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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Education eligibility requirements for examination
All Graduates must complete an approved RN or LPN nursing education program. Upon completion of a nursing education program, in or out of the state of Kansas candidates must complete the following items prior to obtaining an approval to test:
The following must be completed to receive approval to sit for the RN or LPN examination, interested applicant must:
All applicants must provide proof of completion/graduation from an approved nursing education program. The transcript must include the following:
Contact your nursing program to send an official transcript by one of the following means, KSBN accepts:
Kansas State Board of Nursing
Landon State Office Building
900 SW Jackson, Suite 1051
Topeka, KS 66612
ALL applicants must complete a criminal background check prior to the issuance of a license.
Please be advised:
Name: Use the same name to apply with KSBN and register with Pearson Vue. 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 examination application is not yet optimized for mobile devices. As a result, we recommend using a desktop computer.
Licensure by Exam Fees:
Background check fee:
Valid forms of payment:
After successful completion (including approval of payment), you’ll receive 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 to practice nursing. While making application for a Social Security number, you may take the examination. No license will be granted until proof of the Social Security number is submitted to Kansas State Board of Nursing.
Kansas State Board of Nursing
Landon State Office Building
900 SW Jackson, Ste 1051
Topeka, KS 66612
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.
A Criminal Background Check is REQUIRED
All applicants must submit fingerprints for a criminal background check and be approved prior to issuance of license. The cost for a criminal background check is $48. There are two options to be fingerprinted for your background check:
Pursuant to K.A.R. 60-3-107: Applications for initial licensure by examination while waiting for documentation of qualifications shall be active for six months.
Request for Testing Accommodations must be submitted within 15 calendar days of the application being submitted.
Requirements are as follows:
Documentation Must include the following:
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:
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
Step Two: English Proficiency Examination
Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL):
EACH AREA MUST MEET THE MINIMUM REQUIREMENT.
The testing company is:
PO Box 6154
Princeton, NJ 08541-6154
The test is given in several locations in Kansas and many other locations in the United States.
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 examination
Access the KSBN Online Application Portal and submit an application and pay the required application fee.
Step Four: Register for the Examination with Pearson Vue
The National Council of State Boards of Nursing has contracted with Pearson Vue to give the examination. Candidates must register to take the examination with Pearson Vue.
Step Five: Select a date with Pearson Vue for the Examination
PEARSON VUE WILL SEND YOU AN AUTHORIZATION TO TEST (ATT), by email if you have provided an email address on your registration, otherwise, it will be sent by mail. Your ATT will provide instructions on scheduling your examination. You must have your ATT prior to scheduling an appointment to take the Examination.
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.
Example of things to report to the board:
Subject to reporting:
And the following categories of misdemeanor are subject to be reported:
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:
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.
Any applicant that has been unsuccessful in passing the examination may take subsequent examinations. The frequency of testing is determined by the National Council State Board of Nursing. There is a 45 day waiting period to retest. Applicants can schedule an examination, but will be unable to reserve a test date earlier than the 46th day after the last examination date.
Prior to each re-examination, candidates are required to obtain an Authorization to Test (ATT). To obtain an ATT, the following must be completed:
An applicant, who fails to pass the examination more than two (2) years of graduation, but less than five (5) years of graduation, will need to submit a completed petition to the board for permission to retake the examination. This must been done every time you need to retest during this timeframe.
An applicant who fails to pass the examination within 5 years of graduation can no longer submit a petition for retesting; they must retake a nursing program before permission will be given to retake the examination.
The authorization to test comes from Pearson Vue via email.
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.