Professional Nursing Pre-Licensure Requirements by State

Students, including prospective students, should review state licensure requirements for licensure as a registered nurse prior to applying to or enrolling in any of Regis College’s nursing programs. Completion of a Regis College program does not guarantee eligibility for state licensure or receipt of a license.

An indication is provided below regarding whether Regis College’s nursing program meets a state’s licensure requirements, does not meet a state’s licensure requirements, or if Regis College has not yet made a determination whether such program meets a state’s licensure requirements.

For states in which Regis College has not yet made a determination whether such program meets a state’s licensure requirements, please contact the state agencies listed here:

State Nursing Agency Contact Info

Please be advised that you should determine whether the program will meet your state’s licensure requirements prior to enrolling in such program.

This document is for information purposes only and cannot be relied upon as an official listing of state nursing licensure requirements.

State Does the Program Meet the Educational Requirements? Licensure Requirements Website
Alabama Yes Accreditation – The governing institution offering the nursing program must be accredited by an organization recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
Additionally, the nursing program must be accredited by a national nursing accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education by January 1, 2022, or within five (5) years of approval by the Board.
Regis College is approved by the MA Board of Registration in Nursing and Accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
Alabama Board of Nursing: Nursing Education Programs
Alaska Yes
  • Must graduate from a board-approved program
  • All RN applicants are required to have graduated from a program that is nationally nursing accredited
Regis College is approved by the MA Board of Registration in Nursing and Accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
Alaska Board of Nursing
American Somoa Unable to determine Please contact for information:
Margaret Sesepasara, MS, RN, Executive Secretary
Phone: 684.633.1222
American Samoa Health Services Regulatory Board
Department of Health
Pago Pago, AS 96799
 
Arizona Yes Regis College is approved by the MA Board of Registration in Nursing and Accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) Arizona State Board of Nursing
Arkansas Yes Must graduate from a board-approved program
Regis College is approved by the MA Board of Registration in Nursing and Accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
Arkansas State Board of Nursing: Rules
California Yes Must graduate from a board-approved program
Regis College is approved by the MA Board of Registration in Nursing and Accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
California Nursing Practice Act
Colorado Yes Must graduate from a board-approved program
Regis College is approved by the MA Board of Registration in Nursing and Accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
Division of Professions and Occupations: Nursing
Connecticut Yes Successfully complete a nursing program that meets the requirements outlined in the Regulations of Connecticut State Agencies Nursing Education Programs and Licensure Requirements
Delaware Yes Graduate from a board approved nursing program in the state where the program is located.
Regis College is approved by the MA Board of Registration in Nursing and Accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
Have completed at least 200 clinical hours for an LPN program and 400 clinical hours for a RN program.
Regis College BSN programs contain 670 clinical hours
 
