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Online Examination Application - Eligibility Information

Online Examination - Eligibility Information

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Requirement for Initial Licensure by NCLEX-PN® or NCLEX-RN®

The Board's application fee for Initial licensure by NCLEX examination is $100.00.

Step Action

Criminal Background Check

A criminal background check (CBC) must be completed through the Department of Public Safety (DPS) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) based on a set of fingerprints provided to MorphoTrust. The BON cannot accept fingerprint cards or criminal background check results mailed by you, or results that were completed for another facility, even if the previous check was completed through the DPS and the FBI.
Ten business days after the Texas Board of Nursing (BON) has received your application, submit your fingerprints to MorphoTrust (IdentoGo)

Note: The BON will be updating the process in which applicants submit fingerprints to MorphoTrust. The updated process, which uses service codes instead of Fast Passes and ORI numbers, will be more streamlined and user-friendly when scheduling a fingerprinting appointment, registering fingerprints with MorphoTrust, and getting results to the Board. The updated process will also require the use of a unique identifier which will no longer be related to a U.S. issued social security number or a BON assigned number, but rather in the form of an email. Our website and applications/instructions will provide more information at the beginning of January 2016.

NOTE: You do not need to complete this step if you already have a criminal background check on file with the BON. If you are a STUDENT APPLICANT, who has not undergone the CBC process, you must contact your prospective nursing program instead of following this process. Use the following link to verify a previous CBC on file with our office: http://www.bon.texas.gov/forms/applstatus.asp

The following information will assist you in completing the fingerprinting process:

If you are a Texas resident follow the instructions:
For Applicants Residing in Texas

If you are not a Texas resident follow the instructions:
For Applicants Residing Outside of Texas

If you do not have a U.S. issued Social Security number, follow the instructions:
For Applicants Without a Social Security Number

The Texas Board of Nursing does not make judgments regarding the fingerprints that are submitted. Occasionally the DPS and/or the FBI will notify the BON that the fingerprints submitted were not usable and/or readable and therefore have been rejected. You will be notified if a rejection has been received and another set of fingerprints is required. The BON can only submit a request to initiate a name search on your behalf if our office has received two (2) quality rejections from the FBI. A rejection for any other reason (i.e. smudging, impressions too light, etc.) would not count toward this requirement.


Register to Take the NCLEX

Thirty days prior to graduation, register with Pearson Vue (third party vendor who administers the exam) to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX®) at https://portal.ncsbn.org/. Cost is $200.

You must fulfill the requirements of either:

  • Rule §217.2 Licensure by Examination for Graduates of Nursing Education Programs Within the United States, its Territories, or Possessions,
  • Rule §217.4 Requirements for Initial Licensure by Examination for Nurses Who Graduate from Nursing Education Programs Outside of United States' Jurisdictions

If you do not meet the requirements for initial licensure, then you are Not Eligible for Licensure in the State of Texas. Go to the Licensure Examination page or more information.


Texas Nursing Jurisprudence Examination

You must pass the Texas nursing jurisprudence examination prior to being issued a permanent license. Instructions on taking the Texas nursing jurisprudence examination:

  1. File an examination application with the Texas Board of Nursing
  2. Wait fifteen business days
  3. While you wait, prepare for the exam. We recommend that you:
    1. view a copy of the Nursing Practice Act (NPA) and Board Rules and Regulations on our website. You may also purchase a hard copy of the NPA and Rules and Regulations by downloading the Publications Order Form from our website. The books will be mailed within fifteen business days of the Board receiving the completed form and appropriate fee.
    2. take the online jurisprudence prep course on the Board's web site. This course is voluntary and contains information about the NPA and Rules and Regulations of the Texas BON.
  4. After fifteen business days, follow the instructions to log on and complete the online nursing jurisprudence exam. The examination takes a maximum of two hours in length. If you are not successful in passing the examination or if the system locks up, you may retake the examination again after 24 (twenty-four) hours have elapsed from the previous attempt. The cost of the examination is included in your application fee.

You must pass the jurisprudence examination before the Texas Board of Nursing will issue the authorization to test (ATT) if you are taking the examination to become licensed in Texas.

