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Board of Nursing

Licensure Information

Pursuant to Executive Orders 36 , 59 , 63 and 73:  Applicants graduating on or after December 1, 2019 who have been made eligible by the Board of Nursing to take NCLEX and have not tested may practice nursing under the supervision of a licensed registered nurse.  This Executive Order expires April 28,  2021.

In order to be placed on the Temporary Authorization to Practice list, applicants must submit a complete application prior to the approval for authorization to test is submitted to NCLEX. 

A complete application consists of the following:       

 ♦  Uploaded documents:

o   Photo with signature and date

o   Declaration of Citizenship

o   Proof of Citizenship (eg, government issued photo ID)   

♦  CBC must be completed and received and verified by staff – if there is a history of crime, applicants may be required to submit the following :

o   Letter of explanation

o   Certified copies:

* arresting document (warrant)

* judgment (disposition)

*completion of judgment (receipt of payment of fines, letter of completion of probation)

 ♦  Transcript must be submitted by the school and verified by staff

♦  Applicants must be registered with and have paid Pearson VUE

Applicants will be added to the Temporary Authorization to Practice list when all requirements have been verified by staff and the applicant receives the Authorization to Test from Pearson VUE by email.  Processing time may take up to four weeks after the date of graduation and receipt of official transcript from the school of nursing.  Processing time may be delayed if items are missing or there is a history of crime.

Eligible Applicants Temporarily  Authorized to Practice


Geographic Information System (GIS)

  • The Board of Nursing is offering a Geographic Information System (GIS) application to analyze workforce based on nursing licensure data. Approved nursing programs can also be queried and mapped on the GIS application: