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Chart Of Nurse Licensing Requirements By State
by Gregory Siskind and Karen Weinstock

State

By

Endorsement

NCLEX

license by exam

CGFNS Certificate required?

SS#

Other                                         

Alabama

 

Alabama Board of Nursing 
770 Washington Avenue
RSA Plaza, Ste 250
Montgomery, AL 36130-3900

 

Phone: (334) 242-4060

FAX: (334) 242-4360

 

Contact Person: N. Genell Lee, MSN, JD, RN, Executive Officer

 

Web Site: http://www.abn.state.al.us/

Yes

Yes

 

Or CNAT for Canadians

Yes

 

Except certain Canadian nurses

Yes

 

Must have for NCLEX

Provide proof of completion of secondary school or its equivalent.

 

Be a graduate of a nursing education program approved by the proper authorities in the country where the program is located.

 

Meet the requirements for nursing program content employed as criteria for approval in Alabama at the time of the applicant’s graduation or make up any educational deficiencies

 

Alaska

 

Alaska Board of Nursing

Dept. of Comm. & Econ. Development

Div. of Occupational Licensing

3601 C Street, Suite 722

Anchorage, AK 99503

 

Phone: (907) 269-8161

FAX: (907) 269-8196 

 

Contact Person: Dorothy Fulton, MA, RN, Executive Director 

 

Web Site: http://www.dced.state.ak.us/occ/pnur.htm

Yes*1

 

Yes

No

 

CGFNS certificate not required

 

CGFNS will be required effective October 9, 2002

 

No*2

 

 

Graduate of foreign nursing schools accepted.

 

*1 Canadians accepted only if graduated before July 1992 with score of 400 on all parts of exam. If graduated after 7/92 must pass NCLEX

 

*2 If taking NCLEX without SSN must fill out an exemption form

 

 

Arizona

 

Arizona State Board of Nursing
1651 E. Morten Avenue, Suite 210
Phoenix, AZ 85020

Phone: (602) 331-8111
FAX: (602) 906-9365

Contact Person: Joey Ridenour, MN, RN, Executive Director

Web Site: http://www.azboardofnursing.org/

 

Yes

 

Canadians will not qualify without NCLEX

Yes, if qualifying by exam (not required for endorsement)

Yes

 

Except certain Canadians (must take NCLEX)

No

 

Has an affidavit for SSN exempt-ion

Compact State as of July 1, 2002

 

AZ recognizes some foreign licenses

Arkansas

 

Arkansas State Board of Nursing
University Tower Building
1123 S. University, Suite 800
Little Rock, AR 72204-1619

Phone: (501) 686-2700
FAX: (501) 686-2714

Contact Person: Faith Fields, MSN, RN, Executive Director

Web Site: http://www.state.ar.us/nurse

 

Yes*3

 

Yes

Yes

 

Only required from non-English speaking countries

No*4

 

Compact State

Graduated from a nursing program in which the curriculum is "substantially similar" to Arkansas nursing programs;

*3 Foreign educated nurses licensed in another jurisdiction who can validate that their foreign nursing education program was "substantially similar" to Arkansas nursing programs via an official transcript from their nursing education program and who have passed NCLEX, provided they are otherwise qualified ;  certain Canadian Registered Nurses licensed by NLN State Board Test Pool Examination

 

*4 Must fill Special application for all nurses without SSN

 

A foreign license may be recognized in AR

TOEFL is required

 

California

 

California Board of Registered Nursing
400 R St., Ste. 4030
Sacramento, CA 95814-6239

Phone: (916) 322-3350
FAX: (916) 327-4402

Contact Person: Ruth Ann Terry, MPH, RN, Executive Officer

Web Site: http://www.rn.ca.gov/

 

Yes

 

Canada only

If CNATS written prior to 1980

Yes

 

OR if  CNATS written after 1980

No

 

Compact State

Educational documents must be translated and certified by an official translator; education must meet California standards or deficiencies made up; a foreign MD is not adequate

 

TOEFL is required

Colorado

 

Colorado Board of Nursing
1560 Broadway, Suite 880
Denver, CO 80202

Phone: (303) 894-2430
FAX: (303) 894-2821

Contact Person: Patricia Uris, PhD, RN, Program Administrator

Web Site: http://www.dora.state.co.us/nursing/

 

Yes

Yes

No

 

Must have only transcripts evaluation from CGFNS

 

 

 

Foreign nurses do not need CGFNS certificate, but must have their transcripts evaluation from CGFNS.

