As the end of your nursing program approaches, you may have started thinking about getting your license. You know that you will have to pass the NCLEX-RN but what else do you have to do and how do you go about getting it all done? Well, you may already know that nursing is a profession regulated by the states. That means that each state’s licensure application can be a little bit different. RN License requirements for Florida include completing an approved nursing program, applying and paying all appropriate fees to the board and testing company, getting fingerprinted, and passing the NCLEX-RN.
Finish your nursing program
The Florida State Board requires that you graduate from an approved nursing program. Not sure if your program is approved? No problem-the state board provides details on checking your eligibility.
Application, fees, and fingerprints
Florida offers an online application. You will be required to pay the fee of $110 to the State Board at this time. You will also have to submit fingerprints through a Livescan provider and fees will vary depending on the provider you choose. You will need to take the electronic fingerprinting form with you when you go to have your prints completed.
At this time, you can also begin your registration with Pearson Vue, the company that handles the NCLEX-RN. When you register, you will have to pay the test fee of $200, so have your credit or debit card handy.
Scheduling the NCLEX-RN
Once all of your required documents have been received, reviewed, and approved by the Florida Board of Nursing, you will receive an eligibility letter that will give you instructions on completing your registration (if you haven’t already) with Pearson Vue and scheduling your exam. Pearson Vue will send you an Authorization to Test (ATT) via e-mail to the address you used when you registered. Keep an eye out for your ATT. This can mean checking your junk/spam folders as the ATT has been known to end up there according to Pearson Vue. The ATT is only good for a specified number of days and cannot be extended for any reason. First time test-takers are offered an appointment within 30 days of the scheduling attempt, either online or by phone.
You’ve got this! Be sure you bring the required identification such as a drivers’ license or military ID card and your ATT. Without this, you will not be able to take your NCLEX-RN and will have to register and pay all over again.
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Getting your license
Upon receiving notice of your passing score on the NCLEX-RN, the State of Florida will issue your initial license within 7-10 days!
There are quite a few steps involved in getting your RN license. Florida, like most states, provides all the steps for you to follow so that you can be sure you are getting it all done right. Good luck!