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Due to the public health risk surrounding the Coronavirus, the Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs is currently unable to accept walk-in customers and phone calls. For all inquiries, please utilize the email addresses found on the Board Contact Information webpage.

For more details visit:

State Board of Nursing

Toll Free: 1-833-DOS-BPOA (1-833-367-2762)

Nursing Licensure Guide & Timeline

Renewal Deadline Extensions for Nurses

Updated Directions related to the Suspension of Provisions of the Professional and Practical Nursing Laws and the State Board of Nursing Regulations due to COVID-19

Instructions for Out-of State Licensed Nurses to obtain a Temporary Practice Permit (TPP) to aid in the Commonwealth's Emergency Declaration related to COVID-19 

Reactivation Applications related to COVID-19

COVID-19 Impact to NCLEX Candidates

Chloroquine and Hydroxychloroquine: Information for Prescribers

Information for Telemedicine during the Coronavirus Emergency 

Telehealth Behavioral Health Services to Medical Assistance Beneficiaries: OMHSAS-COVID-19-Telehealth-Expansion.pdf

Persons of all backgrounds interested in helping during Pennsylvania’s time of need are welcome to sign up at the State Emergency Registry for Volunteers in PA

Coronavirus Information


Notification for Students whose NCLEX® Examinations were cancelled due to testing site closures

Pearson Vue has notified the State Board of Nursing that it has closed its testing centers until April 16, 2020, in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.  ATT holders have contacted the Board about whether they may practice until after they are able to test and receive their results.  The Board recommends that if your NCLEX® test date was cancelled and you desire to practice, you should apply for a Graduate Temporary Practice Permit at

Suggestion for Board Nursing for Prescribers:

In response to COVID-19 and potential shortages of medications that may be effective against the virus such as hydroxychloroquine, prescribers should include the patient's diagnosis on the prescription. If written for a COVID-19 diagnosis, the diagnosis has been confirmed by a positive test result and documented on the prescription. Smaller quantities of hydroxychloroquine should be prescribed for COVID-19 patients when appropriate to prevent potential shortages.  


4 Steps to apply for Licensure by Exam

Step 1:  Review the Nursing Licensure Guide to plan your work start date.

Step 2:  Read these tips to avoid processing delays.

Step 3:  Register with PearsonVUE to take the NCLEX®.

Step 4:  Submit an online application to the Board.

Note:  Testing Accommodations require a completed Accommodation Form.


The Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs (BPOA) received reports that a person pretending to be from the State Board of Nursing is calling licensees about the status of their license, claiming they owe money.  The scammer asks for credit card information and threatens them with disciplinary action or arrest if they fail to pay.

Persons who give their credit card information may not only lose their money but also can become a victim of identity theft.

Licensees are urged to follow these helpful tips to avoid becoming a victim of credit card fraud or identity theft:

    • BPOA and the Boards will NOT call licensees asking for payment over the phone (We correspond primarily by email and letters).
    • If you get a text message or call asking for your credit card information, hang up.
    • Do NOT give your personal or financial information over the phone.
    • If you feel that you are a victim of any type of scam, you should immediately notify your local or state police. 

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Please note that neither the Board/Commission, nor its staff or counsel, are permitted to provide legal advice or advisory opinions, including interpretations of the law or regulations, or any indication as to how the Board would vote on any given case or scenario.  You are invited to contact a private attorney or professional organization for advice or guidance.

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Mission Statement

The State Board of Nursing protects the health and safety of the citizens of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania through the licensure/certification and regulation of the practice of professional and practical nursing and dietetics-nutrition by registered nurses, practical nurses, certified registered nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists, dietitian-nutritionists, and graduate nurses.  The Board issues licenses and certifications to qualified applicants, approves nursing education programs, establishes standards of practice, and disciplines licensees and unlicensed persons for violations of the Acts and the regulations.