 

Canadian nurses – if not applying by endorsement from another state must have CGFNS first

 

Nurse will have to apply for a SSN

Connecticut

 

Connecticut Board of Examiners for Nursing
Dept. of Public Health
410 Capitol Avenue, MS# 13PHO
P.O. Box 340308
Hartford, CT 06134-0328

Phone: (860) 509-7624
FAX: (860) 509-7553

Contact Person: Jan Wojick , Board Liaison

Web Site: http://www.state.ct.us/dph/

 

Yes

 

If licensing requirements of the other state are similar or higher

 

Foreign License may be accepted*5

Yes

Passage of  CGFNS exam for foreign educated nurses.

 

 

 

*5 Canadian licensed nurses may be exempt from educational requirements or NCLEX and admitted if passed the CRNE (Canadian Registered Nurse Exam in English or French +TOEFL

 

Canadian nurses exempt from CGFNS if licensed in another U.S. state

Delaware

 

Delaware Board of Nursing
861 Silver Lake Blvd
Cannon Building, Suite 203
Dover, DE 19904

Phone: (302) 739-4522
FAX: (302) 739-2711

Contact Person: Iva Boardman, MSN, RN, Executive Director

 

Yes

With NCLEX results and practice requirements

è

Yes*6

 

 

CGFNS certificate required before NCLEX

Yes

 

Must have for NCLEX

*6 Not required if Canadian graduated before Aug. 1981 or graduated between Aug. 1981-Aug. 1995 and received 400+ score on exam.

 

Practice requirements to be licensed by endorsement: 1000 hours of nurse practice in the last 5 years OR 400 hours in the past 2 years

District of Columbia

 

District of Columbia Board of Nursing
Department of Health
825 N. Capitol Street, N.E., 2nd Floor
Room 2224
Washington, DC 20002

Phone: (202) 442-4778
FAX: (202) 442-9431

Contact Person: Bonnie Rampersaud, Acting Program Manager for Program Licensing

 

Yes*7

 

 

Yes

Yes

 

*7 For Canadians graduated before 1970. after 1970 – CGFNS & NCLEX required

Florida

 

Florida Board of Nursing
4080 Woodcock Drive, Suite 202
Jacksonville, FL 32207

Phone: (850) 488-0595
FAX: (904) 858-6964

Contact Person: Ruth R. Stiehl, PhD., MN, MA, BS, RN, Executive Director

Web Site: http://www.doh.state.fl.us/mqa/

 

Yes

 

With NCLEX results and license verification

 

Yes*8

 

Unless licensed in another state and applying by endorsement

 

Yes

Yes*9

 

 

*8 Canadians without NCLEX accepted unless the score is “pass or fail”. If not a numeric score on exam, must take the NCLEX or a course by course evaluation by CGFNS

 

*9 Required for NCLEX

Georgia

 

Georgia State Board of Licensed
Practical Nurses
237 Coliseum Drive
Macon, GA 31217-3858

Phone: (478) 207-1300
FAX: (478) 207-1633

Contact Person: Jacqueline Hightower, JD, Executive Director

Web Site: http://www.sos.state.ga.us/ebd-lpn/

 

Yes

 

Verifi-cation of current and original license and NCLEX results

Yes

Yes*10

 

 

 

Not required for NCLEX

Foreign education equivalent to Georgia; Documentation of 3 months or 500 hours of experience abroad.

 

*10 If not schooled in English.

If schooled in English a course by course evaluation may be required

 

Foreign license may be recognized

 

TOEFL is required

Hawaii

 

Hawaii Board of Nursing
Professional & Vocational Licensing Division
P.O. Box 3469
Honolulu, HI 96801

Phone: (808) 586-3000
FAX: (808) 586-2689

Contact Person: Kathleen Yokouchi , Executive Officer

Web Site: http://www.state.hi.us/dcca/
pvl/areas_nurse.html

 

Yes

If licensed in another US State through license verifi-cation

Yes

 

 

Yes

 

No SSN needed for NCLEX

Must meet minimum  education requirements of  Hawaii;

 

