This page contains an accumulation of guidelines and information, posted throughout the BON website, that are of particular interest to students pursuing nursing
The Texas BON does not approve/accredit out-of-state nursing education programs, including correspondence/online courses/programs. The BON only approves and regulates nursing education programs in the State of Texas. According to state statutes, the Texas Board does recognize graduates from pre-licensure nursing education programs that are approved/accredited by other state boards of nursing as being eligible to apply to take the NCLEX examination and apply for licensure in Texas or to endorse into Texas if initially licensed as a nurse in another state.
Background Checks and Fingerprinting
Criminal background checks are performed on all applicants for Licensure in Texas. A criminal background check must be completed through the Department of Public Safety (DPS) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) based on the set of fingerprints you provide to MorphoTrust. The BON cannot accept fingerprint cards or criminal background check results mailed by the applicant, or results that were completed for another facility, even if the previous check was completed through the DPS and the FBI.
Becoming a Nursing Student
Recommended Board Rules for Students
Internationally Educated Students
Complaints to the BON about Nursing Programs
There are 2 types of complaint: signed complaints and anonymous complaints:
An informational video, produced under the guidance of NCSBN's Examinations department, to explain computer adaptive testing (CAT) and how it is used by NCLEX to measure the competencies needed to perform safely and effectively as a newly licensed, entry-level nurse. CAT is a method for administering exams that merges computer technology with modern measurement theory to increase the efficiency of the exam process. Topics covered include item selection and pass/fail rules.