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Application Instructions

  • LPN Application by Examination

    There are two types of applications to be completed (the NCLEX Candidate Bulletin and the Indiana licensure application). Both the Indiana licensure application and the NCLEX registration process must be completed before eligibility to take the examination can be granted by the Indiana State Board of Nursing. Foreign Graduates - Please review the Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools dropdown at the bottom of the Application Instructions section.

    1. State Application: Applications may be submitted online at MyLicense.IN.gov or completed by paper and mailed to our office. Applicants may request a Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC) license during the application process.  If you have ever held a license as a nurse previously in Indiana, and are applying again for the same license type, please contact our office by email at pla2@pla.in.gov to inquire about reactivating your previous license.
    2. Application Fee of $50.00: Pay by credit or debit card for applications submitted online at MyLicense.IN.gov. If applying by paper/mail make checks or money orders payable to Indiana Professional Licensing Agency. If a NLC license is requested on the application, there is an additional $25.00 fee. All application fees are nonrefundable.
    3. Criminal Background Check
    4. Positive Response Documentation: If you answer "Yes" to any questions on the application, explain fully in a statement that includes all details. Include the violation, location, date, cause number, and disposition. Submit copies of court documents for each instance to support the statement. If malpractice, provide the name(s) of the plaintiff(s). Please upload at the time of application or log back into your account and use the License Update option.
    5. Name Change Documentation: Documentation of any legal name change if your name differs from that on any of your documents. Documentation may include a copy of your marriage certificate or divorce decree.  Please upload at the time of application or log back into your account and use the License Update option.
    6. Education: High school information will need to be entered on the application as well as the nursing program information. If you have not completed high school a copy of your GED scores must accompany the application.
    7. Verification of Licensure: We must receive verification from every state, territory, and country that you hold or have held a license in a health profession. 
      1. States that participate in NURSYS are as follows: AL, AR, CO, DE, DC, FL, ID, IN, IA, KY, ME, MD, MA, MN, MS, MO, MT, NB, NH, NJ, NM, NC, ND, OH, OR, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VT, VA, WA, WV-PN only, WI and WY. You can register online at http://www.nursys.com/.
      2. Jurisdictions not using the NURSYS program need to be sent a Verification of State Licensure form. They should return this form back to the Indiana Board of Nursing or submit their own form including all requested information. Please check with each state and territory to see if there is a fee for this service. Verification needs to be sent from every state and territory that you hold or have ever held a nursing license.
      3. You must also provide verification of all health related licenses and certificates you hold of have held, including but not limited to CNA licenses, EMT certifications, etc.
    8. Certificate of Completion/Transcripts from Nursing Program: This Certificate of Completion must be completed by the Dean, Director, or Designee of the domestic program of nursing with an original signature and received at the Board's address before you can be declared eligible to take the examination.  If the program was completed more than 6 months before the application submission, transcripts may be sent directly to us from the nursing program showing the degree and date of graduation.  Please upload at the time of application or log back into your account and use the License Update option.
    9. NCLEX Registration: Please review the Exams and Testing section for information on the NCLEX portion.

    All documents being mailed to our office from a direct source should be mailed to:
    Indiana Professional Licensing Agency
    Attn: Nursing Board
    402 West Washington Street
    Room W072
    Indianapolis, IN 46204

    "Official" means the document must be the original document or a notarized copy provided directly from another state board of nursing or the awarding entity.

    1. If your original state of licensure has an official copy of your nursing school transcripts and/or high school diploma or equivalent, you may request that state forward a certified copy to this office.
    2. All documents must be accompanied with an official translation if not in English. The Board will accept as "official translations" only those translations coming from the consulate or embassy of the country in which the nursing school is located, or those provided as part of a credentials evaluation service or certification program as provided by CGFNS.

    All applications not completed within one year will be considered abandoned and a new application and fee will need to be submitted.

    Additional Documentation
  • LPN Application by Endorsement/Reciprocity

    Applicants wishing to apply for licensure by endorsement must hold an active license in at least one state or territory in the United States.

