State Board Requirements

State Licensure Requirements for Associate Degree in Nursing Graduates

In a number of states, 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 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.

We are currently accepting applications to our Associate Degree in Nursing program from the following states: Connecticut, Florida, Indiana, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia. We have verified with each named state’s board of nursing that graduates of Excelsior College Associate Degree in Nursing program will be able to apply for licensure in that state. We are currently not accepting applications from other states, until further notice.

Below is the list of state boards of nursing for US states and territories. Select your state to obtain state-specific information on licensure of Excelsior College graduates. 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 a Virtual-ATI® NCLEX-RN review course after successful completion of the CPNE. Here’s how it works:

VIRTUAL-ATI NCLEX® Review – Approximately one week after you successfully complete the CPNE, 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.

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

Important: Excelsior College is not accepting applications from students who reside in the state of Alaska.

Excelsior College School of Nursing graduates are not eligible for RN licensure by examination in Alaska.

Alaska Board of Nursing website.

Important: Excelsior College is not accepting applications from students who reside in the state of Alabama.

The Alabama Board of Nursing does not license Excelsior College graduates by examination or endorsement.

Alabama Board of Nursing website.

Important: Excelsior College is not accepting applications from students who reside in the state of Arizona.

Direct licensure: Excelsior College School of Nursing graduates are not eligible for RN licensure by examination in Arizona.

Endorsement: Graduates may apply for licensure by endorsement. Contact the Arizona Board of Nursing for instructions on applying for RN licensure by endorsement. Information about endorsement published on the Arizona State Board of Nursing website.

Important: Excelsior College is not accepting applications from students who reside in the state of Arkansas.

Excelsior College School of Nursing graduates are licensed by examination without additional requirements or stipulations.

Arkansas State Board of Nursing website.

Important: Excelsior College is not accepting applications for the AS, BS, RN-MS or MS in nursing programs from students who reside in the state of California. The California Board of Nursing does not license Excelsior College graduates enrolled after December 5, 2003, by examination or by endorsement.

California Board of Registered Nursing website.

Important: Excelsior College is not accepting applications from students who reside in the state of Colorado.

Direct licensure: Students who enrolled after January 1, 2006, must complete a preceptorship after graduation. This preceptorship is approved and administered by the Colorado Board of Nursing. LPNs/LVNs must complete a 350-hour preceptorship and non-LPNs/LVNs must complete 750 hours.

Endorsement: Graduates enrolled after January 1, 2006, may apply for licensure by endorsement with 2000 hours of RN experience (or complete the preceptorship).

Information about endorsement published on the Colorado Board of Nursing website.

Excelsior College School of Nursing graduates are licensed by examination without additional requirements or stipulations.

Connecticut State Department of Public Health website.

Important: Excelsior College is not accepting applications from students who reside in the state of Delaware.

Direct licensure: Excelsior College graduates are not eligible for licensure by examination in Delaware.

Endorsement: Graduates may apply for licensure by endorsement. Graduates may contact the Board of Nursing directly for directions or can find information about applying for licensure by endorsement on the Delaware Board of Nursing website.

Important: Excelsior College is not accepting applications from students who reside in the District of Columbia.

Direct licensure: The District of Columbia Board of Nursing does not allow licensure by examination for Excelsior College graduates.

Endorsement: Excelsior College graduates may apply for licensure by examination in New York State and apply for licensure by endorsement in the District of Columbia.

Information about endorsement published on the District of Columbia Board of Nursing website.

Excelsior College School of Nursing graduates are licensed by examination without additional requirements or stipulations.

Florida Board of Nursing website.

The Georgia Board of Nursing reviews each application for RN licensure on a case-by-case basis to determine if applicants will be licensed by examination with or without a required preceptorship. You may read the regulations on the Georgia Board of Nursing website.

Georgia Board of Nursing website.

Important: Excelsior College is not accepting applications for the AS, BS, RN-MS or MS in nursing programs from students who reside in Guam.

Excelsior College School of Nursing graduates are licensed by examination without additional requirements or stipulations.

Guam Department of Public Health & Social Services – Board of Nurse Examiners website.

Important: Excelsior College is not accepting applications from students who reside in the state of Hawaii.

Excelsior College School of Nursing graduates are not eligible for RN licensure by examination in Hawaii.

Hawaii Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs – Professional & Vocational Licensing website.

