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For more information about applying for a license, please see the content below.

 

Advanced Practice

An Advanced Practice (AP) nurse is defined as a Registered Nurse Practitioner (RNP), a Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM), a Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS), and a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA).

Sample School Letter

Your letter on school letterhead must be sent directly to the Arizona State Board of Nursing. Click here to download a sample letter.

Temporary Certificate

Temporary AP Certificate is available for:

  1. Endorsement applicants who have met all of the above requirements and have been issued a temporary Arizona RN license or hold a current professional license in good standing in another compact party state.
  2. New graduate AP applicants who have met all of the above requirements and are awaiting national certification. Applicant must:
    • Request certifying agency to send verification that you have applied for and are eligible to take or have taken an advanced practice certifying examination in their category or specialty area of practice. Verification must come directly from the certifying agency, directly to AZBN.
    • Provide written authorization to the certifying body to release the certifying examination results to the Board*

*See temporary certification application.

 

A form to request a temporary certificate is included with the application. In addition to the completed application and requirements as stated above for permanent certification, please note the following:

  • Must submit the required fee.
  • Applicants are ineligible for a temporary certificate if they answer “yes” to the application questions of the application. Issuance of a permanent certificate will also be delayed.
  • A temporary advanced practice certificate will not be issued until official transcripts, and official letter from your school and verification of eligibility to test for national certification from the testing agency are received by AZBN. The temporary certificate will be mailed to the address on your application. A temporary certificate can be held at the Board office for you to pick up, if you submit a written request with your application.
  • The temporary certificate expires in 6 months from date of issue or automatically upon failure of the national certifying exam. Temporary certificates may be renewed for good cause at the direction of the Executive Director. Temporary certificates do expire due to failure of national certifying exam.
  • If you do receive a temporary certificate and have not received a permanent certificate at least 10 days before the temporary certificate is due to expire, call Naira Kutnerian at 602-771-7834.  

Prescribing and Dispensing Authority

Nurse Practitioners and Certified Nurse Midwives seeking prescribing and dispensing privileges must complete question 20 prescribing and dispensing AND shall submit written evidence of 45 contact hours of education in pharmacology or clinical management of drug therapy within the three year period immediately preceding this application. You may not prescribe or dispense medications until you receive official notification that prescribing and dispensing authority has been granted. An additional fee for Prescribing and Dispensing is required, please see fees on application.

  • Nurse Practitioners or Certified Nurse Midwives must hold current licensure as an RN in Arizona or a compact license with multi state privilege OR
  • Be certified by the Board of Nursing within one of the specialty areas identified in the rules of the Board of Nursing at R4-19-501.

DEA Registration Number

If you are going to prescribe and/or dispense controlled substances, you will need to apply to the Drug Enforcement Administration for a DEA number.

  1. A DEA number cannot be obtained until you have received prescribing and/or dispensing authority from the Board.
  2. You must contact the DEA at www.dea.gov to obtain an application.
  3. When the DEA number has been obtained you must notify the Board of your number by sending a copy of the Registration Number.

Controlled Substance Prescription Monitoring Program - CSPMP

Pursuant to R4-19-512B in the Nurse Practice Act

An RNP with P & D authority who wishes to prescribe a controlled substance shall obtain a DEA registration number before prescribing a controlled substance. The RNP shall file the DEA registration number with the Board.

When DEA has been obtained you must notify the Board by completing and mailing the Controlled Substance Prescription Monitoring Program CSPMP form to the Board of Nursing for each DEA number you obtain.

Arizona State Board of Pharmacy FAQs

Important Notice

The Controlled Substance Prescription Monitoring Program CSPMP is a statutory program developed to promote the public health and welfare by detecting diversion, abuse and misuse of prescription medications classified as controlled substance under the Arizona Uniform Controlled Substances Act.

