What are the requirements for licensure by endorsement?

Arizona is a Compact State. If your Primary State of Residency is in another Compact State (AR, CO, DE, ID, IA, KY, MD, ME, MO, MS, NE, NH, NM, NC, ND, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, WI), you should not apply for licensure in Arizona unless you are declaring Arizona as your Primary State of Residency. For the list of compact states go to www.ncsbn.org/nlc.htm.

Nurses who are applying and will be declaring Arizona as their Primary State of Residence and currently have an active license with multi-state privileges with another compact state may use their current compact license until Arizona issues a new license. Arizona will send you a memo to inactivate your current compact license after AZ issues you a license.

U.S. Educated Applicants

To be eligible for licensure you must:

  1. Have a passing score on the National Council Licensure Exam (NCLEX) or the State Board Test Pool Exam (SBTPE).
  2. Have previous or current license in another state or territory.
  3. Have met one of the following practice requirements:
    • Practiced as a nurse for 960 hours or more in the past 5 years. OR
    • Graduated from a nursing program and obtained a degree within past 5 years. OR
    • Completed an Arizona Board approved refresher course in the past 5 years. OR
    • Obtained an advanced nursing degree in the past 5 years (i.e. LPN to RN, RN to BSN, masters, or
      doctorate).
  4. RN applicants hold a Diploma, Associate Degree or Baccalaureate Degree in Nursing from an approved
    program. OR
    LPN applicants hold a Diploma or Certificate from an approved program. View the list of RN / LPN exceptions.
  5. Have Board approval for applicants under investigation.

Foreign Educated Applicants (Including Canada and Puerto Rico)

View Foreign Educated Requirements for application requirements.

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