Overview

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

The University of Vermont Department of Nursing has outlined the general requirements for licensure in each state and territory below. The Bachelor of Science (B.S.) program at UVM is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and is approved by the State of Vermont Board of Nursing. The B.S. program prepares students to sit for the NCLEX-RN examination for licensure. The requirements and the links below were reviewed on June 30, 2020. The educational requirements for the University of Vermont's Bachelor of Science in Nursing substantially meet the same basic academic conditions for licensure in all 50 states.

Some states have specific requirements beyond these basic academic conditions for licensure. Information provided on each state’s Board of Nursing website is linked below.

It is always best to check with the board of nursing in the state you plan to practice.

Graduate Degrees in Nursing

The two graduate degrees offered at the University of Vermont are the Doctor of Nursing Practice (D.N.P.) and the Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL). The graduate programs at UVM are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and approved by the State of Vermont Board of Nursing.

Doctor of Nursing Practice (D.N.P.) Advanced Practice Nursing Roles (APRN)

Graduation from our APRN programs (DNP - Nurse Practitioner) prepares students for national certification by an associated certifying body. National certification is an expectation and most often a requirement for practice nationwide. APRN authorization varies from state to state, with some states awarding APRN licenses, some providing APRN endorsements on a nurse’s RN license, or other systems which have been designated by the state’s Board of Nursing. Students considering one of the University of Vermont’s APRN programs are strongly encouraged to contact the Board of Nursing in the state they wish to practice in to determine additional practice requirements.

Master of Science, Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL)

Graduation from our Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) program prepares students for national certification by an associated certifying body. CNL certification is not currently required, but is strongly encouraged.

Students in UVM's direct-entry (DEPN/DCNL) programs do not earn a degree upon completion of the pre-RN licensure year. The programs are designed to allow students to progress directly to the M.S. - CNL or D.N.P. - APRN programs of study. Completion of the pre-RN licensure (DEPN/DCNL) program allows the student to take the NCLEX in the State of Vermont. This is not necessarily transferable to other states. The pre-RN licensure year is not a stand-alone program and does not provide a bachelor’s degree in nursing. Students who complete their M.S. degree or the D.N.P. degree and successfully complete the NCLEX are eligible to practice in any state.

Alabama

Specific requirements beyond the basic academic conditions for RN licensure provided by the state’s Board of Nursing can be found here: https://www.abn.alabama.gov/apply/#faq/what-do-i-need-to-have-my-nursing-program-submit-to-the-board

Specific requirements beyond the basic academic conditions for APRN licensure provided by the state’s Board of Nursing can be found here: https://www.abn.alabama.gov/advanced-practice-nursing/#tab-crnp

Alaska

Specific requirements beyond the basic academic conditions for RN licensure provided by the state’s Board of Nursing can be found here: https://www.commerce.alaska.gov/web/portals/5/pub/OnlineInstructionsRNbyExaminations.pdf

Specific requirements beyond the basic academic conditions for APRN licensure provided by the state’s Board of Nursing can be found here: https://www.commerce.alaska.gov/web/portals/5/pub/nur4028.pdf

Arizona

Specific requirements beyond the basic academic conditions for RN licensure provided by the state’s Board of Nursing can be found here: https://www.azbn.gov/licenses-and-certifications/apply-for-a-license

Specific requirements beyond the basic academic conditions for APRN licensure provided by the state’s Board of Nursing can be found here: (R4-19-505) https://www.azbn.gov/sites/default/files/2018-12/rulesjuly12017final.pdf

Arkansas

Specific requirements beyond the basic academic conditions for RN licensure provided by the state’s Board of Nursing can be found here: http://arsbn.publishpath.com/Default.aspx?shortcut=rn-initial-by-exam-application

Specific requirements beyond the basic academic conditions for APRN licensure provided by the state’s Board of Nursing can be found here: (Section II) http://arsbn.publishpath.com/Websites/arsbn/images/Rules.Chapter04-%20Effective%2012-29-18.pdf

