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Information for Graduating Students

BSN Students Applying for RN License

All graduating BSN students should closely follow the steps outlined below in order to receive their RN License. These steps are a great guideline for students.  Some additional steps may be necessary depending on which state you plan to apply. We have included several helpful hints that will make for a smoother process. 

Complete the NCLEX Survey
The Office of Student Information will send out a survey to all potential BSN graduates several weeks before the end of the semester.  All potential graduates need to complete the survey indicating to which state they plan to apply for initial licensure. If you do no complete this survey the Office of Student Information will not be able to submit any information on your behalf and you will not receive an Authorization to Test (ATT).
Submit Application to State Board

Please visit the NCSBN website: www.ncsbn.org to view your states application requirements. Application for Pennsylvania: https://www.mylicense.state.pa.us 

Apply at the end of your final semester. There is no advantage for applying earlier. We recommend applying after December 1st for fall grads, and after May 1st for spring grads.

Helpful Hints

  • You must choose ONE state to apply to for your initial license

  • Different states have different requirements for their application such as fingerprints, official transcripts, Dean’s signature, etc.

  • If you are applying to a state that has additional paperwork that must be signed by a School of Nursing official make sure to bring completed forms to the Office of Student Information (OSI) Suite M24 starting approximately 2 weeks before graduation. 
  • If your state requires transcripts, please go the University Registrar’s Office for additional information. You will need to wait until all grades are posted. Also, make sure to select the HOLD UNTIL DEGREE IS POSTED option to ensure the transcript is accurate. If you send the transcripts directly to your self, DO NOT OPEN them, as this will invalidate official transcripts. 
  • Keep all correspondences until you receive your license

Register for the NCLEX with Pearson VUE

Create a profile through Pearson VUE and prepay the NCLEX exam fee. Complete this step immediately following the submission of your application to the Board. You will immediately receive an email confirmation. The current NCLEX registration fee is $200.

Helpful Hints

  • If you register online all correspondences will be by email

  • You may register by phone

  • There are no refunds for any reason

  • See the 2017 booklet for Requesting Special Accommodations

  • Enter your name on the NCLEX application EXACTLY as it is printed on the picture  identification you will present at the testing center

  •  Our NCSBN code is US25505900
  • Acceptable Identification

    • Valid U.S. drivers license
    • Valid U.S. State identification (Dept. of Motor-Vehicle issued)
    • Valid Passport
    • U.S. Military Identification

    Please read over the NCLEX Examination Bulletin and follow all directions exactly as stated. Cross all your T’s and dot all your I’s. You risk being denied admission to take the test if you do not follow the directions.

  • Keep all correspondences until you receive your license

 Degree Verification is sent to State

 After all grades are submitted, your degree will be posted, and the Office of Student Information will forward the necessary degree verification information to your selected state from the survey.

  • It is your responsibility to make sure that any state specific paperwork has been submitted to the Office of Student Information in a timely manner. Delays in submission of paperwork to OSI will result in a delay receiving your ATT.

Receive Authorization to Test (ATT) from Pearson VUE via email

When you receive your Authorization to Test (ATT) you may then schedule your NCLEX test date. Expect to wait several weeks after graduating to receive your ATT. 

Schedule your NCLEX exam

Since testing slots fill quickly, schedule a date to take the NCLEX immediately upon receiving your ATT even if you do not want to take the exam immediately. You may take the examination at ANY Pearson Professional Center.

To find a location go to:www.pearsonvue.com/nclex              

Pass the NCLEX and Receive Your License

Once you sit for your NCLEX exam, you can check to see if you passed by searching the Dept. of State website for your name: http://www.licensepa.state.pa.us

Successful candidates usually see their license post within 2 business days of passing the NCLEX. You will receive an official license in the mail several weeks after passing

Additional State Specific Information

  • Pennsylvania - all applicants are required to complete training in Child Abuse Reporting.

  • California Specific Steps
    • Bring the California form (with the transcript request form) to the University’s Office of the Registrar.
    • Ask the Registrar to return the form and transcript to Ms. Adrienne Ricks in the Office of Student Information within the SON, Room M-24

    • Bring in unopened official transcripts from all other schools attended to Ms. Adrienne Ricks

    • It is important to bring all items together as a packet***
    • Once Adrienne receives your Penn transcript, she will send all transcripts, the form, and a required letter to California as one complete package

    • Expect delays of up to 4 months from the CA Board

    • Student can go to the CA Board website to check on processing times at http://www.rn.ca.gov/times.shtml
  • Tennessee - all applicants will need to obtain a passport picture to attach to their packet. They will also need to sign the back of the photo.
  • Students without United States citizenship should contact the Office of Student Information directly at sonedv@nursing.upenn.edu for additional assistance.

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