    1. Completed Application: Applications may be submitted online at MyLicense.IN.gov or completed by paper and mailed to our office. A request for the ;Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC) license can be made during the application process if the primary state of residence is Indiana. If you have ever held a license as a nurse previously in Indiana, and are applying again for the same license type, please contact our office by email at pla2@pla.in.gov to inquire about reactivating your previous license.
    2. Application Fee of $50.00: Pay by credit or debit card for applications submitted online at MyLicense.IN.gov. If applying by paper/mail make checks or money orders payable to Indiana Professional Licensing Agency. If a NLC license is requested on the application, there is an additional $25.00 fee. All application fees are nonrefundable.
    3. Criminal Background Check
    4. Positive Response Documentation: If you answer "Yes" to any questions on the application, explain fully in a statement that includes all details. Include the violation, location, date, cause number, and disposition. Submit copies of court documents for each instance to support the statement. If malpractice, provide the name(s) of the plaintiff(s). Please upload at the time of application or log back into your account and use the License Update option.
    5. Name Change Documentation: Documentation of any legal name change if your name differs from that on any of your documents. Documentation may include a copy of your marriage certificate or divorce decree.  Please upload at the time of application or log back into your account and use the License Update option.
    6. Active License Verification: Submit proof of current, active licensure in another state or territory (please include documentation of license expiration date). If you do not have an active license in another state or territory, you will not be eligible for licensure by endorsement in Indiana.
    7. Education: If you have not completed high school a copy of your GED scores must accompany the application. (Foreign graduates see additional information below)
    8. Nursing Education: If your state of original licensure does not verify education for their applicants for other state board of nursing, you will need to provide official documentation of graduation from a state accredited program in nursing. If the nursing program completed was in a territory and was not previously approved by a state board, the transcripts would need to be submitted directly to the board from the school for evaluation. All documentation must be in English. (Foreign graduates see additional information below). Please upload at the time of application or log back into your account and use the License Update option.
      • Canadian Nurse Graduates: must submit, official nursing school transcripts which specify theory and clinical experience in all areas.
    9. Verification of Licensure: If you are requesting the NLC license and currently have an active NLC license in another state of the same type, we require only the NURSYS verification showing the active acceptable license for this requirement. For all other situations we must receive verification from every state, territory, and country that you hold or have held a license, certificate, registration, or permit to practice nursing and/or any other regulated health occupation. Your nursing license must be active in at least one state or territory. Verification should be obtained by one of the following methods, which is the applicants responsibility. *Note: your original state of licensure should verify that you have taken and passed the National Council Licensing Examination (NCLEX) in English or the State Board Test pool Examination (SBTPE). You will not be eligible for licensure in Indiana if you have only taken a state constructed examination. (Canadian graduates see below)
      1. NURSYS verification will be provided through the National Council of State Boards of Nursing for every state and territory that participates in NURSYS. Boards participating in NURSYS are viewable here: http://www.nursys.com/NLV/NLVJurisdictions.aspx. You must submit a NURSYS verification form to the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) for verification of any nursing license you hold or have ever held. Please register online at Nursys.com to verify any licenses ever held in any of the NURSYS participating states.
      2. Jurisdictions not using the NURSYS program need to be sent a Verification of State Licensure form. The should return this form back to the Indiana Board of Nursing or submit their own form including all requested information. Please check with each state and territory to see if there is a fee for this service. Verification needs to be sent from every state and territory that you hold or have ever held a license in.

    All documents being sent to our office from a direct source should be mailed to:
    Indiana Professional Licensing Agency
    Attn: Nursing Board
    402 West Washington Street
    Room W072
    Indianapolis, IN 46204

    Foreign Nursing GraduatesForeign Nurse Graduates must submit, along with the items 1-8, the following:

    1. This requirement applies if your original state of licensure does not directly provide verification of your foreign education credentials.
      1. Official nursing school transcripts provided through a credentials evaluation service such as CGFNS, which specify Theory and Clinical Experience in all areas.
      2. Official copy of high school diploma or equivalent or official transcripts.

    Canadian Nurse Graduates: must submit, along with the items 1-8, the following:

    1. Official nursing school transcripts which specify theory and clinical experience in all areas.
    2. Your original state of licensure should verify that you have taken and passed one of the following examinations.
      1. National Council Licensing Examination (NCLEX)
      2. State Board Test Pool Examination (SBTPE)
      3. The English version of the Canadian Nurses Examination (CNATS)

    "Official" means the document must be the original document or a notarized copy provided directly from another state board of nursing or the awarding entity.

    1. If your original state of licensure has an official copy of your nursing school transcripts and/or high school diploma or equivalent, you may request that state forward a certified copy to this office.
    2. All documents must be accompanied with an official translation if not in English. The Board will accept as "official translations" only those translations coming from the consulate or embassy of the country in which the nursing school is located, or those provided as part of a credentials evaluation service such as provided by CGFNS.

    All applications not completed within one year will be considered abandoned and a new application and fee will need to be submitted.

    IC 25-23-1-10.5 Temporary permits

    Sec. 10.5. (a) The board may issue a temporary permit to practice as a nurse to a nurse licensed to practice in another state or territory of the United States, who has applied to the board for licensure by endorsement and submitted proof of current licensure to the board. The permit is valid for ninety (90) days after issuance or upon denial of licensure by the board. The permit may be renewed by the board, for a period not to exceed ninety (90) days, if, in the determination of the board, it is not possible to complete the application process in that time period.