California

Specific requirements beyond the basic academic conditions for RN licensure provided by the state’s Board of Nursing can be found here: https://www.rn.ca.gov/pdfs/applicants/exam-app.pdf

Specific requirements beyond the basic academic conditions for APRN licensure provided by the state’s Board of Nursing can be found here:

Colorado

Specific requirements beyond the basic academic conditions for RN licensure provided by the state’s Board of Nursing can be found here: https://dpo.colorado.gov/Nursing/RNApplications

Specific requirements beyond the basic academic conditions for APRN licensure provided by the state’s Board of Nursing can be found here: https://dpo.colorado.gov/Nursing/APNApplications

Connecticut

Specific requirements beyond the basic academic conditions for RN licensure provided by the state’s Board of Nursing can be found here: https://portal.ct.gov/DPH/Practitioner-Licensing--Investigations/Registered-Nurse/RN-Licensure-by-Examination

Specific requirements beyond the basic academic conditions for APRN licensure provided by the state’s Board of Nursing can be found here: https://portal.ct.gov/DPH/Practitioner-Licensing--Investigations/APRN/APRN-Licensure-Requirements

Delaware

Specific requirements beyond the basic academic conditions for RN licensure provided by the state’s Board of Nursing can be found here: https://dpr.delaware.gov/boards/nursing/exam/

Specific requirements beyond the basic academic conditions for APRN licensure provided by the state’s Board of Nursing can be found here: https://dprfiles.delaware.gov/nursing/Nursing_APRN_Application.pdf

District of Columbia

Specific requirements beyond the basic academic conditions for RN licensure provided by the District’s Board of Nursing can be found here: https://dchealth.dc.gov/sites/default/files/dc/sites/doh/publication/attachments/Registered%20Nurse%20Examination%20Application-NEW.pdf

Specific requirements beyond the basic academic conditions for APRN licensure provided by the District’s Board of Nursing can be found here: https://dchealth.dc.gov/sites/default/files/dc/sites/doh/publication/attachments/APRN%20NEW%20LICENSE%20APPLICATION%202019.pdf

Florida

Specific requirements beyond the basic academic conditions for RN licensure provided by the state’s Board of Nursing can be found here: https://floridasnursing.gov/licensing/licensed-practical-nurse-registered-nurse-by-examination/

Specific requirements beyond the basic academic conditions for APRN licensure provided by the state’s Board of Nursing can be found here: (Section 464.012) http://www.leg.state.fl.us/statutes/index.cfm?mode=View%20Statutes&SubMenu=1&App_mode=Display_Statute&Search_String=464.012&URL=0400-0499/0464/Sections/0464.012.html&StatuteYear=2017

Requirements for licensure: (64B9-4.002) https://floridasnursing.gov/licensing/advanced-practice-registered-nurse/#tab-statutes-rules

Georgia

Specific requirements beyond the basic academic conditions for RN licensure provided by the state’s Board of Nursing can be found here: https://sos.ga.gov/index.php/licensing/plb/45/licensure_by_examination

Specific requirements beyond the basic academic conditions for APRN licensure provided by the state’s Board of Nursing can be found here: https://sos.ga.gov/index.php/licensing/plb/45/authorization_as_an_aprn

Guam

Specific requirements beyond the basic academic conditions for RN licensure provided by the territory’s Board of Nursing can be found here: http://dphss.guam.gov/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/GBNE-Application-Updated-2019.pdf

Hawaii

Specific requirements beyond the basic academic conditions for RN licensure provided by the state’s Board of Nursing can be found here: https://cca.hawaii.gov/pvl/files/2020/03/Require-Info-App-for-Nursing-by-exam_01.19-R.pdf

Specific requirements beyond the basic academic conditions for APRN licensure provided by the state’s Board of Nursing can be found here: https://cca.hawaii.gov/pvl/files/2019/03/Require-App-for-Advanced-Practice-Registered-Nurses_01.19R.pdf

Idaho

Specific requirements beyond the basic academic conditions for RN licensure provided by the state’s Board of Nursing can be found, here: https://ibn.idaho.gov/licensure/licensure-application-types/

