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
      OR
    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
      OR
    2. A Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing, earned within the last 6 years;
      OR
    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 submit a full set of fingerprints for the purpose of obtaining State and Federal criminal record checks. You are exempt from this if you have submitted a fingerprint card to the Arizona State Board of Nursing within the previous two years.

  • A fingerprint card will be mailed to you when we receive your application.
  • The fingerprint card you receive from the Arizona State Board of Nursing must be the card you use for fingerprints, since it has specific agency data pre-printed on it.
  • It can take a minimum of 4-5 weeks to receive fingerprint results. You cannot receive permanent licensure until these results are received. Fingerprint Clearance Cards are not acceptable.
   How long does it take for the Board to receive and process my fingerprints?

It can take a minimum of 4-5 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 License Verification 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 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.

Arizona State Board of Nursing - Nursing Regulatory Journal
Wednesday, June 22, 2016
Fingerprint Card Policy Change
Our fingerprint card policy has recently changed. If you have not received a fingerprint card from the Arizona State Board of Nursing you may go to an...
Tuesday, June 21, 2016
Consent Agreement and Order Training - Thursday, August 31, 2016
For people who have signed an agreement or who are considering signing an agreement with the Board of Nursing, please attend a Consent Agreement/Order...
Wednesday, April 13, 2016
CDC Releases New Painkiller Prescriptions Guidelines
Guidelines encourage non-opioid therapy as the preferred method of chronic pain treatment to combat growing, national opioid epidemic. Read More
Tuesday, April 05, 2016
Notice to Nursing and Employers - Licensure Renewal
Notice to Nursing and Employers - Licensure Renewal (PDF)

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.

Top