Licensure in Kansas
Licensure in Kansas is mandatory to practice nursing in the state of Kansas. Applicants may not practice nursing in Kansas until licensed or issued a temporary permit by the Kansas State Board of Nursing (KSBN). Licensure in another state, territory or country does not grant applicants the privilege of practicing nursing in Kansas. The state of Kansas is not currently part of the licensure compact.
The Kansas State Board of Nursing issues licenses to graduates of approved nursing education programs seeking licensure by examination and to nurses licensed in other states. All nurses are required to renewal their licenses on a biennial basis with evidence of required continuing nursing education. Licenses expiration is determined by the licensee’s date of birth. Your Kansas nursing license will expire on the last day of the month you were born, in odd or even years based upon the month in which you were born in.
Pursuant to K.A.R. 60-3-107 (b) Applications for initial licensure by examination or endorsement and for reinstatement while awaiting documentation of qualifications shall be active for six months. (1) The expiration date of each application shall be based upon the date of receipt at the agency. (2) Once the application has expired, each individual seeking licensure shall file a new application along with the appropriate fee as prescribed by K.A.R. 60-4-101.
ALL APPLICANTS/LICENSEES ARE REQUIRED TO NOTIFY KSBN WITHIN 30 DAYS OF A NAME OR ADDRESS CHANGE PURSUANT TO K.S.A. 65-1117 AND K.A.R. 60-7-103.
What type of nursing application do I need to complete?
- You are needing to renew your active nursing license. This can be done up to 90 days prior to the expiration of your license.
- You have or have had a license in the state of Kansas that you’ve allowed to expire or you’ve placed it on inactive or exempt status and are needing/wanting an active license again in the state of Kansas.
- You have graduated from an approved nursing program (RN or LPN) and are needing to sit for the NCLEX to obtain your nursing license as a RN or LPN.
- You currently hold an active nursing license (RN or LPN) in another state and are needing to obtain a Kansas license to practice in the state of Kansas.
- You have graduated from an approved APRN (NP, NMW, CNS or CRNA) program or have an active APRN license in another state and are needing to obtain a Kansas APRN license.