- Submit an application for licensure by examination and fees (cashier’s check or money order.) The application fee is $105.00 and the Criminal Background Check fee is $33.25. The fees are non-refundable. The application packet may be downloaded from the Minnesota Board of Nursing website or you can submit the application and fee online. https://mn.gov/boards/nursing/licensure/apply-for-a-license/apply-by-exam.jsp
- Provide evidence you have not engaged in conduct warranting disciplinary action; if you answer yes to any questions in the Grounds for Denial section of the application, the Board will investigate prior to licensure.
- Watch for the Criminal Background Check program office to send you a fingerprint packet by email. Follow the instructions and submit your fingerprints as soon as possible.
- Submit a completed Confirmation of Program Completion from your nursing program. If you have completed a Minnesota nursing program, a school official can confirm completion on-line. Paper forms must be submitted to the Board directly from the Nursing Program.
- Register with Pearson Vue to take the NCLEX® (National Council Licensure Examination) and pay the required fee.
- Register by phone by calling NCLEX® Candidate Services at 1.866.496.2539
- Send notification to the Board office as soon as possible if any change occurs in your name, address, or other application information after you submit the application. Submit legal proof of change in name, such as a copy of a marriage certificate or court order.
- Watch for the test service to send your authorization to test (ATT) by e-mail. To gain access to the NCLEX, you will be required to present one form of acceptable identification. The first and last name on your identification must match exactly the name you provided when registering.
- Schedule the examination at one of the testing centers after you receive an authorization to test (ATT) from the test service. The ATT is valid for 90 days. If you do not take the examination within one year of receipt of your application, your application with the Board, will be nullified. If you do not take the examination within 90 days of receipt of your ATT, your registration with Pearson Vue will no longer be valid.
- Watch for your license. The Board will mail your license approximately 10 business days after you take the examination. If you do not pass the examination, you will receive an EXAMINATION RETAKE REQUEST packet and a diagnostic profile to help you understand your performance on the NCLEX® examination.
ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS FOR APPLICANTS WHO COMPLETED A NURSING PROGRAM MORE THAN FIVE YEARS AGO
- Complete a Review Course. If it has been five years or more since you completed either a professional or practical nursing program, or if you have not successfully passed the NCLEX within 5 years of completing your professional or practical nursing program, you are required to complete a Review Course before taking the NCLEX©. The review course must be completed after you have applied for licensure to the Minnesota Board of Nursing. Information about this requirement is available on the Board’s website at: https://mn.gov/boards/nursing/licensure/rn-pn-review-course/.
REQUEST FOR SPECIAL TESTING ACCOMMODATIONS
- Indicate your request for special testing accommodations for the NCLEX® by completing the Request for Special Accommodations section on the LICENSURE BY EXAMINATION APPLICATION.
- Submit supporting documentation regarding your request for testing accommodations due to a disability. At a minimum the documentation must include:
- a letter from an appropriate professional confirming the disability and providing information as to what accommodations are appropriate; and
- a letter from the Disability Services department of your school indicating what modifications, if any, were granted by the program.
- List the specific accommodations you are requesting. Examples of modifications include:
- extra time (state specific amount of extra time you are requesting.)
- Call NCLEX® Candidate Services at the telephone number listed in the ATT letter when you are approved for testing with special accommodations and have received your ATT.
ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS FOR APPLICANTS EDUCATED IN CANADA
- Submit verification of licensure from the original Canadian province in which you were first licensed and the U.S. jurisdiction in which you were most recently licensed as an RN. The verification must be sent directly from the licensing board to the Minnesota Board of Nursing.
- Submit an official transcript if you are not or have never been licensed in Canada, from your Canadian nursing education program or a Confirmation of Program Completion form. The transcript or confirmation of program completion form must be sent directly from the school of nursing to the Minnesota Board of Nursing.
ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS FOR APPLICANTS EDUCATED IN A FOREIGN COUNTRY OTHER THAN CANADA
- Submit a Credentials Evaluation Report. A nursing education program determined to be equivalent to the education required in the same type of nursing education programs in the United States as evaluated by a credentials evaluation service.
- Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS) - Credentials Evaluation Service (CES) Professional Report. Request CGFNS send the credentials report to the Board. Forms are available on the CGFNS website.
Commission of Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools
3600 Market Street, Suite 400
Philadelphia, PA 19104-2651
- International Education Research Foundation (IERF) – Nursing Licensure Evaluation. Request IERF send the Nursing Licensure Evaluation Report to the Board. Forms are available on the IERF website.