District of Columbia Yes Must graduate from a board-approved program
Regis College is approved by the MA Board of Registration in Nursing and Accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
Registered Nurse Examination Application
Florida Yes Must graduate from a program approved by the Board of Nursing in the state/jurisdiction that the program is located in.
Regis College is approved by the MA Board of Registration in Nursing and Accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
Florida Board of Nursing
Georgia Yes Must graduate from a board-approved program
Regis College is approved by the MA Board of Registration in Nursing and Accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
Georgia Board of Nursing
Guam Yes Must graduate from a board-approved program<
Regis College is approved by the MA Board of Registration in Nursing and Accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
Guam Board of Nurse Examiners Application
Hawaii Yes A state-approved or nationally accredited baccalaureate, the pre-licensure portion of a graduate level program in nursing, an associate's degree or diploma nursing program in the United States or district or a territory of the United States Amendment and Compilation of Chapter 16-89
Idaho Yes Must graduate from a board-approved program
Regis College is approved by the MA Board of Registration in Nursing and Accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
State of Idaho Board of Nursing
Illinois Yes Regis College is approved by the MA Board of Registration in Nursing and Accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) Nurse Practice Act: Application for Examination or Licensure
Indiana Yes Must graduate from a state board-approved program Licensed Practical Nurse: Application by Examination
Iowa Yes Must graduate from a board-approved program
Regis College is approved by the MA Board of Registration in Nursing and Accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
Iowa Board of Nursing
Kansas Yes Must graduate from a board-approved program
Regis College is approved by the MA Board of Registration in Nursing and Accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
RN Education regulations found in K.A.R. 60-2-104 and contain the following requirements:
  • Content in biological, physical, social and behavioral sciences – must have Anatomy and Physiology
  • Content in growth and development / developmental psychology
  • A minimum of 30 credit hours in nursing courses
  • Nursing courses must have theory and direct clinical experience across the lifespan
K.A.R. 60-2-104
Kentucky Yes An applicant for a KY RN license must have completed the basic curriculum for preparing registered nurses in an KY approved school of nursing and have completed the school’s requirements for graduation; or Graduated from a pre-licensure nursing education programs that are approved/accredited by other state boards of nursing
Regis College is approved by the MA Board of Registration in Nursing and Accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
Kentucky Board of Nursing​
Louisiana Yes Successful completion of a nursing education program approved by the board, or successful completion of a nursing education program located in another country or approved by another board of nursing which program meets or exceeds the educational standards for nursing education programs in Louisiana
Regis College is approved by the MA Board of Registration in Nursing and Accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
Louisiana Center for Nursing
Maine Yes
  • Must graduate from a board-approved program
  • The program must be approved by another BON. When Maine reviews applications from individuals that graduated from another state, the program must be equitable to a program approved in Maine. National nursing program accreditation has been required for Maine programs since January 1, 2015. The Board defines “National Nursing Accreditation” as accreditation by Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) or Commission for Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) or other agency approved by the U.S. Secretary of Education as a national accreditation agency.
  • The RN applicant must also have completed a course of study of not less than 2 years in an approved program in professional nursing and holds a degree, diploma or certificate.
Regis College is approved by the MA Board of Registration in Nursing and Accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
Maine State Board of Nursing
Maryland Yes Must graduate from a board-approved program
Regis College is approved by the MA Board of Registration in Nursing and Accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
Massachusetts Yes Must graduate from a board-approved program
Regis College is approved by the MA Board of Registration in Nursing and Accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing
Michigan Yes Name of School Attended and Name of Educational Program
Additional requirements for RN Licensure by exam for those who are graduates of approved nursing schools located in the United States: Final, Official Transcripts or the Michigan Nursing School Certification Form, if applicable–must be submitted directly to the Board of Nursing office from the nursing school attended and meet the standards set forth by the Board
Michigan Board of Nursing
Minnesota Yes Must graduate from a board-approved program
Regis College is approved by the MA Board of Registration in Nursing and Accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
Requirements for Licensure by Examination
Mississippi Yes Must have graduated from a nursing program which substantially meets the same educational criteria as Mississippi nursing programs
Must request the nursing program to submit an official transcript to the Mississippi Board of Nursing.
What is Licensure by Examination?
Missouri Yes Must graduate from a board-approved program
Regis College is approved by the MA Board of Registration in Nursing and Accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
Board of Nursing: Licensure RN
Montana Yes Must graduate from a board-approved program
Regis College is approved by the MA Board of Registration in Nursing and Accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
RN Licensure by Examination
Nebraska Yes Must graduate from a board-approved program
Regis College is approved by the MA Board of Registration in Nursing and Accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
Nurse Licensing
Nevada Yes Must graduate from a board-approved program
Regis College is approved by the MA Board of Registration in Nursing and Accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
Registered Nurse/License Practical Nurse by Exam Requirements
New Hampshire Yes Nur 302.02 Qualifications for Initial Registered and Practical Nurses Licensure by Examination
Must graduate from a board-approved program
Regis College is approved by the MA Board of Registration in Nursing and Accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
New Hampshire Board of Nursing
New Jersey Yes Must graduate from a board-approved program
Regis College is approved by the MA Board of Registration in Nursing and Accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
New Jersey Board of Nursing
New Mexico Yes Successful completion of a Board approved program. If the state does not approve pre-licensure nursing programs, national programmatic accreditation (i.e. ACEN, CCNE, CNEA) is required.
Regis College is approved by the MA Board of Registration in Nursing and Accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
New Mexico Board of Nursing
New York Yes Must graduate from a board-approved program
Regis College is approved by the MA Board of Registration in Nursing and Accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
New York Office of the Professions: Nursing
