What Are Some License Requirements for Nurses in Colorado?


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The license requirements for nurses in Colorado largely depend on the type of nursing degree completed by the applicant. Some of the general requirements applicable to all program or degree holders are graduating from a nursing pre-licensure program approved by the Colorado Board of Nursing and the completion of a role delineation course for vocational or practical nurses license applicants. Successful completion of the NCLEX-RN or NCLEX-PN is also mandatory.

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The Colorado Board of Nursing has varying requirements for different types of nursing licenses. Graduates of traditional nursing programs or a four-year nursing course must submit their transcript of records in an official sealed envelope as proof of completion. Graduates of non-traditional nursing education programs must obtain a Student Permit application from the Colorado Division of Professions and Occupations. The student permit is applicable to students who need to obtain in-state experience and clinical training and also for those seeking to take the nursing licensure exam.

A criminal background check may also be necessary, and self-disclosure of criminal charges, such as felonies, misdemeanors and plea agreements is an additional requirement. While the Board of Nursing does not hinder anyone from getting a nursing license, it still looks into an applicant's history of offenses and the gravity of the offenses. The Uniform Licensure Requirement released by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing also requires applicants to submit state and federal fingerprint checks.

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