International Education Research Foundation
PO Box 3665
Culver City, CA 90230
1.310.258.9451 ext. 211
- Pass an approved English proficiency test. Unless you graduated from a nursing education program conducted in English and located in an English-speaking country.
- Test of English as a Foreign Language (score of 84 with a minimum speaking score of 26 on the TOEFL iBT.) Request the Education Testing Service to send the TOEFL report to the Board using the Minnesota TOEFL code of 9416.
P.O. Box 6151
Princeton, NJ 08541 USA
1.877.863.3546 (inside the United States, US territories and Canada) 1.609.771.7100 (outside the United States, US territories and Canada)
- International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic overall score of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 all modules). Request the International English Language Testing System send the Academic Test Report Form to the Board.
Test Centres and Examiners Select Country
Select City – Search
- Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB total passing score of 81 and a speaking section score of 3). Request Cambridge Michigan Language Assessments (CaMLA) send the official MELAB score report to the Board by listing the Minnesota Board of Nursing at the bottom of the MELAB Official Identification Form before taking the test.
Argus 1 Building
535 West William St., Suite 310
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48103-4978
USA 1.866.696.3522 or 1.734.615.9629
- Countries exempt from English proficiency or English testing requirements:
The Board determines who may provide an acceptable credentials evaluation and the two acceptable services, CGFNS and IERF, have determined the following to be countries exempt from English proficiency or English testing requirements, if their entry-level professional education (with language of textbooks and verbal instructions in English) was from the following countries:
Canada (except Quebec, the only schools approved for exemption are: McGill University, Dawson College, Vanier college, John Abbott College, and Heritage College)
Trinidad and Tobago
United Kingdom (England, Scotland, Wales & Northern Ireland)
Applicants from any other country must pass an English speaking proficiency exam.
The Minnesota Board of Nursing application fee is non-refundable. You may want to complete the credentials evaluation and English proficiency exam before applying for licensure with the Board of Nursing. If the Board has not received the credentials evaluation and a report of a passing score on the English proficiency exam within one year of your application, the application will be nullified, and you must apply for licensure and submit a new fee.
CHECK THE PROGRESS OF YOUR APPLICATION
- Access the Board of Nursing website at www.nursingboard.state.mn.us
- Click on “Online Services” (located below the mission statement under “Licensees”)
- All users must register to access the site and create a new online account. (Exception: if you have created a login after May 8, 2017, you have already registered to our new site.)
- Click on “Register to Access Site” (located below the login area)
- Click “Next” and follow the prompts to create a password
- Click “Next” and follow the prompts to complete the New Account Detail
- Enter the Username and Password you just created and click “Login”
- A screen will appear with tabs on the right side indicating current open applications and your profile view
- Click on the application you would like to review (if more than one is open)
- Review the checklist of requirements on the bottom of this page to see which items are still open
- Note: a button may appear on the bottom of the screen if you have options available to you – for example “Apply for Exam Retake”
- Refer back to the main website at www.nursingboard.state.mn.us for instructions and forms for any items that are still open
- Click on the Licensure Tab
- Click on Apply for a License and choose your license type
- Click on applicable packet under “Apply using downloadable forms” for forms and instructions
- Contact the Criminal Background Check program office for any questions related to fingerprinting and your Criminal Background Checks. Criminal.Background.Check@state.mn.us or 1.651.201.2822
- Check your examination results:
- On the Board of Nursing website. There is no fee for viewing the results on the web. The Board does not provide results over the phone.
- By phone. Pearson Vue provides the phone number with your authorization to test (ATT). There is a fee for the phone results service.
EXAMINATION RETAKE REQUEST APPLICATION
- Submit the EXAMINATION RETAKE REQUEST within eight months of the last failed examination. You must retake the examination within one year of the last failed examination or your application will be nullified and you will need to reapply.
- Access the Board of Nursing website at www.nursingboard.state.mn.us to apply to retake the NCLEX.
- If you have not registered to access the site, register and follow the prompts.
- If you have registered with the site, log in and apply for licensure retake.
- Watch for the test service to send your authorization to test (ATT) by e-mail. To gain access to the NCLEX, you will be required to present one form of acceptable identification. The first and last name on your identification must match exactly the name you provided when registering. The ATT is valid for 90 days.