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Information and Resources for California NPs

American Association of Nurse Practitioners - California

Practice Information

State Policy Fact Sheet

A quick, printable look at the details of practicing in California, like CE requirements and authorizations.

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Regulatory Structure

Regulatory Agency

Licensure Requirements

  • Requirements include an RN license and a graduate degree in an NP role. National certification and, if applicable, any supplemental examination developed by California state agencies may also be required for NPs in select settings. See BON for details.

Nurse Practice Act

AANP in California

AANP Region

California is a part of AANP Region 9, which includes AZ, CA, HI, NM, NV and the Pacific U.S. Territories.

Regional Compensation Brief

This report provides a regional snapshot of NP compensation and benefits in Region 9.

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Your Regional Director

Region 9 Director Theresa Brown


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Your State Liaisons

Sheri Rickman Patrick - North California State Liaison
(North): Sheri Rickman Patrick, DNP, FNP-BC
Beth Haney - S. California State Representative(South): Beth Haney, DNP, FNP-C, FAANP, FAAN

2023 State Award for Excellence Recipients

The NP State Award for Excellence is given annually to an individual NP in each state who has demonstrated excellence in NP clinical practice.

  • California Nurse Practitioner recipient: Andrew Penn

The Advocate State Award for Excellence is given annually to an individual in each state who has made a significant contribution toward increasing awareness and recognition of NPs. Past recipients have included educators, legislators and physicians. NPs are also eligible for the advocate award for non-clinical practice initiatives related to leadership, precepting, policy, politics, research, education or community affairs.

  • California Advocate recipient: The Honorable Young Kim

Learn more about the AANP State Award for Excellence and how you can nominate a worthy NP or NP advocate.

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NP Organization Members

AANP’s mission: To empower all nurse practitioners to advance accessible, person-centered, equitable, high-quality health care for diverse communities through practice, education, advocacy, research and leadership.

Any organization of five or more NPs that supports this mission can become an organizational member of AANP. This includes state and local NP associations, specialty groups, NP educational programs at colleges and universities, etc.

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State Legislation Tracking Center

AANP members have access to tracking state policy in all 50 states and U.S. territories. See what policy items are currently active in your state and discover what’s happening across the country when it comes to modernizing licensure, improving access to care and addressing patient care needs.

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