Must have CGFNS before NCLEX

 

Must have An educational

evaluation

 

Idaho

 

Idaho Board of Nursing
280 N. 8th Street, Suite 210
P.O. Box 83720
Boise, ID 83720

Phone: (208) 334-3110
FAX: (208) 334-3262

Contact Person: Sandra Evans, MA,Ed., RN, Executive Director

Web Site: http://www.state.id.us/ibn/ibnhome.htm

 

Yes*11

 

 

Foreign license may be recognized*12

 

Plus additional tests*13

 

Yes

CGFNS exam first before NCLEX

 

If licensed in another US State CGFNS waived

No SSN required

Compact State

 

*11 Must have equivalent credentials

 

*12 Similar to U.S. state endorsement

Plus credentialing and language requirements

 

*13 Test approved by the board for nursing knowledge and English proficiency

 

Canadian nurses can be admitted with NCLEX

Illinois

 

Illinois Department of Professional Regulation
James R. Thompson Center
100 West Randolph, Suite 9-300
Chicago, IL 60601

 

Phone: (312) 814-2715
FAX: (312) 814-3145

 

Contact Person: Deborah Taylor, RN, Ed.D Nursing Act Assistant Coordinator

 

Web Site: http://www.dpr.state.il.us/

 

Yes

Yes*15

CGFNS certificate required OR*14

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pending Compact State

All documents in a foreign language

Must be accompanied by original notarized

Translation of a person other than the applicant.

 

*14 (1) A letter of explanation of denial by CGFNS and (2) nursing School Transcripts  + diploma (3) middle school records

(4) high school records (5) proof of foreign licensure

 

*15 For temporary license: passing the Illinois Department of Professional Regulation Exam if no CGFNS certificate

 

 

 

Indiana

Indiana State Board of Nursing
Health Professions Bureau
402 W. Washington Street, Room W041
Indianapolis, IN 46204

 

Phone: (317) 232-2960
FAX: (317) 233-4236

 

Contact Person: Kristen Burch , Dir. of Nursing of IN BON

 

Web Site: http://www.state.in.us/hpb/boards/isbn/

 

 

Yes*16

 

 

Yes

Yes

 

Except certain Canadians (NCLEX required)

 

*16 Copy of state license and

(1) nursing school transcripts specifying theory and clinical experience (2) copy of high school diploma or transcripts

Iowa

 

Iowa Board of Nursing
RiverPoint Business Park
400 S.W. 8th Street, Suite B
Des Moines, IA 50309-4685

 

Phone: (515) 281-3255
FAX: (515) 281-4825

 

Contact Person: Lorinda Inman, MSN, RN, Executive Director

 

Web Site: http://www.state.ia.us/government/nursing/

 

Yes

Yes

Yes*17

 

 

*17 CGFNS Required if not licensed in another U.S. state

Kansas

 

Kansas State Board of Nursing
Landon State Office Building
900 S.W. Jackson, Suite 551-S
Topeka, KS 66612

 

Phone: (785) 296-4929
FAX: (785) 296-3929

 

Contact Person: Mary Blubaugh, MSN, RN, Executive Administrator

 

Web Site: http://www.ksbn.org

 

Yes*18

 

Yes

Yes

 

Must have for all foreign nurses

 

*18 From Jurisdiction using State Board Test Pool Examination (SBTPE) or the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX)

Kentucky

 

Kentucky Board of Nursing
312 Whittington Parkway, Suite 300
Louisville, KY 40222

 

Phone: (502) 329-7000
FAX: (502) 329-7011

 

Contact Person: Sharon Weisenbeck, MS, RN, Executive Director

 

Web Site: http://www.kbn.state.ky.us/

 

Yes*19

 

Yes*21

 

 

Yes*20

 

 

 

No SSN required for NCLEX

*19 From Jurisdiction using State Board Test Pool Examination (SBTPE) or the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX)

 

*20 Nurses schooled in English must have a course by course evaluation by CGFNS or the exam

 

*21 Not required of Canadians graduated before 1981 with minimum score of 400

 

 

Louisiana

 

Louisiana State Board of Nursing
3510 N. Causeway Boulevard, Suite 501
Metairie, LA 70003

 

Phone: (504) 838-5332
FAX: (504) 838-5349

 

Contact Person: Barbara Morvant, MN, RN, Executive Director

 

Web Site: http://www.lsbn.state.la.us/

 

Yes*22

 

Yes*23

 

 

Yes

 

*22 (1) have a current U.S. license

(2) Have written (no more than NCLEX and achieved a minimum score of 350 or a score of "PASS" within 3 years of graduation from an approved program

(3) Have worked as an LPN/LVN for a minimum of six (full-time) months during the four years immediately preceding application (only applies to nurses who have been out of school for at least 4 years)

 

*23 Canadians without NCLEX accepted with a score above 400 and exam taken in English. RNs with pass or fail score must take NCLEX.