Important: Excelsior College is not accepting applications from students who reside in the state of Idaho.

Excelsior College School of Nursing graduates are licensed by examination without additional requirements or stipulations.

State of Idaho Board of Nursing website.

Important: Excelsior College is not accepting applications from students who reside in the state of Illinois.

Direct licensure: The Illinois Board of Nursing does not allow licensure by examination for Excelsior College graduates.

Endorsement:Graduates may apply for licensure by endorsement if they complete the program before 2023. Information about endorsement published on the Illinois Board of Nursing website or graduates can contact the Illinois Board of Nursing for instructions on applying for RN licensure by endorsement.

Excelsior College School of Nursing graduates are licensed by examination without additional requirements or stipulations.

Indiana Professional Licensing Agency – Indiana State Board of Nursing website.

Important: Excelsior College is not accepting applications from students who reside in the state of Iowa.

Excelsior College School of Nursing graduates are licensed by examination without additional requirements or stipulations.

Iowa Board of Nursing website.

Important: Excelsior College is not accepting applications from students who reside in the state of Kansas.

Direct licensure: The Kansas Board of Nursing does not allow licensure by examination for Excelsior College graduates.

Endorsement: Excelsior graduates may apply for licensure by endorsement. Contact the Kansas Board of Nursing for instructions on applying for RN licensure by endorsement.

Information about endorsement published on the Kansas Board of Nursing website.

Excelsior College School of Nursing graduates are licensed by examination without additional requirements or stipulations.

Kentucky Board of Nursing website.

Important: Excelsior College is not accepting applications from students who reside in the state of Louisiana.

The Louisiana State Board of Nursing does not allow licensure by examination for Excelsior College graduates.

Endorsement: Contact the Louisiana Board of Nursing for instructions on applying for RN licensure by endorsement.

Information about endorsement published on the Louisiana Board of Nursing website.

Important: Excelsior College is not accepting applications from students who reside in the state of Maine.

Excelsior College School of Nursing graduates are not eligible for RN licensure by examination in Maine.

Maine State Board of Nursing website.

Important: Excelsior College is not accepting applications from students who reside in the state of Maryland.

The Maryland Board of Nursing does not license Excelsior College graduates by examination or endorsement.

Maryland Board of Nursing website.

Excelsior College School of Nursing graduates are licensed by examination without additional requirements or stipulations.

Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing website.

Important: Excelsior College is not accepting applications from students who reside in the state of Michigan.

Excelsior College School of Nursing graduates are licensed by examination without additional requirements or stipulations if they complete the program before 2025

Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs – Nursing website.

Excelsior College School of Nursing graduates are licensed by examination without additional requirements or stipulations.

Minnesota Board of Nursing website.

Important: Excelsior College is not accepting applications from students who reside in the state of Mississippi.

Excelsior College School of Nursing graduates are not eligible for RN licensure by examination in Mississippi.

Mississippi Board of Nursing website.

Excelsior College School of Nursing graduates are licensed by examination without additional requirements or stipulations.

Missouri Division of Professional Registration – Board of Nursing website.

Important: Excelsior College is not accepting applications from students who reside in the state of Montana.

Excelsior College School of Nursing graduates are licensed by examination without additional requirements or stipulations.

Montana Board of Nursing website.

Important: Excelsior College is not accepting applications from students who reside in the state of Nebraska.

Excelsior College School of Nursing graduates are not eligible for RN licensure by examination in Nebraska.

Nebraska Department of Health & Human Services – Nursing website.

Important: Excelsior College is not accepting applications from students who reside in the state of Nevada.

Excelsior College School of Nursing graduates are licensed by examination without additional requirements or stipulations.

Nevada State Board of Nursing website.

Important: Excelsior College is not accepting applications from students who reside in the state of New Hampshire.

Excelsior College School of Nursing graduates are not eligible for RN licensure by examination in New Hampshire.

New Hampshire Office of Professional Licensure and Certification website.

Excelsior College School of Nursing graduates are licensed by examination without additional requirements or stipulations.

New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs – Board of Nursing website.

Important: Excelsior College is not accepting applications from students who reside in the state of New Mexico.

Excelsior College School of Nursing graduates are licensed by examination without additional requirements or stipulations.

New Mexico Board of Nursing website.

Excelsior College School of Nursing graduates are licensed by examination without additional requirements or stipulations.

New York Office of the Professions – Nursing website.