    (b) Persons holding a temporary permit to practice as a nurse are subject to the disciplinary provisions of this chapter and IC 25-1-9.

    (c) The board may establish by rule under IC 4-22-2 application procedures and requirements for the issuance of temporary permits under this section.

    As added by P.L.169-1985, SEC.71. Amended by P.L.149-1987, SEC.59; P.L.152-1988, SEC.16; P.L.48-1991, SEC.38; P.L.243-1995, SEC.1.

    The statutes and rules do not allow more than 1 temporary permit to be issued per pending endorsement application. For more information, please review the statutes and rules.

  • RN Application by Examination

    There are two types of applications to be completed (the NCLEX Candidate Bulletin and the Indiana licensure application). Both the Indiana licensure application and the NCLEX registration process must be completed before eligibility to take the examination can be granted by the Indiana State Board of Nursing. Foreign Graduates - Please review the Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools dropdown at the bottom of the Application Instructions section.

    1. State Application: Applications may be submitted online at MyLicense.IN.gov or completed by paper and mailed to our office. Applicants may request a Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC) license during the application process.  If you have ever held a license as a nurse previously in Indiana, and are applying again for the same license type, please contact our office by email at pla2@pla.in.gov to inquire about reactivating your previous license.
    2. Application Fee of $50.00: Pay by credit or debit card for applications submitted online at MyLicense.IN.gov. If applying by paper/mail make checks or money orders payable to Indiana Professional Licensing Agency. If a NLC license is requested on the application, there is an additional $25.00 fee. All application fees are nonrefundable.
    3. Criminal Background Check
    4. Positive Response Documentation: If you answer "Yes" to any questions on the application, explain fully in a statement that includes all details. Include the violation, location, date, cause number, and disposition. Submit copies of court documents for each instance to support the statement. If malpractice, provide the name(s) of the plaintiff(s). Please upload at the time of application or log back into your account and use the License Update option.
    5. Name Change Documentation: Documentation of any legal name change if your name differs from that on any of your documents. Documentation may include a copy of your marriage certificate or divorce decree.  Please upload at the time of application or log back into your account and use the License Update option.
    6. Education: High school information will need to be entered on the application as well as the nursing program information. If you have not completed high school a copy of your GED scores must accompany the application.
    7. Verification of Licensure: We must receive verification from every state, territory, and country that you hold or have held a license in a health profession. 
      1. States that participate in NURSYS are as follows: AL, AR, CO, DE, DC, FL, ID, IN, IA, KY, ME, MD, MA, MN, MS, MO, MT, NB, NH, NJ, NM, NC, ND, OH, OR, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VT, VA, WA, WV-PN only, WI and WY. You can register online at http://www.nursys.com/.
      2. Jurisdictions not using the NURSYS program need to be sent a Verification of State Licensure form. They should return this form back to the Indiana Board of Nursing or submit their own form including all requested information. Please check with each state and territory to see if there is a fee for this service. Verification needs to be sent from every state and territory that you hold or have ever held a nursing license.
      3. You must also provide verification of all health related licenses and certificates you hold of have held, including but not limited to CNA licenses, EMT certifications, etc.
    8. Certificate of Completion/Transcripts from Nursing Program: This Certificate of Completion must be completed by the Dean, Director, or Designee of the domestic program of nursing with an original signature and received at the Board's address before you can be declared eligible to take the examination.  If the program was completed more than 6 months before the application submission, transcripts may be sent directly to us from the nursing program showing the degree and date of graduation.  Please upload at the time of application or log back into your account and use the License Update option.
    9. NCLEX Registration: Please review the Exams and Testing section for information on the NCLEX portion.

    All documents being mailed to our office from a direct source should be mailed to:
    Indiana Professional Licensing Agency
    Attn: Nursing Board
    402 West Washington Street
    Room W072
    Indianapolis, IN 46204

    "Official" means the document must be the original document or a notarized copy provided directly from another state board of nursing or the awarding entity.

    1. If your original state of licensure has an official copy of your nursing school transcripts and/or high school diploma or equivalent, you may request that state forward a certified copy to this office.
    2. All documents must be accompanied with an official translation if not in English. The Board will accept as "official translations" only those translations coming from the consulate or embassy of the country in which the nursing school is located, or those provided as part of a credentials evaluation service or certification program as provided by CGFNS.

    All applications not completed within one year will be considered abandoned and a new application and fee will need to be submitted.

    Additional Documentation
  • RN Application by Endorsement/Reciprocity

    Applicants wishing to apply for licensure by endorsement must hold an active license in at least one state or territory in the United States.