Arizona Revised Statues § 36-2606, effective December 31, 2015, requires every Arizona medical practitioner, including Nurse Practitioners and Nurse Midwives who intend to obtain a Drug Enforcement Administration number or who hold one or more DEA registration numbers to also hold a Controlled Substance Prescription Monitoring Program registration issued by the Arizona State Board of Pharmacy. There is NO fee to the practitioner for this registration.

Helpful Hints On Prescribing and Dispensing Authority

Only Nurse Practitioners/Certified Nurse Midwives who have been certified by the Arizona State Board of Nursing, and meet the other established criteria in R4-19-511 can be granted prescribing/dispensing authority.

The following information is about PRESCRIBING and DISPENSING:

  1. A DEA number or license is necessary only if you are going to prescribe controlled substances. To obtain this license, the nurse practitioner must apply to the DEA and pay the required fee. Once this license has been obtained, it must be renewed with the DEA. Controlled substances, Class 2, 3, 4 and 5 can be prescribed. Class 2 cannot be refilled. Class 3 and 4 can be refilled for a maximum of 5 refills in six months. Class 5 can be refilled up to a year.
  2. Arizona’s prescriptive authority can only be used in Arizona. It cannot be transferred to another state. Prescriptive laws for nurse practitioners vary from state to state.
  3. P&D authority is contingent upon AP certificate renewal.
  4. Individuals with prescribing and dispensing authority must comply with R4-19-511, R4-19-512, and R4-19-513.
  5. Each renewal period of your DEA number or license the nurse shall submit a renewed CSPMP form to the Board of Nursing.

Advanced Practice Committee

Click here to go to the Advanced Practice Committee page.

Resources

Click here for more Advanced Practice resources

Advanced Practice FAQS

Click here for any further questions you might have about Advanced Practice

Certified Medication Assistant

A Certified Medication Assistant (CMA) is a Licensed Nursing Assistant (LNA) who has worked for a minimum of 6 months as an LNA/CNA prior to applying to the CMA program and has no complaints/restrictions on the certificate/license. A CMA has completed a medication training program, and passed an Arizona written and skills test for CMA’s.

Certified Nursing Assistant / Licensed Nursing Assistant

CNA certification by Endorsement means that you have graduated from an approved nursing assistant program, taken the state nursing assistant exam, and have been granted CNA certification by another state. If you wish to apply for CNA certification in Arizona, you will need to complete the CNA Endorsement application.

CNA certification by Examination means that you have graduated from an approved nursing assistant program, want to take the Nursing assistant state exam and obtain an original CNA certificate in Arizona.

 

After more than 20 years regulating Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs), the Arizona State Board of Nursing (Board) is converting to two levels of nursing assistant:

  • Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA): a person who passes an approved CNA course and the state manual skills/written exams and whose name is placed on the CNA registry. Any substantiated allegations of abuse, neglect or misappropriation of property/theft will be reported to the Office of Inspector General (OIG) and will be listed on the registry.
     
  • Licensed Nursing Assistant (LNA): a person who meets CNA educational and exam requirements and, in addition, submits an application, fingerprints and fees to the Board. The LNA is regulated by the Board which has broader jurisdiction for any act of unprofessional conduct.

Rationale for CNA and LNA Change

After more than 20 years regulating Certified Nursing Assistants (CNA), the Arizona State Board of Nursing (Board) is moving to two levels of nursing assistant: CNA and LNA. Current regulation of CNAs, which includes criminal background checks and full Board jurisdiction for all unprofessional conduct, cannot be maintained without either charging the CNA, which is prohibited by federal law, or using the fees paid by RNs and LPNs for their licenses. In 2014 the legislature required the Board of Nursing to propose a self-sustaining model for regulation of nursing assistants. The Board’s model, which was passed into law in 2014, calls for two levels of nursing assistant (CNA and LNA). The requirements for LNA are identical to the current requirements for CNA with one additional requirement: the payment of fees for licensure ($50.00, initial fingerprinting $50.00 and renewal $50). The requirements for the "new" CNA are the minimum required by federal law to be listed on a Nurse Aide Registry and, consistent with federal law, do not include fees for initial placement or renewal on the Registry.

