Register Nurse License Requirements in Texas
Initial New License
- A graduate straight out of an approved nursing program must apply to the State Board of Nursing for a license. You must document your education through a curriculum vitae (a resume) and pass the National Council of State Board of Nursing RN exam. Further, an FBI fingerprinting check and a criminal background check must be performed.
- All licenses must be renewed every two years. If you were born in an even numbered year, your license must be renewed in an even numbered year. If you were born in an odd numbered year, then renewal must be in an odd number year. If your current license is in good standing, you must demonstrate 20 hours of continuing education within the two years immediately preceding renewal of registration. Further, you must show active involvement in the field, and explain any time away from the field.
License by Endorsement
- If you are an RN transferring from another state, the criteria and steps are much the same as for a new application. You must present the State Board of Nursing your curriculum vitae (CV) and any other pertinent documentation, such as what year you passed the NCLEX-RN exam. You must also demonstrate continuing education hours. Criminal background checks by the Texas Department of Public Safety and FBI are required.
Nurses from Other Countries
- The licensing requirement for nurses from other countries is similar to a new nurse application. You must present your CV, along with documentation of education. You must also pass the NCLEX-RN exam and undergo an FBI background investigation. You must also demonstrate a high proficiency in the English language, both written and spoken.