Connecticut Nursing Licensure

Connecticut Nursing Licensure

The Connecticut Department of Public Health (DPH) is responsible for regulating the practice of nursing in Connecticut. To qualify for licensure by examination, you must:

Complete a nursing program accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC);

Pass a national licensing exam administered by CGFNS; and

Provide transcripts from each school attended and proof of successful completion of all nursing education coursework from an approved nursing program as outlined above. All applicants must submit an application fee, application form, and fingerprint card along with their application materials. Additional information about these requirements may be found on our website at https://www.ct.gov/dph/lib/dph/nursing/nurse_licensing_information_applicants.htm

An applicant for licensure by examination is required to submit the following items to the Department of Public Health:

An applicant for licensure by examination is required to submit the following items to the Department of Public Health:

  • Application fee and application.
  • Two copies of transcripts from each nursing school attended, including any colleges or universities attended, that have been certified by a registrar or official of the issuing institution.
  • A certificate indicating successful completion of education coursework for RN-BSN applicants, or verification that all course requirements have been completed for LPN-BSN applicants. See Section IV(A)14a below for details regarding program reports from accredited schools with RN-BSN programs.
  • Official criminal history record information submitted directly from each state in which you were licensed as an LPN/LVN/RN during your career (the Department will require proof that you were licensed). You may use this form if your license was issued within the last 3 years; otherwise, please contact CLIA at (860) 538-2860 ext. 4381 if it has been more than three years since issuance of your current license and you are unable to obtain your own copy using this method above – they can assist you with obtaining one quickly! If there is no record found in our system after conducting these searches then we will not be able to process your application until those records have been obtained directly through us so please do not apply until this has happened! If I had known about this sooner it would’ve saved me a lot of time…”

A completed application

In order to be considered by the Board, an application must:

  • Be completely filled out. All required information must be provided on the application.
  • Be signed by you and the applicant. The signature line at the bottom of each form requires that both you and your applicant sign their name (in blue ink), in addition to having their signatures notarized if submitting too late for a deadline or paying additional fees for expedited service.
  • Be accompanied by a check or money order made payable to “Connecticut Department of Public Health”. The appropriate fee amount is included in your licensure packet; however, if applying for an extension or renewing an inactive license, there will be an additional fee due at time of application submission.

The application fee (check or money order) and the applicable fees for transcript review and/or fingerprint processing

The application fee (check or money order) and the applicable fees for transcript review and/or fingerprint processing:

  • Application Fee: $100
  • Transcript Review Fee: $25
  • Fingerprint Processing Fee: $40
  • If both transcripts and fingerprints are needed, all three costs will be included in one package. The total cost of this package is $75

A copy of your high school diploma, GED or any higher education degree

You must have a high school diploma or GED. You also must have a higher education degree from an accredited (or approved) nursing program.

  • The following are acceptable degrees:
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)
  • Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)
  • Doctorate of Philosophy in Nursing (PhD)

Official transcripts from any college or university that you have attended that sent direct to DPH by the institution(s)

Proof of successful completion of all nursing education coursework from an approved nursing program as outlined above

Proof of successful completion of all nursing education coursework from an approved nursing program as outlined above

If you are a U.S. citizen, you must also provide proof that you have passed the NCLEX-RN exam (National Council Licensure Examination-Registered Nurse) and achieved a passing score on this exam. This can be done by providing a copy of your official results from the testing agency or from the testing agency directly. If you fail to meet these requirements at any time after admission into our program, your acceptance will be revoked and no financial assistance will be granted for additional time in the program or for registration fees associated with continued enrollment after expiration date has been reached; failure to comply with this policy may result in dismissal from school without refund of monies paid on behalf student’s account

If you are a graduate of a nursing program outside of Connecticut, your school may send the necessary documents directly to CGFNS.

If you are a graduate of a nursing program outside of Connecticut, your school may send the necessary documents directly to CGFNS.

If your application is approved by the Board, CGFNS will notify you. You must take the NCLEX-RN examination within 6 months after receiving notification of your approval by the Board.

If you are licensed registered nurse who is applying by examination, you must submit a Certification Program Report with your application.

  • If you are licensed registered nurse who is applying by examination, you must submit a Certification Program Report with your application.
  • The CGFNS is the certifying body for nurses in the US. They are a private organization that provides certification to nurses who have successfully completed all nursing education coursework from an approved nursing program as outlined above.

Connecticut Nursing Licensure

The state of Connecticut licenses nurses to ensure that they are qualified to provide care to patients in different settings. Nurses who have been licensed by the state must renew their licenses on a regular basis.

There are two ways for nurses to obtain a license from the state: by applying directly through the Department of Public Health, or by applying through another licensing entity (such as a hospital) which has an agreement with Connecticut’s department of public health.

If you are applying for licensure by examination, you will need to submit a Certification Program Report with your application. This report must be completed by the nursing program director at an approved school for the type of certificate applied for (RN or LPN). The CPREP Report must include an official signature and stamp. If you have any questions about completing this form, please contact us at (860) 509-7489 or email dphelicensure@ct.gov

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