Specific requirements beyond the basic academic conditions for APRN licensure provided the state’s Board of Nursing can be found here: (54-1409) https://legislature.idaho.gov/statutesrules/idstat/Title54/T54CH14/SECT54-1409/

Illinois

Specific requirements beyond the basic academic conditions for RN licensure provided by the state’s Board of Nursing can be found here: http://www.ilga.gov/commission/jcar/admincode/068/068013000C03000R.html

Specific requirements beyond the basic academic conditions for APRN licensure provided by the state’s Board of Nursing can be found here: (Section 1300.400) http://www.ilga.gov/commission/jcar/admincode/068/068013000D04000R.html

Qualifications for APRN Licensure: (Section 65-5) http://ilga.gov/legislation/ilcs/ilcs4.asp?DocName=022500650HArt%2E+65&ActID=1312&ChapterID=24&SeqStart=16500000&SeqEnd=17850000

Indiana

Specific requirements beyond the basic academic conditions for RN licensure provided by the state’s Board of Nursing can be found here: https://www.in.gov/pla/4070.htm

Specific requirements beyond the basic academic conditions for APRN licensure provided by the state’s Board of Nursing can be found here: https://www.in.gov/pla/3722.htm

Iowa

Specific requirements beyond the basic academic conditions for RN licensure provided by the state’s Board of Nursing can be found here: https://nursing.iowa.gov/sites/default/files/documents/2019/07/exam_instructions_2019_06_26.pdf

Specific requirements beyond the basic academic conditions for APRN licensure provided by the state’s Board of Nursing can be found here: (655-7.2 [17A, 147, 152]) https://www.legis.iowa.gov/docs/iac/chapter/03-25-2020.655.7.pdf

Kansas

Specific requirements beyond the basic academic conditions for RN licensure provided by the state’s Board of Nursing can be found here: https://ksbn.kansas.gov/initial-application/

Specific requirements beyond the basic academic conditions for APRN licensure provided by the state’s Board of Nursing can be found here: https://ksbn.kansas.gov/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/APRNInstructions.pdf

Kentucky

Specific requirements beyond the basic academic conditions for RN licensure provided by the state’s Board of Nursing can be found here: https://kbn.ky.gov/apply/Pages/Examination/examination.aspx

Specific requirements beyond the basic academic conditions for APRN licensure provided by the state’s Board of Nursing can be found here: (314.042) https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/law/statutes/statute.aspx?id=48249

Louisiana

Specific requirements beyond the basic academic conditions for RN licensure provided by the state’s Board of Nursing can be found here: http://www.lsbn.state.la.us/Portals/1/Documents/Forms/RNExamApplication.pdf

Specific requirements beyond the basic academic conditions for APRN licensure provided by the state’s Board of Nursing can be found here: http://www.lsbn.state.la.us/Portals/1/Documents/Forms/APRNExamApplication.pdf

Maine

Specific requirements beyond the basic academic conditions for RN licensure provided by the state’s Board of Nursing can be found here: https://www.maine.gov/boardofnursing/licensing/examination.html

Specific requirements beyond the basic academic conditions for APRN licensure provided by the state’s Board of Nursing can be found here: https://www.maine.gov/boardofnursing/laws-rules/Chapter%208%20Regulations%20Relating%20Advanced%20Practice%20%20Registered%20Nursing%20final%20rule.pdf

Maryland

Specific requirements beyond the basic academic conditions for RN licensure provided by the state’s Board of Nursing can be found here: https://mbon.maryland.gov/Pages/licensure-nclex-rn-us.aspx

Specific requirements beyond the basic academic conditions for APRN licensure provided by the state’s Board of Nursing can be found here:

Massachusetts

Specific requirements beyond the basic academic conditions for RN licensure provided by the state’s Board of Nursing can be found here: https://www.mass.gov/how-to/apply-for-a-nursing-license-by-exam

Specific requirements beyond the basic academic conditions for APRN licensure provided by the state’s Board of Nursing can be found here: https://www.pcshq.com/?page=health,New%20MA%20Nurse%20APRN%20Process

