Licensure and NCLEX-RN®

RN Licensure Information

State boards of nursing have different requirements for RN licensure and endorsement. You are responsible for determining the legal criteria for licensure in the state where you wish to practice. Graduation from an approved program does not guarantee eligibility for licensure.

Review specific state board requirements for Excelsior College graduates and also contact the state board of nursing in the state where you wish to practice for information about the specific licensure requirements of that state.

Individuals convicted of felonies and misdemeanors may not be eligible for licensure.

Information Regarding Graduation and Preparing for the NCLEX-RN

A final review of your academic record is conducted after final grades or outstanding transcript(s) are received. When your requirements are verified and you are approved for graduation your status will be updated from enrolled (EN) to specialist approved (SA). This process will take 4-6 weeks.

  • Graduation DateMonitor your status and verify your graduation date.
  • Graduation Fee – This fee is posted on the weekend after your status is updated to SA. Check your student billing account here.
  • Transcripts – Your diploma and a student (unofficial) transcript will be mailed to you when your degree is conferred and financial obligations to the College have been met. If your Board of Nursing requires an official transcript, directions and an online request link is provided in your state-specific instructions. Your final documentation and/or transcript will be mailed to the Board of Nursing after you are processed for graduation, your financial obligations are met, and your ATI coach verifies you’ve reached the required completion benchmark of the Virtual-ATI NCLEX Review course. If your Board of Nursing requires the conferral date posted on your transcript, it will be mailed on or after your graduation date.

NCLEX-RN® Preparation Review Details

VIRTUAL-ATI NCLEX® Review – If applicable to your curriculum, you will receive registration instructions through MyExcelsior Message Center on how to register for the Virtual-ATI NCLEX® Review. You will receive access to preparation tutorials: Nurse Logic and Learning Systems. This NCLEX Review is provided at no cost to you for 12 weeks.

When you are within 30 days of your degree conferral date, you will receive access to the ATI virtual classroom. This is when your 12-week session begins. In the virtual classroom, your coach will work with you to complete assignments and assessments to prepare you for the NCLEX-RN. You must complete at the required completion benchmark of the virtual review course for your final documents to be released to the Board of Nursing so you can sit for the NCLEX-RN. If the completion benchmark is not reached by the end of 12 weeks, you are responsible for the review course renewal fee.

Because we care about your success, we expect you to continue with your V-ATI coach until you receive Green Light status. Past experiences demonstrate that students who earn Green Light status and take the NCLEX-RN within 2 weeks of completing, achieve a 98% pass rate.

To learn more about this extremely helpful resource visit the ATI website.

State Board Application Process

Find Your State-Specific State Board Application Process