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Renewal Update as of 1/4/21:

Per Executive Order 20-10, license renewal is being deferred for certain license types  . Expiration dates for these licenses will now appear as 06/30/2021 on License Lookup unless the licensee has renewed. Licenses for these license types may continue to defer renewal until the COVID-19 State of Emergency is lifted. Licensees who choose to renew may do so beginning in mid-January 2021. Postcards will be sent to licensees when renewal is available for their license type.​

COVID-19 Emergency & Temporary Licensure

NCLEX - Due to limited capacity at Person VUE testing sites, recent graduates of RN and LPN programs who have applied for licensure in Nebraska will be issued a Provisional Temporary License while their NCLEX results are pending. For updates on testing date availability, visit the Pearson VUE COVID-19 website and the NCSBN COVID-19 Impact page.

Provisional Temporary License Information​ NEW! Updated 12/11/20

Nebraska Assembly of Nursing Deans and Directors Policy Brief for Employers

Criminal Background Checks - Appointments for fingerprinting at Nebraska State Patrol offices will not be available to nursing license applicants until late May. RN, LPN, and APRN license applicants who have submitted all required items except for criminal background check and/or application fee will be issued a temporary license.

NEW: Continuing Competency Waiver Information

Nursing Education (click here for education information)


The Nebraska Board of Nursing approves pre-licensure nursing programs located in Nebraska.

The Nebraska Board of Nursing does not approve on-line or post-licensure programs, therefore, approval from the BON is not required.


Nebraska follows the recommendation set forth by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing. Practice is where the student is located. Therefore, if the student is located in a state different from the home state of the nursing program, faculty require licensure in the state where the student is located.

Just as nurses who work in clinical settings and care for patients in another state via telehealth, faculty who teach online students located in another state require additional nurse licensure. 
See page 3 in March 2017 Leader to Leader.

Faculty teaching APRN students require APRN licensure in Nebraska.


Nursing Programs are responsible for working directly with clinical facilities to arrange preceptors for students. Preceptor qualifications for on-line programs and post-licensure programs are established by the nursing programs.

Notice of Proposed NLC Rulemaking

LPN law

LPNs and IV Therapy - article from Nursing News Winter 2018 newsletter

Locations for IV Therapy class

Nurse License Types Issued by Nebraska:

Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)
Licensure follows nine months to one year of education and successful completion of the National Council Licensure Examination Practical Nurse (NCLEX-PN).  The LPN provides direct patient care services.

Registered Nurse (RN)
Registered Nurses have completed two to four years of education at a college or university, and passed the NCLEX-RN in order to qualify for licensure.  The RN plans and directs the plan of nursing care for patients.

Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN)                                            
An APRN is a registered nurse (RN) with a master's or doctoral degree and national board certification to qualify for licensure. Advanced Practice Registered Nurses apply advanced nursing principals in the provision of patient care services to specific patient populations.

  • Certified Nurse Midwife (APRN-CNM): Practice occurs under the provisions of a practice agreement with a physician including attendance at childbirth; prenatal, intrapartum, and postpartum care; normal obstetrical and gynecological services for women; and care for the newborn immediately following birth.
  • Clinical Nurse Specialist (APRN-CNS): Practice includes health promotion, health supervision, illness prevention, and disease management, including assessing patients, synthesizing and analyzing data.  The CNS conducts and applies research, advocates, serves as an agent of change, engages in systems management, and assesses and intervenes in complex health care problems most commonly for chronically ill and acute care patient populations. 
  • Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (APRN-CRNA): Practice is the performance and assistance with any act involving the administration of medication and monitoring of the patient for anesthesia and alleviation of pain.
  • Nurse Practitioner (APRN-NP): Practice means health promotion, health supervision illness prevention and diagnosis, treatment, and management of common health problems and acute and chronic conditions. Nurse practitioners assess patients and prescribe diagnostic tests, medication and treatments in primary care or specialty practice.


Nurse Licensing Contact Information
Department of Health & Human Services/Division of Public Health/Licensure Unit 
Phone Number
(402) 471-4376
Fax Number
(402) 742-1163
Mailing & Physical Addresses

Licensure Unit
Attn: Nursing
PO Box 94986
Lincoln NE 68509-5026


Nebraska State Office Building
301 Centennial Mall South, 1st floor
14th & M Streets
Lincoln NE 68508
Hours: Monday-Friday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Closed federal holidays.