Registered Nurse Certification in Indiana

Registered nurse certification in Indiana helps nurses in promoting health and preventing various health diseases. While attending their patients, RNs observe, assess and record symptoms, help in the convalescence and rehabilitation of patients, assist physicians during surgery, treatments and examinations. The Indiana Nursing Board licenses these professionals in the state.

Requirements for Getting RN Certification

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The applicants may apply for registered nurse certificate by:

1. Examination

The aspirants must meet the following eligibility standards for licensure by examination:

  • For the U.S. Graduates
    • Complete the application form.
    • Provide 2½ x 3½ inches passport type photograph affixed with the signature of the candidate, the school seal, and signature of the Dean/Director/Designee on the lower front of the photo. The photograph must meet the following specifications:
      • Must have view of head and shoulders
      • Must be colored or black and white
      • Should be of professional quality
      • Should not be laminated or Polaroid
    • Submit required application fee of $50 via money order or check made payable to the Indiana Professional Licensing.
    • Submit a photocopy of your GED scores if your high school is not completed.
    • Provide verification of licensure from your nursing school in which, you were originally certified.
    • Before taking the NCLEX-RN exam, submit certification of completion form to your nursing school for further completion of the form by the Designee/Dean/Director of the program of nursing. Send the completed form directly from the nursing school to the Board.
    • In case of name change, provide legal documents verifying your change in name.
    • Applicants requiring modification of the normal exam procedure or special accommodation are required to submit a written application to the Board. Submit a letter from health professional verifying the diagnosis or condition of the disability with the application.
  • For Graduates of Foreign Nursing School
    • Fill the application form completely and ensure that you have provided the correct information.
    • Provide a notarized copy or original transcripts verifying completion of graduation from your high school or secondary school to the Indiana Board.
    • Attach a recent photograph with the specifications mentioned above.
    • Provide verification of your licensure from the country or territory you were originally licensed.
    • Submit the required fee of $50 in the form of check or money order drawn on the name of Indiana Professional Licensing Agency.
    • Send a notarized copy or original transcripts separated into clinical and theory hours or days from your nursing school to the Board.
    • Submit proof of successfully completion of CGFNS (Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools) exam, sent directly from the CGFNS to the Indiana Board.


2. Endorsement

The requirements are listed below:

  • For the U.S. Graduates
    • Submit verification of licensure from the state where you were originally licensed.
    • Successfully undergo the criminal background check.
    • Submit $60 as application fee.
    • Submit evidence of your active and current licensure in another state or territory.
    • Submit the duly filled form for licensure by endorsement.
    • Provide 2½ x 3½ inches passport type photograph with the specifications mentioned above (requirements for RN license by examination for the U.S. graduates).
  • For Graduates from CanadaIn addition to the above requirements (described for the U.S. graduates), the applicants must submit the following:
      • Official transcripts with inclusion of theory and clinical experience in all areas.
      • Verification from your initial state of certification verifying that you have cleared any one of the following exams:
        • NCLEX (National Council Licensing Examination)
        • SBTPE (State Board Test Pool Examination)
        • CNATS (The English version of the Canadian Nurses Examination)

Note: Provide official translation if your documents are not in English.

    • For Foreign Nurse Graduates excluding CanadaIn addition to the above requirements (mentioned for the U.S. graduates), the applicants must submit the following:
      • Provide official transcripts from any of the CES (Credentials Evaluation Service), like CGFNS which must include the theory and clinical experience in all specific areas.
      • Provide original document or notarized photocopy of official transcripts or high school diploma sent directly from the awarding entity or another nursing board.

Note: Provide official translation if your documents are not in English.

Procedure to Obtain RN Certification

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1. By Examination

For obtaining licensure by examination in Indiana, the applicants are required to follow the given steps.

  • Complete the application form.
    • The U.S. graduates can open the below link and click on “Indiana licensure application”. The application will be downloaded on your computer/laptop directly.http://www.in.gov/pla/2507.htm
    • The foreign candidates can use the following link and click on “Indiana licensure application” to download the form directly on their desktop.http://www.in.gov/pla/2505.htm
  • Register yourself with the testing vendor, Pearson VUE, to take the NCLEX-RN exam. You may register in any of the following ways:
  • After receiving the confirmation from the testing service, schedule and take the NCLEX-RN exam.
  • Submit the application form including all the required documents to the following address:Indiana Professional Licensing Agency
    402 West Washington Street, Room W072
    Indianapolis, Indiana- 46204

2. By Endorsement

The applicants applying for Indiana licensure by endorsement must follow the given procedure.

  • Download the paper application by following the below given instructions, and complete it.
    • Then, click on “Application for Licensure by Endorsement” to download the form directly on your laptop/computer.
  • The applicants may apply for a temporary permit if they meet the requirements of endorsement. Submit an additional fee of $10 with the endorsement application.
  • Upon approval of all the documents, the license will be issued by the Board.

Verification of the RN License in Indiana

While applying for licensure by endorsement, the applicants are required to verify their certificate. They may use any of the following ways:

After filling it, submit it to the address provided on the top right corner of the application.


Renewal of RN License in IN

RN license in Indiana expires on 31st October of every odd numbered year. The applicants may renew their license 60 days before the expiration date of the license. At present, there are no continuing education requirements in the state.

Use the following link to renew your license online:https://mylicense.in.gov/egov/

Renewal of Expired License

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For renewal of the licenses that have expired for more than three years but less than ten years, the applicants must provide the following:

  • If you hold a current license, submit a fee of $100 through check or money order made payable to the “Indiana Professional Licensing Agency”.
  • If you do not hold a current license, submit proof of 24 contact hours of continuing education, which includes six contact hours each in legal/ethics, pharmacology, documentation, and assessment.

The RNs may download the “Expired Registered Nurse Renewal Form” by using this link:

http://www.in.gov/pla/files/Generic_RN_Expired_Renew_Form.pdf

After completing it, submit it to the address given on the top right corner of the form.

Fee Structure

The applicants may use the following link to view the complete fee structure.

http://www.in.gov/pla/2501.htm

Status Search

The below given link can be used to search for all the license holders in the state. The link provides the updated status of any license.

https://mylicense.in.gov/everification/Search.aspx