785-296-4929

Online Instructions

Reinstatement

Reinstatement of an Expired or Inactive License

Reinstatement of an Exempt, Inactive or Lapsed License:

RN or LPN reinstatement:

Kansas License Lapsed within the preceding five (5) years:

Submit to KSBN the completed Reinstatement Application, appropriate fee(s), and satisfactory proof of 30 contact hours of approved continuing nursing education (CNE) earned within the preceding (2) year period (copies of certificates of completion must be mailed/faxed/emailed to KSBN).

Kansas License Lapsed five (5) years or more:

Submit to the KSBN the completed Reinstatement Application, appropriate fee, and one of the following:

  • Evidence of licensure in another jurisdiction that requires 30 contact hours of continuing nursing education, OR
  • Evidence of licensure in another state during the preceding five (5) year period and satisfactory proof of 30 contact hours of approved continuing nursing education earned within the preceding  two (2) years (copies of certificates of completion must be mailed/faxed/emailed to KSBN), OR
  • Evidence of satisfactory completion of a refresher course approved by the Kansas State Board of Nursing. Please arrange refresher course prior to filing a completed reinstatement application.  A temporary permit is not required to complete a refresher course but an application must be sent to KSBN prior to beginning the clinical portion of the refresher course. A KSBN approved refresher course serves as acceptable continuing nursing education.

Advanced Practice Reinstatement:

Licensure in Kansas is mandatory to practice as an advanced practice registered nurse (APRN). You may not be employed to practice as an APRN in Kansas until licensed/certified or issued a temporary permit by the Kansas State Board of Nursing. Licensure/certification in another state, territory or country does not grant applicants the privilege of practicing as an APRN in Kansas. APRN applicants must also have a current license as a Registered Professional Nurse in Kansas.

Kansas Advanced Practice License lapsed within five (5) years:

  • Satisfactory proof of 30 contact hours of approved continuing nursing education in the advanced practice registered nurse role earned within the preceding two (2) year period (copies of certificates of completion must be mailed/faxed/emailed); OR
  • Evidence of licensure in another jurisdiction and while licensed in the jurisdiction, has accumulated 1,000 hours of advanced registered nurse practitioner practice within the preceding five (5) year period. (Form to verify 1,000 hours is available on the KSBN website, Affidavit of Hours Worked)

Kansas Advanced practice license lapsed five (5) years or more:

  • Satisfactory proof of 30 contact hours of approved continuing nursing education in the advanced practice registered nurse role earned within the preceding two (2) years (copies of certificates of completion must be mailed/faxed/emailed) and evidence of licensure in another jurisdiction and while licensed in the jurisdiction, has accumulated 1,000 hours of advanced register nurse practitioner practice within the preceding five (5) year period. (Form to verify 1,000 hours is available on KSBN’s website, Affidavit of Hours Worked) OR
  • Verification of completion of a refresher course approved by the KSBN.

YOU WILL NEED THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION TO COMPLETE THE ONLINE APPLICATION:

  • Employment information (if employed as a nurse) for the preceding five (5) years of employment; name of employer, street address, city, state, and zip code for your employer, dates of employment, as well as a phone number.
  • Valid credit or debit card (MasterCard, Visa, Discover or American Express) or checking account information (routing and account number). There is a service fee charged for an e-check refused by the bank due to insufficient funds or closed account.

NOTE: The granting of a temporary permit is discretionary and in no circumstance guarantees licensure: You may be eligible for a NONRENEWABLE temporary permit which permits employment as a LPN/RN/RNA in the state of Kansas while the application is being processed. Prior to the issuance of a temporary permit, a completed reinstatement application (and fee) and proof of a current license in another state or active Kansas license within the past five (5) years must be received by the Kansas State Board of Nursing. Please see section on temporary permits for more information.

Reinstatement Application

Please be advised:

Name: Do not use nicknames. If you do not have a middle name, leave the field blank. If you have just an initial for a first or middle name, write just the initial in the corresponding field.

The reinstatement application is not yet optimized for mobile devices. As a result, we recommend using a desktop computer.

Reinstating an Exempt, Inactive or Lapsed license:

  • Online Reinstatement Application and application fee.
  • Proof of a current license (for the type in which you are applying to reinstate).
  • Certificates of completion of KSBN approved continuing nursing education.

Mailing Address

Kansas State Board of Nursing
Landon State Office Building
900 SW Jackson, Ste 1051
Topeka, KS 66612
Fax Number: 1-785-296-3929
Email Address for Continuing Nursing Education Only
reinstatement@ksbn.state.ks.us

Reinstatement Application Fee(s):

Application fee:

  • $70 – LPN or RN without Temporary Permit
  • $95 – LPN or RN with Temporary Permit
  • $75 – APRN without a Temporary Permit
  • $60 – RNA without Temporary Permit
  • $70 – RNA with Temporary Permit

NO BACKGROUND CHECK IS REQUIRED TO REINSTATE AN EXEMPT, INACTIVE OR LAPSED LICENSE.

Valid forms of Payment:

Online Applications:

  • Credit or Debit Card; Visa, MasterCard, Discover or American Express
  • Electronic Check

After successful completion (including approval of payment), you will receive a confirmation page. You will have the option to print the confirmation. YOU NEED TO PRINT THIS FOR YOUR RECORDS AND AS RECEIPT OF PAYMENT.

Pursuant to K.A.R. 60-3-107: Applications for reinstatement of licensure while awaiting documentation of qualification shall be active for six months.

  • The expiration of each application shall be based upon the date of receipt at the agency.
  • 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.
Temporary Permit

The granting of a temporary permit is discretionary and in no circumstance guarantees licensure to follow.

You may be eligible for a nonrenewable temporary permit which permits employment as a LPN/RN/RNA in the state of Kansas while the applicant is completing required continuing nursing education. Prior to the issuance of a temporary permit, a completed reinstatement application (and fee(s)) and proof of current licensure in another state is required.

Some examples in which a temporary permit may be denied include (but not limited to), if you:

  • Have been under investigation or had disciplinary action pending in Kansas or any other state or agency of the U.S. Government, territory of the United States, or country.
  • Have had past disciplinary action in another state or agency of the U.S. Government, territory of the United States, or country.
  • Have had other disciplinary action taken against the applicant or licensee by a licensing authority of another state, agency of the U.S. Government, territory of the United States or country.
  • Have criminal history.
  • No Social Security Number.
Legal - Misdemeanor/Felony/Disciplinary Action

Convictions: If you have been convicted of a misdemeanor and/or felony, specific certified/dated copies of court documents (for EACH) conviction are REQUIRED and must be mailed to KSBN. The certified/dated copies must be current (dated within 3 months of submission). Without receipt of the REQUIRED documents, the application is considered incomplete and may result in a denial of licensure.

Please note: A successfully completed court-ordered Diversion is NOT a conviction, and DOES NOT need to be reported to KSBN. Also note that different courts may use different titles for similar court documents.

