Nursing Program Licensure



California Board of Nursing (916) 322-3350

What license is required to practice nursing in California?

All nurses in California must successfully pass the National Council Licensing Examination (NCLEX-RN®) for Registered Nurses required by the California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN). The BRN is required by law to screen applicants for licensure in order to identify potentially unsafe practitioners.

Do I have to take another licensing examination if I move to another state?

In general, the answer is NO. All states utilize the NCLEX-RN® for licensure. If you move to another state, you should write to the board of nursing in that area and request information about their procedure for licensure by endorsement.

Under what circumstances can the BRN reject an application for examination?

Statutory authority for denial of licensure is set forth in the Business and Professions Code of the State of California. The Board of Registered Nursing requires that all students applying for the NCLEX-RN® be fingerprinted and submit a fingerprint card with the exam application.

The law requires denial of licensure for "crimes or acts which are substantially related to nursing qualifications, functions, or duties." If the BRN determines that the act or crime is substantially related to the practice of nursing, it is the responsibility of the APPLICANT to present sufficient evidence of rehabilitation.