Arizona
,
AZ
eNLC:
Yes
Walk-Through:
No
Temp License:
Yes
Nursys:
Yes
BON website
P:
602-771-7800

Fees

Endorsement Application: $150.00

Temporary Permit: $50.00

Timing

Temporary License

Alabama Board of Nursing does not provide a definitive timeline. Timing is dependent upon your willingness to be proactive as items are processed on a first come, first serve basis. Processing takes 24-48 hours upon receipt of all required documentation. The temporary license is valid for 120 days and is nonrenewable.

License Renewal

  • Renewal Cadence: Every 4 years 
  • Renewal fee: $160
  • Required contact hours: Must meet one of the following requirements:

    - Practiced as a nurse for 960 hours or more in the past 5 years

    - Graduated from a nursing program and obtained a degree within past 5 years

    - Completed an Arizona Board approved refresher course in the past 5 years

    - Obtained an advanced nursing degree in the past 5 years (i.e. LPN to RN, RN to BSN, masters, or doctorate).

Important Things to Know

  • Payments to the Board can only be processed online.
  • You may be exempt from the fingerprinting requirement if you have submitted a fingerprint card to the Arizona State Board of Nursing within the previous two years.

Licensure by Endorsement

Process

Permanent License

  1. Submit an application online and pay the fee.
  2. Provide evidence you have met educational requirements from a Board-approved nursing program and have passed the NCLEX.
  3. Request verification of licensure via Nursys from your original state of licensure. If this state does not participate in Nursys, you will need to contact that state's BON and request verification be sent to the Arizona BON.
  4. 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.
  5. Provide a background check with fingerprints. 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. A permanent license will not be issued until fingerprint results are received.
  6. Provide verification that you have completed a minimum of 960 practice hours and/or six months of nursing employment.

Temporary License

  1. Once all items have been received by the BON except fingerprinting results and verification of licensure, you may be issued a provisional license.
  2. If you wish to be issued a provisional license, please indicate this on your application.
  3. Temporary permits are valid for 6 months. 
  4. In order to receive a temporary license, you must 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.

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Licensure By Endorsement

Arizona

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AZ

eNLC:
Yes
(visit)
Temp License:
Yes
Walkthrough:
No
Nursys:
Yes
P:
602-771-7800
Arizona

The Process

Permanent License

  1. Submit an application online and pay the fee.
  2. Provide evidence you have met educational requirements from a Board-approved nursing program and have passed the NCLEX.
  3. Request verification of licensure via Nursys from your original state of licensure. If this state does not participate in Nursys, you will need to contact that state's BON and request verification be sent to the Arizona BON.
  4. 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.
  5. Provide a background check with fingerprints. 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. A permanent license will not be issued until fingerprint results are received.
  6. Provide verification that you have completed a minimum of 960 practice hours and/or six months of nursing employment.

Temporary License

  1. Once all items have been received by the BON except fingerprinting results and verification of licensure, you may be issued a provisional license.
  2. If you wish to be issued a provisional license, please indicate this on your application.
  3. Temporary permits are valid for 6 months. 
  4. In order to receive a temporary license, you must 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.

Renewal License

  • Renewal Cadence: Every 4 years 
  • Renewal fee: $160
  • Required contact hours: Must meet one of the following requirements:

    - Practiced as a nurse for 960 hours or more in the past 5 years

    - Graduated from a nursing program and obtained a degree within past 5 years

    - Completed an Arizona Board approved refresher course in the past 5 years

    - Obtained an advanced nursing degree in the past 5 years (i.e. LPN to RN, RN to BSN, masters, or doctorate).

Requirements

1. Have a passing score on the National Council Licensure Exam (NCLEX) or the State Board Test Pool Exam (SBTPE).

2. Have a 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.
  • Have graduated from a nursing program and obtained a degree within the past 5 years.
  • Completed an Arizona Board approved refresher course in the past 5 years.
  • Obtained an advanced nursing degree in the past 5 years (i.e. LPN to RN, RN to BSN, masters, or doctorate).

4. 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. 

5. Have Board approval for applicants under investigation.

6. If you were educated in a foreign country, including Canada and Puerto Rico, you must follow the Foreign Educated Requirements for further requirements.

Timing

Permanent License

Approximately 6-8 weeks upon receipt of all required materials.

Temporary License

Approximately 30 days upon receipt of all required materials.

Fees

Endorsement Application: $150.00

Temporary Permit: $50.00

Important things to Know About Applying For Licensure for Endorsement

  • Payments to the Board can only be processed online.
  • You may be exempt from the fingerprinting requirement if you have submitted a fingerprint card to the Arizona State Board of Nursing within the previous two years.
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