Excelsior College School of Nursing graduates are licensed by examination without additional requirements or stipulations.

North Carolina Board of Nursing website.

Important: Excelsior College is not accepting applications from students who reside in the state of North Dakota.

Direct licensure: The North Dakota Board of Nursing does not allow licensure by examination for Excelsior College graduates.

Endorsement: Graduates may apply for licensure by endorsement. Contact the North Dakota Board of Nursing for instructions on applying for RN licensure by endorsement.

Information about endorsement published on the North Dakota Board of Nursing website.

Important: Excelsior College is not accepting applications from students who reside in the state of Oklahoma.

Direct licensure: Students enrolled prior October 1, 2019, and who were residents of OK at the time of enrollment in Excelsior College, are required to complete a 60-hour clinical preceptorship prior to graduation. Excelsior College administers the preceptorship at a specific hospital in Oklahoma. An additional fee is charged for the preceptorship.

Endorsement: Contact the Oklahoma Board of Nursing regarding RN licensure by endorsement.

Information about endorsement published on the Oklahoma Board of Nursing website.

Excelsior College School of Nursing graduates are licensed by examination without additional requirements or stipulations.

Ohio Board of Nursing website.

Important: Excelsior College is not accepting applications from students who reside in the state of Oregon.

Excelsior College School of Nursing graduates are licensed by examination without additional requirements or stipulations.

Oregon State Board of Nursing website.

Excelsior College School of Nursing graduates are licensed by examination without additional requirements or stipulations.

Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing website.

Important: Excelsior College is not accepting applications from students who reside in the state of Rhode Island.

Excelsior College School of Nursing graduates are not eligible for RN licensure by examination in Rhode Island.

State of Rhode Island Department of Health – Nursing website.

Excelsior College School of Nursing graduates are licensed by examination without additional requirements or stipulations.

South Carolina Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation – Board of Nursing website.

Important: Excelsior College is not accepting applications from students who reside in the state of South Dakota.

Excelsior College School of Nursing graduates are licensed by examination without additional requirements or stipulations.

South Dakota Department of Health – Board of Nursing website.

Excelsior College School of Nursing graduates are licensed by examination without additional requirements or stipulations.

Tennessee Department of Health – Board of Nursing website.

Excelsior graduates who are eligible may sit for the NCLEX-RN and earn a provisional license. They will hold that provisional license until they complete 500 hours of supervised practice and then will be issued a full license.

Students are required to submit the Excelsior College State Board Pre-Admission Form during application to the College.

Texas Board of Nursing website.

Important: Excelsior College is not accepting applications from students who reside in the state of Utah.

Excelsior College School of Nursing graduates are not eligible for RN licensure in Utah.

Utah Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing – Nursing website.

Important: Excelsior College is not accepting applications from students who reside in the state of Vermont.

Excelsior College School of Nursing graduates are not eligible for RN licensure in Vermont. Graduates are directed to contact the Vermont Board of Nursing website for additional questions about licensure eligibility.

Important: Excelsior College is not accepting applications from students who reside in the Virgin Islands.

Excelsior College School of Nursing graduates are licensed by examination without additional requirements or stipulations.

Virgin Islands Board of Nurse Licensure website.

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/LVNs 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 400.

Endorsement: Graduates may apply for licensure by endorsement if they have 960 hours of RN experience.

Students are required to submit the Excelsior College State Board Pre-Admission Form during application to the College.

Information about endorsement published on the Virginia Board of Nursing website.

Important: Excelsior College is not accepting application for any of the nursing programs from students who reside in the state of Washington.

Initial Licensure: Excelsior College School of Nursing graduates are not eligible for RN licensure in Washington.

Endorsement: Associate degree nursing graduates may apply for licensure by endorsement with 1,000 hours of RN experience.

Information about endorsement published on the Washington Board of Nursing website.

Excelsior College School of Nursing graduates are licensed by examination without additional requirements or stipulations.

West Virginia RN Board website.

Important: Excelsior College is not accepting applications from students who reside in the state of Wisconsin.

Excelsior College School of Nursing graduates are not eligible for RN licensure in Wisconsin.

State of Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services – Board of Nursing website.

Important: Excelsior College is not accepting applications from students who reside in the state of Wyoming.

Excelsior College School of Nursing graduates are licensed by examination without additional requirements or stipulations.

Wyoming State Board of Nursing website.

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