The following list is not all inclusive but represents the types of court documents that can be obtained from the office of the Clerk of the Court where the conviction(s) occurred – City (municipal), county (district/circuit) or federal court.

  • Uniform Notice to Appear and Complaint (e.g. ticket), Complaint/Petition or Indictment:
  • DO NOT submit information regarding speeding or parking tickets.
  • Amended Complaint/Petition or Indictment (indicates charges were increased/decreased from the original charges)
  • Journal Entry of Judgment (Conviction) and Sentencing (this may be on the back side of the ticket or a separate piece of paper entitled “Journal Entry”
  • Probation Agreement (if any) and current status
  • Diversion Agreement (if any) and current status
  • Proof that all fines, fees, costs and/or restitution have been paid or record of payment to date

Example of things to report to the board:

Subject to reporting:

  • All felonies.

And the following categories of misdemeanors are subject to be reported:

  • Alcohol;
  • any drugs;
  • deceit;
  • dishonesty;
  • endangerment of a child or vulnerable adult;
  • falsification;
  • fraud;
  • misrepresentation;
  • physical, emotional, financial, or sexual exploitation of a child or vulnerable adult;
  • physical or verbal abuse;
  • theft;
  • violation of a protection from abuse order or protection from stalking order; or any action arising out of a violation of any state or federal regulation.

DISCIPLINARY ACTION: If you have been disciplined by any Board (e.g. professional licensure) or governmental agency (e.g. Department of Aging and Disability Services  regarding CNA and HHA certification, Department of Revenue regarding a driver’s license suspension, cancellation and/or revocation for any reason) you are REQUIRED to provide  certified/dated copy of that Board order or disciplinary/administrative action. You may obtain a copy of your current Driver’s record by going to any driver’s license exam station with a current photo ID and request the document. (A small fee is usually charged for a copy of your driving record.)

EXPLANATORY LETTER: You are REQUIRED to submit an explanatory letter regarding EACH conviction and/or disciplinary/administrative action. The letter should include the following information:

  • Date of the criminal offense or disciplinary action;
  • Circumstances leading up to the arrest or disciplinary/administrative action;
  • Actual conviction or disciplinary/administrative action;
  • Actual sentence or board/regulatory agency order;
  • Current status of sentence of order; and
  • Rehabilitation (if any).

Legal Questions on Application

If you answer yes to question(s) on the application or have a criminal history on your background/history, the required documentation must be received by KSBN or it will be considered incomplete and cannot be processed by the KSBN.

If you have questions about the conviction or disciplinary action requirements, please contact the Kansas State Board of Nursing Legal Department at 785.296.1817.

Check Application Status

Access the KSBN website and click on “check status of application”, log in and locate the license application type in which you submitted, and then click “View Checklist”.  When a requirement for licensure has been received it will be marked “complete” with the date it was processed. Should an item still say “unchecked” , this means the information has not been received by KSBN or it has not been processed yet (please allow 3-5 business days) by the KSBN.

Please be advised “not applicable” means the particular item is NOT required or needed.

Check Status of Kansas License/Print a Copy of License

Access the KSBN website and click on “license verification database” and click “begin searching” (green button under picture of mobile devices) then select the tab for the way you would like to search, either “Search by License Number” or “Search by Name”.  Once your license has been issued or renewed it will display here with updates. You can print a current copy of your license anytime from this site free of charge.

Examination

Education Eligibility Requirements for Examination

All Graduates must complete an approved RN or LPN nursing education program. Upon completion of a nursing education program, in or out of the state of Kansas candidates must complete the following items prior to obtaining an approval to test:

The following must be completed to receive approval to sit for the RN or LPN examination, interested applicant must:

  • Complete the registration process with Pearson Vue (pay $200 fee).
  • Complete the online registration/application and pay the applicable application fee (LPN fee $50 and RN fee $75) for the Kansas Board of Nursing Website.
  • A “test before transcript” form can be submitted by your nursing program to allow you to test prior to graduation or receipt of official transcript upon graduation.

All applicants must provide proof of completion/graduation from an approved nursing education program. The transcript must include the following:

  • Legal Name (first, middle (if applicable) and last)
  • Degree Awarded
  • Date of graduation and degree earned

Contact your nursing program to send an official transcript by one of the following means, KSBN accepts:  

  • Electronic transcripts can be sent DIRECTLY to the KSBN by your nursing program using Parchment or National Student Clearinghouse; or
  • Official transcripts mailed directly from your nursing program to the KSBN office at the below address:

Kansas State Board of Nursing
Landon State Office Building
900 SW Jackson, Suite 1051
Topeka, KS 66612

ALL applicants must complete a criminal background check prior to the issuance of a license.

The criminal background check is required for licensure only; it does not affect an applicant’s ability to schedule their examination.

Examination Application

Please be advised:

Name: Use the same name to apply with KSBN and register with Pearson Vue. Do not use nicknames. If you do not have a middle name, leave the field blank. If you have just an initial for a first or middle name, write just the initial in the corresponding field.

The examination application is not yet optimized for mobile devices. As a result, we recommend using a desktop computer.

Licensure by Exam Fees:

Examination fee:

  • $200 – (pay to Pearson Vue)
  • $50 – LPN (pay to KSBN)
  • $75 – RN (pay to KSBN)

Background check fee:

  • $48 (pay to KSBN)

Valid forms of payment:

Online Applications:

  • Credit or Debit Card; Visa, Mastercard, Discover or American Express
  • Electronic Check

After successful completion (including approval of payment), you’ll receive a confirmation page. You will have the option to print the confirmation. YOU NEED TO PRINT THIS FOR YOUR RECORDS AND AS RECEIPT OF PAYMENT.

Exam Requirements:

  • Online Application for Exam, application fee paid
  • Completed “Test Before Transcript” form or Official Transcript, received by KSBN directly from your nursing program
  • Registration and payment of examination fee paid to Pearson Vue

Social Security Number Required

All applicants seeking licensure by KSBN, must have a valid social security number to be issued a license to practice nursing. While making application for a Social Security number, you may take the examination. No license will be granted until proof of the Social Security number is submitted to Kansas State Board of Nursing.

Mailing Address

Kansas State Board of Nursing
Landon State Office Building
900 SW Jackson, Ste 1051
Topeka, KS 66612

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.

A Criminal Background Check is REQUIRED

All applicants must submit fingerprints for a criminal background check and be approved prior to issuance of license. The cost for a criminal background check is $48. There are two options to be fingerprinted for your background check:

  • You may contact the KSBN office to have a live scan of your prints done for an additional $7.50. Call 785-296-3375 and schedule an appointment, fingerprints are done Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 3:30 pm.
  • Or contact KSBN at Request Fingerprint Packet to have a fingerprint card and waivers be mailed to you. Fingerprints must be performed by trained law enforcement personnel. Contact your local sheriff or police station for assistance and additional details.

