Nursing Licensure Requirements by State

Rutgers School of Nursing prepares students for professional licensure in the state of New Jersey and fulfills the requirements of all 50 states. Licensure requires successful degree completion and passing of the NCLEX exam. The application process requires — depending on the state — submission of an application form, passport style photos, birth certificate or U.S. passport, name change documents (if applicable), immigration documents (if applicable), and criminal history background check.

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State Licensure requirements

The information below is accurate as of June 2020.

Date Implemented eNLC[i]
1/01/20

RN licensure Application requirements
• Graduation “from a nursing program (RN or PN) which substantially meets the same educational criteria as Alabama nursing programs.”
• Official transcript
• Completion of an application form (that includes the following categories: License Type; Education; Exam & Temp Permit; Regulatory Questions; Preview; and Affirm, Pay & Submit)
• Proof of citizenship or legal US residence, license verification
• Successful completion of NCLEX exam (when registering through Pearson Vue, ensure you include your middle name and Social Security Number).
Website

ANP certificationState Board of Nursing website

Requirements for APN licensure in Alabama
RN licensure Application requirements
• Successful completion of an approved nursing program
• Official transcript
• Completion of an application form
• Social Security Number
• Criminal history background check with fingerprints
• Successful completion of NCLEX exam
• Website:

ANP certificationState Board of Nursing website
Alaska Board of Nursing
Alaska Application for APRN
Date Implemented eNLC[i]
1/19/18

RN licensure Application requirements
• Same as New Jersey

ANP certificationState Board of Nursing website
Arizona – Advanced Practice resources
Rules of the Arizona State Board of Nursing
Date Implemented eNLC[i]
1/19/18

RN licensure Application requirements
• Same as New Jersey

ANP certificationState Board of Nursing website
Arkansas Advanced Practice Registered Nurse Initial Licensure Application and Instructions
Arkansas State Board of Nursing Rules
RN licensure Application requirements
• Successful completion of an approved nursing program “applicants must have satisfactorily completed instruction in an accredited school of professional nursing that meets California’s educational requirements. … If any deficiencies are identified, you must complete the coursework prior to being found eligible for the examination.”
• Transcript sent directly from school of nursing
• Completion of an application form
• Passport-type photo
• Social Security Number
• Criminal history background check with fingerprints
• Successful completion of NCLEX exam
Website

ANP certificationState Board of Nursing website
California Board of Nursing Advanced Practice
Nurse Practitioner
Clinical Nurse Specialist
Nurse Anesthesia
Date Implemented eNLC[i]
1/19/18

RN licensure Application requirements
• Same as New Jersey

ANP certificationState Board of Nursing website
Colorado Board of Nursing APN Application and Forms
RN licensure Application requirements
• Successful completion of a nursing program that meet the requirements outlined in this document
• Official transcript
• Completion of an online (only) application form
• Successful completion of NCLEX exam
Website

ANP certificationState Board of Nursing website
Connecticut License Requirements
Date Implemented eNLC[i]
1/19/18

RN licensure Application requirements
• Same as New Jersey

ANP certificationState Board of Nursing website
Delaware APRN Licensure overview
APRN licensure Application
RN licensure Application requirements
• Successful completion of an approved nursing program
• Official transcript or letter of completion sent directly from school of nursing
• Completion of an application form
• Passport-type photo
• Social Security Number
• Criminal history background check
• Successful completion of NCLEX exam
Website

ANP certificationState Board of Nursing website
DC – APRN Application overview
DC – APRN Application
Date Implemented eNLC[i]
1/19/18

RN licensure Application requirements
• Same as New Jersey

ANP certificationState Board of Nursing website
Requirements for APRN licensure in Florida
Requirements for APRN licensure Florida Statutes for Nursing
Date Implemented eNLC[i]
1/19/18

