Registered Nurse (Authorized Prescriber)

What is an RN(AP)?

The RHPA brings a new role to registered nursing: registered nurse (authorized prescriber) or RN(AP). 

RNs who want this designation must complete an approved course and receive a notation from the College to practice as an RN(AP) in any of the following areas:

  • Travel health
  • Reproductive health, sexually transmitted infections and blood borne pathogens
  • Diabetes health

RN(AP)s will also be able to prescribe certain medications in these areas.

Practice Expectations for RN(AP)s

Competencies for RN(AP)s

RN(AP) Program Now Accepting Registrations

Red River College is now accepting registrations for its nurse prescriber program. This is the College-approved program for RNs who want to prescribe in the areas of 1) travel health or 2) reproductive health/sexually transmitted or blood-borne infections. Courses will be offered three times per year and include some pre-requisite and clinical components.

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What is the difference between an RN(AP) and an RN(NP)?

RN(AP)s and RN(NP)s are both vital roles. Each role will continue to follow the standards and competencies that are core to all RNs. The difference between the two involves the span of knowledge, skill and judgment required in each role. 


An RN(NP)’s scope of practice is broader than an RN(AP)’s. An RN(NP) can independently prescribe drugs, order and manage the results of screening and diagnostic tests and perform minor surgical and invasive procedures.


An RN(AP) provides care within three practice areas: travel health, reproductive health or diabetes health. An RN(AP) will only be able to prescribe certain medications in these areas. 

The RN(AP) role will not replace other health-care providers. The role is a necessary extension of care that is currently provided by RNs in order to address the needs of a community.

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For more information, contact:

Diana Heywood RN
Practice and Standards Consultant