Pursuant to K.A.R. 60-3-107: Applications for initial licensure by examination while waiting for documentation of qualifications shall be active for six months.

  • The expiration of each application shall be based upon the date of receipt at the agency.
  • 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.
Accommodations for Testing

Request for Testing Accommodations must be submitted within 15 calendar days of the application being submitted. 

Requirements are as follows:

  • Examination candidates may request special accommodations for taking the examination. A letter from the applicant requesting special accommodations and the accompanying documentation for the need of the accommodations must be submitted to Kansas Board of Nursing.
  • Documentation must include a written report of an evaluation (educational, psychological or physical) within the proceeding five (5) years from a licensed professional which states a diagnosis of the disability, describes the disability, and recommends specific accommodations. If testing was completed more than two (2) years  prior to this request, a physician or psychologist must provide a summary stating why current testing is not needed (e.g., the disability does not change over time and new testing would not reveal new information).

Documentation Must include the following:

  • A diagnosis by a licensed professional must be included in the documentation;
  • A history of the disability and any past accommodation granted to the candidate and a description of its impact on the individual’s functioning;
  • Identification of the specific standardized and professionally recognized test/assessment given (e.g. Woodcock-Johnson, Weschler Adult Intelligence Scale);
  • The scores resulting from testing, interpretation of the scores and evaluations; and
  • Recommendations for testing accommodations with a stated rationale as to why the requested accommodation is necessary and appropriate for the diagnosed disability (NCSBN 2007).
  • A written statement from the candidate’s Nursing Program Director (or designee) which describes any testing accommodations granted while the student was enrolled in the program.
Internationally Educated Applicants

K.A.R. 60-3-106: Licensure Qualifications.

(a)    As part of the application process, each individual applying for licensure in Kansas who is a graduate of a foreign nursing program shall submit that individual’s education and licensure credentials for evaluation to the commission on graduates of foreign nursing programs (CGFNS) or some other credentialing agency approved by the board.
(b)    Any individual applying for licensure in Kansas who is a graduate of a foreign nursing program in which instruction was not in English may be granted a license if the individual meets all other requirements for licensure in effect at the time of application and shows proof of proficiency in English by passing any of the following:

(1)   The test of English as a foreign language and the test of spoken English; OR
(2)   Similar examinations, as approved by the KSBN.

KSBN requirements for licensure by examination for applicants who were educated outside of the United States:

  • Proof of Education (via CGFNS evaluation of your education)
  • English Proficiency Examination (TOEFL), IF NURSING EDUCATION WAS NOT TAUGHT IN ENGLISH AND ENGLISH TEXT BOOKS WERE NOT USED
  • Valid Social Security Number
  • Satisfactory criminal background check

Step One: Documentation of Education

Graduates of an International Nursing Education Program

KSBN requires the evaluation of education and nursing licenses outside of the United States be evaluated by an approved credentialing agency and the report be sent directly to the Kansas State Board of Nursing from the credentialing agency.

The currently approved credentialing agency by the KSBN is:

Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS)
3600 Market Street, Suite 400
Philadelphia, PA 19104-2651
Phone 215.349.8767
http://www.cgfns.org

Step Two: English Proficiency Examination

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL):

  • If you’re primary language was not English or if your nursing education was not taught in English using English textbooks you must show proficiency in oral and written English.
  • Complete the TOEFL exam. It is an internet-based exam. A paper-based version of the exam is available in areas where internet based testing is not possible.
  • The KSBN has approved the following scores for the TOEFL Exam:

Minimum Scores:
Writing      20
Speaking    20
Reading   19
Listening   20

EACH AREA MUST MEET THE MINIMUM REQUIREMENT.

The testing company is:

TOEFL Publications
PO Box 6154
Princeton, NJ 08541-6154
Phone 609.771.7100
http://www.toefl.org

The test is given in several locations in Kansas and many other locations in the United States.

  • Request TOEFL results be sent directly to Kansas State Board of Nursing by using code number 9149 in the results reporting list. For more information go to TOEFL.

Copies of the CGFNS professional report (education evaluation) or TOEFL (English proficiency examination) will NOT be accepted from the applicant, the official agencies must send report directly to KSBN.

Step Three: Complete the application for examination

Access the KSBN Online Application Portal and submit an application and pay the required application fee.

Step Four: Register for the Examination with Pearson Vue

The National Council of State Boards of Nursing has contracted with Pearson Vue to give the examination. Candidates must register to take the examination with Pearson Vue.

Step Five: Select a date with Pearson Vue for the Examination

PEARSON VUE WILL SEND YOU AN AUTHORIZATION TO TEST (ATT), by email if you have provided an email address on your registration, otherwise, it will be sent by mail. Your ATT will provide instructions on scheduling your examination. You must have your ATT prior to scheduling an appointment to take the Examination.

Legal - Misdemeanor/Felony/Disciplinary Action

Convictions: If you have been convicted of a misdemeanor and/or felony, specific certified/dated copies of court documents (for EACH) conviction are REQUIRED and must be mailed to KSBN. The certified/dated copies must be current (dated within 3 months of submission). Without receipt of the REQUIRED documents, the application is considered incomplete and may result in a denial of licensure.

Please note: A successfully completed court-ordered Diversion is NOT a conviction, and DOES NOT need to be reported to KSBN. Also note that different courts may use different titles for similar court documents.

The following list is not all inclusive but represents the types of court documents that can be obtained from the office of the Clerk of the Court where the conviction(s) occurred – City (municipal), county (district/circuit) or federal court.

  • Uniform Notice to Appear and Complaint (e.g. ticket), Complaint/Petition or Indictment:
  • DO NOT submit information regarding speeding or parking tickets.
  • Amended Complaint/Petition or Indictment (indicates charges were increased/decreased from the original charges)
  • Journal Entry of Judgment (Conviction) and Sentencing (this may be on the back side of the ticket or a separate piece of paper entitled “Journal Entry”
  • Probation Agreement (if any) and current status
  • Diversion Agreement (if any) and current status
  • Proof that all fines, fees, costs and/or restitution have been paid or record of payment to date

Example of things to report to the board:

Subject to reporting:

  • All felonies.

And the following categories of misdemeanors are subject to be reported:

  • Alcohol;
  • any drugs;
  • deceit;
  • dishonesty;
  • endangerment of a child or vulnerable adult;
  • falsification;
  • fraud;
  • misrepresentation;
  • physical, emotional, financial, or sexual exploitation of a child or vulnerable adult;
  • physical or verbal abuse;
  • theft;
  • violation of a protection from abuse order or protection from stalking order; or any action arising out of a violation of any state or federal regulation.

