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How do you get a license through the Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing?

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Obtain a nursing licence through the Pennsylvania Board of Nursing by completing a qualifying nursing program at an in-state or out-of-state educational institution, submitting a Nursing Education Verification Form within one year of graduation and passing the state's licensing exam. Depending on the type of nursing licence for which you are applying, the state may also require a criminal background check or additional forms and verification, as of 2015.

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Although the state of Pennsylvania offers several different types of official nursing licenses, the requirements for each option begin with attendance in and graduation from an accredited educational institution with an appropriate nursing program. The Pennsylvania Board of Nursing website includes a list of all in-state training courses and programs that it deems to be in compliance with its training standards. Out-of-state classes and courses may require separate verification from a member of the Board in order to qualify for licensing. After graduating, you need to submit a Nursing Education Verification Form to the Board that proves your graduation from the program.

After the Board accepts your verification form, you receive notification that you may register to take the state's licensing exam with PearsonVue. There is a processing fee due during the time of initial registration. After passing the exam, you may also need to submit to a background check or other forms of verification before receiving your final license.

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