Arizona Registered Nurse License Exam
Need for a Registered Nurse License: A Registered Nurse is required to be licensed to practice nursing in the state of Arizona.
Who Grants a Registered Nurse License: Licenses are granted by the Arizona Board of Nursing.
Qualifications to receive a License: Applicants must graduate from an approved and accredited nursing program (diploma, associate, or baccalaureate degree) and pass the NCLEX-RN exam.
Applying for State Licensure and the NCLEX-RN Exam: The application process consists of two parts which are completed together: 1) applying for Arizona Licensure and 2) registering for the NCLEX-RN exam.
- First, complete and submit an Application for Licensure by Examination with the Arizona Board of Nursing. The forms may be downloaded online via the Arizona Board of Nursing website. The application must be completed on paper and mailed in to the Arizona Board of Nursing. The address is 4747 N. 7th Street, Suite 200 Phoenix, AZ85014-3655.
- For Arizona graduates only, request a Certificate of Completion (to be sent directly from the nursing school attended, verifying successful completion of an approved nursing program).
- For out of state graduates, request an official copy of your transcript from your nursing school to be sent in a sealed envelope to the Arizona Board of Nursing (unofficial and/or electronic copies are not accepted). The address is 4747 N. 7th Street, Suite 200 Phoenix, AZ85014-3655.
- Complete proof of citizenship by submitting a copy of an approved document according to the list.
- Await fingerprint cards from the Board of Nursing. Complete a full set of fingerprints and submit to the Board of Nursing.
- Second, the NCLEX exam is administered by Pearson VUE. You must register to take the NCLEX exam, in addition to applying for Licensure. Registration can be done online via the Pearson VUE website. Alternatively, you may call Pearson VUE NCLEX Candidate services (toll-free) at1.866.49NCLEX (1.866.496.2539), Monday-Friday, 7 am to 7 pm, Central Standard Time.
- Once the Arizona Board of Nursing provides clearance to Pearson VUE, you will receive an Authorization to Test (ATT) notice from Pearson VUE. This allows you to schedule your exam at a convenient Pearson VUE location, typically within 90 days from receipt of the ATT.
NCLEX-RN Exam Content: The NCLEX-RN exam is a computerized test which utilizes “adaptive testing.” This means that the computer will determine your level of competency throughout the exam and the number of questions will vary based upon your competency level. A minimum of 75 questions and a maximum of 265 questions are administered. At minimum, 60 questions will be scored and 15 questions will be practice questions. The test taker will not know which are scored and which are not. You will have a maximum of 6 hours to complete the exam.
There are two optional breaks after 2.5 and 3.5 hours, respectively.
There are four subject categories and several sub-categories for the NCLEX-RN exam. They are as follows:
- Safe, effective care environment
- Management of care
- Safety and infection control
- Psychosocial integrity
- Physiological integrity
- Health promotion and maintenance
- Basic care and comfort
- Pharmacologic and parenteral therapies
- Reduction of risk potential
- Physiological adaptation
The NCLEX-RN results are pass/fail. Official results from the NCLEX-RN exam are delivered by the respective Board of Nursing within 2-4 weeks from the exam date. Unofficial results may be obtained 48 business hours after the exam through Pearson Vue Quick Results. There is a small fee for this service. If you do not pass the exam, you will receive a diagnostic profile which outlines your performance on the exam and will need to retake the exam at a later date.
Who Administers the Exam: The NCLEX-RN exam is developed and approved by the National Council for State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN). The test is administered at Pearson VUE testing locations.
License Renewal and Continuing Education Requirements: In order to renew your Arizona nursing license, you must complete one of the following within the last five years: 960 hours of RN-licensed practice, a board-approved refresher course, or obtained an advanced degree (RN to BSN, MSN, or doctorate; or advanced practice certificate). This is the equivalent of 24 weeks of full-time nursing practice. RN License Renewals can be completed online here.
Special Notice: Arizona is a Compact State. The Compact State agreement allows nurses who practice in specific states to have License reciprocity in those other participating states. Therefore, if your primary residence is within another Compact State, you need not apply for additional Licensure from the Arizona Board of Nursing.
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