NA Training Programs

All students completing a nursing assistant program after July 1, 2016 will need to submit proof of legal presence in the United States to D & S (Headmaster) prior to taking the state exams.  To facilitate the processing of applications, the Board is requiring all NA training programs to collect the document, scan the document and upload to Headmaster.  Ideally, this identification document should be the same as the ID document(s) the student uses for state testing (e.g. AZ driver's license or passport). The name on the document should exactly match the name entered in the system. A comprehensive list of documents acceptable for proof of legal presence is available here.

Facilities

The titles CNA and LNA are mutually exclusive. All CNAs who are converted to LNA should use the initials “LNA” when identifying themselves.  Registry CNAs should use the initials "CNA" when identifying themselves.  If credentials are noted on a name badge/pin/facility ID, the information should accurately reflect the correct credential.

CNA and LNA Endorsement and Exam Processes

CNA and LNA Endorsement Process  CNA LNA Exam Process  CNA LNA Renewal Process

Laws and Rules

Notice of Exempt Rulemaking LNA

Frequently Asked Questions

Questions and Answers CNA vs LNA

Foreign Educated Requirements

Requirements for Applicants Educated in a Foreign Country (Including Canada and *Puerto Rico)

IMPORTANT:  All information from any of the selected agencies listed in Educational Requirements and Language Validation, must be sent dire​ctly to AZBN from the agency.

 

Foreign Educated Professional or Practical Nurses Must Meet the Following Requirements:

Validation of Educational Requirements

  • Request an application from Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools International (CGFNS) to obtain one of the following:
     
    1. CES Professional Report.
    2. Verification of VisaScreen ® Certificate.
    3. Verification of CGFNS Certification (Option not available for practical nurses).

OR

  • Request an application from International Education Research Foundation (IERF) to complete an educational equivalency report.

OR

  • Request or download an application from Educational Records Evaluation Services (ERES) to complete an Education Equivalency Report.

OR

  • Request or download an application from Josef Silny & Associates, Inc. to complete an education equivalency report, specifically a ‘licensing for nursing, basic report’.

OR

  • If educated in Canada, have the Canadian licensure board submit a passing score on the English language version of the CNATS or CRNE (Canadian Licensure Exam) AND verification of Canadian licensure status directly to AZBN.

 

Exception – RN endorsement applicants who have completed their basic nursing education in a foreign country are exempt from the educational requirement if they have obtained a BSN or graduate degree in nursing from an approved program in the United States AND worked at least 960 hours in the five years prior to applying for AZ licensure, but they will not be eligible for a multistate compact license without a credential evaluation service report addressing their basic nursing education.

Contact Information for agencies listed above

Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools International3600 Market Street, Suite 400
Philadelphia, PA 19104-2651
Phone: 215-222-8454
Website: www.cgfns.org
International Education Research FoundationPO Box 3665
Culver City, CA 90231
Phone: 310-258-9451
Email: [email protected]
Website: www.ierf.org
Education Records Evaluation Services601 University Avenue, Suite 127
Sacramento, CA 95825-6738
Phone: 916-921-0791
Toll-free: 866-411-ERES (3737)
Email: [email protected]
Website: www.eres.com
Josef Silny and Associates, Inc.
International Education Consultants
7101 S W 102nd Avenue
Miami, FL 33173
Phone: 305-273-1616
Website: www.jsilny.com

Validation of English Language Skills

(If you are an exam applicant you MUST meet the English Language requirement BEFORE taking the NCLEX Exam.)

Exemptions from Validation of English Language Skills requirement:

  • If you have graduated from a nursing program in a country or territory where the principle language is English (i.e. Australia, United Kingdom, New Zealand, Canada (excluding Quebec), Ireland, Trinidad, Tobago, South Africa, Ghana, Jamaica, Barbados, or United States territory) you do not need to validate your English language skills.