    1. Completed Application: Applications may be submitted online at MyLicense.IN.gov or completed by paper and mailed to our office. A request for the ;Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC) license can be made during the application process if the primary state of residence is Indiana. If you have ever held a license as a nurse previously in Indiana, and are applying again for the same license type, please contact our office at (317) 234-2043 or by email at pla2@pla.in.gov to inquire about reactivating your previous license.
    2. Application Fee of $50.00: Pay by credit or debit card for applications submitted online at MyLicense.IN.gov. If applying by paper/mail make checks or money orders payable to Indiana Professional Licensing Agency. If a NLC license is requested on the application, there is an additional $25.00 fee. All application fees are nonrefundable.
    3. Active License Verification: Submit proof of current, active licensure in another state or territory (please include documentation of license expiration date). If you do not have an active license in another state or territory, you will not be eligible for licensure by endorsement in Indiana.
    4. Education: If you have not completed high school a copy of your GED scores must accompany the application. (Foreign graduates see additional information below)
    5. Criminal Background Check
    6. Positive Response Documentation: If you answer "Yes" to any questions on the application, explain fully in a statement that includes all details. Include the violation, location, date, cause number, and disposition. Submit copies of court documents for each instance to support the statement. If malpractice, provide the name(s) of the plaintiff(s). Please upload at the time of application or log back into your account and use the License Update option.
    7. Name Change Documentation: Documentation of any legal name change if your name differs from that on any of your documents. Documentation may include a copy of your marriage certificate or divorce decree.  Please upload at the time of application or log back into your account and use the License Update option.
    8. Nursing Education: If your state of original licensure does not verify education for their applicants for other state board of nursing, you will need to provide official documentation of graduation from a state accredited program in nursing. If the nursing program completed was in a territory and was not previously approved by a state board, the transcripts would need to be submitted directly to the board from the school for evaluation. All documentation must be in English. (Foreign graduates see additional information below).  Please upload at the time of application or log back into your account and use the License Update option.
      • Canadian Nurse Graduates: must submit, official nursing school transcripts which specify theory and clinical experience in all areas.
    9. Verification of Licensure: If you are requesting the NLC license and currently have an active NLC license in another state of the same type, we require only the NURSYS verification showing the active acceptable license for this requirement. For all other situations we must receive verification from every state, territory, and country that you hold or have held a license, certificate, registration, or permit to practice nursing and/or any other regulated health occupation. Your nursing license must be active in at least one state or territory. Verification should be obtained by one of the following methods, which is the applicants responsibility. *Note: your original state of licensure should verify that you have taken and passed the National Council Licensing Examination (NCLEX) in English or the State Board Test pool Examination (SBTPE). You will not be eligible for licensure in Indiana if you have only taken a state constructed examination. (Canadian graduates see below)
      1. NURSYS verification will be provided through the National Council of State Boards of Nursing for every state and territory that participates in NURSYS. Boards participating in NURSYS are viewable here: http://www.nursys.com/NLV/NLVJurisdictions.aspx. You must submit a NURSYS verification form to the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) for verification of any nursing license you hold or have ever held. Please register online at Nursys.com to verify any licenses ever held in any of the NURSYS participating states.
      2. Jurisdictions not using the NURSYS program need to be sent a Verification of State Licensure form. The should return this form back to the Indiana Board of Nursing or submit their own form including all requested information. Please check with each state and territory to see if there is a fee for this service. Verification needs to be sent from every state and territory that you hold or have ever held a license in.

    All documents being sent to our office from a direct source should be mailed to:
    Indiana Professional Licensing Agency
    Attn: Nursing Board
    402 West Washington Street
    Room W072
    Indianapolis, IN 46204

    Foreign Nursing GraduatesForeign Nurse Graduates must submit, along with the items 1-8, the following:

    1. This requirement applies if your original state of licensure does not directly provide verification of your foreign education credentials.
      1. Official nursing school transcripts provided through Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools International, Inc (“CGFNS”), which specify Theory and Clinical Experience in all areas.
      2. Official copy of high school diploma or equivalent or official transcripts.

    Canadian Nurse Graduates: must submit, along with the items 1-8, the following:

    1. Official nursing school transcripts which specify theory and clinical experience in all areas.
    2. Your original state of licensure should verify that you have taken and passed one of the following examinations.
      1. National Council Licensing Examination (NCLEX)
      2. State Board Test Pool Examination (SBTPE)
      3. The English version of the Canadian Nurses Examination (CNATS)

    "Official" means the document must be the original document or a notarized copy provided directly from another state board of nursing or the awarding entity.