Maine

 

Maine State Board of Nursing
158 State House Station
Augusta, ME 04333

 

Phone: (207) 287-1133
FAX: (207) 287-1149

 

Contact Person: Myra Broadway, JD, MS, RN, Executive Director

 

Web Site: http://www.state.me.us/nursingbd/

 

Yes

Yes*24

 

 

Yes

 

Do not need exam if schooled in English (only course by course evaluation)

Yes*25

 

*24 Canadians without NCLEX accepted if exam written in English and have a course by course evaluation from CGFNS

 

*25  Must have SSN for NCLEX

Maryland

 

Maryland Board of Nursing
4140 Patterson Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21215

 

Phone: (410) 585-1900
FAX: (410) 358-3530

 

Contact Person: Donna Dorsey, MS, RN, Executive Director

 

Web Site: http://www.mbon.org

 

 

Yes

Yes*27

 

 

Not a must, but may be required*26

 

Transcript evaluation first will determine if CGFNS needed

 

*28

 

Compact State

 

*26 Course by course evaluation from CGFNS for foreign nurses required.

CGFNS exam may be required after board evaluates credentials.

 

*27 Not required from Canadians graduated before 1981 and Canadian exam was in English.

 

*28  No SSN required for NCLEX

 

 

Massachussets

 

Massachusetts Board of Registration
in Nursing
Commonwealth of Massachusetts
239 Causeway Street
Boston, MA 02114

 

Phone: (617) 727-9961
FAX: (617) 727-1630

 

Contact Person: Theresa Bonanno, MSN, RN, Executive Director

 

Web Site: http://www.state.ma.us/reg/boards/rn/

 

Yes

Yes

Yes

 

Except Canadians graduated after Aug. 1995 and wrote exam in English

Yes

Compact State

 

Must also have a passing score

At CGFNS English exam portion

Need also proof of moral character

U.S. SSN

And payment of licensure and NCLEX fees

 

TOEFL is required

 

Michigan

 

Michigan CIS/Office of Health Services
Ottawa Towers North
611 W. Ottawa, 4th Floor
Lansing, MI 48933

 

Phone: (517) 373-9102
FAX: (517) 373-2179

 

Contact Person: Diane Lewis, Policy Manager for Licensing Division

Web Site: http://www.cis.state.mi.us/bhser/genover.htm

 

Yes

 

With NCLEX results and license verification from ANY US state

 

 

Yes

Yes

 

Required for all

SSN not required if primary address of nurse is a  foreign address

 

Minnesota

 

Minnesota Board of Nursing
2829 University Avenue SE
Suite 500
Minneapolis, MN 55414

 

Phone: (612) 617-2270
FAX: (612) 617-2190

 

Contact Person: Shirley Brekken, MS, RN, Executive Director

 

Web Site: http://www.nursingboard.state.mn.us/

 

Yes*29

 

 

Yes

Yes*30

 

 

 

*29 NCLEX passing score;

Verification of licensure; and confirmation of nursing employment required

 

*30 Except certain Canadian schools

Mississippi

 

Mississippi Board of Nursing
1935 Lakeland Drive, Suite B
Jackson, MS 39216-5014

 

Phone: (601) 987-4188
FAX: (601) 364-2352

 

Contact Person: Marcia Rachel, PhD, RN, Executive Director

 

Web Site: http://www.msbn.state.ms.us/

 

Yes

 

With nurse license and NCLEX results

Yes

Yes

 

Only records evaluation if schooled in English

 

Canadians may be accepted with NCLEX (CGFNS not required)

 

If nurse is schooled in English, only records evaluation is required by one of the following: CGFNS, ICD (International Consultants of Delaware) or ECE (Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc.) and it is not required to have a CGFNS certification.