Minnesota

Specific requirements beyond the basic academic conditions for RN licensure provided by the state’s Board of Nursing can be found here: https://mn.gov/boards/assets/Exam_RN_Pckt_US_7-19_tcm21-37180.pdf

Specific requirements beyond the basic academic conditions for APRN licensure provided by the state’s Board of Nursing can be found here: https://mn.gov/boards/nursing/advanced-practice/advanced-practice-registered-nurse-(aprn)-licensure-general-information/

Application requirements: https://mn.gov/boards/assets/APRN_Instructions_10-15-19_tcm21-354908.pdf

Mississippi

Specific requirements beyond the basic academic conditions for RN licensure provided by the state’s Board of Nursing can be found here: https://www.msbn.ms.gov/what-licensure-examination

Specific requirements beyond the basic academic conditions for APRN licensure provided by the state’s Board of Nursing can be found here: https://www.msbn.ms.gov/licensure/advanced-practice-registered-nurse

Missouri

Specific requirements beyond the basic academic conditions for RN licensure provided by the state’s Board of Nursing can be found here: https://pr.mo.gov/boards/nursing/RN%20License%20by%20Examination%20Instruction%20Letter.pdf

Specific requirements beyond the basic academic conditions for APRN licensure provided by the state’s Board of Nursing can be found here: ​​​​​​https://pr.mo.gov/boards/nursing/APRN%20App%20and%20Auth%20to%20Release.pdf

Montana

Specific requirements beyond the basic academic conditions for RN licensure provided by the state’s Board of Nursing can be found here: http://boards.bsd.dli.mt.gov/Portals/133/Documents/nur/nur_exam_app.pdf

Specific requirements beyond the basic academic conditions for APRN licensure provided by the state’s Board of Nursing can be found here:  http://boards.bsd.dli.mt.gov/Portals/133/Documents/nur/NUR-APRN-APP_License-App-Checklist.pdf?ver=2018-06-15-125043-087

Application for Initial Licensure: (24.159.1412) http://www.mtrules.org/gateway/ruleno.asp?RN=24%2E159%2E1412

Nebraska

Specific requirements beyond the basic academic conditions for RN licensure provided by the state’s Board of Nursing can be found here: http://dhhs.ne.gov/licensure/Documents/ExaminationRNLPN.pdf

Specific requirements beyond the basic academic conditions for APRN licensure provided by the state’s Board of Nursing can be found here: (100-003.01) https://www.nebraska.gov/rules-and-regs/regsearch/Rules/Health_and_Human_Services_System/Title-172/Chapter-100.pdf

Nevada

Specific requirements beyond the basic academic conditions for RN licensure provided by the state’s Board of Nursing can be found here: https://nevadanursingboard.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/RNLPNbyExamAppInstructions.pdf

Specific requirements beyond the basic academic conditions for APRN licensure provided by the state’s Board of Nursing can be found here: https://nevadanursingboard.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/APRN-Licensure-Requirements.pdf

New Hampshire

Specific requirements beyond the basic academic conditions for RN licensure provided by the state’s Board of Nursing can be found here: https://www.oplc.nh.gov/nursing/documents/rn-lpnlicense-examination.pdf

Specific requirements beyond the basic academic conditions for APRN licensure provided by the state’s Board of Nursing can be found here: (Nur 301.03) http://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/rules/state_agencies/nur100-800.html

New Jersey

Specific requirements beyond the basic academic conditions for RN licensure provided by the state’s Board of Nursing can be found here: https://www.njconsumeraffairs.gov/nur/Documents/BON-Exam-Application-Process-Overview.pdf

Specific requirements beyond the basic academic conditions for APRN licensure provided by the state’s Board of Nursing can be found here: (13:37-7.1, 7.2) https://www.njconsumeraffairs.gov/regulations/Chapter-37-New-Jersey-Board-of-Nursing.pdf

Instructions for certification: https://www.njconsumeraffairs.gov/nur/Applications/Application-for-Advanced-Practice-Nurse-Certification.pdf

