Delaware Board of Nursing Changes

Following a recent meeting with the Delaware Board of Nursing we received a letter from the executive director stating that the Board has agreed to extend the deadline for licensing Excelsior graduates by examination if they apply for licensure no later than January 31, 2014.

There are no changes to the previously announced regulations:

  • The Board will continue to license graduates by endorsement according to their requirements, such as having 400 hours of clinical practice as a registered nurse in another U.S. jurisdiction or a federal facility in Delaware within the 2 years prior to application.
  • The change is a result of recent efforts to implement regulations pertaining to the criteria for approval of in-state nursing programs and eligibility requirements for RN licensure.

We are working closely with currently enrolled Students in Delaware to advise them about completing requirements in time to meet the deadline. Students who are unable to meet the deadline will still have options for initial licensure in other states.

It is important to note that the decision to change their long standing practice of licensing our graduates is not based on any changes to our program or the performance of our graduates.

We continue to advocate for the ability of our graduates to be licensed in Delaware. In order to do so it is important that you use MyExcelsior, My Profile (login required) to update your email address so that we can keep you informed as we continue our efforts in Delaware. If you have questions, do not hesitate to contact us at or toll free at 888-647-2388, ext. 1315.