    1. If your original state of licensure has an official copy of your nursing school transcripts and/or high school diploma or equivalent, you may request that state forward a certified copy to this office.
    2. All documents must be accompanied with an official translation if not in English. The Board will accept as "official translations" only those translations coming from the consulate or embassy of the country in which the nursing school is located, or those provided as part of a credentials evaluation service such as provided by CGFNS.

    All applications not completed within one year will be considered abandoned and a new application and fee will need to be submitted.

    IC 25-23-1-10.5 Temporary permits

    Sec. 10.5. (a) The board may issue a temporary permit to practice as a nurse to a nurse licensed to practice in another state or territory of the United States, who has applied to the board for licensure by endorsement and submitted proof of current licensure to the board. The permit is valid for ninety (90) days after issuance or upon denial of licensure by the board. The permit may be renewed by the board, for a period not to exceed ninety (90) days, if, in the determination of the board, it is not possible to complete the application process in that time period.

    (b) Persons holding a temporary permit to practice as a nurse are subject to the disciplinary provisions of this chapter and IC 25-1-9.

    (c) The board may establish by rule under IC 4-22-2 application procedures and requirements for the issuance of temporary permits under this section.

    As added by P.L.169-1985, SEC.71. Amended by P.L.149-1987, SEC.59; P.L.152-1988, SEC.16; P.L.48-1991, SEC.38; P.L.243-1995, SEC.1.

    The statutes and rules do not allow more than 1 temporary permit to be issued per pending endorsement application. For more information, please review the statutes and rules.

  • Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN)

    The Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (ADVANCED PRACTICE REGISTERED NURSE) application is for the authority to prescribe independently as an advanced practice registered nurse. This is not a license to practice as a nurse practitioner or clinical nurse specialist, as no such license exists in the state of Indiana.

    1. State Application: Applications may be submitted online at MyLicense.IN.gov or completed by paper and mailed to our office. You must hold an active, valid registered nurse license in Indiana and meet the requirements as detailed in 848 IAC 5-1-1 of the statutes and rules to qualify for Prescriptive Authority.
      • The application requires you to indicate the category of Advanced Practice Registered Nursing under which are applying for Prescriptive Authority: You must choose one of the following: Clinical Nurse Specialist; Nurse Practitioner; or Certified Nurse Midwife. Please note that if you are applying for prescriptive authority as a Certified Nurse Midwife, you still need a current Limited Nurse Midwife license in Indiana in addition to your current RN license in order to practice nurse midwifery in the State of Indiana.
    2. Application Fee of $50.00: Pay by credit or debit card for applications submitted online at MyLicense.IN.gov. If applying by paper/mail make checks or money orders payable to Indiana Professional Licensing Agency. All application fees are nonrefundable.
    3. Positive Response Documentation: If you answer "Yes" to any questions on the application, explain fully in a statement that includes all details. Include the violation, location, date, cause number, and disposition. Submit copies of court documents for each instance to support the statement. If malpractice, provide the name(s) of the plaintiff(s). Please upload at the time of application or log back into your account and use the License Update option.
    4. Name Change Documentation: Documentation of any legal name change if your name differs from that on any of your documents. Documentation may include a copy of your marriage certificate or divorce decree.  Please upload at the time of application or log back into your account and use the License Update option.
    5. Education: Have your nursing program provide an official transcript showing successful completion of a graduate program offered by a college or university accredited by the Commission on Recognition of Postsecondary Accreditation. If you received a bachelor's degree rather than a graduate degree, you must submit proof of current national certification. Please upload at the time of application or log back into your account and use the License Update option.
    6. Pharmacology requirement: Submit proof of having successfully completed a graduate level pharmacology course consisting of at least two (2) semester hours of academic credit from a college or university accredited by the Commission on Recognition of Postsecondary Accreditation:
      1. within five (5) years of the date of application; or
      2. if the pharmacology course was completed more than five (5) years immediately preceding the date of filing the application, the applicant must submit proof of the following:
        • a. Completion of at least thirty (30) actual contact hours of continuing education during the two (2) years immediately preceding the date of the application, including a minimum of at least eight (8) actual contact hours of pharmacology, all of which must be approved by a nationally approved sponsor of continuing education for nurses; and
        • b. Prescriptive experience in another jurisdiction within the five (5) years immediately preceding the date of the application.*this is generally a letter from a physician in another state verifying their prescriptive experience.
    7. Collaborative Agreement:  Written Collaborative Practice Agreement(s) - When submitting a collaborative practice agreement, Please indicate whether it is a new collaborative practice agreement, a new collaborative practice agreement that is replacing an existing collaborative practice agreement, or if it is an addition to an existing collaborative practice agreement.  For more information, please refer to the APRN - Collaborative Agreement section.  Please upload at the time of application or log back into your account and use the License Update option.
    8. Verification of Licensure: We must receive verification from every state, territory, and country that you hold or have held a license in a health profession. Check with each state regarding fee(s) charged for verification.