North Carolina Yes Must graduate from a board-approved program. Approved program should satisfy these components: Regis College is approved by the MA Board of Registration in Nursing and Accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) North Carolina Board of Nursing
North Dakota Yes
  • A board approved in-state nursing education program; or
  • An out-of-state nursing education program that meets the following requirements:
    • Is approved by another board of nursing; and
    • Includes supervised clinical experience across the life span as part of the curriculum and is equivalent in amount and time to the ND Board of Nursing approved programs.
Regis College is approved by the MA Board of Registration in Nursing and Accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
North Dakota Board of Nursing
Northern Mariana Islands Yes Must graduate from a board-approved program
Regis College is approved by the MA Board of Registration in Nursing and Accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
Public Law NO. 14-620: Nursing Licensure Process
Ohio Yes Is approved by the board according to section 4723.06 of the Revised Code and Chapter 4723-5 of the Administrative Code;
Is approved by a jurisdiction of the national council of state boards of nursing;
Regis College is approved by the MA Board of Registration in Nursing and Accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
Ohio Laws and Rules 4723.06: Board of nursing - powers and duties
Oklahoma Yes An applicant for licensure by examination as a Registered Nurse must meet the following qualifications:
  1. Submits an application containing such information as the Board may prescribe;
  2. Be a minimum of eighteen (18) years of age on or before the date the license is issued;
  3. Cause submission of an official transcript showing completion of the basic professional curricula of a state Board-approved registered nursing education program conducted in a member board jurisdiction that meets the requirements of 485:10-5-6(d), and showing the diploma or degree and the date conferred. The transcript must be obtained from an entity approved and recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as a primary source for providing education transcripts.
Regis College is approved by the MA Board of Registration in Nursing and Accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
Oklahoma Board of Nursing
Oregon Yes
  • Program must be approved through the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA).
  • ORS 678.040 (1)(2): The applicant must have graduated from a nursing program that is accredited or approved by the licensing Board for nurses in a particular state or United States territory and approved by the Oregon Board of Nursing
Regis College is approved by the MA Board of Registration in Nursing and Accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
Oregon State Board of Nursing
Pennsylvania Yes Must graduate from a board-approved program
Regis College is approved by the MA Board of Registration in Nursing and Accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
Pennsylvania Department of State: Professional Licensing
Rhode Island Yes
  1. Be of good moral character;
  2. Have completed at least an approved high school course of study or the equivalent supported by diploma or certificate thereof as determined by the rules and regulations of the State Board of Education; and
  3. Have successfully completed the prescribed curriculum in a Board-approved basic professional nursing education program and holds a diploma from the program,
Regis College is approved by the MA Board of Registration in Nursing and Accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
Rhode Island Department of Health: Licensing
South Carolina Yes Completed all requirements for graduation from an approved school of nursing or nursing education program approved by the state or jurisdiction in this country or territory or dependency of the United States in which the program is located.
Regis College is approved by the MA Board of Registration in Nursing and Accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
South Carolina Board of Nursing
South Dakota Yes For licensure as a practical nurse or registered nurse in South Dakota, the applicant must: 1. complete a practical or registered nursing program that is board approved in the state in which it originates and meets the eligibility requirements in that state to sit for the NCLEX-PN or NCLEX-RN.
Regis College is approved by the MA Board of Registration in Nursing and Accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
South Dakota Board of Nursing
Tennessee Yes An applicant who graduated from a school of nursing approved by a Board in another U.S. jurisdiction shall have had substantially the same course of study as stated in the minimum curriculum requirements for Tennessee approved schools of nursing at the time of his application or he shall remove deficiencies as directed by the Board.
Regis College is approved by the MA Board of Registration in Nursing and Accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
Board of Nursing
Texas Yes A professional nursing education program operated in another state may be determined to have substantially equivalent education standards to a Texas approved nursing program if:
  1. the program is approved by a state board of nursing or other governmental entity to offer a pre-licensure professional nursing program of study that awards a nursing diploma or degree upon completion;
  2. the program includes general education courses providing a sound foundation for nursing education for the level of preparation;
  3. the program's nursing courses include didactic content and supervised clinical learning experiences in medical-surgical, maternal/child health, pediatrics, geriatrics, and mental health nursing that teach students to use a systematic approach to clinical decision-making and safe patient care across the life span; and
  4. for baccalaureate degree nursing programs, nursing courses must also include didactic content and supervised clinical learning experiences, as appropriate, in community, research, and leadership.
Regis College is approved by the MA Board of Registration in Nursing and Accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
Texas Board of Nursing
Utah Yes Must graduate from a board-approved program
Regis College is approved by the MA Board of Registration in Nursing and Accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
Utah Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing: Nursing
Vermont Yes
  • Must graduate from a board-approved program
  • Nursing education programs shall be conducted in an accredited state-approved school. Accreditation may be by the New England Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools or another accrediting body recognized by the Board.
  • Effective July 1, 2020, all Vermont pre-licensure nursing education programs must be accredited by a national nursing accreditation organization approved by the Board.
  • The Board may at anytime request information it deems necessary for oversight of proposed or existing nursing education programs.
Regis College is approved by the New England Commission of Higher Education, MA Board of Registration in Nursing and Accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
Vermont State Board of Nursing
Virgin Islands Yes
  1. is of good character;
  2. is in good physical and mental health;
  3. has completed an approved high school course of study or the equivalent thereof and meets such other preliminary requirements as the Board may prescribe; and
  4. has completed a basic professional curriculum in an accredited school of nursing and holds credentials therefrom.
Regis College is approved by the MA Board of Registration in Nursing and Accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
 
