Endorsement

Online Application Instructions

NOTICE: Please read all information before starting the application process. The link for the application is located at the bottom of this page.


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Endorsement Requirements for Licensure

To determine if you are eligible to endorse your LPN/RN nursing license to Kansas, the Kansas State Board of Nursing requires:  

  • Graduation from an approved nursing program of practical nursing or professional nursing in the United States or its territories or from a nursing program for practical nursing or professional nursing in a foreign country which is approved by the KSBN.
    • NOTE: To meet qualifications of Kansas law, a nursing program must provide clinical experience across the lifespan. The clinical component of the program must entail an active process in which the student participates in nursing activities while being guided by a member of the faculty.
  • Licensure by examination in another jurisdiction which utilized the State Board Test Pool Examination (SBTPE) or National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) as the licensing tool.
  • NOTE: LPN’s licensed in Texas and California – Because Texas did not utilize the SBTPE for LPN’s between 1952 and 1968 and California did not use the SBTPE or the NCLEX from July 1974 to March 1986, individuals licensed in those jurisdictions during that time will not be licensed in Kansas until the NCLEX has been successfully completed.
    • Graduates from any nursing program that do not document clinical experiences across the life span-who have been licensed as a RN in another state and worked a minimum of 1,000 hours as a RN- are eligible to apply for RN licensure in Kansas by endorsement.
  • Affidavit of Work Hours can be found on the KSBN website, have your employer complete and notarize this form to validate you have worked a minimum of 1,000 hours as a RN.
  • If you are an Excelsior graduate, please contact KSBN’s Education Department at 785.296.3782 for specific directions regarding Kansas licensure.

All applicants must provide proof of completion/graduation from an approved nursing education program. The transcript must include the following:

  • Legal Name (first, middle (if applicable) and last)
  • Degree Awarded
  • Date of graduation and degree earned.

Contact your nursing program to have an official transcript sent by one of the following means, KSBN accepts:  

  • Electronic transcripts can be sent DIRECTLY to KSBN by your nursing program using Parchment or National Student Clearinghouse; or
  • Official transcript mailed directly from your nursing program to the KSBN office at the below address:

Kansas State Board of Nursing
Landon State Office Building
900 SW Jackson, Suite 1051
Topeka, KS 66612

NOTE: If you have not been licensed as a professional or practical nurse within the preceding five year period, proof of satisfactory completion of a refresher course approved by the Kansas Board must be submitted.

YOU WILL NEED THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION TO COMPLETE THE ONLINE APPLICATION:

  • Name and degree type for the nursing program where you received your nursing degree(s).
  • Information regarding your original state of licensure; license type, license number, license status and state in which you received your original license.
  • Employment information for the preceding five (5) years of employment as a nurse; name of employer, street address, city, state and zip code for your employers, dates of employment, as well as the phone number. You’ll need to have a contact number for your employer and an email if possible.
  • Valid credit or debit card (MasterCard, Visa, Discover or American Express) or checking account information (routing and account number). There is a service fee charged for an e-check refused by the bank due to insufficient funds or closed account.
  • Social Security number issued by the U.S. Social Security Administration

NOTE: The granting of a temporary permit is discretionary and in no circumstance guarantees licensure: You may be eligible for a NONRENEWABLE temporary permit which permits employment as a LPN/RN in the state of Kansas while the application is being processed. Prior to the issuance of a temporary permit, a completed application (and fee), criminal background check fingerprints/waivers (and $48 fee), and proof of active license in another state must be received by the Kansas State Board of Nursing for out of state applicants.
Please see section on temporary permits for more information.


ALL applicants must complete a criminal background check prior to the issuance of a license.

Endorsement Application

Please be advised:

Name: Do not use nicknames. If you do not have a middle name, leave the field blank. If you have just an initial for a first or middle name, write just the initial in the corresponding field.

The endorsement application is not yet optimized for mobile devices. As a result, we recommend using a desktop computer.


Endorsement from another state:

  • Online Application for Endorsement, application fee and $48 criminal background check fee paid.
  • Official Transcript sent directly to KSBN from your nursing program, via U.S. Mail, Parchment or National Student Clearinghouse.
  • Verification of original states’ licensure, please check NCSBN site to determine if your original state of licensure participates in Nursys for electronic verifications, if not contact your original state of licensure to have the information sent to KSBN. There is a verification request form located on the KSBN website for those states that do not participate in Nursys.

Licensure by Endorsement Fees:

Application fee:

  • $50 – LPN (pay to KSBN)
  • $75 – RN (pay to KSBN)

Background check fee:

  • $48 (pay to KSBN)

Valid forms of payment:

Online Applications:     

  • Credit or Debit Card; Visa, MasterCard, Discover or American Express
  • Electronic Check

After successful completion (including approval of payment), you’ll received a confirmation page. You will have the option to print the confirmation. YOU NEED TO PRINT THIS FOR YOUR RECORDS AND AS RECEIPT OF PAYMENT.

Social Security Number Required

All applicants seeking licensure by KSBN must have a valid social security number to be issued a license or temporary permit to practice nursing. While making application for a Social Security number, you may begin the application process. However, no license or temporary permit will be issued until proof of the Social Security number is submitted to Kansas State Board of Nursing.