DISCIPLINARY ACTION: If you have been disciplined by any Board (e.g. professional licensure) or governmental agency (e.g. Department of Aging and Disability Services  regarding CNA and HHA certification, Department of Revenue regarding a driver’s license suspension, cancellation and/or revocation for any reason) you are REQUIRED to provide  certified/dated copy of that Board order or disciplinary/administrative action. You may obtain a copy of your current Driver’s record by going to any driver’s license exam station with a current photo ID and request the document. (A small fee is usually charged for a copy of your driving record.)

EXPLANATORY LETTER: You are REQUIRED to submit an explanatory letter regarding EACH conviction and/or disciplinary/administrative action. The letter should include the following information:

  • Date of the criminal offense or disciplinary action;
  • Circumstances leading up to the arrest or disciplinary/administrative action;
  • Actual conviction or disciplinary/administrative action;
  • Actual sentence or board/regulatory agency order;
  • Current status of sentence of order; and
  • Rehabilitation (if any).

Legal Questions on Application

If you answer yes to question(s) on the application or have a criminal history on your background/history, the required documentation must be received by KSBN or it will be considered incomplete and cannot be processed by the KSBN.

If you have questions about the conviction or disciplinary action requirements, please contact the Kansas State Board of Nursing Legal Department at 785.296.1817.

Check Application Status

Access the KSBN website and click on “check status of application”, log in and locate the license application type in which you submitted, and then click “View Checklist”.  When a requirement for licensure has been received it will be marked “complete” with the date it was processed. Should an item still say “unchecked” , this means the information has not been received by KSBN or it has not been processed yet (please allow 3-5 business days) by the KSBN.

Please be advised“not applicable” means the particular item is NOT required or needed.

Re-Examination

Any applicant that has been unsuccessful in passing the examination may take subsequent examinations. The frequency of testing is determined by the National Council State Board of Nursing. There is a 45 day waiting period to retest. Applicants can schedule an examination, but will be unable to reserve a test date earlier than the 46th day after the last examination date.

Prior to each re-examination, candidates are required to obtain an Authorization to Test (ATT). To obtain an ATT, the following must be completed:

  • KSBN Online Application and fee(s)
  • Registration and Payment of Fees to Pearson Vue

An applicant, who fails to pass the examination more than two (2) years of graduation, but less than five (5) years of graduation, will need to submit a completed petition to the board for permission to retake the examination. This must been done every time you need to retest during this timeframe.

An applicant who fails to pass the examination within 5 years of graduation can no longer submit a petition for retesting; they must retake a nursing program before permission will be given to retake the examination.

The authorization to test comes from Pearson Vue via email.

Check Status of Kansas License/Print a Copy of License

Access the KSBN website and click on “license verification database” and click “begin searching” (green button under picture of mobile devices) then select the tab for the way you would like to search, either “Search by License Number” or “Search by Name”.  Once your license has been issued or renewed it will display here with updates. You can print a current copy of your license anytime from this site free of charge.

Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (NP, NMW, CNS and RNA)

APRN Requirements

Licensure in Kansas is mandatory to practice as an advanced practice registered nurse (APRN). You may not be employed to practice as an APRN in Kansas until licensed or issued a temporary permit by the Kansas State Board of Nursing. Licensure/certification in another state, territory or country does not grant applicants the privilege of practicing as an APRN in Kansas. APRN applicants must also have a current license as a Registered Professional Nurse in Kansas.

Education Requirements:

ALL ROLES:

  • Program completed after January 1, 1997 – shall include three (3) college hours in advanced pharmacology or equivalent.
  • Program completed after July 1, 2009 shall have completed three (3) college hours in advanced pathophysiology or its equivalent and three college hours in advanced health assessment or its equivalent.
  • Program completed after January 1, 2011 – nurse practitioner and clinical nurse specialist applicants shall have completed three (3) college hours in advanced pathophysiology or its equivalent and three (3) college hours in advanced health assessment or its equivalent.
  • KSBN requires a graduate degree in nursing (master’s degree in nursing or higher degree in one of the four (4) roles of advanced practice) based on the date the advanced practice program was completed.

Role Specific Requirements:

Nurse Practitioner
Complete a formal, post basic nursing education program approved by the Kansas Board which prepares the nurse to function as a nurse practitioner. If completing a program after July 1, 1994, the applicant shall hold a baccalaureate or masters degree in clinical nursing. If completing the program after July 1, 2002, the applicant shall hold a masters or higher degree in a clinical area of nursing.

Nurse Midwife
Complete a formal, post basic nursing education program approved by the Kansas Board which prepares the nurse to function as a nurse midwife. If completing a program after July 1, 2000 the applicant shall hold a baccalaureate or higher degree in nursing. If completing a program after July 1, 2010 an applicant shall hold a master’s degree or higher in midwifery.

Clinical Nurse Specialist
Complete a formal, post basic nursing education program approved by the Kansas Board which prepares the nurse to function as a clinical nurse specialist. If completing a program after July 1, 1994, the applicant shall hold a baccalaureate or masters degree in clinical nursing. If completing the program after July 1, 2002, the applicant shall hold a masters or higher degree in a clinical area of nursing.

Nurse Anesthetist
Complete a formal, post basic nursing education program approved by the Kansas Board which prepares the nurse to function as a nurse anesthetist. If completing a program after July 1, 2002, the applicant shall hold a masters degree in nurse anesthesia.

Applicant must have verification of successful completion of the National Certification Exam administered by the National Board of Certification and Recertification for Nurse Anesthetists (NBCRNA).

All applicants must provide proof of completion/graduation from an approved nursing education program. The transcript must include the following:

  • Legal Name (first, middle (if applicable) and last)
  • Degree Awarded
  • Date of graduation and degree earned.

Contact your nursing program to have an official transcript sent by one of the following means, KSBN accepts: 

  • Electronic transcripts can be sent DIRECTLY to KSBN by your advanced practice nursing program using Parchment or National Student Clearinghouse; or
  • Official transcript mailed directly from your advanced practice nursing program to the KSBN office at the below address:

Kansas State Board of Nursing
Landon State Office Building
900 SW Jackson, Suite 1051
Topeka, KS 66612

If the educational institution offering the advanced practice nursing program is located outside of Kansas, the Kansas State Board of Nursing shall decide if the program meets the standards for Kansas Programs and may request additional information about the program.

There is a legal requirement that Registered Nurse Anesthetists and Nurse Midwifes must carry malpractice insurance and pay a surcharge to the State of Kansas Health Care Stabilization Fund. This process is handled by the Kansas Health Care Stabilization Fund at 785-291-3777.

