North Dakota Nursing License Requirements: RN, LPN


The mission of the North Dakota Board of Nursing is to assure North Dakota citizens quality nursing care through the regulation of standards for nursing education, licensure and practice.

Registered Nursing (RN) & Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) Licensure by Examination

Applicants Must Meet the Following Requirements:

  • Complete a board approved in-state nursing education program; or an out-of-state nursing education program that meets the following requirements:
  • Is approved by another board of nursing; and
  • Includes supervised clinical experience across the life span as part of the curriculum and is equivalent in amount and time to the ND Board of Nursing approved programs.
  • Submit completed application.
  • Submit an appropriate fee of $130 via PayPal account, debit card, credit card, or┬áchecking account
  • Request your nursing school to send an official transcript directly to the Board of Nursing office, which must include your grades and degree conferred.
  • Successfully complete a criminal background check.
  • Register with Pearson VUE to take the NCLEX exam. You may use any of the following ways to complete the registration:
    • Register online. The registration fee of $200 can be paid via American Express, Visa, or MasterCard. OR
    • By mail: You may request the Board of Nursing office to send an NCLEX registration form. Provide essential details in the form and include an appropriate fee of $200.00 in the form of a money order or cashiers check made payable to the NCSBN (National Council of State Boards of Nursing). Mail it to the following address:

NCLEX Operations
Post Office Box 64950
St. Paul, Minnesota- 55164-0950

  • When all your essential documents are approved, the Board will inform the testing agency, Pearson VUE, making you eligible to take the licensure exam.
  • Pearson VUE will send you an ATT (Authorization to Test) via email or on the address provided by you during the registration process.
  • Upon receiving the ATT, schedule the licensure exam.

For more information about the examination process, click here.

Registered Nursing (RN) & Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) Licensure by Endorsement

Applicants Must Meet the Following Requirements:

  • Submit completed application.
  • Passed any one of the following licensure exams:
    • NCLEX-RN (National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurse)
    • SBTPE (State Board Test Pool Examination)
  • Completed any ONE of the following:
    • 400 hours of nursing practice within the past 4 years
    • Nursing program in the last 4 years
    • Refresher course approved by the board during the last 4 years
  • Completed nursing program with the following specifications:
    • The nursing program must include supervised clinical experience.
    • It must have prepared you for the level of licensure as in NDCC 43-12.1-09(2) (b)
  • Provide a requisite fee of $160 in the form of debit card, PayPal account, credit card, or┬áchecking account information.
  • Submit Verification of licensure from the state where you were originally licensed. If you do not have an active license in that state, you need to submit verification of your license from the state where you presently hold an active license. To obtain this verification, you may use the online verification system, if your state participates in Nursys, to complete the electronic verification process. If your state of licensure does not participate in Nursys you may use the paper application.

For more information about the endorsement process, click here.

For more information visit the official North Dakota State Board of Nursing website.


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