The 4 types of New York nursing professions are:
Note: In New York, midwifery is not considered a nursing profession. Midwifery is a separately licensed profession.
New York Law requires the New York State Education Department (NYSED) to charge the following fees:
No. New York State is not a Nursing Licensure Compact State. Please reference this instructional checklist if you hold a licensed practical nurse license in another U.S. state or territory and have graduated from a nursing school in the U.S.
When you apply for a nursing license or to renew your nursing registration, you will be required to answer the following questions:
You must report all criminal convictions and disciplinary actions against you, regardless of whether it occurred in New York State or elsewhere. You do not have to disclose "youthful offender" offenses, if your records have been sealed.
Not necessarily. As part of the review of your license or registration application, the New York State Education Department (NYSED) will review your background including your prior conviction(s). NYSED decides on a case by case basis whether your prior criminal conviction(s) will disqualify you from being licensed as a nurse in New York.
Note: Courts often notify NYSED when nurses are convicted of a crime.
No. US citizens and other persons lawfully in the US may qualify for a nursing license.
No. You are not required to have a social security number. However, if you have a social security number, you must disclose it on your nursing license application and on your nursing registration renewal applications.
In New York State, the New York State Education Department (NYSED) is responsible for "approving" (registering) nursing education programs. A list of NYSED registered nursing education programs is available at www.nysed.gov/heds/IRPSL1.html. All out-of-state and online nursing education programs must be registered or approved by NYSED in order to place students in clinical rotations in New York State (except in federal U.S. Armed forces or Veteran's Administration facilities).
To be licensed and registered as an LPN in New York State, you must:
To learn about LPN licensure requirements, click here.
No, you must be a graduate of a nursing education program acceptable to the New York State Education Department to be eligible to take the NCLEX-PN to become licensed as an LPN.
To be licensed and registered as an RN in New York State, you must:
To learn about RN licensure requirements, click here.
You must be licensed and registered as an LPN or RN by NYSED to practice nursing.
Yes. After you apply for and qualify for an LPN or RN license, NYSED will send you a nursing license parchment and a registration certificate. Your nursing license is valid for life unless it is surrendered, revoked, annulled or suspended by the New York State Board of Regents. Your registration certificate will authorize you to practice as a nurse for up to three years. You must renew your registration every three years to continue to practice nursing. You are not legally allowed to practice nursing while your registration is expired.
The New York State Education Department (NYSED) sends PINs to nurses at the address it has on file. If you did not receive a PIN from NYSED, you may need to update your address (see question 4). To request a PIN, contact us. Your request must include the following information:
NYSED responds to PIN requests within two weeks. If your email request includes all required information, NYSED will reply with your PIN and a link where you can renew your registration online.
TIP: When you renew your registration online, enter only your 6-digit nursing license number, including any zeros at the beginning of your license number. Do not include letters, dashes, or numbers after slashes when entering your license number. In addition, keep in mind when you register that your PIN is case-sensitive.
If you are applying for an LPN or RN license, you must complete New York State Education Department (NYSED) approved infection control coursework or qualify for an exemption. Thereafter, you must complete NYSED approved infection control coursework every four years or qualify for an exemption.
Before the New York State Education Department (NYSED) can issue you an RN license or limited permit, you must complete child abuse reporting coursework approved by NYSED or qualify for an exemption.
NOTE: The child abuse reporting course requirement DOES NOT apply to LPNs.
Most LPN license applicants must pass the National Council Licensure Examination for Vocational or Practical Nurses (NCLEX-PN). The NCLEX-PN is designed to test knowledge and skills essential for safe and effective entry level LPN practice. In very rare circumstances, an applicant may qualify for a license by passing the State Board Test Pool Examination (SBTPE) or other LPN license examination accepted by another state or US territory.
Most applicants for an RN license must pass the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN). The NCLEX-RN is designed to test knowledge and skills essential for safe and effective entry level RN practice. In very rare circumstances, an applicant may qualify for a license by passing the State Board Test Pool Examination (SBTPE) or other RN license examination accepted by another state or US territory.
The New York State Education Department (NYSED) must review your RN or LPN license application to determine whether you are eligible to take the NCLEX. If NYSED determines that you are eligible to take the NCLEX, NYSED will inform Pearson VUE directly. Pearson VUE will then issue an ATT to you by mail or email. The ATT will include an ATT number. You must have an ATT number to schedule an appointment to take the NCLEX. Additionally, you must present the ATT and acceptable identification at the test center in order to be admitted to take the NCLEX.
No. The ATT or ATT number must be obtained directly from Pearson VUE.
The candidate must complete the "Request for Reasonable Accommodations for Testing" form and submit it to the New York State Education Department (NYSED) at the address noted on the form. NYSED must approve or disapprove the request for a reasonable accommodation(s) before a candidate can sign up to take the NCLEX.
You must register again with Pearson VUE and pay a $200 fee to retake the NCLEX. For more information, visit: www.pearsonvue.com/nclex or call 1-866-496-2539.
You DO NOT need to file another RN or LPN licensure application or pay additional fees to the New York State Education Department to retake the NCLEX.
In some limited cases, yes.
The correct title for an LPN license applicant who holds a limited permit is Graduate Practical Nurse (GPN). The correct title for an RN license applicant who holds a limited permit is Graduate Nurse (GN). These titles must be displayed on identification badges and must also be used when signing official patientcare documents.