    All documents being mailed to our office from a direct source should be mailed to:
    Indiana Professional Licensing Agency
    Attn: Nursing Board
    402 West Washington Street
    Room W072
    Indianapolis, IN 46204

    Additional Documentation
  • APRN Controlled Substance Registration (CSR)

    If you will be prescribing or dispensing controlled substances, you must submit an application for a Controlled Substance Registration, along with the non-refundable $60 fee. Only one registration is required to prescribe controlled substances, but a separate registration is required for each location you will dispense or store controlled substances. Additionally, you will need to provide proof of completion of 2 hours of continuing education taken within the previous 2 years on opioid abuse or prescribing.

    For more information, you will need to go to the Pharmacy Licensing Information page.

  • Nurse Midwife

    According to 848 IAC 3-1-1, Certified Nurse Midwife means a registered nurse who has graduated from a nationally accredited school of midwifery, has passed the National Certifying Examination given by the American College of Nurse-Midwives, and is licensed by the board to practice as a nurse-midwife or holds an active Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC) RN license.

    1. State Application: Applications may be submitted online at MyLicense.IN.gov or completed by paper and mailed to our office.
    2. Application Fee of $50.00: Pay by credit or debit card for applications submitted online at MyLicense.IN.gov. If applying by paper/mail make checks or money orders payable to Indiana Professional Licensing Agency. All application fees are nonrefundable.
    3. Positive Response Documentation: If you answer "Yes" to any questions on the application, explain fully in a statement that includes all details. Include the violation, location, date, cause number, and disposition. Submit copies of court documents for each instance to support the statement. If malpractice, provide the name(s) of the plaintiff(s). Please upload at the time of application or log back into your account and use the License Update option.
    4. Name Change Documentation: Documentation of any legal name change if your name differs from that on any of your documents. Documentation may include a copy of your marriage certificate or divorce decree.  Please upload at the time of application or log back into your account and use the License Update option.
    5. Education: Transcripts showing graduation from a nationally accredited school of midwifery.  Please upload at the time of application or log back into your account and use the License Update option.
    6. Examination:  Proof of having successfully passed the National Certifying Examination given by the American Midwifery Certification Board (AMCB) sent directly to the Board for processing.
      • American College of Nurse Midwives.
        American Midwifery Certification Board (AMCB)
        849 International Drive, Suite 205
        Linthicum, MD 21090
        410-694-9424
        www.amcbmidwife.org

    All documents being mailed to our office from a direct source should be mailed to:
    Indiana Professional Licensing Agency
    Attn: Nursing Board
    402 West Washington Street
    Room W072
    Indianapolis, IN 46204

    Please note that the applicant must have an active and unrestricted RN license in Indiana to be eligible for this license.
  • Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools
    1. State Application: Applications may be submitted online at MyLicense.IN.gov or completed by paper and mailed to our office Applicants may request a Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC) license during the application process.  If you have ever held a license as a nurse previously in Indiana, and are applying again for the same license type, please contact our office at (317) 234-2043 or by email at pla2@pla.in.gov to inquire about reactivating your previous license.
    2. Application Fee of $50.00: Pay by credit or debit card for applications submitted online at MyLicense.IN.gov. If applying by paper/mail make checks or money orders payable to Indiana Professional Licensing Agency. If a NLC license is requested on the application, there is an additional $25.00 fee. All application fees are nonrefundable.
    3. Criminal Background Check
    4. Positive Response Documentation: If you answer "Yes" to any questions on the application, explain fully in a statement that includes all details. Include the violation, location, date, cause number, and disposition. Submit copies of court documents for each instance to support the statement. If malpractice, provide the name(s) of the plaintiff(s). Please upload at the time of application or log back into your account and use the License Update option.
    5. Name Change Documentation: Documentation of any legal name change if your name differs from that on any of your documents. Documentation may include a copy of your marriage certificate or divorce decree.  Please upload at the time of application or log back into your account and use the License Update option.
    6. High School/Secondary School Transcript: Submit an official or notarized copy of your high school or secondary school transcripts, verifying proof of graduation from the school to the Indiana Professional Licensing Agency (included in the CFGNS Certification Program)..
    7. Nursing School Transcripts: An evaluation of the education is required for the Certification program through CGFNS. Transcripts as part of an evaluation sent directly from the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools will be accepted.  Please upload at the time of application or log back into your account and use the License Update option.
    8. Verification of Licensure: Graduates of foreign nursing schools must be licensed in the territory or country in which they graduated. We must receive official verification of your nursing license from the territory or country you graduated in (included in the CFGNS Certification Program).
    9. CGFNS Examination: Evidence must be provided that a candidate has taken and passed the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS) examination that is part of the Certification Program directly from the CGFNS to the Indiana Professional Licensing Agency. Those candidates who are equivalent to education as a RN in the United States are not eligible to become licensed as a LPN in Indiana. Pursuant to 848 IAC 1-1-6, foreign candidates seeking licensure as an LPN by examination in Indiana must show evidence of having passed the examination prepared by the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS).

        Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools
        3600 Market Street, Suite 400
        Philadelphia, PA 19104-2651
        (215) 222-8454
        http://www.cgfns.org/

    All documents being mailed to our office from a direct source should be mailed to:
    Indiana Professional Licensing Agency
    Attn: Nursing Board
    402 West Washington Street
    Room W072
    Indianapolis, IN 46204

Renewal Instructions

  • Renewal Information

    Renewal Dates

    Licensed Practical Nurse: Expires October 31st every Even Year
    Registered Nurse: Expires October 31st every Odd Year
    Nurse Midwife: Expires October 31st every Odd Year
    Advanced Practice Nurse Prescriptive Authority:  Expires October 31st every Odd Year
    Controlled Substance Registration: Expires October 31st every Odd Year

    To renew online, please go to MyLicense.IN.gov and login to your Access Indiana Account. To renew by mail, please see the appropriate Renewal Form(s) below.

    If your license has been expired more than 3 years you will need to submit a renewal form, $100.00 check or money order (Made out to IPLA) and a copy of an active license from another jurisdiction. If you do not have an active license in another jurisdiction, you will receive a notice to come before the Board for a Personal Appearance.

  • Renewal Documents

    To renew your license by paper you must select a document below. Print and mail the completed document with the required renewal fee to the Indiana Professional Licensing Agency. The address is on the document and checks should be made out to 'Indiana Professional Licensing Agency'.

  • Continuing Education Requirements (APRN)

    Registered Nurses and Licensed Practical Nurses are not required to obtain continuing education for regular licensure renewal. RNs and LPNs attempting to renew a license that has been expired for 3 years or more and who are not currently licensed in another jurisdiction will need to contact the IPLA for additional guidance.

    For RN and LPN licensees expired 3 years or more with no active license in another state wishing to make their license active, a personal appearance will be necessary for the Board to evaluate the licensee for renewal. The personal appearance will be scheduled after the completed renewal form is submitted to the IPLA with the $100 fee.

    Certified Nurse Midwives are not required to obtain continuing education for renewal of a limited license to practice nurse midwifery. As with all licensed nurses, they are expected to maintain skills and knowledge sufficient to remain competent to practice.

    Advanced Practice Nurses with Prescriptive Authority must obtain at least thirty (30) hours of continuing education, at least eight (8) hours of which must be in pharmacology. Please keep your continuing education certificates of completion for your records in the event that you are audited by the Board. Acceptable continuing education programs must be approved by a nationally approved sponsor of continuing education for advanced practice nurses.

    If the applicant was initially granted prescriptive authority:

    1. less than twelve (12) months before the expiration date of the prescriptive authority, no continuing education is required; or
    2. at least twelve (12) months before the expiration date of the prescriptive authority, the applicant shall submit proof to the Board that the applicant has successfully completed at least fifteen (15) contact hours of continuing education. The hours must:
      1. be completed after the prescriptive authority was granted and before the expiration of the prescriptive authority;
      2. include at least eight (8) contact hours of pharmacology; and
      3. be approved by a nationally approved sponsor of continuing education for nurses, approved by the board.

    Per IC 35-48-3-3.5 beginning July 1, a practitioner must have 2 hours of CE in opioid prescribing and opioid abuse in order to renew a CSR. The hours must be from an approved sponsor and can count toward the 8 hour pharmacology requirement. If an APRN hold multiple CSRs, the 2 hours will count for the renewal requirement for all of them.

  • Continuing Education Requirements - CSR

    Beginning July 1, 2019, each practitioner renewing their controlled substances registration will need to have completed two (2) hours of continuing education in the topic of opioid prescribing and opioid abuse.

    Licensees will not need to submit certificates of completion. Instead, they will attest on their renewal form that the hours have been completed. The Indiana State Board of Nursing may then audit up to 10% of licensees to ensure compliance. Licensees should retain their certificates of completion for up to 3 years from the date of renewal.

