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State Board of Nursing

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.
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.
***Confirming License Status***
The licensee, employer and the public can confirm the current status of a license and the expiration date at the PALS verification site:
Allow at least 10-14 business days to receive a renewed license in the mail. Although the paper copy of the renewed license may be requested by an employer, the Bureau strongly encourages that employers use the PALS verification site on an ongoing basis to obtain the most up-to-date licensure information. The information on PALS may be printed if a paper copy is required in the interim.
***Special Notice Regarding a New Format for CRNP Prescriptive Authority Approval Numbers***
As the Bureau transitions to the new licensing system (PALS), you will notice that all CRNP Prescriptive Authority Approval numbers will now be in a new format. The 6 digit number will be preceded by the prefix NPPA, for example NPPA000000. The new format (including the prefix) must now be entered to verify a prescriptive authority approval at