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State Licensure Requirements for Associate Degree in Nursing Graduates

In the vast majority of U.S. jurisdictions, Excelsior College School of Nursing graduates are licensed by examination without additional requirements or stipulations. However, there are differences in the statutes and regulations for RN education and licensure among jurisdictions. In some states, Excelsior College Associate Degree in nursing graduates must meet additional requirements or stipulations to become eligible for RN licensure.

If you have questions about your eligibility to obtain RN licensure in a particular state, please direct your questions to that state board of nursing. If you reside in a state with additional licensure requirements and you wish to be admitted to Excelsior College's Associate Degree in nursing program, you are required to complete a pre-admission form. This form includes an acknowledgement that you understand the additional requirements or stipulations for licensure in the state where you currently reside and/or where you plan to apply for RN licensure.

If you are unable to obtain licensure in a state with additional requirements for RN licensure, you may work in a federal facility in that state by obtaining an RN license in any U.S. jurisdiction. Federal facilities include entities such as VA hospitals and federal prisons.

Below is the list of states with additional requirements or stipulations for RN licensure. Select your state to obtain state-specific information. Statutes and regulations pertaining to RN education and licensure are subject to change. The information provided on this page is the most current information available to us.

The School of Nursing supports our graduates in their preparation for the NCLEX-RN® by providing the Virtual-ATI® NCLEX-RN review course after successful completion of the CPNE. Our students are required to complete assessments and work interactively with an ATI coach. Students who take the NCLEX-RN within three weeks after receiving a "green light" from Virtual-ATI enjoy a 94% pass rate.

If you require further information please contact our State Board Advising Team via the Message Center (login required) or email us: stateboards@excelsior.edu

Historically, Excelsior College graduates were licensed in Alabama by examination on a case-by-case basis. Under Alabama law, the Clinical Performance in Nursing Examination (CPNE) does not meet the requirement for pre-licensure clinical.  The Alabama Board of Nursing has indicated graduates of Excelsior College’s associate degree nursing program are not eligible for RN licensure in Alabama.

August 14, 2017

Pre-Admission State Board Form is needed.

Preceptorship required.

Direct licensure: Students enrolling on or after September 1, 2006, must complete a 120-hour clinical preceptorship. This is completed before graduation and is administered by Excelsior College at a hospital(s) in Arizona. An additional fee is charged for the preceptorship.

Endorsement: Students enrolled on or after September 1, 2006, may endorse into Arizona with 960 hours of RN clinical experience or will need to complete a 120-hour clinical preceptorship. Excelsior College administers the preceptorship at a hospital(s) in Arizona. An additional fee is charged for the preceptorship.

October 11, 2016

The Arkansas Higher Education Coordinating Board (AHECB) has established rules and regulations specifying general education core requirements for Arkansas students. These requirements are not included in the curriculum for the associate degree in nursing program.

If your educational plans include transfer of your credits to an Arkansas institution for degree completion, attending graduate school in the State of Arkansas, or if you plan to work for an Arkansas employer that requires employees to complete the AHECB general education requirements, you will be required to complete additional general education requirements. This disclosure is outlined in detail in the Arkansas Pre-Admission State Board form that you are required to complete during your application to Excelsior College.

Pre-Admission State Board Form is needed.

Direct licensure: All graduates enrolled on or before December 5, 2003 may apply for RN licensure or endorsement.

March 5, 2012

Pre-Admission State Board Form is needed.

Preceptorship required.

Students who enrolled after January 1, 2006 are eligible to apply to the Colorado Board but must complete a preceptorship after graduation. This must be approved and administered by the Colorado Board. The requirement for the preceptorship for LPNs is 350 hours and for non-LPNs is 750 hours.

Endorsement: All graduates enrolled after January 1, 2006, must endorse in with 2000 hours of RN experience (or complete the preceptorship).

March 8, 2012

ENDORSEMENT ONLY

Pre-Admission Form is needed. Endorsement: as of January 2014 all graduates with 400 hours of RN experience within the 2 years immediately preceding application are eligible to be licensed.

March 5, 2014

Pre-Admission State Board Form is needed.

The requirements for RN licensure were revised in May 2011.  LPN's, paramedics, and military corpsmen are allowed to apply for direct licensure after completing our associate degree in nursing.  However, the Board will determine if you will be required to do a preceptorship based on your clinical training and work experience.  

You can read the regulations on the Georgia website. Near page bottom, select Guidelines then Graduates of Nontraditional Nursing Programs.

May 14, 2015

Pre-Admission State Board Form is needed.

Endorsement: All graduates must endorse with two years of RN clinical experience. The Board of Nursing regulations state, "a year of clinical practice consists of not less than 1500 hours of direct patient care."

October 23, 2017

Pre-Admission State Board Form is needed.

Endorsement: All graduates whose enrollment date was on or after February 16, 2005 must endorse in with 1,000 hours of RN experience.

April 1, 2013 

Pre-Admission State Board Form is needed.

LPNs or graduates with 50% traditional nursing school clinical hours who complete the Excelsior College nursing program may apply for the RN license.

Non-LPNs graduates must apply for endorsement into LA with 6 months RN experience.

March 8, 2012

Pre-Admission State Board Form is needed.

Effective October 1, 2013 Excelsior College graduates are eligible to apply for licensure by endorsement if they have worked as an RN for 1000 hours within the 12 month period immediately preceding the date of application for licensure.

June 6, 2013

Pre-Admission State Board Form is needed.

All Excelsior College graduates may endorse in with 400 hours of RN experience.

March 8, 2012

Pre-Admission State Board Form is needed.

Preceptorship required.

Initial: Students are required to complete a 60-hour clinical preceptorship. This is completed before graduation and is administered by Excelsior College at a hospital in Oklahoma. An additional fee is charged for the preceptorship.

Endorsement: Graduates must complete a 60-hour preceptorship. Excelsior College administers the preceptorship at a hospital in Oklahoma. An additional fee is charged for the preceptorship.

October 11, 2016

The Bill directing the Board of Nursing to license graduates of the Excelsior nursing program (HB2950) was passed by the senate and the house and signed by the governor. The bill directs the Board of Nursing to establish a process for licensure. The Board of Nursing is conducting public meetings to meet this requirement. Dean Pollard is representing the School of Nursing at these meetings. When the process has been finalized, enrolled students will be notified.

July 20, 2017

Pre-Admission State Board Form is needed.

All graduates enrolled on or before June 30, 2006 will be allowed to apply for licensure. All graduates with enrollment date of July 1, 2006 and after must have 480 hours of RN experience to endorse into the state.

March 8, 2012

Pre-Admission State Board Form is needed.

Initial Licensure:: Graduates applying for direct licensure will be issued a provisional RN license with requirements to work for a predetermined number of hours before being issued an RN license. For graduates who were LPNs upon enrollment with Excelsior College, the required number of hours to work with a provisional RN license is 350. For all other graduates, the required number of hours to work with a provisional license is 500.

Endorsement: Graduates applying for licensure by endorsement must have 960 hours of RN experience.

August 12, 2013

Important: Excelsior College has suspended applications to the associate degree nursing program, the bachelor's program, and the RN to MS nursing program from residents of the state of Washington effective 3/3/2017.

For Enrolled Students

Preceptorship required.

Initial: Only LPNs with 200 hours precepted experience set up through a Washington Nursing Commission approved facility may apply for licensure by examination.

Endorsement: Excelsior graduates who are licensed as an RN in another state may endorse their license to Washington if they have 1000 hours of practice as a registered nurse.

Preceptorship approved by Washington Nursing Commission.

March 3, 2017

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