YOU WILL NEED THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION TO COMPLETE THE ONLINE APPLICATION:

  • Name and degree type for the advanced practice nursing program where you received your advanced practice  nursing degree(s)
  • Information regarding your Kansas Registered Nurse license, license number and license status.
  • Valid credit or debit card (MasterCard, Visa, Discover or American Express) or checking account information (routing and account number). There is a service fee charged for an e-check refused by the bank due to insufficient funds or closed account.
  • Social Security number issued by the U.S. Social Security Administration

NOTE: The granting of a temporary permit is discretionary and in no circumstance guarantees licensure: You may be eligible for a NONRENEWABLE temporary permit which permits employment as a NP/CNS/NMW/RNA in the state of Kansas while the application is being processed. A temporary permit is valid for 180 days or until the permanent license has been issued (whichever comes first). Prior to the issuance of a temporary permit, a completed application (and fee), criminal background check fingerprints/waivers (and $48 fee), and proof of education must be received by the Kansas State Board of Nursing for advanced practice applicants.

Please see section on temporary permits for more information.

ALL applicants must complete a criminal background check prior to the issuance of a license.

APRN Application

Please be advised:

Name: Do not use nicknames. If you do not have a middle name, leave the field blank. If you have just an initial for a first or middle name, write just the initial in the corresponding field.

The APRN application is not yet optimized for mobile devices. As a result, we recommend using a desktop computer.

APRN application to obtain a Kansas license:

  • Online Application for Advanced Practice Registered Nurse, application fee. Fingerprint card, completed waivers and $48 criminal background check fee paid.
  • Official Transcript sent directly to KSBN, via U.S. Mail, Parchment or National Student Clearinghouse
  • Must hold a current Kansas Registered Nurse (RN) license, or submitting an endorsement application for a Kansas RN license or reinstating a previous Kansas RN license.
  • RNA ONLY: Verification of successful completion of the National Certification Exam administered by the National Board of Certification and Recertification for Nurse Anesthetists (NBCRNA).

Licensure Fees:

Application fee:

  • $50 – NP (pay to KSBN)
  • $100 – NP Application with Temporary Permit
  • $50 – CNS (pay to KSBN)
  • $100 – CNS Application with Temporary Permit
  • $50 – NMW (pay to KSBN)
  • $100 – NMW Application with Temporary Permit
  • $75 – RNA (pay to KSBN)
  • $110 – RNA Application with Temporary Permit

Background check fee:

  • $48 (pay to KSBN)

Valid forms of payment:

Online Applications:

  • Credit or Debit Card; Visa, Mastercard, Discover or American Express
  • Electronic Check

After successful completion (including approval of payment), you’ll receive a confirmation page. You will have the option to print the confirmation. YOU NEED TO PRINT THIS FOR YOUR RECORDS AND AS RECEIPT OF PAYMENT.
Social Security Number Required

All applicants seeking licensure by KSBN must have a valid social security number to be issued a license to practice nursing. While making application for a Social Security number, you may start the application process, however no license or temporary permit will be issued until proof of the Social Security number is submitted to Kansas State Board of Nursing.
The Kansas Board of Nursing requires a Criminal Background check before a license or temporary permit  can be issued.

Mailing Address

Kansas State Board of Nursing
Landon State Office Building
900 SW Jackson, Ste 1051
Topeka, KS 66612

A Criminal Background Check is REQUIRED
All applicants must submit fingerprints for a criminal background check and be approved prior to issuance of license. The cost for a criminal background check is $48. There are two options to be fingerprinted for your background check:

  • You may contact the KSBN office to have a live scan of your prints done for an additional $7.50. Call 785.296.3375 and schedule an appointment, fingerprints are done Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 3:30 pm.
  • Or contact KSBN at Request Fingerprint Packet to have a fingerprint card and waivers mailed. Fingerprints must be performed by trained law enforcement personnel. Contact your local sheriff or police station for assistance and additional details.

Pursuant to K.A.R. 60-3-107 and K.A.R. 60-11-120: Applicants for initial licensure by examination or endorsement and for reinstatement while awaiting documentation of qualification shall be active for six months.

  • The expiration of each application shall be based upon the date of receipt at the agency.
  • 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.

Submission Information

To submit an application for APRN, please access the Advanced Practice Application by clicking the link located at the bottom of this screen.

After submission of your application:

  • You must request an official transcript be forwarded directly to KSBN from your advanced practice nursing program.
  • You must complete your fingerprints/waiver and mail to KSBN along with the $48 background check fee. Or you may contact the KSBN office to have a live scan of your prints done for an additional $7.50. Call 785-296-3375 and schedule an appointment, finger prints are done Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 3:30 pm.
  • If you answer yes to question(s) on the application or have a criminal history on your background/history, the required documentation must be received by KSBN or it will be considered incomplete and cannot be processed by the KSBN.  (See Legal Section for more information)
  • Request verification of your original states’ licensure forwarded to KSBN.

Once all requirements for advanced practice are met, reviewed and a license is granted, a certificate of licensure and wallet card will be mailed to the address of record.  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.

Temporary Permit

The granting of a temporary permit is discretionary and in no circumstance guarantees licensure.

You may be eligible for a nonrenewable temporary permit which permits employment as a NP/CNS/NMW/RNA in the state of Kansas while the application is being processed. A temporary permit is valid for 180 days or until the permanent license has been issued (whichever comes first). Prior to the issuance of a temporary permit, a completed advanced practice application (and fee), criminal background check fingerprints/waivers (and $48 fee), and proof of education must be received by the Kansas State Board of Nursing for all applicants.

Some examples in which a temporary permit may be denied include (but not limited to), if you:

  • Have been under investigation or had/have disciplinary action pending in Kansas or any other state or agency of the U.S. Government, territory of the United States, or country.
  • Have had past disciplinary action in another state or agency of the U.S. Government, territory of the United States, or country.
  • Have had other disciplinary action taken against the applicant or licensee by a licensing authority of another state, agency of the U.S. Government, territory of the United States or country.
  • Have criminal history.
  • No Social Security Number.

Legal Questions on Application
If you answer yes to any question(s) on the application or have a criminal history on your background/history, the required documentation must be received by KSBN or it will be considered incomplete and cannot be processed by the KSBN.

If you have questions about the conviction or disciplinary action requirements, please contact the Kansas State Board of Nursing Legal Department at 785.296.1817.

Internationally Educated Applicants

K.A.R. 60-3-106: Licensure Qualifications.

(a)    As part of the application process, each individual applying for licensure in Kansas who is a graduate of a foreign nursing program shall submit that individual’s education and licensure credentials for evaluation to the commission on graduates of foreign nursing programs (CGFNS) or some other credentialing agency approved by the board.
(b)    Any individual applying for licensure in Kansas who is a graduate of a foreign nursing program in which instruction was not in English may be granted a license if the individual meets all other requirements for licensure in effect at the time of application and shows proof of proficiency in English by passing any of the following:
(1)   The test of English as a foreign language and the test of spoken English; OR
(2)   Similar examinations, as approved by the KSBN.
KSBN requirements for licensure by examination for applicants who were educated outside of the United States:

  • Proof of Education (via CGFNS evaluation of your education)
  • English Proficiency Examination (TOEFL), IF NURSING EDUCATION WAS NOT TAUGHT IN ENGLISH AND ENGLISH TEXT BOOKS WERE NOT USED
  • Valid Social Security Number
  • Satisfactory criminal background check

Step One: Documentation of Education

Graduates of an International Nursing Education Program

KSBN requires the evaluation of education and nursing licenses outside of the United States be evaluated by an approved credentialing agency and the report be sent directly to the Kansas State Board of Nursing from the credentialing agency.

