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‚ÄčRegistered Nurses

Pennsylvania Licensure Requirements

Associate Degree

1 Examination

No Experience Requirement

30 Hours of Continuing Education

95.00 Initial Fee

122.00 Renewal Fee

An individual who has graduated from a state-approved school of nursing, passed the NCLEX-RN Examination and is licensed by the State Board of Nursing to provide patient care.

Degree Requirement:  

Associate Degree
An applicant, to be eligible for examination for licensure as a registered nurse, shall furnish evidence satisfactory to the Board that they have completed work equal to a standard high school course as evaluated by the Board and has satisfactorily completed an approved program of professional nursing.  Approved programs shall include an Associate's degree, Bachelor's degree or diploma nursing programs.

Examination Requirement: 

1 Examination
An applicant must receive a passing grade on either the National Council of State Boards - Registered Nursing Exam (NCLEX-RN) or the State Board Test Pool Exam (SBTPE) as a requirement for licensure.


No Experience Requirement
No experience requirement for licensure.

Continuing Education: 

30 Hours
In the two years prior to certification renewal, applicants must complete at least 30 hours of continuing education.

Initial Licensing Fee: 


Licensure Renewal Fee: 

Biennial renewal of license.

Licensure By Endorsement & Licensure By Act 41:

A registered nurse who has graduated from an approved professional nursing education program in the United States or Canada and who obtained licensure in another jurisdiction having passed an examination considered by the Board to be equivalent to the examination required for licensure in this Commonwealth may be granted licensure by endorsement.

Act 41 allows for portability of out-of-state professional licensees coming to work in Pennsylvania. Act 41 does this by granting all boards and commissions within the Commonwealth the authority to immediately endorse licensees from other states, territories or jurisdictions (with substantially equivalent licensing requirements) who are active, in good standing and without discipline against their license or criminal conviction.