OR

  • If you have been employed as a nurse for 960 hours or more within the past 5 years in a country or territory where the principal language is English (see countries/territories above) you do not need to validate your English language skills.
  • If the principal language of the country where your nursing program was given is a language other than English, you are required to obtain one of the following options:
     
    • Internet-based (iBT) Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a minimum score of 84 and a minimum speaking score of 26. To have results sent to AZBN use the code 9680 when completing the application.

    OR

    • International English Language Test Service Academic Examination (IELTS) with a minimum score of 6.5 on the Overall Band Score with a minimum of 6.0 on each module.

    OR

    • Pearson test of English Academic Exam with a minimum score of 55 overall and a minimum score of 50 on each section.

    OR

    • Visa Screen Certificate from CGFNS.

    OR

    • A CGFNS Certificate

 

Contact Information for agencies listed above

TOEFL:
Education Testing Services
PO Box 6151
Princeton, NJ 08541-6151
Phone: 1-877-863-3546
Email: [email protected]
Website: www.ets.org/toefl
IELTS:
IELTS International
825 Colorado Boulevard, Suite 112
Los Angeles, CA 90041
Website: www.ielts.org

(Follow instructions on website for more detailed contact information)
Pearson Language TestPhone: 1-800-901-0229
Website: www.pearsonpte.com
Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools International3600 Market Street, Suite 400
Philadelphia, PA 19104-2651
Phone: 215-222-8454
Website: www.cgfns.org

Validation of Practice

Have met one of the following practice requirements:

  1. Practiced as a nurse for 960 hours or more in the past 5 years or
  2. Graduated from a nursing program and obtained a degree within past 5 years or
  3. Completed an Arizona Board approved refresher course in the past 5 years or
  4. Obtained an advanced nursing degree in the past 5 years (i.e. LPN to RN, RN to BSN, masters, or doctorate).

Passed NCLEX-RN or NCLEX-PN or State Board Test Pool Examination (SBTPE) **

** If you have passed the SBTPE in Canada between certain dates, you will have met the testing requirement.

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Prince Edward Island
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* Applicants educated in Puerto Rico

  • Applicants who have graduated before 9/15/06 AND their nursing program has a program code assigned by the National Council State Board of Nurses, are eligible to apply for licensure by exam and endorsement. They are NOT required to complete validation of education or language requirement.
  • Applicants who have graduated after 9/15/06 are required to request a report from CGFNS/IERF/or ERES (validating their educational requirements) be sent directly to AZBN as well as Validation of English Language requirement. 

​Additional Information

  • Nurses educated in a foreign country and have not passed NCLEX or SBTPE must apply for licensure by examination.
  • Applicants who have passed NCLEX but were NOT issued a license need to apply for licensure by exam.  You do not need to re-test.
  • Applicants who meet all the requirements except the social security number can be issued a license in AZ, if they sign and complete the affidavit on the Forms and Documents page.
  • Applicants living abroad who have met all the license requirement except proof of lawful presence can be issued a license in AZ if they sign and submit the affidavit on the Forms and Documents page.
RN/LPN
Licensure by Endorsement

RN/LPN licensure by Endorsement means that you have graduated from an approved nursing program, taken the NCLEX or state board test pool exam, and have been granted an RN/LPN license by another state. If you wish to apply for licensure in Arizona, you will need to complete the RN/LPN Endorsement application.

Questions About the Application Process

Many questions about the application process can be answered by visiting the RN / LPN Licensure by Endorsement FAQs.

To check the status of a pending application, please log in to your Nurse Portal account. Once an application has been issued, you can verify the issuance of the credential by visiting Nursys, click on the QuickConfirm option and perform a search by name.

Important

  • Nurses previously licensed in Arizona must reapply by renewal, not by endorsement.
  • Arizona is part of the Enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact (eNLC) and no longer part of the Original Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC).

  • A list of states participating in the Enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact is available at https://www.ncsbn.org/enhanced-nlc-implementation.htm.