The currently approved credentialing agency by the KSBN is:

Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS)
3600 Market Street, Suite 400
Philadelphia, PA 19104-2651
Phone 215.349.8767
http://www.cgfns.org

Step Two: English Proficiency Examination

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL):

  • If your primary language was not English or if your nursing education was not taught in English using English textbooks you must show proficiency in oral and written English.
  • Complete the TOEFL exam. It is an internet-based exam. A paper-based version of the exam is available in areas where internet based testing is not possible.
  • The KSBN has approved the following scores for the TOEFL Exam:

Minimum Scores:

Writing      20
Speaking    20
Reading   19
Listening   20

EACH AREA MUST MEET THE MINIMUM REQUIREMENT.

The testing company is:

TOEFL Publications
PO Box 6154
Princeton, NJ 08541-6154
Phone 609.771.7100
http://www.toefl.org

The test is given in several locations in Kansas and many other locations in the United States.

  • Request TOEFL results be sent directly to Kansas State Board of Nursing by using code number 9149 in the results reporting list. For more information go to TOEFL.

Copies of the CGFNS professional report (education evaluation) or TOEFL (English proficiency examination) will NOT be accepted from the applicant, the official agencies must send report directly to KSBN.

Step Three: Complete the application for APRN

Access the KSBN Online Application Portal and submit an application and pay the required application fee.

Legal - Misdemeanor/Felony/Disciplinary Action

Convictions: If you have been convicted of a misdemeanor and/or felony, specific certified/dated copies of court documents (for EACH) conviction are REQUIRED and must be mailed to KSBN. The certified/dated copies must be current (dated within 3 months of submission). Without receipt of the REQUIRED documents, the application is considered incomplete and may result in a denial of licensure.

Please note: A successfully completed court-ordered Diversion is NOT a conviction, and DOES NOT need to be reported to KSBN. Also note that different courts may use different titles for similar court documents.

The following list is not all inclusive but represents the types of court documents that can be obtained from the office of the Clerk of the Court where the conviction(s) occurred – City (municipal), county (district/circuit) or federal court.

  • Uniform Notice to Appear and Complaint (e.g. ticket), Complaint/Petition or Indictment:
  • DO NOT submit information regarding speeding or parking tickets.
  • Amended Complaint/Petition or Indictment (indicates charges were increased/decreased from the original charges)
  • Journal Entry of Judgment (Conviction) and Sentencing (this may be on the back side of the ticket or a separate piece of paper entitled “Journal Entry”
  • Probation Agreement (if any) and current status
  • Diversion Agreement (if any) and current status
  • Proof that all fines, fees, costs and/or restitution have been paid or record of payment to date

Example of things to report to the board:

Subject to reporting:

  • All felonies.

And the following categories of misdemeanors are subject to be reported:

  • Alcohol;
  • any drugs;
  • deceit;
  • dishonesty;
  • endangerment of a child or vulnerable adult;
  • falsification;
  • fraud;
  • misrepresentation;
  • physical, emotional, financial, or sexual exploitation of a child or vulnerable adult;
  • physical or verbal abuse;
  • theft;
  • violation of a protection from abuse order or protection from stalking order; or any action arising out of a violation of any state or federal regulation.

DISCIPLINARY ACTION: If you have been disciplined by any Board (e.g. professional licensure) or governmental agency (e.g. Department of Aging and Disability Services  regarding CNA and HHA certification, Department of Revenue regarding a driver’s license suspension, cancellation and/or revocation for any reason) you are REQUIRED to provide  certified/dated copy of that Board order or disciplinary/administrative action. You may obtain a copy of your current Driver’s record by going to any driver’s license exam station with a current photo ID and request the document. (A small fee is usually charged for a copy of your driving record.)

EXPLANATORY LETTER: You are REQUIRED to submit an explanatory letter regarding EACH conviction and/or disciplinary/administrative action. The letter should include the following information:

  • Date of the criminal offense or disciplinary action;
  • Circumstances leading up to the arrest or disciplinary/administrative action;
  • Actual conviction or disciplinary/administrative action;
  • Actual sentence or board/regulatory agency order;
  • Current status of sentence of order; and
  • Rehabilitation (if any).

Legal Questions on Application

If you answer yes to question(s) on the application or have a criminal history on your background/history, the required documentation must be received by KSBN or it will be considered incomplete and cannot be processed by the KSBN.

If you have questions about the conviction or disciplinary action requirements, please contact the Kansas State Board of Nursing Legal Department at 785.296.1817.

Check Application Status

Access the KSBN website and click on “check status of application”, log in and locate the license application type in which you submitted, and then click “View Checklist”.  When a requirement for licensure has been received it will be marked “complete” with the date it was processed. Should an item still say “unchecked” , this means the information has not been received by KSBN or it has not been processed yet (please allow 3-5 business days) by the KSBN.

Please be advised“not applicable” means the particular item is NOT required or needed.

Check Status of Kansas License/Print a Copy of License

Access the KSBN website and click on “license verification database” and click “begin searching” (green button under picture of mobile devices) then select the tab for the way you would like to search, either “Search by License Number” or “Search by Name”.  Once your license has been issued or renewed it will display here with updates. You can print a current copy of your license anytime from this site free of charge.

Endorsement

Endorsement Requirements for Licensure

To determine if you are eligible to endorse your LPN/RN nursing license to Kansas, the Kansas State Board of Nursing requires:  

  • Graduation from an approved nursing program of practical nursing or professional nursing in the United States or its territories or from a nursing program for practical nursing or professional nursing in a foreign country which is approved by the KSBN.
    • NOTE: To meet qualifications of Kansas law, a nursing program must provide clinical experience across the lifespan. The clinical component of the program must entail an active process in which the student participates in nursing activities while being guided by a member of the faculty.
  • Licensure by examination in another jurisdiction which utilized the State Board Test Pool Examination (SBTPE) or National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) as the licensing tool.
  • NOTE: LPN’s licensed in Texas and California – Because Texas did not utilize the SBTPE for LPN’s between 1952 and 1968 and California did not use the SBTPE or the NCLEX from July 1974 to March 1986, individuals licensed in those jurisdictions during that time will not be licensed in Kansas until the NCLEX has been successfully completed.
    • Graduates from any nursing program that do not document clinical experiences across the life span-who have been licensed as a RN in another state and worked a minimum of 1,000 hours as a RN- are eligible to apply for RN licensure in Kansas by endorsement.
  • Affidavit of Work Hours can be found on the KSBN website, have your employer complete and notarize this form to validate you have worked a minimum of 1,000 hours as a RN.
  • If you are an Excelsior graduate, please contact KSBN’s Education Department at 785.296.3782 for specific directions regarding Kansas licensure.