RN licensure Application requirements
• Same as New Jersey

ANP certificationState Board of Nursing website
Requirements for APRN licensure in Georgia
RN licensure Application requirements
• Successful completion of an approved nursing program
• Official final transcript verifying degree conferred
• Completion of an application form
• Copy of government issued photo identification and Social Security Card
• Criminal history record check with fingerprints
• Successful completion of NCLEX exam
Website:

ANP certificationState Board of Nursing website
Requirements for APRN licensure in Hawaii
APRN licensure Renewal Requirements
Requirements for APRN licensure Amendments for Nurses
Date Implemented eNLC[i]
1/19/18

RN licensure Application requirements
• Same as New Jersey

ANP certificationState Board of Nursing website
Requirements for APRN licensure in Idaho for nurses licensed in another state
Idaho statutes for nurses
RN licensure Application requirements
• Successful completion of an approved nursing program
• Official transcript with school seal
• Completion of an online application form
• Social Security Number
• Completion of security clearance documents and fingerprint background check.
• Successful completion of NCLEX exam
Website:

ANP certificationState Board of Nursing website
Illinois APRN licensure information
Illinois Administrative code for Nurses
Illinois Statutes for Nurses
Date Implemented eNLC[i]
7/1/20

RN licensure Application requirements
• Same as New Jersey

ANP certificationState Board of Nursing website
Requirements for APRN licensure in Indiana
Date Implemented eNLC[i]
1/19/18

RN licensure Application requirements
• Same as New Jersey

ANP certificationState Board of Nursing website
Requirements for APRN licensure in Iowa
Iowa Statutes for Nurse Practitioners
Date Implemented eNLC[i]
7/01/19

RN licensure Application requirements
• Same as New Jersey

ANP certificationState Board of Nursing website
Kansas APRN licensure
Requirements for APRN licensure in Kansas
Date Implemented eNLC[i]
1/19/18

RN licensure Application requirements
• Same as New Jersey

ANP certificationState Board of Nursing website
Requirements for APRN licensure in Kentucky
Requirements for APRN licensure by examination
Date Implemented eNLC[i]
7/01/19

RN licensure Application requirements
• Same as New Jersey

ANP certificationState Board of Nursing website
Requirements for APRN licensure in Louisiana
Instructions for APRN licensure in Louisiana
Date Implemented eNLC[i]
1/19/18

RN licensure Application requirements
• Same as New Jersey

ANP certificationState Board of Nursing website
Apply for for APRN licensure in Maine
Regulations for APRN licensure in Maine
Date Implemented eNLC[i]
1/19/18

RN licensure Application requirements
• Same as New Jersey

ANP certificationState Board of Nursing website
Requirements for APRN licensure in Maryland
Clinical Nurse Specialist
Nurse Practitioner
Nurse Anesthesia
RN licensure Application requirements
• Graduated from a board-approved nursing program
• Completion of an application form including provision of proof of good moral character
• Successful completion of NCLEX exam
Massachusetts Nursing Licensure Information

ANP certificationState Board of Nursing website
How to apply for for APRN licensure in Massachusetts
Application process for APRN licensure in Massachusetts
RN licensure Application requirements
• Successful completion of an approved nursing program
• Official transcript/certification sent directly from school of nursing
• Completion of an application form
• Social Security Number
• Criminal background check and good moral character
• Successful completion of NCLEX exam, scores must be sent directly to the Michigan Bureau of Professional licensing (BPL)
Michigan Board of Nursing Website

ANP certificationState Board of Nursing website
Requirements for APRN licensure in Michigan
Application
RN licensure Application requirements
• Completed confirmation of program completion from nursing program
• Completion of an application form with evidence that applicant has not engage in conduct warranting disciplinary action
• Criminal background check with fingerprints
• Successful completion of NCLEX exam
Website:

ANP certificationState Board of Nursing website
Requirements for APRN licensure in Minnesota
Application requirements
Date Implemented eNLC[i]
1/19/18