  • An applicant for licensure as a Registered Nurse or Licensed Practical Nurse who meets certain requirements is eligible for multistate licensure. Once the Board grants the multistate license, the nurse can then engage in nursing practice in any of the Enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact states without having to obtain additional licenses.Your application will be reviewed to determine if you meet the criteria for issuance of a multistate license. If you do not meet the criteria for a multistate license but you do meet the criteria for a single state license, a single state license will be issued to you.

  • Requirements for Multistate Licensure:
    1. Meet the requirements for licensure in the state of Arizona
    2. Has graduated from a board-approved education program or has graduated from an international education program (approved by the authorized accrediting body in the applicable country and verified by an independent credential review agency
    3. Has passed an English proficiency examination (applies to graduates of an international education program not taught in English or if English is not the individual's native language
    4. Has passed the NCLEX or predecessor exam
    5. Is eligible for or holes an active unencumbered license (i.e., without active discipline)
    6. Has submitted fingerprints for state and federal background checks
    7. Has no state or federal felony convictions
    8. Has no misdemeanor convictions related to the practice of nursing
    9. Is not currently a participant in an alternative program
    10. Is required to self-disclose current participation in an alternative program
    11. Has a valid United States social security number

Requirements

  • U.S. EDUCATED APPLICANTS: 
    To be eligible for licensure you must:
    1. Have completed a Board-approved nursing program
    2. Have a passing score on the National Council Licensure Exam (NCLEX) or the State Board Test Pool Exam (SBTPE).
    3. Have previous or current license in another state or territory.
    4. 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).
    5. 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 RN / LPN Exceptions section below for a list of exceptions.
    6. Have Board approval for applicants under investigation.
  • APPLICANTS EDUCATED IN A FOREIGN COUNTRY, INCLUDING CANADA AND PUERTO RICO
    Visit the Foreign Educated Requirements section below for application requirements.

Items to Complete for Licensure

  • SUBMIT AN ONLINE APPLICATION WITH FEES
  • VERIFICATION OF YOUR ORIGINAL STATE OF LICENSURE
    • Go to nursys.com and submit a request for verification.
    • If you are unable to request verification at nursys.com, then see the Verification of Your Original State of Licensure section below.
  • CITIZENSHIP/LAWFUL PRESENCE DOCUMENTATION
    • All applicants must upload a copy of documentation regarding citizenship / nationality / alien status. A copy of the document must be submitted on an 8½ x 11 sheet of plain white paper and submitted with the application For a list of acceptable documents visit the Citizenship and Alien Status page.
  • FINGERPRINTS
    • You are required to submit a full set of fingerprints, for the purpose of obtaining State and Federal criminal record checks.
    • You are only exempt from this requirement if you have submitted a fingerprint card to the Arizona State Board of Nursing within the previous two years
    • A copy of a clearance card issued by DPS is not a substitute. 
    • A fingerprint card will NOT be issued from the Arizona State Board of Nursing. A fingerprint card can be obtained from any local facility that offers fingerprinting services.
    • Please remember to submit your fingerprint card as soon as possible to expedite the process.
    • A permanent license will not be issued until fingerprint results are received.
    • Results can take up to 6-8 weeks to receive.

Temporary License or Temporary for Refresher Course Only

Applicants are eligible for a temporary license if they:

  1. Provide a minimum of 960 practice hours and/or six months of nursing employment
  2. Meet educational requirements
  3. Have completed a Board-approved nursing program
  4. Have a passing score on the NLCEX or SBTPE
  5. Do not have a criminal history, a history or disciplinary action by a regulatory agency, a pending complaint before the Board, or affirmative answers to any criminal background or disciplinary question in the application
  6. Does not have any disciplinary eligibility questions for review
  7. Submission of lawful presence or citizenship in the United States with a government issued photo identification
  8. Submission of a fingerprint card
  9. Request for a temporary license
  10. Submission of temporary license fee
  11. Armed Forces Nurses – Have Final Grade Report/Sheet sent directly to the Board of Nursing.
  12. Applicants applying for a temporary license “for refresher course only”, due to not meeting practice hour requirements, must provide documentation that you have enrolled in an Arizona Board approved refresher course.