All applicants must provide proof of completion/graduation from an approved nursing education program. The transcript must include the following:

  • Legal Name (first, middle (if applicable) and last)
  • Degree Awarded
  • Date of graduation and degree earned.

Contact your nursing program to have an official transcript sent by one of the following means, KSBN accepts:  

  • Electronic transcripts can be sent DIRECTLY to KSBN by your nursing program using Parchment or National Student Clearinghouse; or
  • Official transcript mailed directly from your nursing program to the KSBN office at the below address:

Kansas State Board of Nursing
Landon State Office Building
900 SW Jackson, Suite 1051
Topeka, KS 66612

NOTE: If you have not been licensed as a professional or practical nurse within the preceding five year period, proof of satisfactory completion of a refresher course approved by the Kansas Board must be submitted.

YOU WILL NEED THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION TO COMPLETE THE ONLINE APPLICATION:

  • Name and degree type for the nursing program where you received your nursing degree(s).
  • Information regarding your original state of licensure; license type, license number, license status and state in which you received your original license.
  • Employment information for the preceding five (5) years of employment as a nurse; name of employer, street address, city, state and zip code for your employers, dates of employment, as well as the phone number. You’ll need to have a contact number for your employer and an email if possible.
  • Valid credit or debit card (MasterCard, Visa, Discover or American Express) or checking account information (routing and account number). There is a service fee charged for an e-check refused by the bank due to insufficient funds or closed account.
  • Social Security number issued by the U.S. Social Security Administration

NOTE: The granting of a temporary permit is discretionary and in no circumstance guarantees licensure: You may be eligible for a NONRENEWABLE temporary permit which permits employment as a LPN/RN in the state of Kansas while the application is being processed. Prior to the issuance of a temporary permit, a completed application (and fee), criminal background check fingerprints/waivers (and $48 fee), and proof of active license in another state must be received by the Kansas State Board of Nursing for out of state applicants.

Please see section on temporary permits for more information.

ALL applicants must complete a criminal background check prior to the issuance of a license.

Endorsement Application

Please be advised:

Name: Do not use nicknames. If you do not have a middle name, leave the field blank. If you have just an initial for a first or middle name, write just the initial in the corresponding field.

The endorsement application is not yet optimized for mobile devices. As a result, we recommend using a desktop computer.

Endorsement from another state:

  • Online Application for Endorsement, application fee and $48 criminal background check fee paid.
  • Official Transcript sent directly to KSBN from your nursing program, via U.S. Mail, Parchment or National Student Clearinghouse.
  • Verification of original states’ licensure, please check NCSBN site to determine if your original state of licensure participates in Nursys for electronic verifications, if not contact your original state of licensure to have the information sent to KSBN. There is a verification request form located on the KSBN website for those states that do not participate in Nursys.

Licensure by Endorsement Fees:

Application fee:

  • $50 – LPN (pay to KSBN)
  • $75 – RN (pay to KSBN)

Background check fee:

  • $48 (pay to KSBN)

Valid forms of payment:

Online Applications:

  • Credit or Debit Card; Visa, MasterCard, Discover or American Express
  • Electronic Check

After successful completion (including approval of payment), you’ll received a confirmation page. You will have the option to print the confirmation. YOU NEED TO PRINT THIS FOR YOUR RECORDS AND AS RECEIPT OF PAYMENT.

Social Security Number Required

All applicants seeking licensure by KSBN must have a valid social security number to be issued a license or temporary permit to practice nursing. While making application for a Social Security number, you may begin the application process. However, no license or temporary permit will be issued until proof of the Social Security number is submitted to Kansas State Board of Nursing.

Mailing Address

Kansas State Board of Nursing
Landon State Office Building
900 SW Jackson, Ste 1051
Topeka, KS 66612

Verification of your original nursing license is required

How to request verification:

  • NURSYS participating states click here
  • Non NURSYS participating states use the verification request provided on the KSBN website
  • If you are unsure if your original state of licensure participates in NURSYS, go to the Nursys list to check

A Criminal Background Check is REQUIRED

All applicants must submit fingerprints for a criminal background check prior to issuance of license or temporary permit. The cost for a criminal background check is $48. There are two options to be fingerprinted for your background check:

  • You may contact the KSBN office to have a live scan of your prints done for an additional $7.50. Call 785-296-3375 and schedule an appointment, fingerprints are done Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 3:30 pm.
  • Or contact KSBN at Request Fingerprint Packet to have a fingerprint card and waivers mailed to you. Fingerprints must be performed by trained law enforcement personnel.  Contact your local sheriff or police station for assistance and additional details.

Pursuant to K.A.R. 60-3-107: Applications for endorsement while awaiting documentation of qualifications shall be active for six months.

  • The expiration of each application shall be based upon the date of receipt at the agency.
  • If 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.

Submission Information

To submit an application for endorsement, please access the Endorsement Application by clicking the link located at the bottom of this screen.

After submission of your application:

  • You must request an official transcript be forwarded directly to KSBN from your nursing program.
  • You must complete your fingerprints/waivers and mail to KSBN along with the $48 background check fee. Or you may contact the KSBN office to have a live scan of your prints done for an additional $7.50. Call 785-296-3375 and schedule an appointment, fingerprints are done Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 3:30 pm.
  • You must mail all required legal documents and an explanatory letter to KSBN to support convictions noted on your application. (See Legal Section for more information.)
  • Request verification of your original states’ licensure forwarded to KSBN.

Once all requirements for endorsement are met, reviewed and a license is granted, a certificate of licensure and wallet card will be mailed to the address of record.  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.

Temporary Permit

The granting of a temporary permit is discretionary and in no circumstance guarantees licensure.

You may be eligible for a nonrenewable temporary permit which permits employment as a LPN/RN in the state of Kansas while the application is being processed. A temporary permit is valid for 120 days or until the permanent license has been issued (whichever comes first). Prior to the issuance of a temporary permit, a completed endorsement application (and fee), criminal background check fingerprints/waivers (and $48 fee), and proof of a current license in another state must be received by the Kansas State Board of Nursing for endorsement applicants.

Some examples in which a temporary permit may be denied include (but not limited to), if you:

  • Have been under investigation or had/have disciplinary action pending in Kansas or any other state or agency of the U.S. Government, territory of the United States, or country.
  • Have had past disciplinary action in another state or agency of the U.S. Government, territory of the United States, or country.
  • Have had other disciplinary action taken against the applicant or licensee by a licensing authority of another state, agency of the U.S. Government, territory of the United States or country.
  • Have a criminal history.
  • No Social Security Number.

Legal Questions on Application

If you answer yes to question(s) on the application or have a criminal history on your background/history, the required documentation must be received by KSBN or it will be considered incomplete and cannot be processed by KSBN.

