The following is a list of Frequently Asked Questions about School Nurse certification. 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 "Licensure Requirements" from the Inquiry Reason drop down menu.

   What are the requirements for school nurse certification?
  • Current RN license in good standing or multistate privilege to practice as an RN in Arizona.
  • Initial certification requires:
    1. Three semester hours in school nurse practice course work;
    2. Three semester hours in physical assessment of the school-aged child course work unless the applicant
      provides evidence of current national certification from an organization that meets the requirements for a
      pediatric nurse practitioner, family nurse practitioner, or pediatric clinical nurse specialist; and
    3. Three semester hours in nursing care of the child with special needs
    4. Current National Certification as a school nurse or school nurse practitioner by the National Commission for
      Certifying Agencies or the Accreditation Board for Specialty Nursing Certification.
  • Renewal of school nurse certification requires:
    1. Current national certification as a school nurse or school nurse practitioner by the Accreditation Board for
      Specialty Nursing Certification or National Commission for Certifying Agencies
    2. A Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing, earned within the last 6 years;
    3. Evidence of completion of 90 contact hours of continuing education related to school nursing practice
      completed within the last 6 years.
   Can I work outside the state of Arizona with my School Nurse certification?

School Nurse Certification is Valid in Arizona only.

   How often do I have to renew my School Nurse certification?

School Nurse Certification expires every 6 years.

   What are the fees for School Nurse certification?

Application Fees

All fees are in U.S Dollars and are non-refundable.

  • Initial Application Fee: $75.00
  • Renewal Application Fee: $25.00
  • Fingerprint Fee: $50.00 (required unless Fingerprints were submitted within the previous 2 years)

Accepted Payment Methods

  • Credit/Debit Card – Complete and attach forms enclosed within the application.
  • Personal Checks – Pre-printed with your name/address. Payable to Arizona State Board of Nursing.
   Am I required to be fingerprinted?


You are required to complete and submit a fingerprint card. NOTE: If you have had previous fingerprinting done with another agency, you must still submit a new set of fingerprints to AZBN. A copy of a clearance card issued by DPS is not a substitute for this requirement. If you have submitted previous fingerprints to the AZ State Board of Nursing within the past 2 years, you will not need to submit fingerprints again. Return the completed fingerprint card with your application to the Board in a large envelope. DO NOT fold the fingerprint card.

  • It can take a minimum of 6-8 weeks to receive fingerprint results. You cannot receive permanent licensure until these results are received. Fingerprint Clearance Cards are not acceptable.


Call your local police department, sheriff’s office or check for names of private agencies where you can obtain fingerprints. (The agency you use must validate your identification with a driver’s license or a State issued ID. The agency will provide the fingerprint card for you to use. Fingerprints done by an applicant on themselves will be returned and will delay processing time.)

   How long does it take for the Board to receive and process my fingerprints?

It can take a minimum of 6-8 weeks to receive fingerprint results back from DPS and the FBI. You cannot receive certification until these results are received. Fingerprint Clearance Cards are not acceptable.

   How can I check the status of my application?

To check the status of your application, go to AZBN License Lookup and perform a search for your name.

   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 3 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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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 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.