Note: Applications for temporary licenses are processed in the order they are received. If you qualify for a temporary license, allow 30 days for processing. The temporary license will be mailed to the address on your application. A temporary license can be held at the Board for pick up if you submit a written request with your application.

Applicants holding a current multistate license from another compact state should not request a temporary license, but can use their compact state license for up to 90 days until an Arizona permanent license is issued.

Verification of Your Original State of Licensure

If your original (first) state of licensure was in one of the following states/territories, go to nursys.com and submit a request for verification.

Alaska (AK)
American Samoa (AS)
Arizona (AZ)
Arkansas (AR)
Colorado (CO)
Connecticut (CT)
Delaware (DE)
District of Columbia (DC)
Florida (FL)
Georgia
Delaware (DE)
District of Columbia (DC)
Florida (FL)
Georgia
Guam (GU)
Idaho (ID)
Illinois (IL)
Indiana (IN)
Iowa (IA)
Kansas
Kentucky (KY)
Louisiana (LA)
Maine (ME)
Maryland (MD)
Massachusetts (MA)
Michigan (MI)- Temp Unavail.
Minnesota (MN)
Mississippi {MS)
Missouri (MO)
Montana (MT)
Nebraska (NE)
Nevada (NV)
New Hampshire (NH)
New Jersey (NJ)
New Mexico (NM)
New York (NY)
North Carolina (NC)
North Dakota (ND)
North Mariana Islands (MP)
Ohio (OH)
Oklahoma
Oregon (OR)
Rhode Island (RI)
South Carolina (SC)
South Dakota (SD)
Tennessee (TN)
Texas (TX)
Utah (UT)
Vermont (VT)
Virgin Islands (VI)
Virginia (VA)
Washington (WA)
West Virginia (WV)
Wisconsin (WI)
Wyoming (WY)

If your original state of license was in a state/territory other than those listed above, complete the Verification Form and mail (not faxed or emailed) to the state/territory of your original license. Most states / territories require a fee for verification of licensure. Please check with your original state to find out what the appropriate fee is is BEFORE sending the verification form. For a list of addresses of state boards, see the last page of the Verification Form. It is your responsibility to request that your original state sends the Arizona State Board of Nursing the verification. A permanent license will not be issued without receipt of the verification form.

Additional Information

Application Fees and Payment Methods

All fees are in US Dollars and are non-refundable

  • Application Fee: $150.00
  • Fingerprint Fee: $ 50.00
  • Temporary License Fee: $ 50.00 (Optional)
  • Credit/Debit Card - Can only be processed online. Card information that is mailed to the Board will not be processed.

Felony Convictions

The Board shall revoke a nursing license or multistate 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 be processed, and proceedings for revocation of your Arizona license or multistate privileges in Arizona or denial of your application shall be instituted by the Board.

Reporting of Criminal Charges

Applicants for licensure / certification must notify the Arizona State Board of Nursing of criminal charges within 10 days of being charged. 

Undesignated Offense

For purposes of the Nursing Board's felony bar statutes, A.R.S Sections 32-1606(B)(17) and1646(B), the commission of any felony offense on or after July 23. 2010, which results in a conviction of an undesignated offense, shall be treated by the Board as a felony "until such time as the court may actually enter an order designating the offense a misdemeanor" pursuant to A.R.S. Section 13-604(A).

Time Frames for Licensure

The Board is required to process applications for licensure within certain time periods, per R4-19-102 in the Nurse Practice Act.

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.

Licensure by Examination

RN/LPN licensure by Examination means that you have graduated from an approved nursing program, need to take the NCLEX exam and obtain an original RN/LPN license in Arizona.

Questions About the Application Process

Many questions about the application process can be answered by visiting the RN / LPN Licensure by Examination FAQs.