Missouri

 

Missouri State Board of Nursing
3605 Missouri Blvd.
P.O. Box 656
Jefferson City, MO 65102-0656

 

Phone: (573) 751-0681
FAX: (573) 751-0075

 

Contact Person: Lori Scheidt, BS, Acting Executive Director

 

Web Site: http://www.ecodev.state.mo.us/pr/nursing/

 

Yes*31

 

 

Yes*32

 

 

Yes

Yes*33

 

Compact State

 

*31 Must include nursing school transcripts if educated outside the U.S.

Or if licensed at Connecticut, Illinois or Wisconsin

 

*32 Canadians accepted without NCLEX if exam taken in English (CGFNS not required)

 

*33 Not required for NCLEX but required to obtain license

 

foreign licenses not recognized

Montana

 

Montana State Board of Nursing
301 South Park
Helena, MT 59620-0513

 

Phone: (406) 444-2071
FAX: (406) 841-2343

 

Contact Person: Barbara Swehla, MN, RN, Executive Director

 

Web Site: http://www.discoveringmontana.com/dli/bsd/ license/bsd_boards/nur_board/board_page.htm 

 

Yes

Yes or another board approved exam

Yes*34

 

 

 

Candidates for licensure as practical nurses will be required to show evidence of having successfully completed an English proficiency examination before admission to the Montana licensing examination

 

*34 Except certain Canadian school graduates who have also passed CNATS in the English language

 

TOEFL is required

 

Nebraska

 

Nebraska Health and Human Services System
Dept. of Regulation & Licensure, Nursing Section

301 Centennial Mall South
Lincoln, NE 68509-4986

 

Phone: (402) 471-4376
FAX: (402) 471-3577

 

Contact Person: Charlene Kelly, PhD, RN, Executive Director

 

Web Site: http://www.hhs.state.ne.us/crl/nns.htm

 

Yes*35

 

 

 

 

 

Yes

Yes

 

Except certain Canadians

 

*35 Verification of other State license plus NCLEX  plus transcripts from nursing school

 

TOEFL is required

 

 

Nevada

 

Nevada State Board of Nursing
License Certification and Education
4330 S. Valley View
Suite 106
Las Vegas, NV 89502

 

Phone: (702) 486-5800
FAX: (702)) 486-5803

 

Contact Person: Don Rennie Associate Executive Director for Licensure & Certification

Web Site: http://www.nursingboard.state.nv.us

 

 

Yes

 

SBTPE or NCLEX + transcripts

Yes

 

Must have CGFNS before NCLEX

Yes*36

 

Yes

Foreign educated nurses

Must obtain a copy of transcripts

From: nursing school

Or CGFNS

Or another state board of nursing

Or verification from original

Licensure agency

 

*36

CGFNS not required if official language of native country is English

New Hampshire

 

New Hampshire Board of Nursing
P.O. Box 3898
78 Regional Drive, BLDG B
Concord, NH 03302

 

Phone: (603) 271-2323
FAX: (603) 271-6605

 

Contact Person: Cynthia Gray, MBA, BS, RN, CPN, Executive Director

 

Web Site: http://www.state.nh.us/nursing/

 

Yes

 

 

Yes*37

 

 

Yes

 

 

Yes

Certain Canadian nurses are exempt from CGFNS. Have to obtain certain scores in Canadian exam.  If examined after August 1, 1995  will have to take the NCLEX

 

*37 Not required from Canadians writing CNATS before 1 Aug 1995 and in English

 

Not required if exam passing score of 400 or higher and in English.

 

Must have SSN and CGFNS before NCLEX

 

New Jersey

 

New Jersey Board of Nursing
P.O. Box 45010
124 Halsey Street, 6th Floor
Newark, NJ 07101

 

Phone: (973) 504-6586
FAX: (973) 648-3481

 

Contact Person: Patricia Lynch Polansky, MS, RN, Executive Director

 

Web Site: http://www.state.nj.us/lps/ca/medical.htm

 

Yes

Yes*38

 

 

 

Yes

 

Except certain Canadians

 

 

Yes 

Visa required for license

 

*38 Canadians accepted if graduated before 9/25/1980 without NCLEX.

