Membership Categories


Active members have the privilege of voting, holding office and serving on committees and shall be one of the follow­ing: 1) APRNs who provide health care for children and who have obtained or are eligible for national board certification as an APRN, 2) RNs who have completed a course which follows the ANA-AAP 1971 Guidelines on Short-Term CE Programs preparing the PNP, 3) RNs who are practicing PNPS and were educated prior to the 1971 guidelines. RNs or APRNs who qualify for active membership but who reside outside the U.S. and its territories and who submit proof of licensure, registration, or certification in the nurse’s native country and/or state.


Associate members shall be any persons interested in fostering the objectives of the association. They shall not have the right to vote or hold office. Associate members may serve on committees or participate in Special Interest Groups in accordance with SIG policies.


Students are eligible for reduced dues if they are in their first Nurse Practitioner/CNS program and if they are registered nurses currently enrolled in an approved program whose graduates may become active members as delineated above. All benefits are included. Student status is limited to three consecutive years.

Doctoral Student

Professional NPs, already eligible for active NAPNAP membership, currently enrolled in any doctoral program, are eligible for reduced dues. All benefits are included. Doctoral Student Status is limited to two consecutive years. 

New Graduate

New Graduates are eligible for active membership at a reduced rate for the first year following the completion of their NP or CNS program. New graduates receive all membership benefits.


Retirees from APRN or CNS practice/employment are eligible for membership at one half the regular annual dues rate. A retiree must be age 62 years or older.