The following is a list of Frequently Asked Questions about Certification by Examination for CNA applicants. After you have read the FAQs and you cannot find the answer to your question, please feel free to contact us using the provided form. Select "Certification Requirements" from the Inquiry Reason drop down menu.

   How long will it take for me to get a certificate?

That depends on you and the Arizona State Board of Nursing. The process we use when we receive your application in the mail room includes: 

▪ Opening the mail, clocking in the time that your application was received, documenting the payment that was received, and distributing the application to the licensing tech that will process your application.

▪ The licensing tech will review your application and prepare it to go to the person who scans your application. After the application is scanned, it is then verified, and then entered into our database. You will not be able to “track” the progress of your application, until it has been entered into our database. Once in our database, it will then show up in License Verification.

▪ The Nurse Practice Act rules state that the Arizona State Board of Nursing (AZBN) has up to 30 days, from the receipt of your application, to send you a deficiency notice. This notice will tell you exactly what is needed from you in order for us to be able to issue you a license. It is very important that you read this notice so that you know what else you need to submit. 

Once all of the requirements are met, the average time to issue you a certificate is 1-2 days for exam applicants.

   How long does the Board have to process my application?

The Board is required to process applications for certification within certain time periods, per Nurse Practice Act R4-19-102. Applicable statute and section: A.R.S. §§ 32-1606(B)(11), 32-1647, 32-1650.02, 32-1650.03; R4-19-806.

Item Days
Board Overall Time Frame Without Investigation 150
Board Overall Time Frame With Investigation 270
Board Administrative Completeness Review Time Frame 30
Applicant Time to Respond to Deficiency Notice 270
Board Substantive Review Time Frame Without Investigation 120
Board Substantive Review Time Frame With Investigation 240
Applicant Time to Respond to Comprehensive Written Request 150
   How can I help to have my application process go faster?

▪ Read the instructions very carefully before you submit your application.

▪ Make sure you complete each question on the application, leaving no blanks.

▪ Enclose a copy of acceptable documentation of lawful presence with your application.

▪ Enclose a completed fingerprint card if you have a card that has Arizona State Board of Nursing printed on the card under employer. Most of the schools pass out the fingerprint cards to the students. If you are endorsing into Arizona, we will be sending you an Arizona State Board of Nursing fingerprint card within 30 days of receiving your application.

▪ After approximately 2-3 weeks of submitting your application, go to License Verification to check on the progress of your application. It will show you what is still pending.

   I've been criminally charged or convicted of a felony. What should I do?

Reporting of Criminal Charges

Applicants for licensure/certification must notify the Board of criminal charges within 10 days of being charged. For further information go to Reporting Criminal Charges.

Felony Convictions

The Board shall revoke a nursing license or multi-state privileges or deny licensure if the applicant has one or more felony convictions that have not previously been disclosed to the Board and has not received an absolute discharge from the sentences for all felony convictions five or more years prior to the date of filing an application. If this law pertains to you, your application will not be processed, and proceedings for revocation of your Arizona license or multi-state privileges in Arizona or denial of your application shall be instituted by the Board. For further information go to Reporting Criminal Charges.

   What is a deficiency notice?

When you submit an application, the Board will send you a deficiency notice identifying any elements of the application process which remain outstanding. If you fail to respond to a deficiency notice within the applicable time period, your application will be withdrawn. After withdrawal, if you are still interested in obtaining licensure you would need to submit a new application and applicable fee.

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DISCLOSURE STATEMENT

Statement of locations where all notices of the meetings of the Arizona State Board of Nursing will be posted.

Pursuant to A.R.S. §38-431.02(A)(1)(a), the Arizona State Board of Nursing will post all notices of the meetings of the Arizona State Board of Nursing Meetings and any of its committees and subcommittees on the Board's website at www.azbn.gov. Notices will indicate the date, time, and place of the meeting and will include an agenda or information concerning the manner in which the public may obtain an agenda for the meeting.

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