Contact Nursing School 411

    Thank you for your interest in contacting NursingSchool411. We regret that we cannot offer personalized advising or guidance to individuals. If you have additional questions that are not addressed in our FAQs below or elsewhere on our site, the best point of contact is typically the board of nursing for the state in which you wish to work or the admissions offices or licensure liaison of colleges or universities that offer programs in your desired area.

    If you are a representative from a school or organization and would like to submit a question or comment about our resources or work with us, you can email us (preferred method) at info@nursingschool411.com or write to us at:

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    Frequently Asked Questions

    Below you will find answers to some of our visitors’ most frequently asked questions, sorted by inquiries related to nursing licensure, finding nursing programs, careers in nursing, and international applicants.

    Nursing Licensure

    What are the requirements to become licensed as a nurse?

    Each state sets its own requirements for nurse licensure, typically through the state board of nursing. Licensure requirements also vary by the level of licensure sought; for example, a vocational nurse may only need an undergraduate certificate, while a nurse practitioner typically needs at least a master’s degree. For more information, see our nurse licensing guide and/or contact the board of nursing for the state in which you wish to work.

    How do I transfer nurse licensure from one state to another?

    Many states do allow nurses who are licensed in one state to transfer their license to another state through a process known as reciprocity. However, as requirements vary, you should contact the board of nursing for the state to which you wish to move for more information.

    Finding Nursing Degree Programs

    Can you send me a list of schools specific to the type of program I am looking for?

    We do not maintain lists of programs other than those that are publicly available on our site. You can visit our nursing programs guide to find information on schools and programs in your area. The National Center for Education Statistics College Navigator is another resource that allows you to find programs sorted by multiple criteria.

    How can I enroll in your school?

    As an informational resource, NursingSchool411 does not offer courses or programs. Please see our schools directory for lists of schools by state. You can also check out our guide to degrees in nursing to find out more about programs from the associate’s to the doctoral level.

    Working in Nursing

    What careers are available if you have an associate’s or bachelor’s in nursing?

    Typically, a certificate program is required to become a licensed practical nurse (LPN) or a licensed vocational nurse (LVN). LPNs and LVNs perform basic nursing care under the supervision of a registered nurse (RN). In most states, completing an associate’s in nursing can qualify you to take the NCLEX-RN and become a registered nurse. RNs have a greater scope of responsibility and can be in greater demand, commanding a higher salary. There is also a trend in the nursing field towards preferring bachelor’s degree qualified RNs. Earning a bachelor’s degree as an RN can often open doors to opportunities in supervision and management as well as increased salary potential. See our degrees guide or your state board of nursing for more information.

    Can you qualify for a nursing license if you have a criminal history?

    In their day-to-day work, nurses are placed in a position of key responsibility. As a result, most states have stringent guidelines on hiring nurses who have criminal records, and certain crimes may prevent candidates from becoming licensed. Many schools do background checks on applicants in order to ensure that accepted students will be eligible for licensure. Please contact your state’s board of nursing for more information on guidelines and requirements.

    International Applicants

    I studied and became licensed as a nurse overseas, how do I become a nurse in the US?

    Candidates who completed their education outside the US must meet the education guidelines for nurses in the state in which they wish to practice through a credentials evaluation and pass the appropriate National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) for their level of practice. For specific requirements and guidelines, please contact the board of nursing for the state in which you are seeking to become licensed.