    Approved continuing education organizations include:

    • United States Department of Education
    • Council on Post-Secondary Education
    • Joint Commission on Accreditation of Hospitals
    • Joint Commission on Healthcare Organizations
    • Federal, state, and local government agencies
    • A college or other teaching institution accredited by the United States Department of Education or the Council on Post-Secondary Education
    • A national organization of licensed Advanced Practice Registered Nurses
    • A national, state, district or local organization that operates as an affiliated entity under the approval of an organization listed above
    • An internship or residency program conducted in a hospital that has been approved by an organization listed above

Exams & Testing

  • Exam Information

    NCLEX Application & RegistrationThe NCLEX application and registration process must be completed according to the instructions in the NCLEX Candidate Bulletin. The NCLEX bulletin may only be accessed at http://www.ncsbn.org/. You may register by mail, telephone (1-866-496-2539), or internet at http://www.ncsbn.org/. The current fee for the NCLEX is $200.00 payable to the National Council of State Boards of Nursing in the form of a certified check, cashier's check or money order.

    1. Special Accommodations: Candidates who require special accommodations or a modification of the normal examination procedures must notify the Board in writing when the application is filed and state the modification being requested. A letter from an appropriate health professional confirming the diagnosis of the disability of condition must also be submitted with the application, as well as a letter from the nursing program stating accommodations made by the program, if any. Candidates will be notified of the arrangements made by the Board.
    2. Notification of Exam Results: The processing of examination results takes at least three (3) weeks to complete from the date the candidate was administered the examination. Successful candidates who have met all the other application requirements for licensure will receive an email from the Indiana Professional Licensing Agency with a license number. Unsuccessful candidates will receive a notification letter and an application to retake the examination. Examination results are not given out via telephone. New licenses can be verified on the internet at http://www.in.gov/pla. Please allow at least 4 weeks before you call regarding the status of your application for examination.
  • NCLEX Website

    Information about NCLEX

APRN - Collaborative Agreement

  • Collaborative Agreement Requirements

    The written collaborative practice agreement sets forth the manner in which the Advanced Practice Registered Nurse and Licensed Practitioner will cooperate, coordinate, and consult with each other in the provision of health care to patients. Collaborative practice agreements shall be in writing and shall also set forth provisions for the type of collaboration between the Advanced Practice Registered Nurse and the Licensed Practitioner, and the reasonable and timely review by the Licensed Practitioner of the prescribing practices of the Advanced Practice Registered Nurse. Specifically, the written practice agreement shall contain at least the following information:

    • Complete names, home and business addresses, zip codes and telephone numbers of the Licensed Practitioner and the Advanced Practice Registered Nurse.
    • A list of all other offices or practice locations in addition to those listed in clause (1) where the Licensed Practitioner authorizes the Advanced Practice Registered Nurse to prescribe.
    • All specialty or board certifications of the Licensed Practitioner and the Advanced Practice Registered Nurse.
    • The specific manner of collaboration between the Licensed Practitioner and the Advanced Practice Registered Nurse, including how the Licensed Practitioner and the Advanced Practice Registered Nurse will:
      • Work together;
      • Share practice trends and responsibilities;
      • Maintain geographic proximity; and
      • Provide coverage during absence, incapacity, infirmity, or emergency by the Licensed Practitioner. (i.e. list backup Licensed Practitioner(s) ).
    • A description of the time and manner of the Licensed Practitioner's review of the Advanced Practice Registered Nurse’s prescribing practices. The description shall include provisions that the Advanced Practice Registered Nurse must submit documentation of the Advanced Practice Registered Nurse’s prescribing practices to the Licensed Practitioner within seven (7) days. Documentation of prescribing practices shall include, but not be limited to, a least a five percent (5%) random sampling of the charts and medications prescribed for patients.
    • A list of all other written collaborative practice agreements including the Licensed Practitioner and Advanced Practice Registered Nurse. For example, list any other Advanced Practice Registered Nurse(s) with which this Licensed Practitioner may have a current agreement(s) and any other Licensed Practitioner with which this APN applicant may have a current agreement(s).
    • The duration of the written collaborative practice agreement between the Licensed Practitioner and the Advanced Practice Registered Nurse.
    • The collaborative practice agreement must have original signatures of the Licensed Practitioner and the APN.
  • Helpful Documents

Fee Schedule

  • Nursing Applications/Renewals
    Nursing Application/RenewalFeePenaltyTotal
    Application$50NA$50
    Temporary Permit$25NA$25
    Renewal - Unexpired - prior to April 1 of even-numbered years$50NA$50
    Renewal - Expired < 3 Years - after April 1 of even numbered years but before 3 years$50$50$100
    Renewal - Expired > 3 Years$50$50$100
    Reinstatement - Retired$50NA$50

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