Application Instructions for RN / LPN Licensure by Examination

 
To check the status of your application please log into your nurse portal and check the message center for updates. Please allow up to 30 days for your application to show up in the license verification system before contacting the Board.

Arizona is a Compact State

  • Arizona is part of the Enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact (eNLC) and no longer part of the Original Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC).
  • A list of states participating in the Enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact is available at https://www.ncsbn.org/enhanced-nlc-implementation.htm.
  • An applicant for licensure as a Registered Nurse or Licensed Practical Nurse who meets certain requirements is eligible for multistate licensure. Once the Board grants the multistate license, the nurse can then engage in nursing practice in any of the Enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact states without having to obtain additional licenses. Your application will be reviewed to determine if you meet the criteria for issuance of a multistate license. If you do not meet the criteria for a multistate license but you do meet the criteria for a single state license, a single state license will be issued to you.
  • Requirements for Multistate Licensure:
    1. Meet the requirements for licensure in the state of Arizona
    2. Has graduated from a board-approved education program or has graduated from an international education program (approved by the authorized accrediting body in the applicable country and verified by an independent credential review agency
    3. Has passed an English proficiency examination (applies to graduates of an international education program not taught in English or if English is not the individual's native language
    4. Has passed the NCLEX or predecessor exam
    5. Is eligible for or holes an active unencumbered license (i.e., without active discipline)
    6. Has submitted fingerprints for state and federal background becks
    7. Has no state or federal felony convictions
    8. Has no misdemeanor convictions related to the practice of nursing
    9. Is not currently a participant in an alternative program
    10. Is required to self-disclose current participation in an alternative program
    11. Has a valid United States social security number

Requirements

  • U.S. EDUCATED APPLICANTS:
    1. RN applicants hold a Diploma, Associate Degree or Baccalaureate Degree in Nursing from an approved program. LPN applicants hold a Diploma or Certificate from an approved program.
      Visit RN / LPN Exceptions to view a the list of exceptions.
    2. Passing score on NCLEX exam.
    3. Graduates of out of state schools – Transcripts, including graduation dates and type of degree, sent by your school to Arizona State Board of Nursing.
    4. Board approval for applicants who are under investigation.
  • FOREIGN EDUCATED APPLICANTS; Including Canada and Puerto Rico
    Visit the Foreign Educated Requirements section for application requirements.

Items to Complete for Licensure

  • COMPLETE THE NCLEX REGISTRATION by going to pearsonvue.com/nclex OR by phone 866-496-2539
  • REQUEST OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPTS - Sent by the program directly to Arizona State Board of Nursing (for out-of-state graduates)
  • CITIZENSHIP / NATIONALITY / ALIEN STATUS DOCUMENTATION
    • All applicants must upload a copy of documentation regarding citizenship/nationality/alien status. A copy of the document must be submitted on an 8½ x 11 sheet of plain white paper and submitted with the application. For a list of acceptable documents visit the Citizenship and Alien Status page.
  • SUBMIT A FINGERPRINT CARD
    • You are required to submit a full set of fingerprints, for the purpose of obtaining State and Federal criminal record checks.
    • You are only exempt from this requirement if you have submitted a fingerprint card to the Arizona State Board of Nursing within the previous two years
    • A copy of a clearance card issued by DPS is not a substitute. 
    • A fingerprint card will NOT be issued from the Arizona State Board of Nursing. A fingerprint card can be obtained from any local facility that offers fingerprinting services.
    • Please remember to submit your fingerprint card as soon as possible to expedite the process.
    • A permanent license will not be issued until fingerprint results are received.
    • Results can take up to 6-8 weeks to receive.

Additional Information

Fees and Payment Methods

All fees are in US Dollars and are non-refundable.

  • Application Fee: $150.00
  • Writing for NLCEX Fee: $150.00
  • Fingerprint Fee: $50.00 (required, unless submitted within the previous 2 years).
  • Credit/Debit Card 

Felony Convictions

The Board shall revoke a nursing license or multistate 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 be processed, and proceedings for revocation of your Arizona license or multistate privileges in Arizona or denial of your application shall be instituted by the Board..