Mailing Address

Kansas State Board of Nursing
Landon State Office Building
900 SW Jackson, Ste 1051
Topeka, KS 66612

Verification of your original nursing license is required

How to request verification:

  • NURSYS participating states click here
  • Non NURSYS participating states use the verification form provided on the KSBN website
  • If you are unsure if your original state of licensure participates in NURSYS, go to the Nursys list to check

A Criminal Background Check is REQUIRED

All applicants must submit fingerprints for a criminal background check prior to issuance of license or temporary permit. The cost for a criminal background check is $48. There are two options to be fingerprinted for your background check:

  • You may contact the KSBN office to have a live scan of your prints done for an additional $7.50. Call 785-296-3375 and schedule an appointment, fingerprints are done Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 3:30 pm.
  • Or contact KSBN at Request Fingerprint Packet to have a fingerprint card and waivers mailed to you. Fingerprints must be performed by trained law enforcement personnel.  Contact your local sheriff or police station for assistance and additional details.

Pursuant to K.A.R. 60-3-107: Applications for endorsement while awaiting documentation of qualifications shall be active for six months.

  • The expiration of each application shall be based upon the date of receipt at the agency.
  • If the application has expired, each individual seeking licensure shall file a new application along with the appropriate fee as prescribed by K.A.R. 60-4-101.

Submission Information

To submit an application for endorsement, please access the Endorsement Application by clicking the link located at the bottom of this screen.

After submission of your application:

  • You must request an official transcript be forwarded directly to KSBN from your nursing program.
  • You must complete your fingerprints/waivers and mail to KSBN along with the $48 background check fee. Or you may contact the KSBN office to have a live scan of your prints done for an additional $7.50. Call 785-296-3375 and schedule an appointment, fingerprints are done Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 3:30 pm.
  • You must mail all required legal documents and an explanatory letter to KSBN to support convictions noted on your application. (See Legal Section for more information.)
  • Request verification of your original states' licensure forwarded to KSBN.

Once all requirements for endorsement are met, reviewed and a license is granted, a certificate of licensure and wallet card will be mailed to the address of record.  All applicants/licensees are required to notify KSBN within 30 days of a name or address change pursuant to K.S.A. 65-1117 and K.A.R. 60-7-103.

Temporary Permit

The granting of a temporary permit is discretionary and in no circumstance guarantees licensure.

You may be eligible for a nonrenewable temporary permit which permits employment as a LPN/RN in the state of Kansas while the application is being processed. A temporary permit is valid for 120 days or until the permanent license has been issued (whichever comes first). Prior to the issuance of a temporary permit, a completed endorsement application (and fee), criminal background check fingerprints/waivers (and $48 fee), and proof of a current license in another state must be received by the Kansas State Board of Nursing for endorsement applicants.

Some examples in which a temporary permit may be denied include (but not limited to), if you:

  • Have been under investigation or had/have disciplinary action pending in Kansas or any other state or agency of the U.S. Government, territory of the United States, or country.
  • Have had past disciplinary action in another state or agency of the U.S. Government, territory of the United States, or country.
  • Have had other disciplinary action taken against the applicant or licensee by a licensing authority of another state, agency of the U.S. Government, territory of the United States or country.
  • Have a criminal history.
  • No Social Security Number.

 

Legal Questions on Application

If you answer yes to question(s) on the application or have a criminal history on your background/history, the required documentation must be received by KSBN or it will be considered incomplete and cannot be processed by KSBN.

If you have questions about the conviction or disciplinary action requirements, please contact the Kansas State Board of Nursing Legal Department at 785.296.1817.

Internationally Educated Applicants

K.A.R. 60-3-106: Licensure Qualifications.

(a)    As part of the application process, each individual applying for licensure in Kansas who is a graduate of a foreign nursing program shall submit that individual’s education and licensure credentials for evaluation to the commission on graduates of foreign nursing programs (CGFNS) or some other credentialing agency approved by the board.
(b)    Any individual applying for licensure in Kansas who is a graduate of a foreign nursing program in which instruction was not in English may be granted a license if the individual meets all other requirements for licensure in effect at the time of application and shows proof of proficiency in English by passing any of the following:

(1)   The test of English as a foreign language and the test of spoken English; OR
(2)   Similar examinations, as approved by the KSBN.

KSBN requirements for licensure by examination for applicants who were educated outside of the United States:

  • Proof of Education (via CGFNS evaluation of your education)
  • English Proficiency Examination (TOEFL), IF NURSING EDUCATION WAS NOT TAUGHT IN ENGLISH AND ENGLISH TEXT BOOKS WERE NOT USED
  • Valid Social Security Number
  • Satisfactory criminal background check

Step One: Documentation of Education

Graduates of an International Nursing Education Program

KSBN requires the evaluation of education and nursing licenses outside of the United States be evaluated by an approved credentialing agency and the report be sent directly to the Kansas State Board of Nursing from the credentialing agency.