Virginia Yes
  • Must graduate from a board-approved program
  • Applicant Resources
  • Graduates of nursing schools located in other states - Verification of Clinical Hours: If you attended a nursing program outside of Virginia, your final official transcript must include evidence of the actual (direct client care) clinical hours broken down for each course.
  • Evidence-based didactic content and supervised clinical experience in nursing, encompassing the attainment and maintenance of physical and mental health and the prevention of illness for individuals and groups throughout the life cycle and in a variety of acute, nonacute, community-based, and long-term care clinical settings and experiences to include adult medical/surgical nursing, geriatric nursing, maternal/infant (obstetrics, gynecology, neonatal) nursing, mental health/psychiatric nursing, nursing fundamentals, and pediatric nursing;
  • A nursing education program preparing a student for licensure as a registered nurse shall provide a minimum of 500 hours of direct client care supervised by qualified faculty.
Regis College is approved by the MA Board of Registration in Nursing and Accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). The Young School of Nursing curriculum contains a total of 670 hours of direct client care which is supervised by qualified faculty
Applicant Resources
Washington Yes
  • Must graduate from a board-approved program
  • WAC 246-840-030 Initial licensure for RN out of state traditional nursing education program approved by US BON
Regis College is approved by the MA Board of Registration in Nursing and Accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).
WAC 246-840-030 Initial licensure for registered nurses and practical nurses
West Virginia Yes Must graduate from a board-approved program
Regis College is approved by the MA Board of Registration in Nursing and Accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
West Virginia RN Board
Wisconsin Yes Must graduate from a board-approved program
Regis College is approved by the MA Board of Registration in Nursing and Accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
Wisconsin Board of Nursing
Wyoming Yes Must graduate from a board-approved program
Regis College is approved by the MA Board of Registration in Nursing and Accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
Wyoming State Board of Nursing