Reporting of Criminal Charges

Applicants for licensure / certification must notify the Arizona State Board of Nursing of criminal charges within 10 days of being charged.

Undesignated Offense

For purposes of the Nursing Board's felony bar statutes, A.R.S. Sections 32-166(B)(17) & 1646(B), the commission of any felony offense on or after July 23, 2010, which results in a conviction of an undesignated offense, shall be treated by the Board as a felony "until such time as the court may actually enter an order designating the offense a misdemeanor" pursuant to A.R.S. Section 13-604(A).

Time Frames for Licensure

The Board is required to process applications for licensure within certain time periods, per R4-19-102 in the Nurse Practice Act.

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.

Exceptions

RN Exceptions

  • EXCELSIOR GRADUATES: Enrolled after 9/1/06, who have not practiced 960 hours as an RN in another State must request the school to submit transcripts directly to AZBN showing completion of 120 hours Clinical Nursing Course. Excelsior College will no longer admit students to the associate degree nursing program who reside in the state of Arizona.
  • Armed Forces: Military programs designed to prepare persons for positions as corpsmen or technicians are not approved programs for licensure in Arizona.
  • Applicants educated in Puerto Rico: Applicants who have graduated before 9/15/06 AND their nursing program has a program code assigned by the National Council State Board of Nurses, are eligible to apply for licensure by exam and endorsement. They are NOT required to complete validation of education or language requirement.

    Applicants who have graduated after 9/15/06 are required to request a report from CGFNS/IERF/ ERES or Josef Silny (validating their educational requirements) be sent directly to AZBN as well as Validation of English Language requirement.

LPN Exceptions

  • The first SBTPE for Vocational Nurses given in the state of TEXAS was in 1952 for one year only. From 1953 through 1967, a state constructed exam was given. Texas started the SBTPE again in 1968.  Vocational Nurses, therefore, must have taken the examination in 1952 or 1968 to the present.  If the applicant did not take and pass the examination in 1952 and has not taken and passed the examination since 1968, the applicant must request an application for examination.
  • Vocational Nurses requesting endorsement to Arizona from CALIFORNIA may be accepted if they took the SBTPE and passed before June 1974 or the NCLEX-PN® after April 1986.  If the applicant did not take and pass the SBTPE before June of 1974, and the applicant did not take and pass the NCLEX-PN® after April of 1986, the applicant must request an application for examination. Applicant must have also completed a Board approved LPN program, as well as the SBTPE or NCLEX.  
  • State Board Constructed Exams in any State or US territory are not accepted in Arizona. 
  • Applicants must have completed a Board-approved nursing program

Exceptions to the practical nurse receiving military training:

  • Graduates of Sheppard Air Force Base School of Health Sciences 12 month nursing program in Texas between 1970 and 1976 were approved by the National League for Nursing.  Vocational nurse applicants are eligible for licensure by endorsement if they graduated in the above years and passed the SBTPE. Final grade reports are to be sent directly to AZBN.
  • Graduates of Fort Sam Houston Army Practical Nurse Program (1 Year) in Texas, and passed the SBTPE or the NCLEX-PN® are eligible for licensure by endorsement.  Request final grade reports from [email protected]  Include name you took course under, social security number, dates course taken and Arizona Board of Nursing address for them to send final grade reports directly to AZBN.
  • The Navy has never applied for approval of a Practical Nurse Program to the Arizona State Board of Nursing; therefore applicants are not accepted into Arizona by endorsement.
  • Graduates of the Airforce PN Training Program-Basic Medical Technician Corpsman Program (BMTCP) 4N051/4N)or  (4N training program)

School Nurse

A School Nurse is a Registered Nurse who has obtained additional education as defined in the Nurse Practice Act, R4-19-309, and is issued School Nurse Certification.

Questions About the Application Process

Many questions about the application process can be answered by visiting the School Nurse FAQs.