The currently approved credentialing agency by the KSBN is:

Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS)
3600 Market Street, Suite 400
Philadelphia, PA 19104-2651
Phone 215.349.8767
http://www.cgfns.org

Step Two: English Proficiency Examination

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL):

  • If you’re primary language was not English or if your nursing education was not taught in English using English textbooks you must show proficiency in oral and written English.
  • Complete the TOEFL exam. It is an internet-based exam. A paper-based version of the exam is available in areas where internet based testing is not possible.
  • The KSBN has approved the following scores for the TOEFL Exam:

Minimum Scores:
Writing      20
Speaking    20
Reading   19
Listening   20

EACH AREA MUST MEET THE MINIMUM REQUIREMENT.

The testing company is:

TOEFL Publications
PO Box 6154
Princeton, NJ 08541-6154
Phone 609.771.7100
http://www.toefl.org

The test is given in several locations in Kansas and many other locations in the United States.

  • Request TOEFL results be sent directly to Kansas State Board of Nursing by using code number 9149 in the results reporting list. For more information go to TOEFL.

Copies of the CGFNS professional report (education evaluation) or TOEFL (English proficiency examination) will NOT be accepted from the applicant, the official agencies must send report directly to KSBN.

Step Three: Complete the application for APRN

Access KSBN Online Application Portal and submit an application and pay the required application fee ($75 for RN or $50 for LPN).

Legal – Misdemeanor/Felony/Disciplinary Action

Convictions: If you have been convicted of a misdemeanor and/or felony, specific certified/dated copies of court documents (for EACH) conviction are REQUIRED and must be mailed to KSBN. The certified/dated copies must be current (dated within 3 months of submission). Without receipt of the REQUIRED documents, the application is considered incomplete and may result in a denial of licensure.

Please note: A successfully completed court-ordered Diversion is NOT a conviction, and DOES NOT need to be reported to KSBN. Also note that different courts may use different titles for similar court documents.

The following list is not all inclusive but represents the types of court documents that can be obtained from the office of the Clerk of the Court where the conviction(s) occurred – City (municipal), county (district/circuit) or federal court.

  • Uniform Notice to Appear and Complaint (e.g. ticket), Complaint/Petition or Indictment:
  • DO NOT submit information regarding speeding or parking tickets.
  • Amended Complaint/Petition or Indictment (indicates charges were increased/decreased from the original charges)
  • Journal Entry of Judgment (Conviction) and Sentencing (this may be on the back side of the ticket or a separate piece of paper entitled “Journal Entry”
  • Probation Agreement (if any) and current status
  • Diversion Agreement (if any) and current status
  • Proof that all fines, fees, costs and/or restitution have been paid or record of payment to date

Example of things to report to the board:

Subject to reporting:

  • All felonies.

And the following categories of misdemeanor are subject to be reported:

  • Alcohol;
  • any drugs;
  • deceit;
  • dishonesty;
  • endangerment of a child or vulnerable adult;
  • falsification;
  • fraud;
  • misrepresentation;
  • physical, emotional, financial, or sexual exploitation of a child or vulnerable adult;
  • physical or verbal abuse;
  • theft;
  • violation of a protection from abuse order or protection from stalking order; or any action arising out of a violation of any state or federal regulation.

DISCIPLINARY ACTION: If you have been disciplined by any Board (e.g. professional licensure) or governmental agency (e.g. Department of Aging and Disability Services  regarding CNA and HHA certification, Department of Revenue regarding a driver’s license suspension, cancellation and/or revocation for any reason) you are REQUIRED to provide  certified/dated copy of that Board order or disciplinary/administrative action. You may obtain a copy of your current Driver’s record by going to any driver’s license exam station with a current photo ID and request the document. (A small fee is usually charged for a copy of your driving record.)

EXPLANATORY LETTER: You are REQUIRED to submit an explanatory letter regarding EACH conviction and/or disciplinary/administrative action. The letter should include the following information:

  • Date of the criminal offense or disciplinary action;
  • Circumstances leading up to the arrest or disciplinary/administrative action;
  • Actual conviction or disciplinary/administrative action;
  • Actual sentence or board/regulatory agency order;
  • Current status of sentence of order; and
  • Rehabilitation (if any).

Legal Questions on Application

If you answer yes to question(s) on the application or have a criminal history on your background/history, the required documentation must be received by KSBN or it will be considered incomplete and cannot be processed by the KSBN.

If you have questions about the conviction or disciplinary action requirements, please contact the Kansas State Board of Nursing Legal Department at 785.296.1817.

Check Application Status

Access the KSBN website and click on “check status of application”, log in and locate the license application type in which you submitted, and then click “View Checklist”.  When a requirement for licensure has been received it will be marked “complete” with the date it was processed. Should an item still say “unchecked” , this means the information has not been received by KSBN or it has not been processed yet (please allow 3-5 business days) by the KSBN.

Please be advised“not applicable” means the particular item is NOT required or needed.

Check Status of Kansas License/Print a Copy of License

Access the KSBN website and click on “license verification database” and click “begin searching” (green button under picture of mobile devices) then select the tab for the way you would like to search, either “Search by License Number” or “Search by Name”.  Once your license has been issued or renewed it will display here with updates. You can print a current copy of your license anytime from this site free of charge.

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