If you have questions about the conviction or disciplinary action requirements, please contact the Kansas State Board of Nursing Legal Department at 785.296.1817.

Internationally Educated Applicants

Internationally Educated Applicants

K.A.R. 60-3-106: Licensure Qualifications.

(a)    As part of the application process, each individual applying for licensure in Kansas who is a graduate of a foreign nursing program shall submit that individual’s education and licensure credentials for evaluation to the commission on graduates of foreign nursing programs (CGFNS) or some other credentialing agency approved by the board.
(b)    Any individual applying for licensure in Kansas who is a graduate of a foreign nursing program in which instruction was not in English may be granted a license if the individual meets all other requirements for licensure in effect at the time of application and shows proof of proficiency in English by passing any of the following:
(1)   The test of English as a foreign language and the test of spoken English; OR
(2)   Similar examinations, as approved by the KSBN.

KSBN requirements for licensure by examination for applicants who were educated outside of the United States:

  • Proof of Education (via CGFNS evaluation of your education)
  • English Proficiency Examination (TOEFL), IF NURSING EDUCATION WAS NOT TAUGHT IN ENGLISH AND ENGLISH TEXT BOOKS WERE NOT USED
  • Valid Social Security Number
  • Satisfactory criminal background check

Step One: Documentation of Education

Graduates of an International Nursing Education Program

KSBN requires the evaluation of education and nursing licenses outside of the United States be evaluated by an approved credentialing agency and the report be sent directly to the Kansas State Board of Nursing from the credentialing agency.

The currently approved credentialing agency by the KSBN is:

Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS)
3600 Market Street, Suite 400
Philadelphia, PA 19104-2651
Phone 215.349.8767
http://www.cgfns.org

Step Two: English Proficiency Examination

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL):

  • If you’re primary language was not English or if your nursing education was not taught in English using English textbooks you must show proficiency in oral and written English.
  • Complete the TOEFL exam. It is an internet-based exam. A paper-based version of the exam is available in areas where internet based testing is not possible.
  • The KSBN has approved the following scores for the TOEFL Exam:

Minimum Scores:

Writing      20
Speaking    20
Reading   19
Listening   20

EACH AREA MUST MEET THE MINIMUM REQUIREMENT.

The testing company is:

TOEFL Publications
PO Box 6154
Princeton, NJ 08541-6154
Phone 609.771.7100
http://www.toefl.org

The test is given in several locations in Kansas and many other locations in the United States.

  • Request TOEFL results be sent directly to Kansas State Board of Nursing by using code number 9149 in the results reporting list. For more information go to TOEFL.

Copies of the CGFNS professional report (education evaluation) or TOEFL (English proficiency examination) will NOT be accepted from the applicant, the official agencies must send report directly to KSBN.

Step Three: Complete the application for APRN

Access KSBN Online Application Portal and submit an application and pay the required application fee ($75 for RN or $50 for LPN).

Legal - Misdemeanor/Felony/Disciplinary Action

Convictions: If you have been convicted of a misdemeanor and/or felony, specific certified/dated copies of court documents (for EACH) conviction are REQUIRED and must be mailed to KSBN. The certified/dated copies must be current (dated within 3 months of submission). Without receipt of the REQUIRED documents, the application is considered incomplete and may result in a denial of licensure.

Please note: A successfully completed court-ordered Diversion is NOT a conviction, and DOES NOT need to be reported to KSBN. Also note that different courts may use different titles for similar court documents.

The following list is not all inclusive but represents the types of court documents that can be obtained from the office of the Clerk of the Court where the conviction(s) occurred – City (municipal), county (district/circuit) or federal court.

  • Uniform Notice to Appear and Complaint (e.g. ticket), Complaint/Petition or Indictment:
  • DO NOT submit information regarding speeding or parking tickets.
  • Amended Complaint/Petition or Indictment (indicates charges were increased/decreased from the original charges)
  • Journal Entry of Judgment (Conviction) and Sentencing (this may be on the back side of the ticket or a separate piece of paper entitled “Journal Entry”
  • Probation Agreement (if any) and current status
  • Diversion Agreement (if any) and current status
  • Proof that all fines, fees, costs and/or restitution have been paid or record of payment to date

Example of things to report to the board:

Subject to reporting:

  • All felonies.

And the following categories of misdemeanor are subject to be reported:

  • Alcohol;
  • any drugs;
  • deceit;
  • dishonesty;
  • endangerment of a child or vulnerable adult;
  • falsification;
  • fraud;
  • misrepresentation;
  • physical, emotional, financial, or sexual exploitation of a child or vulnerable adult;
  • physical or verbal abuse;
  • theft;
  • violation of a protection from abuse order or protection from stalking order; or any action arising out of a violation of any state or federal regulation.

DISCIPLINARY ACTION: If you have been disciplined by any Board (e.g. professional licensure) or governmental agency (e.g. Department of Aging and Disability Services  regarding CNA and HHA certification, Department of Revenue regarding a driver’s license suspension, cancellation and/or revocation for any reason) you are REQUIRED to provide  certified/dated copy of that Board order or disciplinary/administrative action. You may obtain a copy of your current Driver’s record by going to any driver’s license exam station with a current photo ID and request the document. (A small fee is usually charged for a copy of your driving record.)

EXPLANATORY LETTER: You are REQUIRED to submit an explanatory letter regarding EACH conviction and/or disciplinary/administrative action. The letter should include the following information:

  • Date of the criminal offense or disciplinary action;
  • Circumstances leading up to the arrest or disciplinary/administrative action;
  • Actual conviction or disciplinary/administrative action;
  • Actual sentence or board/regulatory agency order;
  • Current status of sentence of order; and
  • Rehabilitation (if any).

Legal Questions on Application

If you answer yes to question(s) on the application or have a criminal history on your background/history, the required documentation must be received by KSBN or it will be considered incomplete and cannot be processed by the KSBN.

If you have questions about the conviction or disciplinary action requirements, please contact the Kansas State Board of Nursing Legal Department at 785.296.1817.

Check Application Status

Access the KSBN website and click on “check status of application”, log in and locate the license application type in which you submitted, and then click “View Checklist”.  When a requirement for licensure has been received it will be marked “complete” with the date it was processed. Should an item still say “unchecked” , this means the information has not been received by KSBN or it has not been processed yet (please allow 3-5 business days) by the KSBN.

Please be advised “not applicable” means the particular item is NOT required or needed.

Check Status of Kansas License/Print a Copy of License

Access the KSBN website and click on “license verification database” and click “begin searching” (green button under picture of mobile devices) then select the tab for the way you would like to search, either “Search by License Number” or “Search by Name”.  Once your license has been issued or renewed it will display here with updates. You can print a current copy of your license anytime from this site free of charge.

© Kansas Nursing Board

Address
Landon State Office Building
900 SW Jackson Street
Suite 1051
Topeka, Kansas 66612-1230