transcript in the student portal. If you have a question about transcripts please contact transcripts@mail.waldenu.edu.

To ensure that your official transcript shows the degree has been completed, you must wait to request a transcript until after your degree has been conferred. In order for your degree to be conferred, you must apply for graduation. For information about your graduation application, contact graduation@mail.waldenu.edu. Degrees are typically conferred 2-4 weeks after the grade has posted for your final practicum course.

Some states require additional documentation - either a form or letter - signed by Walden University College of Nursing, the Dean, or the Program Director. Click here for a list of documentation our team typically prepares for each state, and links to state specific NP license application information.

To submit a request you must follow this process: 

  1. Login to your Meditrek account.
  2. On the home screen near the bottom click on “Certification & Licensure”.
  3. Then click on “State Board of Nursing Forms and Letters” under the Submit heading.
  4. Select your state.
  5. Select the form or letter you are requesting.
  6. Enter an email address if you want to receive status updates about your request at an account other than your Walden email.
  7. If you are requesting a form, upload a copy of the form.
  8. Click Submit*

 

To ensure that there are no delays in the processing of your request, please make sure you have done the following:

  1. Apply for graduation: Your degree will not be conferred until you apply for graduation**
  2. Fill in any area on the form that requires completion by the applicant (contact information, SSN, RN license number, date of birth, etc.)
  3. If the form requires your signature, sign and date the form

 

*PLEASE NOTE: You will not be able to submit a request for a State Board of Nursing Form or Letter until you have the minimum practicum hours required for degree completion entered in your Time Log on Meditrek.

  • Students with catalog year before Spring 2018 need to meet a minimum requirement of 576 hours.
  • Students with catalog year Spring 2018 and after need to meet a minimum requirement of 640 hours.
  • Students with catalog year Spring 2018 and after, who completed a practicum course during the Spring 2020 quarter, need to meet a minimum requirement of 624 hours.
  • May 2020 graduates need to meet a minimum requirement of 500 hours.

 

The Office of Certification, Licensure and Compliance has made changes to our process for ANCC Validation of APRN Education Forms to align with the College of Nursing’s COVID-19 policies concerning field experience.

 

As a reminder, your submitted hours must be signed by both your preceptor and instructor for each practicum course. Within your Meditrek account, you can determine if your preceptor and instructor have signed off on your logs if there is a time stamp under the "signed" column. If your hours have not been signed, you will need to reach out to your preceptor or instructor. They will need to sign into their Meditrek accounts, review your submitted hours, and sign if they confirm the hours are accurate. You can view this Webinar to view what signed time logs look like (start at 14:00 minutes in). If you have questions about getting your time logs signed, please contact the Nursing Field Education Office.

 

**PLEASE NOTE: The Office of Certification, Licensure, & Compliance will not be able to complete your request for a State Board of Nursing Form or Letter until your degree has been conferred.

Education Verification or Other Forms Guidelines

If you need a form signed by an employee of Walden University (such as the Program Director or Dean), for a purpose other than ANCC or state licensure you must follow the steps below:

  1. Insert your information onto the form (your name, address etc.)
  2. Email the form to the OCLC at nurslicensure@mail.waldenu.edu

Mailing the form to our office or emailing or mailing the form to advising, registrar, FEC or other departments will DELAY THE PROCESSING TIME of your application.

  1. Include your full name, student ID and program of study and specialization in your e-mail.
  2. ALL TRANSCRIPT REQUESTS must be referred to the transcript department, which you can contact through the student portal or by emailing transcripts@mail.waldenu.edu
  3. Forms cannot be submitted until final grades are posted and degree conferral can be confirmed. You must submit your application for graduation for your degree to be conferred. For information about your graduation application, contact graduation@mail.waldenu.edu.
  4. Do not submit the form for processing until you have completed all program coursework. We cannot verify course and program completion until final grades are posted. Submitting a form early will not result in the form being processed more quickly.
  5. Allow 10 business days for processing.

Contact Information

Email: nurslicensure@mail.waldenu.edu
Phone line (voicemail only at this time): 612-312-1244
Fax number: 612-677-3693

Mailing address: ATTENTION Nurse Licensure Team
Walden University
100 Washington Avenue South,
Suite 1210 Minneapolis, MN 55401

Questions about degree conferral? Email: graduation@mail.waldenu.edu

Questions about transcripts? Email: transcripts@mail.waldenu.edu