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Registered Nurse/Licensed Practical Nurse
Licensure by Examination

Licensure by examination means the authority to practice is based on having passed the licensing examination, NCLEX®. If you have any questions about your application for licensure by examination, please contact:

LPN
Kim Lewis, Health Licensing Specialist, LPN, LPN-C
Licensure Unit, Nursing
PO Box 94986
Lincoln, NE 68509-4986
Phone (402) 471-4925
E-Mail:  kimberley.lewis@nebraska.gov 

RN
Karen McGann, Health Licensing Specialist
Licensure Unit, Nursing
PO Box 94986
Lincoln, NE 68509-4986
Phone: (402) 471-4376
E-mail: karen.mcgann@nebraska.gov


You must have a Nebraska nursing license or temporary permit prior to commencing practice as a nurse in Nebraska.

To apply for licensure by examination, you must submit the following:

  1. pdf icon Application
  2. An official transcript showing graduation;
  3. Proof of Age/Citizenship
  4. A recent, clear, autographed, billfold-size, head and shoulder photograph;
  5. If applicable, the TOEFL, IELTS, TOEIC, CGFNS or Canadian Nurses Association ( CNATS or CRNE) licensure examination official scores; and
  6. An application to take the NCLEX® directly to the Testing Service.

You must submit a NCLEX® application along with the $200 fee directly to the Testing Service for National Council of State Boards of Nursing. To obtain an application and supporting information, please contact :

LPN
Kim Lewis, Health Licensing Specialist
Licensure Unit, Nursing
PO Box 94986
Lincoln, NE 68509-4986
Phone (402) 471-4925
E-Mail:  Kimberley.lewis@nebraska.gov 

RN
Karen McGann, Health Licensing Specialist
Licensure Unit, Nursing
PO Box 94986
Lincoln, NE 68509-4986
Phone: (402) 471-4376
E-mail: karen.mcgann@nebraska.gov

Prior to being allowed to take the test, the Licensure Unit of the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services Division of Public Health must notify the testing service that you are eligible to take the test. To be eligible, you must have submitted an application for Nebraska licensure, paid the licensure fee, submitted a photograph, and submitted evidence of program completion. For Nebraska graduates, your program must have sent a letter stating that you have completed the program. For out-of-state graduates, you must have submitted an official transcript.

Once your application to the Testing Service is complete and your State of Nebraska licensure application is complete, you will be made "eligible to test" by Licensing & Regulatory Affairs and will receive an "authorization to test" from the Testing Service. After receipt of your authorization to test, you must make an appointment and have taken the test within 90 days. The NCLEX® is administered at Pearson Testing Centers. Locations of the testing centers can be found on the web site at www.vue.com/nclex/

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