RN licensure Application requirements
• Same as New Jersey

ANP certificationState Board of Nursing website
Requirements for APRN licensure in Mississippi
Date Implemented eNLC[i]
1/19/18

RN licensure Application requirements
• Same as New Jersey

ANP certificationState Board of Nursing website
Requirements for APRN licensure in Missouri
Date Implemented eNLC[i]
1/19/18

RN licensure Application requirements
• Same as New Jersey

ANP certificationState Board of Nursing website
Requirements for APRN licensure in Montana
application checklist for APRN licensure
Rules for APRN licensure
Date Implemented eNLC[i]
1/19/18

RN licensure Application requirements
• Same as New Jersey

ANP certificationState Board of Nursing website
Requirements for APRN licensure in Nebraska
Requirements for APRN licensure
RN licensure Application requirements
• Successful completion from an approved nursing program
• Official transcript sent directly from school of nursing
• Completed signed application form
• Passport-type photo
• Social Security Number or individual taxpayer ID number
• Completed fingerprint card
• Successful completion of NCLEX exam
Website:

ANP certificationState Board of Nursing website
Requirements for APRN licensure
Requirements for APRN licensure
Date Implemented eNLC[i]
1/19/18

RN licensure Application requirements
• Same as New Jersey

ANP certificationState Board of Nursing website
Requirements for APRN licensure
Requirements for APRN licensure
Date Implemented eNLC[i]
3/24/20 (partial implementation)

RN licensure Application requirements
• Letter of nursing program completion
• Completed online application
• Passport-like photo
• Birth certificate or U.S. passport
• Immigration documents
• Name change documents
• Criminal history background check
• Successful completion of NCLEX exam
Website:

ANP certificationState Board of Nursing website
Requirements for APRN licensure
Requirements for APRN licensure
Requirements for APRN licensure
Date Implemented eNLC[i]
1/19/18

RN licensure Application requirements
• Same as New Jersey

ANP certificationState Board of Nursing website
Requirements for APRN licensure
RN licensure Application requirements
• Successful completion of an approved nursing program and completion of a NYSED-approved Infection Control Course and a Child Abuse Identification and Reporting Course from an approved provider (or qualify for an exemption)
• Certification of professional education sent directly from school of nursing
• Completion of an online application form
• Social Security Number
• Demonstrate that you are currently of good moral character
• Successful completion of NCLEX exam
Website:

ANP certificationState Board of Nursing website
Requirements for APRN licensure
Nurse Practitioner:
Clinical Nurse Specialist:
Date Implemented eNLC[i]
1/19/18

RN licensure Application requirements
• Same as New Jersey

ANP certificationState Board of Nursing website
Requirements for APRN licensure
Clinical Nurse Specialist
Nurse Anesthesia: 
Nurse Practitioner: 
Date Implemented eNLC[i]
1/19/18

RN licensure Application requirements
• Same as New Jersey

ANP certificationState Board of Nursing website
Requirements for APRN licensure
RN licensure Application requirements
• Successful completion of an approved nursing program
• Completion of an online application form
• Criminal records check with fingerprints
• Successful completion of NCLEX exam
Website:

ANP certificationState Board of Nursing website
Requirements for APRN licensure
Requirements for APRN licensure
Date Implemented eNLC[i]
1/19/18

RN licensure Application requirements
• Same as New Jersey

ANP certificationState Board of Nursing website
Requirements for APRN licensure
Requirements for APRN licensure
RN licensure Application requirements
• Successful completion of an approved nursing program
• Official final transcript sent directly from school of nursing
• Completion of an online application form
• Social Security Number
• Criminal background check with fingerprints
• Successful completion of NCLEX exam
Website:

