RN License Requirements for New Jersey

When you are ready to apply for a nursing license it is important to be familiar with the state requirements. Each state has different requirements and fees. Planning ahead will allow you to organize the required paperwork and budget for the required expenses.


NJ RN Requirements: Step 1

Complete an accredited nursing program and then have the school send a certificate of program completion to the board of nursing.


NJ RN Requirements: Step 2

Register with Pearson Vue There is a $200 fee for registering for the NCLEX-RN exam. Once all eligibility criteria have been verified, you will be contacted with information on scheduling your exam.


NJ RN Requirements: Step 3

Complete the application process which in itself has numerous steps. You can choose to complete the application online or on paper, but either way you’ll need to complete this checklist of requirements. When completing the application, you should be prepared to answer questions about your education, student loans, child support status and any medical conditions that could impede your practice.

If you fill out a paper application, you must have it notarized which can often be done at your local town hall, a bank or in some cases at your college. All applicants are required to submit a full face original passport photo (2×2) taken within the past six months with your signature on the back. A copy of your birth certificate, passport, certificate of naturalization, or USCIS immigration documents is required. Be sure to include proper documents and required licensing fee ($200) to avoid any delays.


NJ RN Requirements: Step 4

The next step is a criminal background check. If you live in the metropolitan area, you will receive information on completing your fingerprints through MorphoTrust which will cost around $70. Be sure to bring proper identification when you go for your fingerprints, for example a valid photo driver’s license or passport.


NJ RN Requirements: Step 5

Once you receive your testing confirmation information from Pearson Vue, you can schedule your exam. Stay calm and focused knowing that you have worked hard and prepared for this exam. You are on your way to becoming a member of the very rewarding field of nursing. Good Luck!

If you were educated in a foreign country, the process for obtaining your registered nurse license in New Jersey is a little different. A full education course review by the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS) needs to be completed. You will also have to show proof of passing the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) exam. Information and fees for these two requirements can be located at http://www.cgfns.org. The licensing fee is also slightly higher at $225. Depending on your time frame, you can also pay an additional fee to have these services expedited. America is the land of opportunities, welcome and good luck.