Nurse Licensure Compact

The Texas Board of Nursing entered into the Nurse Licensure Compact for RNs and LVNs and allows nurses in Texas the privilege of practicing in other participating Compact states based on their Texas RN or LVN licenses. As part of the process associated with multistate licensure, all applicants for licensure in Texas must declare their primary state of residence and all states in which they are practicing or intend to practice. Applicants who declare a Compact state, other than Texas, as their primary state of residence may not become licensed in Texas since the Compact licenses can be used to work in Texas. For information on multistate licensure, please review the Board's Compact section.

Eligibility Issues

Applicants must be able to answer "No" to the following questions in order to use the online application. All other applicants may download a complete application packet. Review of applicants with eligibility issues can take three (3) to six (6) month to complete.

    For any criminal offense, including those pending appeal:
  1. Been convicted of a misdemeanor?
  2. Been convicted of a felony?
  3. Pled nolo contendere, no contest, or guilty?
  4. Received deferred adjudication?
  5. Been placed on community supervision or court-ordered probation, whether or not adjudicated guilty?
  6. Been sentenced to serve jail or prison time or court-ordered confinement?
  7. Been granted pre-trial diversion?
  8. Been arrested or have any pending criminal charges?
  9. Been cited or charged with any violation of the law?
  10. Been subject of a court-martial; Article 15 violation; or received any form of military judgment, punishment, or action?
NOTE: You may only exclude Class C misdemeanor traffic violations.

Expunged and Sealed Offenses

While expunged or sealed offenses, arrests, tickets, or citations need not be disclosed, it is your responsibility to ensure the offense, arrest, ticket or citation has, in fact, been expunged or sealed. It is recommended that you submit a copy of the Court Order expunging or sealing the record in question to our office with your application. Failure to reveal an offense, arrest, ticket, or citation that is not in fact expunged or sealed may subject your license to a disciplinary order and fine. Non-disclosure of relevant offenses raises questions related to truthfulness and character. (See 22 TAC §213.27)

Orders of Non-disclosure

Pursuant to Tex. Gov't Code §552.142(b), if you have criminal matters that are the subject of an order of non-disclosure, you are not required to reveal those criminal matters on this form. However, a criminal matter that is the subject of an order of non-disclosure may become a character and fitness of duty issue. Pursuant to other sections of the Gov't Code Chapter 411, the Texas Nursing Board is entitled to access criminal history record information that is subject of an order of non-disclosure. If the Board discovers a criminal matter that is the subject of an order of non-disclosure, even if you properly did not reveal that matter, the Board may require you to provide information about any conduct that raises issues of character.

  • *Are you currently the target or subject of a grand jury or governmental agency investigation?
  • Has any licensing authority refused to issue you a license or ever revoked, annulled, cancelled, accepted surrender of, suspended, placed on probation, refused to renew a license, certificate or multi-state privilege held by you now or previously, or ever fined, censured, reprimanded or otherwise disciplined you?
  • *Within the past five (5) years have you been diagnosed with, treated, or hospitalized for schizophrenia and/or a psychotic disorder, bipolar disorder, paranoid personality disorder, antisocial personality disorder, or borderline personality disorder?
  • *In the past five (5) years, have you been addicted or treated for the use of alcohol or any other drug?
*Pursuant to the Occupations Code §301.207, information, including diagnosis and treatment, regarding an individual's physical or mental condition, intemperate use of drugs or alcohol, or chemical dependency and information regarding an individual's criminal history is confidential to the same extent that information collected as part of an investigation is confidential under the Occupations Code §301.466. If you are licensed as an LVN in the State of Texas and are currently participating in the Texas Peer Assistance Program for Nurses you may answer “NO” to questions #4 and #5.

Attest Statement

The attestation statement, within the application, requires you understand and meet the following:

Sections of the Nursing Practice Act

Boards Rules and Regulations

School Code

The online application will request the entry of the ten (10) digit code representing your Basic Nursing School. This code can be obtained from your school of Nursing or from the NCSBN list of approved nursing programs (https://www.ncsbn.org/NCLEX_Educational_Program_Codes.pdf).