New Mexico

Specific requirements beyond the basic academic conditions for RN licensure provided by the state’s Board of Nursing can be found here: https://nmbon.sks.com/initial-exam.aspx

Specific requirements beyond the basic academic conditions for APRN licensure provided by the state’s Board of Nursing can be found here: https://nmbon.sks.com/advanced-practice-registered-nurse.aspx

New York

Specific requirements beyond the basic academic conditions for RN licensure provided by the state’s Board of Nursing can be found here: http://www.op.nysed.gov/prof/nurse/nursingrn.htm#instructions

Specific requirements beyond the basic academic conditions for APRN licensure provided by the state’s Board of Nursing can be found here: http://www.op.nysed.gov/prof/nurse/#

North Carolina

Specific requirements beyond the basic academic conditions for RN licensure provided by the state’s Board of Nursing can be found here: https://www.ncbon.com/licensure-listing-apply-licensure-by-examination-licensure-by-examination

Specific requirements beyond the basic academic conditions for APRN licensure provided by the state’s Board of Nursing can be found, here:

North Dakota

Specific requirements beyond the basic academic conditions for RN licensure provided by the state’s Board of Nursing can be found here: https://www.ndbon.org/NurseLicensure/InitialEndorse/index.asp

Specific requirements beyond the basic academic conditions for APRN licensure provided by the state’s Board of Nursing can be found here: https://www.ndbon.org/NurseLicensure/APRN/Index.asp

Northern Mariana Islands

Specific requirements beyond the basic academic conditions for RN licensure provided by the territory’s Board of Nursing can be found here: https://nmibon.info/licensure-documents/

Specific requirements beyond the basic academic conditions for APRN licensure provided by the territory’s Board of Nursing can be found: https://nmibon.info/licensure-documents/

Ohio

Specific requirements beyond the basic academic conditions for RN licensure provided by the state’s Board of Nursing can be found here: http://nursing.ohio.gov/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/NursingLicenseByExaminationApp-1.pdf

Specific requirements beyond the basic academic conditions for APRN licensure provided by the state’s Board of Nursing can be found here: http://codes.ohio.gov/orc/4723.41

Oklahoma

Specific requirements beyond the basic academic conditions for RN licensure provided by the state’s Board of Nursing can be found here: http://nursing.ok.gov/rnlpnnclex07.pdf

Specific requirements beyond the basic academic conditions for APRN licensure provided by the state’s Board of Nursing can be found here: http://nursing.ok.gov/practice.pdf

Oregon

Specific requirements beyond the basic academic conditions for RN licensure provided by the state’s Board of Nursing can be found here: https://www.oregon.gov/osbn/Pages/apply-NCLEX.aspx

Specific requirements beyond the basic academic conditions for APRN licensure provided the state’s Board of Nursing can be found here:

Pennsylvania

Specific requirements beyond the basic academic conditions for RN licensure provided by the state’s Board of Nursing can be found here: https://www.dos.pa.gov/ProfessionalLicensing/BoardsCommissions/Nursing/Documents/Applications%20and%20Forms/Online%20Instr%20Grad%20Exam%20GTPP.pdf

Specific requirements beyond the basic academic conditions for APRN licensure provided by the state’s Board of Nursing can be found here:

Rhode Island

Specific requirements beyond the basic academic conditions for RN licensure provided by the state’s Board of Nursing can be found here: https://health.ri.gov/publications/requirements/NursingApplicationRequirements.pdf

Specific requirements beyond the basic academic conditions for APRN licensure provided by the state’s Board of Nursing can be found here: https://health.ri.gov/applications/NurseAPRN.pdf

South Carolina

Specific requirements beyond the basic academic conditions for RN licensure provided by the state’s Board of Nursing can be found here: https://llr.sc.gov/nurse/Online/Instructions.aspx

Specific requirements beyond the basic academic conditions for APRN licensure provided by the state’s Board of Nursing can be found here: https://llr.sc.gov/nurse/Online/APRNLEAD.aspx

