Regulatory Responsibility:  Although a national exam is required, the state board, or council grants Nursing licenses. The National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) was created to lessen the burdens of state governments and bring together boards of nursing to act and counsel together on matters of common interest. Licensure assures that the nurse has completed the nursing education requirements at a state-approved program that as met state regulations.  The Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC) allows nurses to have one multistate license, with the ability to practice in both their home state and other party states. For information on state participation in the contract see » .

Accreditation: Officially recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education as a national accreditation agency, the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) is an autonomous accrediting agency, contributing to the improvement of the public's health. See  » for accreditation information.

Exam:  NCSBN is responsible for developing and maintaining the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) and the National Council Licensure Examination for Practical Nurses (NCLEX-PN) to assist state boards in making licensure/registration decisions.  For more information on nursing exam see » .

Professional Organization:  The National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) »

Steps to Licensure:

  1. Complete an accredited program
  2. Take and pass national exam
  3. Apply for state licensure

graphic illustration for steps to obtain nursing licensure in Kansas. Steps are also listed just prior to this illustration.

Kansas State Board of Nursing:

Registered Nurse Kansas Requirements and Licensure Information  »