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 are able to prescribe certain medications and order or receive diagnostic tests in these areas.


Authorized Prescriber Employer Toolkit
Practice Expectations for RN(AP)s
Competencies for RN(AP)s
Scope of Practice 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)?

RNs, RN(AP)s and RN(NP)s are all vital roles. Each role must meet the practice expectations that are core to all RNs plus those expectations specific to their role. The difference in scope involves the span of knowledge, skill and judgment required in each role. 


Narrower scope of practice

No prescribing authority

May order and receive reports of diagnostic tests in approved practice settings if there is a clinical decision tool

RNs with specific scope of practice

Provides care within three practice areas: travel health, reproductive health or diabetes health (can only prescribe certain medications or order and receive diagnostic tests in these areas)

May do any reserved act within the RN scope of practice

Broader scope of practice

Can independently prescribe drugs, order and manage the results of screening and diagnostic tests, or set or cast a fracture of a bone or dislocation of a joint

May do any reserved act within the RN scope of practice

Click here to read FAQs on the RN(AP) role


For more information, contact:

Diana Heywood RN
Practice and Standards Consultant