Registered Nurse- License Information
Requirements for Licensure
Completion of high school or its equivalent and graduation from or completion of an accredited school of nursing approved by the WI Board of Nursing.
If you are applying for RN licensure by examination through completion of the Pre-MSN basic nursing requirements, there is no guarantee that you will be eligible for an RN license in other states. Graduates of non-U.S. schools: Successful completion of a qualifying examination is required.
Completion of education requirements and submission of the appropriate application (see links below), including all required documentation and fees. Please Note: Applicants may apply for the Registered Nurse (RN) license and the Advanced Practice Nurse Prescriber (APNP) certification simultaneously.
Application for Licensure as a Registered Nurse/Licensed Practical Nurse (Form #3087)
Temporary Permit and Examination:
Before sitting for the examination, an applicant may receive a temporary permit. Completion of all requirements, except examination, and payment of a $10.00 fee are required to receive a temporary permit.
Successfully complete the NCLEX examination for Registered Nurses.
It is important to take this test, and if needed, to retest promptly.
The temporary permit allows the applicant to practice professional nursing under the direct supervision of a registered nurse until a credential is granted. A temporary permit is valid for a period of three months or until the holder receives failing examination results, whichever is shorter. A temporary permit may be renewed once for an additional three-month period.