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Nursing board now accepting applications for new 103 NP classification

January 24, 2023

Assembly Bill 890 (Wood), signed into law in September 2020, created two new classifications of nurse practitioners (NPs) – 103 and 104 NPs – who can perform certain functions without standardized procedures and protocols in California. The regulations implementing the bill became effective January 1, 2023, and the application to apply to become a 103 NP went live on January 20, 2023.

The regulations set the minimum “transition to practice” standards for NPs seeking to apply for licensure under these new classifications. NPs who are interested in transitioning to these new classifications are required to submit an application and become approved before practicing under the new classifications.

The current application process is only open for 103 NPs, as the law requires an NP to first work as a 103 NP in good standing for at least three years prior to becoming a 104 NP. Applicants will also be required to provide a physician’s attestation that the NP has the completed the “transition to practice” requirements as detailed in the regulations, which include all of the following:

  • 4600 hours or three full-time equivalent years of clinical practice experience and mentorship that are:

    • Completed in California
    • Completed within five years prior to the date the applicant applied for certification
    • Completed after certification by the Board of Registered Nursing (BRN) as a nurse practitioner
    • Completed after obtaining…

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