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Tuesday, July 9, 2019   (10 Comments)
Posted by: Susan Swart
We have received many questions from APRNs across the state regarding the Licensing process for FPA. We asked for guidance from IDFPR and here is an update!
IDFPR does plan to update the License Form to bring clarity to the process but until then here is what you should do.
NOTARIZED STATEMENT - Only the APRN signature needs to be notarized, not the physician(s) signature.
QUESTION - An APRN has practiced 3500 hours at one hospital then changed jobs. Which facility signs the form? Is documentation required from both? Or a combination thereof? 
RESPONSE - The APRN should cross off the “4000” hours, write in the applicable amount, and then submit multiple forms.
QUESTION - Are there any options if the collaborator is not available for signature, as in a death? 
RESPONSE - This would be dealt with on a case-by-case basis, and would require additional / alternative documentation. The APRN should contact the department for additional guidance.
QUESTION - Can the FPA license and the CSL be submitted at the same time or does the FPA license number need to be included on the CSL application? 
RESPONSE - Please submit both at the same time. This is very important since the 209 license will be made ‘inactive’ immediately when the new APRN-FPA 309 license is issued, This could be an issue for the 210 CS license.
IMPORTANT - If you have a collaborator who refuses to the sign the form verifying the completion of your 4000 hrs of practice then please contact Susan Swart right away. We are tracking this scenario very closely and need documentation of any occurrences.
You can access the application on the IDFPR website under the Nursing Section or here is a direct link to the packet.
We urge every APRN who qualifies for this type of license to apply regardless of the culture or practices of their institution.


Tiffany Benfield says...
Posted Tuesday, February 11, 2020
Did anyone get an answer to their questions?
Suzanne Morphew says...
Posted Thursday, September 5, 2019
Just an update... I contacted IDFPR today regarding my message below, and received a status update recording stating that it may take 6-8 weeks AFTER the applicant’s payment has cleared their banking institution to reflect any changes in licensure application.
Suzanne Morphew says...
Posted Tuesday, September 3, 2019
I submitted my FPA and CS applications w/ collaborative signature on the notarized form in July, and IDPR processed my check payment on July 31st, over a month ago. However, the website does not reflect any changes, and I have not received any mail changes. Does anyone know how long this process takes after they process the payment?
Faheem U. SYED says...
Posted Monday, September 2, 2019
Hello does anyone know where I can achieve online CEU without going to the educational sessions. I mean instead of paying for 3-4 days of session in person, are there any online CEUS where I can buy the session online in the comfort of my home and earn the credits. I am not too crazy about going to classes or seminars. Any information will be appreciated. Thanks Faheem
candy schilf says...
Posted Saturday, August 24, 2019
can you please clarify, i work in a clinic, no drugs are stored on site. under section 5 of the application for state controlled substances application, it asks for the name of the business, but section 7 I marked I will not be storing controlled substances. Should I leave section 5 blank or put the name of my clinic?
Kelly A. Davis says...
Posted Thursday, August 15, 2019
Will the FPA allow us to order HH and such with CMS without an MD signature? What about hospitals who have policy for MD countersignatures? Ty.
mastura zalwango says...
Posted Monday, August 12, 2019
Is there a timeframe for processing and receiving FPA? Also as mentioned by Stacy Boetto, Walmart pharmacy continues to ask NP regarding supervising/collaborating physician.
Stacey Boetto says...
Posted Monday, August 12, 2019
2 questions. 1. Just to clarify-I have to submit a new CSL with my FPA application because if the FPA application is approved, this will render my current CSL inactive, correct? 2. Walmart pharmacy has been giving NP's a hard time and has refused to fill some rx's written by NPs. I had two calls from them last week asking who my "attending" physician is and would not fill until I personally called back and spoke to them. No other pharmacy as ever called asking me questions. How will FPA affect this issue? Other than advising patients they may encounter this problem, the other way to go about it is to write the Chief Pharmacist of Walmart maybe?
Judi Dansizen says...
Posted Monday, August 5, 2019
How long is it taking to obtain the APRN-FPA and new controlled substance license? @Mary B. Wells - yes, you do have to fill out a new CS license as it will indicate that you are now a FPA APRN. (At least that is my understanding.) I filled out both applications and stapled everything together (in two bundles: one for the APRN app and one for the CS app). I also completed two of the CCA (criminal background forms) and attached one to each app.
Mary B. Wells says...
Posted Sunday, July 14, 2019
I already hold a controlled substance Illinois license and a DEA license based on the Illinois license. Do I need to fill out the new forms in the packet for controlled substance license? Thanks


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