New Mexico

 

New Mexico Board of Nursing
4206 Louisiana Boulevard, NE, Suite A
Albuquerque, NM 87109

 

Phone: (505) 841-8340
FAX: (505) 841-8347

 

Contact Person: Debra Brady, PhD, RN, Executive Director

 

Web Site: http://www.state.nm.us/clients/nursing

 

Yes*39 

 

Yes*41

 

 

*40

only course by course evaluation

Yes

*39 (a) received initial licensure by passing NCLEX within the past five (5) years, or (b) have been engaged in nursing a minimum of 1,000 hours within the past five (5) years OR pass a board approved refreshed course

 

*40 Required evaluation of nursing education credentials sent to the NM board of nursing directly from a board-recognized educational credentialing agency OR CGFNS

 

*41 Not required of Canadians writing CNATS after 1970 in English

 

 

New York

 

New York State Board of Nursing
Education Bldg.
89 Washington Avenue
2nd Floor West Wing
Albany, NY 12234

 

Phone: (518) 474-3817 Ext. 120
FAX: (518) 474-3706

 

Contact Person: Barbara Zittel, PhD, RN, Executive Secretary

 

Web Site: http://www.nysed.gov/prof/nurse.htm

 

Yes, with exam results

Yes

*42

only credentials evaluation

 

*42 Credentials evaluation; certification required for limited permit only

 

not required from certain Canadians

North Carolina

 

North Carolina Board of Nursing
3724 National Drive, Suite 201
Raleigh, NC 27612

 

Phone: (919) 782-3211
FAX: (919) 781-9461

 

Contact Person: Polly Johnson, MSN, RN, Executive Director

 

Web Site: http://www.ncbon.com/

 

 

Yes

 

 

Yes*43

 

 

Yes

 

Except certain Canadians

No

 

If they have nurse home country address

Compact State

 

*43 Canadians without NCLEX accepted. Credentialing exam must be in English.

 

TOEFL is required

 

North Dakota

 

North Dakota Board of Nursing
919 South 7th Street, Suite 504
Bismark, ND 58504

 

Phone: (701) 328-9777
FAX: (701) 328-9785

 

Contact Person: Constance Kalanek, PhD, RN, Executive Director

 

Web Site: http://www.ndbon.org/

 

Yes*44

 

Yes

 

CNATS accepted 1983-1993

Yes*46

 

Unless schooled in English

 

Must have transcripts evaluation

 

 

*44 IF

* entered nursing program prior to January 1, 1987
* completed an associate degree in practical nursing
* completed a baccalaureate degree in registered nursing

 

*45 NCLEX-RN® or NCLEX-PN® examination
* State Board Test Pool Examination (S.B.T.P.E.)
* English version of the CNATS (Canadian examination) from 1979 through 1993

 

*46 Not required for graduates of English speaking Canadian schools

 

 

If the nurse entered a nursing program after January 1, 1987 and do not have an associate degree in practical nursing or a baccalaureate degree in registered nursing, you are eligible to apply for the Transitional License to practice in North Dakota

Ohio

 

Ohio Board of Nursing
17 South High Street, Suite 400
Columbus, OH 43215-3413

 

Phone: (614) 466-3947
FAX: (614) 466-0388

 

Contact Person: Janice Lanier, RN, JD, Interim Executive Director

 

Web Site: http://www.state.oh.us/nur/

Yes

Yes

No - Credentials evaluation only + visascreen verification

Yes

 

Compact State

 

There is a proposed rule to eliminate TSE requirement for nurses educated in English from February 2002.

 

TSE must be taken if graduated outside the U.S.

Oklahoma

 

Oklahoma Board of Nursing
2915 N. Classen Boulevard, Suite 524
Oklahoma City, OK 73106

 

Phone: (405) 962-1800
FAX: (405) 962-1821

 

Contact Person: Kimberly Glazier, M.Ed., RN, Executive Director

 

Yes

 

With NCLEX results and a US state  license

Yes

Yes

 

CGFNS before NCLEX

 

Except certain Canadians

 

 

Oregon

 

Oregon State Board of Nursing
800 NE Oregon Street, Box 25
Suite 465
Portland, OR 97232

 

Phone: (503) 731-4745
FAX: (503) 731-4755

 

Contact Person: Joan Bouchard, MN, RN, Executive Director

 

Web Site: http://www.osbn.state.or.us/

 

Yes

Yes

No*47

 

 

 

*47 Must have credentials evaluated and prove proficiency in English

 

 

If educated outside the U.S.

