[color=#999966]licensure as a registered or practical nurse
colorado has a mandatory nurse practice act which means that no one may practice professional (rn) or practical (pn) nursing without a colorado license or temporary permit. there are two ways to become licensed, by examination and by endorsement.
you should apply for a license by examination if:
[color=#ff0080]for the nclex test plan,[color=#ff0080] frequently asked questions, and other resources, visit the national council of state boards of nursing (ncbsn) testing servicessite.
- you have completed a state approved professional nursing or practical nursing educational program and do not hold a license in another state or u.s. territory.
- you were educated outside the u.s. or its territories, and are not licensed in another state or territory. however, you must first contact the commission on graduates of foreign nursing schools (cgfns) to request the credentials review titled healthcare profession and science course-by-course report. more information for foreign-trained nurses can be found in this information sheet.
you may apply for rn or lpn licensure by endorsement if y
ou are licensed as a registered nurse or practical nurse in another state or u.s. territory.
california board of registered nursing (brn)
the primary objective of the board of registered nursing's (brn's) licensure requirements is to ensure consumer protection by determining that individuals possess the knowledge and qualifications necessary to competently and safely practice registered nursing.
if you wish to apply for rn licensure by examination and are a first-time candidate, click:
licensure by examination
all applicants must provide the following:
completed application for licensure by examination.
completed fingerprints using either the live scan process
or the applicant fingerprint card (hard card)
processing method as directed in the instructions for submitting fingerprint cards. submit the appropriate nonrefundable total fee as directed on the application fee schedule.
one recent 2" x 2" passport-type photograph.
completed request for accommodation of disabilities
form(s), if applicable.
request for transcript
form(s) completed and forwarded directly from the nursing school(s) with certified transcripts.
if applicable, documents and/or letters explaining prior convictions or disciplinary action and attesting to your rehabilitation as directed in section ii of the general information and instructions.
in addition for international graduates:
a. send breakdown of educational program for international nursing programs form to your school with the request for transcript form. also provide the certified english translation form to your certified translator if your transcript is not in english. (see supplemental application instructions for international graduates.)
b. submit a copy of your license or diploma that allows you to practice professional nursing in the country where you were educated. if you do not hold a license, a written explanation is required. also, provide copies of your certificates for midwifery and psychiatric nursing, if applicable.
p.s.: need to have social security number.