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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.

Application Process