Must have credentials evaluated

And document English proficiency by:

(1) submit evidence that nursing education and clinical experience eas in English

or (2) document practicing in the U.S. for 960 hours in the past 2 years

or (3) score of 560 for written exam

or 220 for computer exam of TOEFL

or (4) original CGFFNS certificate

Pennsylvania

 

Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing

124 Pine Street
Harrisburg, PA 17101

 

Phone: (717) 783-7142
FAX: (717) 783-0822

 

Contact Person: Miriam Limo, MS, MSN, RN, Executive Secretary

 

Web Site: http://www.dos.state.pa.us/
bpoa/nurbd/mainpage.htm

 

Yes*48

Yes*49

 

 

Yes

 

Except certain Canadians

Yes

*48 With other state NCLEX based license

 

*49 Canadians accepted without NCLEX

 

J-1 doesn't need license

Rhode Island

 

Rhode Island Board of Nurse

Registration and Nursing Education

105 Cannon Building

Three Capitol Hill

Providence, RI 02908 

 

Phone: (401) 222-5700

FAX: (401) 222-3352 

 

Contact Person: Charles Alexandre, MSN, RN, Executive Officer 

 

Web Site: http://www.health.state.ri.us/hsr
/professions/nurses.htm
 

Yes

Yes

Yes

 

All nurses (US and foreign) must take a Criminal Background Check (BCI)

South Carolina

 

South Carolina State Board of Nursing

110 Centerview Drive

Suite 202

Columbia, SC 29210 

 

Phone: (803) 896-4550

FAX: (803) 896-4525 

 

Contact Person: Martha Bursinger, RN, MSN, Executive Director 

 

Web Site: http://www.llr.state.sc.us/pol/nursing    

Yes

 

With copy of other US state license AND practice nursing for min. 960 hours and nursing compe-tency

Yes

Yes*50

 

 

*50 For credentials evaluation, CGFNS exam may be also required according to credentials

 

Foreign license may be recognized

 

Proving nursing competency may be accomplished by (1) passing a refresher course OR (2) passing the NCLEX

South Dakota

 

South Dakota Board of Nursing

4300 South Louise Ave., Suite C-1

Sioux Falls, SD 57106-3124 

 

Phone: (605) 362-2760

FAX: (605) 362-2768 

 

Contact Person: Diana Vander Woude, MS, RN, Executive Secretary

 

Web Site: http://www.state.sd.us/dcr/nursing/    

Yes with NCLEX

Yes

Yes

 

Except certain Canadians

No

Compact State

Tennessee

 

Tennessee State Board of Nursing

426 Fifth Avenue North

1st Floor - Cordell Hull Building

Nashville, TN 37247 

 

Phone: (615) 532-5166

FAX: (615) 741-7899 

 

Contact Person: Elizabeth Lund, MSN, RN, Executive Director

 

Web Site: http://170.142.76.180/bmf-bin/BMFproflist.pl  and http://www.state.tn.us/health/
Downloads/index.htm#nursing

Yes

 

With NCLEX or SBTPE State Board Test Pool Examination

Yes

Yes

 

Also required for endors-ement plus school transcripts

 

Canadians may be admitted only with NCLEX

 

 

 

 

Texas

 

Texas Board of Nurse Examiners

333 Guadalupe, Suite 3-460

Austin, TX 78701

Phone: (512) 305-7400

FAX: (512) 305-7401 

Contact Person: Katherine Thomas, MN, RN, Executive Director 

Web Site: http://www.bne.state.tx.us/

 

Yes

Yes

Yes

 

Must take CGFNS if not licensed in the U.S.