ANP certificationState Board of Nursing website
Requirements for APRN licensure
Clinical Nurse Specialist:
Nurse Anesthesia:
Nurse Practitioner:
RN licensure Application requirements
• Successful completion of a Board-approved RN nursing program
• Three hours of Board-approved continuing education on the topic of child abuse recognition and reporting
• Official transcript sent directly from school of nursing
• Completion of an application form
• An official state criminal history record check (CHRC) from your current state of residence and all states where you have lived, worked or completed training during the last 10 years (or an FBI background check)
• Successful completion of NCLEX exam
Website:

ANP certificationState Board of Nursing website
Requirements for APRN licensure
Clinical Nurse Specialists:
Nurse Practitioners:
RN licensure Application requirements
• Proof of Rhode Island residency (if your primary residency is going to be in Rhode Island)
• Successful completion of an approved nursing program
• Transcript sent directly from school of nursing
• Completion of an application form
• Background check with fingerprints
• Successful completion of NCLEX exam
Website 1, Website 2

ANP certificationState Board of Nursing website
Requirements for APRN licensure
Requirements for APRN licensure
Date Implemented eNLC[i]
1/19/18

RN licensure Application requirements
• Same as New Jersey

ANP certificationState Board of Nursing website
Requirements for APRN licensure
Date Implemented eNLC[i]
1/19/18

RN licensure Application requirements
• Same as New Jersey

ANP certificationState Board of Nursing website
Requirements for APRN licensure
Clinical Nurse Specialist
Nurse Anesthesia
Nurse Practitioner
Date Implemented eNLC[i]
1/19/18

RN licensure Application requirements
• Official transcript
• Criminal background check including fingerprinting
• Passport photo
• Proof of citizenship or qualified alien status
• Successful completion of NCLEX exam
Website:

ANP certificationState Board of Nursing website
Requirements for APRN licensure
Requirements for APRN licensure
Date Implemented eNLC[i]
1/19/18

RN licensure Application requirements
• Same as New Jersey

ANP certificationState Board of Nursing website
Requirements for APRN licensure
Date Implemented eNLC[i]
1/19/18

RN licensure Application requirements
• Same as New Jersey

ANP certificationState Board of Nursing website
Requirements for APRN licensure
Requirements for APRN licensure
RN licensure Application requirements
• Successful completion of an approved nursing program as evidenced by completion of a verification form by the school
• Official transcript sent directly from school of nursing
• Completion of an online application form
• Successful completion of NCLEX exam
Website:

ANP certificationState Board of Nursing website
Requirements for APRN licensure
Requirements for APRN licensure
Date Implemented eNLC[i]
1/19/18

RN licensure Application requirements
• Same as New Jersey

ANP certificationState Board of Nursing website
Requirements for APRN licensure
Clinical Nurse Specialist:
Nurse Practitioner/Nurse Anesthesia:
RN licensure Application requirements
• Successfully complete a board approved nursing education program.
• Be deemed as capable to safely practice within the scope of practice of a practical nurse by the nurse administrator of the applicant’s nursing education program.
• Complete seven clock hours of AIDS education
• Official transcript sent directly from school of nursing
• Completion of an online application form
• Successful completion of NCLEX exam
Website:

ANP certificationState Board of Nursing website
Requirements for APRN licensure
Requirements for APRN licensure
Date Implemented eNLC[i]
1/19/18

RN licensure Application requirements
• Same as New Jersey

ANP certificationState Board of Nursing website
Requirements for APRN licensure
Requirements for APRN licensure
Date Implemented eNLC[i]
1/19/18

RN licensure Application requirements
• Same as New Jersey

ANP certificationState Board of Nursing website
Requirements for APRN licensure
Requirements for APRN licensure
Date Implemented eNLC[i]
1/19/18

RN licensure Application requirements
• Same as New Jersey

ANP certificationState Board of Nursing website
Requirements for APRN licensure

Under the eNLC, nurses can practice in other eNLC states, without having to obtain additional licenses. So, licensure in New Jersey is accepted in any of the other eNLC states.

[i] Source: NCSBN. Nurse Licensure Compact Administrators