South Dakota

Specific requirements beyond the basic academic conditions for RN licensure provided by the state’s Board of Nursing can be found here: https://www.sdbon.org/rn_lpn/exam/

Specific requirements beyond the basic academic conditions for APRN licensure provided by the state’s Board of Nursing can be found here:

Tennessee

Specific requirements beyond the basic academic conditions for RN licensure provided by the state’s Board of Nursing can be found here: https://www.tn.gov/content/dam/tn/health/healthprofboards/nursing/applications/NURSING%20ONLINE%20EXAM%20APPLICATION%20INSTRUCTIONS%202019.pdf

Specific requirements beyond the basic academic conditions for APRN licensure provided by the state’s Board of Nursing can be found here: (1000-04-.03) https://publications.tnsosfiles.com/rules/1000/1000-04.20190812.pdf

Texas

Specific requirements beyond the basic academic conditions for RN licensure provided by the state’s Board of Nursing can be found here: https://www.bon.texas.gov/end-eligibility.asp#RN

Specific requirements beyond the basic academic conditions for APRN licensure provided by the state’s Board of Nursing can be found here: https://www.bon.texas.gov/applications_advanced_practice_registered_nurse.asp

Utah

Specific requirements beyond the basic academic conditions for RN licensure provided by the state’s Board of Nursing can be found here: https://dopl.utah.gov/nurse/Nurse_Licensure_Process_Guide_How_to_Apply.pdf

Specific requirements beyond the basic academic conditions for APRN licensure provided by the state’s Board of Nursing can be found here: (58-31b-302[4][e]) https://rules.utah.gov/publicat/code/r156/r156-31b.htm#E10

Vermont

Specific requirements beyond the basic academic conditions for RN licensure provided by the state’s Board of Nursing can be found here: https://cms.sec.state.vt.us:8443/share/s/yacd7jN-QJyfwEZh2TjGiA

Specific requirements beyond the basic academic conditions for APRN licensure provided by the state’s Board of Nursing can be found here: https://legislature.vermont.gov/statutes/section/26/028/01611

Virginia

Specific requirements beyond the basic academic conditions for RN licensure provided by the state’s Board of Nursing can be found here: https://www.license.dhp.virginia.gov/apply/Forms/Nursing/RNLPN_Exam_Instr.pdf

Specific requirements beyond the basic academic conditions for APRN licensure provided by the state’s Board of Nursing can be found here:

Washington

Specific requirements beyond the basic academic conditions for RN licensure provided by the state’s Board of Nursing can be found here: https://www.doh.wa.gov/LicensesPermitsandCertificates/NursingCommission/NurseLicensing/RegisteredNurse/HowtoApplyforaLicense

Specific requirements beyond the basic academic conditions for APRN licensure provided by the state’s Board of Nursing can be found here: https://app.leg.wa.gov/wac/default.aspx?cite=246-840-340

West Virginia

Specific requirements beyond the basic academic conditions for RN licensure provided by the state’s Board of Nursing can be found here: https://wvrnboard.wv.gov/licensing/Documents/License%20By%20Exam%20Flowchart.pdf

Specific requirements beyond the basic academic conditions for APRN licensure provided by the state’s Board of Nursing can be found here: http://www.wvlegislature.gov/WVCODE/ChapterEntire.cfm?chap=30&art=7§ion=6#7

Wisconsin

Specific requirements beyond the basic academic conditions for RN licensure provided by the state’s Board of Nursing can be found here: https://docs.legis.wisconsin.gov/code/admin_code/n/2.pdf

Specific requirements beyond the basic academic conditions for APRN licensure provided by the state’s Board of Nursing can be found here: https://dsps.wi.gov/Credentialing/Health/fm2124.pdf

Wyoming

Specific requirements beyond the basic academic conditions for RN licensure provided by the state’s Board of Nursing can be found here: https://wsbn.wyo.gov/licensing

Specific requirements beyond the basic academic conditions for APRN licensure provided by the state’s Board of Nursing can be found here: https://wsbn.wyo.gov/