 

Compact State

 

If licensed in other U.S. state CGFNS is not required

Utah

 

Utah State Board of Nursing
Heber M. Wells Bldg., 4th Floor
160 East 300 South
Salt Lake City, UT 84111

Phone: (801) 530-6628
FAX: (801) 530-6511

Contact Person: Laura Poe, MS, RN, Executive Administrator

Web Site: http://www.commerce.state.ut.us/

 

Yes

If licensed in another US state

 

If licensed in compact state does not need UT license

Yes

Must take only credentials evaluation

Yes

CGFNS credentials evaluation will determine if nurse will have to obtain CGFNS certificate prior to NCLEX

Vermont

 

Vermont State Board of Nursing
109 State Street
Montpelier, VT 05609-1106

Phone: (802) 828-2396
FAX: (802) 828-2484

Contact Person: Anita Ristau, MS, RN, Executive Director

Web Site: http://vtprofessionals.org/nurses/

 

Yes

Yes

Yes

 

If not licensed in U.S.

 

If licensed in another U.S. state can be admitted without CGFNS

 

Foreign license may be recognized

Virginia

 

Virginia Board of Nursing
6606 W. Broad Street, 4th Floor
Richmond, VA 23230

Phone: (804) 662-9909
FAX: (804) 662-9512

Contact Person: Nancy Durrett, MSN, RN, Executive Director

Web Site: http://www.dhp.state.va.us/

Yes

Yes

Yes

*51

*51 Social Security Number or DMV number

 

 

Washington

Washington State Nursing Care Quality
Assurance Commission
Department of Health
1300 Quince Street SE
Olympia, WA 98504-7864

Phone: (360) 236-4740
FAX: (360) 236-4738

Contact Person: Paula Meyer, MSN, RN, Executive Director

Web Site: http://www.doh.wa.gov/nursing/

 

Yes

Yes

Yes*52

 

 

*52 Or 4000 hours of licensed practice in one state

 

Foreign license may be recognized

West Virginia

West Virginia Board of Examiners
for Registered Professional Nurses
101 Dee Drive
Charleston, WV 25311

Phone: (304) 558-3596
FAX: (304) 558-3666

Contact Person: Laura Rhodes, MSN, RN, Executive Director

Web Site: http://www.state.wv.us/nurses/rn/

 

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

 

Wisconsin

Wisconsin Department of Regulation
and Licensing
1400 E. Washington Avenue
P.O. Box 8935
Madison, WI 53708

Phone: (608) 266-0145
FAX: (608) 261-7083

Contact Person: Kimberly Nania , Director, Bureau of Health Service Professions

Web Site: http://www.drl.state.wi.us/

 

Yes

 

Yes*54

 

 

Yes*53

 

 

Yes

*53 Only credentials evaluation required if schooled in English. If nurse not schooled in English exam required also

 

*54 Canadian or foreign nurses without NCLEX accepted if they have current active license in another state.

 

 

 

Wyoming

Wyoming State Board of Nursing
2020 Carey Avenue, Suite 110
Cheyenne, WY 82002

Phone: (307) 777-7601
FAX: (307) 777-3519

Contact Person: Cheryl Lynn Koski, MS, RN, CS, Executive Director

Web Site: http://nursing.state.wy.us/

 

Yes with CGFNS certificate

Yes

Yes and passage of NCLEX

Yes

 


About The Author

Gregory Siskind is a partner in Siskind, Susser, Haas & Devine's Memphis, Tennessee, office. After graduating magna cum laude from Vanderbilt University, he received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Chicago. Mr. Siskind is a member of AILA, a board member of the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society, and a member of the ABA, where he serves on the LPM Publishing Board as Marketing Vice Chairman. He is the author of several books, including the J Visa Guidebook and The Lawyer's Guide to Marketing on the Internet. Mr. Siskind practices all areas of immigration law, specializing in immigration matters of the health care and technology industries. He can be reached by email at gsiskind@visalaw.com.

Karen Weinstock is a partner in Siskind, Susser, Haas & Devine's new office in Atlanta, Georgia. Karen graduated law school from Hebrew University School of Law in Jerusalem, Israel and has a license to practice law both in Israel and in New York State. Karen is fluent in English, Hebrew and Arabic. Karen Weinstock worked at the Intellectual Property firm Calderon in Tel Aviv and later at Kramer-Shapira-Schneider in Jerusalem. Immediately prior to joining Siskind, Susser, Haas & Devine, Karen had a solo law practice in New York City, focusing on serving Israeli and international clientele doing business or working in the U.S. Karen authors and is the editor of SSHD's Visalaw Health Care Immigration Newsletter. Karen authored a book on the H-1B visa that will be published later this year. She can be reached by e-mail at: kweinstock@visalaw.com.


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